An obvious, albeit tragic symptom of America’s current economic downslide is fewer available jobs. In many cases, this has caused the jobless claims and unemployment benefits office boom. In other cases, it’s caused business professionals, inventors, and even computer hardware and Internet professionals to branch off and form their own business. This seems like a great idea, but while more and more professionals are creating their own small businesses out of necessity, it’s causing the consumer market to become so over saturated and overcrowded, it’s difficult for any business, even established ones, to cut through the noise and reach customers affordably and effectively. Luckily, computer hardware and the Internet allow business owners to save money by marketing themselves and performing their own public relations, services that marketing professionals often charge big dollars for.
E-mail marketing, although it has a bad reputation for creating “spam” or unwanted messages, is actually still quite effective. In fact, as long as you spend your time and energy researching proper audiences, your e-mail marketing campaigns will largely be well received. The moment one of your promotional e-mails hits the wrong set of eyes, though, that person will consider your business unwanted and will never consider your products and/or services. That’s why targeting your audience right out of the gate is so crucial.
Social networking has created a wonderful atmosphere with which to reach your exact audience as well. Additionally, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and completely free and require very little Internet or design skills. Social networking sites are user friendly, accessible and affordable. But most of all, they are effective in reaching out to clients and potential customers! If you have fast, appropriate computer hardware capable of running social network applications, hop on and start making “friends” with your direct audience, virtually! You’ll be well on your way to success!