When done correctly, a marketing campaign has the ability to resonate with the audience long after it’s out of the spotlight. Campaigns make brands memorable and influence the customer toward a certain action, as well as giving brands personality and emotion.
If you want a show-stopping campaign that can provide these results for your business, check out this guide to crafting a marketing campaign.
What Is a Marketing Campaign?
Marketing campaigns are organized and strategized efforts to promote a particular goal for a business. They may involve email, television, radio, pay-per-click, social media or other types of media to influence customers in a way that aligns with the business goals.
Though marketing campaigns have the intent of marketing and promoting a brand, they don’t encompass all marketing efforts. The campaign itself is strategized for a specific result and audience, rather than the overall business goals as a whole.
Learn more about how to craft a successful campaign that delivers results with the following key points.
In addition to identifying your audience and deciding on the message you want to send, the rest of the campaign must be carefully planned to ensure you have the best chance of reaching your goal.
To begin, decide on what your goal is. Why are you running a campaign and what do you want it to accomplish for your business? This may include increasing brand awareness, getting more feedback, generating revenue or promoting a new product or service.
Once you have the broad goal of the campaign, you need to be sure that your goal is specific, attainable, measurable, relevant and timely. This will give you guidance and accountability for your campaign’s success.
For example, you may want to define a more specific goal, identify the number of customers you’d like to take action, how you want them to take action and by what date. This gives you guidelines for what you’re looking to achieve and helps you tailor your campaign for the goal.
Each campaign has its own goal, so you must find a way to measure your success. If you’re looking to generate revenue, your measurement may be leads or sales. If you’re looking to increase brand awareness, your measurement may be engagement or social mentions.
If your campaign will involve multiple media outlets, you’ll also want to determine the measurement for each medium. You need to identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) for each medium, as well as the KPI for the entire campaign.
You may also want to set some milestones throughout the campaign, so you can determine whether to forge ahead or pull the campaign for reassessment and adjustment.
Properly identifying the target audience is the single most important aspect of your campaign. Regardless of the medium or message you use, promoting your message to the wrong audience won’t get you to your ultimate goal.
The first step in identifying the audience is learning what stage of the buyer’s journey your campaign is targeting. This can be broken down into the awareness, consideration and decision stages. For example, if you’re targeting new people to introduce your brand, you would be targeting the awareness stage.
Then, you’ll need to determine the interests and problems of your audience. Learn more about what they like, how they spend their time, why they’re on social media, what content they prefer and what problems they have that may be solved by your product or service. Finding the answers to these questions will help you confidently craft a campaign that resonates with your audience.
At this point in the planning process, you know what your goal is for the campaign, how you’ll measure your success and what audience you’re targeting, so all you have left is what your campaign will actually be.
Marketing campaigns need a vision and message all their own, which is an offshoot of the brand’s identity. Your campaign should stay within the bounds of the brand in style and message but still maintain its own identity.
For this step, you may want to bring in the whole team. Your in-house marketing team and social media team know your business well and can get you started, but you can always use an agency or freelancer for some or all of the campaign.
Once the campaign is complete, it’s time to consider how it will be distributed to your audience.
Reaching Your Audience
Your campaign’s distribution will depend on many factors, such as your budget and current engagement levels. Take a look at your current media channels and see which performs the best and which offers paid advertising, as well as which one has the majority of your target audience. Though it’s smart to promote your campaign on multiple platforms, it’s better to focus your efforts on the platforms in which you already have a presence.
After choosing your platforms, you can choose two or three media options for your campaigns. These may include pay-per-click, display ads, paid influencers, social sites or your email. You’ll also want to tailor your images, video and copy to suit the medium you’re using.
Part of your campaign goals involves the deadline for your campaign, which helps you determine how and when you’ll promote it.
Beginning with a general campaign timeline, mark your start date and deadline. Then, determine your marketing assets and channels to decide how much you can afford to promote your content and how often, which allows you to map out your scheduled posts for each channel. This will help you disperse your campaign evenly and ensure that you’re posting on each medium equally.
Marketing campaigns are designed to influence a particular result from a customer. Conversion is whether or not your campaign achieves that goal. No matter how well your campaign performs in terms of traffic or engagement, it isn’t effective if it’s not getting the result you intended. This goes back to your specific goals within the campaign.
Achieving the desired action is done through conversion assets, such as landing pages, lead forms, and call-to-action statements.
- Landing pages are the destination for your campaign. These are dedicated spaces for your audience to visit and learn more about your business, so they can decide if they want to do business with you. This should be separate from the rest of your website.
- Lead forms are web forms that capture information about a visitor and turn them into a lead. These aren’t necessary for all campaigns, but they can be important for campaigns that involve downloads or orders.
- Call-to-action statements are an image or line of text that encourages your visitors to take a specific action. It’s typically a clear directive, such as “buy now” or “shop now,” but the appropriate call-to-action depends on your goal and business.
Congratulations! You’ve crafted a marketing campaign. Now, you just need to measure its performance and decide if it was effective. Thanks to all the planning involved and your clearly defined goals, this part should be easy.
If your campaign was successful in achieving your goal, you’re done. If not, you should see what areas were successful and decide what you can change for better results in the future.
Marketing campaigns aren’t the easiest thing to create, but they’re vital to growing a successful brand. They also give you an opportunity to connect with your audience and provide them with something valuable, which will only serve your business needs in the future.