5 Ways to Automate Your Marketing Engine
As a business advisor, you understand the importance of reaching out to your target audience in a consistent and effective manner. But with so many responsibilities and tasks on your plate, it can be difficult to keep up with your marketing efforts.
That’s where automating your marketing engine comes in. By streamlining your marketing process and utilizing the right tools and strategies, you can save time, improve your results, and spend more time delivering better outcomes to your clients. At BEI Exit Planning, we believe that the driving forces behind effective outreach start with the following:
- Have something good to say
- Say it well
- Say it often
- Say it to the right people
Automating your marketing engine can save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on delivering the best results to your clients. Let’s take a closer look at 5 key strategies for automating your marketing engine.
Invest in a CRM:
A customer relationship management (CRM) system is a valuable tool that can help you automate your marketing processes and improve your results. From lead generation to customer engagement, a CRM assists in streamlining your activities and improving relationships with your business-owner clients.
By investing in customer relationship management, you decide how to consolidate your customer data within a central database, enabling you to easily access, update, and analyze information about your clients. When choosing a CRM, look for a platform that fits your needs and aligns with your goals, and be sure to invest the time and resources necessary to properly implement and utilize it.
Not sure which platform is right for you? Check out Forbes’ recent article on the best CRM Platforms for Small Businesses.
Utilize Marketing Automation Tools:
Marketing automation tools can assist you in streamlining various marketing activities, such as creating and distributing email and social media content. With these tools, you can quickly and efficiently create high-quality content that aligns with your brand’s messaging and tone.You can also schedule your content ahead of time, ensuring that your message is delivered at the right time to your target audience, increasing the likelihood of engagement and conversions.
Additionally, marketing automation tools allow you to track user behavior, enabling you to better understand their needs and preferences. This data can be used to personalize your marketing efforts, tailoring your messaging to your audience and boosting your conversion rates. Moreover, lead nurturing campaigns can be automated based on behavior data, allowing you to build stronger relationships with potential clients and ultimately increase sales.
Segment Your Target Market:
Segmenting your target market is a key strategy for ensuring that your marketing messages reach the right audience. Utilize a combination of demographic and psychographic information, such as age, income, and interests to better understand your target audience and deliver tailored messages that resonate. Automating your targeting efforts can yield superior outcomes with increased efficiency and efficacy.
Personalize Your Communication:
Personalizing your communication is another key strategy for automating your marketing engine. By automating your communication processes, you can ensure that you’re sending the right message, at the right time, to the right person.
With the BEI Marketing License, you’ll gain access to:
- Brandable Marketing Content & Client Reports
- Automated Content Distribution
- Networking and Workshop Resources
- Assessment & Discovery Tools
With these resources, you’ll be able to easily expand the reach of your brand and customize your message to bring in more clients.
Analyze Your Results:
The final step in automating your marketing engine is to analyze your results. By tracking your website traffic and other metrics like engagement rate, you can see which marketing strategies are working best, and identify areas for improvement. Use tools like Google Analytics to track your progress and optimize your efforts, and be sure to adjust your strategy as needed based on your findings.
In conclusion, automating your marketing engines can help you save time, improve your results, and deliver better outcomes for your business owner clients. By utilizing these five key strategies, you can maximize your efforts, streamline your processes, and achieve your marketing goals.
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From “Service Provider” to “Most Trusted Advisor”
The ultimate objective of an Exit Planning Advisor is to enable their business owner clients to shift their perspective of them from “service provider” to “most trusted advisor.” The key to earning this outlook is for advisors to constantly work to deepen the relationships with their clients.
After all, working with clients to create, modify, and implement an Exit Plan is far more than a one- time transaction and typically spans the course of several years. This long-time work relies on deliberate and impactful relationship building that drives client satisfaction and connection.
In a 2020 study on the future of client-advisor relationships conducted by The American International Group (AIG) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, it was reported that the value of advice is evolving and increasing rapidly. This study of clients of financial professionals between ages 30 –75, revealed some key indicators required for client trust and satisfaction regarding their financial advisory relationships. These indicators go beyond an advisor's client list and portfolio performance. In this post, we will expand upon those factors in the scope of Exit Planning, to include:
Understanding Client’s Financial & Life Goals
Ability to Explain Things
With these in mind, Exit Planning Advisors can capitalize on their conversations to drive deeper connection and better highlight their value proposition to their clients.
Reference: The Future of Client-Advisor Relationships, AIGS & MIT Age Lab, 2020
Professional Exit Planning Expertise
As mentioned in last week’s blog post on referrals, clients typically buy-in to your services to solve a business problem or to seize an opportunity. Advisors would be stuck in a sticky situation if a client presented them with a business challenge without having enough information first to provide feedback to that challenge.
Since the exit path of the business owner is driven by their goals, advisors must have enough knowledge, or access to support, to work with owners to create a customized plan for their business, no matter what their chosen exit path. Once data is collected and challenges are identified, Exit Planning Advisors must be able to determine the gaps that exist between the owner’s current resources and those they will require to achieve their desired post-exit life. Having this ability to acknowledge gaps and share Exit Planning knowledge, which most business owners don’t have, will boost credibility and ultimately, strengthen these client-advisor relationships.
Understanding Client’s Financial & Life Goals
Presenting clients and prospects with expertise will only be well received if the time is taken to gather useful information about the business owner’s goals and resources – both regarding their professional and personal life. In a recent BEI podcast episode, “Creating a Partnership for Life,” it is discussed that the initial conversation with a prospect can be make-or-break in forming a relationship that leads to an Exit Planning client.
Some tips shared on the podcast were to spend a lot of time at the beginning, making the most of the initial Exit Planning conversation. Begin with asking positive questions about their business, particularly; how and why they got started, what is going well with the business, their involvement, what the business means to their family, etc. These questions often lead to more broad discussions about their personal aspirations and what is important to them and their family while they are still involved with the business, and after they plan to leave it. By avoiding jumping right into the challenges and concerns and instead asking about things that are easier for the business owner to talk about, it allows you to get to know them on a more personal level.
Good questions drive better and more in-depth Exit Planning conversations and showing genuine interest and curiosity about what they do paves the way for a deeper understanding of a client’s financial and personal life goals.
Ability to Explain Things with a Proven Process
At BEI, we believe in the power of a well-designed process. The typical Exit Plan takes 5-10 years to fully implement considering all the work that must be done following the initial conversation mentioned above. To maintain momentum over the duration of an Exit Planning relationship, advisors are encouraged to use a written plan. This plan maps out recommendations, roles and responsibilities of the business owner and other advisors, timelines, deadlines, and expected results, allowing an opportunity for a clearer understanding of the process.
Instilling a process will show clients the road between their pain points, the solutions that will solve them, and the way to achieve their post-exit life. Being able to provide stability, sound advice, and project management through the duration of the plan will show your clients that their needs are important to you and that you are there to make sure they are met.
Conclusion & Takeaways:
In a world that is automated in so many ways, constantly seeking more efficient ways to simplify transactions, there is still high value in personal aspects of relationships, especially conversation.
The ability to foster connections and lifelong partnerships can be just as much of a differentiator in the eyes of a client as your Exit Planning expertise can add to your practice. In order to create a partnership for life, remember a few key takeaways:
Gaining expertise in Exit Planning will help to build credibility in the eyes of the client.
Expand the conversation to include more genuine and personal topics to deliver more value to clients.
Take the time to explain the process to clients in every step so they view themselves as a partner in the Exit Planning process.
Re-imagine the long-term relationship with the client of the future by having an open mind and keeping your client’s relationship needs at the forefront.
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James Roberts - The Advantages of Having a CExP Designation
On this episode of What Advisors Need to Know, James Roberts discusses designing an internal transfer to key employees for family members, the advantages he has gained by obtaining the Certified Exit Planner designation, and how Exit Planning has increased his client referrals and turned his competitors into potential clients. James has a true passion to help business owners maximize their value, mitigate their risks and minimize their taxes paid.