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Develop Marketing Materials

1. Figure out which materials you need

It can be tempting when choosing marketing materials to get carried away and slap your logo onto everything you can get your hands on. Take a moment, reel in the excitement and think carefully about which materials you really need. A nice shiny pen with your logo on it can look great, but if you run a fruit and veg business it’s not entirely relevant.

2. Collect inspiration

Next, get your magpie hat on and start collecting everything that catches your eye. Business cards, brochures, merchandise, the lot. If you like it, pick it up and use it to inform your own marketing material designs. Setting up a Pinterest board is also a great idea if you want to create a virtual scrapbook of inspiration.

3. Nail your logo

No matter what type of business you run, a poor quality logo will impact negatively on your success; guaranteed. Even if you know your way around a piece of design software, doing this part yourself if you’re not a professional designer rarely works out for the best.

4. Compile your information

Your materials need to provide the right information to be effective, so get everything you need ready to go.  The type of information you will most likely need to get started includes:

  • Business name
  • Your freshly designed logo
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Website URL
  • Business address (if you have one)

5. Scope out your target audience

Now you’re ready to design your materials, but first you need to make sure they will appeal to your target audience. Spend as much time as possible building a typical customer profile, including age, gender, values and interests. Once you know these, you can ensure your materials will draw the right kind of attention and engage your audience. For example, if your target audience is professional business people, your materials may need to use a refined, formal and high-end style of design to appeal to this market.

6. Consider what you want to achieve

The beauty of marketing materials is that they come in all forms, shapes and sizes, so you can tailor each one to a different and specific purpose. A business card is useful for giving basic information and for generating new leads, while a brochure has lots of space for storytelling and product showcasing. By selecting a varied range of marketing touch points you can achieve a great deal with relative ease, so consider each one carefully.

7. Create a scannable layout

People have very short attention spans these days, so your information needs to be scannable and easy to digest. To achieve this, you need to create a layout with bold headers, good quality graphics and short, bitesize paragraphs. Don’t be too wordy or try to cram too much in.

8. Grab attention with good copy

It doesn’t matter how pretty your designs are, if your copy is bad then your business marketing materials will suffer. Customer touch points such as your website, brochures, presentations and adverts are your opportunities to really tell your story, so make sure you craft clear, engaging copy that showcases your personality and professionalism.

If you’re not a writer, but you know how important it is to tell your story effectively, it’s worth hiring a professional copywriter to help you craft your copy.

9. Keep it consistent

With all these marketing materials and touch points to keep track of, it can be easy to lose focus and stray off course with some of them. However, to avoid confusing your customers and diluting your brand message, you must ensure you keep your business branding consistent across everything you produce. This includes colour schemes, layouts, tone of voice and the quality of your graphics and paper stock. Keeping everything consistent will keep your brand strong and trustworthy in the eyes of your target market.

Check out VISTA PRINT as one potential source for your marketing materials and generate a list of preferred marketing items and a ‘provisional’ costing: VISTAPRINT

Develop Marketing Materials