Finding Your Target Market

finding your target market

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Finding your target market isn’t always as easy as it looks.  In fact when I started out I way underestimated what it takes.

To find your target market is to understand your target market.

That’s key!

You have to know what people in your market want, what they need, understand their concerns and what remedies they are looking for before you can truly connect with them.

That takes a little bit of research, just a little ;-)  But it’s not hard.

I’ll prove it to you, just take a moment to read this article from one of my favorite SEO experts, Karon Thackston.

Karon puts this into perspective.  You’ll see just how important understanding your target market is to getting their attention, connecting with their wants and needs and then ultimately zoning in on the sale.

Enjoy!

 

Understanding & Communicating with Your Customers

by Karon Thackston

It happens all too frequently with novice copywriters. In fact, many pros also make the same mistake. Telling your site visitors what you want them to know instead of what they want to hear is never a good idea. And, the fact that this happens so regularly truly confuses me because every day – all day long – we tailor our communication to those around us. For some unknown reason, we start telling instead of sharing when we write copy.

In order to convey our marketing message effectively to those we are trying to persuade, we have to know who they are and what they want. Then we must communicate in such a way that we motivate them to take action. But, how?

Think

The first step is always to think about your target customer. Aside from market research and target audience analyses, just simply think about who your customers are and what they want. Let me give you a very basic example.

Let’s say you bought a car. You’d want to share that bit of good news with the important people in your life. So, you decide to write an email to your best friend. You tell him that this hotrod will go from zero to sixty in three-quarters of a second, that you crank the stereo up so loud it can be heard for blocks around, that all the guys are winking at you at the stoplights and that – even if it means taking money from your kids’ college funds – you’ve finally gotten the car you’ve always wanted. Your best friend is sure to be green with envy. But, let’s say you wrote another letter to your… mom.

Now, which of the things on the list above do you think your mother would be thrilled to hear? Not many! Of course not: she’s a mom. What do moms want to know? That the car has the highest safety rating, that it ranked high in Consumer Reports, that you got a great deal and you bought the extended warranty, etc., etc.

The core message stays the same: “I bought a new car.” But, the way you tailor the details changes to fit your audience. It’s really just common sense.

Read

There are lots of ways to find out what’s on the minds of your target customers. You can visit online forums, read blogs or pick up industry-related magazines. You’ll want to be sure to read the comments on blogs and forums, not just posts or articles. You’ll find out specifically what your target market has on its mind when you read the comments.

Visit

If applicable, visit sites that post product or service reviews and read those. For every complaint, think of ways you can construct your copy to show your offer as the solution to the problem. For every compliment, think of ways to align your product or service with the best benefits named by the reviewers.

Survey

SurveyMonkey.com and other similar-type websites offer web-based software. Most allow you to use their product free if you do small surveys (10 questions or less). And 10 is plenty to start with. Put a link to your survey on your website where visitors can easily see it. You’ll usually get a better response if you allow the answers to be anonymous and also if you offer a chance to register to win something. Twenty-five dollar or $50 Amazon gift certificates, a gift certificate for your products or services and other such things make good prizes.

Whatever method(s) you use, don’t guess! Take the time to actually find out who you’re communicating with before you begin to write. Your effort will be rewarded with higher conversion rates and a greater sense of satisfaction in your copywriting abilities.

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Blessings,

P.S.  Just to let you know, if you purchase this product through my link I will receive a commission.  It’s always appreciated and  I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the tips ladies! It’s been a slow uphill ride for me to connect with readers, but I’m enjoying the relationships I’ve been making along the way and that, to me, is the most important thing.

    • Elizabeth McGee says:

      Hey Elke,

      It CAN be hard to connect with readers, but there are some awesome relationships to be had out there, you just have to keep working at it.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the relationships you do make. It can be very rewarding :-)

      Thanks for your feedback Elke.
      Liz

  2. Peggy Nelson says:

    Hi Liz. Happy to give this another try. Hope it all works. If not, perhaps there’s something I’m missing?

  3. Karen Hoyt says:

    Liz –
    This is one area that is hard for me. I began my blog from journals on the road to recovering from illness. I guess that puts me in a chronic illness blogger category. I love my readers so much and enjoy sharing encouragement and hope with them.
    Your ideas did spark some thoughts for me regarding how to help them to move forward in their lives despite our physical setbacks. Think – I try and put myself in their shoes. People are so diverse and it’s been good for me to reach outside of my world and enter theirs.

    I know that with you thinking about what website owners and bloggers need, we’ll all be sure to get some great tips in the future!

    Thanks so much! Karen

    • Hey Karen,

      You have a great blog and putting yourself in your readers shoes is the best way to serve your market, but what’s even better for you is that you are your own market. It’s probably a lot easier for you to empathize with them because you’ve been there. That’s the best place to be for a blogger.

      You have lots of good information on your blog with regard to Hepatitis, but I also noticed you have some good health info in general. Your post on B12 was a good one for me, I enjoyed that and learned a few things.

      Yes, that’s what I spend my days doing, researching how to be a better blogger, how to help folks write better content that gets noticed and reach out to folks. If I can save you some time and help you do a better job then I’ve done mine :-)

      Thanks for stopping by Karen. You have a great day and let’s keep in touch :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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