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Marketing Canvas - Budget

Marketing Canvas - Budget

Customer Retention is important component of any viable marketing strategy. Getting new customers is a must do (certainly for a growing business) yet if you loose all these customers (they stop to purchase or subscribe) rapidly, your business won’t be sustainable because your customer base will not grow and you will spend all your acquisition budget for nearly nothing. So, do you know the lifetime of your users/customers? Are you able to influence it?

Marketing Canvas - Lifetime

Marketing Canvas - Lifetime

Customer Retention is important component of any viable marketing strategy. Getting new customers is a must do (certainly for a growing business) yet if you loose all these customers (they stop to purchase or subscribe) rapidly, your business won’t be sustainable because your customer base will not grow and you will spend all your acquisition budget for nearly nothing. So, do you know the lifetime of your users/customers? Are you able to influence it?

Marketing Canvas - ARPU

Marketing Canvas - ARPU

Do you know the ARPU of your business activity? Do you know the contribution of each value proposition in this ARPU? Do you know how to increase the number of paid transactions made by your users on a yearly and monthly basis? More cross-sell? More up-sell? Do you know how to protect/increase the average paid price for each transaction ? more premium products? less promotions/discounts ?

Marketing Canvas - Acquisition

Marketing Canvas - Acquisition

Getting your new customers has a price (Customer Acquisition Cost) and could take time (Customer Acquisition Rate). If your customer acquisition is cheap and easy it will most probably play for you while if it takes time and/or it is expensive it will play against you when building your marketing strategy. These metrics are important to measure and pilot for your Marketing Strategy.

Marketing Canvas - Influencers

Marketing Canvas - Influencers

People are trusting People. Influencer marketing campaigns can help reach a more targeted audience, thus leading to more impactful results. In your Marketing Strategy, you should definitely consider influencer marketing and define whether or not if it could help you achieve your goals.

Marketing Canvas - Media

Marketing Canvas - Media

Monologues are no longer working for engaging users with your brand. Content is the new currency and Storytelling is the process of using fact and narrative to communicate something to your audience. Stories help solidify abstract concepts and simplify complex messages. A solid Marketing Strategy should use these 2 concepts massively and carefully. Don’t forget, we don’t talk about carpet bombing but about crafting dialogues.

Marketing Canvas - Content and Stories

Marketing Canvas - Content and Stories

Monologues are no longer working for engaging users with your brand. Content is the new currency and Storytelling is the process of using fact and narrative to communicate something to your audience. Stories help solidify abstract concepts and simplify complex messages. A solid Marketing Strategy should use these 2 concepts massively and carefully. Don’t forget, we don’t talk about carpet bombing but about crafting dialogues.

Marketing Canvas, some tips about the process

Canvas works really well if:

  1. Start with a clear ambition, S.M.A.R.T. and linked with the finance. One of the usual mistake when doing a marketing strategy exercise is to not properly link the marketing actions with the financial consequences. In the Marketing Canvas exercise, we genuinely start from the financial ambition for addressing this issue. This ambition is about growth and thus the canvas is about growth hacking your marketing strategy.
  2. Start with a clear persona representing a customer cluster sharing the same Job To Be Done (problem to be solved by your offer). It could happen that you can't achieve your ambition with your current persona/segment (in classical strategy, it corresponds to a cash cow or a future dog). If it is the case you should consider another segment with another job to be done.
  3. Assess the current situation of your marketing mix by asking the 28 questions as defined in the canvas. Define clearly if each dimension TODAY is helping you to achieve your ambition (it is an accelerator) or is not (then we define this dimension as a brake). Do this exercise in team as it will create a shared understanding of the situation and support your answers with facts. 
  4. Backward thinking is a very powerful way of finding solutions to any problem. In this process, try to visualise/imagine how dimension(s) defined as BRAKES would look like if they would help you with your ambition. What is different? Could you describe it? Does it really help with your ambition? If yes, then you have one idea of potential solutions. Find as many ideas as possible.
  5. Having generated plenty of ideas (some could even be yellow ideas aka impossible ideas), you should prioritise it in order to finalise your preferred vision of this future where your ambition is achieved. What are the actions you should do to transform this future into a reality: Start Doing, Stop Doing, Do More, Do Less, Simplify, Magnify? Brainstorm as a team and list all actions.
  6. You now have identified all actions for building your future but you have to organise it into a comprehensive and feasible roadmap. Some actions are low hanging fruits while others require more time and effort. One way to do this is to use these 2 criteria: contribution to the ambition and effort. Congratulations, you now have a roadmap and a marketing strategy.

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