What Stage of Marketing is Your Business In?

We treat each business as its own person, with its own personality. Part of this is knowing what stage the business is in. Has the business just been born? Is the business crawling? Maybe the business is in the walking stage? Or perhaps the business is running at full force?

This will have to do with how the business is marketing or advertising. Every consumer goes through the stages of: awareness, recognition, recall and action.

What does all this mean? Let's start with awareness

The awareness stage is the first stage and is the concept that your target market, the people you are trying to reach, is "aware" of your brand. Do they know what your company does?

This is the hardest, most time-consuming, longest and sometimes the most expensive step. How does a business get their target market to be aware that their product or service exists? You can have the best product or service in the world, but if no one knows about it? You know where I am going with this. How a company is going to build their awareness can have many factors, but the basics are through marketing and advertising. Having a website can definitely come in handy. Using social media will also build brand awareness. There are many forms of marketing that can help build brand awareness, it simply depends on the business and the budget that will determine how fast a business will move to the second step.

Second step, recognition.

When your target market sees your logo, do they recognize it? Do they relate your logo to your business and ideals. Creating that mental picture of the brand in your consumers’ heads is very important. Is your logo on both sides of your business card? Don’t feel bad if it is not. I find many companies that do not use both sides of the business card. To me, that is like a waste of real estate. Need new business cards, or even a design? Even if we are not the ones going to design or print them, no worries, give us a call or email your ideas over and we will give you are feedback. A consumer needs to see the logo at least 3 times before there is a chance of them recognizing it, let alone recalling it.

Third step, recall.

When your target market is thinking about a need or want can they "recall" your business. For example, my tooth hurts, you want me to think of, or be able to recall, your dental company. Or maybe I am feeling like I really want to go back to the gym, you would want me to be able to recall your gym. Maybe I am talking to someone that needs a new house, you would want me to be able to recall your mortgage company or you as a real estate agent. This is one of the harder stages. Think about when you were taking a test. When there were the multiple choice tests and then the essay tests. Many of us would be ecstatic about the multiple choice test because it is “sometimes” easier to recognize the right answer, rather than having to recall all the information.

Fourth step, is where every company wants to be, action.

A person is aware of your company, can recognize your logo, recalls your business as to satisfying the need or want, then acts. The consumer calls, emails or walks into your business.

Those are the stages, some of the stages could happen all at once. Someone sees your store, relates the logo with your store, remembers they need an outfit for that night, recalls your store that is in front of their face, goes into the store and buys a shirt.

However, it can obviously take longer than that. Someone can be aware about your product or service, but maybe they do not have the “need” or “want” right now. Take the mortgage industry, you meet John at an event that talks about getting a loan for a house in about 6 months. Do you think you want to stay in front of him? Of course! How would you do this? Social Media, Email Marketing, Newsletter etc. That way, when John is ready to get that loan, he knows who to call.

All these steps can be confusing and frustrating.

DVK is here to help. We will determine what stage your business is in and then discuss your budget and options, creating a package that you are comfortable with. Call us, we are here to help: 561-594-5837 or email me personally at Rebecca@dvkprgroup.com.

Business Marketing Stage

VIDEO, VIDEO, VIDEO

We went from Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat to Periscope. What we see here is a transition from words and images to just images to now video. With information at our fingertips, the attention span is getting shorter and shorter. Videos are getting more and more important. Some of your target market much rather watch a 30 second video about your business than to try to navigate your website to get a deeper knowledge of your business. Don't make them search for it. 

Either have a video about your business or pick a few topics of your expertise that are interesting and make a video about it. This, of course, will depend on your industry. Be careful of talking heads and rambling. Have a plan, have an outline and execute it. 

Don't just take my word for it.

By 2017, Online Video Will Make up Nearly 70% of Consumer Internet Traffic-Cisco

 "Most of Facebook Will Soon Be Video. Twitter Is Launching Twitter Video, Periscope, and Vine. Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Etc. Have All Prioritized Video" Founder of EpicSignal, Brendan Gahan, predicts an already evident increase in videos on social media channels. 

Top Restaurants in the World

Sitting in a castle dating back to 18th century or up above, looking down unto a volcanic lake. The best restaurants in the world are known not only for what they make, but what make them. Whether it be a view or an experience or perhaps just the menu, whatever it is that sets these restaurants apart can’t be found anywhere else. Here we take an extended look at some of the top restaurants in the world.  

Is It WORTH It?

Worth Avenue has been a forever staple for Palm Beach. 
In 2013 it was voted one of the top three "Most Iconic" streets in America. 
The upscale shopping strip is home to many iconic stores, as well as the Living Wall pictured below. 

"The installation cost $250,000 and includes 10,920 tropical plants from 11 different species and the irrigation system to support them. The plants are a mellifluous sounding group - Mondo Grass, Xanadu Philodendron, Asiatic Jasmine, Silver Sawtooth Palmetto, Altermanthera 'Yellow', Muehlenbeckia Axillaris, Philodendron 'Burle Marx', Dusty Miller, Zebrina pendula, Coontie and Zoysia Grass." (visitflorida.com)

Source: www.visitflorida.com

ALL THE NEW RESTAURANTS DOWNTOWN WEST PALM BEACH

Eleven businesses in Downtown West Palm Beach have opened in the fiscal year of 2016 with seven others in production. This may seem like a lot, but it is actually right on schedule with Downtown West Palm Beach previous years.
 
The new businesses in Downtown West Palm Beach are:
·  Amazing Feet
·  Phenix Salon
·  Got Ink
·  Picnic Fashionista
·  Fetch Palm Beach
·  Johan’s Joe Cafe and Coffee Shop
·  HotelPlanner.com
·  Fitness Hub
·  Dorian’s Red Hand
·  Jardin
·  Banko Cantina Nationally

So Many Things To Do In Downtown West Palm Beach

From concerts to galleries to plays, Downtown West Palm Beach has it all.

Explore Contemporary Art on Mimosa Saturdays at Habitat Galleries, see a musical number at the Kravis Center, or Satchmo at The Waldorf at the Palm Beach Dramaworks. There is always something to do in Downtown West Palm Beach.

There are many free concerts with artists like Parmalee, Bobby McClendon and the Samantha Russel Band at the Meyer Amphitheater. While you’re enjoying music, you could also enjoy life-seize Pong, Jenga twister and more, great for both adults and kids.

Rising Florida Chefs

Chef David Valencia

David.a.valencia@hotmail.com or 561-594-5837

David.a.valencia@hotmail.com or 561-594-5837

Chef David Valencia is credited with bringing the high-end fusion of Latin, French and Asian cuisine to the forefront of American palates. Born in Colombia, and a veteran of Alain Ducasse’s global empire, Valencia participated in the opening a series of New York City restaurants; Alain Ducasse's Adour* at St. Regis Hotel, Gabriel Kreuther's The Modern**, The Plaza’s Oak Room, EMM Group's Catch with Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, Pier 9 and other locations; Fuse in Texas, Daniel Stern’s R2L in Philadelphia, Catch in Miami and Meat Market in Palm Beach. He is now at Caviar Russe* in Miami at the Four Seasons Hotel. Chef Valencia is also working as a Consultant & Private Chef in Palm Beach County. Contact him for your chance to have Michelin quality meals for your next party or revamp your restaurant. 

 

 

Chef Diego Oka

Diego Oka is a Japanese/Peruvian chef who has spent most of his career working along side chef Gaston Acurio. After working with his idol for about 4 months, he continued his career as the head chef at an Acurio restaurant in Peru at 21. Oka opened many restuaruants including Acurio and La Mar Cebicheria in San Fransisco, now he is opening La Mar at Mandarin Oriental.

 

Chef Niven Patel

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's Niven Patel is leaving to open Islamorada's Cheeca Lodge and a vegetable-centric, Indian-leaning restaurant to open in Miami sometime in the future. The 32 year old spent some time in Brasserie, creating his own touches with seafood and produce from his own farm. The split is known to be cordial. 

 

 

 

Sources: miami.eater.com, miaminewtimes.com