Marketing is a multi dimensional process of improving the overall popularity and marketability of the products and services or the brand or name of the company. It generally aims to improve the sales output of the business in order to generate higher profits. These objectives are usually achieved by intensified promotions and advertisements of the commodities. There are various ways of improving the popularity of the business even without spending too much from the costly process of buying print spaces and airtime. Even online, the proprietor can perform all by himself online promotions and advertising through various social networks, back linking, and other ways of optimizing the search engines. Among the commonly performed free marketing practices are networking, affiliating with organizations and groups, and accrediting the business or merchandises.
Networking is the act of expanding one’s web of connections of friends and acquaintances both personally and online. One can increase the number of contacts by attending business shows, exhibits, conferences, seminars, and other gatherings. Even parties can be a venue for personal networking. By using the social networking sites, one can also find additional contacts to tap for advertising and marketing. Through these network of friends and acquaintances, one can have a battalion of people to personally promote and advertise your products and services to family members, friends, and their other acquaintances. Certainly, everyone in your network has at least one or two friends whom they can refer your business to. Hence, the wider your network, the greater is the reach of your personal advertising, plus, this mode has the element of personal interaction which is very effective in most cases since we trust the words of friends over the promises in the advertisements.
By affiliating your business with organizations, the name and brand of your merchandises also goes to their list that they provide the public. Since you cannot easily reach the entire world or at least the entire state or city in terms of actual advertising, these organizations will carry you with them as they grow in number and popularity across the states and the world. Hence, although there might be other competitors who are also members of the same organization, it is better to present your enterprise as an equal option and competition with the rest rather than let them have all these consumers for their own. By joining organizations, you also enjoy the free advertisements that these groups provide for their members. Besides, such group is by itself a market that your business should have a share with.
Accrediting your commodities boosts your business credibility with your customers. Being accredited as having met or exceeded with the minimum quality or benchmark for an outstanding product or service, it would be easier for you to claim excellence and the public will not hesitate to believe in such pronouncements especially that it comes from renowned accrediting organizations. Moreover, these accrediting firms do not just check and confirm the high and excellent qualities of your merchandises but they also review and suggest techniques and methods to further improve your business systems and practices ergo giving you an edge over your competitors in terms of knowledge and information as regards effective conduct of the enterprise.