Consider your market

What type of people will buy from you and who will you target?

  • Make a list of characteristics of the people who will buy your product or service.
  • Where do the majority of these types of people live? Conduct some market research to find this out. There are many ways to find market research data. You could:
    • visit potential competitors to observe the types of customers they attract
    • talk to people in the industry
    • ask customers their opinions – it's important to assess for yourself the needs of individual customers
    • access statistical information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, industry associations and chambers of commerce; specialty trade or industry journals, research reports and publications; Yellow Pages Online and other business directories; libraries/universities; small business corporations/advisory services.
  • Complete our customer profile chart to help assess your potential market.
  • Learn about the basics of selling.
  • Learn about the basics of marketing.
  • Use our market research kit to research online.
  • Find your industry association.

How will you reach different segments of your target market?

  • Identify smaller groups of people with similar characteristics who might be seeking similar features or benefits from your product.
  • What sort of marketing strategies will you use for different segments? Marketing can be very expensive so it's important you use appropriate strategies for each particular segment. You could consider:
    • what would entice customers to buy your product or service
    • customer service
    • competitive pricing
    • efficient distribution network
    • packaging and presentation
    • finding prospects
    • promotional ideas
    • potential markets to be targeted and those to avoid
    • where to advertise (e.g. newspapers, magazines, TV, publications, direct mail).

Do you have enough time and money to devote to the initial marketing?

  • Consider how many people you need to reach to achieve your expected level of sales.
  • Consider the cost and time of each promotional campaign. In the first year or two you might need to spend a lot of time and money gaining new clients before you can rely on word of mouth, referrals and repeat customers.
  • Complete our marketing actions chart to help plan your marketing strategy.

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