When is cross marketing a good idea?
I am considering cross marketing with a few different local companies that have approached me on the idea and have the same target market as me. What are the pros and cons of cross marketing? Thanks for sharing.
It's a GREAT idea. Google the companies to see if you can find online reviews. You want to make sure they have excellent reputations. Call them to see how they answer the phone. Send an email inquiry to see if or how long it takes them to respond.
Do they have an email newsletter you can promote your services in?
To your success,
'The Marketing Coach"
Cross marketing is a great program as long as all parties are honest with the program. You need to make sure that they keep true to the program.
As long is there is no identifiable competitive issues on the horizon, having a common target market can make this a great idea.
A few things to think about:
1. Are the products/services complementary?
2. Is there balance in the current market share and revenues across parties?
3. Do all the parties have equivalent "reputations"?
4. Is there a balanced plan for the marketing investment/effort?
@Kevin Toney and @David O'Neill brought up some good points.
I'll also add, what exactly did they propose (since they approached you)? Or did they just keep it general? Sometimes, businesses who cross market give each other kickbacks of some sort, so that's something to consider as well.
Cross marketing is god as long as you are satisfied with it ,as long as you can gain your targets .
Every business man first prefer their business , so first you study and make a plan what should be change after this action,...and according to me its a good idea but must choose those companies which has standard equal to you but visitors / clients are unique.
The main problem is synergising with all the advertisers and content providers. Fight for what makes your company look the best and encourage the others to do the same. Do not compromise as it can lead to a 4 times drop in potential customers.
Cross marketing gives the consumer a sense of belonging from a feedback perspective, I for one would totally appreciate a brand that promotes a social good simultaneously with selling and further contact me after transaction to know my opinion on the product. It however becomes frustrating for the customer when feedback is not objective and articulate.
In general it is a no brainer, however as others have mentioned you need to make sure all are on the same game plan. If not it can become time consuming just checking everything instead of focusing on your own business.
As with all things in life whoever you partner with is critical to success. In general, cross marketing is a good strategy, but make sure you have a clear contract on exactly how it's going to work and how you are going to share the profits.
I suggest that cross-marketing is a good idea if all the products and services involved are high quality, well-respected and very competitive. A chain is only as good as its weakest link.
Cross marketing is a great way to reduce marketing costs while increasing visibility. Are you familiar with the businesses, confident in their reputations? Will the marketing be a one time promotional campaign, or an ongoing relationship? Be sure the companies you partner with are committed to the success of all, and that the campaign/program will highlight all businesses equally.
Assuming you're doing it correctly, the answer is ALWAYS. There's never a bad time to cross-market (again, assuming you follow the rules).
if done poorly, cross marketing can tarnish your brand by associating with bad (or sometimes just the wrong) partners.
You can get more clients with this strategy and also if you do not look after them really well you will loose them to your competitor. So always over delivered and offer special coupon like every month to keep them.
There is a saying "the fly travels faster and further on the tail of a horse". Cross marketing can be very effective. The key is to find the right horse (Partner) that is going to provide great leverage and exposure for you...and that you can provide equally great value for them. Especially when it comes to injecting your funds in a marketing effort. Be very disciplined when evaluating what return you will expect to work and yield from any effort you do...especially cross marketing.
The only con is that you might end up getting the smallest slice of the pie.
Target market is not the same as buyer persona. Demographics and psychographics are two very different elements. To market effectively, you must tell a great story and to connect your story to your buyers, you need to know what will emotionally engage them. The buyer persona is the key to telling a great, engaging story. The real key to cross marketing is to align with strategic partners who have identified similar buyer personas. For example, if you have a pet product that is high end, it makes great sense to cross-market with a pet food product. Don't pick just any company, pick one that specializes in your niche area and who has the same buyer personas, such as an organic market. They may be smaller, but conversions will be higher. Good luck!