Marketing a Chinese foods business can be challenging, especially for business owners who lack a marketing background.
Marketing increases the brand footprint of a Chinese foods business using a carefully crafted mix of techniques and tactics.
Technology is changing the way small businesses market their products and brands. The on-ramp for using technology to promote your Chinese foods business is also the anchor point for your technological strategy: A company website. Although many businesses have a website, a poorly designed and unnavigable website is worse than having no web presence at all. Your site is a representation of your business; it needs to convey the same professional appearance and functionality as you expect from any other sales and marketing asset. Conversion paths are also important. With the proper design, your site can walk new visitors through a series of decisions that culminate with either an online sale, a phone order, a personal visit or a request for more information.
Lone rangers don't survive long in a Chinese foods business. An awareness of industry resources can mitigate the isolation of ownership and result in a more stable (and more productive) leadership experience. The best resources are usually the ones that leverage industry-specific experience and the input of proven veterans.
Some marketing initiatives lend themselves to simple measurement while others are more challenging. Direct mail can be evaluated by tallying the cost of inputs (e.g. a premium mailing list, printing, postage, etc.) and measuring the number of customer responses you receive from the campaign. The difficulty comes when you are tasked with quantifying market presence and brand influence. To gauge brand reputation and presence, many Chinese foods businesses turn to media monitoring. If executed properly, media monitoring can help your brand get ahead of negative messaging and exert greater influence over news cycles.
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