For a violin shop, a great business model doesn't guarantee solid revenues.
It's not hard to convince most business owners that marketing plays a vital role in strategic planning. With marketing pressure at an all-time high, your business needs to incorporate tactics designed to position a violin shop at the top of the heap.
Inexperience and a lack of industry connections have an isolating effect on owners of a violin shop. Although there is a tendency to believe that the challenges you face are unique to your business, your competitors face many of the same marketing hurdles and obstacles. To overcome those obstacles, you'll need to tap into industry resources. Even though trade journals have value, we've found that the best insights are often gained through face-to-face contact with industry insiders.
Managing Negative Publicity
Not sure how to handle negative PR? You're not alone. It's a probably faced by many violin shops. The worst way to handle negative buzz is to put off developing a response until reporters are pounding on your door, demanding a comment from a company spokesperson. At Gaebler, we advise our business partners to have an updated crisis response plan in place at all times. Mailing list providers can also provide quick access to accurate mailing lists, an important consideration if your crisis response plan contains a direct mail component.
Viral marketing is one of the most elusive marketing techniques in a small business owner's arsenal. When you're marketing a violin shop, you ultimately have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Even though total control is impossible, the right actions at the right times can encourage the viral distribution of brand messages. Social media and other online vehicles can seed a viral marketing campaign, but you'll need to nurture their development through direct customer interaction as well as other techniques.
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