I worked in strategic crisis management for about 6 years. I wore many hats in addition to my marketing role and had several bosses. I learned so much in those six years about business and personalities. We worked with a who’s who of companies and we did a variety of things for our clients. One of the things we were called in to do, often, was to give an expert’s eye to a company’s strategic crisis management plan and to test the client and their teams with various sorts of exercises.
One of my bosses during my tenure there was a very colorful fellow and one of his favorite sayings was “don’t get caught with a Jimmy plan.” The client would almost always ask what in the world is a Jimmy plan and his response would always be, “A plan that Jimmy from down the hall says is a good plan.” Obviously, in that scenario and in my current role I am trying to engage with clients and potential clients and sell them services, but I think that his quip is brilliant. A lot of times we get so focused on our core business that we forget that it has to translate to the general public. Having an outsider take a look at your marketing plan is never a bad idea. Fresh eyes generally see the strengths, but can also point out the weaknesses or tell a business owner how the target market may see their messaging both in good and bad ways. We have all seen horribly executed advertising or messaging and scratched our head and said “what were they thinking?” Allocating a portion of your marketing budget to getting outsider feedback can help a business owner to avoid costly marketing mistakes.
Lemonade Social wants to work with our community business owners. We can, of course, be your entire marketing department or we can consult with you to make the most of the plans that you have developed yourself. Give me a call and allow us to assist you in developing a marketing plan that not only guy down the hall thinks is great, but that allows your business to effectively engage with our community.