Marketing is a vital part in growing your business. Often, companies focus too much on right now and neglect to think about the bigger picture and where they may be five years from now. There is a simple solution to this: devise a five year marketing plan.
The first step is knowing where you want your business to be in five years. Once you have established that, the next step is to draw the path to get there. Start with one marketing tool and gradually add on from there. For instance, in the first six months, promote the business through newspaper advertisements. At the one year mark, continue with the ads and get your website up and running. From there, you can supplement with other marketing materials such as email blasts, brochures and other marketing collateral at specified time increments.
Whatever marketing tools you choose to use, the main point is sticking with the plan. Knowing when and where you need to be in your marketing approach can make all the difference in you reaching your long-term business goals.