Get to know your target customer.
We all know that word of mouth is the best possible way to market a cannabis business, but there’s more to it than just having a great product. You might have a great product that you’re really proud of, but if you can’t reach your target customers, you’ll never succeed. Understanding who your target customers are and what they care about is essential for creating a successful marketing strategy.
This might seem like a hard task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a product or service, you already have a group of people who are interested in what you have to say. The trick is to find the people who are already interested in what you have to say. Do this by visiting online communities and social media sites where your target audience is most likely to be found. You can also create a blog on your website which will bring new exposure to your business. One of the best strategies is to make sure your dispensary has an online presence greater than just your website.
Know your competitors.
If you are new to the cannabis industry, then you probably don’t know what your competitors are doing. They are not going to tell you how they are promoting their business, but you can find out how they are marketing their business by following them on social media. You can also find out how they are marketing by looking at their reviews online. Find this information by searching for their business name and reviews on social media sites like Yelp, Google Reviews, Facebook, and Weedmaps. Search for their business name and reviews on review sites like Grass.co, Leafly and Weedmaps and study their content. Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook are also a great place to find this information by searching for their business and following them!
Know your strengths!
I know you want to market your business, but it’s important to know your strengths. For example, maybe your indoor cultivation facility has a strong presence on Instagram; that doesn’t always mean you should try to build your Facebook presence. Instead, focus on what’s working and put more time and effort into it. If you have a great website, try to get people to visit it. You can also publish blog posts and dedicate more time to creating interesting content for your customers. Leverage your staff to promote your business if they are social media savvy. Really examine the best things about your operation and highlight those!
Create a strong brand.
Having a great product or service is great, but it isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to running a successful business. You’re going to need to have a strong brand and marketing strategy to get yourself out there. So what is a “brand”? It’s basically how your potential customers are going to perceive your company. You want to make sure that your business has a good brand because it’s going to make it a lot easier to market to your customers and attract new ones.
A brand is so much more than just a logo or a storefront — it’s the experience customers have with your business. It’s how your customers perceive your business, what they think of you, and how they talk about you. Branding is also a way to market your business. Marketing is a conversation with your customers. It means giving them the opportunity to hear about you, talk about you, and become a customer.
Study your customer.
Word of mouth is great, but it doesn’t always guarantee you new customers. The thing about word of mouth is that it’s so hard to predict and control. You can never really know what people are going to say about your product or how many people will actually say anything. With that said, you have to be ready to take advantage of the word of mouth marketing that you do receive. This means you have to know your customer. Know how they talk, what they like, what they don’t like. That’s the only way you’ll be able to get them to talk about you. So try to make as much contact with your customers as possible. Talk to them, listen to them, be available to them. Know what they like and don’t like.
Word of mouth is the best way to market your cannabis business. No one knows that better than you do. Your customers are the ones you are doing business with, so why wouldn’t you want them to tell everyone they know about your cannabis business? You know your product better than anyone, so why not get to know your customers better as well? When it comes to marketing your cannabis business, the best way to see success is to truly know your customer.
Find out what promotions are working for your competitors.
A great way to get ahead of your competition is to see what kind of promotions work for them. A promotion is a tactic used to entice customers into buying a product. Some of the most popular forms of promotional items include: Discounts – giving out a discount on a product that is already on sale. Coupons – set up one time use coupons that are used for a free product, or a discounted product. Giveaways – giving away free products in most cases. Contests – having a contest where the prize is a free product, with the contestants being selected in some way.
Social media is a powerful tool for businesses to reach out to their consumers and promote their products. You can get a lot of engagement on social media, but it all depends on how you use it. Here are some tips to get started and get more followers on social media.
- Use #hashtags – hashtagging helps you reach more people and allows you to stay on top of the charts.
- Find out what promotions are working for your competitors. Go to your competitors’ social media page and see what promotions they are running. Use similar promotions and apply the same hashtags.
- Create your own unique hashtag that you can use to track your promotions. You can use these hashtags to track your promotions and see which ones are successful.
- Promote your business by giving away freebies. You can reach a lot of people by giving away freebies and discounts.
- Post content that your customers want to see related to your promotions.
Know what content they’re reading.
Marketing and sales are something that you as the owner of the business have to pay a lot of attention to. If you don’t have a marketing strategy, then you’re pretty much just making things up as you go and hoping for the best. Even if you do get a little bit of success, you’ll never know what works and what doesn’t — so how can you expect to make things better? By doing your research, of course! The first thing you need to do is figure out what content your audience is reading.
As a cannabis industry, we are a part of a new content universe. With this new business, there is a lot of uncharted territory. We are all trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t, especially when it comes to marketing and sales. I think one of the biggest mistakes that any new business can make is to assume that because something worked for another company that it will work for them. Search blogs and social media for trending content that has a lot of likes and shares. That’s what your potential customers are reading. Look for local news articles and media coverage about the cannabis industry and actually read them. You can then share these articles as well, or even write your own perspective on the same topic. Which leads to my next point…
Engage with your customers.
If you want to grow your business, you have to get out there and engage with your customers. Engage with your customers on social media. Go to a cannabis trade show and meet people face to face. Talk to your customers about their cannabis use and how you can help them. A lot of people are going to think you’re reaching out to them due to their purchase or their status as a customer, but that’s not necessarily the case. You’re engaging with them because you want to know how they’re using cannabis and what they think about it. You’re engaging with them because you want to help them find a better way to use cannabis.
When you are talking to your customers, you have to remember that you are talking to real people that are looking for a product or service. This means you have to be genuine, truthful, and explain your product in a way that the customer can understand. Try to make the customer feel included in the conversation by asking them questions and really listening to what they are saying. Try to get them excited about your product or service and let them know you are genuinely interested in their feedback. Remember, they are your best source of word of mouth marketing.
Increase your visibility with online directories.
The truth is, getting your business listed in directories is one of the most effective marketing tactics available. Most people don’t know this, but many of the largest directories accept free submissions from businesses that want to appear on their sites. The trick is knowing which directories to use, how to find them, and exactly what to say when you’re creating your listing. So, let’s go over the best ways to get your business listed on directories and other sites.
This seems like a no-brainer, but there are a lot of cannabis businesses that aren’t listed in directories. Most directories like Grass.Co and 420.com are free to list your business with basic information. Not only that, but if your business is listed in a directory, then you’re more likely to get found on the search engines. Because of restrictions on paid advertising for the cannabis industry, directories like Grass.Co are able to increase your impressions in search, which gives you more exposure. This in turn leads to more website visitors, customers and revenue.
Pay for premium positioning in online directories to get your business noticed. It works well for all sorts of businesses, including cannabis. A lot of directories are too small to charge for premium listings, and this is why you should focus on localized and influential directories (like Grass.Co). Legit directories like ours can charge for premium listings. These listings are placed above the standard listings and are much more prominent. You can usually pay in a variety of ways. For example, you can pay by the month, the year, or with a single payment. This will depend on the directory you choose. Generally you should see a return on your investment 5-10x your spend.
It’s also important to consider the quality of the traffic you’re getting from a directory. Some directories will drive traffic with content, while others will just drive search engine traffic. Ideally a dispensary finder website will provide both. We’re a little biased, but with over 200,000 impressions in search every month for Grass.Co’s articles and dispensary listings, bringing customers to dispensaries is what we do.
Control your image.
The internet is a great place to let people know about the products and services you offer. But even with the best products and services, you have to actively manage your brand online. The first step in creating and managing online brand is to create a unique online brand. There are lots of factors that go into marketing your brand, from the product itself to the way it’s packaged, to the way it’s presented. And these same factors are equally important when it comes to managing your brand online.
You can manage the images, written content, and details of your brand online yourself, but who has time for that? Hiring an agency to take care of your brand is wise if you don’t have time to do it yourself, though it’s also pretty expensive. With an online directory who gives you a dedicated account manager, you can achieve the same results for a fraction of the cost. Yes, that was a shameless plug for Grass.co.
It’s not enough to just have a great dispensary, you have to know how to market it.
One of the most important aspects of your business is marketing. Even if you have a great product, you have to be able to get your message out in a way that is compelling and engaging. There are many options out there to help you market your product, from digital marketing to traditional marketing. It’s important to remember to do some research and figure out which will work best for your business.
The time is now for your business to take the leap to the next level. This means that you have to market your product like never before. You need to be using all the tools that are at your disposal and you need to be doing it as quickly as possible. To do that, you need to look into the digital marketing services that are available. They are going to help you to build a better presence online and to ultimately get more customers.