When you first start a home business, people need to know about not only the business, but also, you as the business owner as well as a person. Anyone who visits your business, whether on line or in person has to have confidence in the person who they will be paying for products or services and home business marketing is as much about selling yourself as it is your products.
It is even more important if you are marketing a product as service, that people must feel good about the purchase of the product and or service. As people are not able to see something tangible that they will receive for their money and in many cases, especially with internet marketing, testimonials from real people about the quality of your service can be a selling point. Some companies make the mistake of not using real people in their testimonials, which makes it difficult for legitimate businesses to be believable when they have their previous customers offer words of wisdom to potential clients.
Even home-based service businesses such as plumbers and electricians require a good reputation in order to attract new business. Sure, you can post your education and training on the internet and have all of the plaques and certificates in the world, but if no one has any idea of your work history or dedication to getting the job done at a fair price, chances are business will be slow.
For any business, personal branding is a very critical part of your marketing campaign. With any home business marketing, you also have to be careful about being negative about your competitors. Even if what you say is true and can be proven, many people shy away from a business that has to make itself look good by making others look bad. I personally believe that on some internet marketing sites something called reverse marketing is done far more frequently than needed and is one of these pitfall type advertisings, this type of advertising should be avoided because if my product and or service is of the calibre I believe it to be, it will succeed.
Think about political campaigns and how negative advertisements permeate the landscape and your opinions about the candidate slinging mud at their opponents. Many potential customers can be lost by being negative. The best potential for gaining new business is to be honest about your experience and qualifications and, treat every customer the way you would want to be treated, if possible, ask previous clients for references with the understanding that they may get calls from other people about your work ethic. If a potential customer can obtain a reference for your work, there is a better chance they will become a customer.
Even home business marketing for an internet business will require confidence in your business by potential customers and if you make claims that you cannot possibly deliver, it will be difficult to pick up new business. Consider all the websites you have visited where you knew there was no way the company could support all the claims it was making and your reaction to those claims. The same will be true with anyone looking at your website. People are reluctant to spend their money, especially in tough economic times and by being honest with them, they will be more trusting of you if you express yourself on your website with video as a real person with a real life and you must be sincere about your product or service.
You must believe in your product or service yourself before you can sell it to anyone else because let’s face it if you don’t believe in it why should anyone else. It does not matter what line of work you are in or what type of products you are selling, people must have faith in the business and its owner before they begin to trust in the business, it becomes a relationship building time for both the customer and the business owner. If you cannot sell yourself to others, you will not be able to sell anything else to others. And that will bring you success.