Niche Marketing: Your Guide To Success in 2021
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Niche Marketing: Your Guide To Success

Niche Marketing: Your Guide To Success

When it comes to marketing, most of us tend to think that bigger is always better – a bigger reach, bigger audience, and a larger number of potential customers. But, one often ignored area of marketing is niche marketing. Now, you might be thinking to yourself – my product is for the general public, so I need to market to the masses. True, but even when your product isn’t incredibly niche, you can pick out a certain segment of your market and mould your strategy accordingly. In one of our earlier blogs, as a digital marketing agency, we had mentioned how we now need to move away from one or two large campaigns a year, and move into doing 4-5 smaller campaigns targeted towards various different, smaller market segments. Here is where niche marketing comes into the picture.
First, let’s start off by discussing what it is – niche marketing, as the phrase itself suggests, is the strategy of focusing on a unique target market, which is usually relatively smaller. For an individual or a social media agency, there are quite a few advantages and disadvantages when it comes to niche marketing. Some key advantages include:

  • A higher ROI, simply because your marketing is so incredibly targeted that you’re more likely to get conversions
  • Lower competition, again thanks to how specific your product and market may be
  • Higher customer loyalty, because your messaging is more likely to resonate with them. Plus, a lesser number of customers means that you can spend a good chunk of time on building customer relationships

But, as is the case with almost anything, there are certain disadvantages that come along with niche marketing too:

  • It’s a small market, so there is scope for only so much growth. That is, unless your product or service appeals to some early adopters and then somehow manages to trickle up into the masses
  • It’s also important to remember that while there are chances of a higher ROI, it’s not always guaranteed. Like any other marketing strategy, this is dependent on various factors both in and out of your control
  • You also don’t get to look to your competitors for inspiration, whether that be on improving your offering or seeing what has previously worked and what hasn’t
So, now that you’ve decided that you want to move forward with exploring niche marketing, as an individual or a digital marketing agency, the first step is to find your market. Once you study your potential buyers, you will be able to create an effective marketing strategy that will get you the highest number of conversions in an effective manner. To find your – or your client’s – niche market, you need to start off by solidifying your own niche. Be confident in it, and recognise how your offering stands apart from the rest. Make sure it is unique! Next, identify your customers’ problems and needs. What are their pain points? How can you fix that with your offering? Tap into this and you’ll get their motive to buy. After that, you’ll need to research the competition. While there may not be much, considering the fact that you have a niche market, you can still look at similar products and understand consumer perception. And finally, with niche marketing, it’s also very important to have a test market who can try your offering out. Consumer preference data is the name of the game, and you’ll need lots of it.
Now, let’s move on to some key strategies that you must incorporate into your marketing strategy to really hit the nail on the head.

  • Encourage user-generated content: As a brand or a social media agency, your customers are truly at the heart of your niche marketing strategy, so it’s crucial that you spotlight them and show real testimonials and smiles. Not only that, but it also gives them an incentive to make a purchase!
  • Choose your organic and paid media platforms wisely: Everybody knows the big four – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But, if your audience is on Pinterest or an underground SubReddit, then pumping money into Facebook ad campaigns will not do you any good. If you are a digital marketing agency, you need to get into the mind of your audience and frequent the pages they do. Understand where they converse and get recommendations, and start from there.
  • Influencer marketing: No, we don’t want you to search Google for the top food influencers and drop them a message. Instead, we want you to look at micro-influencers. They are more likely to be well-integrated into your niche, and their audience tends to trust them more. Another added advantage? Working with them is more affordable, and often gets you great content that has heart!
  • Position yourself as an expert: When you’re entering a niche, you’d better know what you’re talking about, else your customers will lose all trust. Word of mouth travels fast, and it’s important that you portray your business as an organisation that knows what it’s doing and one that customers can invest their time, money and interest in.

There are many successful brands that have used niche marketing to their advantage – whether it be concentrating on the LGBTQIA+ community’s unique spending habits like the underwear brand TomboyX, or creating sustainable wrap material in lieu of plastic wrap like Bee’s Wrap. If done correctly, niche marketing can be very beneficial and successful for your business! Still need some help? As a social media agency, we’d be more than happy to connect with you over a virtual cup of coffee and work on a strategy together! Tell us, have you ever tried niche marketing? If so, what kind of results did you get?

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