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Marketing your training business: What to do when the music stops


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Marketing your training business: What to do when the music stops

Trainers get help with your marketingCan you remember the old party game of ‘musical chairs’?  Whilst the music was playing you would run round and round the chairs enthusiastically, a clear goal in mind.  Once you’d succeeded in reaching your goal, with your derriere firmly on one of the ever-decreasing chairs you would sigh with relief.  You’d saviour the moment, satisfied with your performance, whilst those less adept had to go and sit on the floor at the back of the room and watch the remaining competitors run round in an ever decreasing circle.

The training, learning and development market seems to me to be a bit like musical chairs at the moment. Too many players and not enough chairs available, metaphorically speaking.  While the music is playing and you are taking part everything seems fine, doesn’t it?  You have your clients, you have your contacts and so you are busy running round and round, delivering.  You are in the business.  It feels good; it’s bringing in the money and delivering value to your clients.  You feel motivated,and probably as secure as most self-employed or SME owner can ever feel.

Then the music stops and you are surprised to see that you no longer have a place.  You are at the back of the room, watching those competitors who are still in the game. You wonder if you will get a chance to play again.  How?  When? Trainers get help with your marketing before the music stosp for your business

If you are not constantly marketing your training business then you are at real risk of being caught out when the music stops.  Just like in the game, the music can stop suddenly and because you have been frantically running around it takes you by surprise.

If you are relatively new as a self-employed trainer, you are probably busy because you are spring boarding from the contacts you had during your successful corporate career. 

If you have been in business for a few years or more, you are probably benefitting tremendously from word of mouth and repeat business. It’s been said by many successful entrepreneurs that business is a game and you have to play to win. 

Just like in our musical chairs analogy, this means not just focussing on the immediate prizes but also on marketing mechanisms to sustain you when the current music stops. And stop it will.  Because nothing continues for ever.

Top five marketing strategies for trainers

Here are five of my top marketing strategies that as trainers you must have in place, no matter how busy you are today:

  1. Have at least five ways of generating new business, excluding current contacts/clients and referrals
  2. Make sure that your online presence is as strong as your offline reputation
  3. Give away loads of free stuff that adds real value, to build trusting relationships over time
  4. Within your niche, have different price points and services
  5. Have some great strategic alliances in place to enable cost-effective list building

How to market training        

Alison Miles-Jenkins Founder & CEO How to Market Training

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