How To Target Your Market

Last Update: December 09, 2014

When you are in business, one of the most important things you can do is advertise to increase your chance at success. Before you can advertise, however, you need to know what your target market is. After all, if you do not know what your target market is, you will not be unable to advertise in a manner that catches your target market's attention. Once you have figured out what your target market is, it is time for the next step: learning how to direct your advertising at your target market. Follow these tips in order to target your targeted market.

As you begin your quest for the perfect marketing campaign, you must realize that consumers purchase products for one of three reasons: to solve a problem, to satisfy a need, or to make themselves feel good. Before you can effectively advertise your product, you need to know why your target market is purchasing your product! Whatever is the purpose your product serves is the angle you will want to play up.

The next step in targeting your target market effectively is this: learn how to break your target market down into smaller pieces, instead of looking at the whole. It is easy to say, "Our target market is 18-34-year-old," but it is much more difficult to tailor your advertising so that it catches such a broad group at once. For instance, are you trying to sell your product to the upper-class, or to the middle-class? Is your target market married or unmarried, male or female? Are you trying to sell to the blue collar work force or the white collar? These smaller pieces will go a long way in helping you understand exactly how to market your company and your product to your target market.

Finally, as tedious as it might be, you have to research! A lot of businesses skip this step, deciding that they "know everything already," and they miss a lot of little things that could help them. You can make your advertising more and more effective with the research you do. A few small steps in this area - just a bit of extra time - will help you make huge strides toward success.

Of course, in any business or company, marketing plays an important role. But the whole idea of marketing falls flat if the advertising in question is ineffective! Figure out what your target market is, and use this knowledge to target them effectively.

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Beverly-S Premium
Good info, thanks for the value :-)
JudyJacks Premium
You have great info! Thanks I am 2 days old in WA
magmus75 Premium
Hi Loes. If your looking at your market as being parents and educator or any market if that's concerned, First what age group are you targeting and are you looking at there financial back ground. Are they divorced. Are they just single parents and with that said, targeting them if not on a paid advert platform could be your writing style and the keywords you use to describe your choice of market. Some advertising platforms will let you Digg into though's area. Facebook is one that if your advertising with them they will let you set your ad campaign to target what class of individual you want. Hope that helps.
Loes Premium
I know my target market is parents and educators, but the question is, how to target them, so I try to enter keywords which will attract them to my site
Larry MaC Premium
Very good points, Will help people to maintain focus on their core business