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5 Reasons Why Your Marketing Efforts Fail 

In today’s world, businesses can in an instant be brought to their knees by the very entity it feeds upon for its existence – a common marketing blunder. Competition is fierce, and in today’s fickle and ever-evolving digital landscape, firms need to step up their game or risk losing out on top-of-the-funnel traffic. 

For many business leaders, the word “failure” does not exist in their vocabulary. However, there is a delicate balance to be struck between having a positive attitude toward everything and refusing to acknowledge business issues if they are not addressed. Indeed, many business initiatives, such as marketing campaigns, fail to produce sellable results. With that said, here are 5 common reasons why your marketing efforts fail:

1) Lack of Consistency

You can’t just train for a marathon once in January and then again in July and expect to run great.Similarly, if you would like to see positive product marketing results, you have to tend to your SEO knowledge base regularly to ensure your product has a solid foundation that will stand the test of time. In marketing, you will always want customers who are receptive to your messaging. These are the ideal customers that you want to become a repeat purchaser. If this is the case with your company, invest in marketing activities that will keep them informed about new offers that may pique their interest in your products and establish one-on-one communication with your list , for example:

– At least once a month, send out an email marketing campaign (more often if you have coupons or special offers to share). 

– Schedule and plan print marketing campaigns months in advance, including trade shows and other events, mailings, and handouts, so you can budget for costs and have them printed and ready when needed.

– Post to social media regularly

2) Failing to keep up with the trends

To succeed in today’s digital world, one must keep up with the latest trends. You will always have new clients ready to buy your products and services if you can predict what customers want and create something that meets their needs. Any marketer worth his salt should never underestimate the value of conducting a year-round study of what people want. These studies should be conducted based on a variety of factors, including customer demographics and geographic locations.

3) Insufficient Budget

Let’s be honest – not everyone knows the best ways to allocate their marketing budget. For example, in some cases simply looking at how much money one has available is really a subjective choice rather than a strategic one. At times marketers choose arbitrary amounts of money that are either smaller or larger than what other companies of similar sizes are spending. But is this the best way to optimize your marketing efforts? Most likely no! Budgets that are too small pose a problem for several reasons: 

– Your campaign doesn’t have enough budget to run for a long enough period of time

– Your costs will be too high because you aren’t taking advantage of scale

– Your creativity may suffer if you have a smaller budget to work with and finding new ways and means to generate as many leads as possible will be much more difficult.

To see a significant impact, you must spend enough. The real strategy is to strike a balance between your campaign’s goals and the available funds. If your budget is limited, avoid attempting to achieve a goal that necessitates more substantial, long-term investment, such as brand building.

4) Relying solely on one channel

Let’s assume you are a clothing franchise. Rather than investing all of your resources into one single form of advertising (for example, email marketing), you decide instead to spread yourself out by spending just a little token amount of money through each alternative media outlet (search engine marketing, social media marketing, display advertising). Each ad is different from the next and when one doesn’t work, you have the alternative options open for you. It would be a shame if all your money was tied into just one single platform because what if it didn’t deliver? By testing each medium, you’re able to learn more about what works best for your business plan and what doesn’t in order to use them later on in future campaigns.

5) Targeting the Wrong Audience

Have you tried marketing to everyone? This can be the biggest mistake when it comes to advertising. Just like with baking, you can’t make a cake for everyone. You need to do your best to find out who your ideal customers are if you want to serve them best and offer them something of real value. One way that successful entrepreneurs usually choose the right audience is by listening very carefully and learning about their needs, wants, tastes and concerns before deciding on a direction that might seem appealing at first but just isn’t right for them or their wallets!


A successful campaign, like a recipe, requires all of the ingredients. Make sure you’re always on the lookout for what appears to be common red flags in your campaign so you can improve it where you can, otherwise you run the risk of wasting your time and efforts.


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