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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Here at Saddle Up Marketing, we’ve been thinking about the importance of goal setting. There’s nothing more satisfying than the feeling of success when your hard work pays off and you reach your goal.

We shouldn’t just save goals for the business world either, by introducing goals into our riding and equestrian lives, we can work towards success and enjoy recording our progress along the way. Goals muster motivation and can give you a new lease of life, both in and out of the saddle.

Goals keep us motivated. They keep our eyes on the prize and give us the strength to continue to chip away. Goals should be measurable and realistic and you should consider writing both short and long term goals. Working towards regular, short term goals helps us to keep our momentum going and gives us a regular boost when we achieve each them.

It’s important to both visualise and have visual aids. As well as regularly visualising achieving your goals, you should also make them visual. Write them down, either in a dedicated goals notebook, on your office whiteboard or in your diary. Make a timeline for your long term goals, with stages broken down. Highlight it, use post-it notes, colour it in. Personalise your goals and make them something enjoyable to look at and refer to.

Remember to check back in with your goals regularly. Sometimes it can feel daunting to face our goals, particularly if we are feeling behind, but regular check-ins will keep you motivated and focussed.

Finally, reward yourself. Every time you reach a goal, take the time to reward yourself for your hard work. A reward could be as simple as taking a ten minute reflection on the goal you’ve just completed or something more indulgent such as treating yourself to an item that you had in mind when you first wrote your goal.

We challenge you to grab a notebook, put the kettle on too and think about three goals for your business and three goals for your equestrian life. One goal should be short term so perhaps one month away. The next should be mid term, so maybe six months away and finally a long term goal to be aimed for in one year’s time.

Write them down, keep them safe and remember to keep checking in and noting your progress towards each goal. Good luck!

 

How to keep your customers warm when summer ends

 

Us equestrians love summer. It’s the thought of those long, light evenings that keep us going through the depths of winter, when we are knee deep in mud and have lost all feeling in our fingers, we dream of those days.

Summer for equestrian businesses is more important than being able to hack out after work though, for some summer is the bread and butter of the business, when the majority of profit is made and when customers are abundant.

Although the weather is still lovely, the schools go back in just a few days and the evenings are getting noticeably shorter. It won’t be long until we are reacher for warmer clothing and prepare for the cooler months.

 

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Why not also prepare your equestrian business for the autumnal months? By putting in some effort now, you could engage with your customers, building loyalty and encouraging them to continue to spend with you over the winter months.

 

1. Show your database some love

So there were better things to do over summer than stare at a spreadsheet, but take some time now to assess your database. Is all of your contact information up to date? Have you got the email addresses of all your customers so you can include them on your newsletter mail list?

It’s becoming common practice to ask a customer for their email address at the point of purchase. Don’t be afraid to do this as it will ensure your database is kept current. Your customers will like this too, as they will be sent news and offers directly to their inbox. Hopefully this will encourage repeat custom and help to build customer relationships.

Get in the habit of updating your database as soon as you have a new contact or changes to an existing one. When you speak to a new contact on the phone, ask for their details immediately. Encourage your staff to do the same and remember that the more love you show your database, the more love it will show you.

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2. Show your customers some love

Your customers have been good to your this summer, so now it’s time to thank them. You could create a summer newsletter with a roundup of your summer highlights, but don’t forget to say that it wouldn’t be possible without your lovely customers!

Include interesting photos to visually demonstrate what you’ve been up to. Even better, include a discount voucher for use in the coming months, to encourage your customers to come back.

Don’t forger to include links to your social media, to remind your customers to stay connected.

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3. Show them what’s happening over the next few months

Be pro-active and get some future interest now. Decide on dates for upcoming events, sales, shopping evenings, open days, competitions or whatever else suits your business type.

Give your customers something to look forward to over autumn and winter and encourage commitment or booking with discounts for early-bird or block bookings. Post the dates online, use social media to build hype and log interest and perhaps create flyers to display on your counter, if you are a physical business.

Overall, try to create excitement around the coming of autumn and winter, rather than deter customers. Create autumn displays now, theme your blog posts and embrace the change of season.

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We hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Saddle Up Marketing.

We are Saddle Up Marketing

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Hello! How exciting it is to be penning Saddle Up Marketing’s very first blog post! I would like to formally introduce us, we are Saddle Up Marketing and we provide marketing services, aimed specifically at the equestrian industry.

Saddle Up Marketing was born when Amy, owner of the business, decided to take the plunge and combine her lifelong love of equestrianism with her profession – marketing. With a degree in Advertising and Marketing, many years’ experience in marketing roles, various equine qualifications and a horse of her own, Amy decided to take the leap in to helping equestrian businesses, small or large, achieve their marketing dreams.

At Saddle Up Marketing, we understand that not every business can afford, or has the need for a full time marketeer. That’s why we’ve designed packages to give you the support of a marketing assistant, without the large price tag. As well as tiered marketing packages, we also offer set services, covering everything from setting your business up on social media, to developing your brand identity.

So what inspires Amy? Obviously horses are a huge part of Amy’s working life and leisure time. Being outside in the countryside is one of life’s best bits and Amy rides around four times a week on Hooch, the 15hh Welsh D. She dabbles with a dressage and jumping, but hacking across the South Downs National Park is her favourite pastime.

We hope you enjoy reading Saddle Up Marketing’s blog posts, which will share marketing tips and tricks, with an equine twist, of course.

Saddle Up and see you soon!