The promise of lower taxes and fewer regulations has many business owners excited about what 2017 is going to bring. Will your bottom line increase in the new year? There’s a good possibility it will, but you shouldn’t wait on legislation to make it happen. Take matters into your own hands and make more money with these direct marketing tips.

Start Trending

If you haven’t jumped on the social media bandwagon, do it now. According to Aabaco Small Business, 74 percent of consumers say that social media played a role in their purchasing decisions. If you don’t have a presence on social media, you’re missing out on sales. In fact, social media is so influential and effective, that many small businesses and startups rely on it solely for their marketing needs.

Get Personal

People don’t pay attention to impersonal, bulk marketing campaigns anymore. Think about it, what’s the first thing you do when you get a letter that’s obviously junk mail? Do you open it? No, you chuck it straight in the trash bin. Your potential customers do the same thing. If you want to get their attention, make your marketing personal. Instead of sending a mass generic email, send a postcard that addresses a need they have.

Sell Solutions

Building on the above statement about consumer’s needs, you should always try to sell solutions and not products. If you can identify your base’s needs and address them through education and product knowledge, you will never have to make a hard sale again. Consumers will see the need for your product and make the decision to buy on their own and quicker.

This year is your year to make more money than ever before. If you want a huge bottom line in 2017, adjust your marketing strategies to make it happen.