A Visual Marketing Plan for Interior Design Firms

Visual marketing will help your interior design firm find the right clients

Managing an interior design firm requires creative talent, a way with people, diverse technical skills, analytical capacity, and an understanding of core architectural concepts. Clients are fickle, with a variety of different tastes and often need to be educated about the value of your service.

When seeking the best projects and highest profit margins, interior design firms must come up with a marketing plan that works hand in hand with your business plan.  Permission based inbound marketing enables you to reach targeted prospects by providing them pictures and written content that educates and keeps your business “top of mind”. This business philosophy has propelled a marketing strategy known as inbound or content marketing. The process allows you to showcase and demonstrate your interior designing skills to the public and in turn, generate leads, sales revenue, and profits. 

A marketing plan should be set up as a calendar that outlines the monthly and weekly steps to being taken to showcasing how you help clients. The best interior design businesses use a clearly outlined plan can post visual marketing content on a frequent and regular basis. It should be designed to build a record that explains the culture of your business by showing your sense of style to a clientele who values your work. It is, therefore, vital for you to be clear and post in categories the services you offer to the client personas that you seek. Its importantly to keep in mind that you are promoting your reputation as an interior designer.

Factors to consider in your marketing plan

For your marketing plan and your business to be successful, there are factors that you have to consider that go beyond tactics. These include but are not limited to:

Client Personas - The visual marketing strategy of your interior design firm should capture and identify the type of clients you want. While local businesses are more convenient, they tend to be budget conscious. Larger businesses that value your services for its uniqueness are more established and hence pay realistic fees.

Services - Your visual plan should define the services you offer and explain why your firm is unique. Whether to offer generalized or specialized skills is a question of the skills you have and which clients seek.

Partners - Incorporating partners such as general contractors, architects, and home décor retailers will enable you to provide a wider range of services and opens a new channel for referrals. Developing these relationships allows you to benefit from associating your firm with respected brands and the expertise of the others.

Pricing - For a marketing plan to be successful it must address price ratio and leave enough margin for profits while keeping an eye on your competition. Giving clients accurate estimates and paying close attention to potential “scope creep” is imperative. We recommend writing a guide that outlines typical pricing scenarios for three versions of a scope of work. Include images of spaces you've created and give a price range. Be certain to include close up images of items like countertop materials, cabinet finishes and flooring. This visual approach to pricing shows the client what to expect if they can afford to spend more. 

Promotion of valuable content - Marketing strategies and promotions go hand by hand. Promotions are one way that you’re able to build and maintain contact with both targeted and prospective interior design customers. More so, through promotions your clientele can judge the quality of your abilities. Consider offering a guide to kitchen and bath design on a website landing page that highlights the unique sense of style you bring to a project and how you attain this look for clients.

Relationship - It's essential to remember when drafting your marketing plan that it should help build a strong relationships and encourage conversations between you and your customers. Automated marketing programs like Drip, Hatchbuck, and Mailchimp allow you to remain top-of-mind with prospective clients. Automated marketing is a set of emails that are pre-scheduled to go out in a sequence with a period of time between each. Write these emails as a narrative that helps prospects move toward scheduling a meeting.

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Steps to a comprehensive visual marketing plan

Your firm's marketing plan should consider your personal brand. Your brand is largely influenced by how uniquely you can showcase your services. Therefore, your interior design business marketing plan should clearly evaluate on the:

Color Schemes - Your color combination should attract customers rather than chase them away. Stick with your brand colors whenever possible.

Themes- It is vital that your plan elaborates themes you’ve chosen for client work. Speak clearly using metaphors to convey the themes. Offer branded guide or whitepaper downloads on your website as incentives for customer engagement. Be certain to spend the time to design a landing page and include an image of the cover of your guide as a visual element. Click here to download our Squarespace Landing Page guide to see an example.

Products Display- Your marketing plan should account for social sharing and blog links that showcase products you sell Create a Canva design to enhance visual aspects of the items you sell within the designed spaces you create. Write content that explains the look and feel of your work but don’t give away the whole story. If you don't sell products like, decor objects, rugs, and small easy to ship items on your website, you should. Commerce is an excellent way of increasing the number of pages on your website and will act as a lead source for your services.

Fresh Perspective - Like your products and services, your marketing plan needs to keep or bring a new perspective helping attract and retain customers at the same time. Use branded images within blog articles that emphasizes your uniqueness in a story format.

Canva is for Designing Branded Content

Canva is a web based design tool that has built-in social media formatting allowing you to craft social posts that match the size requirements of Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin. Canva has a drag and drop builder with easy-to-use features that allows the creation a variety of visually engaging content. The paid version of the tool allows you to upload brand identity assets like your font set, brand colors, and logo.

Social Media Posting Schedule

We recommend using Buffer for posting images of your work as well as blog articles. Buffer allows you to select pages from your website and post them with an image in a calendar format. Posting content should be done with intent and be seen as a narrative that includes many posts that tell the story of your firm. 

CoSchedule is a Content Marketing Editorial Calendar

CoSchedule is an easy to use content marketing calendar that allows your firm's team to collaborate on visual content marketing and promotion. CoSchedule has drag-and-drop functionality that saves you time and allows you to plan, create, and promote your content all in one place.

These visual marketing concepts enable you to get some initial ideas down on paper. The tactical delivery of promoting your services can be fun and generate a great return if executed with goals and a narrative in mind. If you need guidance setting up a visual marketing plan, you can always schedule a time to speak with me by clicking on my calendar.