One of a business owner’s main jobs to be done is to find repeatable, reliable and scalable channels to market. If you don’t prove your channel marketing mix quickly enough you’re setting yourself up for failure. According to the Telegraph, 20% of new ventures fail within their first year, with that stat rising to 60% within the first three years. There are a plethora of reasons for failing, but not being able to reach and sell to your target audience is one of the most common.
No matter what industry your startup is in, one thing is for sure – you need to be visible online if you want to succeed. And while there are many different ways to achieve this, SEO is undoubtedly one of the most effective. Not only does it help you reach your target audience, but it also offers a host of other benefits that can be crucial for the success of your startup.
Video is one of the most powerful tools that digital marketers have at their disposal. For one, it is an easily digestible format that gives viewers’ eyes a rest from the plethora of text-heavy marketing messages found online. In this sense, it enables target audiences to take a more passive role in the marketing process, merely requiring them to sit back, relax, and be shown why they should buy into a brand’s products or services.
In 2004 Lego was all but bankrupt and its target audience, children, had fallen out of love with it. The company faced extinction. Playmobil licked its lips. Fast forward to today and Lego’s revenue has gone from $6.7bn to $55bn Danish krone. It has five stores in London alone, one of the world’s most recognisable logos, and a catalogue of film, game, book and clothing merchandise. Its audience, moreover, now includes adults, whether the adults admit it or not.
User-Generated Content - it’s the most effective way for communicating with Gen Z and Millennials. This phenomenon hooks us by being inherently genuine and authentic, with each phase of transforming it becomes more and more adapted to 'new reality'. Although, there are now tonnes of different social platforms, UGC always performs in different ways.
Social media influencers can and regularly do help startups reach new audiences. It’s (mostly) a legitimate form of marketing, with some important caveats relating to disclosure and conflicts of interest. And some influencers get very well paid for doing it. In most cases, they charge a fair fee for introducing startups, new brands and products to new audiences.
In today’s business world, it’s not just what you know but who you know (and who knows you) that matters. In the past, this used to refer to the closed shop of the old boy’s network. Now, thankfully, that’s no longer the case - at least for the most part. One of the key reasons for this is the internet or, more precisely, social network sites and more precisely still – LinkedIn.
Digital marketing is leveraging startups and nonprofits in so many ways. Nowadays, starting new ventures doesn't sound as scary as in the age of yellow pages and TV commercials. Organisations, non-profits, and brands do not need brick and mortar setup but just a foul-proof and sustainable digital marketing strategy to flourish.
The power of loyalty is an often-overlooked concept when building and maintaining a brand. While no one can deny its power, creating loyalty is complex and many businesses struggle to achieve it. Research has proven that the cost of attracting a new customer is as much as five times more than keeping an existing one, so developing trust and loyalty should be an investment every company makes. But how exactly do you create meaningful relationships with your customers that evoke loyalty and secure future sales?
Perhaps now, more than ever before, B2G marketing is crucial. The government has committed to spending billions of pounds over the coming years in order to ‘level up’ and alleviate somewhat of the financial stress caused the by the ongoing pandemic, meaning there will be government contracts galore – welcome news for business owners around the country.
As brands aim to connect with consumers, they have to stand out among the crowd. With the average consumer seeing up to 10,000 ads a day, brands constantly fight for consumers’ attention with print and digital ads among a slew of other content on social media apps as they scroll — not to mention trying to stand out with unique product design and brand appeal.
Marketing is a key part of any strong business plan, and essential to the growth of your startup – but where do you begin? Firstly, you must decide whether your business will build an in-house team or outsource to an agency is an important decision that affects the future of your company; the source will really impact the efficiency and effectiveness of your marketing campaign, depending on a few key determinants!
As a business owner, you are the captain of your ship. But ensuring your company is consistently moving in the right direction, especially as you start to scale, means you simply cannot do it alone. Sustained success in business needs a talented team of people with the right skills and perspectives to maintain company value.
Schneider Electric’s seminar at Sustainability LIVE invited the audience to join its journey to net zero. Ranked as the ‘world’s most sustainable company’ in 2021 by Corporate Knights Global with an overall score of 83.2%, its Energy & Sustainability Director, Barry Hurst, offered advice on how to make your business greener.
What are the signs of HR burnout? Burnout can look different for everyone. For many, it will present in ways that make you feel exhausted and overworked. This could be increased irritability, anxiety, mood swings, a decrease in the quality of work produced, retracting from social events and encounters, fatigue, sensitivity and overall disengagement in work.
Brand licensing is key in helping businesses to generate revenue and increase their commercial value. Licensing allows brand owners to retain control over their intellectual property, such as trade marks, whilst creating a revenue stream and opening up the possibility of entry to new markets and raising consumer awareness and exposure.
In the words of Bill Gates, 'Content is king' and this applies for startups. Quality content not only helps to boost awareness and improve SEO, but is also a marketing tool that will start conversations and showcase brand value. It is perhaps one of the most vital tools a business can have, but it’s amazing how many startups still don’t utilise it to its full potential.
Many startups think PR is out of reach for them – they think that they need big budgets for a PR agency, or a little black book of contacts, a huge amount of time or they need to wait until their business is bigger. But in my experience, this isn’t the case – there are ways that start-up businesses can bootstrap their PR whilst achieving great results that help to build their brand, drive sales, help their SEO, create trust triggers and get them talked about by the right people in front of their target audience.
Let’s face it, the internet is a crowded place. When you’re just setting up your new business, one of the first hurdles that entrepreneurs have to overcome is to simply get noticed. Entrepreneurship has risen by 30% in the last couple of years (Financial Times) and 98 new businesses formed every hour during Q1 of 2021 (Business Leader). So, how can you stand out in a saturated marketplace?
Whether you're a startup founder, marketer, or future entrepreneur I want to tell you that 90 percent of startups and young businesses simply don’t survive long-term. Now, where did I come up with that stat? It’s not just something I make up. I’m going to talk a lot in this article about being data-driven in the 'moves' we make as marketers, so know that anytime I throw a number out, it’s researched backed, just like you should be with your marketing.
Gone are the days when good marketing involved only a recognisable logo, a catchy slogan and a TV, radio or print campaign. There’s no doubt the digital world has created huge marketing opportunities - it has never been easier for brands to engage directly with their customer base, and target ads to the people who want to see them.
During the pandemic, as well as baking lots of bread, we socialised online more than ever before. Craving connection, people turned to their favourite platforms to fill the void of IRL interaction, and we witnessed social media return to its original purpose - to connect and build communities. Brands have jumped at the opportunity to use the power of social to get closer to their customers and with one in four saying their favourite brands have strived to build relationships with them in the past six months, it’s clearly paying off. But getting your customers to engage with you, or even notice you, on social media in today’s pay-to-play landscape requires more than just pressing ‘post’.
Businesses look to constantly tweak their hiring strategies and recruitment processes to have prolific talents on board. Needless to say, an organisation is as good as the overall competence of its employees. Hence, businesses also go about spending exorbitant amounts of money to market their job vacancies among a larger talent pool. However, be it job seekers or potential customers, they always view businesses in terms of brand value.
A marketing strategy is key to a successful company. Whether it’s an established multinational, or a fledgling start up, an effective marketing plan is an essential road map for the business. A strategic plan helps to define marketing aims, keeps an eye on the final objective and defines each step that needs to be taken to reach the desired outcome.
Specialised translation of medical texts contributes to the promotion of goods and services of the corresponding direction in the foreign market. It is just as important as the original text. Because, in case of an error, it can nullify all the efforts of the advertiser, which will radically affect the entire subsequent marketing campaign
This year, Black Friday is set to take place today November 26th, with Cyber Monday to follow soon afterwards on November 29th. If your company has been ignoring Black Friday up until this point, seeing it as just another American import or a passing e-commerce fad, then there’s a good chance that you’re missing out on the potentially lucrative sales opportunities the event has to offer
COP26 encouraged people to rethink their impact on the environment and strive towards more conscious consumption. This, coupled with the launch of our November/December issue of the magazine focusing on sustainability and tech for good means it’s the perfect time to round up the top 10 sustainable tech startups of 2021.
Startup businesses ought to grow in size and complexity. The expression of the business founders’ passion to meet a need in the marketplace, should in theory grow as big as possible to meet that need. Unfortunately, for most startups scaling up often leads to failure and is a leading cause of startups not succeeding within the first 10 years.
Every journey that ever began, never came with a prequel of how it is going to be. It is only when we walk past it, do we experience, learn and evolve. The same goes with starting up. You might not have a background, but you have your experience, grit and discipline that keep you moving forward. Being young is a power in itself, but it only benefits when you know what you are doing and how it adds value.
As the UK moves forward from lockdown restrictions many businesses are starting to capitalise on the resurging economy, growing their businesses to increase profit they may have lost out on over the past year. Additionally, one in five Brits are planning to start a business by the end of 2021, making the current market extremely competitive.
As control over the pandemic increases, businesses and their customers balance optimism with curiosity about just what 'normal' will look like going forward. If you’re a startup, taking critical next steps may involve reassessing your marketing strategy. After all, it is indeed a changed world. It only makes sense that your marketing plan could use some adjusting.
As a small business owner, PR should be considered as a crucial part of your business strategy. Despite our obsession with social media and the glut of information that we consume daily, nothing can take away from the feeling of certitude that traditional press channels provide us. Be it in the form of news, business features or a founder profile piece, if it has the press’s seal of approval, it positively influences the way audiences respond to that piece of news.
When restrictions on travel and working together took hold on the world, it forced events and campaigns (which are essential to marketing) to frantically be reshuffled and moved online where possible. Sales strategies and marketing plans had to be reorganised to adapt to the new normal of the marketing world.
As a digital marketeer, data is king and the cost of ineffective data can be detrimental not only to the success of your campaigns. Still, it could also alienate or deter your audiences. Having incomplete, ineffective, or redundant data can lead you to making bad marketing decisions, causing business-altering mistakes.
Over the last year or so, as trade shows and retail outlets have closed and footfall in the physical world declined, digital marketing has become a critical way to reach an audience for any product or service that a start-up may be launching or growing, and especially so if you are D2C and want a direct connection with your customers.
An effective SEO strategy doesn't always mean you have to work hard, but it always requires you to work smart. Whether you just launched a website or your website's SEO needs a different approach, there is always room to improve regardless of the business type, size, or industry. SEO expert at UENI, Matt Reevy, shares 7 handy online marketing tips to help you upgrade your website's SEO and help boost your business.
A major part in delivering a successful campaign is to ensure you have the right people behind your brand. By having the best individuals to represent your product or service, the better engagement you’ll have with consumers. When it comes to creating your ideal team, there are some important factors to consider. From personality, knowledge, skills, attitude to experience. If you can tick all of these, then the greater impact your campaign will have.
Apple announced big updates for iCloud and iOS 15 at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June, with a particular focus on privacy and data tracking. Newly unveiled features from the tech giant include the ability for users to load remote content privately without disclosing their IP, as well as using 'burner' email accounts to sign up for email offers.
Startups are looking to make their mark in the busy online world as everyone competes to be more visible to their audiences. Traditional PR is an essential part of the strategy to manage online reputation, brand awareness and promotion of a business but have you thought about combining this with SEO to level up your presence? Businesses often separate PR and SEO, but why? Blending PR and SEO together achieves better results as PR promotes the brand and SEO concentrates on ranking and traffic.
Marketing is a pivotal area of functionality for all businesses and brands. While the ultimate objective of every business is to drive sales and profits, marketing is a means to it. Marketing takes a business among people, attracts the target audience, and endorses products and services to influence call-to-action and buying.
More people than ever before are using their smartphones to browse the internet - 90% of the world’s internet population in fact! As such, it is essential that start-ups are equipped to deal with the demand by optimising their websites for mobile and developing apps to help reach and engage with customers more effectively.
When launching their business, entrepreneurs get very excited at the prospects of finding clients, but also anxious about how to do it. While there are many priorities for them in terms of business operations, building up the right teams, or maintaining their cash flow, organic marketing isn’t one that should be neglected or postponed.