Small Business Digital Marketing B2B marketing for startups

As far as B2B marketing for startups is concerned innovative marketing is key.

On the one hand, a startup needs massive exposure in a relatively short timeframe. There is just no time for any long-term approach. On the other hand – unless you manage a well-funded venture-backed startup with a decent marketing budget – startups typically have limited resources. These parameters require very effective but low-cost marketing strategies that differ from traditional marketing with regular content.

The solution: Gain massive exposure by getting featured in the media on well-known news sites. Getting featured on major news sites like NBC & CBS News and hundreds of other big brands will make your startup more visible in specific markets and geos and attract the people looking for your services and products. These established brands have high authority and Google values them over regular content. High-status exposure positions your startup as the number one choice in your market and enables you to announce any newsworthy content, startups tend to have a lot of. Such startup announcements combined with massive visibility help you spread the message at a large scale and boost your business’ reputation resulting in more customers buying your products and services.

 

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How to send a press release

Print Media While print media has fallen out of favour in today’s media-hungry society due to the internet and social media, print still provides effective coverage and advertising solutions for niche markets. Reporters still use tips to generate news stories, which can help raise brand awareness and sales. Newspaper or TV news coverage could increase traffic to your social media and website platforms – expanding digital marketing strategies further. Investigate journalists in your field. Proactivity is key when it comes to garnering media coverage for your brand. Don’t wait for journalists to contact you; reach out directly and offer solutions or answers they seek. Before meeting with journalists or reporters, it’s wise to obtain this information early so you are well prepared when they contact or approach you. When selecting people to interview or collaborate with it is also key as most reporters specialize in specific areas. Discover reporters interested in what you offer or the extras your company has done, by exploring all available resources online to reach them out directly. Send out a regular email reminding them you are an expert in your field and available for interviews. Citing you will help both your company and yourself build recognition within your industry. Editors often save these emails in case they need a reference later on, so consider creating a page on your website which identifies you as an authority on specific topics so editors can find you via Google search. Good stories are always welcome in business conversations, so sharing tales about your business’s challenges or lessons learned through stories can create interesting pieces. By doing this, you humanize it more and make it more relatable for journalists who cover your industry. After pitching your story to media representatives, it is essential that you prepare to deal with media inquiries. Be available to provide information and answer questions; and after an interview be ready to thank your interviewer and provide any necessary details or resources they might require. PR professionals often insist on pitching articles which can serve as feature stories and marketing material for months on end, making the investment in quality, evergreen content worthwhile when budgets are tight. Journalists don’t care much for promotional pieces on every business. PR pros sometimes face resistance from journalists when pitching their ideas; press releases should contain all of the information a journalist would require in order to produce or write stories about your organization. Include images of products, screenshots, executive headshots, videos, links for online trials/demonstrations and social media profiles as part of your package. Provide details about your business such as its client base, office locations and market. By offering such comprehensive material you are more likely to obtain coverage.

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How to get featured in a newspaper

Although risky, press releases are an invaluable way to generate interest in your company and generate more buzz for it in local media coverage. Crafting your story can often be the hardest part; learn what a press release is and how to write one to draw the public’s interest and gain press coverage in local press coverage.

If you want your business to qualify for PR coverage and draw the attention of journalists, ensure it has an interesting story angle. Common ways businesses gain coverage includes:

One way of newsjacking an existing story is taking advantage of its popularity for your own gain. For example, you could do a write-up stating your startup’s opinion regarding an event in the news; or jump on board by taking actions related to or against major company actions covered in an existing news story that could get covered further in subsequent pieces.

Finding the appropriate press contacts requires finding journalists who regularly cover similar stories and then finding their direct email addresses through various means, including reviewing publications or social media profiles, email finders or calling media outlets directly for this information.

After compiling your list of print media, news stations, and websites you want to cover your story, the next step should be finding local press to contact. Keep in mind that reporters report news; therefore the more intriguing your piece is to a reporter, the higher its chance of being covered. Also keep in mind that journalists often only have limited time available for gathering all necessary information; therefore you must ensure both your pitch as well as interview answers provide insightful but succinct responses.

Some outlets provide their own platforms; TV stations and newspapers often publish blogs on their websites. Though it might be difficult to make headlines such as The New York Times directly, you may still gain coverage by connecting with its bloggers – and technically being featured on its website!

Whoever has reviewed a media coverage report can vouch that getting mentions that add value to their business can be challenging, yet rewarding. Generating press coverage takes hard work and doesn’t happen overnight – you must first understand your audience and build your brand before looking for press mentions that drive customers toward you. By following our advice, however, your efforts will pay off gradually over time; perseverance pays off! When your small business receives coverage that brings customers through its doors or website.

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How much to spend on marketing as a startup

Have you struggled to launch a new business and find it difficult to understand how much marketing to invest? This is a common difficulty among entrepreneurs; not allocating enough funds can leave opportunities unexploited, leading to slow growth; investing too much can reduce profits or put the entire operation at risk.

With 82% of startups failing due to cash flow problems, startups face immense pressure. Startups typically have limited resources and budgets that make setting aside funds for marketing difficult; everything resides on budget when it comes to startup advertising spend. A startup marketing budget outlines the amount a new company plans on spending for marketing activities such as ads, content marketing, technology integration or automation software solutions. Your marketing budget should outline your paid advertising expenses; how they fit into your overall strategy as well as whether or not they provide enough return for you to warrant their expense in terms of potential revenue streams generated.

Gross revenue should go towards funding your marketing budget. While using gross revenue as the benchmark can be helpful for larger businesses, for startups it should not be the main priority; as revenues for growth-stage startups tend to expand quickly over time and basing your marketing budget solely on current revenues can lead to missed growth opportunities. So how much of gross revenue should be dedicated towards marketing budgeting? On average, startups should allocate 11.2% of total gross revenue towards creating brand recognition and gaining leads.

Your business goals should guide your budgeting decisions. For instance, if your primary goal is increasing brand recognition, spend most of your budget on branding, content marketing, and paid advertising efforts. As with regular businesses, startups are expected to grow much faster – often tripling revenue each year! Slow growth means quickly losing market share to competitors. As soon as your first $1K MRR arrives, expect copycat competitors who attempt to replicate every aspect of your business model; you’ll have nothing but hope they don’t match your intelligence or marketing budget so as you’ll outgrow them all and become larger than ever!

Grand Canyon University typically invests 11-12% of earnings into promotional efforts and experiences 12-12.5% revenue growth each year. Bright Horizons spends similar sums (10-11%) but typically sees only 7-8% increase.

According to a 2019 BDC survey of more than 1,400 Canadian businesses, Canadian small businesses on average spend just over $30,000 each year on marketing; those with 20 to 49 employees spend twice that amount. Companies with 50+ employees tend to have marketing budgets exceeding $100,000.

Clients unsure how much to spend should try our “test and learn” approach: Select one or two channels, allotting an affordable test budget to evaluate them. Budget for testing should be small enough that if it fails, you won’t be in dire straits financially, yet big enough to gather useful data and learn from. While every industry may vary slightly, roughly $1-5-2k per channel per month should suffice as a starting point. After running three months of rigorous tests, you should have a much clearer idea of the value and cost associated with acquiring new customers. It is essential that these experiments be executed efficiently to avoid false negatives. Due to this reason, it’s often best to turn to specialist consultants over generalist marketers. A good start might include hiring a VP of Marketing, VP of Business Development, Customer Service Rep, Sales Manager, Designer and Lead Generation Manager in addition to a Developer.