Marketing your products and services is the lifeblood of a new business. While you can ultimately have all kinds of long term business strategies, without having a steady stream of new revenue your new business venture can close up in a short period of time.
In the public domain, discussions on branding are almost exclusively focused on multi-national brands, brands we see in our daily lives. Brands such as Apple, General Motors, Google and McDonald's. In discussing these powerful brands it becomes hard for small and medium size enterprises to recognize the value of branding. To these entrepreneurs, branding is the domain of world companies. Not so.
If your job involves marketing in any way, shape, or form, does your immediate supervisor or boss "get" it? Does she have a basic understanding of marketing so that you are empowered to do your job and make your business or nonprofit look good and succeed?
Everyday, yesterday's unseen challenges become today's clear problems. Here are some strategies for identifying signs that trouble is ahead, giving you an opportunity to attack the problem now.
To brand effectively you must say it, believe it and live it. Branding is all about controlling your perception on the street. You have the opportunity to define yourself; drop the ball and the marketplace will not be kind.
Our marketplace is asking us to be much more than a seller of stuff. They're expecting us to step up and inspire our internal team and our customers to work together to take charge of the problems facing our world.
Branding can be daunting at the best of times. For small- to medium-size enterprises, budgets to address brand initiatives are just a fraction of what a Fortune 500 company may apply. If you're anything like me, you're constantly educating yourself on ways to fine-tune your brand.
Marketing has embraced every new channel and technology that it changes at the speed of light. And with those changes come specialists who claim that theirs is the best on the block for your small business or nonprofit organization.
Never heard of on-demand marketing? You will. On-demand marketing is exactly as it sounds: Servicing customers 24/7. “Not just always ‘on,’ but also always relevant, responsive to the consumer’s desire for marketing that cuts through the noise with pinpoint delivery.”
In the past, public relations required a client to pay a large retainer in order to be mentioned in a sidebar or get quick features published, promoting a service or product. Today, the future of PR is online, and it includes a combination of content marketing, SEO and thought leadership. Times are changing, and there are some things you should take into consideration when you’re making decisions about your startup’s PR.