The 11-Step-Marketing Strategy for Startups

Even the best products can fail because of a sloppy marketing plan. Read on for the 11 essential points every successful startup marketing plan should consider.
In the first two articles in our”Startup success“ series, we focused on the importance of the right product and how to develop a product that is actually in demand . In our third and final article of the series we turn our attention towards marketing a product or service.
Marketing for Start-ups in 3 phases:

Marketing for Start-ups in 3 phases

Marketing for Start-ups in 3 phases


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3 Essential Questions to ask Before Building Your Product

Find idea for product – develop product – market product. This process all too often leads startups into an expensive odyssee, which is going nowhere. To avoid going down the wrong route in the first place, here are 3 quintessential questions start-ups have to ask themselves before starting to develop their product.
In our previous article ”6 Big Mistakes that Make Startups Fail“ we talked about the fact that a staggering third of all startups fail because of a lack of demand for their product.
But how to develop a successful product? In a great article on unicornfree.com, Interface design and product development icon Any Hoy gives a surprisingly simple answer:
Find the problem first, then develop a product to solve it. You can achieve this by asking yourself the following 3 questions:

3 Essential Questions

3 Essential Questions


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6 Big Mistakes that Make Startups Fail

From poor hiring to neglected marketing, here are the main pitfalls that stop hopeful startups dead in their tracks.
At first glance, the message of the infographic serial entrepreneur Daniel Garplid posted on 100firsthits.com might be hard to believe. The reasons why startups fail seem glaringly obvious. All the more important to be aware of them:

Quelle: Daniel Garplid, http://100firsthits.com/2013/11/15/top-10-startup-mistakes-infographics/

Quelle: Daniel Garplid, http://100firsthits.com/2013/11/15/top-10-startup-mistakes-infographics/


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„WIE DIE AKTUELLE KAMPAGNE LÄUFT? DAS WISSEN WIR NUN AUF KNOPFDRUCK.“

Ein Agentur-Erfahrungsbericht
Wer hat die aktuellste Version unseres Marketingplans? Sind die Sonderwünsche der letzten Woche schon berücksichtigt? Und hat jemand daran gedacht, dass sich der Event verschoben hat und allen geladenen Gästen Bescheid gegeben?
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Werbeagenturen kennen diese Szenarien gut. Aber auch Marketing-Abteilungen wissen um die Herausforderung, viele verschieden Marketing-Maßnahmen in verteilten Excel-Plänen zu verwalten.
Die Success-Story:
„Wir brauchten eine Lösung, um unsere aufwändigen Abstimmungsprozesse mit vielen extern beteiligten Personen zu vereinfachen sowie viele dezentral verfügbare Dokumente und Informationen zu bündeln. Die Abstimmung mit Journalisten, Fotografen, Medien und unseren Kunden erfolgte weitgehend per Telefon und E-Mail. Und meist wusste nur eine Person über den aktuellen Stand einer Marketing-Aktion Bescheid. Ist diese Person mal nicht erreichbar, wird es schwierig.“
Wie kam die Agentur zu ihrer Lösung?

  1. Den Start bildete die Suche nach einer geeigneten Lösung. Ziel dabei war, dass nicht nur die Marketing-, PR- und Mediaplanung zentral abgebildet werden sollte, sondern zukünftig auch alle Beteiligten auf die Daten und Dokumente zugreifen können
  2. MARMIND GO! für KMUs und Startups bietet Planungs-, Kollaborations- und Kommunikations-Features für Werbeagenturen und Marketing-Abteilungen praktisch „out-of-the-box“
  3. Diese Features wurden für die Agentur um spezifische Marketingaktions-Typen erweitert, um exakt die Bedürfnisse einer international agierenden Werbe- und PR-Agentur zu erfüllen
  4. Dank der Realisierung als Online-Lösung in der „Cloud“ können so alle Beteiligten in einem Online-Netzwerk zusammenarbeiten und alle Dokumente und Kontakte zentral verwaltet werden
  5. Jeder Beteiligte kann seine Daten selbst pflegen und je nach Rolle im Team auch die Gesamtplanung einsehen
  6. Statt vieler einzelner Dokumente und Pläne, sind nun alle Media Assets, Verträge, Mediakalender, Marketing/PR-Pläne, Termine und Buchungsübersichten zentral, aktuell und jederzeit online verfügbar
  7. Die Bildung eines Online Netzwerkes aller Beteiligten in der „Cloud“ hat die komplizierten und fehleranfälligen Abstimmungsprozesse unter allen Beteiligten (intern wie extern, national wie international) erheblich erleichtert und verbessert

Die Ersparnis: Zeit, Kosten, Fehler minimiert durch die zentrale Zusammenarbeit aller Beteiligten & zentrale Verfügbarkeit aller Dokumente & Daten.
Die Verbesserungen: Einfache Abstimmungsprozesse, übersichtliche Media- und Terminpläne und jeder weiß über den aktuellen Status von Werbe- und PR-Maßnahmen Bescheid.
Wer profitiert: Die Werbeagentur selbst, Kunden der Agentur, Pressekontakte, Veranstalter und freie Mitarbeiter/Fotografen, die in Projekte eingebunden werden können.
Und das Fazit der Agentur: „Dank MARMIND als zentrale Online-Lösung konnten wir eine völlig neue Art der Zusammenarbeit mit unseren Kunden und Lieferanten kurzfristig und kosteneffizient realisieren. Das Feedback von unseren Kunden ist darüber hinaus ausgezeichnet.“
Gerne zeigen wir Ihnen anhand eines konkreten Beispiels, wie einfach sich Verbesserungen in den täglichen Abläufen erzielen lassen. Zur Anmeldung für ein kostenloses, persönliches Webinar gelangen Sie hier.
Ihr MARMIND Team

Five Tips and Examples for Digital Marketing Success

If you are running a small or medium business you will ask yourself the same question a lot of times: How can we market our business if we don’t have a lot of money? Let’s see how marketing pros will answer that question.
If you would ask the McLellan Marketing Group, an advertising and marketing agency based in Des Moines, IA, the short answer to that is you’d better find some resources for marketing or you are in a lot of trouble. But, that doesn’t mean they all have to cost an arm and a leg.
In the meantime, while you’re scraping together the money to spend on marketing – try this budget friendly tactics.
Hang out where your potential customers hang out and be helpful.
Do your clients read certain blogs? Then be there and share your expertise. Do they all run in local marathons? Be there, handing out clean, dry socks with your logo on them. Do they go to industry trade shows? Be there and host a free Q&A about their biggest problems. Don’t wait for them to come to you. Go out and find their watering hole.
Know your perfect customer and only take work from them.
This requires incredible discipline but pays big dividends. Rather than taking clients for cash flow, ONLY take on those clients that you can delight. And who delight you by paying you a fair price.
Create a referral network by delivering the first referral.
When you help someone, it is human nature that they want to return the favor. Why not set the example by making an incredible connection. Now of course to do that…you need to know who their perfect customer is. Which means you get to have a very meaningful conversation that’s all about them. See how the human nature thing is going to work?
Use handwritten thank you notes to show your appreciation.
In today’s high tech world, a personal gesture like a handwritten note means a great deal. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Just from the heart. And if you can’t thank a client from the heart, you should fire them before they fire you.
Let them have a taste.
Sampling is one of the most effective marketing tactics around. There is no substitute for actually experiencing your product or service. This is your greatest opportunity to earn their trust and their business. So do it the right way.
Bottom line on how to market without spending a lot of money – know who you can help the most and be relentless in your efforts on their behalf. Be generous and be grateful.
If you want to learn more about how easy and affordable it is to manage all these marketing activities with a cloud based marketing solution please see our product site here.
– Your MARMIND Team.

How SEO and Inbound Marketing Can Grow Your B2B Marketing Performance

Call it organic marketing, call it inbound marketing or even content marketing – the practice of creating useful information to generate demand and attract an audience of buyers vs. buying ads to push messages out to them is one of the highest impact, low cost approaches to digital marketing a business can take.
The practice of optimizing content for better search visibility goes hand in hand with the broader approach of inbound marketing. SEO best practices can be applied to content across the entire sales cycle to surface brand content during awareness, consideration and purchase behaviors as well as after the transaction to reinforce retention and advocacy goals.
While SEO has evolved along with the changes search engines continue to make, it’s still full of opportunities. In particular, is the practice of creating amazing content and media only to rely on paid amplification for exposure – ignoring the value that natural search brings to the visibility of content. That said…

  • The only thing worse than no SEO is “All SEO”?
  • What’s working well with SEO and Inbound Marketing?
  • How to integrate Content, SEO, Social Media and PR?
  • What’s all about Marketing Automation?
  • How can marketers improve the performance of their inbound campaigns?

What are some of the things B2B marketers need to consider as they plot their inbound and SEO strategies going forward?
Keep in touch with the MARMIND blog. We’ll discuss new strategies and possibilities and introduce to you surprisingly easy answers to all that questions.
– Your MARMIND Team