Marketing & PR

Top 20 Marketing & Customer Acquisition Strategies for Startups

Here’s a quick overview of the marketing strategies you should have on your hit list:

• Search Engine Optimization – Make sure your websites and apps are optimized for search engines. Hiring an expert isn’t cheap, but it can pay dividends over the life of your company. A good example of this is LinkedIn. When LinkedIn was just beginning, all of its profiles were private. This limited people’s ability to find other people, especially when searching on Google. As soon as LinkedIn made the profiles public and optimized them for search engines, organic traffic took off.

Guerilla Marketing

Every startup needs to master guerrilla marketing. Here are some tips:

– Trying two or three marketing channels is not enough. Great marketers try dozens of channels looking for the best ones.

– Test each channel with small amounts of money. Gather data and compare the results to other channels.

– Channels may work for a while, but often they max out or dry up. As soon as this happens, start looking for alternatives.

What is a Marketing Calendar and Why Should You Care?

By Martyn Crew


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You have your branding. You have your messaging. You may even have your funding. But do you have a marketing calendar? Probably not.


In basic terms, a marketing calendar is an achievable timeline of planned marketing campaigns and activities. Below are a few key features that make a marketing calendar truly useful.


Good SEO is Simple, But Not Easy

By Martyn Crew


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We’re sorry to say that SEO isn’t something you can do once and forget about it. The good news is that good SEO doesn’t require high-level, technical work.


Want to have first-page Google search results? Take these simple (but not necessarily easy) steps:

1)   Write Good Content, Regularly. Your blog is the SEO-driver over which you have total control. Write often (once a week is great), and write quality content that your customers need.

11 Ways A Young Startup Can Use Social Proof To Establish Credibility

Social proof is one of the most important tools that a young and relatively unknown company can use to establish credibility. Since most startups aren’t founded by a former Google executive, or have the backing of a prestigious accelerator like Y Combinator, they must find other means of validating their services to the general public. Fortunately, more social proof indicators exist now than ever before, including content marketing opportunities, customer testimonials, and Twitter followers.

A Name for Your “Baby” – Avoid the Common Mistakes!

by Julie Ellis at

Deciding on a name for your new business should take at least as much time as some people take to name their first-born!

And we’re no longer in the age of letting our “fingers do the walking” through the Yellow Pages. In those days, businesses that could not afford a huge add in that yellow book all scrambled to put “AAA,” “AA” or “A” in front of their names, so they would be first on the page in their categories.

Startup Marketing: a Gift or a Re-gift?

by David Hattenbach, CEO of Hugg Technology

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You came up with what you think is a really great idea. You spent countless hours developing your idea into a workable demo. Then you developed an elevator pitch that went something like this – we are the (blank) for (blank). You then networked your ass off, selling yourself, your team and your elevator pitch to prospective investors and partners until you were able to raise some capital. You did it by telling everyone how great you are… and it worked! Now you’re ready to ramp up the marketing machine and grow the business to enormous heights.

How To Do PR for Startups on a Budget?

Brand Strategy & Design for Startups

How to Not Waste Millions on Your Startup’s Marketing

By Martina Lauchengco & Anamaria Nino-Murcia

Backblaze blew through a million dollars failing their way into niche markets. Before they were acquired by LinkedIn, IndexTank spent $10,000 a month on PR that got them no press. When they first started, Lark invested $200,000 in “brand-building activities,” but couldn’t measure its ROI. These startups succeeded despite their expensive marketing mistakes but most don’t.

How can so many tech startups spend a ton on marketing and get so little for it?

3 Reasons Every Startup Needs a Great Landing Page

A great landing page is important to any online business, but when it comes to startups, an outstanding landing page is an especially vital aspect to your budding success. As a fledgling new business in the cutthroat startup industry, it has become increasingly difficult to make a name for your business and to set yourself apart from the competition.

What Does it Take to Build a Startup that Turns into the Next Apple or Amazon?

Dave Knox, CMO of Rockfish & co-founder of nationally recognized startup accelerator The Brandery, distills lessons from his seven years as a brand marketer at P&G and his work for some of the world’s largest brands, to show you how to look beyond the first fix years to build a foundation for the next sixty.

Product Marketing Strategy for Startups & Entrepreneurs

Google Ventures Startup Lab shows you how to create innovative product marketing for your startup. This includes positioning, PR and pricing. Adam Gross ( and Dropbox) shares his magic formula for product marketing.

Marketing Hacks: Hurricane Ana, Amanda Day & Cool Raul Give the Inside Scoop on SEO/SEM, Email Marketing & Social

1. Search Engine Optimization & Search Engine Marketing
• Raul Pellerano is the Founder and Chief Consultant, ClickCatalyst
2. Email Marketing
• Amanda Day is a Marketing Coach for VerticalResponse
3. Social Media & Content Creation
• Ana Lucia Novak is the Founder of Novak Media Group and SocialAna

Laying the Right Foundation for Startup Marketing

How To Get Social Integration Right for Your Startup

Here are 14 Steps to Winning the SEO Wars

Is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) a mystery to you? Well then, take a look at this presentation by Ryan Spoon of Polaris Ventures.

Does Your Brand Have Juice?

by Steve Hans

If you think that building a brand today is any less important than it was prior to social media, SEO, or word of mouth marketing, you might be mistaken.  The game has changed, and the tools are different, but the need to create a unique, powerful brand has never been more important.  Good branding is about breaking through and getting on people’s radar.  And, let’s face it, it has never been more difficult to make that happen as people are inundated with virtually unlimited product choice and marketing noise.

A Thought For Startups…You Don’t Need a Tagline, You Need a Brand Strategy

by Steve Hans

I think its interesting that a lot of startup CEO’s think they need a tagline. I guess having a tagline makes startups feel like they have something “official” that defines their brand. In my experience, the time spent creating a tagline could be spent much more effectively developing more important pieces of the branding and marketing plan.

Traffic Strategies that Work

Suzen Pettit

Suzen Pettit

by Suzen Pettit at Omaginarium

My goal over the next 3 months is to quadruple the traffic to my website and blog to and to grow my list to at least 8,000 strong subscribers.

Hey ho Suzen!

Why, you might ask, am I focusing on growing my traffic to that extent? And is that even possible?