Few startups survive. That’s a fact. But if you want to increase your odds of survival, take the time to think through the nine key ares on the business model canvas – or at least develop a blueprint for your business that makes sense to you. Do this before you jump into the fun, sexy marketing stuff. You may just be one of the ones who makes it.
I attended the mayoral mixer at the Charleston Digital Corridor last week (ok, I snuck in the back for free apps and drinks). The event was designed to be an opportunity for Charleston’s next leader to discuss their vision of how they would support and promote the growing technology community here.
The evening was a no-threat environment for the candidates: An open forum with a clear agenda and scripted questions which should have been known in advance. As if it wasn’t painfully clear what the discussion topics and expectations were, there was an editorial published in that morning’s Post and Courier signed by 10 of the area’s top technology leaders laying it all out in 350 words.
Ours is an unconventional PR startup with unconventional clients. We chose our niche market because we wanted to make a difference, not as a primary income generating venture. Our firm carries no overhead and everyone has other supplemental sources of income – that allows us to survive. We have over 120 collective years of professional experience under our belts and a network of fantastic mentors at our disposal, yet we are learning and growing every day and understand it’s hard work.
Social media can be a great tactical tool to engage one’s audience. Depending on your purpose and objectives, it can potentially yield great results. I do not, however, believe in ability of paid/sponsored features to deliver on a large-scale and remain very skeptical of the analytics and algorithms.
Recently, I watched a grassroots PR campaign by a very determined group of Charleston citizens absolutely crush a large, well-funded development company’s plans to build a behemoth community on the western side of the Charleston peninsula.
It was truly a David versus Goliath match-up. And Goliath got whupped. Hard.
A business may have an awesome product, but if no one is aware of its existence, how can they experience and pass along that goodness to other potential consumers? Good marketers can’t make a bad product experience good, but they can help communicate the value of that product to your consumers.
In this 17th episode of Rich Conte’s TechLife Podcast, Rich and Paul discuss the rapid expansion of Charleston as hub for emerging businesses and tech ventures. Paul also offers his unique take on what makes Charleston a boom versus bust in the making.
I got a great email over the weekend from a young Charleston entrepreneur. I had reached out to him to see if his emerging company needed marketing communications support. He responded back thanking me for the offer, saying he already had some in-house PR folks but would keep us in mind if they ever needed additional help.