Marketing For Startup Companies

Marketing For Startup CompaniesDoes Your Startup Business Need Help With Marketing?

Marketing for startup companies is essential to survival.  However the issue is always down to cost.  

The danger being that if you invest unwisely, or on a shoe string, the lack of success will really have an affect.  

Just fill in the form to talk to local marketing agencies that have experience in doing marketing for startup companies.

New businesses face a difficult problem.  They have a great idea or a great product, but no funds for marketing.

Very often it takes money to make money and even though the banks are supposed to help new companies it is not always the case.  

New businesses therefore need to rely either on external support or they need to be very shrewd with the money they do have (making every penny count) in order to see a return quickly.

The Princes Trust was set up to help new businesses, but only ones that have not yet registered.  So you need to contact them before you set up.  Also you have to be under 30.

For a startup company, it will help to prepare a business plan (which any business development/marketing strategy company will advise).  This is in order to get a clear idea of what is to be considered.  

Looking at the maximum budget and the prospective timescales for the marketing to become effective.

The Marketing Plan

Every advertising guru will say that you need to have a marketing plan.  

However as a new company, sitting down and putting together a marketing strategy is low in the list of priorities bearing in mind all the other things that you are handling.

A plan does not have to be a complex binder of information complete with all outlines, strategies and precise budgets.  

Just something simple is fine to give you a feel for what is needed and include all of the options available.  Also getting things onto paper helps bring clarity.

Marketing Tools Needed

The marketing tools will vary depending on what type of company you are, but will include the website, brochures, PR etc.

A Professional Website On A Budget

Websites for small and new businesses are pretty much essential.  

Finding a good website designer is half the battle, getting them to produce the right sort of site for the right price is the next step.  

Do not just go with a cheap website design, getting something set up that is professional on a budget.  Having a basic website is essential to marketing for startup companies.

A free website can be set up using a web building tool such as Fasthosts or Wix.  They look modern and professional and are a good starting point if you are on a budget.

The next step would be talking to a freelance website designer or small web design company.  A budget website can be set up for less than £1,000 depending on what you want the website to do.

If you want a basic brochure website, then the above applies.  If you need an e-commerce website with a payment gateway, then it will cost more.

The main thing to remember is that your website is an investment, it is your shop window, so to speak.

Brochure Designer

Not every new company will need a brochure, but it depends on what your business does.  

If you are an accountant, or an architect, then you will require one.

If you need company brochures, deciding on the size, material and number of pages will help in getting an idea of how much they will cost.  

A basic brochure should cost around £500 to £1,000.

Freelancers can be used, but the danger is that you will pay for a brochure and it does not come out as it should do.  The worst thing you want in the early days is to pay for marketing material that is not up to scratch.

Even as a start up business, you need to look professional from the beginning.

Shopping around for brochure designers is wise, brochure design prices do vary considerably.

Public Relations

PR for new companies can be very effective.  

Some would argue that PR is the most important thing for a new business (mainly PR companies).  But getting exposure is key, which PR can achieve.

PR is a very effective low cost form of marketing for startup companies.

You can do your own PR in the early days, as long as you have got a bit of time to invest then using a press release website like PR Newswire or PR Web is a good option.  A press release should cost around £40,00 and publicity goes a long way if it hits the mark.


Telemarketing for startups and new companies can really make a big difference in those all important early days.  You can pick up new enquiries or actual orders within a few hours.

Imagine, you use a telemarketing company to generate you leads and they get you a lead or a new customer on the same day.  Telemarketing is a numbers game but sometimes a call is made at just the right time.

Telemarketing is not suited for all businesses but for many it is a very powerful marketing tool.

Marketing Budget

The main thing is to be realistic.  

If you can only afford £500 for a website then tell the agency this.  

Marketing is not cheap so being realistic about the amount you have to spend is important if you are going to get the best value for money.  

Marketing for startup companies needs to be done wisely. Very often new businesses expect instant return.  

However marketing does not work like this.  It takes time, patience and constant effort (no matter what form of marketing is being used).

All businesses are different therefore the forms of marketing that need to be utilised will also be different.  

The best advice that can be given to a new company is to talk to a marketing agency about putting a plan together, setting budgets and getting the marketing right.  

Marketing for startup companies will make or break you.

 Get it right and you will grow and develop.  Get it wrong and you will waste a lot of money and possible need to close.

Shop Around And Compare Prices

One important thing for startup companies is price.  

Finding a good marketing agency that can deliver results at a good price is hard, so shopping around and getting quotes is important.  

The most expensive agency will not necessarily deliver the best results.

Many small businesses rush into marketing with unrealistic expectations and unrealistic budgets and get unnecessarily frustrated with the marketing not working right.  

It does work, if it is properly planned, properly used and properly implemented.

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