Whether you’ve taken the plunge and you’re now working on your own startup ideas, or you’re still in full-time employment, biding your time until the moment’s right, you need to start thinking about your marketing campaign. You could have the most ingenious product in the world, or offer a service that everyone needs – but if no one knows you’re around and available for work, then your new business is doomed to failure. What you need to do is market your company – but this is much easier said than done, when you’ve got a to-do list with a million other urgent jobs to do. Setting aside time to concentrate on yourself is hard, but it’s vital if you’re going to succeed.
Pretend it’s a paying job
Now, if a customer asked you to take over their social media, write a few blog posts, or update their website content, if it were inside your skill set, of course, you’d say yes. You’d dedicate a few days to the planning and writing, and get it back to them as soon as possible. So, what’s the difference when it comes to your own marketing? No, you’re not getting an instant payment. However, marketing to the right people will ensure you get future business. So, you need to pretend that your marketing work is just another paying job. Schedule a few days as soon as you can, and get to work.
Find software that makes your life easier
You don’t need to do everything yourself. There’s plenty of software that can help you out and save you time on repetitive, admin-filled tasks. Find the right marketing automation platform, and you’ll be able to do everything from turning your data into personalized emails, to scheduling your emails and social posts, exactly when you want. You won’t have to manually send out emails and sort your data – you’ll just be able to edit your settings, and let the program do it for you.
Get external help
If you’re really struggling to do a good job, then it’s worth spending the money on a freelancer. Marketing is so vital for your company that you can’t go without it. You need to be on social media platforms; you need to be blogging; you need to be creating and sending out emails. So, find someone who can manage this for you. If you’ve got enough in your budget to pay a salary, it’s, without a doubt, one of the most important jobs to get sorted.
Form a new routine
They say it takes around 66 days to form a new habit, so you’d better get cracking now. Set aside an hour or so every day, and just plug away at your marketing to-do list. Anything from creating a week’s worth of social posts to writing a few rough drafts of blogs will help you maximize your marketing efforts. Once you’ve got into this habit, don’t let it drop – even when you’re really busy. Plus, once it becomes routine, you’ll barely notice the time you spend on it. Instead, you’ll notice how much more attention you’re getting from prospective customers.