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Marketing And Sales Tips For Startups And Entrepreneurs

Marketing And Sales Tips For Startups And Entrepreneurs

These Marketing And Sales Tips Will Help Your Startup Create Loyal Customers

Finally, your great idea has turned into a business – congratulations, you are an entrepreneur now – what next? Well this is the start of your entrepreneurial journey in the real sense. Imagine you had this excellent idea of creating a car that’s better than any luxury car in the world. You create one too but what happens next if there are no sales and you have no sales tips to rely on? You don’t have anything! Sales validate your idea, your business – it’s one of the most critical things with regards to establishment of a business.

What happens when your sales numbers are low? The reason could be anything; right from issues in marketing campaign to wrong sales strategies or even timing or competition in the industry.

Until and unless you are funded and you have a lot of money to burn – this no sales or less sales syndrome becomes a very serious concern. It’s frustrating and trust me there are many other entrepreneurs who are facing the same heat. So here are few ways and means to squeeze out some extra sales for your business.

Five Sales Tips To Hack Marketing For Your Business

Focus On Lead Generation Activities

Only when you have a good looking funnel can you expect awesome sales to happen. Be it a word of mouth lead generation – which is commonly known as referrals, or be it using various online/offline means to generate leads. The objective should be more sales! Period. Reach out to your friends, family or colleagues – seek referrals!! Pitch your solutions and bingo – Sales will happen!

Participate In Events

This is one amazing way to reach out to the prospective customers. Events are a great opportunity to showcase your business to people & organisations that your sales people cannot reach otherwise! Be relevant as a speaker at any of these events, show how could your company add value and create benefits for the customers. You never know what you speak could get you a prospective customer.

Upsell/Cross-sell – Ensure Your Leverage!

Reach out to your existing set of customers with some upsell/cross sell opportunities! Could be other products or an upgraded version of your product & service that they have already bought from you. Trust me some customers are clear prospects for the repeat and referral business! Go get them!

Social Media Marketing

Undoubtedly, social media platforms are the most cost effective tools for advertising your business and boosting sales. Engage your prospective buyers with relevant content; try video content for marketing your campaign. Video has the highest conversion due to its unique ability to engage the audience through visual graphics and audio. Adding video to a landing page can actually increase conversions by 84%. There are other stats that prove that video content marketing has the best ROI.

The WOW Factor

Create loyal customers with these sales tips! Add value, show them benefits, go beyond the obvious and surprise them with the WOW Factor. It could be anything from consulting to on time delivery to connecting them with people who need their business. Just do something wow and in return you will have them with you in your struggling times.

Hopefully, these sales tips if implemented well, will give you enough cushion to support sales. Always remember that there is something frighteningly adventurous about starting a business. Just don’t quit!


[This post by Abhishek Shah first appeared on ThugStart and has been reproduced with permission.]

Note: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views held by Inc42, its creators or employees. Inc42 is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by guest bloggers.

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Abhishek Shah

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Abhishek Shah is an Internet Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor and CXO - level Business, Operations and Sales focussed executive. He has held founding, investments and senior leadership roles at various digitally focussed startups (such as DigiLands, PivotRoots, FlyZoo, Rate-it, RingSocial, ShopDelight etc.) and large organizations (such as Edelweiss, HSBC, ABN Amro & ICICI Bank) with cross-functional experience in Private Wealth, Commercial Banking & Retail Banking across both Assets & Liabilities. He is also the co-founder of ThugStart.com, a website dedicated to inspiring entrepreneurship and startups. Abhishek also serves as a speaker/mentor & advisor to various startups entrepreneurs/organisations.

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