The Startups Checklist

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When setting up a new business there is a lot to think about from the anxiety of giving it all up and taking on the world alone, invoicing, providing the product or service and taking time for yourself.

We can’t help with everything, but can make life easier when it comes to marketing and your brand. Please see below the items which need to be completed by all Start-ups when setting up their new business and developing their brand:

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This is becoming harder and harder, back in the day before the internet it wasn’t such a challenge you could have numerous companies in different states or countries called the same thing without any fear of brand contamination. However today you have to be unique across 195 countries and 7000 languages.
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Check if the domain name is free and also check the other TLDs. Finally Google the name see what comes up is someone using it as a product name? is it used as a band name? how much noise will you be competing with and is it worth it?
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For brand protection it is usually advisable where possible to register the .CO.UK .COM .NET domains
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Remain consistent with your channel usernames, if it’s taken for one re-assess all the channels
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When registering your hosting, ensure the servers are situated in the country you are selling your products.
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A secure certificate not only encrypts data entered on forms, it give buyers confidence and helps improve your google position.
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Setup both general info@ and specific firstname.lastname email addresses using your private domain. Never use your Hotmail or Google addresses, given the small investment it’s a massive detriment to your professionalism.
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If your products national, you might want to promote your non-geographic number if not a local. Nothing fills me with more dread than phoning a new company on a mobile phone number. VoIP telephone numbers and solutions are cheap as chips.
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Taking the time to develop not only your logo and website but overall brand identity and bring these together in a set of brand guidelines will save you time and provide consistency when developing additional collateral such as adverts, brochures etc.
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Developing content for your website is more than stringing together a few nicely written sentences. Each page will have its own set of keywords you are looking to promote, these keywords need to be used consistently within the content, title, description and SEO friendly URLs
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Including clean links to your selection of social media profiles is essential early on when asking Google to index your website. You want the associations to be made as early as possible.
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When your website is designed, don’t sit on your desktop and sign it off. Test it on your mobile and your tablet and really try and use the website. Think if this was the first time anyone had seen your business?
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A site map is essential in enabling Google to quickly and easily index your website, keeping your sitemap up to date provides regular updates and site changes to google.
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where you hope visitors will get to
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Identifying which marketing activity is ultimately achieving the results you want is essential. So if you have a call to action page such as booking a call or completing payment on an ecommerce site then set this as your goal page and track which elements of your marketing is getting the most people to complete this goal.
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When you write amazing content, why force your visitors to work to share it. Social sharing functionality is essential when it comes to a good content marketing strategy.
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Ensuring brand consistency across all of your social media channels is essential. When a visitor sees your facebook, twitter or linkedin they should provide the same brand experience. Logos, colours, messaging and appropriate content related to your business.
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Developing a content marketing strategy is simple, start with 12 boxes representing the months of the year. We then add national holiday days such as Christmas, New Year, Mothers Day etc. We then look at industry related dates and dates related specifically to the clients business. Which then provides regulars, consistent updates to your social media channels.
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