6 Demand Generation Metrics To Quantify Marketing ROI

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques. Nurturing stage email performance. Demand generation revenue performance.

What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

Both Sides of the Table

On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do. He wanted to create awareness for himself to generate marketing buzz and demand and then get the retail stores to pay wholesales prices for his cds. His email list became his power.

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How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur

InfoChachkie

I recently received an email from a former student in which he described how he was able to secure a lunch meeting with a high-profile entrepreneur who is operating multiple ventures in parallel. That same evening I followed up with him by email thanking for the opportunity.

7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: Startup ventures tend to evolve, especially after you begin speaking with pesky customers and demanding partners. “Learn from the mistakes of others.

Here’s A Painful Problem For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

My plea to entrepreneurs is to recognize these concerns as an opportunity, to make people’s life better, rather than stoke the fires. data security entrepreneurs lifelock opportunity privacy

Security And Privacy Are Entrepreneur Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

My plea to entrepreneurs is to recognize these concerns as an opportunity, to make people’s life better, rather than stoke the fires. business entrepreneur identify theft opportunity privacy startup

Great Entrepreneurs Master Reflective Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups and entrepreneurs are drowning in the information overload, where the volume of data created is like a new Library of Congress every 15 minutes. If email or text messaging is the default way you interact, then you have already declared where it sits in your hierarchy.

6 Critical Marketing Metrics To Nail Today’s Buyers

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur knows that good demand generation marketing is the key to growth these days, but very few have the discipline or know-how to measure return in a world of a thousand tools and techniques. Nurturing stage email performance. Demand generation revenue performance.

How Snapchat Could Increase Team Production

Tech.Co

After being disrupted with an email notification, an average person will need 23 minutes and 15 seconds to regain their focus again. Yet as an entrepreneur, you can rarely hide under the rock and pretend there’s nothing else happening around you and no one is demanding your attention.

Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Many Entrepreneurs Over-Think or Under-Think Issues

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups and entrepreneurs are drowning in the information overload, where the volume of data created is like a new Library of Congress every 15 minutes. If email or text messaging is the default way you interact, then you have already declared where it sits in your hierarchy.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Marshall School of Business

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 30, 2008 -- USC Entrepreneur of the Year - Marshall School of Business. Richard Rosenblatt, Demand Media, shares his journey with a time for QandA. Email claudia.morataya@marshall.usc.edu.

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Five Trick Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer Before Asking For Money

InfoChachkie

However, certain questions can be tricky for an entrepreneur to answer. Below are five common questions an entrepreneur will encounter when seeking venture funding. Intent : Investor / entrepreneur conflicts often arise when a company contemplates an exit opportunity.

Entrepreneurs: See Paranoia As An Opportunity

Startup Professionals Musings

My plea to entrepreneurs and startups is to recognize it as an opportunity, and go the extra mile to make people comfortable rather than paranoid. Tags: entrepreneur startup paranoia internet business

10 Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most of the Holidays

Tech Zulu Event

If you’re planning to launch the latest version of a device, for example, make sure you’ve adequately allocated resources to keep up with the demand. 3 Take advantage of email. If you already have an email list, you’re ahead of the game.

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Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. The investors want a motivated entrepreneur, and it is certainly more difficult to motivate a twenty percent owner than a sixty percent owner.

Reduce five risks: Increase your valuation

Berkonomics

In the creation of a young company, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. So, it is important for the entrepreneur to identify, address and mitigate each of these in order to increase valuation and decrease the risk of ultimate loss of the business.

Catch up to your market or be lost!

Berkonomics

Over the years, I have often heard the complaint from CEO friends that they have become so swamped by the demands of their growing businesses that they feel themselves further and further from the center of their industry, no longer at the forefront of information and competitive development.

Exit timing and price: WHEN to sell? How long does it take?

Berkonomics

His groundbreaking book, “Early Exits” has become a textbook for angel groups and entrepreneurs throughout the world. His Strategic Exits Corporation provides M&A advisory services, and he is much in demand as a speaker at angel and entrepreneur events worldwide. – Dave.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. Note: If you enjoy my posts please subscribe to my newsletter by adding your email below. link] Another entrepreneur was recently in my office.

5 Strategies Recommended For Successful Bootstrapping

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I often hear the desire to run their own company, to avoid having someone else telling them how to run the business. Email status reports to board members and key employees should be delivered more frequently, as key events unfold.

Both sides must be fair in a term sheet negotiation.

Berkonomics

These usually involve a handful of angel investors, and a few entrepreneurs, who all want to build the very best term sheet for their exciting nascent enterprise. Email readers, continue here.] By Basil Peters.

Accurate assumptions lead to defendable plans

Berkonomics

Most entrepreneurs quote a resource for market size, but fail to then take the next step to eliminate all parts of that market unreachable by the company or product. Email readers, continue here.] The biggest error in planning may not be spreadsheet calculation error.

What would you do if told to “fail fast?”

Berkonomics

If you discover and become convinced that your vision is flawed, or the product impossible to create within cost and time expectations, or the demand impossible to quantify, or revenues never close to plan, then it would certainly be time to rethink the plan and product.

What would you do if told to “fail fast?”

Berkonomics

If you discover and become convinced that your vision is flawed, or the product impossible to create within cost and time expectations, or the demand impossible to quantify, or revenues never close to plan, then it would certainly be time to rethink the plan and product.

Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

Berkonomics

Especially if you are in the early stage of growing a business, these five risks can and often do derail entrepreneurs before realizing the riches of a great exit. Email readers, continue here…] Are you ahead or behind the market with your product or service?

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

A valuable lesson from aviation for entrepreneurs. Email readers, continue here…] Either way, very few startups can afford to forge new markets or create a product that does not fit into an existing class of increasing demand.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

A valuable lesson from aviation for entrepreneurs. Email readers, continue here…] Either way, very few startups can afford to forge new markets or create a product that does not fit into an existing class of increasing demand.

Premature scaling kills businesses.

Berkonomics

Email readers continue here.] I’ve been involved as a board member of two such businesses, where venture investors came aboard and pushed management to immediately scale the business without regard for profitability, and without much regard for infrastructure.

Security And Privacy Are Both A Risk and Opportunity

Startup Professionals Musings

My recommendation to entrepreneurs is to recognize these concerns as an opportunity to make people’s life better, rather than worry and dodge the risk. data breach entrepreneur opportunity risk security and privacy

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

The surest sign a fund-raising process has stalled is when you aren’t getting follow-up meetings or hearing from the VC or hearing from friends that they got a phone call or email asking about you. Remember, I was an entrepreneur for 10 years before a VC).

My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.

Berkonomics

It’s good advice; the theory being that entrepreneurs can discover the flaws in their business models sooner, make course corrections and move in a more favorable direction. In my case as a young software entrepreneur, I had a different approach: Fail Locally, one customer at a time.

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Consider all resources before seeking investment.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. Second, almost no professional investor will consider putting that much into a startup until there is proof of market demand, product viability or some other mitigation of failure. The investors want a motivated entrepreneur, and it is certainly more difficult to motivate a twenty percent owner than a sixty percent owner.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

Tech.Co

When the beta was ready in 2011 Botto emailed a link to 100 of his industry contacts, asking them to send it along to five more people if they enjoyed the experience. The continued proliferation of media network and online distribution channels has increased demand for quality content. Entertainment Industry Entertainment entrepreneurs StartupsLinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network with more than 380 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

Both Sides of the Table

One entrepreneur refrain I sometimes hear is “We want to raise some extra money for M&A activities.” Every VC wants to fund a deal that seems to have too much demand. Having too little demand leads to bankruptcy.

10 Keys To Innovative Branding For A Great Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

Innovation is key in setting your company apart from the onslaught of promotional media out there today, including email blasts, banner ads on the Internet, and pervasive television spots. Position your products as delivery for on-demand services.

7 Strategies To Avoid the Curse of Business-As-Usual

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs and business owners, I rarely find someone who doesn’t proclaim that the business world is changing rapidly, with new technology, new customer expectations, and new cultures. business as usual entrepreneur obsolete practices startup strategy

10 Keys To Making Mentoring A Win-Win Relationship

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur can learn from a mentor, no matter how confident or successful they have been to date. Yet most entrepreneurs simply don’t know how to work with a mentor. The most common challenges involve time and accessibility demands on either side, or the level of help expected.

10 Digital Marketing Secrets Set A Brand Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

More than just spending, you need to create an “experience” in this digital age which sets you apart from the banner ads, email blasts, and old-school websites out there today. brand experience entrepreneur digital marketing startup secrets business

Are You Involved With Business, Or Fully Committed?

Startup Professionals Musings

He goes into the office on Sundays and reads emails from his thousands of employees on Saturdays. On the other hand, I often hear from “wanna-be” entrepreneurs who dream of being their own boss, and working their own hours by running their own business.

Mommy Bloggers Review Service for Manufacturers of Kid and Family Products

Eric Greenspan

So, because I’m a dad, a customer service enthusiast, product evaluator and entrepreneur, I’ve decided to build a business around it. I will demand and police honest and ethical reviews, whether good or bad.

7 Reasons To Start A New Focus On Inbound Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business I know is intimately familiar with outbound marketing, or pushing your message out to customers through email, newspaper, and television advertising. change entrepreneur pull marketing

The Right Way To Get Funding From Family And Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know are so passionate about their new idea that they are surprised when family and friends don’t line up to invest in their new venture. The reality is that investors, including myself, believe that the entrepreneur is more key to business success than the idea.