What Does the Post Crash VC Market Look Like?

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The market was down considerably with public valuations down 53–79% across the four sectors we were reviewing (it is since down even further). ==> Aside, we also have a NEW LA-based partner I’m thrilled to announce: Nick Kim. What Does the Post Crash VC Market Look Like?

Mailing lists, email marketing, errors, oh my!


The post Mailing lists, email marketing, errors, oh my! Using old email lists for the first time is like eating really stale doughnuts. The taste is pretty bad, and the side effects could be disastrous. Strict rules about spam accounts.

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6 Marketing Accelerators For Boosting Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Great marketing is required to generate revenue and grow every business, especially new businesses which have no brand recognition nor loyal customer base. He is a business executive and consultant with three decades of marketing and real business growth experience.

CalAmp Sets Marketing Head


Irvine-based asset tracking technology provider CalAmp said late last week that it has named Mark Gaydos as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Gaydos was previously CMO at Nlyte Software, and also was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Engine Yard, in addition to serving at Oracle and SAP America. The company said Gaydos will lead worldwide marketing strategy, go-to-market execution, branding and demand creation.

7 Ways Your Marketing Needs To Meet Today’s Customers

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. Only a few really understand the process and value of inbound marketing, for pulling customers to your brand.

ChowNow Names Chief Marketing Officer


Los Angeles-based online restaurant ordering systems developer ChowNow said on Wednesday that it has name a new marketing head, appointing Karene Tropene as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Tropene was most recently SVP of Marketing and Content at Medium, and also has served at Disney+, Netflix, HBO, and NBCUniversal. chownow executive restaurant marketing karene tropene

Go ahead. Revert to “old school” marketing. If you dare…


The obsolete marketing message. And both have become increasingly obsolete as new channels of reach have evolved, allowing direct and personal contact with our potential customers, and better yet, free and near–free forms of marketing just for the asking.

Renogy Enters Home Energy Storage Market


Anaheim-based solar equipment provider Renogy says it is expanding beyond solar panels and inverters, and into the home energy storage market. Renogy provides its products to both the grid-connected and off-grid solar market. Inflation Reduction Act spurred its entry into the market, with both systems expected to qualify for the 30% investment tax credit under the Act.

Four ways to create marketing excellence


First, let’s recall the four “P’s” of marketing. Marketing is a science devised to help drive customers to your door. There are lots of ways to define how to market well, including the four P’s of marketing (1): product, price, promotion and place.

8 Marketing Multipliers To Boost Your Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role of business advisor to startups, I often recommend these to increase initial brand identity and market penetration. With the rate of market change today, and the advent of worldwide competitors, you need every strategy you can muster to keep up, and respond quickly to new threats.

Do you really want to be the first to market?


Over the years, as I managed my several computer companies as CEO or executive chairman, I made the decision to go to market with a brand-new product that had never before been exposed to my customer’s marketplace. Changing the rules to fit the market.

4 Entrepreneur Categories Hunt For Market Innovations

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, entrepreneurs hunt for new innovative solutions to problems, new ways of beating competitors, new markets, and new customers. They love the continuous hunt, for investment capital, resources, talent, and new markets.

I Haven’t Seen A Startup Yet Thrive Without Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a long time ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth.

6 Marketing Specifics That Apply To Every New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. Yet I see many technology entrepreneurs that focus on the basics of marketing too little and too late. I like the guidance from marketing coach David Newman’s classic book “ Do It! Don’t fall into the marketing-speak trap.

Worth Network Aims At Instagram Marketing


Los Angeles-based Worth Network, a new software startup, is aiming to help marketers reach more consumers via organic Instagram posts, the company said today. The company says it has built software that identifies a brand's best customers on social media and converts them to marketers by paying them to post organic Instagram stories. worth network instagram marketing software social media

10 Marketing Strategies To Drive Exponential Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditional marketing may be adequate for linear growth, but it likely won’t catapult you to Amazon’s unicorn status , or make waves in the business world. Let your highly motivated customers be your best marketing advocates for new customers. exponential growth marketing unicorn

5 New Marketing Rules For Today’s Customer Generation

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business consultant, I often have to remind small business owners that their marketing needs to be more interactive, versus the traditional “ push ” model, where you broadcast your message to as many people as possible. Marketing must be everyone’s top priority.

Balance Your Marketing Spending Between Free and Fee

Startup Professionals Musings

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

Traditional marketing vs. social engagement


We all know that the world of marketing has turned upside down these past years through the power of the Internet. College professors teaching marketing must be having a real challenge keeping up with the new channels of communication, the relative values of advertising buys in this new world and explaining how to make the most out of these cheaper and more powerful channels. The new power model of marketing. The golden rule of today’s marketing.

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.


How many of us throw away marketing dollars because our paid efforts reach an audience that is much larger than the target or niche audience we need to reach? Whether it be for publications, social marketing, or even those once-necessary postal mailers, we have tools now that were not available just a few years ago. So, let’s up our marketing knowledge first with a few short answers to marketing questions…. What Is niche marketing? Close.

FloQast Names Chief Marketing Officer


Los Angeles-based FloQast, which develops workflow automation software for the accounting industry, says it has named a new Chief Marketing Officer. Birce was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Vendavo, and prior to that was at Lumension Security. floqast chief marketing officer accounting software auditing auditAccording to the company, it has named Edward (Ed) Brice to the position, reporting to CEO mike Whitmire.

Entering the Japanese Market

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 12, 2021 -- Entering the Japanese Market by Partnering With The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Please join Biocom Los Angeles and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) for a virtual webinar to learn how Life Science companies in the Greater LA area can enter the Japanese market. Biocom California.

Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

L.A. Business Journal

Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

7 Current Market Forces Bring Startup Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

The best startups also see these as opportunities for brand recognition and viral marketing, to simultaneously benefit people and boost the bottom line. Markets are now hyper-connected, where communications technology and rapid transportation link all citizens of the world together.

ServiceTitan Expands Into Construction Market


Los Angeles-based cloud-based software developer ServiceTitan said this week that it is expanding into the construction market, adding a number of capabilities focused on helping trades-focused subcontractors integrate construction projects. ServiceTitan said the expansion comes on top of recent expansion also into the landscaping and pest control industry. As part of the expansion into construction, the company said it has named Sendur Sellakumar as SVP of Commercial and Construction.

5 Stages Of The Market Lifecycle Gate Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a frequent advisor to new entrepreneurs and startups, I often hear your frustration with being treated differently from other startups by investors, on expectations for valuation , traction, and market size. The market at this point is largely unknown and untested.

HyperX Aims At Education Market


Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming accessories arm of Kingston Technology, is taking aim at the education market this year--saying it is offering up deals on its gaming peripherals specifically for helping students in virtual class sessions. The company's unique take on the learning-at-home market is that its gaming headsets, microphones, and other products can help students block out the distractions at home, and stay focused on lessons.

6 Keys To Measuring Return On Investment In Marketing

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. Carlos Hidalgo demand generation marketing ROI

Well Health Names New Marketing VP


Santa Barbara-based Well Health, a developer of digital health software, said this week that it has named Robin Hackney as the company's Senior Vice President of Marketing. Hackney was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at FairWarning, which was recently acquired by Imprivata. well health marketing executive robin hackney fairwarning

Shopify Plots Amazon Affiliate Marketing Attack


Shopify is planning to strike a blow at Amazon by entering the affiliate marketing space. But, it also represents another swipe at Amazon's near-monopoly control of the affiliate marketing space. Why Would Shopify Expand into Affiliate Marketing?

8 Key Principles To Prepare For Invading A New Market

Startup Professionals Musings

Many of you don’t like to think of it this way, but penetrating a target market with your startup is a lot like a military invasion. Too many entrepreneurs push their product out without the proper scouting on high return or weak points in the existing market.

Wpromote Rolls Out New Marketing Platform


El Segundo-based Wpromote is launching a new marketing technology platform, the company said today, which it says will help complement its performance marketing services. wpromote marketing ecommerce software performanceThe company said its new platform is called Polaris, and includes three apps for data capture and collection, analytics and automation, and apps for predictive modeling. Pricing on the tools were not announced.

Evite Names New CTO, VP Marketing


Los Angeles-based online invitations service Evite said this morning that it has appointed two new executives, adding Thanh Khuu as Chief Technology Officer and Karen Graham as Vice President of Marketing and Brand. Khuu had previously served as Chief Technology Officer at ShoeDazzle, in addition to other roles; Graham most recently was Vice President of Marketing at Nordstrom for the off-price online and brick-and-mortar division.

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8 Ways New Venture Founders Create Whole New Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

This is a statement that they are willing and able (and successful) at projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations. They have the courage to make bold decisions, often contrary to conventional market research.

6 Tips For A Marketing Focus To Match Your Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a passionate technologist , it’s easy to forget that marketing is required to sell even the most compelling solution, to cut through the information overload everyone sees today on the internet. Talk to real live customers in addition to marketers.

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Alorica Names Marketing Head


Irvine-based Alorica , a provider of outsource, business process outsourcing and "customer experience" outsourcing, named Colson Hillier as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), the company said on Tuesday. Hillier will lead the company's global marketing and communications efforts, according to the company. alorica business process outsourcing offshoring executive chief marketing officer colson hillier

10 Keys To Results With Social-Local-Mobile Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days. Winning entrepreneurs have long since supplemented conventional print and video “push” marketing with digital online interactive “pull” marketing, and a while back added social-local-mobile ( SoLoMo ) to the mix.

TikTok Launches Extensive Marketing Campaign

L.A. Business Journal

TikTok is ramping up its marketing efforts in the face of a potential ban in the United States and data security investigations in Europe

6 Ways To Pull In Customers Without Push Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs have always believed that their product or service must show real value to customers, but today the smart ones are even able to make their marketing valuable. The days are gone when marketing was all “pushing product.” customer Joe Pulizzi pull marketing push marketing

Greenfly Gets $8.4M For Influencer Marketing Software


Los Angeles-based Greenfly, a developer of marketing software for brand ambassadors, athletes, and sponsors, said on Tuesday that it has raised $8.4M paul chris investment growth strategic capital venture software marketing influencer greenflyin a strategic growth round.

6 Incentives To Master The Art Of Marketing Yourself

Startup Professionals Musings

As an investor, I sometimes see CEOs who negotiate to send their VP of Marketing to talk. The other four are: new product development, writing, time management, and sales/marketing. Jan Yager marketing public speaking selling skills

6 Motivations That Lead To Key Market Transformations

Startup Professionals Musings

As I’ve said before, everyone talks about innovation, but the majority of new business plans I see still reflect linear thinking – one more social network with more features, another smartphone app for marketing, or one more platform for faster e-commerce.

7 Startup Marketing Strategies To Bring In Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup. His professional background includes having held marketing-executive roles at big companies as well as startups. Email marketing.