Startup Development

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to break down the steps that were involved in developing a digital marketing startup agency. Now, I don’t have a formal background in business or marketing, so it’s taken me awhile to put all this information together. One thing I know about being a mostly abstract thinker is that, following a logical progression based on reasoning and detail is a lot easier than gathering data that is specific to a certain cause and effect. So, this is my attempt at quantifying and qualifying the work I did at VanWhistle Media. Note: I am no longer affiliated with the company. The reason why I left was that my creative vision did not align with the founder’s business style. The owner is always in charge – #winknudge! Jeremiads aside, I am now identifying with the title Creative Director because my work crosses over the walls of artistry into a very consummate dedication toward design and strategy.

If you have any feedback, I am all ears. Please reach out!

Duration: 6-month contract

Goal: To establish company through brand development and product awareness.

Outcome: Sizing market, understanding market potential and organizational design.

Milestones: 

  1. Startup Development (stages / discovery, strategy, implementation, mid-measurement *wider release required)
    • Concept & Research
    • Commitment & Traction
    • Software application – Pipedrive, Qwilr, Pomodoro, Canva, Basecamp, Ahrefs
  2. Sales & Marketing (stages / discovery, *heavy strategy, implementation, mid-measurement)
    • Working directly with company CEO
    • Development & Launch
    • Sales strategies and marketing approach – solution selling (action), insight selling (aim), prospecting methods and scripts, Letter of Engagement, Value-Based Price Sheets, Mom & Pop Store Spring Promo, Door to Door Mapping)
  3. Creative & Technical Writing (stages / discovery, strategy, implementation, early measurement *wider release and further market research required)
    • Strategic Development (responsible, transparent & accurate)
    • All creative and copy across multiple platforms
    • Campaign Creation – #ourlocalcrew (awareness/brand image), #targetaudience (definition), #thursdaytheory (attraction)
  4. Brand Development (stages / discovery, strategy, implementation *establishing workflow, process & guidelines)
    • Promote brand
    • Promote products/solutions
    • Buyer Persona and Market Research – Brand Concept Kit, VWM Complete Branding Package)
  5. Solution Development (stages / discovery, *heavy strategy, implementation, early measurement)
    • Website Revamp/Rebuild/Build (The Hub Concept)
    • 1st Meeting Form, Digital Marketing Plan, Value-Based Price Sheets
    • Media Kit, Digital Presence Business Model, Step by Step SEO Guide
  6. Content Creation (stages / discovery, strategy, early implementation)
    • Simpler & Larger, Passion & Efficiency, Seller & Buyer
    • The Hub Concept, Digital Collaboration
    • Digital Presence, Make Change Happen
  7. Art Direction (stages / discovery, strategy, implementation)
    • Communication style – branding, project documents
    • Design style – marketing & sales collateral, Media Kit, logos
    • Contract and proposal templates (100% original design and content)
  8. Project Management (stages / discovery, implementation, early measurement)
    • Coordination & Scope
    • Bottom-Up & Kanban
    • To promote and encourage incremental, logical change without triggering fear of change itself

A Sales Manifesto

Hi everyone! I wrote this manifesto when I was selected to join Bell Mobility’s Small Business Sales team in 2013. Some edits have been made to coincide with recent sales experiences. Have a read and please share your comments!

I aim to create a personal brand that relates to the three manifestations of every business – ‘The Entrepreneur’ who forges ahead into new areas of interest, ‘The Manager’ who solidifies the base of operations and ‘The Technician’ who completes the manual overview. If we can understand how these entities co-exist, we can begin to build long-lasting, profitable relationships with the very businesses we aim to connect with.

As ‘Entrepreneur’, I will be passionate in all of my endeavours, staying true to my creative nature through innovation & leadership. As ‘Manager’, I will take action and stick to my word by establishing effective techniques & processes. And finally, as ‘Technician’, I will be persistent and driven in order to produce consistent results that will seal relationships & solidify value.

Nestled within these strategies are goals: to establish reciprocity – to give to customers what I would want to receive; to establish scarcity – to prove uniqueness amongst peers and industry competitors; to establish exclusivity – to prove insight and  service/product knowledge to clients; to proliferate potential business – to exhaust all available networking channels; to leverage current and former contacts – to fully utilize loyalty and feedback; to connect with chief decision-makers – to focus on high-value opportunities with true intellectuals; and last but not least, to commit to a reward at the end of my work – to praise the vigour of my business.

In synergy, these entities can create trust, belief  & faith!

So, love what you want from your sales strategist and make magic together – legitimate, genuine, authentic, real, exclusive, and freely made of irrepressible commitments which together, produce terrible outcomes that  benefit no parties.

Do you agree?