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Looking To Make A Name For Your Business? Here’s What You Need To Do

SIGN IN Looking To Make A Name For Your Business? Here's What You Need To Do

The power of the name matters a lot in business. For a small business that’s just starting to get up and running, this is a vital time to make sure you acquire it. Before, during and after the launch, that’s what you need to focus on. You want to make it clear you’re part of the market and that you’re worth attention. So, how do you do that? What are the three most important aspects of going from an unknown to an exciting, visible new part of consumer’s lives?

Have presence

The very first thing that you need to have in order is your presence. For a lot of businesses, these days, this means planting your flag online. Finding a great domain name is an important part of that and luckily there are tools to help you do just that. Then it’s about using your market research to find the best ways of making an appearance to your future customers. What social media sites are they more likely to use, for example? Take a peek at what your competitors are doing and how they’re reaching their audience. That’s where you should be, too.

Find some influence

If you’re trying to gain that kind of visibility by yourself, you’re going to find it a lot more difficult than if you had gotten some help. That’s part of why networking is so important. Make connections to other business owners and organisations. Make offers to them. Help them signal boost their message. Many will be grateful and do much the same. If you’re willing to pay money, there are others who will be glad to start the conversation for you, too. That’s the essence of influencer marketing. It can help you reach audiences that have already been built up through podcasters and bloggers. Just make sure your influencers are relevant to what your business actually does.

Take it on the road

The product and service you provide is going to be the real key. It’s what creates your reputation, your legacy, after the marketing push. So it’s vital that people are able to recognise its value. That’s why you need to take it on the road. Go to trade shows, have a launch event. Be able to demonstrate and get people to try out what it is exactly that you provide. Make sure that your promotions focus heavily on the product. That people who have tested it are able to agree and help you gain visibility by sharing their experience of what it is you provide.

To summarise, these are what many consider the three main strands of making your business visible and attractive. You need to be present and broadcasting across the right channels. You need others who are signal boosting and helping you start the conversation. You need to get out there and make a physical appearance as well. If you’re doing all three of these, it’s about continuing to fine tune the message to make sure it’s coming across right.

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    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio. Prior, she was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Tinuoye currently sits on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board and CES Conference Advisory Board. She is a key player in the Atlanta tech startup ecosystem and serves as a mentor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm Accelerator. Tinuoye has received several awards and accolades, including being honored with a Resolution from the Georgia Legislative.