Should Startups invest in Advertising ?

Updated: Jun 19

Do startups require to invest in Advertising?

Do early-stage entrepreneurs need to advertise?

Should Startups invest in Advertising?

When we think of advertisements for startups or small businesses, some startup or small business founders think that it is not their cup of tea. Others may say they need to focus on the product and not on the advertisement.


An early-stage entrepreneur also not aware of this particular task, and never provide serious attention to it. They always depend on the leftover budget or no budget for the advertising. It is nothing but a big mistake.


ADVERTISING is an investment, not expenses.

When to start Advertising?

You may have the question that if Advertising is an investment, which is the right time to start investing in the advertising?


There is no right time to start the activity. As it starts with on the same day and at the same time, time at which you have finalized the name of your product or service.

Yes, it is.


Advertising is not my home ground. ? Do many entrepreneurs think Advertising is not our home ground. ?

How? and Why?

As long as the product is yours or from your home ground, and so the advertisement is … because the main purpose of the advertisement is to generate the business. And, everyone needs the business.


Periodic Advertising? One more biggest myth about advertising is that you can advertise when you need the business. Once you have enough orders, you can stop. NO, the scenario is totally the opposite.


Once you stop the advertising and after a certain period, you started the same again…..

Here, you haven’t stopped the advertising, but also stopped the well-settled flow of orders and hence the business.

So, you need to restart your business, from the initial stage, again.


Remember, consistency is key in advertising.


The strategy may differ, the budget may vary, but you have to be visible, in your target market, in maximum possible and creative ways.

No or minimum budget?

Yes, for an early-stage entrepreneur, the budget is the main constraint, when he or she thinks of advertising their own new product or service. Besides advertising products in traditional venues such as newspapers and general interest magazines, businesses advertise in media that reach specific markets.


A strong commitment to advertising is as much an external call to action as it is an internal reinforcement to your sales team.

Promotion:

The primary aim of advertising is nothing but to promote your product or service. Whether your promotion takes the form of print ads, commercials, billboards, or handbills, the purpose of the content is to promote your product/service, in all possible ways.


Awareness :

People are not going to buy, unless and until they are aware of the availability of products or services in the market. Advertising helps to raise your target demographic's awareness of issues with which they may be unfamiliar as well as educate them on the related benefits of your product or service.


One of the best examples is Covid -19 awareness campaigning, by government and, NGOs an many private firms too. Dial tone, Handbills, Covid -19 information center, etc

Comparisons:

Advertising provides an easy and effective way for the consumer to evaluate how the new product or service measures up against the competition.


Toothpaste advertisements can be a good example as they are providing evidence of which is faster or effective, in comparison with the other.

Retention :

Every startup is struggling badly for sustainability. In a troubled economy where so many shops, restaurants, and companies are going out of business, maintaining a strong presence through regular ads, fliers, postcards, events, and a dynamic website is invaluable for long-term relationships. This also serves to attract new customers who may not have needed your products or services when you first opened but are now pleased to have their memories jogged. Advertising needs to create a permanent place in the consumer's mind space.

As a startup or new business, we are always struggling with team building. people hesitate to work with new establishments.


Investing in an advertising plan keeps your business alive. It becomes an active part of the conversational vocabulary and community buzz. This, in turn, gives your workers a sense of pride and emotional ownership in an enterprise that's generating positive feelings and name recognition.


So, are you ready with your advertising plan?

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