WMTW 007: Our brutal early marketing journey [podcast]
With our first six episodes on iTunes… you may be wondering who we are, what led us here to this podcast and how we’ve embarked on a decade long adventure to discover web marketing that works.
Background of Adam & Toby
- Met in Grade 1 in 1986 at Ashgrove State School
- Did everything from school, swimming, water polo, uni, travelling, 9.5 years in business and most recently a book!
Background of Bluewire Media
- You’ll hear stories of us selling websites, doing graphic design, managing social media for clients, but we now are a web marketing consulting firm.
- We started as strictly a web design shop (or agency for lack of a better word)
- Evolved into social media as that come on the scene and over the decade we’ve evolved into a web marketing advisory firm, offering training, mentoring programs, events and speaking.
- Started in Jan 2005 with $120. We were non-techies, but keen on learning business and marketing!
- First week we went on a surfing holiday (to celebrate!)
- Mentor advice: you need clients to be a business (websites, stationery and office could all wait)
- All we had was a Bluewire email address, and that was enough!
First attempt – knocking on doors
- Pounded the pavement for 2 weeks for 0 leads
- One breaking point, Toby introduced himself by saying “Hi I’m Adam”. Oops!
- Cold calls for 0 leads — we had scripts and everything (Yellow pages)
- The next breaking point was “I can hear crows in the background!”
- Qualified cold call with a valuable offer: this gave us our first leads but not our first client.
- First client came via a referral from our network (our water polo coach Lance’s mate from the pub)
- First cheque for $247 (deposit for a $1200 website)
- Lesson: value of your network and community
Q&A: Starting out today?
Knowing what we know now with our decade of experience and the new world of technology, how would we start marketing a business today?
Build an audience, solve a problem, understand the communities you are already a part of.
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Or order the book online: Web Marketing That Works: Confessions from the Marketing Trenches (Wiley 2014).
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