There are numerous propositions why start-ups lack interest in getting SEO services. This article aims to show how to best help start-ups and particularly small start-ups by introducing SEO to market their website or online business.
Premise One: Most start-ups don’t appear to have funds
This is a huge issue for people starting out their own business. Clients often would like to jump straight in and ask ‘how expensive is this SEO stuff going to cost me?’ I urge that you do not answer this right away. Keep in mind though that new businesses might not have huge marketing budget, yet you simply cannot offer the services you provide for free.
Therefore, during your first strategy meeting with your new client, it’s essential to gauge where they may be at first, to be able to offer them a proposal that can really help them. You need to assure them that this is beneficial for their business and at the same time, assure them that you are there to assist them, and not bust their bank account. Your role is always to help them grow their business and not to bleed it dry.
Premise Two: Make It Simple
It is necessary should you try to win the client or to gain more business from your client, to help keep everything simple. Use terms the client will understand. Do not try to flood real technical terms to your client. Your aim should be to educate your client what your SEO is all about in such a way that he will understand it easily.
Premise Three: Don’t Do Everything At the Same Time.
Starting a brand new business is daunting enough, especially for a sole trader, a new small enterprise or partnership. Don’t overwhelm them with the countless aspects of SEO. Think of a plan so your support for that client is clearly structured and divided into bite-size stages. It’s no good stating in your first meeting that you have to tackle the on-page optimization, back link building, guest blogging, tweeting, posting to Facebook, Stumbling etc. They already have enough on their plate!
What I am not saying is to ignore these matters. Explain their significance but structure their SEO strategy. Remember that if it’s gradually built up, it is going to appear more ‘natural’ which of course is way better received by search engines than a temporary and unexpected boost.
Premise Four: Report Back the Results
Because most new businesses have small or limited funds, they want to see ROI faster - even if initially they notice an improvement in terms of search rankings or perhaps the number of visitors to their site. This is how they are going to judge your services. You need to report to them regularly. Most of our clients prefer monthly reports, which really is a reasonable expectation in my experience. But again don’t flood them with stat reports.
Final Premise: Enjoy and Don’t Apply Pressure
Working on a new client’s new business SEO ought to be a great experience for you both - build the customer relationship allowing you to have repeat business, a better understanding of your client as a person and a business. Don’t pressure your client or prospect into taking your ÂŁ1,000 package if the ÂŁ50 package is appropriate.
And lastly but not least - a happy client may very well be a referring client, so build on the above mentioned principles and have fun doing it!
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