9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

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9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

Having your own business might be something that you envisioned for a long time. Now that you have an idea on what business to pursue, should you jump in right away and get started? No matter how excited you are and how good you think that idea is, it’s still best to pause and validate if your business idea.

Validating your startup idea doesn’t necessarily eliminate the risk of failure. However, this will tell you if it has a bigger chance of succeeding. Plus, it will help determine if you are on the right track when it comes to your plans.

One of the things to ask yourself is what problem you are trying to solve or eliminate? Your product or service must be useful for your target audience. It should be the solution for their specific issues or it must make their lives easier.

Know your market. Decide on which group of consumers you will be focusing on. Do your research to find out about their needs, wants, and expectations and see if your idea meets them.

There are more ways on how to validate your idea for a startup business. We compiled them in an infographic to make the process more convenient for you. Find out if your idea is something that is worth pursuing or not with our gorgeous and informative illustration below:

9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

Guest Blogger: Scott D. is with Start Blogging online: www.startbloggingonline.com

 


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Social Media Round Table @ HTI Conference June 2015

Social Media is becoming an accepted way for individuals, businesses and non-profits to communicate with friends, customers and stakeholders. Yet, there is also much confusion about how to make the most of Social Media tools.

During the “Social Media Round Table”, your moderator,  J.R. Atkins,  presents an overview on the most used and talked about social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ , Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and others.

The audience is invited to discusses the “why” and the “how” to put these tools to use. By using social media in your strategy and integrating it with your current marketing, you can generate results and drive a solid return on investment.

Specific questions and topics

  1. Are Facebook promotions still viable?
  2. Should we run promotions on social media?
  3. How to encourage reviews.
  4. How to incorporate social media in to your overall marketing.
  5. How do we know if social media is working?
  6. How to incorporate a call to action.
  7. How to manage social media. Do I need a full time person?
  8. What are current trends in social media?
  9. What should be on our website as far as social media?
  10. Where to find content.

Your speaker, J.R. Atkins has been working with individuals, executives and small businesses since 1993 and on Social Media since 2008. He has a BA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus. J.R. serves as an adjunct professor at Temple College and Central Texas College. He has published 3 books: Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0 and Road Map to Success.

This is private event. Let me know if you would like to come as my guest.


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Driving Value from Facebook Promoted Content

J.R. Atkins provides content tips for Facebook postAs Facebook has matured, the ability to place a post and have it be seen by your followers has diminished. So how do you get your message out? By using promoted post on Facebook, you can share your content with both your followers and attract new followers when you spend your money wisely.

In “Driving Value from Facebook Promoted Content”, J.R. Atkins presents an in-depth look at how to make the most of Facebook posting and advertising tools. He will cover the how and why Facebook limits the organic spread of your free post, then how to effectively utilize the promoted post options to get your message to your target market.

Please bring a laptop or tablet computer if you have one so you can make the most of this “hands on training.” If you don’t have a portable device, take good notes and download the PowerPoint presentation to implement these tips at a later date.

3 Learning objective:

  1. How and why does Facebook limit the spread of free post?
  2. How to use the Facebook promoted content functionality.
  3. How much to spend to get a post shared with a target audience.

Your speaker, J.R. Atkins has been working with individuals, executives and small businesses since 1993 and on Social Media since 2008. He has a BA in Marketing from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus. J.R. serves as an adjunct professor at Temple College and CTC. He has published 3 books: Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0 and Road Map to Success.


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How Your Marketing Plan Leads to Success

J.R. Atkins Professor at CTCHow Your Marketing Plan Leads to Success is a 4-hour workshop where attendees will learn the structure of a good marketing plan and leave the class with a basic marketing plan for their business.

To learn  more or register contact CTC at  254-526-1586 go towww.CTCD.EDU/CE


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Social Media Basics: Harnessing the Groundswell

This half day workshop is aimed at providing the attendees a good understand of Social Media and allow them to make the decision of how Social Media can be used within their businesses. Topics include:JRA Visme Project

  • What is Social Media
  • Who are the  players
  • What are the pros and cons of  using Social Media
  • Keys to Social Media Success
  • Useful resources
  • Requirements to make Social Media work in your business

Trying to harness the groundswell of information around social media is difficult to do. Let us break it down for you in simple terms and show you how your business can take advantage of this new media.

RSVP @ https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eafogack233b08d0

Your speaker, J.R. Atkins has been working with individuals, executives and small businesses since 1993 and on Social Media since 2008. He has a BA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus. J.R. serves as an adjunct professor at Temple College and CTC. He has published 3 books: Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0 and Road Map to Success.


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Successful Selling in the Digital Age

J.R. Atkins Professor at CTCSuccessful Selling in the Digital Age combines basic selling skills mixed with digital communication to generate results for your business. This is a full day class and is packed with helpful tactics for using social media, email, the phone, texting, online chat and more.

To learn  more or register contact CTC at  254-526-1586 go to www.CTCD.EDU/CE


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Social Media Success Series – Using Video

J.R. Atkins Professor at CTCSocial Media Success Series at Central Texas College. You can take one, all or be selective.

  1. Principles of Social Media Success: Why you may need social media for your success. Monday: March 30, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  2. LinkedIn for Success: From profile building to Prospecting with LinkedIn. Wednesday: April 1, 2015, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  3. How to Successfully Use Facebook: Techniques for engagement and communication. Monday: April 6, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  4. Using Video for Success: How to create and share video for success. Wednesday: April 8, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

To learn  more or register contact CTC at  254-526-1586 go to www.CTCD.EDU/CE


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Social Media Success Series – Using Facebook

J.R. Atkins Professor at CTCSocial Media Success Series at Central Texas College. You can take one, all or be selective.

  1. Principles of Social Media Success: Why you may need social media for your success. Monday: March 30, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  2. LinkedIn for Success: From profile building to Prospecting with LinkedIn. Wednesday: April 1, 2015, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  3. How to Successfully Use Facebook: Techniques for engagement and communication. Monday: April 6, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  4. Using Video for Success: How to create and share video for success. Wednesday: April 8, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

To learn  more or register contact CTC at  254-526-1586 go to www.CTCD.EDU/CE


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Google Plus your Business for Success

Dallas Social Media speaker J.R. Atkins likes Google+, and offers training on Google+Google Plus is Google’s third attempt at a social media platform and it looks like this one is going to make it, mainly due to its role in search Engine Optimization. This means it is time for businesses to set up their Google Plus page and add it to their social media marketing strategy.

This hands-on workshop will focus on:

  • Linking your Gmail, YouTube and Google Plus account
  • Setting up your Google Plus Page
  • Verifying your location with Google
  • Uploading your cover picture
  • Building Your Circles and Community
  • How to promote your products and services
  • Producing content to go viral
  • The role of Video on Google Plus

If you have more questions about the course material, please contact J.R. Atkins at 214-707-1705 or jratkins@SomethingDifferentCompanies.com

If you have questions about registering for class, please contact Rebecca Schoffman at (254) 526-1415 or rschoffman@ctcd.edu

Your instructor, J.R. Atkins has been working with individuals, executives and small businesses since 1993 and on Social Media since 2008. He has a BA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus. J.R. is on staff at Temple College and CTC and has published 3 books: Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0 and Road Map to Success.


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Facebook for Business: If you promote it, they will come!

Dallas social media speaker J.R. Atkins recommends Facebook Marketing: Small & Medium BusinessesSuccess StoriesFacebook as become the most used social media tool for individuals, businesses and non-profits. Yet, many people are looking to become more effective with Facebook, especially since it is so large and noisy. The workshop will focus on:

  • Facebook Overview
    • 3 Keys to Social Media Marketing
    • Social Media Model
    • Your Facebook Account
    • Your Facebook Page
  • Growing Your Fan Base
  • Creating & Launching Campaigns
  • Paid Post, Promoted Stories and Advertising
  • Monitor & Track Results
  • Resources

If you have more questions about the course material, please contact J.R. Atkins at 214-707-1705 or jratkins@SomethingDifferentCompanies.com

If you have questions about registering for class, please contact Rebecca Schoffman at (254) 526-1415 or rschoffman@ctcd.edu

Your instructor, J.R. Atkins has been working with individuals, executives and small businesses since 1993 and on Social Media since 2008. He has a BA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus. J.R. is on staff at Temple College and CTC and has published 3 books: Success Simplified, Social Media 2.0 and Road Map to Success.


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