Looking to create brand awareness for your Startup? Here's 10 websites that your startup may want to be listed on...
If you have your own startup, or have toyed with the idea of doing so, you’ll know just how daunting the whole process can be. After all, there is a lot to think about when starting a business and sometimes it can seem like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
A lot of the time the biggest challenge is getting your business out there - getting noticed is really important. Your idea might be the best thing since sliced bread, but if people don’t know about it, it’s not going to go anywhere.
Startup publicity is key, so it is important to make a big push for it as quickly as you can - you need to get noticed. The world of startups is very collaborative so it’s important that, figuratively speaking, you stand out in the open for all the world to see with a massive neon sign that says “This is Me! This is My Idea!” - that way your business will move forward.
However you’re a lucky lot since we’ve done the boring bit for you - we’ve put together a list of ten websites that we think your startup should definitely be on. Read on and get listing!
If you manage to have your startup featured on TechCrunch you can give yourself a well deserved pat on the back. It’s the place to go for the latest news in technology so any coverage on their website is great! It’s not as easy to promote your startup or business here as it is with a lot of other directories on this list, but if you’re successful your efforts will definitely pay off. You can contact the folks at TechCrunch directly through their online submission form and submit your pitch or offer to write a guest column. When it all comes down to it, you have to give it your best shot and hope that whoever reads your submission likes it or thinks it’s worth covering. Of course, this won’t always happen, but sometimes you just have to go for it - and if it pays off, you’ll definitely see the benefits.
AngelList is a must for any startup looking for investment. When listing your startup you can create a detailed and informative profile which pitches your idea to those who matter and will hopefully mean that someone important will invest in your startup or even work for you! If you want your publicity on AngelList to pay off, the important thing to remember is to create a profile that is interesting, informative and worthwhile!
Mashable is very similar to TechCrunch in the sense that they’re not really fond of self-promotion. If you’re an experienced writer or feel like you have the perfect pitch, you can submit it through their online submission form and hope that someone likes what they see. Again, it can be quite hit and miss but any chance of coverage is worth chasing!
KillerStartups is a great place to go for startup news. They regularly write reviews on a lot of different startups that tickle their fancy and also post tips and tricks of the business world. There is something for everyone on KillerStartups and if you’re too busy to trawl through their site for the latest in startups, simply take a look at their weekly roundups to see what you’ve missed! Alternatively, if you feel like your business is worth reviewing, submit your startup through their website! Who knows what they might think, but with over 125,000 monthly views, you’re bound to be noticed!
Do you have a startup that is already in the prototype stages? Maybe you have a beta up and running and need to know what works and what doesn’t. If that’s the case, BetaList is definitely for you. On their website, you can submit your startup so that you can work on refining your product and/or business so that it is exactly what customers want. Through BetaList beta testers can give you the valuable feedback that is needed to ensure that you are able to refine and perfect your product.
Much like Killerstartups you can submit your startup to LaunchingNextand create a full profile, including your pitch and social media links. It is a place to showcase your startup and let everyone know what you’re all about. It’s a simple process and while there you can browse other startups that might be of interest to you.
With a similar idea to the likes of LaunchingNext and KillerStartups, IdeaSquares is a place where you can showcase your startup but ‘adding your square’ so that you can share your business idea, your social media links and any other information you think is important. By doing so you can hopefully collaborate with others to make the most out of your business.
There are a lot of subreddits that can be very beneficial to anyone with a startup. The community can be critical though so it is important that you stay interesting, fresh and avoid self promotion at all costs as this will be seen as obnoxious and not worth anyone’s time. That being said, if you strike the right chord, reddit users can be very welcoming and helpful. You never know who may stumble across your idea through the various subreddits, but if you don’t know where to begin, /r/startups is probably your best bet.
If you have a startup and don’t know where to start, FS6 is probably one of your best options. On their website you can even create a profile for job listings, investors or events. It is a great way of gaining exposure and finding out about deals that can help your startup! Alternatively, if you’re in need of a job and fancy working for an innovative business, on their website you will find job listings that can be filtered to suit you.
Before we go though, there’s one more directory that may be of interest to you:
Startacus: Collab Space
No matter what stage of the game your business is at, whether it’s just starting or gaining momentum, the collaboration space at Startacus is a place where you can list and showcase your startup business and share your ideas with our community. In doing so we aim to help you make important connections that can help your business grow and succeed. All you have to do is head over to our collaboration space and create a profile outlining what stage your business is at and what your goal is. You can also let us know if there’s anything in particular you need help with, add your explainer video or pitch, and even share all your social media channels - phew, we'd get on it, if we were you!
We really hope that this list was of help to anyone out there scratching their heads. Knowing what the next step is can be difficult, but hopefully we have helped point you in the right direction, just like the directories we have talked about!
If you know of any other websites or directories that can help out anyone with a great idea, don’t be afraid to let us know! We love hearing about them and feel free to comment below...
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