Realize a couple of key facts: A) the prices for e-commerce software have fallen, so you don’t need to spend a fortune unless your needs are complicated, and B) many of today’s e-commerce packages include a full range of tools in one package, from an inventory management system to marketing tools. Many of today’s merchants prefer this “all-in-one” approach because it makes life simpler.
While this is probably one of the hardest areas of lead generation, you can easily create high quality premium content that will help you showcase the experience you have in the industry. Viral does not necessarily mean it has to be funny, stupid or witty. Some of the viral content we have seen shared across our customer platforms include highly educating infographics or short videos, amazing offers, provocative webinars and thought leadership events. Kissmetrics has an amazing guide to creating viral content here. Their case studies while several years old still proves relevant today.
You distinguish yourself from the sea of competitors by creating great content. I'm not joking either. Creating high quality, highly relevant, engaging and SEO enhanced content is arguably the most important marketing exercise you can undertake. It takes a while for your content to be indexed by Google, but once it is the effects are cumulative (the more content you add, the more traffic you generate) and persistent (unlike online advertising, which offers no long term benefits).
The first three points in this startup checklist basically require you to do adequate research into your market. You have to know what the value of your offering is to the people you are offering it to. For example, there's no point in pricing your premium content at $3 a posting when the exact same content is being given away at a larger, more established site.