How to promote your enterprise for less than the cost of a book of stamps

SEEE saw my tweet an invited me to submit this blog you're reading now:I need to begin

this with a confession: if I'm honest, I hoped someone like SEEE would invite me to

showcase myself in front of all you lovely people reading this without my

having to pay anyone a single penny. And all it took was for me to tweet about a university

 bootcamp I was involved in, at which I helped some 40 students explore how they could

promote their new enterprises for whatever small change they had in their pockets at the


It can be very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we have to spend lots of money on

shiny brochures, advertising, expensive websites, ... but we don't always in order to get

noticed and get people talking about (and to) us: during the space race, NASA spent $15m

developing a pen that would write in zero gravity; the Russians packed a pencil sharpener -

yet both had the same outcome: their astronauts would be able to write in space.

But equally, we can become paralysed with indecision about what we might do with little or

 no money given the choices 'out there', especially when we hear about all the things that

social media can (apparently) do and offer... My approach with enterprises in such

situations is to give them a budget to help focus the mind: £3.60 (the cost of a book of

stamps). Ideas that people subsequently come up with are wild, wacky, fun, clever, but all

will get them noticed: from offering free lollipops or facepainting, public stunts to generate

 media coverage, starting a guerrilla sticker campaign, getting invited to speak at others'

events (or write a guest blog for them) the list goes on, but all the ideas involve that

crucial element of FUN, and if executed well will get people talking about them and

generate warm sales leads for the future.


So - get people talking about your enterprise (and some would argue that until you can,

it's not a proper business), have fun doing it, and don't spend more than you would

otherwise buying a book of stamps!


Adrian Ashton


Adrian is a freelance trainer and adviser to social enterprises; after working for several

years supporting the sector exclusively in the East of England, he now has a national profile

 but is always happy to have a chat...