The early Dot Com promise was that the web puts small and large businesses on a level playing field. But as the platform has matured, that promise has turned out to be somewhat hollow, not least in the area of online marketing. Small businesses, let alone â€˜mom and pupâ€™ shops, often donâ€™t have the online marketing know-how, budget or time to compete with the big brands. One businessâ€™ pain-point, however, is anotherâ€™s opportunity.
Enter Maverick from AppForma, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup that wants to become the â€œWordPress for digital marketingâ€. The platform claims to enable SMBs to achieve â€œad-agency qualityâ€ marketing at a fraction of the cost by taking care of the planning, creation and execution of multi-channel marketing campaigns.
In the same way as WordPress comes with a host of pre-selectable themes underpinned by an easy-to-use CMS, Maverick offers off-the-shelf 12-month marketing campaigns based on industry sector, which it says can be executed with just one-click. Itâ€™s the automated element to its marketing platform, thus negating the need to be an online marketing expert, that draws the WordPress comparison. Or, to quote the company verbatim, â€œ[Maverick] brings the same easy functionality to the world of SMB marketing that WordPress brought to online publishingâ€.
Akin to an online marketing â€˜wizardâ€™, Maverick walks the users through the steps involved in creating and executing campaigns, including running the production, optimization, and follow up of each online campaign. After signing up and selecting from a list of business types/industry sector, users are given a year of personalized marketing campaigns which are populated in the web appâ€™s calendar of activities. In turn, Maverick suggests which campaign to run, as well as creating all the needed images/copy etc., though the user can drill down and customise campaigns, too. In total, there are over 50 off-the-shelf campaigns spread across the 12 months, such as sweepstakes, photo contests, polls and coupons, with each â€œmico-campaignâ€ based on a call-for-action designed to covert traffic into leads or users becoming fans of the brand.
Campaigns leverage one or more of the following: social posts, email communications, or Facebook ads, as well as a â€œcustomer retention and loyalty programâ€, underpinned by Maverickâ€™s marketing engine. The loyalty aspect might include things like pushing an offer to a customer on their birthday or based on points earned through their purchasing/social activity. Naturally, Maverick also encompasses an analytics dashboard so that SMBs can keep track of ROI.
After a 30-day trial, Maverick pricing starts at $100 per-month and there are multiple pricing tiers available based on scope. Its closest competitor is probably heavily-backed InfusionSoft, which offers sales and marketing software for SMBs. Interestingly, Maverick is funded by a group of unnamed angel investors via the equity-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, which matches accredited investors with Israeli startups.
Maverickâ€™s is the a virtual marketing agency designed to fit any small business budget, yet it saves the average local business owner time, money and worry.
Maverick by Appforma automatically creates a year-long, customized digital marketing campaign with 50 different marketing activities, including email marketing, social media, customer loyalty programs and more. Maverick by Appforma is easy to use, streamlining the complexities of digital marketing into a series of straightforward â€œapprove and launchâ€ decisions. Any small business owner can manage…
Infusionsoft provides the all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses. Designed to meet the needs of businesses with fewer than 25 employees, Infusionsoft combines customer relationship management (CRM), marketing automation and e-commerce into one, easy-to-use web-based system. Using Infusionsoft is the easiest way for true small businesses to convert leads, grow sales and save time. The privately held, six-time Inc. 500/5000 company is based in Chandler, Ariz. and is funded by Goldman Sachs, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Signal…
Article source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/14/maverick/