Offerpal’s Virtual Money Service Gets $15M In Funding

offerpal-logoHere’s some good news in a particularly troubled time for Internet startups, and it’s especially piquant for anyone who’s been following the rise (and challenges) of social gaming: Offerpal Media is announcing today that it has secured $15 million in Series B funding led by D. E. Shaw Ventures. (InterWest Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners, original investors in the Fremont-based company, also participated.) Read More about Offerpal’s Virtual Money Service Gets $15M In Funding

My 8 Commandments for Marketing Your Startup

I’m one of the co-founders of two-year-old startup Marketo, a marketing automation company serving B2B companies. I’m also VP of marketing, meaning I’m under constant pressure to take Marketo’s own messaging to new heights. After all, if we can’t market ourselves like a world-class company — and make it look easy — why would customers ask us to help them do it?

The challenge: How to do all this with a limited budget and limited resources. At Marketo, we’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I’ve learned important rules about how to be a better marketer that I think will help you, too.

The 8 Commandments of Startup Marketing

1. Use free distribution. Our early goal was to extend as many online tentacles as possible so anyone searching for a solution like ours would “come across” us. Since we didn’t have a lot of money, we focused on low-cost tactics like my blog and search engine optimization. This helped us generate search rankings and free site traffic.

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