Coworking spaces are rising in popularity, largely because of savings they offer over paying rent for an office.
With many people embracing remote work, teams may only gather periodically, making a permanent office unnecessary.
Coworking spaces are convenient because you only pay when you use them. This makes them ideal for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and corporate clients.A Harvard Business Review shows that people actually thrive in coworking spaces. They don’t have to deal with office politics, they have more control over their work hours, and feel a greater sense of autonomy.
A solid marketing plan is designed for a specific target audience. For a coworking space, your audience may include freelancers, businesses, and corporate clients. With the rise of remote work, some companies need space to collaborate and connect when the need arises.
Find the places people go to work outside of the home or office, such as restaurants, coffee shops, and libraries. Then visit these locations to connect with your target audience and gather information. Don’t be shy about starting conversations. Ask what people think about coworking spaces. Since they are a newer concept, some people may not know much about them, and these conversations can give you an opportunity to talk about your space. Ask those who have used them to share their experiences or feedback. These insights will help inform your marketing plan.
Branding is essential because audiences will identify your business with your brand. It also presents an opportunity to differentiate yourself from your competitors.
Branding encompasses a wide range of factors. These include:
Branding is also about how your team represents the company. Imagine a group of startup companies pitching ideas for a business.
One group hands out stapled printouts, but the other has their documents in carefully designed presentation folders so you can see that a lot of care went into the info packet. Their corporate imagery is displayed prominently on the front-facing cover. Contact details are visible on the back cover and, when you open the folder, its pockets are packed with informative marketing materials that add value to the presentation.
The second group is demonstratively more competent, which is how you want to present your coworking space to investors as well as the public.
You may not be the only one offering coworking spaces in your area. So, why should someone choose your space over the competitors? That is the whole point of finding a point of differentiation.
Your offering may be similar to others, such as a well-designed workspace with the usual amenities, such as snacks and beverages, internet, meeting rooms, and printers.
Analyze your microenvironment, especially your competitors and their value proposition. Is there anything more you can offer? Maybe your software lets customers see availability, book and pay online, or provides another useful feature. If you offer the convenience and efficiency of booking with a coworking app, that may be a differentiator you want to mention in your marketing. A self-service portal that helps members connect is yet another perk that just may help you to attract more customers. It simplifies communication and collaboration, letting members interact, invite others to meetings or events, buy products or join events.
You may also want to consider offering affordable childcare for working parents. Some spaces work out a partnership with a nearby daycare facility, offering a discount (as well as peace of mind) to parents who can have their children close by while they work.
Easy access to the facility is another selling point. Available systems include mobile, passcode and key card entry. The key card option gives you a chance to brand the card holder so your customized logo is visible and your company is always front of mind. This custom card sleeve created for an Ohio-based coworking space is a good example of practical branding using this method.
Analyzing the insights you get from talking to potential customers can help you know where there are gaps you could fill in local coworking services.
The internet is the first place people will go to search for a coworking space so you’ll need an online presence to build both credibility and a customer base. But it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. These days, you can easily create a business website, even with a limited budget.
Take time to develop a strong social strategy for your coworking space. Popular platforms offer the greatest opportunity to connect with your target audience.
Many freelancers use the same platforms to advertise their services and join networking groups. The same is true for startups, small businesses, and corporate clients.
For most spaces, LinkedIn will be the top priority because there is no better place to connect with professionals.
Consider allocating a small budget for advertising on social media. Facebook is a great choice for ads because it allows for accurate targeting. On Facebook, you can focus on localities where potential clients spend time. People tend not to read lengthy text on Facebook or social platforms in general, so include high-quality imagery in your posts.
Where possible, link social media pages in order to drive traffic to your website. The links make it convenient for audiences to connect since one click (or tap) will take them to your site.
You can also automate booking by allowing customers to reserve space through the social media page, eliminating the extra step of registering for another site to complete their transaction.
The key to a social media presence is posting regularly. The word social connotes communication, engagement, and interaction. By keeping the conversation going with your audience, they’ll be more engaged–resulting in more likes, comments, subscriptions, and sharing of your content. One easy way to do this is by developing creative and unique hashtags to describe your space. When using hashtags correctly, they can bolster engagement and grow interest in your brand.
A local strategy is focused on targeting people that live in your area. If your neighbor searches for coworking space near me, yours should be in the top results as long as you have setup a business profile on the platform being searched. Popular platforms include Google, Bing, Yelp, Facebook, and Apple Maps. Some ways to increase your local presence include:
PR is effective because third-party endorsements are more persuasive than advertising and marketing. Public relations is all about building relationships and managing what other people say about you.
You can achieve brand visibility using PR strategies such as:
The growth of your coworking space depends on a solid marketing plan. We have looked at some of the key areas you need to focus on. Think about your target market, branding elements, and differentiation.
Get your name out there with an online presence in the form of a website, social media, and a local strategy to make your business visible to the local audience.
And finally, take advantage of powerful public relation tactics to grow exponentially.