Marketing Idea #67: Sponsor Local Programming

Marketing Ideas Sponsor Local Programming

A great way to get your organization’s name into the local community is to sponsor or underwrite a local news program, whether television or radio. Make sure the media station (and format) you select is appropriate for your target market. For instance, if you’re looking to reach an older crowd, maybe you … Read more

Rebuttal: Free Samples

Marketing Ideas Free Samples

In response to Seth Godin’s “Free Samples” post, May 11, 2012: Free samples It bothers me to watch the hordes at the farmer’s market, swooping in to each booth, grabbing a sample and walking away. The thin slices of handmade rye bread, or the perfect strawberries or the little glasses of juice—all … Read more

Marketing Idea #71: Offer Editorial Comment

Marketing Ideas Offer Editorial Comment

Often, radio stations will set aside time in their news schedules for taking public comment on important issues. Begin by calling the news directors of your local radio stations and asking for the chance to offer your editorial comment. (Make sure you have a good sense as to whether they cater to … Read more

Marketing Idea #43: Tips to Make Your Grand Opening Successful

Marketing Ideas Grand Opening

To make your grand opening successful: schedule it during high-traffic times (if your location allows for it), throw a big grand opening sale, offer food (make this appropriate to the clientele you are seeking), provide a tent for seating outside, send a direct or email mailing the local market, offer demonstrations of … Read more

Social Media Gone Bad: I’ll Like Your Page, if You Like Mine

Marketing Ideas Social Media Backliking

An interesting thing happened to me the other day. In the course of performing routine search engine marketing tasks, I received a message from someone who had just “liked” one of my Facebook fan pages, Marketing Ideas 101. The message read: “Hey, I just liked your Facebook fan page! Please like mine … Read more

Marketing Idea #88: Power in Print

Marketing Ideas Power in Print

How often are you bringing value to your clients? Offer a regular newsletter, article, or column. Ensure that whatever you put out maintains a consistent look and feel with the rest of your image; this assists you in furthering the development of your brand. Better: You should be collecting the e-mail addresses … Read more

Marketing Idea #104: Host a Field Trip

Marketing Ideas Field Trip

A great way to gain exposure and provide entertainment is to provide public tours of your facility. This is especially powerful for agriculture, arts and history, manufacturing; essentially, any place where something is grown, created or built. Try not to schedule such an event around any deadlines or busy periods you might … Read more

Marketing Idea #8: Selling Online (Do It)

Marketing Ideas Order Online

Make sure your customers can order from you online. If they can’t order from you online, make sure they can order by phone or by fax. You’re in the business of making it easier for your customers to do business with you! Your challenge is to analyze how easy it is for … Read more

Target Marketing: Speak Directly to Your Target Audience

Marketing Ideas Careers Ad

The other day, I stumbled across an ad that caught my attention. The ad was for Careers 2.0, a site dedicated to programmers and the programming industry. What I found remarkable about this ad was the laser-fine focus it possessed. This ad was so specific about its target audience, there could be … Read more

Marketing Defined Mocketing

mocketing mo·cket·ing [mah-ki-ting] noun, verb. 1. the act of selling with mock-ups. 2. pitching an advertising concept to a client or stakeholder using mock-ups. 3. “marketing” when said with an eastern New England accent.

Marketing Defined Backliking

backliking back·lik·ing [bak-lahyk-ing] verb, alt. back lik·ing, back-lik·ing. 1. in social media, stating public approval in return for receiving a statement of approval. 2. reciprocal approval, as opposed to a true statement of significant personal, cultural or semantic interest.

Marketing Idea #40: Make Your Waiting Entertaining

Marketing Ideas Waiting Rooms

If appropriate, have toys, books, magazines and puzzles in your waiting room. Both parents and children appreciate having the distraction. If your office is a little more highbrow, simply keep the toys in a nice chest and offer them only when children are present, rather than leaving the toys out at all … Read more

Marketing Idea #70: Make the Media Your Partner

Marketing Ideas Editorial Reviews

Consider approaching your local media stations (radio, television, newspaper) to discuss the possibility of a partnership to raise community awareness on your issue or industry. With the right spin, you will be able to broaden the awareness in your local market while also sponsoring community discussion at city council meetings, festivals, and … Read more

Dispelling 7 Common SEO Myths

Marketing Ideas SEO Myths

(Excerpt from Ideas Online, as seen in the Marketing Ideas Academy, Module 4, Online Marketing.) Let us begin by dispelling a few myths about the art and science of search engine optimization (SEO). Myth #1: If you purchase a new domain with maximum information per square inch, you’ll rank higher in the … Read more

Marketing Idea #103: Selling to Salons

Marketing Ideas Selling to Salons

Are you in the business of helping small business owners market themselves? A good place to start could be hair salons and spas. They tend to be a little more “cutting edge” (heh.. pun intended..) and may see the vision you paint more clearly. Before introducing yourself through a form letter, cold … Read more

Marketing Idea #80: Send Cards

Marketing Ideas Send Cards

Send greeting cards to mark social events, such as holidays, wedding anniversaries, or birthdays. This adds a personal touch that will be remembered. Tip 1: Too busy to fill out all the cards? Hire it out. These services are available. Tip 2: You know those custom cards you had printed out? If … Read more

Marketing Ideas #13-17: Provide Value First

Marketing Ideas Provide Value First

One of the best ways to stay in front of your audience or market is to provide value first. One of the best ways to provide this value is to deliver great information, especially important in today’s information-based society. Pulling together information and knowledge for people accomplishes a few things: First, it … Read more

Marketing Idea #74: Exit Interviews Are a Must

Marketing Ideas Exit Interviews Are a Must

Conduct exit interviews anytime you have an employee submit his resignation. In conducting this survey, you begin to determine where you’re falling short in keeping your people. Often, you’ll find that money isn’t the top issue. What you’re looking for is how you are able to improve your internal marketing. How do … Read more

It’s Good to be Small Sometimes

It’s Good to be Small Sometimes

Small business owners and start-ups actually have something of an advantage over larger corporations. When a start-up makes a marketing mistake on a shoestring budget, it’s easily corrected as long as it’s dealt with quickly. When a large corporation puts millions of dollars behind a mistake, the mess and long-term damage to … Read more

Marketing Idea #89: Collect Testimonials

Marketing Ideas Collect Testimonials

Collect testimonials from your best clients as a regular part of your follow-up survey process. Make sure you tell them you’ll be using all or part of their testimonials in your ongoing marketing efforts. Then, incorporate the best testimonials into every touch you have with your clients, such as invoices and marketing … Read more

Best Marketing for Realtors? Word-of-Mouth Referrals

Marketing Ideas for Realtors

As a group dedicated to finding people homes, realtors provide a pretty valuable service to others. One of the best ways realtors can drum up extra business is by going above and beyond for their current customers. Word-of-mouth referrals are one of the best forms of advertising and people will talk about … Read more

Marketing Idea #1: Schedule Your Marketing

Marketing Ideas Schedule Your Marketing

Mark in your calendar a time each day to market yourself. Even as little as fifteen minutes a day of pure focus on marketing activities will offer returns. If you don’t schedule time in for this, it’s possible you will place your focus elsewhere. Remember: They have to know you exist! Variation: … Read more

Marketing Idea #48: Hold a Children’s Art Sale

Marketing Ideas Childrens Art Sale

Hold a children’s art sale. It may be as simple as having a local class draw on gift bags then selling those original artwork pieces to raise funds to sponsor a needy family for Christmas. Better: A less labor-intensive way to get the same thing done would be to scan the artwork, … Read more

Marketing Idea #23: Teach a Class

Marketing Ideas Teach a Class

Teach a class at your local community college. For as little as one or two nights a week, take a few hours and guide a class through the curriculum of your specialty. Students want real-world information from someone who is spending most of his time in the trenches. Bring your successes and … Read more

Marketing Idea #53: Start a Sidewalk Sale

Marketing Ideas Sidewalk Sales

Just because you provide a service instead of a product, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate in sidewalk sales. Use sidewalk sales to: Get to know your neighborhood and its foot traffic. Educate the public on what you do. Survey the public for what they want. Get suggestions and ideas from people … Read more

Marketing Idea #6: Use Hook Paragraphs in Newsletters

Marketing Ideas Use Hook Paragraphs

In your weekly, monthly, or quarterly e-newsletter, don’t place entire articles. Instead, place only the first few sentences—just enough to generate interest and give an idea about the content. Then, place a link back to your website, where they can continue reading the entire article. Explanation: This serves two purposes. First, you’re … Read more

Marketing Ideas #26-29: Name Tags

Marketing Ideas Nametags

Here are some tips for dealing with name tags: Marketing Idea #26: Go above and beyond the paper name tags you have to wear at many events. Be prepared with your own professional name tag, complete with company logo. They’re inexpensive and stand out in a crowd. Have two or three made, … Read more

Marketing Idea #75: Mystery Shoppers

Marketing Ideas Mystery Shopper

Mystery shop your competition. Mystery shopping is shopping with your competition, under the cover of anonymity, with the intent of seeing how they perform. Consider this marketplace espionage. While much less direct than simply introducing yourself and swapping stories about successes and follies, this still gives you vital information about what they’re … Read more