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Word of mouth marketing and advertising

Here’s how it works. When you especially identify a screaming need for someone, offer a solution as a good will gesture and then come through with flying colors, you’ll get talked about. A lot. Example? One of the StartupNation community members, nickname jonese, noticed that we were having a particularly troublesome time with spam in [...]

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Does your business plan include an exit strategy?

I was reading an article on WashingtonPost.com about how social search startups have sprung up to fill in the gaps that the larger search engines like Google and Yahoo! have left open. It’s an interesting read and made me think of how important it is for any business, whether you’re internet based or home based [...]

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War of Words: Coming down the pike?

We know, we know! We’ve been bad bloggers lately. Sorry for the long absence. Instead, we’ve been very active in the discussion boards here at StartupNation. Now, onto the subject at hand… ye olde War of Words continues! Calling all who are opinionated, argumentative, convicted, holier-than-thou, snobbish, and smarty-two-shoes… The question worthy of word war [...]

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Favorite Movie Entrepreneurs

While painting the family room over this holiday weekend Suzanne mentioned that Gone With the Wind was about to begin and suggested we watch. As it is one of my favorite movies and we are 34 days from our 1930′s themed wedding, I agreed. During the film, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) asked Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien [...]

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Independence Day – start a business

Let Freedom Ring! As Americans we are wired for freedom. Unlike any other country, we were founded on the solid principles that flow from the virtue that freedom brings. When Jeff & Rich Sloan are in front of live audiences throughout the country, they regularly kick off their presentation with a reminder of how special [...]

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Need a Vacation? Tell Us Why and You Could Win One

Yep – it’s true. All you gotta do is convince us. Do you consider yourself to be persuasive? Someone who is able to make your point succinctly and in such a compelling manner that you simply cannot be refused? Here’s your chance to show off this special ability, and you could win a vacation! During [...]

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StartupNation blog honored by MarketingSherpa

The votes are in, and StartupNation has been deemed honorable by the readers of MarketingSherpa. We are honored to have been selected as one of 5 blogs to receive a special honorable mention designation. This is pretty cool. We’ve only been blogging for a little over a year and the winner in the category of [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #4!

THE 4TH & FINAL WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to GuruConnector of Lincoln, Rhode Island! You are our the 4th & final lucky entrepreneur to win two free roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. GuruConnector has been a member of the StartupNation community since its beta launch. It’s clear [...]

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Startup attitude: Act like a winner

• Confidence • Boldness • Strut These are contagious qualities. Your customers will pick up on it. Your team will rise to it. Your competition will notice it. When you start acting like you belong, you do belong. One of the ways that entrepreneurs can gather this confident bold strut is to practice and hang [...]

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Online marketing strategy: Podcast – you can do it!

But should you? No way! The audience is too small & fragmented. Not everyone listens to audio stuff delivered over the internet. You really don’t have anything to say, anyway. As a matter of fact, the competition from bigger companies with bigger budgets is just too tough. Heck, you might as well just throw in [...]

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More Entrepreneurial love, and VOTE for StartupNation.

Hey, speaking of love (see yesterday’s blog post), there has been a conversation going on in the StartupNation community about how music inspires us and is a necessary arrow in the entrepreneurial quiver. We’re dangerously close to launching a new StartupNation Community Podcast that will feature people and conversations happening in the StartupNation community. One [...]

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Best small business marketing blog? Show StartupNation some love!!

We’ve been nominated! MarketingSherpa, the extremely popular (their articles land in StartupNation email inboxes on a furiously regular basis) and powerful online marketing resource has included the StartupNation blog in their Reader’s Choice Awards 2006. Vote for us! But make sure you do it by midnight ET Monday June 26 when the polls close. (insert [...]

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How can you help an entrepreneur? Plan more weddings!

45 days until my wedding. I have learned a great deal about many things during this wedding planning phase of my life. The results of which will likely spawn blog fodder for years to come. One of the things that I love about planning a wedding is that you are constantly engaging with entrepreneurs. The [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #3!

AND THE 3RD WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to contestbill! You are our 3rd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. contestbill is a new StartupNation community member as of this month. We love having you in the StartupNation community and are looking [...]

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A small business wrestling with software

I hate my computer today. There’s this new analytics software, you see. And it’s super great, I mean, way better than the Google Analytics that we’ve been using. Well, I should say that it’s super-great on Chuck’s computer. All it does to mine is render every other program I have running useless. There’s no reasonable [...]

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Grassroots marketing strategies can really payoff

"Hitch your wagon to the littlest star" could be the name of the marketing strategy used by the owners of Belly Maternity, a Denver boutique that sells maternity and baby clothes. They sent Angelina Jolie a "thank-you gift" for her humanitarian work. They also sent gifts to other pregnant stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer [...]

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