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How to Market

Nobody needs a drill. What they need is a hole. The drill is merely the means to the end. In our business, nobody needs brochures or postcards. What they need is to grow their business by communicating more effectively with their customers and prospects. Nobody needs what you sell. What they need is what your [...]

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5 tips for eBay selling

Want to be successful selling on eBay? These 5 tips for eBay selling are a good starting point for your eBay business. 1) Understand your eBay selling costs of doing business eBay selling is not as simple as some people make it out to be. Your are running a complicated business, so treat it that [...]

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Online Promotion Mania

Have you noticed the growing wave of promotions (contests and sweepstakes) that are all over the internet these days? Start looking around and you’ll see tons of TV ads that drive people to an online promotion. You’ll also see all sorts of banner ads on sites throughout the Internet trying to get you to click [...]

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Email marketing tips 1-5

Here are tips 1-5 for this week: #5 Be consistent with your sending frequency. Pick a schedule, whether it is weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly and as often as you can stick to that schedule. This way, your customers will come to expect and anticipate your company’s communications. #4 Timing is key with Business to Business [...]

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Coffee and Markets

The Brothers Sloan point out that Starbucks created a new market ($4 coffee) where before there was none. (Read their post.) Seth Godin has a great observation about picking a market for your startup company: bigger may be harder than smaller, even though large markets would seem to provide large opportunities. Read Seth’s post. Hey [...]

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Hot Off the Presses – Coffee Houses are Hot Business Ideas!

Read an article today from a well respected authority suggesting "hot businesses to start today"…. One of those "hot" ideas….."start a coffee shop". A what?!?! You’ve got to be kidding! With Starbucks and 10 other major brands on every corner in every community, how can that be a hot business idea? Starbucks has taken a [...]

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