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Diversify Your Revenue Streams: Spin What You Got

I picked up a book in the airport recently: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It’s a fast read and has enough tabloid photos to keep you interested. Her come-sit-by-me-and-dish point of view is disarming and I genuinely enjoyed her tales, her vulnerability and her wit. More importantly, I respect what she is doing. Wishful Drinking [...]

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All Marketing Is Local

Just learned about EveryBlock, is a new way to keep track of what’s happening on your block, in your neighborhood and all over. You can choose your city and get a citywide overview of news by category. I might never eat in my own neighborhood again given the amount of violations reported…. The site is [...]

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SEO Copywriting Works

Way cool! My client’s traffic just went up 43% due to search-engine optimization (SEO) techniques. What about your site? Have you implemented SEO to help potential customers find your site? If not, you are missing out on a great opportunity. Check out free tools like www.wordtracker.com and www.keyworddiscovery.com for more information. Now, for those of [...]

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Stadium Marketing Idea that You Can Copy

Last night I attended my first baseball game of the season at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It’s tradition in most stadiums around the US to incorporate a little crowd participation on the big screens during a break in the game. Everyone has a little fun watching the KissCam, you know when couples are shown [...]

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What’s Wrong With Your PR Activities?

The phone is not ringing and crickets are chirping. That’s likely what will happen if you are sending out press releases to the masses and waiting for the sales to come in. I bring this up because several entrepreneurs contacted me recently about their PR activities. They hired publicists. But instead of obtaining media exposure, [...]

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5 Steps to Marketing for Optimal Response

I typically focus on email marketing, since it is cost effective, it has a viral quality, and VerticalResponse happens to offer a great email solution for startups, but the following suggestions can apply to direct mail projects as well. When designing your email campaign or your promotion mailing, from copy to layout, consider how your [...]

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Does Your SEO Copy Sound Like An Ad?

I just spoke to a potential client who wanted to stay away from search engine optimization (SEO) in her copy because she was afraid it would be dishonest and sound like a commercial. Do you think this way too? If so, you are missing out on a great opportunity. How are potential customers going to [...]

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What You Need to Know About Email Delivery

Email Delivery sounds pretty simple:  you create an email newsletter or promotional campaign, hit send, and then mighty wizards transport that email to your recipients through the use of hand-crafted cables and powerful laser beams.  What more is there to it than that? As anyone who has sent more than a few email marketing campaigns [...]

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SXSW Marketing Ideas: 3 Tips on Market Research

We all think we have much bigger, deeper insight into our users than we actually do. If you think you understand your users you run the risk of overestimating what they want, you carry on bad habits, miss opportunities, don’t learn anything new or consider new ways to design.  There are very few companies that [...]

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Interactive Marketing Tips from SXSW

I’m attending the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas this week. The show is known for its cult following for all things interactive, from business leaders to designers, gamers to artists, film makers and musicians- they are all here (at least virtually.) I came to SXSW to be the eyes and ears for new [...]

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SEO Press Releases Boost Sales

According to a recent article in DM News at http://tinyurl.com/dfmen5, many business owners are increasing their public relations efforts right now. Why? Especially when times are tough, it’s essential to build buzz and keep your messaging in front of targeted audiences – Otherwise, the competition will.  And if you have a tight budget, you can significantly increase [...]

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Austin Rocks with Friendliness

I just got back from my first trip to Austin, Texas. And as excited as I am to share all of the new insights I learned to help my clients with their Web copywriting, PPC, e-mail campaigns, and SEO, I learned something even more important…the value of a smile. Now, I have never been to [...]

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Practical Advice from Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

My team visited Scottsdale, Arizona last week as exhibitor and sponsor of the Women Entrepreneurs’ Boot Camp.  We had a chance to sit down with organizer, Susan Ratliff, and discussed key marketing tips and business tactics for beating the recession in 2009 and I thought I’d share some of her insights. Susan happens to be [...]

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Video as a promotional tool for your business

i just created a podcast with John McIntyre, founder/CEO of PixelFish. He’s a great guy, first of all. And he totally understands small business. After the discussion with him, I’m more excited than ever about the idea of utilizing video as a promotional tool for a business. Listen to the Podcast (sponsored by FedExOffice) Did you know, [...]

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Costco Magazine “Recession Busters” Article

They edited my article down a bit and ran it in their January Costco Connections Magazine. Thought you might enjoy it without the edits… Buck the Recession Recession. What recession?! Or so goes the attitude of some business owners in this tough economy. Take heart – they’re among a substantial number of businesses that are [...]

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Free PR Tools for Do-It-Yourself Publicity

If you are working with a tight budget like most entrepreneurs, you can do your own publicity. Here is a quick list of some of the free services available to help you build buzz and sales: 1. Learn simple steps to start your publicity efforts with StartupNation’s Guide to PR here. 2. Check out the free, [...]

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Give yourself a break!

  While the world focuses on economic news, it can be easy to turn inward and worry about your career and paying bills. You are probably working more hours and dealing with more stress each day. I know I was starting to feel major burnout too, and I finally decided to spend the weekend scuba [...]

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