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5 Ways to Find New Customers Fast

Time to Boost Sales without Spending a Fortune! As a small business owner, you are probably always thinking about your sales quotas and new customers. With all of your marketing, accounting, and other, responsibilities, the whole process can be overwhelming. But it’s time to step back and take a more simple approach. Here are… 5 [...]

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Thanksgiving is Important for Entrepreneurs… Why?

Say “Thanks” All Year Long It’s Thanksgiving, and you are probably looking forward to spending time with family and friends… or just getting some much-needed rest. But for entrepreneurs, Thanksgiving is something much more important. It’s a time to be thankful for how far you’ve come and all of the ups and downs involved in [...]

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Customers are forever… not just for Christmas

  Many brands and retailers will be facing Christmas with a mixture of excitement and fear: excitement for all the sales opportunities the season brings, and fear for falling profit margins, as discounts and offers are rolled out to fight off the competition. Some Christmas shoppers have it all wrapped up by the 1st of [...]

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Your Site Isn’t Optimized? Why Not?

Is your site optimized for the search engines? If not, does one of these statements sound familiar? • I don’t need SEO. • It’s too expensive. • I was ripped off by SEO in the past. Well, here’s the cold hard truth about SEO: You need search engine optimization to compete. What happens right now when potential customers [...]

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12 Tips for Using YouTube to Promote Your Business


Soft-Sell
You shouldn’t ask people to buy your stuff after watching your videos. Most people aren’t ready for this. Plan your marketing funnel and you’ll see a much better response. This is a example:

Watch YouTube Video > Go to My Blog to Watch More Videos > Sign Up to Get My Exclusive Videos (You Capture Email Addresses Here) > Try to Sell Them a Low-Ticket Item > Try to Sell a High-Ticket Item to Those Who Bought from You Before

Video Responses
Look for videos related to yours and whenever it’s appropriate post your videos as video responses to them (don’t spam). This will allow you to piggyback a lot of the traffic that these videos get.
YouTube Video Response

Create Playlists
Playlists are a great way to get your videos watched by a lot of people.

Here’s how:
1. Add your video to a new playlist
2. Add great videos on the same topic (from other people)
3. Choose a smart name for the playlist (think about your keywords. i.e. “Dog Training Tips”)

YouTube Playlist

It’s a Social Network!
YouTube isn’t just a video sharing site; it’s a social network. You can add friends, message them, join groups, create your own group and use the bulletin board to interact with the YouTube community.


Promote Your Videos
Uploading videos to YouTube isn’t enough. You need to promote them. These are some ideas:

  • Embed your videos in your blog.
  • Email your YouTube link to your friends and contacts.
  • Ask people you know to tell their lists and contacts.
  • Write an article about your video and post it to article directories and forums.
  • Post your video to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and your other social networks.
  • ASK PEOPLE TO SHARE – When posting on social networks including “Please Retweet” or “Share this with your friends” really helps.
Zeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur, online marketing expert, author of Google Rocketship and founder of an Internet Marketing Agency in Portland, OR.
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Most people are afraid to use YouTube to promote their business. But you shouldn’t be and here’s why: the most popular videos aren’t professional productions. They’re just a girl or guy, that gets in front of a camera and talks about what he/she knows best. No expensive equipment required. Here are 12 of my favorite [...]

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5 Small Business Marketing Secrets from Big Box Retailers

Big box retailers like Target and Walmart have marketing down to a science and rarely do they stray from these tried and methods.  It’s worth it to take a look at these successful retailers to see what strategies they use that might work for your business too. 1.         The Secret of Reach: Big box retailers [...]

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Got Thick PR Skin?

Once you start pitching the media, you may find yourself sucked into the fast world of deadlines and being connected to your “Blackberry leash” almost 24/7.   And even though you are working like a dog, you still may have to deal with…   “Why are we not seeing more sales?”   “Why did that [...]

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5 Unusual Holiday Marketing Ideas

The holiday season can be a time of information and activity overload for many people making it difficult to get your marketing messages noticed.  This year, I propose going again the flow in your holiday marketing by doing something different.  Here are 5 holiday marketing ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. [...]

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Gmail Killer? Facebook Rolls Out the Next Evolution in Messages

This morning Facebook announced the rollout of the next evolution of Facebook Messages; a platform that is already being dubbed “The Gmail Killer.”

According to Facebook’s CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg, this is not email, but rather simple, seamless conversation.   Zuckerberg says that this platform enables users to have “conversations with people that they care about the most no matter what method they prefer to communicate.”

Facebook’s new mail system will have three primary features.  1.   Seamless Messaging between multiple channels 2. Single Conversation History, and 3.  The Social Inbox.

This platform integrates four different conversation channels;

  • text messaging,
  • instant messaging,
  • email and
  • Facebook messages.

The idea is that people can have a continual conversation with each other on whichever channel they prefer.  For example, you can start the conversation via email, but then continue it via text message.  Facebook’s goal is to make it feel like conversation, to be a “real-time, immediate personal experience.”

Another major difference between Facebook mail and other email is that instead of having many emails in your inbox from the same person, all with different subject lines, you’ll only have one continual thread per person.  The idea is to make communication “simple, quick, timely and fun,”  said Zuckerberg.

Facebook mail will also integrate a Social Inbox filtering system.  Because the goal of the system is to allow people to have conversations with people you care about the most, by default  the filter will put the conversations with the people you care about the most at the top of your list and into a special folder (i.e. friends and friends of friends).  Other conversations, such as those from people not marked as “Friends or Friends of Friends” will be filtered into a folder called “Other.”    Users will have their own Facebook email address, i.e. Username@facebook.com.

According to Zuckerberg, the program will be rolled out slowly, over a period of months, with first adopters joining by invitation only.  You can request your invite here:  http://www.facebook.com/about/messages/

While Zuckerberg doesn’t think that Facebook mail will be the death of traditional email platforms like Gmail or Yahoo Mail, currently Facebook mail does not sync with other email programs.

How will this new evolution affect email marketing?  What do you think about this new evolution of conversation?  Your comments are welcome.

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This morning Facebook announced the rollout of the next evolution of Facebook Messages; a platform that is already being dubbed “The Gmail Killer.” According to Facebook’s CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg, this is not email, but rather simple, seamless conversation.   Zuckerberg says that this platform enables users to have “conversations with people that they care [...]

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2 More PR Myths – Busted!

You can still get PR even if you don’t have a lot of money. Remember my post from last week? Well, here are two more myths… shattered!   Here’s the scoop directly from my new book, “Simple Publicity – How to do your own public relations to boost sales, awareness and credibility fast… without spending [...]

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How to use Facebook “Deals” to Attract New Customers

Facebook recently implemented the “Deals” feature for businesses on Facebook Places, the GPS enabled check-in feature available on many mobile phones.

According to Facebook,

“Deals gives businesses the opportunity to reward customers when they check in on Facebook, and this helps generate awareness, encourage in-store traffic and build customer loyalty.”

At first the “Deals” function was limited to a few select businesses.  However, lately, I have seen the Deals function expanded to include many more.  You may have this functionality available on your page.

There are four types of “Deals” available on Facebook Deals.

  1. Friends Deals: Offer a discount to groups of up to 8 people when they check in together.
  2. Charity Deals: Give something to charity each time someone checks in.
  3. Individual Deals: These are one-time deals.  “Show your phone and get 20% off purchase”
  4. Loyalty Deals: You can offer a deal to customers after as few as 2 or as many as 20 check ins.  Great for a freebie offer, i.e., check in 20 times get a free soda.

So how do you make Facebook Deals work for your business?  Here are 7 characteristics of quality deals that will attract people to your business.

1.  Value: In order to attract customers to your business your deal has to have value to them.  I don’t mean value in terms of dollars, although that is part of it.   Value is relative to the perception of the customer but the basic overall idea is to make the Deal worth the time and effort that the customer must take to redeem it.    It could be something as inexpensive as “1 free scoop, when you order a single scoop of ice-cream.”

2.  Easy: Is your offer easy to redeem?  Make it as easy as “show us you checked in on your cell phone and you’ll get this offer.”  Don’t make customers jump through hoops to redeem your offer because the more hoops they have to jump through the less likely it is they will come in.  Make sure you communicate how to redeem the deal in your offer.

3.  Dynamic: Change your deal up regularly.  Not only will this encourage people to come back, but it will enable you to research and measure what works best as far as the types of deals to offer.

4.  Deadline: To encourage redemption, put and end date on your deal.  If you have too long to redeem the deal and it will go stale; too short of time may not be long enough to actually reach people.  One to four weeks is a good time period to offer each deal.

5.  Clear: This is similar to the “fine print.”  You must be very clear about the rules, restrictions and/or limitations of your deal.  For example, “This Deal not good with any other offers or promotions; One Deal per customer per day; no more than one Deal per table; Not redeemable for cash, etc.”  Avoid problems at the redemption point by clearly defining the restrictions on the deal ahead of time.  Also, make sure you clearly communicate what the deal is in your headline.  For example, “Free muffin when you purchase 1 Coffee drink over $3.00.

6. Communicate: Make sure you have communicated with your employees or anyone who will be responsible for providing the deal to your customers.

7.  Promote: Promote your deal on your Facebook business page, on Twitter, in your email marketing, and inside of your location.  You can also promote it via Facebook ads as well as on your website.

Will Facebook Deals be the demise of Foursquare which offers the same functionality?  It’s too soon to tell.  In the meantime, it’s a no-brainer for business owners to tap into this powerful option to market their business via Facebook.

Wendy Kenney is the internationally bestselling author of How to Build Buzz for Your Business available on Amazon.com, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times.

Wendy owns the company 23 Kazoos, a marketing and publicity firm in Phoenix, Arizona, that has helped companies like Culver’s Restaurants, The Arizona Farm Bureau and Tom Chambers Commercial increase their visibility through social media, publicity, and creative marketing strategies.  Wendy honed her marketing skills while working for organizations such as MetLife, WebMd, and PacifiCare.

As a Marketing Expert, Wendy speaks internationally to corporations and organizations about marketing strategy, branding, and low cost, no cost marketing.

Wendy lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband Mike, and three teenage sons.   Her personal goal is to visit all of the Major League Ballparks in the US before she turns 49. So far she has been to 13.

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Facebook recently implemented the “Deals” feature for businesses on Facebook Places, the GPS enabled check-in feature available on many mobile phones. According to Facebook, “Deals gives businesses the opportunity to reward customers when they check in on Facebook, and this helps generate awareness, encourage in-store traffic and build customer loyalty.” At first the “Deals” function [...]

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Exposed – The PR Myths!

How was your Halloween? Was it as scary as your current, publicity activities? Well, if you’ve had bad publicity experiences in the past and are afraid to move forward, don’t be! After hearing from many entrepreneurs who were “taken” by a big agency or just didn’t have the money to pursue PR activities, I decided [...]

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How to Get Publicity Now

Do you need publicity right away to build some buzz for your products and services? Well, here are three things you can do right now that will help you get the word out… fast: 1. Write to your local paper. Check your local paper to see if they have an “Opinions” or “Letters to the [...]

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4 Crazy Myths about Marketing

Before I will work with a company on their marketing strategy, I need to make sure that they are of the right mindset.  Unfortunately too many business owners have taken to believing certain crazy myths about marketing.  Sorry, but I’m here to debunk those myths.  Here’s the top 4. 1.            Marketing is all I need [...]

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The Elements of a Personal Brand

Note:  This is an excerpt from a presentation that I gave recently for a group of executive level job seekers.  I thought it was worth repeating here. Yesterday was the last day of your job search for the rest of your life!  Because today I’m going to teach you how to break free from the [...]

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What Does Google Instant Mean for Your SEO Strategy?

The new Google Instant promises to make searches faster and easier, and you’ll be able to see results as you type. But what does this mean for your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts? Well, first of all, if you are overwhelmed with all of the information you hear about search engine optimization and have stopped [...]

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Use Social Media to Build Buzz for Your Business

Social media has changed the face of marketing forever. What was once a one-way message pushed from the company to the consumer has become a two-way conversation, requiring both parties to participate. Now your customers have a voice in the marketplace and their voices are loud and clear. One study showed that an unhappy customer [...]

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Survival Tips for Attending A Celebrity Gifting Suite

Whether you agree with the phenomena or not, celebrity sells. I have personally seen the momentum it can create with my own company, Glamajama. A celebrity fan or customer gives your brand credibility in the marketplace and makes your company newsworthy. Celebrity Gifting Suites are one of the many ways you can gain access to [...]

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