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Boost Buzz Fast with Local Press

If you are a new entrepreneur, one of the best ways to start building buzz is by contacting local media-members. This way, you can practice your pitching skills with a smaller venue and begin creating media relationships to help your business grow. But how do you start your publicity efforts? 1.      Research. First, you want [...]

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Pick Yourself Up and Get Back to Work!

Yes, the economy is ugly. Yes, customers are tightening their purse strings. Yes, it’s harder to bring in new sales.   Blah. Blah. Blah. Things are tough for many people right now, but that’s no reason to just sit back and wait for things to get better.   It’s time to take action! No one [...]

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Weekend Read Will Change My Approach, Change My Year

I started my Saturday this past weekend with a midwest to westcoast flight. By the time I was over the Rockies, I was so excited to get to work on the new ideas filling my head that I couldn’t WAIT to get off that plane! I had just finished reading through Josh Linkner’s brand new book, [...]

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Is Your Site Missing from the Search Engines?

“My site is optimized for the search engines, and it’s not showing up online.” Yep. I hear this a lot. And unfortunately, I have to tell a lot of entrepreneurs that they just wasted their money. Maybe you can relate? Did you just spend a lot of time and money on a search-engine-optimization (SEO) service [...]

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What’s Next After Your Newsletter?

Ok. You have a newsletter registration on your home page, and people have started to sign up. Great! Now, what do you do? A.     Sit back and watch who signs up. B.     Communicate with your new registrants right away. C.    Send valuable information to your list on a regular basis. If you answered B and [...]

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What is Small Business Public Relations Anyway?

Small Business Public Relations – What Is It? When many entrepreneurs think of public relations (PR), they think about sending out a press release. But PR is so much more… It entails all of the communications you have with the media, customers, employees, partners, etc. Why Do You Need It? By communicating with your customers [...]

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Got a Web Checklist Like This?

You have your new Website up and running, and are ready to start bringing in sales. Perhaps, you spent hours writing the copy yourself? Or maybe you hired a big, Web company to design a site with all the bells and whistles? Either way, you are not finished…. unless, you did this one, key step… [...]

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26 Business Ideas – Take Your Pick!

I don’t know about you, but I grew up dreaming of running my own business. One of my sources of inspiration was Entrepreneur Magazine. I’d go over to the bookstore, flip through each monthly issue and get TOTALLY psyched about the possibilities ahead of me.   Rieva Lesonsky was Editor of that magazine at that time, and so, [...]

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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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Did You Get Ripped Off?

It’s time for holiday fun, sales… and scams. “I got ripped off! Can you help?” I’ve heard this so many times… good business people spending a lot of money on big companies or agencies and seeing little results. As a business owner who started her business with nothing, I HATE to see other business owners [...]

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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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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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What Happened When One Entrepreneur Had Cleavage Issues

If you have an idea for a new product based on your personal experiences, you should definitely look into creating it. Just look at today’s interview. After having a difficult time finding a piece of clothing that would give her the ability to “manage” her cleavage in comfort at work, Julie Crotty quit her job, conducted [...]

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Votes are in, Judging Underway for Leading Moms in Business

It is our hope that the competition creates exposure for mom-run businesses by creating excitement for each business’s constituency. It’s our hope that the ranking results are a big PR hit for the winners. And with this eBook, it’s our hope that we can warm newcomer moms to the fires of entrepreneurship!
If you’ve been on the sidelines and think just maybe you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of the millions of other moms who’ve started up, consider the first step we are happy to recommend: download your copy of Start Your Own Mom Business!.
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I am ever amazed by the intensity and on-top-of-itness of competitors in the StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Ranking competition. The popular voting and entries phases have just closed and now we’re tabulating those votes and selecting stand-out competitors as judged winners. It’s always a difficult process – so many of them deserve the spotlight [...]

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What Stinks?

Ahhh. Summer. You sit back in your lawn chair with a cold beverage in one hand, and your favorite book in another. Enticing barbeque aromas waft past your nose, and your stomach grumbles with anticipation. You catch the sweet scent of roses in the garden and the fresh cut grass from next door. But wait [...]

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How Do You Market the Only Way to Cross The Border Under Water Without Getting Wet?

Check Out Our Interview with Detroit Windsor Tunnel EVP, Carolyn Brown! Today, you are in for a treat because we are talking to the executive vice president of The Detroit Windsor Tunnel. It’s one of the great, engineering marvels of the world and is the only “vehicular international subaqueous border crossing in the world.” That [...]

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80′s Tech Company Stay Successful with PR and Marketing

With all the ups and downs of the economy, I’ve tracked down a technology company that has remained successful since 1983. To find out the success secrets of Apricorn, www.apricorn.com, I spoke to Michelle Fischer, Apricorn’s Marketing Manager. Here’s what Michelle had to say: Tell us about your business. Headquartered in Southern California, Apricorn was [...]

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PR Too Expensive? Think Again.

If you are currently worried about finances, you may want to review your public-relations efforts and look into getting outside help.   Think it’s too expensive?   Well, you could be wasting time and money by continuing your current publicity activities!   By hiring a PR consultant who acts as an extension of your team [...]

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