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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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Friendly Advice From George Will

3 Pieces of Life Advice from George Will on this week’s Roundtable Don’t play poker with a man named Slim. Don’t buy a Rolex from a guy out of breath. Don’t take advice from someone who is screaming.* *context: he was referring to the panic being felt on Wall Street. What life advice do you [...]

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Understanding and using social media

One of the hot topics in franchising (and marketing, in general) is social media, aka Web 2.0. During the franchise convention in San Diego last month I co-hosted a round table discussion titled, “Using the Web in the Sales Process” and probably 90% of the discussion focused on corporate blogs, integrating video into your marketing [...]

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Show Customer Love: Co Donate

In a previous post (Giving is the new taking), I asked the question: What are some ways you are being kinder to your customers? The terms social responsibility is often used synonomously with charity and volunteering with good causes. Over the last decade, there have been several innovative corporate donation programs popping up, and one characteristic many share [...]

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Espresso Shot Insight: More granny businesses

Grandmothers have many great qualities. This idea had a “Greatest Generation” ring to it: Capturing their ability to make the most of limited resources. With just that talent in mind, Oxfam recently recruited a team of what it calls Green Grannies to offer advice to the UK public about everything from how to darn socks to [...]

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Giving is the new taking….

There are precious few examples of corporations ditching the greed and embracing generosity. President Obama’s speah highlighted a CEO who distributed his bonus across his workers (past and present) – who does that??? (a true leader) And what an incredible example for the larger companies to follow. Countless individuals have already started giving, of course: giving is the new [...]

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Creative Business Model: Knitting Grannies

Modeled after Swiss and Danish efforts which sell knit goods handmade by real-life grandmothers, French based Golden Hook is a company that lets customers design their own hat and then choose the grandmother they’d like to knit it. The Concept: Customers choose a hat—classic, long or Peruvian, with pompom or without.  Customer choose a blank hat or [...]

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Interview with Newt Barrett, Author of “Get Content. Get Customers.” Part 1

Newt: “One strategy is for businesses to simply re-purpose existing content materials such as meetings, workshops, and teleseminars and to use them in their newsletters, blogs, or white papers.

Also, I personally use online sources such as Google Alerts and Alltop.com to help keep me up to date and to generate ideas for content. To use Google Alerts, visit www.google.com/alerts and set an alert for keywords relevant to your industry. Google will then email you links to information on the web that may be relevant. This is helpful for brainstorming topics for your content. Alltop.com is similar. However, it gathers good blog based content on all topics. For example, I visit www.contentmarketing.alltop.com to keep me up to date with my industry on the web.”

Thanks so much for joining us for Part 1, on Thursday we’ll hear more from Newt Barrett and take a look at a case study showcasing techniques from the book.  Sign up for the RSS feed to make sure you receive Part 2.

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According to the Domain Name Industry Brief by VeriSign, 24 million new domain names were added in 2008. A 16% increase over 2007’s numbers. In case you haven’t noticed, the web is getting crowded. Just imagine 24 million more websites out there all competing for a click-thru on Google. So how do you stand out [...]

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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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Franchising still offers viable opportunities for investors

Last week we took a brief glimpse at Wall Street and some of the good, and bad, news filling the media. Franchising, currently suffering like many other sectors, has historically outperformed other industries during economic downturns and subsequent recoveries. A few interesting points: While dozens of retailers and corporate owned chains are expected to fail, [...]

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Robert Kiyosaki Interview-Part 2

On Tuesday, you heard from Robert Kiyosaki, investor, entrepreneur and author of The New York Times, international bestselling book, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” with 26 books in the Rich Dad series. Here is the continuation of our interview: What main pieces of advice do you have for entrepreneurs and new investors today? I would say [...]

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Don’t let Wall Street get you down

It’s very easy to get stuck in the doom and gloom that’s Wall Street. Just this past week, we heard that over $18 billion of the infamous Ballout Fund ended up in the pockets of Wall Street executives (in the form of bonuses) and over 200,000 additional people lost their jobs. Even the International Franchise [...]

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be On Twitter

Without a doubt, one of the hottest things in social media networking these days is Twitter.  The social media and micro-blogging platform was listed as the fastest growing social media application by Neilson’s Media Service in October 2008 as its popularity grew by 343% last year.  The site also received tremendous press last year with [...]

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Laid Off? Do This to Run Your Own Business

You just got fired for the last time. Now you’re in charge of the hiring / firing policy. Why? Because you are starting your own business… FINALLY.   To hang the “BOSS” sign on your door, here are 5 quick tips:   1)      Play to Your Passion: Figure out what turns you on – if [...]

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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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How to Email Old Contacts in the New Year

At a recent email marketing workshop, several audience members asked me about old lists of customers or contacts they’ve gathered but have never emailed. Should they email them? Do they need to get permission again? All of these questions focus on the gray area of getting started building your email marketing list. Have any of [...]

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2009 Looms Big for Entrepreneurs

My prediction? Some of the most exciting businesses of the next few years are going to be born in 2009 and grown from 2008 toil. It’s my strong view that the economic duress we’re all under as entrepreneurs is going to make us smarter, scrappier, more effective and ultimately far more successful. To help you [...]

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