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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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Why Hire an SEO Copywriter?

If you want to get new customers to your site, one of the fastest ways to gain momentum is with search engine optimization (SEO). And despite what you may have heard, SEO is much for than just adding some popular keywords to your copy. SEO is a process that involves research, strategy, planning, and regular [...]

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GoToBilling.com’s Mom Entrepreneur Gives Tips

If you are a mother pursuing your small business dreams, check out this interview with Stacy Roderick of www.GoToBilling.com. Stacy manages to take care of her family, cook healthy meals, stay in shape, and help run a successful business all at the same time. Here’s what Stacy had to say: How did you get started [...]

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How to Get People to Your Site

What are you doing right now to get new customers to your site? If you are just waiting for things to happen, it’s time to take action. Here are three quick things you can do: 1. Send out SEO press releases. Add search-engine optimization keywords to your press releases. This way, it will be easier for [...]

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Invention of the Week #16: Rock, Paper, Skissors

This week’s featured invention is “Skissors”, invented by husband and wife Dawn and Bob Kenny. The Kenny team works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help them find marketing/licensing opportunities for their invention. They created, developed, and patented their unique product to assist children with the task of learning how to use and properly hold scissors.   Skissors integrate finger covers over the holes in the [...]

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Innovative Idea: Give Tours

I sign up for a lot of newsletters because I like to know what’s going on, what people I used to work with are up to, and it helps spark the Idea Mill. I worked with Jerry Shereshewsky back in ’97 at Yoyodyne and (among other interesting andecdotes) I remember then he mentioned a desire [...]

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Mark Amtower’s Success Secrets 2

On Tuesday, we heard from Mark Amtower, a marketing consultant specializing in business-to-government marketing strategy and tactics, for both large and small firms. Here are some more of Mark’s secrets to success: What tips do you have for entrepreneurs who want to build buzz with very little money? Ask your best customers what they read [...]

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Mark Amtower Offers Success Secrets

Have you heard of Mark Amtower? If not, you will probably read about him somewhere soon. Mark successfully uses publicity to increase awareness about his business and is on BtoB’s “Who’s Who,” http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080714/FREE/128490100/1194/whoswho. Recently, I caught up with Mark to get his success secrets, and here’s what he had to say: Tell us a little [...]

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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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Get Lucky with Targeted PR and SEO

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d check in with you on your luck factor when it comes to business. How lucky are you when it comes to publicity placements in major media venues? Unfortunately, luck is a part of getting your business mentioned in the media. There are always some things out of [...]

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Invention of the Week #15: Making Peace with Pills

This week’s featured invention is “Rotatable Pill Splitter”, from inventor Walt Cheney.  Walt works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help him find marketing/licensing opportunities for his invention.  Walt created, prototyped, and patented a unique product to ease the task of splitting medications in halves and/or quarters.   Rotatable Pill Splitter gives individuals a convenient and simple way [...]

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Brand Monitoring: Why it’s Vital for Keeping Your Brand Strong

Brand monitoring is essentially the process of researching mentions of your brand including its name, officers, products, and more.  This is a vital part of branding for many reasons.  It can help you find brand evangelists, join conversations with prospects, correct misinformation, find opportunities for free publicity, police your trademark, or even find ideas for [...]

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Lose your job? Start a business!

After having her corporate, IT vice president position terminated, Ronnie Fliss spent the next six months searching for a new job.  She was told she was either overqualified or too expensive for what was available so she decided to form Fat Murray’s Doggy Treats in 2003, www.fatmurrays.com. As featured in the book, “Birthing the Elephant,” by Karin Abarbanel and Bruce Freeman, Ronnie shares [...]

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Steve Roderick of gotoBilling.com Exposes Success Secrets

On Tuesday, we heard from Steve Roderick of www.gotoBilling.com, a one-stop small business resource for paperless marketing, online invoicing, electronic billing, gift cards, and more. Due to smart planning and excellent customer service, gotoBilling.com is thriving in today’s economy and helping other small business owners succeed. Here is the rest of our conversation and Steve’s [...]

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Invention of the Week #14:

This week’s featured invention is “PODillow”, from inventor Anthony Calvert.    Anthony works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help him find marketing/licensing opportunities for his invention.  Anthony created, prototyped and produced a unique product to address a major “pain in the neck”.   PODillow is a patent-pending, trademarked product which offers individuals a more comfortable way to [...]

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Is Your Brand Ready For Fame?

In the late 60′s Andy Warhol proclaimed his belief that everyone was destined for at least 15 minutes of fame.  While the definition of “fame” may be up for interpretation, the prediction does hold some truth.  It also begs a question for companies.  Will your brand be ready?  If yes, your 15 minutes could easily [...]

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