startup ideas, marketing ideas, conversations, etc.



MARKETING IDEAS and TOOLS
Marketing Mileage
Business Card Design Ideas
Brochure Design Ideas
Die Cut Business Cards
Scented Business Cards
Cheap Business Card Ideas
Unique Business Cards
Unique Brochure Ideas
Cheap Advertising Ideas
Business Card Layout
Promoting Home-Based Business
Competitive Advantage
Email Marketing Tips
Selling With Color
Promotional Magnets
Brochures and Marketing Mileage
Christmas Marketing
Creative Marketing

STARTUP IDEAS and STRATEGIES
Home-Based Startup Ideas
Business Idea Brainstorming
Virtual Assistant
Event Planner
Wedding Consultant
Telecommuting Strategies
Freelance Job Strategies

How to Promote Your Home-Based Business

Business cards can be unique and still be cheap. Check out these ideas to give your card a custom look:
Die Cut Business Card Ideas

Using scented cards are another way to make them an even more effective advertising tool.

Here's how to turn ordinary cards into scented ones:
Scented Business Cards

Door magnets on your car are highly visible and get a lot of exposure. It's effortless and effective advertising that keeps working for you.

Promote your business for free in local or regional magazines. Many rely on voluntary writing contributions. Translate your expertise into an article. It's free promotion and an effective way to establish yourself as an expert in your field.
Ask for referrals. Friends and business acquaintances can help you build your business.

Complementary businesses can also be an excellent source of referrals. Photographers, for example, may often be asked for the name of a good caterer. And vice versa.
Use imprinted promotional items. Pens are cheap and almost guaranteed to be passed along to others.

Be a walking advertisement for your business. Imprinted t-shirts and tote bags are two options. A website URL on a visor is another.

Bumper stickers can be a great promotional tool. They're the perfect size and place for your website URL.

For more ideas: Promotional Marketing Tips and Ideas
Participate in a local business expo, or a trade show.
Put your marketing message on a CD, a DVD, or both.
Increase traffic to your website with a scavenger hunt. Use a theme related to a holiday or another event in which people are already interested.
Increase referrals with incentives using your business cards.

Here's an easy way:
  • Use the back of your business cards as a coupon or other special offer.
  • Give each referrer a simple code that you jot down on each of the cards you give them.
  • Track cards received with each referrer's code.
  • Reward them with a free gift or a deep discount on some of their purchases.

Share mailing lists and expenses with non-competing businesses. Combine mailings and expand your customer base at the same time.
Let your answering machine or voice mail message promote your business.
Get free promotion in your local newspaper. Sponsor a contest, or be one of the sponsors for a community event.
Newspaper classified ads can be cheap and effective. Ask about having your ad appear in reverse print to make it stand out even more.



MARKETING STRATEGIES
Differentiate Yourself
Information Marketing
Building Customer Loyalty
Getting Customer Feedback
Testimonials
How to Define a Niche
Discovering Niches
Finding New Customers
Indirect Benefits
The Consumer's Perspective
Promotional Marketing
Pricing Products and Services
Viral Marketing Magic
Marketing Mix
Website Niches
Cheap Advertising Strategies
Complementary Marketing

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