Posts Tagged ‘marketing tips’

Small Business Week: June 17- June 21

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

June 17th- June 21st is the nationwide Small Business Week!

Constant Contact is offering great online educational tools, including Marketing Minute articles, weekly Webinars, and Seminars near you.  Check out their great tips on managing your small business’ Facebook page, Using YouTube and Video marketing, and learn how to register for great conferences near you!  These marketing tips and other resources are perfect for Bed and Breakfast owners and innkeepers.

Marketing Minute Below: 

 

Webinars Every Week:

This Week’s WebinarRev Up Your Results with YouYube or Video Marketing

-June 6th

-Free

-Time: 9am-10am

Register Today & View Details

you must register to view webinar

Evening WebinarGetting Started with Constant Contact Email Marketing

– June 11th

-Free

-Time: EVENING 8:00pm- 9:00 pm

Register Today & View Details

you must register to view webinar

 

 

Upcoming WebinarGetting Started with Constant Contact Email Marketing

– June 20th

-Free

-Time: 9:00am- 10:00 am

Register Today & View Details

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Seminars in Nebraska

OmahaDon’t Miss Out on:

2013 MarkeTech Conference
in Omaha.  The conference is focused on Connecting Marketing and Technology.

Speakers Fat Brain Toys, Yahoo, Constant Contact, and More!  

June 12th

Time: 8am-4pm

Cost: $50 per person Select the Constant Contact Price Option.

See Agenda and Register Today! 

 

Papillion

10 Tips to Creating a Successful Email Campaign That Will Get You Results

June13th

Cost: 1 Business Card

Learn More & Register Today

Bellevue

10 Tips to Go and Grow Your Social Media Marketing

June14th-Limited Seating 

Cost: 1 Business Card

Learn More & Register Today

 

Lincoln 

See How to Create an Email Campaign That Will Drive Results

June 11th

Cost: 1 Business Card

Learn More & Register Today 

  

 

 

Marketing tips for small and startup businesses

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

October 25th, 2010 03:15am
Marketing tips for small and startup businesses
By Jenna V. Loceff, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Heather Prandini and Aly Anderson

SANTA ROSA – The Engine is Red and Notion:Creative give tips to small business owners on startup and do-it-yourself marketing.

Think before you speak

At its core, marketing and advertising are about creating conversations that start relationships. Many companies make the mistake of focusing on which megaphone they want to use rather than figuring out what they are going to say. Take the time to hone down who you are, who are you talking to, and why they want to work with your company. The answer to these basic questions is the foundation of your brand and your messaging.

Seduce your pre-customers

You can learn a tremendous amount of marketing truth by the study of romantic relationships. It is all about communication. Take your time to find the right prospects and begin a conversation, adjust how you talk and what you are saying to who they are. Spend more time listening than talking, and don’t be afraid to ask for the second date.

Focus on what you’re great at

As an entrepreneur you probably have to wear many hats during the startup phase, accounting, sales, marketing, customer service, etc. Make sure that you are spending your time wisely, and getting the biggest results for your time investment. If you have a natural talent for writing and communicating, focus on sales and marketing messaging. Even with tight budgets it’s important for a new venture to know when to bring in help. If it’s not your natural talent, find the right partner to get you there.

Quality over quantity

Many start ups don’t have the advertising budget they would really like, and usually have to make some tough choices and cuts to their plan. One common mistake is to execute a lot of small quick campaigns across many platforms, a 1/4 page ad in a local paper, a 2 week radio campaign, a coupon mailer, etc. It is far more effective to prioritize your media plan, and start with what you can afford to do really well. Creating a powerful and constant single campaign will deliver better results than three smaller, poorly executed ones.

Get creative

Before you instantly jump into spending your whole budget on bigger ad campaigns, make sure you have creatively evaluated some non traditional approaches. Whether it’s the advent of some surprisingly affordable digital approaches or some low cost guerilla tactics, spend wisely. Take the time to get to know your customer, and why they would choose you, and then focus on their day to day lives. Brainstorm ways you can cost effectively interact with the right person, at the right time, with the right message.

Identify your client

Know your market: know who you are targeting and know your competition. Who are your existing, potential and ideal clients; research what’s happening in your industry on a local and national level; fit into what’s happening but carve out a niche that highlights your uniqueness and sets you apart.

Create a brand

Hire a professional to develop a brand and that represents your business and appeals to your desired clientele. A cohesive brand includes logo, stationery, point of sale materials, ads, website and any other material that interfaces with the public eye.

Create a buzz

Promote, promote, promote. Talk about your business; attend professional mixers; offer your products or specialized services pro bono; send press releases, your product or a newsworthy story to a writer at a local newspaper, magazine or blog whose point of view and audience is aligned with your business goals. Since each generation receives and absorbs information differently, it’s important to utilize the proper media platform for your message.

Build trust

Connect with your desired clientele and peers via your story. Do something for nothing; get involved in your community by sponsoring or volunteering at a local event; meet new people and spread your story in a non-business environment; building trust with these new connections is an invaluable marketing tool that will spread through your clients’ and peers’ network of personal and business connections.

Maintain the relationship

Never stop marketing, even when business is booming. Maintain a consistent and broad marketing plan that reminds consumers why they need your services, highlights all facets of your business and targets multiple markets.

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Notion:Creatve is located in Healdsburg and is owned by Aly Anderson and Heather Prandini. The Engine is Red is located in Santa Rosa and is owned by Chris Denny and Dan Sartin.



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