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Scott Hamlin doesn’t believe in waste. To prove it, in 2009, Hamlin co-founded the Portland, Ore.-based Looptworks , an online-apparel company that makes limited-edition jackets, hoodies, skirts, shirts and graphic tees.
Ever wonder why some partnerships last a lifetime while others crash and burn? Learn the secrets to success from these famous examples. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
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How business owners can put together a detailed marketing guide for business growth. While your business plan generally outlines your entire business, a standalone marketing plan focuses specifically, and in more detail, on just that one function. When business owners want to dive deeper into their marketing strategy they will likely put together a detailed plan that outlines their marketing goals -- as well as the steps needed to accomplish them.
Take your time and develop a strong sense of how franchisees feel about each aspect of their marketing program before you decide to buy in. Marketing can make or break you if you become a franchisee. Asking existing franchisees about their system's marketing can provide you with a clear indication of how they feel about the stewardship of their marketing dollars. This research can pay dividends in making sure the franchise you buy into has its marketing act together. Of all the factors you’ll want to check out when evaluating a franchise opportunity, none is more important than the franchisor’s marketing.
I happened to see another company touting their “ NetPromoter Score ” which is something I’ve never seen before, so I did a bit of research and found the primary developer of the concept is a company called SatMetrix. It’s a solid concept and one I will consider more as I discuss strategy with clients. NPS is based on the fundamental perspective that every company’s customers can be divided into three categories: Promoters, Passives, and Detractors. By asking one simple question — How likely is it that you would recommend [Company X] to a friend or colleague?
Direct Mail Published on September 15th, 2009 | by Janine Popick There are a ton of ways to get people to sign up for your email marketing offers. I’ve put together a list for you to read, so you know all of the ways you can be growing your list.
Do you want to give your business a boost but you don’t want to spend a lot of money? Try out Fiverr.com . It is a very usefull website to promote your business. Essentially, it’s a marketplace where you can can sell and buy gigs that are priced at $5. Gigs range from doing video testimonials to sending out Tweets to writing a romantic sonnet. In this article I will sum up 10 examples of how to promote your business for only $5 by showing you some gigs that where posted on Fiverr.com.
While talking with young founders in Europe and the US over the last couple months, I have been asked the same question repeatedly -- how can an entrepreneur just starting out gain the necessary credibility to attract capital? It is an important question because, at its heart, a startup investment is an investment in the entrepreneur. And the earlier stage the investment, the more so this is true. We all know the allure of the elusive "serial entrepreneur" -- the rare breed who has done it before (successfully) and will not fall victim to the same business pitfalls (he'll have to discover new ones). I have backed serial entrepreneurs before and will continue to back them. They have valuable startup knowledge to bring to bear on the company building process that we in the venture business clearly covet.
One of the first publicity stunts was the Boston Tea Party—and that sure got results, says Debbi Karpowicz Kickham, president of Maxima Marketing and co-author of Off the Wall Marketing Ideas. The best ones, she says, involve taking a risk. “You need to be bold and put yourself out there,” Kickham says. “Be witty and creative and even funny.”
For as long as social media has been taunting us with follower numbers and Likes, business owners have been trying to network with people deemed more influential than themselves. We strive to reach these people with the hope that if they like what we’re doing they’ll be inclined to share it with their audience and foster positive word of mouth. We want to tap into their audience to help grow our own. But before any of that can happen, before these influencers can help spread our message, it’s our job to get on their radar. Because the first step to partnering with an influencer is to make sure they know your name. But how exactly do you do that?
Marketing is the process of communicating your value to your public. Whether it’s a product or service, if what you offer has value and solves a problem, then you need to market it in a way that lets your target audience know just how important it is to their lives. If marketing is communication, then your brand is a part of the message. According to the American Marketing Association a brand is a “ name, term, design, symbol , or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.”
Some small businesses would love to get the attention of bloggers in their niche, but don’t know how. After all, getting your business mentioned in a blog that covers your vertical or is influential in your market, can raise your business’s visibility. The problem is, it’s your business and dozens, even hundreds of others vying for attention. Popular bloggers get bombarded with companies trying to get a piece of their mind share. If yours is one of those companies, how do you stand out so you can start to build a relationship with bloggers, as experts recommend, in a way that will make a lasting impression?
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When you think back on it, the advent of social media hit the marketing world like hot sauce on an empty stomach. All of a sudden businesses with an appetite for "what's next" rushed to set up Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts and blogs to connect with as many customers as possible. Waylaid somewhere along the way, however, were the fundamentals of public relations, marketing, corporate communications and sales -- giving way to erroneous assumptions about how businesses should manage their social marketing.