Woman Issue 127
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As A Marketing Tool
By Joan Sotkin
A policy of giving can accomplish a great deal if you are building
and running a business. You've probably heard the expression, "You
get what you give." It is very true. If you give freely, you
will get abundantly. Conversely, if you are stingy or afraid to
give, you won't get much.
Here are some suggestions for giving.
Give free samples. This can be in the form of goods or services.
You can give samples of your product or samples of your work. Shareware
is a free sample of a product that often has something missing,
or it will stop working after a specified time. Sampling the product
invariably increases usage and sales.
Give referrals. Look for opportunities to recommend other
business people. Ask the person to whom you give the referral to
mention your name.
Give more than your customers or clients expect. If you
are shipping goods, include a free gift that you can make part of
your offer. If you provide a service, such as Web site development,
include something extra -- an extra graphic, registering with search
engines or something else of value.
Give love and trust. Many people in the business world have
an attitude of distrust. This isn't a good idea if you want your
customers to trust you.
You have to trust first. I have always trusted that my customers
will treat me well. Doing this allows me to love and be open with
them. As a result, in the last few years I have only had four bad
checks and one charge back. The four bad checks came at a time when
I was mailing out 50,000 catalogs (snail mail) every few months
and processing about 700 orders a month. My merchandise return rate
was under 1%!
Give your attention. How many times have you been to a networking
function and felt as if the only reason anyone wanted to talk to
you was to sell you something. When you are at one of these functions,
forget about selling and concentrate on meeting people. Ask them
questions about them. Find something about which you can honestly
compliment them. If you pay attention to them you can not only qualify
them to see if they really are a potential customer, but you will
foster good will. When they see your business card, you will be
Give information. Keep your eye out for tid-bits of information
that could help one of your clients or potential customers. Send
it with a note saying, "I thought you would find this interesting."
If you have a Web site, you can give, give and give some more. All
it takes is the time to do the HTML coding. The more you give, the
more people will come to appreciate what you do.
Giving can be an important part of your marketing strategy. However,
the secret to successful giving is not to expect anything in return.
Learn to give for the sake of giving. When you no longer expect
anything, much will come to you. That's one of life's paradoxes.
About the Author
Visit Joan's Web site at http://www.prosperityplace.com
for lots of helpful business advice and resources for entrepreneurs.
Website Is the
New Lemonade Stand
By Alexandria Marx
Internet marketing is a new place with the
same old purpose. When I first learned about Internet marketing,
it felt as if I had been there, done that. I reached back
in time to find how Internet marketing today was something
I already did, years ago. I was a nerdy kid who was more
interested in commerce than dolls. I persuaded my dad to
help me setup a lemonade stand on the lawn in front of our
one-story home. I mixed up a batch of fresh squeezed lemonade,
grabbed my mother's favorite milk glasses, and hung up a
cardboard sign with the words, "Lemonade 10¢."
I greeted my first customer within the hour. It was fun
stuffing all those 'In God We Trust" dollar bills into
an old cigar box.
Today, dollar bills fly across space and deposit
themselves into my bank account. That's different! But commerce
is still the exciting challenge that left my dolls unattended
on the shelf. The Internet has opened up endless possibilities
for commerce. And just like the sign I hung up years ago,
we still put signs out to attract buyers. It's not so different.
You meet people, show them your wares, let
them know why your lemonade tastes better than anyone else's
and after they buy a glass and take a sip, they come back
for more. It is such a simple concept, it's a wonder why
so many marketers make it sound so confusing.
Think of Internet marketing as if you were
tacking up a sign on your lemonade stand. Now, think of
your website as your lemonade stand. It's easy to see that
all you have to do to attract more customers is hang up
lots of signs all over the neighborhood. Now, picture yourself
standing on your front lawn as cars speed by and no one
stops to buy a glass of your frosty lemonade. That's what
happens when you don't put out any signs.
There are many places where you post your
advertising sign on the Internet. Google, Yahoo!, Ask.com
are well known hot spots to post your sign. It's called
pay-per-click advertising. You rent sign space, but pay
only when someone clicks your link and lands on your web
site page. What if you get hundreds of clicks at $1.00 each.
Yikes! That can add up. But it is a real sunny day when
the visitors that come from each click, engage your offers
and become a new business contact. That's a lot of lemonade!
But what if people land on your web page and
don't like the color of your lemonade. Sales conversions
will be low to non existent. So before you hang out any
signs inviting customers to your website, do a sales checkup.
You want the words on your web pages to show and tell visitors
just how tasty your offers are. You want both substance
and persuasion throughout your web page copy. If you're
not sure how to write your copy, there are many professional
advertising copy writing services ready to help you.
Speaking of your web page copy, another way
to bring buyers to your web site is search engine optimization
(SEO). This is like dressing up your lemonade stand sign
with the right words. How many takers would I have gotten
when I was a kid if my sign read, "Cold Beer"
when I was clearly selling lemonade. People who stopped
by for a beer would not be pleased. And what if I wrote
those words in a foreign language. People would be confused,
and so would search engines. It is just as important to
speak in a language search engines understand as it is to
speak in a language your web page visitors understand. Search
engine optimization makes that happen. And the beauty of
search engine optimization is you get free clicks. It's
like posting signs all over the Internet inviting customers
to come and buy a glass of lemonade. But in this instance,
all your posts are free. You don't pay for the clicks you
get. How cool is that!!
Internet marketing may be a mystery to you,
and you may not even know enough about it to even consider
it as a necessary arrow in your marketing quiver. Who wants
to run up a credit card on this unknown thing called Internet
marketing. Unfortunately, this nebulous selling environment
is it. It's the place. Your website is the new lemonade
stand, and Internet marketing attracts buyers.
We meet and we both benefit. We still have
that in common. If you have a website, check your web pages
for substance and sales persuasion, optimize key pages and
start marketing online. Post those signs. Let people know
how good your lemonade is.
About The Author
Alexandria Marx has 20 yrs direct marketing copywriting,
web design and Internet marketing. She's published two books
on sales and marketing, and offers sales checkups and marketing
tips for small business. http://www.dm-creative.com
Other Way To
Social Network Marketing
By Nicole Bandes
Many people believe they cant build business
on Social Networking sites because everyone else is also just
on the sites to promote their own business and have no interest
in any other businesses. That probably has a great deal of
truth to it. However, for this reason, you have a golden opportunity
to stand out among the crowd.
There are a couple of ways you can use social
networking sites to build business. While I suppose both of
them could be effective, I believe that one is clearly more
effective and much more rewarding.
The obvious way to promote your business on
a social networking site would be to sign up for as many sites
as you can, create a profile that says nothing about you and
a great deal about your business, and start sending your offer
to as many members as you possibly can. You should also attempt
to get as many friends as possible and then blast them regularly
with your new promotions via their comments section.
Then there is the other way. The other way takes
time. It also takes integrity. The other way is the way in
which you can gain a lot more than just sales.
The other way to market your business on social
networking sites is to actually take an interest in other
people. That doesnt mean go in and pretend to be interested
in their business or even in their interests. It means finding
people that you might actually have something in common with
and foster that friendship. It means offering help when you
can give it; free advice, a qualified referral, or even a
friendly ear. It means creating quality relationships rather
Just think, if you actually talk to people about
THEIR interests and offer to provide them with help in some
way then you gain ground over all of those individuals that
simply log in to spam the other members. You could be a diamond
among a bunch of coal.
And just think, if you are that diamond and
make an effort to build a true solid friendship, who are those
new friends going to turn to if they need your product, the
one spamming them or the one that has helped and been a real
friend? And what if they know someone who needs your product?
Will they think of you or the one who sent them all those
messages without even knowing their first name (which is clearly
posted on their profile)?
Now, what if, in addition to everything else,
you actually market your product rather than your business?
How many more people do you think are interested in your product
but get turned off by the prospect of HAVING to look at your
It is far easier to find customers than prospective
distributors. If you focus on finding customers, those that
are promoting their business MAY actually be interested in
your product even if they already have a business. The benefit
comes in that those purchasing your product, may eventually
decide to build a business once they have seen what a great
product you offer.
So go be the diamond and the least you will
gain is a good friend. Chose the other way, not the obvious
About the Author
Nicole Bandes has been an entrepreneur from the young age
of about 8 when she started selling homemade candles and hand
painted rocks that probably weren't very good. She enjoys
working in her own business and being at home for her family
and has found that perfect business to allow her to do that
and achieve all of her success goals at the same time. Nicole
helps businesses gain all referrals than they can handle.
Get some free tips at her blog at http://www.ilovesendoutcards.com/blog
Your Online Articles?
By Denise Willms
Writing articles that no one reads?
I hope not. But if you want people to read your
online articles, there are two things you absolutely must
OK, there are several techniques that will help
your articles get read like a catchy title and a captivating
first sentence - but these two things that I'm about to tell
you are absolutely vital to an effective Article Marketing
Without these things, whatever else you do wont
1. Write articles about subjects your audience
is interested in.
2. Make sure these same people can find your
Fortunately, theres no guesswork here,
and no need to cross your fingers that the right people will
somehow stumble across your articles and actually read them.
Some good keyword research will tell you exactly
what information your audience is looking for, and even give
you the exact terms theyre using to search for it.
If you havent done keyword research before,
its not as daunting as it sounds. Keyword
simply refers to the terms people type into search engines
to look for information. And the research is easy to do. Type
relevant words into a keyword research tool, and youll
get a list of all the words and phrases people have searched
for that relate to your word.
Here are some popular keyword research tools:
Whichever tool you decide to go with, Word Tracker
has an excellent tutorial on how to find and use keywords.
Another place to find good keywords for your
product or service is in your own web stats. Look under Search
String to find the terms that people used to find your
site. It's a good idea to add these to your list of keywords
because people who used those search terms were attracted
to your site.
Once you have your keywords, incorporate them
into your title, the body of your article, and into the keywords
section of the online article submission form.
When you submit your article to an online database
like WAHM-Articles, your title becomes the site description.
This is one of the things search engines look at when theyre
finding a relevant match for a users query.
The keywords you insert give the search engines
an idea of what the page is about.
Using the same words somewhere in your article
will also help the engines find the article when someone searches
for those particular keywords.
Do search engines really look at articles? You
bet. At WAHM-Articles, most of our traffic comes from people
who typed in a query that closely matched an articles
title. As with any business strategy, successful Article Marketing
is all about taking the time to learn what people are looking
for, and then giving them what they need.
About the Author
Denise Willms is co-owner
and a virtual assistant to busy WAHMs. Submit your WAHM articles
where they'll be read by hundreds of work-at-home-moms, and
could be published in their newsletters, blogs and websites.
Hand-Written Notes To Build Your Business
By Kristine Lewis
Recently, I attended a networking event for my company.
The speaker that night spoke about good networking practices. One
of the practices she referred to was making sure to follow-up with
everyone you meet at these events. She aptly referred to it as pinging.
The word ping takes its name from a submarine sonar
search -- you send a short sound burst and listen for an echo or
a ping coming back. So, in networking terms, when you
send out a ping, whether with an email, a phone call or a hand-written
note, youre inviting that person to come back
and communicate with you thus beginning a relationship with that
one that will hopefully benefit you both long term.
I always make it a practice to send out handwritten thank you notes
to everyone I meet at these events. I like handwritten notes, because
theyre a physical manifestation of your company (your brand)
to that potential client, strategic partner or referral source.
A handwritten note sets the tone for your company. Handwritten notes
also differentiate you from most other businesses. Ask yourself
when the last time you received a handwritten note from someone
you met at a business setting was?
Quite simply, handwritten correspondence is a wonderful way to
build your business. When I say build your business, I am not just
referring to acquiring new customers. I am also referring to keeping
the customers you have!
According to a study conducted by the Technical Assistance Research
Project in Washington DC, 68% of customers leave because of perceived
indifference. In other words, customers dont think you
care about their business. As Sir William Jones said, The
deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Our customers and clients want and need to be appreciated, remembered
Another great advantage in sending a personal note
tend to keep these cards. Whenever I receive a nice note from someone,
I display it one my desk for awhile. Every time I see the card,
I am warmly reminded of that person or business.
So, when should you send a handwritten card to someone? Here are
a few suggestions:
Every time you meet someone new and get their contact information
(i.e. a networking function, a business meeting, a training session,
on the plane, a social party, waiting in line at the grocery store,
When a customer makes a major purchase from you or sends
a referral your way.
When you embark upon a joint venture with a new company.
Here are some other suggested but not mandatory times to jot a
A birthday greeting to your clients and associates.
A congratulatory note when you hear about something great
that customer or business associate did. For example, one of my
customers published a new book, so I sent her a congratulatory note.
If you see an article that might be of interest to that client
or associate, send them the clipping with a quick note.
An encouraging note to members of your staff or team.
Remember, every card is a ping. It is likely that your
message will echo back to you in some way soon!
Writing a handwritten note does not have to be a difficult exercise!
When networking, make it a practice to take notes about the people
you meet on the back of their business cards, so you have something
to reference when you go to correspond with them.
Handwritten notes should only be 3-5 sentences in length. In other
words, be short and to the point. If it is your first correspondence
with this person, remind them where you met and what you do for
a living. Thank them for taking the time to speak with you and perhaps
suggest another meeting. Make sure to enclose another business card.
Your personal correspondence should be written on high quality
stationery. Remember, your stationery represents your brand. If
you are a veterinarian for example, a note card with a cute dog
might certainly be appropriate. If youre an image consultant,
you might want something more refined and sophisticated. Personalized
note cards with your name and/or company already printed on them
are great for establishing a consistent brand or image. Make sure
to give your correspondence that extra personal touch by hand-addressing
the envelope and using a real postage stamp.
Set aside some time every day to write your notes. I prefer to
do this practice at the end of the day. It gives me time to reflect
upon the day and allows me to give this practice my undivided attention.
It also helps me to end my day on a very positive note
which transcends to the following day.
For remembering customers birthdays, I have created an Excel
spreadsheet with my customers names, addresses and birthdays.
Once a week, I refer to this sheet to remind myself of the birthday
notes I need to send out for that week.
Dont get me wrong, emails, instant messages, phone calls
and the like are all wonderful communication tools! However, taking
the time to write a handwritten note really sends the message that
you care and you have taken the time to think about your relationship
or potential relationship with that person. Those 3-5 sentences
can make a mighty impact. And, that ping will come back to you in
the mighty echo of increased opportunity. Grab your pen and stationery
and get writing today!
About The Author
Kristine Lewis is the owner of www.dreampressonline.com.
Dream Press is an online personalized stationery boutique that
offers unique and affordable personalized note cards, notepads,
labels, candy wrappers and more. Dream Press also offers a Small
Business Section with personalized stationery products specifically
for the small business owner. Kristine resides in Wixom, Michigan
with her boyfriend and 6-year old son Benjamin.
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