I want business and traffic now!

I got a call today from a friend of mine that sells a product that improves and helps people with hemorrhoids (yes, hemorrhoids and yes it is a serious problem that a lot of people have).

She said to me how can I get the name of my product and company publicized the cheapest, fastest and easiest way with the most impact in a short period of time.

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Article on Free and Inexpensive Marketing and Business Ideas

Another Shout out to Bob Garrett – Garrett Consulting for turning me on to this site. . very cool. .Thanks again Bob

Although this is a recent article some of the links in the article do not work or the services have been discontinued. . but still great info. .

Start, run and grow your business for, you guessed it, free.

Bob can be reached at http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgarrett

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Free and Cheap Marketing

Lets face it we are in a recession or at least it feels that way.  I get approached by people all the time that they don’t have the money to promote their goods and services.  I would say in times like this it may be the time to ramp up the marketing and cut back on other areas (I know this is easier said then done).

I like free and cheap marketing. I like hearing about. I like talking about. I really like to see it in action.

A month ago a person was handing out lollipops at my kids soccer game which had a coupon for a free slice of pizza wrapped around it for a new local pizza restaurant.  I like pizza. I really like free pizza. This restaurant probably hit 500 people in one morning with this offer.

In the whole scheme of things how much did this promotion really cost them?  Not much compared to traditional advertising.  Guess what?  I drank the koolaid.  We are regular customer and we would have never know about this restaurant had it not been for this promotion.

The other day I received an envelope addressed to “my neighbor.” It was from a neighborhood kid looking for some babysitting work.  What struck me about the package that was enclosed is that it had testimonials, professional looking stationary and a refrigerator magnet with both her home number and cell phone number.  This is from a kid that is 13 years old.  Guess where that magnet is?  Right on my refrigerator.  Guess who we are going to call next time we are in a fix for a babysitter.

Finally, I was reading the Saint Joe’s HawkEye newspaper. (Shout out to them I love reading the Hawk) I read an article about a student that started a cookie making business ala Mrs. Fields. I then notice that this same budding entrepreneur had notices on the bulletin boards placed in the hallways of the classroom building with an ad for her company with a tear-off section for her phone number.  I was hit by two different forms of cheap marketing within 10 minutes.

What do these three examples have in common?  They not only advertised but they left the prospect with something to remember them by.  A lollipop, a refrigerator magnet a tear-off phone number tag.

My gut is all these examples have a very high ROI.

We are not talking rocket scientry. . just good common sense which at times is lacking from even the best organizations when it comes to marketing.

You are also reading a blog that cost me nothing. . nada. . so I want to give a shout out to WordPress.com for helping me market on the cheap!  Other alternatives are the free social networking sites such as Linkedin, Facebook and MySpace.


Another idea is to approach your local schools hand out a flyer to local school children to bring home to their parents this is especially effective for neighbor hood organizations such as sports leagues and social organizations targeting this demographic.

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