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Forum: General Offline Marketing 9th July 2009, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,508
Posted By BBlackwood
I believe that small companies and start-ups can...

I believe that small companies and start-ups can and must do a lot of their own marketing to conserve money. BUT... I also believe your material must make you look as established and professional as...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 3rd July 2009, 11:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,682
Posted By BBlackwood
If that works for you, great. I've been through a...

If that works for you, great. I've been through a lot of research though, and I promise you that what people say they will do (when in a research study) and even what the BELIEVE they will do, is not...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 2nd July 2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,857
Posted By BBlackwood
If you decide to send the emails out yourself ...

If you decide to send the emails out yourself and with only 50, that's quite do-able just address them as BCCs and no one will be able to see who they were sent to.
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 2nd July 2009, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,682
Posted By BBlackwood
Testing has traditionally been a huge factor in...

Testing has traditionally been a huge factor in direct marketing. Usually, several different offers or mailer designs are designed and sent to a select test audience to see which is more effective.
...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 22nd June 2009, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,932
Posted By BBlackwood
How Many Links Do You Have?

How many links do you have between your blog and other blogs?
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 22nd June 2009, 03:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,331
Posted By BBlackwood
Here are the stats from 2006: ...

Here are the stats from 2006:

http://www.itfacts.biz/internet-activities-by-age-group/5652

I'm sure you can find even more up-to-date info if you search the Web.

Also, it has lately been...
Forum: Ecommerce 21st June 2009, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,137
Posted By BBlackwood
Viper, why the advice to use AdSense and then...

Viper, why the advice to use AdSense and then delete? Can't understand why that would be advantageous.
Forum: General Offline Marketing 12th June 2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,862
Posted By BBlackwood
I'd invest in 5,000 business cards and give them...

I'd invest in 5,000 business cards and give them out to EVERYone.

Get magnetic signs or decals promoting your enterprise for all family vehicles.

I'd design and print a simple brochure to...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 12th June 2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,905
Posted By BBlackwood
All good advice above. Jarmaine touched on it,...

All good advice above. Jarmaine touched on it, but pretty much the first resource of offline marketing would be a good business card. Buy them inexpensively in bulk and pass them out everywhere.
...
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 12th June 2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,422
Posted By BBlackwood
Blogs are a must

Of course, not all businesses need a blog just as not all need a website or a toll-free phone number.

But I've been in marketing for 30 years and I don't know of anything that can potentially give...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10th June 2009, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By BBlackwood
Hello From BBlackwood

I'm a small business marketing consultant located in mid-America. My passion is finding inexpensive - or free - ways my clients can use to grow their businesses.

Hope to find lots of advice and...
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