Having a small budget doesn’t mean you can’t market your business. Here are 6 creative ways to market your business on a budget to new and current customers! 1. Put a Sign On It When you can’t pay for local advertising, rely on word of mouth and a sign or two. Put a sign in your yard, on your car, in your neighbors’ yards – you get the idea. For a variation on a theme, pay someone to dress as your mascot and hold a sign directing people to your store. 2. Customer Referrals Offering customers some sort of … Continue reading
Small businesses, especially those considered non-essential right now, have to come up with creative ideas to retain loyal customers and ensure that they will have a business to reopen. For most small business this is definitely not “business as usual,” but rather, “business unusual” that keeps you in the black. For each of these small business social promotion ideas, please remember that each social platform has promotion guidelines that still apply and the FTC is still watching to make sure you are running your hashtag promotions legally. For Retail: Make your customers into your brand ambassadors during these challenging … Continue reading
In these days of social distancing, lock-downs, and shelter-in-place directives, far more people are working from their home offices, wherever those may be. As always, though, it’s necessary to protect yourselves from potential threats, cyber and otherwise. The following are a few mostly common-sense work from home security tips. Make sure your devices are physically safe (shut down or locked, as with a mobile phone you use to check potentially-sensitive work-related email or messages). Keep them out of sight of children, family members, or roommates that may be tempted to snoop. If you are sharing a computer or device between … Continue reading
COVID-19 has turned many companies upside down in how they approach their work and the engagement of their employees. Here are 8 employee incentive ideas to inspire your work from home staff to work harder than ever, even when the new normal is not so normal. 1. Encourage Self Care How are you encouraging self-care for employees that are working from home? Run a promotion on Facebook asking your employees to share how they are taking a break. Maybe it is taking a quick walk outside, throwing in a tub of laundry, taking the dog out, putting dinner in … Continue reading
Prize fulfillment is the part of the sweepstakes or contest that consumers may love the best, but for the promotion administrator there is a lot more involved than putting a prize in the mail. Here are 6 things to consider when putting together a plan for prize fulfillment for your next sweepstakes, contest or instant win game. 1. Prize sourcing Giving away the latest goods, services, and experiences takes planning — and potentially lots of vendors and contacts, especially if an item is hard to find or in high demand. Cars given as prizes need to be sourced locally … Continue reading
Using unique codes can enhance your next sweepstakes, giveaway, or instant win game. With unique codes incorporated into your promotion you can: Provide tracking of entrants back to a region or store. Give your sales team a specific range of codes that can be tracked back to their sales, which can give you the opportunity to reward the highest producers. Pinpoint game participation to a specific geographic area. Determine which products are the biggest drivers in the promotion. Unique codes on printed game pieces given out at stores or on products, or obtained online or via email, can be … Continue reading
If you aren’t sure why instant win game security is that big of a deal, you might want to watch the new HBO docuseries called “McMillion$”. It details the strange, and almost unbelievable, true story of how an employee at a promotional marketing company called Simon Marketing, a former competitor of Marden-Kane’s, committed fraud in the McDonald’s Monopoly games between 1989 and 2001, bilking McDonald’s and their customers out of $24,000,000 in prizes. The first episode of a six-part HBO documentary series aired on Monday, February 3, 2020. When the story of the McDonald’s fraud case first broke in 2001, … Continue reading
Ever thought about running a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt as part of your brand’s marketing efforts? A legal scavenger hunt is the way to engage your loyal customers and offer a fun, immersive experience. Depending on the level of skill involved in your scavenger hunt, the promotion may be deemed a contest (skill-based) or a sweepstakes (game of chance). Either way, you will want to have a full set of legal, official rules in place to govern the promotion to cover all possibilities – such as what the tie-breaker would be if two people found the treasure at … Continue reading
We get it. Running a new business probably takes up all of your time, and you don’t have a lot of extra energy to think about marketing your business. Running a simple sweepstakes, however, could be the way to meet your new business marketing goals. By running a 30 day simple sweepstakes with a high value prize you could achieve one of the following five new business marketing goals: Get new followers on social. Facebook, Instagram, Instagram Stories, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and SnapChat are all platforms where you can run a sweepstakes, as long as you follow the promotion … Continue reading
In the United States, No Purchase Necessary is a term associated with all sweepstakes. Legally, in order to run a sweepstakes you cannot require a purchase in order to enter. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t ask entrants to make a purchase – it just means that anyone entering without purchase must have the same chance as someone entering with purchase. Here are two ways to use a sweepstakes to boost purchases and still meet the legal requirement for no purchase necessary: 1. Alternate Means of Entry: You can ask people to make a purchase in exchange for … Continue reading
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