200 Marketing Ideas for Small Business

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Marketing is something that every business needs to do, but many business owners hate to do.  Some say it’s because they are too busy, but for many business owners, it’s simply because they don’t know what to do.  So here are over 200 Marketing Ideas that you can use in your business on any given day.  Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed pick one or two a day and soon you’ll be on your way.  The only way to grow your business is to always be marketing.  Tweet this

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Social Media

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Linked In
  4. Google +
  5. Pinterest
  6. Squidoo
  7. Yelp.com
  8. Meetup.com
  9. Biznik.com
  10. Foursquare.com
  11. GetGlue.com

 

Social Media Networks for Foodies

  1. BakeSpace.com
  2. Foodie.com
  3. Foodspotting
  4. UrbanSpoon

 

Social Networks and Blogs for Moms/Women

  1. MomCentral.com
  2. BlogHer.com
  3. CaféMom

 

Social Bookmarking

  1. Digg.com
  2. Stumbleupon.com
  3. Newsvine.com
  4. Hubpages.com
  5. Reddit.com

 

Create a Blog

  1. WordPress.com
  2. Blogger.com
  3. Tumbler.com
  4. Typepad.com
  5. Posterous.com

Content Aggregators/ Curators

  1. Scoop.It
  2. List.ly
  3. Storify

Submit or Claim Your Business Listing in Online Directories

  1. GetListed.org
  2. Local.com
  3. YellowPages.com
  4. MerchantCircle.com
  5. Switchboard.com
  6. AngiesList.com
  7. Kudzu.com
  8. Yahoo Directories
  9. Google Pages
  10. Google Local
  11. Bing Local
  12. Yahoo Local:
  13. CitySearch.com
  14. DMOZ.com
  15. BOTW.com
  16. Manta.com

 

Submit/Publicize Your Events

  1. Yahoo Upcoming Events
  2. Craigslist.com
  3. Local Newspaper Event Listings
  4. Chamber of Commerce Event Listings
  5. Yelp.com

Get Published

  1. Write articles for community newsletters and blogs
  2. Write articles for business newsletters and blogs
  3. Write an ebook
  4. Write a book
  5. Write a white paper
  6. Write a report
  7. Power Point Presentations
  8. Self Publish via CreateSpace.com
  9. Scribshare
  10. Prezi.com

Email Marketing

  1. Constant Contact.com
  2. Mailchimp.com
  3. Icontact.com
  4. Aweber.com
  5. Vertical Response.com
  6. Infusionsoft.com

 

Direct Mail-Postcards 

  1. Amazing Mail.com
  2. Sendout Cards.com

Join Networking Groups

  1.  BNI
  2. LeTip
  3. Toastmasters
  4. Rotary
  5. Kiwanis
  6. Chamber of Commerce
  7. Small Business Associations
  8. 79.  Start your own

 

Memberships (Join and get involved) 

  1. Association Directory:
  2. Alumni Associations
  3. Arts Associations
  4. Industry Associations
  5. Nonprofit Boards

 Advertising

  1. Google Adwords
  2. Facebook ads
  3. Newsletter ads
  4. Direct Mail
  5. Radio Advertising
  6. TV Advertising
  7. Newspaper Inserts
  8. Coupons
  9. Groupon
  10. Deal Chicken.com
  11. Google Offers
  12. Mobile Coupons
  13. Advertorials

 

Video

  1.   YouTube
  2.   Vimeo.com
  3. Justin.TV
  4. Metacafe
  5. Blip.tv
  6. Ustream.live
  7. Ecorp.tv
  8. 12 Seconds.tv
  9. TubeMogul.com
  10. CreateLive

 

Audio, Radio Podcasting or Music

  1. Host your own Radio Show
  2. BlogTalkRadio
  3. Toginet
  4. Spotify
  5. Last.FM
  6. Blip.FM
  7. ITunes
  8. PodCasting

 Photosharing 

  1. Instagram
  2. Flickr.com

Other Marketing Ideas 

  1. Hold Contests
  2. Enter Contests
  3. Make telephone calls
  4. Host a fundraising event for a local charity
  5. Host an art show for a local school
  6. Photography contest
  7. Modeling Contest
  8. Cooking Demo
  9. Surveys
  10. Polls
  11. Focus Groups
  12. Send out birthday cards
  13. Take a client out to lunch
  14. Throw a party for a client
  15. Ask for referrals
  16. Give referrals
  17. Follow up with referrals
  18. Follow up with clients after the sale
  19. Keep in touch with clients
  20. Give away freebies
  21. Give free bonuses with purchase
  22. Add value
  23. Collect and share testimonials
  24. Speak at events
  25. Teach
  26. Write a book
  27. Volunteer your location for meetings or special events
  28. Fundraising
  29. Text messaging
  30. Coupons
  31. Posters
  32. Window/Sidewalk Signs
  33. Displays
  34. Balloons
  35. Graphics on your car
  36. Webinars
  37. Comment on other blogs
  38. Develop partnerships with other business owners
  39. Cross promotion
  40. Take a reporter out to lunch
  41. Develop relationships with media
  42. Write and send out press releases
  43. Be an advocate for your customers
  44. Write letters to the editor
  45. Perfect your 30 second commercial
  46. Give customers what they want
  47. Focus on service
  48. Walk your customers out of your place of business
  49. Keep track of your customers likes/wants and notify them when you have them in store.
  50. Have a sale
  51. I-Phone apps, or Android Apps
  52. Hire sales people
  53. Free publicity
  54. Develop relationships
  55. Use telephone scripts
  56. Attend trade shows, events
  57. Handwritten notes
  58. Thank you gifts
  59. Thank you notes
  60. Just because gifts/notes
  61. Pricing
  62. Branding
  63. Never carry business cards
  64. Make it easy for people to buy
  65. Guarantee
  66. Toll free number
  67. Email address on your marketing materials
  68. Consistent brand/voice
  69. Quality
  70. Package your items or services
  71. Give buying options, Good, better, best
  72. Give deadlines
  73. Create urgency
  74. Ask why or why not
  75. Ask for help
  76. Pay attention to your competitors
  77. Copy what works (legally)
  78. Take away the risk
  79. Confirm details
  80. Communicate regularly
  81. Answer all their questions
  82. Have an easy to read and navigate website
  83. Be consistent
  84. Answer your telephone personally
  85. Answer your email within 12 hours
  86. Reference USA.com
  87. SEO (Search engine optimization of your site)
  88. Business Card Magnets
  89. Teach a class
  90. Give a speech
  91. Online Training

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