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 Post subject: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:21 am 
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This month - Promoting yourself in a recession.

What do YOU do to encourage people to part with their money when they are thinking about spending only on basics?

For a general discussion on promotion please see September
here - http://www.balloonchat.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=588


As usual I will post my thoughts later on in the month....

Danny ;)

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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You need to get out there and to get seen so that people want you rather than looking for a general entertainer, busking is good but also get into the supermarkets. This should be a lot easier this month as we have comic relief coming up so you can promote yourself while helping a good cause and also inform the local newspaper as they may be able to run a story with pictures on how much you raised etc.

Another thought although I've never looked in to it would be to get into the local library, my one in Sutton has art exhibitions and I've always thought it would be good to use the space and actually make something big there on the spot as it would get peoples interest and again may be something else for the local paper and loads of family's and children use the library.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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Make use of any opportunity that comes your way - I do a radio show for our local hospital radio station, as part of that we do the Public Address for local carnivals and fetes.

To help our fund raising at these events I've done some twisting and have had good results from people asking for a card and a few bookings coming from helping out the charity. Even if you're not directly linked o a charity you can still use this - if you see a story in your local paper about a fund raising event offer your services for a short spell on the condition that you can hand out cards etc.

As Graham said if you're out there and visible people will remember you, even if there isn't an event you can 'piggy back' make an 'event' of your own such as Graham has suggested or Graeme 'Billy Wiz' did with his marathon at Tescos which benefited his charity and no doubt earned some valuable publicity for his business at the same time.

Get your card up on the notice boards of places such as village halls, supermarkets etc

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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top tip - advertise here on the balloon chat forum when people are looking in your area. Its free at the moment!!!

not only can it help you get work but its another thing for google to latch on to!

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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Danny the Idiot wrote:
top tip - advertise here on the balloon chat forum when people are looking in your area. Its free at the moment!!!


Good tip Danny, why didn't I think of that

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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This could be useful for some...

Although its for magicians I still think it is of value for twisters!!

http://magicgizmo.com/home/articles-miscellaneous-topics/78-business-side-of-magic/173-magic-marketing-32-inexpensive-tips-to-help-make-magicians-more-money.html

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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Teach a class, write an article on some aspect of your business. These position you as an expert, someone who knows what he/she's talking about. Prepare properly, use good spelling and grammar, and keep your message positive.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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I am going to bring this to our local radio station in the morning... yea, its suppose to be the radio guy... Hope he likes it.... enough to say a kind word or two about me.. *S*

Yea, he JUST turned 50 this year... so I couldn't resist the cushin he is sittin' upon.


ps .. i am redecorating... can you tell... I painted a darker color to see if I liked it... *S* .. .now I have 2 tone photo wall.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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Just an idea I have been playing around with.
For those from other parts in the UK we have a scheme were on the back of commercial vehicles there is a sticker that says “how’s my driving” and with a phone number. Playing on this I was thinking of having a t-shirt printed with this on.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009 - Promoting yourself in a recession
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Roger on a scale of one to ten I'd give that an eleven.
What an absolutely simple but very effective piece of advertising.
As they say it's the simple things in life that are the best.

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