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February Newsletter: 5 February Promo Ideas | Reminders | $50 off Video and Motion Graphics | Olympic Spirit
From the Olympics and the Super Bowl to Valentine's Day, the Chinese New Year and Black History Month, this February is like a tasty box of promotions to try out. By tapping into the zeitgeist of what's current in world events, you can create an emotional connection to your existing audience, attract new people and generate beneficial engagement - all while associating your brand with events that have a built-in audience. Whether you want to capture the excitement of sports, invoke the rich traditions of black history or even harness the power of love, February is a great time to run a fun promotion. Here are five ready-to-use ideas for making your mark online this month.
January Newsletter: Free 3-Month Marketing Planner | Online Marketing 101 Webinar | News | Soaring
New! Marketing Planner
"I hate getting a free jumpstart on my marketing" - said no one ever
My new Marketing Planner is based on the latest industry research combined with tested techniques I've developed over the past 12 years. Simply fill in a few options (like your website, social media profile or a newsletter like this one), pencil in some topics and pick a few deadlines. Do as much or as little as you like. It even includes promo ideas and important dates. Now you're on your way - only $9!
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I'm really excited to announce that all of the details are coming together for my upcoming Pixel Lava Webs Lab series. While I got a ton of great reviews last year, students all said the same thing - that they never got around to putting their new knowledge into action. That gave me the idea of creating these live, presenter-led sessions where we work together to build up our online marketing. In the same way that services like Blue Apron deliver a ready-to-make meal, each Web Lab features a standalone project with step-by-step instructions. I'll begin with a demo and then we'll get to work. My goal is for every student to leave every session with a new, ready to use project. The sessions are also a great way to get the support of like-minded small business owners and nonprofit professionals. By working together week by week, we'll motivate each other to stay on track and provide the accountability to GET THINGS DONE. To encourage students to take advantage of the whole series I've created a super deep discount of $385 for a season pass - that's 50% off. If you run a small business or nonprofit I encourage you to join us. You CAN bring in more clients, buyers, donors, volunteers, patients, visitors, etc. and I will show you how. With a money-back guarantee you have nothing to lose and as professional development it's even a tax write-off . Get all the details!
Learn from anywhere by computer, phone or tablet
Back by popular demand and updated for 2017 it's my Wednesday Website Webinars (www-get it?). These 1.5 hour online presentations cover search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging for business and much more. Chose to just listen in or speak up and participate in the Q&A. No rushing around, just find a cozy spot and relax while learning. Every session includes a valuable resource-packed handout too. Kick off the New Year with momentum and focus!
Facebook doesn’t provide an easy way to upload documents, just photos and video. Here are some ways to to add this functionality – great for sending out event flyers and other printable documents! These instructions are written on Mac, adapt as needed for a PC.
Last spring I gave a presentation called "A Holistic Approach to Online Marketing" at the San Diego campus of Bastyr University. The audience was students studying to be naturopathic doctors. Some of them will graduate and open their own practices, while others will search for jobs. To that end, I talked about ways that they can begin to establish an online presence for themselves. Whether the goal is to cultivate one's identity as a subject matter expert to attract new clients or to enhance employability, the process is the same. Afterwards I realized that these simple ideas apply to anyone looking to move beyond their current job so here, based on my own 10+ years of hard-knocks experience, is a simplified plan for starting your own business.
"What I can do to get more traffic to my site? My competitor has an ugly site but they are getting lots of press, how? I don't have money to spend on marketing, how do I get that first customer? How do I get a never-ending conveyor belt of clients?" Those are some questions I've gotten recently and perhaps you're wondering the same thing. Whether you're running a business or nonprofit, a stream of cheerful buyers handing us work (or just money) would be great! But marketing takes effort so here I present to you my own, home-brew recipe for website success, my Website Love Potion #9.
What is Weebly?
Weebly is a simple, easy to use online service where you can log in to build, maintain and manage a website. Your site is created within the Weebly content management system and an array of features and tools come with each plan level. You get forms, photo galleries, social media widgets, unlimited pages and storage and lots more all in a drag-and-drop editor that's a snap to use. Weebly also provides a built-in mobile-friendly, fully-responsive version of your site - at no extra charge. For simple sites Weebly can't be beat.
Your website exists for a reason - to boost the bottom line of your business or nonprofit. Whether it's booking a table, making a purchase, scheduling an appointment, signing up to volunteer, or making a donation - you want viewers to do something - this is your call to action. While a website may have several objectives, but there should always be ONE clearly stated and trackable call to action. Here are some ideas for creating a call to action that will generate tangible results.
Your website’s homepage is your “face” to the world. In the 10-15 seconds that the average first-time site visitor gives your site, your home page must instantly show your branding, communicate what you offer, draw the viewer further into the site and present a clear call to action - all while showing that your site is current and active. That’s a tall order! But creating a great home page isn’t rocket science…it’s simplicity.
About the author
As the owner of Pixel Lava Interactive I've helped hundreds of small businesses and nonprofits with websites, graphic design and more. I hope you'll find this blog full of useful information.
~ Ame Stanko