Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December is "Write a Business Plan Month": How to Include Your Marketing Strategy

December is National Write a Business Plan Month---so designated to encourage unhappy employees to become their own satisfied bosses. Whether your goal is to own your own business, become a consultant, a speaker, an author,  or an inventor you'll need to start with a business plan.
Even if you launched your business years ago, it's important to revisit and refresh your plan. In recent years, the economy, technology and consumer habits have changed rapidly and dramatically, affecting every aspect of your business. That makes it absolutely vital to re-evaluate your short- and long-term strategies.
One of the most critical elements of any business plan is your marketing strategy. Too often, people don't think through that all-important component with the same rigor they tackle aspects like projected cash flow and long-term goals.
Or, they do put thought and effort into planning for market research, promotion and positioning---and then never follow through on their great ideas ...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Crowdfunding update

Last week, the SEC unanimously approved a proposal that would allow entrepreneurs to sell a stake in their businesses to anyone in the country. The plan, which is currently in a 90-day comment period, allows businesses to raise up to $1 million a year; individuals can invest between $2,000 and $100,000

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Entrepreneur Podcast Network Seeks Interviewees

This is to make you aware that we are conducting interviews on EPN, the next several weeks if there is interest on your end. 
If you find getting interviews conducted for your clients a challenge, turn around is slower than you like in becoming available, desire multiple interviews instead of a one and done then we are your solution.
The Entrepreneur Podcast Network has been a PR voice for many business professionals for over 3 years now. Our programming would appropriately feature your book, business, services, products and or website! 
We offer the following programs:
Enterprise Radio, Entrepreneurial Fit Radio, Green Business Podcast, eCommerce Radio, eMusician Podcast Show. Our Legal Corner & more....
Interview Days & Times Currently Available:
Next Week: Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 3:30pm EST
Following Week: Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 3:30pm EST

We are not only in the business of giving listeners valuable content but also in helping business professionals produce a professional interview that they can post on their own website:
  • Your professional interview will be recorded by phone (from your home or office)
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John Kremer Book Marketing Ideas

Some info from John Kremer's Freebie for the Day:

Facebook Marketing for Book Authors and Ebook Writers –
How to Get More Fans and More Book Sales
 by John Kremer

How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book, Supercharge
Your Website, and Build More Traffic to Your Blog or Website
 by John Kremer

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Yourself as an Author or Expert, Find
Promotional Partners, and Build Long-Lasting and Useful Relationships
 by John Kremer

Monday, November 11, 2013

Free & Paid Press Release distribution sites

If you've ever struggled with ideas to promote your business, you're not alone. Try online news releases.  They put your name where customers look—search engines. They can get your name to the very top of a Google page so potential customers find you faster. They have a broader reach than email marketing and they reach people way beyond your email list, like prospects, journalists and bloggers.

Don’t think you have any news?

No matter what industry you’re in, or how many employees you have, your business makes news regularly. And you can turn any piece of news into an online asset that helps you increase awareness, attract more customers and win more business. Just think of everything you do. You started your company. That’s news, we call that a CEO profile. Perhaps you recently launched a new product or service, or are offering a great promotion, that's  a new product release. Maybe you hired a new employee, created a website for your business or moved to a new location. These are opportunities to make news. So spread the word, and get your story out there with an online press release.

This list contains over ninety links to both free and paid Press Release distribution sites:

Free Press Release Sites
Paid Press Release Sites

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to Launch a Google AdWords Campaign

Google AdWords can be a little intimidating when you’re just starting out. There are a handful of decisions to make when you’re setting up your campaign, and it’s not always clear how to approach them.  Here's an eBook to help you.  According to the last page of the book, you should have a solid understanding of how paid search works, and a strong foundation to create and manage a paid search campaign for your business.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Instagram Tips

Instagram is a photo sharing application that now also allows users to share videos up to 15 seconds in length. It?s kind of like Twitter with photos rather than text. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook now boasts over 130 million active users with about half of those residing in the US.  Instagram users are currently posting 45 million photos per day and ‘liking’ photos 1 Billion times per day. So here are some tips to help your business succeed on Instagram:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Press Release Posting Sites

Monday, September 16, 2013

Raise money for charity via bike rides, runs, treks & climbs

Corporate sponsorship can provide a vital source of funding. To secure sponsorship you need to understand what sponsors are looking for and offer benefits and value that meet their needs. Sponsorship is a business relationship that does not end when you receive the money—you need to work hard to ensure that sponsors obtain the benefits they sought.

Here's  a site to raise money for charity:  bike rides, runs, treks, and climbs across the world:

Friday, September 6, 2013

New Services Offered at Midtown Marketing Group Inc.

Website Development
  • High Impact Websites
  • Media-Geared Websites
  • New Product Websites
  • Ecommerce Websites
  • Google, Bing and Yahoo SEO Engineered Websites
  • Updating and converting sites to Wordpress
  • Mobile and Tablet Formatted Versions
  • Press Kit Development
  • Shopping Cart
  • Automated features
  • Mobile app development
SEO (All organic)
  • SEO Strategies
  • SEO Engineering
  • SEO header mosaics
  • SEO duotone backgrounds
  • SEO Wordpress Yoast plugin
  • Keyword research (core and funnel words)
  • Keyword linked articles
  • Keyword linked image tags
  • Keyword linked social bookmarks
  • Keyword linked posts
  • Keyword linked product descriptions
  • Keyword linked video tags
  • Directory submissions
  • Optimized headers, titles, description, head tags
  • Canonical and categorical tag optimization
  • High PR Links (i.e. Paul and Angelas, harvested .edu, .gov, etc...)
  • Link wheels
Social Media Marketing
  • Viral marketing strategies
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Social Media Sites
  • Blogs
  • Social bookmarking
Search Engine Marketing
  • Google adwords campaigns
  • Facebook advertising
  • Twitter campaigns
  • YouTube advertising
  • SEM strategies
Internet Business Assistance
  • Business-to-Ecommerce development
  • Ecommerce management

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Few Crowdfunding Sites for Authors

Here are a few crowdfunding sites for authors that may be helpful:

Another crowdfunding site. FansNextdoor is a platform for all creative
professionals to promote and fund their projects together with their
fans. Create your project, its financing goal and deadline. If the
financing goal is met or exceeded by deadline, all contributions are
transferred to your PayPal account. If the financing goal is not met,
all funds are returned.
IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea — creative, cause-related,
entrepreneurial — the tools to build a campaign and raise money.
Project categories include gaming, film, design, education, mobile,
and technology. Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and other social
media platforms. Offers a widget to showcase your campaign on your
website. Unlike many crowdfunding sites, you keep all the money you
raise, even if you don’t meet your goal. Track contributions with
the analytics tools and stay on top of fulfillment with the dashboard.
There is a 4 percent fee on the money you raise when you meet your
funding goal.
Peerbackers is for business owners to raise capital from their peers —
in small increments — in exchange for tangible rewards. Create a
personal and venture profile. Share your story through social media
share buttons on your project page. Once your campaign is launched,
send updates on your progress. If you reach at least 80 percent of your
funding goal by deadline, your funding is released to you. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Embrace what makes you unique

"When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a

proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office 

and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, 

in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.

This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. 

And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I 

didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect 

because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable." 

-Janelle MonĂ¡e

Monday, July 22, 2013

List of top 200 investment banking firms

Here's a great list of the top 200 investment banks and boutiques compiled by Equity Research and is segmented into three main categories:
  1. Large, International Investment Banks – 10 Banks
  2. Large, Mid-sized, and Prestigious Boutique Investment Banks – 40 Banks
  3. Boutique Investment Banks – 150 Banks

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a great Father's Day gift? How about a custom made jersey made of double knit polyester in his favorite color with twill numbers and his name and your name(s) sewn on the way you want it. To complete your masterpiece you can have it Iced out with swarvoski crystals. Check them out-really cool.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Shopping Center Acquisition

Good time for the heavy weights to buy from owners who have a short fuse and can’t get a refi.  Which is just about all of the single entity owners.  Massive consolidation is the norm throughout the nation in nearly all sectors.  It is a symptom of a seriously broken banking system.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May Promo Day, Week, Month

National Motorcycle Safety Month - May
Bicycle Safety Month - May
National Arthritis Month - May
Better Hearing and Speech Month - May
Loyalty Day - May 1
ALS Awareness Month - May
National Electric Safety Month - May
Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week - 1st Week in May
School Principal's Day - May 1
National Women's Health Week - 1st Week in May
National Cancer Research Month - May
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - May
Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week - 1st Week in May
National Teen Self-Esteem Month - May
National Pet Week - 1st Week in May
Be Kind to Animals Week - 1st Week in May
Brain Tumor Action Week - 1st Week in May
Haitian Heritage Month - May
Heal the Children Month - May
Healthy Vision Month - May
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month - May
Meditation Month - May
National Mental Health Month - May
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Prevention Month - May
National Bike Month - May
National Charter Schools Week - 1st Week in May
Children's Book Week - 1st Week in May
National Foster Care Month - May
National Hepatitis Awareness Month - May
National Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month - May
Get Caught Reading Month - May
Tay-Sachs and Canavan Diseases Awareness Month - May
Family Wellness Month - May
National Stuttering Awareness Week - 2nd Week in May
National Stroke Awareness Month - May
National Tourism Week - 1st Week in May
Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month - May
National Lupus Awareness Month - May
International Multiple Sclerosis Month - May
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week - 1st Week in May
Goodwill Industries Week - 1st Week in May
Public Service Recognition Week - 1st Week in May
National Safe Kids Week - 1st Week in May
Teachers Appreciation Week - 1st Week in May
High Blood Pressure Education Month - May
Clean Air Month - May
Reading Is Fun Week - 2nd Week in May
Teachers Appreciaton Day - May 3
Older Americans Month - May
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - May
National Osteoporosis Prevention Month - May
Cinco de Mayo - May 5
Join Hands Day - 1st Saturday in May
National Nurses Week - May 6 - May 12
Nurses Day - May 6
Child Care Provider Day - May 7
National Hospital And Healthcare Week - 2nd Week in May
National Employee Health & Fitness Day - 3rd Wednesday in May
Food Allergy Awareness Week - 2nd Week in May
Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
National School Nurse Day - May 8
National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week - May 8 - May 14
Salvation Army Week - May 8 - May 15
World Red Cross Day - May 8
National Student Nurses Day - May 8
International Nurses Day - May 12
National Police Week - May 13 - May 19, 2012
National Running and Fitness Week - 2nd Week in May
National Nursing Home Week - 2nd Week in May
National Transportation Week - 1st Week in May
Mother's Day - 2nd Sunday in May
National EMS Week - 3rd Week in May
National Safe Boating Week - May 21 - May 27
National Emergency Medical Services Week - 3rd Week in May
Click It or Ticket Mobilization Week - Last Week in May
National Senior Health and Fitness Day - May 26
World No Tobacco Day - May 31

Monday, April 22, 2013

April Promo Months, Weeks & Days

•Procrastination Awareness Month

•National Child Abuse Prevention Month

•Cancer Control Month

•Patient Safety Awareness Month

•Facial Protection Month

•Get Yourself Tested Month

•Jazz Appreciation Month

•National Autism Awareness Month

•National Oral Health Month

•Prematurity Awareness Month

•Sports Eye Safety Month

•National Stress Awareness Month

•National Occupational Therapy Month

•Alcohol Awareness Month

•Youth Sports Safety Month

•Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

•Administrative Professionals Week - Last Week in April

•Sexual Assault Awareness Month

•Earth Day - April 22

•National Car Care Month

•Administrative Professionals Day - Last Wednesday in April

•National Playground Safety Week - Last Week in April