Sometimes we stumble upon marketing ideas in unexpected places. Even if they are in no way involved in our own industry, they can be molded and used within our business. I get lots of marketing emails from lots of people trying to sell me something, but my email yesterday contained one that caught my attention enough to read rather than to just hit the delete key.
Many of us create our own websites using either FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or Expression Web. Pat Geary and Tina Clarke, owners of the website www.frontpage-to-expression.com , provide a wealth of information for FrontPage users who want to migrate to Expression Web. If you have any interest in learning how to use Expression Web to create a website, this site is one that you should visit.
But back to this marketing idea. . . the two ladies have created a giveaway with prizes that any user (or potential user) of Expression Web would love to win. All you have to do is write about the giveaway on Facebook, a blog, etc. and let them know about it. Some lucky writers will be the lucky winners of the great prizes.
This is my entry because I would love to win any of the awards but also because I think they provide outstanding information to anyone interested in the program. I’ve made it a practice to never recommend something that I wouldn’t use myself and this is not an exception.
Now that I’ve encouraged you to enter that giveaway, let me also suggest how you might use a similar idea to market your own business. People love FREE. They love the opportunity to win something. And they rarely hesitate to enter their name in a contest that is giving away something they want. But what makes this marketing technique different is that you have to tell others about their product if you want to win it. In other words, you give to receive.
Some gift basket companies have a monthly drawing for a free gift basket in order to collect email addresses. Why not make those entering your contest work a little bit for it? Enter their names in your drawing if they mention your business on Facebook or write something about you in an ezine or newsletter or blog. That giveaway gift basket (and you could make it even more enticing by adding a few other simple prizes) then provides a return on your investment. And isn’t this what marketing is all about?
So go check out their giveaway at Expression Web Giveaway and create your own marketing campaign.