13 Household Items You Can Use to Market Business
1) Your Newspaper
Check out the Employment Section of your regional Sunday newspaper.
The companies that advertise have money to hire, so they may have
money to spend on your products or services. Pick out 20 new companies
to call the following Monday. We've signed more than a few clients
using this method.
2) The Dog
David Wase, owner of Claren Court Studio Inc. (703) 358-9449)
in Arlington, VA, partners with his dog Taos when marketing his
quality picture framing business.
Using his company's business card design, David has printed cards
for Taos, a well-trained German Shepard mix. When David goes on
errands, he's assisted by Taos, who carries the bank deposit or
letters in his mouth. When the pair are stopped on the street
by curious dog-loving folks, David always hands out Taos' business
card, which includes info about Claren Court Studios. David has
attracted much business thanks to his best friend.
3) Clean Out the Junk Drawer
Russell Anderson, president of Affordable Printing and Graphics
(703 -352-7929) in Fairfax, VA, advises that you can get your
mail piece opened and looked at by using a "lumpy" enclosure.
According to Russell, research indicates that "lumpy mail"
receives significantly higher readership than normal. Even blatant
"junk mail" gets opened and read because of the recipient's
curiosity. Try a piece of hard candy, pencil, post-it-note-pad,
book of matches, coupon book, etc.
4) The Postcards You Forgot to Send
Ever wonder what to do with those postcards from far-away places
that you forgot to fill out and mail during your last summer vacation?
Send them to work! Mail them to some of your current clients.
Include a message on the back about a new service or product that
your company now offers that can help build business. Don't you
know a beach scene will get noticed in a stack of December mail!
5) The Best Answer on the Machine
Does the message on your answering machine mention anything about
your business? It's a marketing opportunity. Tell your customers
about a new product, service or special price via your answering
6) The Car
Go the distance with your prospecting by taking an hour each Sunday
to drive around at least one office park in your local area. Note
the names of businesses and their addresses. There are probably
many that are not in your prospecting database.
7) Your Greeting Cards
Have greeting cards around the house that have beautiful cover
pictures by inappropriate messages inside, such as "Seasons
Greetings" or "Get Well"? Don't let them go to
waste! Cut the covers off these cards and what do you have? Postcards!
Great pictures on one side and blank sheets on the other...perfect
for writing a quick note to a client or colleague. Note: some
cards may be classified as "oversized" and may require
extra postage. Check the cost at your nearest post office before
mailing them out.
8) Your Refrigerator
Choose 5 other business folks who are serious about marketing
their businesses and invite them to your home for an informal
lunch. Use the time to examine marketing problems and exchange
advice. Lots of good things can come from this.
9) Your Junk Mail
Pay close attention to all your mail, including the junk mail
that usually gets tossed in the "circular file". The
junk mail you receive may offer clues to other local businesses
who may be in need of your services or products. Plus the phone
numbers are readily available for a quick prospecting call.
10) Your Magazine Rack
Flip through the magazines you've already read and clip articles
that may be of interest to your clients. Mail these articles off
with FYI notes. Your clients will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
11) Your Shoes
Put your best foot forward. Mike MacNair, owner of MacNair Travel
Management (703-836-1100) in Alexandria, VA, wanted to meet with
the Executive Director of a large trade association to talk about
the organization's travel needs. After placing many calls, all
of which were unreturned, Mike got creative. He visited the nearest
Goodwill Store and purchased a pair of black wingtip shoes. He
personally polished one of them, took the shoe to a local department
store to have it professionally gift wrapped, and had the package
couriered to his prospect. The Executive Director opened the package
to find the shoe and a handwritten note from Mike that stated
(in part), "I'm trying to get my foot in the door..."
Result: Mike got his meeting and a brand new client.
12) Your Phone
Build your cold call confidence and sales by using the 6-by-10
calling program: make 6 cold calls by 10 a.m. every business day.
13) Your T.V.
Don't just watch t.v. - look out for prospects. Many of the shows you watch are sponsored by local businesses who may need your products and services. Keep a pen and paper by the remote control and jot down the contact info for these prospects.