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October 17th, 2008

5 Ways to Use Prizes to Increase Traffic for Your Home Business

Gaining traffic, whether online or off, increases the success of your home business.  Using prizes to gain traffic has become very popular at web sites and blogs, especially those connected with businesses.  Also, many businesses donate prizes for the giveaways.
How do you use prizes and giveaways to increase traffic? 
Here are just 5 ways:

Use a business card drawing.  I’ve […]

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September 25th, 2008

Unique Promotional Tip From Shannon Cherry


In response to my post, Do Promotional Pens Have Value?,  Shannon Cherry, of Startup Spark, responded with an interesting comment and promotional tip that I’d like to share here.  It shows that if you “think outside the box,” you often can have amazing results.
Interesting post, Mary Emma. I actually believe unless pens really link to […]

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August 13th, 2008

The Power of a “Smiley Face” in Business


As I stood in line at the grocery check-out today, I observed the power of a “smiley face.”  The couple ahead of us had a little girl with them, about five years old, I’d guess.  She was well-behaved, but chatty and wiggly.
As her dad taked with the bag boy and her mom wrote a check, the cashier […]

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August 6th, 2008

Do You Know 30 US Teens Are Participating in the Olympics?

If you’re a fan of the summer Olympics in Beijing and plan on following some of the events, you’ll find Char Polanosky’s post, 30 US Olympians in their Teens of great interest.  Char also includes a number of videos of the young men and women.
What’s your favorite event in the summer Olympics?
Also, Many businesses also […]

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May 5th, 2008

More Media Tips for Businesses from Carolyn Howard-Johnson

 Carolyn Howard-Johnson visited Home Biz Notes awhile ago with Tips To Spark Your Media Releases.  Since then she’s mentioned additional information that might help you with promoting your business, whether it’s connected to the world of writing (Carolyn is an author and expert on book marketing) or something else.
Mary Emma, how nice of you to share good […]

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April 22nd, 2008

Home Biz Notes Mentioned At Art Biz Blog

Alyson Stanfield mentioned, at her Art Biz Blog, her appearance on Home Biz Notes while touring the blogosphere to introduce her book, I’d Rather Be In the Studio, The artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.
“Mary Emma Allen, of Home Biz Notes, wants to know what is the  most important action an author/artist can take to promote […]

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April 11th, 2008

Tips For Writing Effective Press Releases For Your Home Business

Press releases “shout” the news about your business and provide free promotion.  However, there are various techniques for writing press releases that catch attention and gain you recognition.
So…how do you produce press releases for various occasions that will be most effective?
Joan Stewart, at The Publicity Hound web site, provides a series of tutorials and tips for writing […]

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