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"Marketing is thedifferentiationof yourself against your competition. Advertising is the cost of being boring."
That is according to an article I read inBrokerAgentPro roughly a year ago. The article went on to say that,if a person marketed themselves properly, they would never need to advertisebecause everyone would already know who they are and what they do. The article also went on to say that, if youdon'tknow the difference between the two,you should hire someone that does. And, Icouldn'tagree more!
I enjoy marketing. I guessthat is why I blog. It's a good way for me todifferentiatemy company versus other companies in this same market space in a way that reaches my customer base quickly,efficiently, and in a format that they understand. And...it's FREE! What could be better? Especially when you consider that my company does no advertising at all (aside from the gazillion websites we have out in theinterwebz).
One aspect of marketing I really find fascinating is the underground, sometimes subtle, sometimes "in-your-face" marketing that has been affectionately called"guerrilla" marketing.
Below is a couple examples of very successful guerilla marketing campaigns.
In this example, the information on the tear-away "teeth" is for a new dentist office that opened up about a block away from this pole.
This photo was taken by a passenger at an airport turnstyle. If you saw this while picking up your bags, do you think you would remember it??
On occasion, I have posted tweets on myTwitter accountabout different guerrilla marketing ideas that I have come across. As a result,I was asked to compile a listof some of them and write a blog about them.
But, before I started writing this, Iposted a status updateabout a guerrilla campaign on our Facebook fan-page. It quickly insighted a response!
"Is this both acceptable and smart?"asked one fan.
Yet other fans said things like"I like the way you think."And,"I love it!"
Guerrillamarketingisn'tfor everyone. And, some of these suggestions are simply just too risky for some to attempt. But, if theydidn'twork, youwouldn'thear about them. Keep that in mind as you read through this list...
Place business cards(mini moo cards, for example)in the sugar packet containers at restaurants
Go to the local computer storeand change the home page on the browsers to your website
Have a rubber stamp made of your twitter handle (Or your website!!) and stamp it on all of your money; Also, if you are attending an event where you would hand out a business card, take $50 in $1 bills that have been stamped with your website. Hand them out to people as if it was your business card.
Use that same stamper and stamp a book ofpost-itnotes. Place thosepost-itnotes anywhere people can see them.
Go to the library/book store and put a business card in every book that relates to your field; IE -- Own a restaurant supply store? Put your cards in the cook books.You'rea contractor?? Put cards in all the Do-It-Yourselfrepair books.
Slip business cards into the magazinesat your salon, doctors office, dentist office, etc.
Go to the beachand write your company name in the sand in huge letters
Buy cheap plastic magnetic letters(like for your fridge) and put your website on anything metal -- doors, poles, road signs. The letters are cheap...so if they fall off, no biggie...and they wont cause permanent damage to whatever you put them against (except maybe a hard-drive).
Get sidewalk chalk and draw feet or arrows to your officeon the sidewalks and streets around town. As you people get close to your office, write an offer. IE -- "10% off if you mention you saw this!"
Use that same sidewalk chalk and write your websiteor company name in parking lots/cross walks/ETC
Fliers!!! Flieers are cheap and can be distributed ANYWHERE! Put them in businesses (that will allow it), parking lots, street poles, bus stops, anywhere people can see them.
Put ads in local free papers(if available in your area) IE -- the Nickel
Get blank business cards made up withonly your websiteaddresson it(or twitter handle). Hand them out whenever someone talks about a website (or you talk about a website)
Put an add in the personals in our local paper-- "MWM real estate agent seeks buyers for 145 Shady Lane; Must be in good humor and have decent credit". (There is some obvious personal safety issues associated with this one. I would do this because Im 6'2" tall and weigh about 320 lbs. But, if I were a 5'1" blonde lady that weighed 110 lbs,I might feel like this would not be safe for me to attempt. Be safe, people!)
Use pictures in your blogs titled withyour key search words. Trust me, it works! You have to write the post anyway...may as well make it popANDget someSEOjuicefrom it. Get temporary tattoos made of your website and wear them in plain view. People will take notice, I promise!
Add the phone line from a brokerage that closes to your phone system -- I just spoke with an agent that worked for RE/MAX after calling a phone number that was listed in YellowBook as Century21. It turns out the C21 brokerage closed. So, the RE/MAX office had the number added to their inbound lines. GENIUS!! Now, all of that advertising that the C21 office did is supporting that number!
Yes, it is true. Some of these suggestions simply wont work in your market. Some of these suggestions might just be "tooscary" or be deemed by some as "a waste of time". (They used to say that about blogging, too. Just saying.) Yet, other people may think that these are bold attempts at being different...'thinking outside the box' to the 10thpower.
Either way, these simple, yet effective, types of marketing will make people talk about you and your business. And,isn'tthat the goal of marketing?? If you believe that "there is no such thing as bad press", then this underground "guerrilla" marketing might just be the thing for you!
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