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News and updates about the DIY Marketing Center programs, classes, and membership.

  • 30 Oct 2010 7:59 AM | Anonymous
    If you like mind mapping, you gotta see this!

  • 28 Oct 2010 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    I love a good deal, and free is a very good price when the product or service makes sense. If you're on a budget (or just really smart), you'll love my picks for great marketing tools that cost absolutely nothing:

    http://www.pdfonline.com/
    What it is:  Instantly convert documents into PDFs.
    Why you need it: Why pay for something that you can get for free?

    http://www.vistaprint.com/
    What it is:  Cheap fast printing with online interface.
    Why you need it: Serviceable business cards that get the job done. Choose from a bunch of templated styles, or pay a little to get even nicer cards.

    http://www.genbook.com/
    What it is:  Online appointment-setting.
    Why you need it: No more phone tag, and no more waiting to check schedules; with GenBook, your clients can choose from your available times and book appointments online.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/
    What it is: Customizable online survey tool.
    Why you need it: Because market intelligence is a handy thing to have. Free version allows you to gather essential data from up to 100 prospects and clients per survey.

    http://www.skype.com/
    What it is:  Communication software for instant messaging, video chatting, and member-to-member calling.
    Why you need it: Free calls to other members, including international.

    http://www.google.com/
    What it is:  Local search business listings. (Click at the bottom of the page: Business Solutions, then choose Local Business Center.)
    Why you need it: Help local folks find you, AND get great info on what search terms they were looking for to find someone like you.

    http://www.mailchimp.com/
    What it is:  Email marketing and mailing list manager; free for up to 500 subscribers.
    Why you need it: Gather the contact info of interested prospects, stay in touch, and analyze the results.

    http://www.planetteleclass.com/
    http://www.seminarannouncer.com/
    What it is: Teleclass listing site for announcing and promoting teleclasses.
    Why you need it: Host a teleclass, teleseminar, or simply a conference call for prospects, clients, and others interested in working with you.

    http://www.nocostconferencecall.com/
    http://www.freeconferencecall.com/
    http://www.freeconference.com/
    What it is:  Free conference (bridge) line.
    Why you need it: Host a teleclass, teleseminar, or simply a conference call for prospects, clients, and others interested in working with you.

    http://www.weebly.com/
    http://www.webs.com/
    What it is:  Website builder and host.
    Why you need it: Yes, you can put up your own website in one hour for zero dollars! Yes, you get more features and support if you actually pay for them, but for a free hosted site builder like either of these is a heck of a deal.

    http://www.blogger.com/
    http://www.wordpress.com/
    http://www.livejournal.com/
    What it is:  Blog.
    Why you need it: In addition to or in place of a standard website, you can express your thoughts, create a community, or just tell it like it is on your own blog.

    http://www.amazines.com/
    http://www.ezinearticles.com/
    http://www.selfgrowth.com/
    What it is:  Article bank of free content for newsletters, blogs, or just information.
    Why you need it: Posting your articles on these sites costs nothing, but yields big results in terms of capturing the attention of prospects looking for information in your area of expertise, plus it can drive qualified traffic to your site, not to mention the increase in your site's ranking due to links.

    http://www.prlog.org/
    http://www.pressrelease.com/
    http://www.pr.com/
    What it is:  Press release distribution. Upgrade to paid for extra services.
    Why you need it: Get the word out about your products, services, information, or accomplishments to radio, TV, magazines, newspapers, news feeds, and other organizations.
  • 28 Oct 2010 1:57 PM | Anonymous
    Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 17 at 2 p.m. because we've just scheduled our monthly New Member Orientation Call!

    Learn how to make your membership work for you, get familiar with the membersite, take a peek at the the teleconference system, and ask any question about the process, group, or support tools. All members are welcome, of course, but new members strongly encouraged to join the call.
  • 27 Oct 2010 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Master minds,

    Please consider sending others you know to this helpful workshop.
    Thanks,
    Jeff

    Facebook Business WorkshopFacebook workshop

    Educational Workshop

    When: Thursday, November 4 at 9:00 AM-12:00 noon

    Where: Firstenburg Community Center

    700 NE 136th Ave
    Vancouver, Washington 98684

    Event Fee:$55.oo at the door.  $45.00 pre register by October 31st

    Event description

    At this workshop we’ll show you how to get your business found on Facebook and attract hundreds of new potential customers.

    Facebook workshop

    Attendees can expect to…

    • Bring your laptop with Wi-Fi.
    • Learn new and exciting ways to promote your business on Facebook.
    • Get your business set up on it.
    • Understand how to use it to help your business grow.

    Top reasons you should attend…

    1. Knowledge is power.  You will learn things about social networking that will help your business grow.
    2. Learning is doing.  You will get found on Facebook by setting up your business profile.
    3. Expression is relevant.  You will express your business passion and skill to many people on social media that want to find you.
    4. Maximize advertising exposure.  Facebook is the fastest growing media in the world. You will get maximum advertising exposure for minimal investment of time and resources.
    5. Time is money.  Now is the time to take advantage of this social media that levels the playing field for small businesses.  Your time and resources used for this workshop will reap a giant  harvest of sales leads and reputation.

    The speaker will share…

    How social media works How Facebook will work for you How to set up a business profile How to set up an effective promotion campaign

    Go to Visit Facebook Workshop to register

  • 25 Oct 2010 9:06 PM | Anonymous
    Thanks to all who have helped make this program a reality (at Inspiration Weekend and beyond)! We're about to get started...

    Interested in tech training without the attitude? If you'd like a sneak peek, join me for the Preview Call on 11/3. Sign up for call details here:

    http://www.sohosolutionist.com/membership-coming-soon

  • 23 Oct 2010 1:17 PM | Anonymous
    Masterminders, the new Marketing for Introverts series begins this week both by phone (Tuesday morning) and live in the Training Room at the SoHo Marketing Institute (Thursday morning; see the Events page for details).

    Here's what you'll get in this program:

    • Your "introversion rating" and what it means to you and your marketing
    • Your core strengths identified
    • 10 killer marketing strategies for introverts, complete with detailed instructions AND examples
    • Your top 3 killer marketing strategies identified
    • Audio recordings of all six teleconference meetings (note: the on-site meetings are not recorded)
    • and more!
    And remember, this program is IN ADDITION to all the other classes, trainings, calls and group coaching you already get in the Mastermind. ^_^
  • 21 Oct 2010 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    Dear fellow Masterminders:

    I have a few classes coming up that I'd like to make you aware of. Please share them with professional women, age 45 and up who'd like to learn how to have that difficult conversation or how to confront someone, without being confrontational.

    For those of you who don't know what my business is: I help professional women turn conflict into conversation. I'm a conflict coach and trainer.

    These workshops are local-in person sessions in the Portland/Vancouver area.

    Thanks so much!

    Free (BYO) Lunch & Learns at Umpqua Bank in The South Waterfront District, Portland. Go for more information and registration to coachcrowning (dot) com and look under events.

    Thursday, October 28, 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. “Listen Up! Learn to Listen: A Powerful Tool for Change”

     

    Tuesday, November 2, 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m : Are You “Bully Proof”? Recognizing and Dealing with Workplace Bullying”

     

    Full day conflict dynamics workshop:

    Saturday, October 30, 9a.m-4:30p.m.: "Conflict Bliss; Transforming the Way You are in Conflict". An awareness and skillbuilding workshop for professionals.

    More information and registration: coachcrowning (dot) com under Events.

    Thanks!

     

    Berry Kruijning, PHR,

    Crowning Communications

  • 21 Oct 2010 9:37 AM | Anonymous
    Hi Fellow MasterMinders - 

    Thought I'd share a link to an article featuring me and my successes with the 30 Day Challenge.  It's a great example of the power of our SoHo MasterMind (and especially Inspiration Weekend) and our collaborative efforts.


    Victoria
    www.TheGuiltFreeCoach.com
  • 20 Oct 2010 9:47 AM | Anonymous
    Hi Masterminders,

    A member requested permission to bring a prospective member (a guest, in other words) to our monthly Mastermind mixer at my office, and I said yes.

    Let's give this a try for this month, to see if we like mingling with prospective members in the casual environment of the monthly mixer.

    Questions, comments, suggestions?

    I am all ears, baby!

    Warmly,
    Ronnie
  • 18 Oct 2010 10:55 AM | Anonymous
    How does your website rate?

    Here's a cool tool I found that rates your website, and tells you what needs to be done to improve your score:

    http://websitegrader.com/

    Have fun!

    Warmly,
    Ronnie


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