Use Online Auctions to Promote Your Business!

Written by Ron Sathoff

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* Use auctions to determine prices. One question that I get a lot from clients is, "How much should I charge for so-and-so?" If you have this kind of question, auctions can be a great way to gauge prices. Put your item on auction and see how much people are willing to bid on it. Don't just look atrepparttar high bid -- remember that there are some "insane bidders" out there -- rather, look atrepparttar 125171 maximum bids from all bidders to get an idea of what customers are willing to pay for your product.

* Link your auction to your business. Now, before I go any further, I have to warn you to read your auction service's policies CAREFULLY -- many services will not allow you to put a direct link to your web site in your auction description.

Even if you can't put a link directly in your auction, you might still be able to promote your business. For instance, many services will have an "about me" page where you can put a link to your business. Also, there is nothing keeping you from linkingrepparttar 125172 sites inrepparttar 125173 other direction -- putting a link to your auctions on your web site, for instance.

One ofrepparttar 125174 things that has always impressed me aboutrepparttar 125175 so- called "net gurus" is their ability to be creative in their advertising and promotion efforts. Online auctions seem to be a great candidate for that type of creativity.

Ron Sathoff is a noted speaker and manager of DrNunley's He provides copy-writing, marketing, Internet promotion, and help for business speakers. Reach him at or 801-328-9006.

Awards Programs: Promotion

Written by Richard Lowe

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Be sure to add your award program torepparttar Website Awards Worksheet at as soon as you are finished. You will get some visitors from this worksheet. It's a good idea to make sure you have gotten your award listed in Awardsites before you submit torepparttar 125170 worksheet.

There are other places to get your award listed. Search them out and apply as you see fit. Generally, I've found these by applying for awards - usuallyrepparttar 125171 banners and buttons for these different programs are listed onrepparttar 125172 same page asrepparttar 125173 awards. Believe me, though,repparttar 125174 amount of traffic you get from ALL ofrepparttar 125175 other listings will probably be less than a good listing in Awardsites.

Oh yes, one thing to avoid is those programs which allow visitors to "automatically" submit to your awards program without visiting your site. My advice is to avoid these likerepparttar 125176 plague. Why? Well, these mean you will spend quite a bit of time looking at sites, butrepparttar 125177 award winners (and losers) will probably never see yours. That throws outrepparttar 125178 implicit exchange.

It also means that people who submit have not read your criteria, which means you will get lots of worthless submissions that you should never have received inrepparttar 125179 first place.

In addition, I've found that by far most ofrepparttar 125180 sites submitted in this manner do not measure up. In other words,repparttar 125181 amount of effort thatrepparttar 125182 award submission process requires is so small thatrepparttar 125183 sites are often not even worth visiting.

Where else do you promote your awards program?

- In your signature line on every email that you send out.

- As part of every single autoresponder message that you send. You should be sending an autoresponder follow-up for every guestbook signing, email form submission and anything else entered by visitors. Those autoresponder messages should include a brief promotion for your awards program.

- Anywhere else that you would promote your website.

If you do these things, you will most likely find that people will be submitting their sites to your awards programs in droves.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets. This website includes over 1,000 free articles to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge. Web Site Address: Weekly newsletter: Daily Tips:

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