Low-Cost Promotion with Labels

Written by Rolf Gompertz

Working within a tight budget? Here's an effective, easy, low- cost, money-saving tip: promote with labels.

That's what I did - and am still doing - with my most recent book. However, it's something that can be used with any product, service, event or cause.

Here's what you do. First, boil down your basic, most essential message to no more than nine lines. Here, for instance, is my message:

ABRAHAM, THE DREAMER An Erotic and Sacred Love Story A fast-paced, provocative, biblical novel by ROLF GOMPERTZ Publisher: iUniverse.com $14.95 ISBN 0-595-17697-6, paperback, 260 pages Browse and buy at www.iUniverse.com Or call toll-free number: 1-877-823-9235 Also www.amazon.com or ANY bookstore.

I then bought a 25-sheet box of No. 8163 Avery ink jet, white shipping labels (2"x4"), with 10 labels to a page. I printed out this message, making as many copies as I needed, and some extras.

I played around with colors and typefaces, caps and lower case type, to makerepparttar information look attractive. I used blue forrepparttar 124471 Internet addresses, and red forrepparttar 124472 book's title and subtitle. I used bold face for information which I wanted to highlight; I also used italics.

Since I could not find a 3" label, I trimmed one inch offrepparttar 124473 4" label.

I created this label to fit onrepparttar 124474 back of my business card. I did not want to dumprepparttar 124475 perfectly fine business cards I had, nor did I want to print double-sided ones, since that would also increaserepparttar 124476 cost ofrepparttar 124477 cards. Furthermore, I did not know if I might want to change any ofrepparttar 124478 basic information at some time, in which case I would be stuck with a lot of printed cards and I would have to go torepparttar 124479 cost of printing new ones.

Indeed, I did "redesign"repparttar 124480 label several times, changing a word, or a line, here and there.

As you can see, there was very little waste involved.

I found other uses for this label, as well. I putrepparttar 124481 label onrepparttar 124482 inside page of every book I was selling, giving away, or submitting torepparttar 124483 media. This way,repparttar 124484 essential information remained easily visible and accessible with each book.

Offline Promotion Matters Too

Written by Elena Fawkner

With allrepparttar talk ofrepparttar 124470 importance of search engine positioning, online directories, keyword metatags and publishing your own ezine, you might be forgiven for thinking thatrepparttar 124471 online world is repparttar 124472 only one that matters when it comes to promoting your online business. Only occasionally will you see something like "and don't forget about offline promotion too".

Why do I need to engage in offline promotion when I'm promoting an online business? The reason is simple. The concept of a paperless office is all very well, but your potential customers live in an offline world. To get their attention, you need to reach them where they live. Here's how:


Every item of stationery that leaves your office is an opportunity to promote your website. Make sure your website address (URL) appears on every single piece of stationery including:

=> business cards => letterheads => envelopes => address labels => fax cover sheets => checks => invoices => receipts, and => reorder forms.


Tangible promotional items that people see or use every day are a great way of keeping your name in front of your customers and prospective customers. Make sure your URL appears prominently and it will be a constant reminder to visit your website.

Promotional items that lend themselves well to this concept include:

=> coffee mugs => paper weights => pens => t-shirts => calendars => key chains => magnets => bumper stickers, and => car license plate frames.


Printed materials are a great way to generate (especially) repeat business when included with product orders. After all, your existing customers are already predisposed to deal with you so make sure you takerepparttar 124473 opportunity to promote your entire line of products and/or services to give them a reason to return. Here's a few ways:

=> Coupons

Coupons are great to use as incentives for future purchases. Offer a range of coupons including percentage off orders (for example, "10% off your next order of $20 or more"), free shipping or free items (for example, "buy one, get one free" type offers).

Coupons can also be used to generate new business by making them freely available aroundrepparttar 124474 traps. For example, if your business is educational software, make arrangements to have a supply of "30 day free trial" coupons made available at your local school.

=> Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are good because they allow your customer to share their discovery of your products and services with friends, family and colleagues. To be effective, especially in connection with services, a gift certificate needs to have a tangible dollar value torepparttar 124475 recipient rather than merely offering to redeemrepparttar 124476 certificate for a particular service. This is becauserepparttar 124477 referral customer probably has no conception ofrepparttar 124478 dollar value of your service. The potential customer can, however, readily appreciaterepparttar 124479 value of a "$30 toward your purchase of $60 or more" gift certificate.

=> Product Sheets

Product sheets are a way for you to make your existing customer aware of what *other* products and services you offer in addition to those they have recently purchased. This need not be any more elaborate than a one page price list but it can be as extravagant as a glossy product page replete with photos if your budget permits.

=> Brochures

Brochures are an effective way to create a professional image and promote your products and services atrepparttar 124480 same time. Give them to prospective customers for a quick overview of your business and to give them a reason to visit your website for more information.

Distribute your brochure whenever you getrepparttar 124481 chance: carry them with you wherever you go and hand them out whenever you hand out your business card. Mail your brochure to current clients to inform them of additional products and services that they may be unaware you offer and to prospective clients sourced from rented mailing lists.

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