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Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Note in the this coffee lounge Zara is 'LemonCakes' and it is a public chat room:
16 – Gather coffee venue
18 – NetLog Coffee Venue
20 – Mixx Coffee Venue
21 – Zorpia Coffee venue
25 – Plaxo coffee Venue
26 – Yahoo coffee venue
28 – Vox Coffee Venue
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
On November 19th, Waterstone's booksellers will be helping to launch late-night shopping at The Sovereign Centre in Weston-super-Mare by holding a book signing event. I've been invited to take part, so I will be there between 3:30 and 8:30pm to sign copies of 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy' (and 'Utamaro Revealed', if you have an interest in Japanese art as well as murdering your neighbours in cold blood). Do come along and say 'ho ho ho' if you're in the area.Waterstone's Booksellers,
The Sovereign Centre,
Tel: 01934 642 588
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
As you may have noticed by now, I am using a gadget to blog that means I can blog items of interest as I surf - the current trend I am following is the trend of cleaning up adverts, nobody wants to be lumbered with a mobile subscription they can't switch off except by changing phone number for example - but this is what is happening - so I am following it.
here is some coffee stuff - there are loads of coffee pictures on flickr well over a Million - so we can share :-)
Some random coffee pics:
This is a new blog just showing random thrashy adverts I find on networks - the type Techcrunch /Michael Arrington are trying to remove from games like Mafia Wars and farm ville on facebook.
Talking of which - here's a screen grab from a facebook app I joined this evening - complete with a naked man playing with his genitals and a zwinky advert (aimed at kids ? )
Friday, 6 November 2009
But what he didn’t say in that blog post is that Zynga has been scamming users from the beginning quite intentionally as part of their revenue model. Rather, he pointed much of the blame at middlemen offer companies: “We need to be more aggressive and have revised our service level agreements with these providers requiring them to filter and police offers prior to posting on their networks.”
Last spring, though, he gave a much clearer explanation to an audience at a Startup@Berkeley mixer, admitting that scamming users was part of Zynga’s business model from the start. And it was all caught on video. I think everyone sort of knew that this was exactly Zynga’s gameplan. But to hear it said so directly is just shocking.
The full 30ish minute video is here. We’ve taken the relevant section of the video, roughly starting at around the 10:40 mark, and embed it below. From the video:
I knew that i wanted to control my destiny, so I knew I needed revenues, right, fucking, now. Like I needed revenues now. So I funded the company myself but I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this zwinky toolbar which was like, I dont know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business…So control your destiny. So that was a big lesson, controlling your business. So by the time we raised money we were profitable.
In this article I am going to break down 5 Ways you can Boost Coffee Shop sales with actual examples on how to go about implementing them. I have broken this article up into 5 parts and included a quick index at the top of every post for easy navigation. All of the examples I give in this article are great ideas but they are really meant to be spring boards to get your own creative juices flowing.
Way #1: Social Media – Twitter and Facebook
By now I think most everyone is on board with the idea that social media is an important element in their overall business strategy. But I don’t think most people really grasp that this is not just a peripheral element. It can and ultimately will be one of the biggest factors that the everyday consumer will use in deciding where they are going to spend their hard earned money. If you don’t believe me then just do a twitter search on one of your favorite brands or t.v shows. You will see a stream of real time information about that particular brand and what people are thinking or feeling about it in that moment. I think so many people are making the mistake of writing this off as a “Twitter Thing” when in actuality it will ultimately change the way people search and surf the web forever.
Now I don’t want to limit you’re exposure or thinking to just Twitter and Facebook but right now they are easily the two biggest players in real time Social Media. So if you don’t have an account at both of these sites please STOP reading this article and get one immediately. Now that you have an account on these sites how do you use them? Well this is going to depend on your overall strategy and later I am going to go into more detail of what that might look like for you. The important thing to remember is to stay active, communicate, be available, be genuine, provide valuable information, remain approachable and do not abuse these streams to over sell or as a glorified RSS feed. Below I will walk you through three examples of how to use these tools by interacting with customers at the store level. (Note: There is also a huge use for these streams at the corporate level.)
3 Ideas for Your Store
Idea #1: Facebook Fan Page Giveaway
Let your customers know you have a Facebook Fan Page. Once you have over 100 fans turn your url into a vanity url. (http://www.facebook.com/MyCoffeeShop – If you do not have a fan page Spencer at Tutorial Blog has a simple How To on getting it set up.) Once you have the vanity url it makes it a lot easier to market that page to your customers. Now that you have the fan page let’s get started with the giveaway. On your fan page update your status by saying something like, “Come in to the store for the next 60 minutes and say you saw this message and receive ANY small beverage for FREE!” Even if you don’t have all or any of your fans come in for the giveaway many of them will most assuredly tell their friends or family about it. By the end of the day you will have many more Facebook Fans and loyal customers watching your every move, waiting for the next big surprise!
Idea #2: Twitter Contest
This one is super simple. Tweet out a message that saying something like, “Who is enjoying their YourCompanyHere beverage this morning? Send me a pic and you could win a $20 gift card.” Then when some time has past and you have some pics announce the winner. This will draw people to you on Twitter and ultimate increase your companies visibility on this very important medium.
Idea #3: Coupons on Your Blog
Do a blog post the day before a big sale with a coupon in it. Tell everyone they can get an additional 20% off. Include a field where they can input their email address to receive their coupon. This not only gets you more sales but also increases your base of contacts.
Next Page >>>>> Part Two – Giveaways
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These tips are useful for a variety of niches
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
on 3-Nov-09 1:07pm
MessageSo, who said marketing was expensive? Who said paid marketing was the best way? Below are 50 of my favourite FREE methods to market my business. I try and use them all and have had very successful results with each and every one of them. Which methods will you use? Don't forget to let me know how you get on and which results work well for you.
35. Back of Car Bumper
37. Article Submission Sites
38. Free Classified Ads
50. Network with your family, friends, colleagues and wider circle
I hope the above tips help you. There are many more free places to promote your business, but these are just a few to get you started! It's important to remember that effective marketing doesn't always equal big budget.
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Nice list - albeit, some are no longer 'free' for business promotion/advertising/offers, i.e. Gumtree now say:
"Posting an ad for 30 days in any of these categories will cost £4.95 (excl. VAT). "
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I belong to most of these sites myself.