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How Specialty Grocery Stores, Niche Food Outlets Could Be Using Blogs

… by posting free recipes like Smoothie Recipes does.

I could see how a grocery store or food outlet, like a nutrition store or “organic” shop, could also post cooking and health food tips based on their products …

… but the principle is simple: Find ways to promote your products or services in innovative, creative ways.

Use a blog to do it … set a regular and realistic post schedule … and have your employees brainstorm (or even remember) useful tips that your customers would love to have …

Do you have a little organic shop? Give me 10 ways to discern real and “fake” organic products.

Do you have a specialty grocery store? Give me free savory recipes stuff … you might even look at the calendar and have “themed recipes” for Halloween, Christmas, Fourth of July, etc.

FROM SMOOTHIES TO DUCT TAPE …

All this talk about smoothies makes me think about good ole Duct Tape here.

I couldn’t find it immediately but I remember a while back there was a big stir about 101 ways to use duct tape or something like that.

It was the work of a marketing genuis.

Take a product — a rather boring one, in fact — see how many different ways you could use it.

A simple search netted these sites: Duct Tape Fashion and Make It Yourself with Duct Tape.

OK, remember … we’re talking about duct tape, not smoothies!

Some keys to doing this successfully for food products is to:

  • avoid marketing talk (it’s not a brochure)
  • make it useful, practical, helpful (think in terms of benefits for your customers)
  • create something that could ultimately be printed and taped to the fridge (lists are always great posts, but for food products, think recipes, like the Smoothies did!)
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Case Study Marketing Ideas

Case Study: Digital Photography School Blog

Darren at Problogger has posted a case study on his blog site Digital Photography School — which I might add is an incredible resource as well as a great blogging example. In this post, he really details his strategy for the blog, which is only 9 months old!

You’ll want to print this post off and read it … then reread it … and of course, imitate it as I think the concepts he’s implementing are reproducible across industries and topics. It’s that good.

By the way, almost everything I’ve learned about blogging has come from Darren. In fact, if you’re even considering blogging for business, you need to be a daily or weekly reader of his ProBlogger blog.

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Marketing Ideas

iPods Being Sold in Vending Machines?

Michael at Monkey Bites tell us about “vending machines having upgraded from candy bars to iPods.”

Yes, iPods are being sold in vending machines! (I got my video iPod from Wal-Mart.)

According to the article (drawn from this Atlanta Journal Constitution article), customers are willing to plunk down $300 in a vending machine!

Marketing Lesson: Where else could your products or services be marketed? What other options have you explored for them?

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Marketing Ideas Website Design

New Mexico’s Excellent Road Conditions Website

Over the holiday season, my wife and I decided to take a long-delayed snow skiing vacation in the mountains of New Mexico (specifically Angel Fire). Anyway, today, while we were trying to head home, we learned Interstate 40 was closed due to snow conditions — from (believe it or not) Albuquerque to the Texas state line!

Forced to find a hotel on the road, we got one and are now warm and happily cruising the Internet. But after we got in, relatives told us of an excellent website called New Mexico Road Traveler Information Service maintained by the state’s Department of Transportation.

Now, granted, this isn’t run by a for-profit small business … but it’s one handy helpful example of how you can help your customers stay informed of specific emergency news in your industry.

And for a tourist who will be coming back to the beautiful New Mexico mountains … I’m one happy camper … I mean snow skiier!

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Real Estate Agents: Get Yourself a Blog

Check out Kristal Kraft’s Denver real estate and relocation blog here.

She’s also got a really effective website as well called Kristal Sells Denver.

This is an exceptional example of using blogs to market yourself and your services. She’s got relocation information scattered about her blog, pictures of Denver events, links to other Denver bloggers, and a beautiful photo header of the Denver skyline.

The biggest thing I’d suggest doing differently though … and worth mentioning … is hosting her blog on her domain name, versus the hosted blog solution.

The reason for this is that by hosting on your own domain, you invest in the value of your own domain versus anothers.

For instance, she’s bound to be getting inbound links (links from other people) to her blog.
Links, in the search engine world, are like votes. They help you rise to the top of search engine rankings. Right now, links to her blog aren’t helping her awesome website.

So if you’re spending time and energy on writing a blog in the first place … be sure you’re pouring your efforts into your domain name. It’ll benefit you and your company in the long-term!

If you’re a real estate agent … you should be blogging about your business!

Looking at Kristal’s example, you could be:

  • Blogging about relocation information and giving useful links
  • Blogging about how neat it is to live in your city and “the burbs”
  • Posting photos of events using Flickr & the beauty of your city
  • Showcasing your expertise and teaching others about real estate and your market
  • Ranking higher in the search engines for your city’s relocation information
  • Getting inbound links from your city’s other bloggers
  • One of the first people those who are relocating to your city meet (you’re a real face, a real person that they know – virtually – in your city)

[Found via BusinessBlogConsulting]