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    10 Places to Promote Your Book with Articles and Book Excerpts

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

    Many authors receive thousands of dollars worth of free publicity by

    publishing articles and excerpts from their book in other publications. Writing

    your book is only one step in the process of establishing yourself as an expert in

    your field.

    Once your book is written, make a plan to promote it using the

    following venues, and begin formatting your writing to fit in the appropriate


    1. Books that relate to your subject can include quotes from your book as a

    reference. Keep an eye out for other authors writing books who will surely

    need reference material for their own writing. Also,books that include

    stories from multiple authors can be a great marketing tool to promote you

    as a writer as well as promoting your book.

    2. Seminar handouts that you use when you are giving a presentation can be

    an excellent way to keep your name and your book in front of the reader.

    Provide the audience with interesting materials written by you to take

    home and read.

    3. Trade publications will print articles relating to your book that are relevant

    to the specific industry. Research to find out which publications and

    journals will fit your topic best and submit your articles to the appropriate

    departments for considerations.

    4. Magazines can provide mass exposure to a targeted audience for your

    book. Call the advertising department and ask for a copy of their editorial

    calendar. This free resource will allow you to see where your topic fits into

    their schedule. Once you see where your story fits, email or write the editor

    of that section to present your story idea. This must be done several

    months in advance to make sure there is plenty of time to include your


    5. Local and national newspapers are always looking for story ideas. Tie your

    book in to current events or trends to make it newsworthy. Try to stay off

    the Book page, and try to get your book featured in the sections that are

    more widely read.

    6. Community newspapers and journals usually come out on a weekly and

    monthly schedule, so an article reprint has the opportunity to be highly

    read. Make a list of all the smaller community newspapers within a 50 mile

    radius of your city. Submit your article to all potential sources.

    7. Newsletters that are related to your book topic provide a reader base

    interested in learning more and will eagerly read your article. Find out

    what newsletters are mailed out to specific subscribers,as well as online

    newsletters that may consider reprinting your article or excerpt.

    8. E-zines are growing in popularity online. Try to get your article reprinted in

    as many e-zines as possible. The more people who read your article, the

    more possible book sales you will make.

    (see mine: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Pam_Perry)

    9. Your own website & blog is a necessary location to place articles for publishers of

    e-zines, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers to retrieve. Your own

    readers will enjoy learning more about your book topic and will visit your

    website more often if you add valuable information for them to read.

    10. Other websites & blogs that allow you to post your articles and excerpts for their

    visitors are a great resource to spreading the message of your book.

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    What Is Foursquare? And How Can You Use It to Promote Your Business?

    Sunday, September 5th, 2010

    Kyle Wegner, who is one of the social media experts at BKV Digital and Direct Response, wrote a terrific post on BKV’s blog the other day. It outlined 43 different ways people can use Foursquare to promote their businesses.

    What is Foursquare?

    What is Foursquare? It’s a powerful new social media tool you can use to promote your business.

    In a nutshell, Foursquare is a mobile check-in service that allows regular customers to get points every time they visit their favorite restaurant, bar, coffee shop or whatever. The more points you get, the more likely you’ll be the recipient of special offers from that establishment.

    If you’re really lucky, you’ll become Mayor of a particular business. That award is typically given to the person who “checks-in” most frequently.

    To read more about what Foursquare is, check out BKV’s blog post called The Foursquare 411. Otherwise, here’s Kyle’s post on the 43 ways you can use Foursquare to promote your business:

    First, set it all up:

    1. Search for your business on Foursquare.com.
    2. If it isn’t there, add it using this link.
    3. After you’ve found or added your business, claim your business by hitting the link on your listing that looks like this:

    Foursquare Add Venue Button

    4. Also, make sure to link your Twitter account to your listing.

    The claiming process is fairly simple. Once that is done, it’s time to start using Foursquare to help promote your business!

    Deals, deals and more deals:

    5. Reward first time visitors. Give users a percentage or dollar amount off their bill the first time they check in.
    6. Or a free upgrade!
    7. Replace your loyalty card – give discounts or rewards every 5 or 10 times someone visits your business. 8. Reward the mayor. Give them a freebie or discount.
    9. Or call them out, putting their name up on the wall and thanking them for being the mayor!
    10. Create deals around big events. Give a free drink for anyone checking in after the big game, or a % off during a conference.
    11. Have evergreen specials, like 10% off for anyone who checks in on Foursquare. Remember, a check in is free publicity.
    12. Change deals often. Keep users coming back for different specials by swapping them out.
    13. Cross promote your properties that are in close proximity. If users check in at one, present a deal for the other part of your business next door.
    14. Make deals “limited time only.” Give a sense of urgency to persuade users to come now instead of later.
    15. Stave off seasonality or weekly trends. Have a part of your business that struggles on Tuesdays? Promote that part in the deal.
    Foursquare Screenshot16. Highlight existing deals. Just because you don’t have any Foursquare exclusives doesn’t mean that users won’t want to know about other deals.
    17. Promote group check ins. Make deals progressively better (10, 20, 30% off etc) the more people in your group check in.
    18. Accept competitor deals. What better deal is there than “We accept all competitor coupons.”?
    19. Bring them back with a “next time” coupon on check in. Give a coupon redeemable on the next visit, ensuring the customers will visit you again.
    20. Use “2 for 1″ deals that require both parties to check in. Double the promotion for half the work!
    21. Interact with your customers. Make them accomplish a small task (build an origami figure out of a napkin, high five the sales person, say a “passphrase”) to redeem the Foursquare special.
    22. Give deals to users who leave behind Foursquare tips. You can regulate this by saying “the first X people to leave a tip get a free shirt!”

    Deals will show up in the “deals nearby” section on iPhones, meaning your business will stand out above the rest.

    Create events:

    23. Host a swarm party. The Swarm badge can only be achieved if 50+ users check in at the same place, so help organize that event at your business for local users.
    Foursquare Swarm Badge24. Better yet, host a Super Swarm Party! This badge takes 250+ people checking in at the same venue at the same time. These are rare events and have been great ways for businesses to bring in new business.
    25. Create temporary venues. Speaking at an event? Have a booth at a conference? Users can check in anywhere on Foursquare, so create locations for these temporary venues.

    26. Promote grand openings. Give away freebies or deals for the first X people who check in on opening day – build buzz for your brand new location and create loyal customers at the same time!

    Create custom badges:

    27. Have more than one location? Give users who check in multiple places a specially branded badge!
    28. Create event-based badges, like a badge that can only be earned when checking in during an industry conference. Fix Flags Foursquare Badge
    29. Create a badge that you can only get if you check in to your venue a certain number of times. Apple has a “Jobs” badge for triple-checkins.

    Custom badges have to be created by Foursquare, so you’ll need to contact them and form a partnership at this point. Lots of companies have done so though, so Foursquare is more than open to adding new badges.

    Join in the fun:

    30. Create an account and start checking in. People will notice when they keep checking in the same places as you.
    31. Connect with your customers. Follow them on Foursquare, but make sure to let them know why they should follow you back (which is discussed in the next section).
    32. Shout! If you’ve gathered a number of followers and know of some interesting news or of fun happenings in your local area, shout the information to your followers.
    33. Monitor on Twitter. Many users automatically post their check ins to Twitter. Thank those customers for coming in and invite them back with an exclusive Twitter deal!
    34. Get to know your mayor. This doesn’t only apply to within Foursquare, but make sure you know who your mayor is (they will be redeeming mayor deals, so this should be easy). You should always know your best customers

    35. However, don’t BE the mayor. Since you work there, you will have the easiest time being the mayor of your business. This takes away the fun of checking in and means you will never be able to award mayor deals to an actual loyal customer.

    Get local, give tips:

    36. Give tips in your area to get more followers. Businesses like the Huffington Post and IFC provide local tips and recommendations to their followers on a regular basis.
    37. Create a scavenger hunt around your local area, leading users through or to your local business.

    38. Monitor for duplicate or incorrect information. This can apply to your business or any of those around you. A clean list of businesses, without duplicates or incorrect listings, makes it easier for customers to find your correct listing.

    Promote your presence:

    39. Put up Foursquare signage reminding customers to check in. Include your deals to incentivize it even more!
    40. Also include your Foursquare username so customers can connect with you. Explain why they should follow you as well (local tips/deals, local expertise).
    41. Get your business in the “Trending Now” section. Businesses that have multiple people check in within a small period of time are highlighted at the top of the Places list, so coordinate check ins if you can.
    42. Connect with local Foursquare deal aggregators and enthusiasts. In Atlanta there is a Twitter account @4sqATL (website at http://4sqatl.com) that covers local deals and specials. I bet there is one in your area too. Foursquare Check-in Prompt Sticker
    43. Cross promote from other social media platforms. Remind your Twitter followers or Facebook fans of your Foursquare deals.

    While this is a fairly long list, there are plenty of other ideas out there. Have you seen any cool Foursquare promotions in your area? Have any ideas? Leave them in the comments! We’ll update this post over time to include your suggestions so we have the most extensive list of ways businesses can use Foursquare.

    Kyle Wegner is the SEO & Emerging Media Manager at BKV. He also podcasts at The Business of Tech and you can find him on Twitter @kwegner and on Google Buzz.

    Read more: What Is Foursquare? | Marketing Tips and Marketing Best Practices from the 60 Second Marketer http://60secondmarketer.com/blog/2010/08/23/what-is-foursquare-and-how-can-you-use-it-to-promote-your-business/#ixzz0yiBewhhr

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