Even if you’re not a tree hugger, it can’t hurt to help reduce your impact on ole Mother Earth. Following are innovative ways to stage virtual trade shows, increase business productivity, share information with members in your business, while saving you time, money and the planet in the process.Online Meeting Options* Webinars (online seminars) – inform, educate and share information with whomever you choose!* Online presentations – upload your Powerpoint slides and select who you want to see it* Meeting Planning Solutions – plan and manage events, lower expenses, meeting buyers, meeting suppliers* Event Messaging Systems – for meetings, events, trade shows and conferences for 50-50,000 attendees used before, during and after the event.Information Sharing/Communication* Whitepapers – publish your authoritative report or guide that educates others on a specific issue and how to solve it.* Video Presentation/Posting – welcome to YouTube where you can post videos available only to specific people or the world.* Electronic Fax Service – send faxes from your computer and receive them at multiple email addresses. Delivered to your inbox via pdf or tiff format.* Podcasting to share audio of meetings/conferences – publish on iTunes and people can download and listen on their computer, iPod or iPhone.* Video Conferencing – we never thought the “Jetsons” video calls from the boss could happen, but alas! Up to 9 way video conference.* Online forms using Adobe Acrobat Pro allows visitors to fill out forms online and email it to you once completed. Even allows for digital signatures.Convenience* Paperless registration and confirmation – The Web’s most comprehensive site about meeting planning and events technology.* Electronic Travel and Ticketing – book travel online, generate automated expense reports and monitor employee spending.* Online Project Management – share files, meet deadlines, assign tasks, centralize feedback and help projects run smoothly.* Digital signatures and Electronic Contracts – eliminate the need for expensive overnight charges of important documents or faxing and using paper.* Electronic Appt Scheduling – interactive online conference catalog and session scheduler application.* Accounting – utilizing direct deposit, online bill pay, etc using Quickbooks* PayPal – Send and receive payments electronically, email invoices, and take credit cards over the phone all while reducing check fraud, checks lost in the mail, bounced checks, mailing invoices, etc.Marketing* Advertise online instead of in the printed version. You can also measure your ROI by seeing exactly how much traffic that ad is bringing instead of wondering if anyone saw your print ad.* eNewsletters – reduce printing, paper and mailing by sending out eNewsletters* Phone, web or Twitter based audience response, q&a – think of American Idol’s success with it! Gather live responses for any venue: conferences, presentation, classrooms, print, TV and more.* Online Surveys/Polling – signup through Constant Contact* Social Media Integration through Social Networking, Bookmarking, etc* Annual Reports, Company Catalogs – have them designed and converted to PDF to post on your website for download instead of having them printed.eCommerce Tools* Electronic Auctions – dedicated to fund raising success* eCommerce website development – get your business on the web and start selling ebooks, audio files, products, services – you name it – it can be sold on the net!
Affiliate business is a proven business model that you can run from your own home, for on-going income 24 hours per day, every day of the year. As an affiliate business owner you have two ways to make money – sell products created by others, and have other sell your products. It sounds easy because it is easy to understand – you provide marketing or others provide marketing for you. The great thing about an affiliate business is that you can make money both ways – you’re not limited to sticking to only one approach. So how does it work?As mentioned earlier affiliate business either sell products, mostly information products, that others make, or have others sell your products (again, mostly information products). An affiliate business product creator might create an information product about dog training – the person that creates the product might have discovered an easy way to train his pet dogs and decided to write an ebook, make some videos, and package everything into a downloadable product. The problem is that the person who created the product isn’t good at marketing, so he’s offering you, and others like you, a percentage of each of his product that you sell.Your job is to market the product and get sales – often a third party is responsible for collecting payments from clients and distributing the funds – your commission and the product creator’s part of the sale. There are a lot of third party sites that make this business model work yet there are only a few that lead the overall industry.As a product creator, you can use the third party service to setup an affiliate program too. You create and package your product, host the site that has a sales page, and offer your product to affiliates. You may have to include some details about the product’s selling points, or describe how your product differs from other products in the same category as yours. The affiliate marketers can use any means they prefer to market your product and the third party service handles the details of distributing the commission and your part of the sale to ensure both receive the full benefit of the business model.Getting started in an affiliate business really requires only one trait – perseverance. It’s important to have a stick-to-it attitude and to avoid becoming discouraged too early in your business’ life cycle. Many affiliate business start and end within just one month! Your affiliate business can provide on-going income over a long period of time so you need to stick with it in the beginning – it makes a difference later.Depending how you go about marketing you may need a web site, which you can get and host for free using a variety of freely available providers. Your marketing efforts can include whatever you feel is appropriate – you can use only web-based marketing, use forum posts, write blog posts, or even take you marketing efforts into the offline world with ads in local newspapers, flyers, etc. Cross marketing is a proven strategy too – you could combine various affiliate products and repackage them into a larger set of related products and offer the package for sale as a complete business to both online and offline clients.Affiliate business offers a range of opportunities and is a perfect business to run right from your own home.
What is a lanyard you ask? Perhaps the word keychain gives you a better visual description however this is not the limit of use obtained from lanyards. Basically described a lanyard is a rope or cord that is most often worn around the neck, or sometimes wrist, to carry an item. There are other definitions such as a length of cord or wire to fire artillery pieces or on a ship it is a piece of the rigging that secures objects.Are you confused? Don’t be, here we will discuss the kind you would wear and the benefits you can have from this particular type of item as a promotional product. If you hadn’t given consideration to their use in your advertising or branding strategy the following information should give you more assistance in whether lanyards might be right for your business.Promotional lanyards are an inexpensive item and almost a clothing accessory, that therefore offers a perfect option for business promotion. Many lanyards come equipped with clips near the end to attach things. Items such as keyrings, cell phones, badge holders, entry passes or where possible made to suit your specific requirements. Depending on the promotional market of your lanyard you will find that there is an option suitable for your purposes.You have probably seen at conferences, trade shows or exhibitions, people wearing promotional lanyards showing the logo of the business organizing the event. That lanyard is more than likely provided as a free gift by the event organizers themselves advertising their business or the product or service they provide. This is a very common situation for the lanyard to be given away as a promotional gift.Using promotional lanyards that are printed with your company logo or message is a very powerful way to promote your brand and the services or products you provide to your prospective customers. You will find that there are extensive options in the areas of colours, printing options, lengths and sizes as well as the accessories that can be added to the lanyard. The choice for each particular promotional circumstance may be different and promotional product manufacturers understand this and can help in choosing what is best for your business.Lanyards are not only something that should only be used at events such as conferences or trade shows but they are also an economical option as giveaways to your staff or customers. With the printed information, designed and created to your requirements, these lanyards are likely to reach many people when worn by your customers or employees.While many marketing and promotion strategies can be expensive and require a great deal of management input, lanyards are definitely an inexpensive and simple tool that you can use to get your advertising message across.The main benefits of using lanyards for promotional items are:
o Appreciation factor – lanyards are appreciated by employees and customers alike but more than that they are used by the majority of people that receive them.
o Cost Factor – They are inexpensive and affordable for companies for their promotional and branding purposes.
o Options – You will find a great range of options from the colour to the message or purposes you want for your lanyard.
o Promotional Benefits – when your customers or staff are using or wearing the promotional lanyard in normal daily situations your name and service or product is visible to a wider group of potential clientsCost and Promotional benefits are perhaps the main reasons you should be considering lanyards for promotion of your business. For relatively minimal cost, as well as being able to specifically design your message, you will have a product that will be used by many and in a wide variety of situations. With more exposure for your business products and services the potential for reaching further customers is enhanced.When considering lanyards make sure you check out the options available. Online you will find there are many however you want to look for a business that deals in promotional items as their main concern and check their promises for value or customer service to ensure you are getting value. You will find that good promotional product suppliers will offer you advice on what are the best ways to get your business or message across with your specific promotional lanyard option.