Opportunity for Budding Restaurateurs

Periodically I receive information about media opportunities for specific industries or businesses run by owners with specific backgrounds, challenges or unique solution sets. Today I received the following which someone out there may qualify for:

A new Food Network series is looking for FOOD ENTREPRENEURS. Specifically, people who have left their previous career to start a new restaurant (or similar business).

  • Must have little-to-no prior professional culinary experience.
  •  Must be planning to open a brick-and-mortar space where there will be walk-in customers (restaurant, bakery, sandwich shop, etc.).
  •  Must be aiming to open between now and autumn 2012.

Those chosen will receive culinary & business coaching from Bobby Flay (a chef, restaurateur, and fixture on the Food Network) as well as invaluable national publicity.

Those interested that fit the guidelines please email the following: Outline your timeline, budget, menu, team, and especially what’s at stake for you in this endeavor (why you are doing it and what risks, financial as well as personal, you are taking). We are highly interested in the “human-interest” angle of your story.

We’ve also set up a Twitter account- https://twitter.com/#!/RockShrimpProd and a Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bobby-Flay-Project/285496171463077.

We’ll be accepting people’s stories through February, and are casting nationally.

For more information or question, contact Heather Brigss.

Heather Briggs
Rock Shrimp Productions
O: 646.747.4735
hrb@embassyrow.com

Is this opportunity for you?

 

Owning & Protecting Your Company’s Online Assets

This week was an interesting one for online marketers. Two earth-shaking, paradigm-changing revelations occurred.

  1. We discovered that Google isn’t perfect as their “new” personalized search results are poop (hello Bing?).
  2. We discovered that Facebook is registering declining numbers in some global markets.

Whether you agree or disagree about the importance of these specific points, they serve to remind us that what works today for online marketing isn’t necessarily going to be what works tomorrow. As the steward of your company’s online assets (blog posts, pictures, videos, etc.), it is crucial that you create an infrastructure that takes this into consideration.  Continue reading

The “Been There, Done That” Social Media Dilemma

Social Media trapsI came across a wonderfully succinct article recently about the ways companies have been known to sabotage their own social media efforts. Now, I don’t want to scare you and provide yet another excuse for not making an effort (or hiring WM to do it for you !!), but having the knowledge of what to avoid should provide you with a sense of comfort and encouragement. And if you already encountered these and bailed as a result, maybe knowing you’re not alone will give you confidence to stick your toe back in the water.

The article provides 6 ways to go wrong. I want to revisit these with my own basis for why you may find yourself falling into these traps and how to recognize and avoid them.  Continue reading

Top 10 Whatcom Companies on Facebook

Facebook logoIt’s time to recognize businesses who are putting it all “out there.” They have not only made the leap of faith to participate and engage the marketplace using Facebook but are also rocking it daily. In some cases, you will see them posting in the evening hours and weekends alerting followers about what’s happening in their store, kitchen or on stage right then (“You won’t want to miss this!”) or breaking news about what’s just arrived in inventory (“You better get here quick if you missed out last time.”).

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is the first ever Whatcom Marketing Top 10 Busiest Facebook Rockers List:

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20 Ways to Make Your Email Newsletter Great

I received this email recently and was taken by its overall content and design. It is an email from The Fountain Bistro & Drive-Thru in Bellingham (a favorite night time haunt for the wife and me). It has most everything I’d want in an email newsletter so I thought it’d be worthwhile to dissect it step-by-step for you.

If it’s too hard to read in it’s shrunken state here, you can open a full size in a new tab/window by clicking here.
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Content Curating for Fun and Profit

A quick scan of active Twitter accounts with Whatcom County locations revealed something interesting. There are Twitter accounts not associated with any particular person or organization that are repurposing news, event info and other tidbits of local interest. They appear to exist to fill voids in existing services, providing a public service of sorts by compiling the most relevant local information from a number of sources.

A couple I found are:

BellinghamBuzz  @bellinghambuzz
We curate the best Twitter feeds to broadcast breaking news, things to do and daily deal around our Bellingham.   Bellingham WA · http://breakingbellinghamnews.com

Bellingham Weather @bhamweatherBham
Follow Me and Join the Yahoo! Group for Bellingham/Whatcom County weather year round. Bellingham, WA · http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bhamweather

 

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How your small business can generate leads on a small budget

There are two primary methods of marketing, ‘push’ and ‘pull.’ Push marketing uses intrusive delivery methods and has served us well for decades, even back in the 50s, 60s and 70s when it was simply a game of whoever could afford to ‘push’ the most direct-mail, print and broadcast advertising in front of consumers won the battle. Pull marketing is a whole different beast that relies on things like value, relevance, informative content, and, yes, entertainment value to create significant gravity to pull in, willingly, your best prospects.

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Small Business Customer Service Razzle-Dazzle

Click to download a premade Customer Email Register form to print and use

Believe it or not, as a small business, you have some advantages over large businesses. For instance, you are nimbler, not needing to hold a dozen meetings to add to your inventory or adjust your marketing messaging. You’re closer to your market. Heck, you probably are part of your market.

Yet, you may not be taking advantage of opportunities that come from being “small.” You can provide customer service in your business that is more useful and intelligent than what a larger business could even hope for. Consider the most obvious, post-sale followup.

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The Changing Landscape of Marketing and PR

Someone who I had the privilege of working with during my days at PRWeb and occasionally after, Mark Willaman of HRMarketing, has posted a brilliant assessment of the current state of marketing and public relations. In part he explains,

Things have changed. In marketing and PR, that is. If you are managing your marketing and PR the same way you did five years ago, you are doing it wrong.

You owe it to yourself to read the entire post.

Thanks Mark. Spot on as always.