On a Budget – Tips on How to Market Online

It seems that when you are in a business setting, getting attention is a crucial weapon. But as everything starts to be competitive, every company or business owner should put another pound of effort. But how would it be possible if you’re on a tight budget?

Here are few ideas to help you survive online marketing without spending much.

Freebie Galore

The best advertising comes from people who love your product. Try sending out samples or discount coupons to people whose words mean a lot to the general public like teachers, journalists, bloggers, vloggers, local celebrities, politicians, or even TV show contestants.

By sending them your products or giving them the chance to experience your service, you would be able to make them one of your effective advertisers. Try searching for means to get in touch with your prospects and send them a message regarding your intention.

After sending them your products, make sure to follow up and ask their honest feedback regarding the products or services you offered how was their experience and if they liked it. If they won’t be able to advertise you, you may use their feedback as your own advertisement; write it as one of your website or blog content.


Get Mentioned

Despite being on the online trend yourself, take advantage of the chance to be mentioned by other online enthusiasts. Every business owners want to be publicly advertised, though it may be impossible to be on the front view of the newspaper or a major magazine, you may want to start small and partner with anybody on the online community (as much as you can handle).

Search for companies, websites, or blogs that have many followers and traffic, contact the owner regarding you aim and plot them with benefits that they as well could get from allowing you to be mentioned.


Give Vlogging a Shot

YouTube is a well-known video sharing website where almost anyone could post the videos they make, its popularity is recognized globally and everybody could access all the videos in there. Marketing your business may mean getting yourself into different platforms and video exposure is not omitted, registering on YouTube is free, without spending a dime, you could share your products visually and consumers would have a better look of it.

Never forget the three important things you should have in your videos – effective keywords, clear editorial message, and instructions on how to subscribe and why they should subscribe.  You could create as much video as you want so don’t try to fit all your ideas into one video. Make it short, creative, and informative. Your goal is to talk to your possible clients through the use of videos; you should grab their attention and keep them coming back to your channel.


Don’t Get Tired of Updating

Don’t be diligent only in the beginning weeks of your company existence. Online marketing needs a constant update on trends and people’s preference change through time, you should keep your strategies and styles updated to cope up with all the changes.

Don’t hesitate to venture into things that may be new to you and also take note of feedback and suggestions you receive, make that information as a base for your new online marketing plan. It is also important that you change your layout or the appearance of your site to keep it interesting and act urgently if there is a need for maintenance or system updates.

Getting Your Business Ready for Online Marketing

Are you planning on starting a business but you are currently on a tight budget? Many people are getting too excited about their business. Others are taking chance on their last card and finds business as their last resort.  Business can be a lot of fun to some who really has a budget to venture on such a risky move and not to mention those who risk despite considering it as the end of their savings.

We are currently in a world where technology plays a big part in developing and marketing a business. Any businesses regardless whether large or small scale are given equal opportunity to what technology may offer. Online marketing is assistance to those who want to let the consumers know of their existence without going bankrupt.

Here are a few ways on how you could effectively make use of the internet as your marketing tool.

Getting Through the Skin of Your Business

The first step of building a business may be crucial at a point where you still don’t know how to start. Assuming that you already have a full knowledge of your product, the next step is identifying your target market. In this area, you are able to identify people who will be benefitting your product. You don’t need to hire people to do this for you. You could actually do it on your own, have some research or poll starting in your local area then expanding your research online.

Identifying your target market is limitless depending on your product. It could either be for men, women, and children. Also, consider their financial status and age. From this, you are now able to identify to where your business is likely falling. This time you are now expected to have a clear profile of your business and your target market. After the brainstorming, the next step is identifying the ways on how to make your brand visible to your target.

Setting an Objective

You are probably aware of the benefits of technology, and to what extent could it be to your advantage. Technology has limitless possibilities and benefits with the help of the internet. The only thing that you have to do is to identify your aim with the use of social media and emails. Study well on how you would incorporate the use of internet on marketing your product.

Plot a plan on where, how, and what to post regarding your brand. Are you doing it with videos or pictures? It is important that when you decide to use the internet as your marketing tool, you are aware of what you’re getting your brand into and what to do next. Online Marketing’s response and the result could be very overwhelming, you should be able to cope with all of that and be open-minded about sudden updates. Online trends shifts unscheduled, you should always be sensitive to those changes.

Set Digits

Now that you already have a profile of your business and have already identified your target market, you can now make use of the internet in marketing your business without spending too much. There are platforms that could be used in marketing your product for free but even though they may not be for long-term use, still, you could make use of its advantage to increase public awareness of your product.

Slowly as you have established and got a fair share of slowly being known online. You can now move on to another marketing tool to where your business could be more profitable and set a budget if you think you are on the right track.

Tag Your Product

Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing your product as sensational. Make a name and be remembered, you are now stepping on a chance where your product could be lined up with big companies. The Internet has surely have been a big help to all businesses, and competition is now a game where all companies are pouring all their efforts in. Competition has something to do with how you put importance on your website.

Establishing a website with your own domain name would cost money at some point, but you could also make use of hosting service that is reason enough for your budget. With all of these affordable opportunities, you can now be on the line, creating a strong image such as your website will help you get businesses competitive. Optimize your website as client friendly as possible, make it easier for them to transact or contact you. You’re doing it in a less expensive way, exerting your effort in providing a good online service is the least you can do.


What fun we are having in Sunday School?

What fun we are having in Sunday School! Last week, on October 29th, we completed Unit One of our curriculum. By all accounts the first session was a success. The curriculum is what we expected and wanted. It is a logical, sequential and consistent Episcopal curriculum.

The content focuses on four areas:

Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments and Church. In the Pre K /K room we focused on Creation, Primary’s lesson were about Pentateuch and Intermediates learned about Covenants. It seems the children enjoyed what they learned and how they learned, and the teachers were energized. The addition of a separate Children’s Chapel for communion has been a true blessing. Having all ages share communion and participate in worship together is a wonderful experience.

In addition to our regular Sunday School program we have added monthly Wednesday evening activities with Father Bill. In October we celebrated Saint Francis Day with the blessing of live and stuffed animals and a wonderful service in the Payne Memorial Garden. Young and old enjoyed the ceremony. On November1st Father Bill led an All Saints Day event (see the pictures in the center pages). The children participate in All Saints Sunday on November 5th for our family worship service.

Session Two runs from November 12th through February 4th, with three Family Worship Sundays included. Pre K /K children will focus on Jesus, Son of God, again with Sara Cooney and me as their lead teachers. Melissa Robinson will lead the Primary children and they will talk about Jesus the Healer. Thank you Monika for giving your time and energy for the past nine weeks! Mark Robinson will take over for Kip Powers- Thanks to you Kip for your wonderful leadership- and teach the Intermediates about Miracles.

Of course Advent and Epiphany are included in the lessons. Rick and Carolyn Moses have agreed to stay in the Toddler room until January. Many thanks go to the Moses for guiding this energetic bunch. Also during Session Two we can look forward to a Saint Nicholas party on December 6th and an Epiphany Party on January 3rd. Thank you, thank you, Eugenie Taylor and Father Bill for organizing these events.

A special thanks goes to the substitute teachers too, who cover the gaps when the regular teachers are unavailable. Thank you to Lisa Sayre, Sydney Seigrist and Kelly McGhee. Rick Moses moved from a substitute to a lead teacher. Again, thanks Rick!

There is certainly room for improvement and we plan to continue to grow and develop. The input of parishioners, parents and children is welcome and encouraged. As always, more volunteers are welcomed and needed too. Please contact me if you have any feedback or want to help!

God bless Saint Matthews Church for recognizing the children and putting them at the center of our focus.

Our Growing Sunday School Needs Your Help – October issue of The Messenger

We are approaching our fourth week of Sunday School and, we are having a great time learning about God’s gifts to us. The Sunday School committee set some specific goals for our program and we feel that we are in line to meet them. I am so delighted to see more and more smiling (for the most part) faces entering our cheery rooms. Our curriculum seems to be working very well, our rooms look great and our teachers are motivated. There is only one problem…. We are growing fast and we need more teachers to keep up with our growing census! We need your help!

So far our census looks like this:
Infant – 1
Toddler – 6
PreK- Kindergarten – 20
Primary – 15
Intermediate- 10
That is a lot of kids and we have new families trying us out all the time.

Kip Power and Mark Robinson are rotating 9 week sessions to teach the 4th-6th grade Intermediates, Monika Hussell and Melissa Robinson are rotating 9 week sessions to teach the 1st-3rd grade Primary class. I have moved from the Toddler room to the full, fun and active Pre-K/Kindergarten room along with Sara Cooney. We feel that 3-6 year old room needs two hands-on teachers. We have two paid staff in the nursery, so we don’t need help there. But, our wonderful, eager toddlers are left without a regular teacher. We are currently counting on the rotating volunteers to care for these toddlers.

If anyone is interested and willing to be the lead teacher in this room, we would be so very grateful…. as would the toddlers.

If we cannot identify a lead teacher we would like for everyone to consider taking a short rotation. Would you please sign up to teach in the Toddler room for one or more of the following sessions????:
Toddler Unit Two: October 1st, 8th, 15th
Toddler Unit Three: October 22nd & 29th and November 12th & 19th
Toddler Unit Four: December 3rd & 10th and Jan. 7th &13th
Toddler Unit Five: January 21st & 28th and February 4th & 11th
Toddler Unit Six: February 18th & 25th and March 4th & 11th
Toddler Unit Seven: March 18th & 25th and April 1st & 15th
Toddler Unit Eight: April 22nd & 29th and May 6th
Toddler Unit Nine: May 13th & 20th and June 3rd

If we cannot encourage parents and parishioners to assist with the Toddlers, we will have to look for funding to hire a service to keep a consistent adult in this room.

Please do not hesitate in signing up for this great opportunity to share your love and your love of God with these young people. I will provide an easy schedule for you to follow and, like me you do not have to be a life long teacher nor an expert in Episcopalian theory. You will have the rewarding experience of introducing these toddlers to the faith you treasure. It is a great way to renew your faith.

We are very grateful with the success we have had with our program and we look forward to many of you joining our fun and exciting endeavor.

I am Possible

Inferiority is something we all face in one way or another. We may feel inferior about how we speak, the way dance, how we sing and etc.  Alfred Adler, a theorist, stated that we have the capacity to compensate our inferiority. This idea was proved by many people, especially athletes.

One well-known name is Nick who was born without complete upper and lower extremities, but was an excellent swimmer.  Playing our very own favorite sports is a way for us to compensate our perceived weaknesses for it lets us spend our energy in a different area.

Those people who excel in sports have definite weaknesses and found their place in this complex world.  Doing different activities let us discover more ourselves and lets do something about it. Compensation does not just happen in the trades, with engaging ourselves with sports, it is possible.