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Over 500 Small Business Marketing Ideas

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The Marketing Training Center contains over 500 Small Business Marketing Ideas which span 22 types of Marketing. Browse hundreds of great marketing ideas submitted by small business owners just like you! 

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Advertising • Credibility BuildersCustomer RetentionDiscounts and CouponsFusion MarketingImage and BrandingImprove Your WebsiteInternet MarketingMarketing MaterialsMarketing ResourcesNetworkingOffline Website PromotionPortfolio IdeasPress Release IdeasPromotional ItemsPromotionsPublic RelationsReferralsSamplingStorefront MarketingUpsellingViral Marketing

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Advertising Ideas

The act of delivering a sales message to a large number of people. Advertising generally involves paying a fee to a third-party that has access to your target audience.

Credibility Builders

Credibility builders help you build a sense of trust and position yourself as an expert in your field.

Customer Retention Strategies

Customer retention strategies help keep your existing customers from leaving.

Discounts and Coupons

Creative ways to entice price sensitive customers to buy from you for the first time.

Fusion Marketing Ideas

Fusion marketing involves finding complementary businesses in your area to partner with in creative ways.

Image and Branding Ideas

Strategies to enhance your businesses image. Image and branding strategies help you stand out from the crowd.

Improve Your Website

These strategies will help you build a website that converts more visitors into customers and ranks better in search engines.

Internet Marketing Ideas

How can the Internet help you promote your business? These ideas will help you ensure you've covered all your bases.

Marketing Materials

A list of marketing materials your business should always have on hand.

Marketing Resources

Online and offline marketing resources to help you learn more about marketing.

Networking Ideas

Networking is an essential component of a successful marketing mix. These strategies help you meet people in your target market.

Offline Website Promotion

Strategies to promote your website in the offline world.


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Portfolio Ideas

This section contains ideas to showcase your work in a variety of creative formats, and to get your portfolio in front of more people.

Press Release Ideas

Ideas to help your business get free media exposure. Find dozens of ways to get your business picked up by media outlets.

Promotional Items

Promotional items are branded merchandise your business can sell or give away to generate awareness.


Run a limited-time promotion to attract new customers, reactivate old customers, or increase the number of purchases your customers make.

Public Relations

Public relations strategies generate a large amount of awareness for your business. This includes public relations, media relations, publicity stunts, and mass networking strategies.


These techniques will help you generate referrals for a low cost, and sometimes for no cost. Turn each new customer into three or more new customers.

Sampling Ideas

Sampling involves giving away low-cost or free samples or teasers that get people to try your product or service for the first time.

Storefront Marketing Ideas

Most businesses with a physical location can easily increase their walk-in traffic. These strategies are designed to call attention to your storefront, and generate spontaneous walk-in traffic.

Upselling Ideas

Upselling strategies encourage your customers to purchase more than they had initially intended to. This can involve bulk discounts, cross-promotion, and suggestive selling.

Viral Marketing Ideas

Viral Marketing strategies aim to get people to talk, text, e-mail, tweet, and post your message on Facebook.



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