Grow Your List With Offline Promotions

By , Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

The ways to promote your business offline are only as limited as your imagination. Here are 8 ideas to spark your own creativity. The best part: They are relatively low-cost and won’t break the bank.

1. Fill a small zipper bag with a few Hershey’s Kisses, your business card, and a quarter-page flyer that includes details about your email list, and the benefits for subscribers. Distribute these freely wherever your target audience hangs out.

2. Leave a few brightly colored, half-page flyer with your email list information and subscription URL in the lobby when you stay in a hotel. Staple a mint to each page, so the maid doesn’t automatically toss them. Do the same thing with a quarter-page flyer at restaurants, day cares, grocery stores, pharmacies, bookstores, the bank and anywhere else you visit.

3. Place a small classified ad in your local community paper. Local papers usually offer affordable advertising options that are seen by a large number of people. The nice thing about community papers is that most people read them from front to back, so even though the circulation may not be as large as other newspapers, the actual number of eyes that see your ad might be greater.

4. Set up a booth at community fairs such as those held by your church, parish, or local Chamber of Commerce. Fill a basket with candy to attract visitors, and host a contest for a free gift.

Create some simple drawing slips with a small print disclosure that anyone who enters will be subscribed to your mailing list, and require everyone who enters to include an email address. When the fair ends, draw a winner, and deliver or mail the prize.

5. Rent a booth at a local flea market, business expo, or county fair. Offer free goodies such as a small booklet related to your niche topic, and ask anyone who stops by to subscribe to your email list.

6. Balloons, pens, letter openers… all of these ideas that we think only work to build a brick-and-mortar business, can also work to build your subscriber mailing list – if you use them! Carry a few with you so when someone asks you what you do, you can hand them one of your promotional items.

7. Contact local businesses and ask if you can post a flyer on the inside of their restroom stalls in exchange for a free button, banner or text ad on your website. (This is a good place to use laminated flyers, too.)

8. Have a few T-shirts printed with your subscription URL and info on them. Something short like – “Free Budget Tips!” and the URL work great. Wear one when you’re out and about.

Not every idea you have will draw noticeable results, but by using a variety of methods, you’ll get the word out about your business much more quickly. Give a few of these techniques a shot and see what works. You never know when you’ll hit the jackpot

Michele Scism is a decisive, driven and committed entrepreneur who helps successful business owners create passive income streams so they can stop working so hard and start enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Michele’s business expertise has been highlighted recently on NBC, CBS, Fox, and She is an international speaker, best-selling author and the Founder of Decisive Minds.

She is a serial entrepreneur who knows how it feels to fail miserably at business, at one time the bank actually called demanding their $1.5 million back, and also knows how it feels to sign the contract to sell your company for $9 million dollars. For business building tips visit

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