***1. Post an ad on Craigslist.
*** 2. Pass out flyers at your local mall.
***3. Place your biz cards under windshield wipers at your local Walmart.
***4. Pass out business ‘buttons’ to everyone you meet.
***5. Hand out pens to people you meet.
*** 6. Create simple welcome gifts to give to newcomers with your business info enclosed.
***7. Ask to leave business cards or flyers in some of your local area businesses. (Make sure their services compliment yours!)
***8. Stamp all envelopes you mail out with your own personalized business stamp.
*** 9. Likewise include a business card inside ALL outgoing mail.
***10. Rent a booth at local events to showcase your business and/or products.
***11. Post flyers on the message boards at local colleges and trade schools.
***12. Slip a business card into relevant books at your local book store... (Don’t over-do this one!)
***13. Likewise, ask the local library if you can create bookmarks to slip inside some of the books there.
***14. When you receive junk mail… give the sender a dose of their own medicine!... Use the postage paid envelope to mail your own flyer back to them. ;)
***15. Slip a biz card, postcard, or flyer under the wipers of cars at your church.
***16. Consider passing out magnetized biz cards… they are more ‘sticky’ than your typical biz card.
***17. Purchase a car magnet for your car… they generally aren’t ridiculously expensive and can last awhile.
***18. Additionally you can choose to get a vinyl sticker for your back windshield to advertise with.
***19. Leave business cards on the bathroom counters of local diners.
*** 20. See if you have a local area ‘Welcome Wagon’ type group and ask if you can contribute samples and promo materials to the welcome gift. ***21. Join your local Chamber of Commerce… this can be a great way to network and make valuable contacts.
*** 22. Visit local daycare centers and pre-schools… ask if you can leave business cards or flyers in the lobby.
***23. Likewise with rental agencies, real estate offices, and leasing offices... Offer the office members a special gift or discount for allowing you to advertise with them.
*** 24. Use snack bags and create mini ‘promo’ packages. Include your biz card, a mini flyer, a goody such as candy or a pen, and hand them out wherever you go.
*** 25. Rent a booth as school events and take the opportunity to showcase your business to other parents.
*** 26. Give friends and family members a small incentive to pass out your business cards for you throughout their daily ritual.
***27. Leave your business card when you tip your waitress.
***28. Donate a product or service to your local radio stations… they always hold giveaways and are always looking for new sponsors.
***29. Consider placing an ad in those Free Renters Guides and Home Owners Guides.
***30. Attend networking events and meet ups in your local area... You will be amazed at the new and profitable contacts you can make.
***31. Finally… don’t neglect the power of word of mouth... Tell people about your business and ask them to tell others... Hold a contest or offer some sort of incentive to prod them along...