15 Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Marketing Ideas!

The Holidays are upon us and come fast and furious. Holiday Marketing is very important and you need to get started NOW! It’s a time to show your clients and customers that you care. It’s a great way to attract new clients, too.

Today, I share 15 “Ho-Ho-Ho” Holiday Marketing Ideas in the infographic below. Tomorrow, I will share with you 15 more Ways to have Holiday Marketing Success!

  1. Create a plan and a strategy for your Holiday Marketing! Know what you will do, where you will advertise and the budget you will need.
  2. Holiday Giveaways are very popular. Offer FREE programs or services or use coupons for discounts.
  3. Make a donation to a local Charity. Every year on December 31st, I run a Facebook Post saying I will contribute to the charity of your choice, for the first 5 people who respond. Every year, I get a new client that way and I get to contribute to causes my peeps prefer.
  4. There are lots of Holiday Craft Shows, Parties and Auctions. Set a table or booth to promote your business, offering Holiday discounts.
  5. Send Holiday cards and gifts early. Be the First!
  6. Market all over Facebook. Have a contest, best Holiday photo or worst Holiday photo. Have an Ugly Sweater photo contest. Post lots of feel good, warm and fuzzy Holiday images.
  7. Change your logo and social media covers to a Holiday theme temporarily.
  8. Launch a program with a Holiday theme. Send email with Holiday themes. Blog with Holiday themes.
  9. Give a Holiday themed digital gift. I give a Holiday Planner as a gift each year.
  10. Create a Holiday, video message and post on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
  11. Collaborate with other business owners to have joint Holiday celebrations or sales.
  12. Create a Seasonal Google Adwords campaign.
  13. Give out your favorite Holiday recipes as a digital gift.
  14. Have a Holiday themed Facebook event or a Holiday Party on Facebook Live.
  15. Use Holiday Hashtags #HappyHolidays and create your own #BeBold

There are lots of ideas for Holiday Marketing. Share in the comments below, your ideas!

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Do YOU emotionally over eat? STOP getting FAT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do YOU emotionally over eat? Emotional overeating is when we use food (usually high fat, sugary, comfort foods) to stop uncomfortable feelings such as anger, fear, stress, sadness or loneliness. We turn to food for comfort not sustenance. To avoid negative emotions, we overeat. Researchers estimate 75% of overeating is due to emotions we don’t want to feel.

Emotional overeating can cause obesity and lead to a food addiction. Learning to solve problems and how to feel emotions and release them is key to prevent emotional overeating.

We need to find ways to experience feeling good, to feel less stress besides eating. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this.

Tips to stop emotional eating:

  1. Reduce the stress in your life.
  2. Be Conscious. What am I feeling? What am I truly feeling? Boredom, anger, lonely, etc.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Take a physical movement class (ZENgevity, Yoga, Zumba, Step, Tai Chi).
  5. Talk to a friend.
  6. Read a good book, look at a magazine.
  7. Play music. Dance around the house.
  8. Write a blog post.
  9. Keep a diary for your feelings.
  10. Create a Visual Journal for your feelings.
  11. Play a game with a friend or online.
  12. Take a walk or run.
  13. Do some housework.
  14. Paint a picture.
  15. Go out to the movies.

Lots of ways to distract ourselves from emotional eating. Next time we talk about ways to stop emotional eating with our food choices.

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21 Most Important things to do Networking.

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Networking is all about creating and building relationships. It is NOT about selling! Research says the average contact points to make a sale is 17. The probability of you making a sale the first time you meet someone is very low, though it can and has been done. So, stop thinking about selling and start thinking about how you can help the new people you meet. Start creating and building relationships.

Some people love to network and others fear it or hate it. Which are you? Do you like networking, meeting new people, starting conversations with strangers? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How does that effect your networking?

We think of introverts as being shy and extroverts as being out going. It’s not that simple. Introverts may or may not be shy. Introverts do lose energy when around lots of people. They need to be alone to recharge after being with other large groups of people. Extroverts gain energy when around lots of people. They feel their energy zapped when they spend too much time alone. Brain scans done on introverts and extroverts found that introverts process stimulation (other people, talking, engaging) differently then extroverts. Introverts stimulate through a long, complicated pathway through areas of the brain in the remembering, planning and solving problems parts of the brain. Extroverts have a very quick and short response to stimulation through the brain pathway areas of sensory connection of visual, auditory, touch, smell, taste.

Carl Jung, a great psychoanalyst first coin the terms introvert and extrovert. He said that no one is all, 100% introverted or extroverted. In fact, we are all mostly ambiverts who have both introverted and extroverted qualities. Whether you are mostly an introvert or mostly an extrovert, you can be successful at networking.

Networking is both an Art and a Science. Here’s how to create rich, meaningful and extraordinary relationships while networking.

  1. Say Hello and SMILE-Smiling is engaging. People are attracted to smiles. We have automatic facial feedback and we will smile back when someone smiles at us. Smiling has been found to make you healthier, have less stress and makes you look better, more attractive. Lighter Yoga is very popular because we want to smile, laugh. The average person smiles 20X a day. The average child smiles 400X a day. Research has shown that people who smile more, live longer and are more successful.
  2. When people ask you “How are you” or “How do you do,” say “I’m fantastic!” Or, say “I’m fabulous,” “I’m amazing,” “I’m awesome,” “I’m incredible.” Usually the answer to “How are you?” is “OK,” “Good,” or “Fine.” Answer in an uplifting, happy and enthusiastic way and people will wonder why. It’s a conversation starter.
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  3. Remember to listen! Hearing is only listening to what is being said. Listening is also hearing what is not being said. Ask people questions and listen. Thinking about what you’re going to say next is not listening. Be fully present. Use phrases like “Tell me more…” or “Tell me about your business…life…hobbies…what you do for fun…” Be a good listener. Speak to the person’s listening.
  4. Take your time in networking. It’s not a race to meet as many people as you can. One really great, high quality conversation is worth way more than 20 superficial conversations.
  5. Tell personal stories, not just what do you do. Personal stories are more interesting and people will remember you more. Our brains are geared more to remembering stories not facts.
  6. Ask about their families, loves, fun things they do, the most challenging thing they’ve ever done. Ask about the best thing that ever happened to them. Their best vacation. Invite them to tell personal stories.
  7. Conversation starters are can be as simple as asking the 5 W’s Who-What-When-Why-Where
  8. Compliment people with integrity and sincerity. Compliments are also great conversations starters.
  9. Be friendly, encouraging, entertaining.
  10. Look for people who are alone. Go up to meet them.
  11. Talk about the event, the speaker.
  12. Ask for advice. People love to give advice.
  13. Set a goal. Talk with 5 people or 10 or 20. Or, just 1 person.
  14. Organize your own event. Meet up.
  15. Show up early when there are less people present.
  16. Volunteer at the event/meeting. Door greeter, registration desk and food service are all ways to meet people easily and allows you to decide who might be a good fit for you and a later conversation.
  17. Bring your business cards. Make them unique. Maybe a Bookmark, a packet of seeds, a flower or balloon attached to your card. Step out of the box with your business cards.
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  18. Have your 30 second to 90 second elevator speech ready. Make it compelling. Know the problem you solve and the solution. Add something amazing you have accomplished. Practice, Practice, Practice saying it.
  19. Focus on what you can do to help others. Remember the 17 contacts. This is only the first. Build your relationships.
  20. Be prepared. Know who who will be there. What the organization is about. When and Where it is and why you are going. Look up the organizers on LinkedIn and get to know them in advance. Dress professionally.
  21. Follow up. After networking, follow up with everyone you talked with. Write notes on the back of the business cards you receive, so you can remember the person and what you asked about. Give a personal account in the followup email of what ou talked about. Invite them to something. A different networking meeting, blab, Facebook group or coffee.

Make your networking successful and valuable to your business by following these simple 21 steps. There are a lot more tips and tools to networking. Join the Boldly Brilliant Facebook group to learn more. Click this link.

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Last and most important…Be who you are, Be yourself! Follow up!

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Survey Said…

Are you afraid of acupuncture?

For  long time, I was afraid of acupuncture.   13042910_s

Needles in the ear, on your face and all over your back would make me cringe. After seeking traditional medical help (doctor, physical therapy) for a “bad back” from too many years as a gymnast, I tried acupuncture. I sought out an experienced acupuncturist. He started the New England School of Acupuncture. He is very relaxed and enthusiastic for all my appointments. I am cheered up with just his pleasant, encouraging and kind personality. The insertion is painless and the rest period after insertion is more relaxing for me than massage. REALLY, seriously!

Today, I am going for tinnitus (ringing in the ear). Again, I went the traditional medical route first (doctor, ENT specialist, hearing test) and was told “nothing can be done.” I don’t give up that easy, so it’s off to Dr. Tsai’s office today with the intention that his holistic health approach will help.

Have you ever had acupuncture? What was your experience?

Share with us below in the comments.

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