Episode 13–Back from Ireland

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses. This is Episode 14.  This episode’s contents:

00:00  An audio clip from the hilarious movie classic, “Waking Ned Devine.”
01:00  Some thoughts from our trip to Ireland.
01:30  There are similarities between Irish and American culture and there are differences.  Has Ireland benefited from the exchange?
03:20  Two weeks on the Emerald Isle aren’t enough to see everything.
03:48  Podcamp Ireland.  Surprise, most of the people in my session were boomers.
05:30  Social media should be a tool that fits the task at hand.  Are we altering the task to fit the tool?
09:00  If you aren’t using Skype, you may be missing a real money-saving opportunity.
10:45  Changes are coming to Mining the Store
13:10  We need your comments to make MTS a real conversation.

Direct download: EPISODE_13.mp3

Episode 7

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 7.

There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

My Twitter ID is michaelbuckley and you can also find me on Friendfeed.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

Today we’re going to take a look at inexpensive, but very effective, ways to promote your brand, both your personal brand and your business brand.  We’ll talk about ways to turn the dozens of random contacts you make every day into prospects for your business.

01:08 How many prospects have you talked to today?  You may be surprised at the answer.
03:25 The value of gift certificates.
05:43 How to turn casual meetings into B to B sales.
06:41 Logo clothing is a conversation starter
07:56 So is a professionally produced name tag.
08:20 Say “cheese”.  Why you need a supply of good photos.
08:55 The “elevator speech”
12:10 Generation “Y”, baby boomers, and social media

Helpful links:

Marketing Your Retail Store in the Internet Age by Bob and Susan Negen.
The Profitable Retailer by Doug Fleener and Patricia Luebke
Baby Lock Sewing Machines Dealer Locator
Elevator Speech Dos and Don’ts
The Perfect (Elevator) Pitch

Direct download: Episode_7.mp3

More on Baby Boomers

As a follow-up to episode 5’s discussion of baby boomers, here’s a link to a post on the same topic from Mine Your Own Business, the Tacony Corporation blog.

Episode 5

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 5.

There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

Our music is called “Shenandoah” and it’s by Larry Allen Brown from the Garage Band web site, find it here.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

2:04   Harvey Korman
2:45   Missouri Department of Revenue–How not to do customer service.
6:57   78 million Baby boomers are a diverse group.
US boomers range in age from 44 to 62
They ARE on the internet
44% of internet users age 50+ have broadband service
They use the web for a variety of purposes.
If you’re not reaching out to boomers, you’re missing business.
10:45 Contact me on Twitter and Facebook.
http://twitter.com/michaelbuckley
11:16 Anna Farmery–Healthy Business Relationships
http://www.theengagingbrand.typepad.com
12:23 More Anna–The Engaging Brand Episode 167, Joe Medina
Brain Rules
13:12 Minor League Baseball, the Gateway Grizzlies, and good marketing.
16:34 Donna Papacosta–Adding time codes to show notes
http://trafcom.typepad.com/blog/

Direct download: Episode_5.mp3