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Local Businesses Take Action

April 10, 2009 at 10:47 am | In In General, Marketing | 2 Comments | Get this via email

artkauaicraneI just read an inspiring article about local businesses and residents in Kauai who decided to work together and fix a national park road in need of repair due to severe flooding. The government had told them it would take years and $4 million to get it done, but many businesses on the island would've been forced to shut down because the park is such a big tourist destination. So one local resident organized, got volunteers and they fixed the road in eight days—for free. This is a great reminder that one person and one community can work together to get something done.

If you're looking to make a difference in the amount of traffic you get in your store, I'm organizing a TweetChat (a group of people having a live conversation via Twitter.com) to discuss no cost or low-cost marketing ideas for your store. If you want to participate and you're unsure how it works, drop me an email at norins@giftshopmag.com, call me at 800.936.6297 ext. 11 or leave a comment below. I'm looking forward to your ideas!




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  1. Where can I go to find the settings, etc for a tweetchat?

    comment by Karen — April 10, 2009 #

  2. Karen, sorry I didn't receive your email or post in time to give you the information for yesterday's TweetChat, but I thought it would helpful to give you the information now because I'm planning on hosting another chat in two weeks on "Improving the Effectiveness of Your Store Website". Here are the four super easy steps you need to take to participate in the chat:

    1. Go to Twitter.com and create an account (if you don't have one already).
    2. Go to TweetChat.com and type in your user name.
    3. if you don't want your TweetChat to be posted on your Twitter homepage be sure to click "DENY" when the homepage/ entry page of TweetChat.com asks you the following question, "Allow TweetChat access?"
    4. Type in our hashtag code: #giftshopsuccess on TweetChat and this will connect you to the conversation.

    comment by Patricia Norins — April 11, 2009 #

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