Guest : Rieva Lesonsky, Editor of Entrepreneur magazine
Josh Linkner, Founder and CEO of ePrize
Aired : Saturday August 18th, 2007
Small businesses have the most to gain from using online marketing. These tools and services are easy to use and don't break the marketing budget....that is if you actually have a marketing budget. But even today many small businesses have been slow to warm up to online marketing tools. Which is pretty ironic as many surveys show most entrepreneurs and small business people view the web as one of the most important lead generation tools in their arsenal. Many small businesses have tried some form of online marketing but haven't found much success. Some may be a little to narrow in their definition of online marketing, thinking that an occasional email blast would be enough to bring in the bucks.
Even though there are many options, small businesses face more than a few challenges in creating and implementing successful online marketing strategies. And that is precisely why the folks at Entrepreneur Magazine and interactive promotions firm ePrize came up with the ePrize Marketing Jolt contest. Our guests this week are Entrepreneur magazine senior vice president and editorial director Rieva Lesonsky, and ePrize CEO Josh Linkner. ePrize is the creator of Caffeine, a service that allows small businesses to run online sweepstakes and coupons. Rieva and Josh will fill you in on the contest, why it came about and maybe even offer up a few hints that could help you win $20,000 worth of products and services to help you solve your biggest online marketing challenge. Additionally the contest winner will be featured in the December 2007 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. So listen up, then click here to submit your 200 word (or less) essay by August 31st to have a chance to win.
Plus check out Brent's conversation with Box.net CEO Aaron Levie. Box.net currently provides secure online file storage and sharing functionality to over 900,000 registered users. Box.net is one of Brent's technologies that he can't live without, being extremely important to this site as all of the show podcasts are stored using Box.net.
Rieva Lesonsky is senior vice president and editorial director of Entrepreneur Media Inc., which includes Entrepreneur magazine and numerous media brand extensions such as Entrepreneur.com, BizStartUps.com, Entrepreneur Mexico and Entrepreneur’s Be Your Own Boss. Each month, millions of established and aspiring entrepreneurs turn to Entrepreneur Media for the advice, guidance and inspiration generated by Rieva and her staff.
Rieva co-authored the books Start Your Own Business, Young Millionaires and 303 Marketing Tips and wrote Get Smart. Rieva served on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Advisory Council for six years. The SBA also honored her as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate.
Josh Linkner, a pioneer in interactive marketing and promotions, has been involved in the development of thousands of digital marketing strategies during the last 15 years. As the founder and CEO of ePrize, he has led the firm from inception to being ranked the No. 6 overall promotion agency by PROMO Magazine. ePrize has produced an industry-leading 3,000 interactive promotions and loyalty programs for clients including Coca-Cola, American Express, The Gap, Procter & Gamble, Dell, Warner Brothers, Adidas, Citibank and General Motors.
Linkner has won several business, technology and design awards including the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Inc. 500, Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, Fast Company’s Reader’s Choice Fast 50, and the 2006 Automation Alley’s CEO of the Year.
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