Win a FREE internet marketing package for your small business

by on July 28, 2011

The contest is now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who participated! The winners will be announced here on the blog the week of September 5th.

Time to spread the love and run my first contest ever. Yippee!

In business, it’s important to always be evolving. Changing things up to make things more convenient for your customers. To make buying from you as easy as possible.

And I’m a’ practicing what I preach. I now offer internet marketing packages for small businesses. They cover some of the most common projects I take on for entrepreneurs. You now get full-on transparency about the price and you get all the details about what exactly is included.

And the best part? The launch contest of course! I’m really excited to give small biz owners the chance to get some marketing goodness for free. Fun for me (I will get to meet lots of new entrepreneurs) and fun for you (yay free stuff!).

Contest details


There will be 3.

1st prize is the “Cover your Bases” Search Engine Marketing Package ($697 value, yes you read that right – saweet!).

2 runners-up will get to choose between either the Website Plan of Attack or the Social Media Plan of Attack package ($197 value).


From July 28th, 2011 until August 31st, 2011. The contest will close at 11:59PM (Pacific standard time) on August 31st, 2011.


You just have to plunk in your email below (or in the sidebar, or the email sign-up page) to become a member of the Small Business Bliss community. Make sure you click on the confirmation link in the email that will be sent to you. You will be automatically entered and receive all the goodies that come with being a subscriber.

Already a Small Business Bliss subscriber (you clever business owner you)? You’re automatically entered! Keep reading to see how you can score some additional entries.


You can also earn additional entries by…

  • sharing the contest via social media. Tweet about the contest (1 extra entry). Then share it on LinkedIn (with LinkedIn you can’t tag me, but you can send me the link or drop it in the comments below for an extra entry). My Twitter handle is @martinairing.
  • leaving a comment on this post, sharing your biggest internet marketing frustration(s) and/or introducing yourself/your small  business (1 entry).

Bam, get 3 additional entries just like that!


Once the contest closes, I will use to randomly choose the winners. I will contact winners via email to get going on their projects and will be announcing the winners on the blog in the week of September 5th.

Please click here ‎ for full contest rules and all that legal stuff.

More on the prizes…


You can check out all the details on the internet marketing packages up for grabs on my website, or have a look at the video below where I discuss the packages and answer some questions such as…

    • Search marketing isn’t part of my strategy so why would I want to win?
    • I’ve already done some SEO stuff, is the prize still relevant to me?
    • What if I haven’t started my business yet?
    • What the heck is an audit and why is that valuable?


If you’re new here, a little about my approach. I give entrepreneurs advice and expertise that’s just for small business. There is a TON of info online; most of it is NOT for small businesses. So no wonder you feel overwhelmed and confused! Sometimes the recos I make for small biz owners might go directly against the advice you’ve read online. That’s because that advice wasn’t meant for you in the first place.

What the marketing packages allow me to do is get right into what is the best way forward online for YOUR business. I look at your specific situation – you will not get general advice here. If I don’t think it makes sense for your business to be on Twitter, I’ll tell you that. And I’ll tell you why.

This isn’t about shiny new objects (or marketing strategies). It’s about what you can do to have the most impact in your industry, your competitive environment, your niche.

Once I’m done with ya, you’ll be armed with ideas and resources so you can move forward with confidence and with purpose. Not the “jeez I hope this is gonna work” or “is this even the right thing to do?” that is so common when you’re trying to figure stuff out on your own.

And if you don’t win, well, I’m still here for you… blogging away and sharing all kinds of free resources via social media and the newsletter.

Enter the contest


If you have any questions or need clarification, just leave a comment below, shoot me an email – mi(at)martinairing(dot)com, or contact me via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Good luck everyone!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Derek Ing August 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

For me the toughest thing is finding the time to manage my online marketing. Running my biz day to day is enough as it is!
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Martina August 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

Oh yes, can’t we all relate to that Derek! Thanks for your comment 🙂


Nicole August 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

My toughest challenge for my brand new business is turning likes, followers and visitors into paying clients!


Martina August 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

That’s a great one Nicole!


Vanessa Berryman August 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Its hard to get any business up & running (not to mention make it a successful business) especially on a shoe string budget!
I find Facebook a huge help in spreading the word.
I am also looking in to banner exchanges – where a site will display your banner, in return for you displaying theirs!
Its a win – win situation – and best of all FREE!!!
Now if i could get the hang of SEO & Keywords & meta tags etc….i may just get somewhere!


Vanessa Berryman August 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Have posted the comp on my facebook page ( but for some reason cannot tag you to notify you 😉


Martina August 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

No worries Vanessa! I’ve got your extra entry. I find that Facebook can be really slow at processing the tagging once you’ve “liked” a page. The same thing happened to me last week where the tag just wouldn’t work 🙂


Loretta Zortman August 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

Thanks for a chance to win some free advice about marketing my resort business! One of the toughest things for me regarding small business marketing is….hmmmmm…there’s so many to choose from….I’d have to say deciding which segment of customer to advertise to. We have spring fishermen, summer families with boats, fall leaf-peepers, and winter “snow-birds” from up north. How do I manage a single website that can speak to all? Okay, that’s my question-of-the-day. Thanks Martina! 🙂


Sophie August 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

The tough one for me is choosing what to invest in (both time- and moneywise), as I’m a ‘sole operator’.


Kristen August 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

I have a small photography business. I’m more art-brained than business brained, and certainly not tech savvy. I’d love some help! 🙂


Martina August 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Lovin’ these comments! Giving me tons of ideas for future blog posts 🙂


Lisa Oden August 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have so many great ideas for content that I want to develop, and I run out of time to do the content and mind the marketing the way that I need to. It would be so great to turn this over to you for awhile – plus it would give me outside perspective which is so crucial.


Lisa Oden August 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

LOL – I couldn’t figure out how to tag you on LinkedIn, and I tried to tag on my fan page but it didn’t take. Did also post to profile and Twitter – hope some of them stuck! Thanks again for your great example of a contest to run!
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Martina August 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi Lisa,
You can’t tag in LinkedIn unfortunately, but if you send me the link I’ll count it. Same goes for anyone else that shares on LinkedIn.
Yes, the Facebook tagging is being finicky lately. If it’s not working for you, just send me the link of where you shared. And remember, clicking on the share button will not tag me (there’s no way to do that yet), so you’ll need to let me know if you’ve done so.
Lisa, with the LinkedIn I’ve got ya down for 6 entries! Sweet 🙂


Stephanie August 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

I am currently working with a graphic and website designer to create my small business website. I’m very excited about it and am really committed to marketing wisely.


Kelly Ann Taylor August 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hi Martina!
Coming over to you from Heather’s blog The Mogul Mom!
I have been reading about and revamping my seo for about 2
months now!
I am still not sure I am doing it right……
Thanks for writing such an informative article on Heather’s Blog!
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Kathleen Pisano August 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

We invented the Noblo Umbrella Buddy. It is a different type of beach umbrella anchor, its great. We would love to win the marketing contest, its our biggest challenge, we need all the help we can get! Our website is, we are easy to work with


Lindsey Ballenger August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

We are an online shop and have been around 5 years. We reach a niche market – engraved oyster knives and other accessories, popular in the South, but sold all around the country. We were the first website to offer this, but a few others have popped up since we began. Our website does the job, but I am a novice at search engines, etc. and I’d love to learn more. I found you on Mogal Mom!


Deb Soromenho August 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi, thanks for this contest, I’m crossing my fingers that I win first prize, I could soooo use it. –although any of the prizes would be awesome, lol. I find the whole process so daunting that I haven’t even begun, but mostly once I find which key words are best for me, how do I ensure that they are on my site and able to be found by google? Where do they need to be? Just randomly throughout the website? In the titles? Just in the sitemap? 😛 –Thanks again, Deb of A.W.E. Handcrafted Jewelry
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Martina August 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Your keywords will become your new online marketing best friends 🙂 They’ll go with you everywhere. Throughout your website content, in the titles and tags – wherever you can use them. You shouldn’t go crazy with them, however. Use them in a way that feels natural and right in your communications. Too much keyword use, and your message and flow gets lost. Good luck in the contest!


Libby Unwin August 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

When I started up on my own, I was determined to do it all myself — including all the web/marketing stuff I knew nothing about. I joined an SEO group and, pen and pad in hand, I went to a meeting, thinking I would take some notes, and go home and make my website SEO solid. Right. Honestly? I nearly cried in that meeting. Don’t get me wrong — they were all very friendly and wonderful, but every word out of their mouths frustrated and confused me until I thought, this is hopeless! I’m a smart cookie and I have NO idea what they’re talking about! Ever since, I’ve just ignored SEO/internet marketing, in the hopes that it won’t matter (I know I’m wrong). I could really use the help. I just don’t get it and would love to have someone take the reins of this part of my business. I found you on Mogul Mom and am really glad you’re offering this. Even if I don’t win, whoever gets it will certainly benefit!! Good stuff — thank you!!
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Martina August 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Thanks so much for your comment Libby! I really appreciate you opening up about your personal journey. You will definitely be getting more SEO tips from me, so hopefully that will help you out. Good luck in the contest 🙂


Jenelle @ TrashN2Tees August 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

i tweeted!
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Rob Pene August 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

Just like your video, the competition is always a big obstacle…but for me the biggest frustration is taking the time to sit down and execute the things that I know to do 🙂 This looks like a very exciting and cool contest 🙂 A lot of great value 🙂 Thanks for putting this on 🙂


Lynda Moffatt August 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Hi Martina,

I am hoping and Praying to Win, your contest… You see I just graduated from a second career in Web Communications & I.T. Fast-track Program.

We learned a great deal and I am looking forward to a great career in the field.

I have also had the pleasure of meeting Jess Webb through work and love her style and expertise.

I am looking for my own style and place in this field and would love to be able to work with you on this,…

It means a great deal for me to move forward….

I thankyou, in advance,… just in case,.. I may win,.. I feel Lucky!

Looking forward to talking with you soon.

Lynda Moffatt


Linsay August 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

My toughest challenge is having my products appear on the first page of Google…for a few that is easy, for others…not so much! Keeping up with correct SEO strategies is taking up A LOT of my time. -Linsay, Owner of The Busy Mom Boutique


Linsay August 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Just tweeted for an additional entry to!
“Win a free marketing package from @martinairing to help your new small biz!” @busymomboutique


Dennis August 31, 2011 at 8:27 am


I’m Dennis Charles. I run a Career Coaching business.

Good luck to all!


Martina September 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

The contest is now closed and I will be announcing the winners next week. Thanks to all of you for participating and sharing your internet marketing woes/personal experiences. You’ve given me lots of great ideas. And isn’t it nice to know you’re not alone?

Good luck and great to meet you!


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