It is a mobile world --- Be a part of the action!

Is your business on Facebook?  If not it should be!  It is a great way to build a fan base and spread the word amongst friends, your future customers.

Click here to get started! and then fill out the right-page, "Official Page".  The next page is some simple instructions to get your page live; you can post a picture, import your contacts and much more.  With just a little work you can be live on Facebook in 5 minutes!

I think this next-step is a very important part of getting your business on the Facebook-map though! 'Claim your place!'

To claim your Place, search for your business name on Facebook via the normal Search bar. If your business’s Place already exists on Facebook, click on it to visit its page. At the bottom left side of your Place there will be a link that says "Is this your business?" Click on the link and you will be directed to a claiming flow.

Facebook will ask you to verify that you are the owner through a phone verification process, or you may be asked for document verification. Once your claim is confirmed, you will own your Place on Facebook. (Source: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=18365)

If a customer comes into your place of business with their mobile phone they can broadcast to all of their Facebook-Friends that they are there!  Talk about getting the word out for you!
 
Their status could look like this if they just walked into their favorite Exercise Facility for a class:
 

Or perhaps if they walked into your restaurant it would say: "Waiting for my favorite Cheddar Soup" - at Hometown Restaurant
 
Or if they are signing paperwork for the closing of their house: "I'm going to be a homeowner!" - at Cindy Jones of Prudential Real Estate
 
You get the idea!  The Military-Family is a huge network of family and friends.  As they "check-in" to your business the world will start to spread like wild-fire!
 
So get out there and get the word out!
 
- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com
 
 
PS.  We'd love to help give your fan-base a boost on Facebook.
  1. First, become a Fan of MilitaryAvenue by clicking on 'Like' on our page.
  2. Then you can either write on our wall and introduce yourself including a link to your Facebook Business page -or-
  3. From your business-Facebook page set the status to "We proudly offer a military discount at @MilitaryAvenue" and then perhaps include a link to your discount, or mention what your discount is.  You will have to type in @MilitaryAvenue and then click on our page when it shows up in the list.  If this is done correctly your business-status will also show on MilitaryAvenue's Facebook page.

post-Veterans Day: A Call to Action

Yesterday morning, to celebrate Veterans Day, we sent out an email to all of our Veteran and Active Duty MilitaryAvenue Users.  The gist of the email is here.  We wanted to be sure that this very important group of people received a "Thank You for serving" in their email box first thing on their day.

Within moments of sending the card I had an email response:
"Thank you for remembering, it is nice to be recognized." - Alfred
and then they kept coming...
"Thank you for your greeting. Although I have been retired for some time now, It would be a distinct pleasure & honor to do it all over again.  I just wish there was some small way I could serve my Country once more." - Richard
"Thanks for your remembering us.  My time in the United Stated Marine Corp. and the United States Army Reserves are a part of me that was a honor.  Once again thank you." - Tom
and are still coming this morning...
"You're welcome. Thank you to you, too!" - Tim
This isn't all of them.  It is just a sample!

What a giving and selfless group of people!  Not only have Veterans given of themselves freely to serve our country but they are thanking ME for my Thank You to them!  Wow.

Did you know there are more than just a hand-full of ways for YOU to thank a veteran?  101 Ways to thank a Veteran  The list was a huge hit on Facebook and Twitter, passed around amongst friends, colleagues, family, groups, companies.  It reached thousands of people and we have the numbers to show it!


So now is the call to action!

25.Offer a Military Discount year round and include veterans. Don't forget a Military Discount equals a free ad on MilitaryAvenue.com. Find out more: Why is a Military Discount Valuable for a Marketing Strategy
Do you offer a Military Discount year round? We don't just give 'Thanks' on Thanksgiving; we do it year round. We aren't thankful for our family only on Christmas; we are year round. We aren't thankful to be a great country only on the 4th of July; we do it year round. We shouldn't give thanks to our Veterans only on Veterans Day!

If you are a MilitaryAvenue.com Partner already, THANK YOU! Please let others know how they can 'Thank our Veterans'.

If you haven't signed-up yet become a MilitaryAvenue.com Partner today. You will be proud of thanking our military-families 365 days a year!

What did you do for your Veterans this year?  I'd love to hear about it!  ClearedJobsDotNet, a MilitaryAvenue Featured Partner, donated a "Cup of Joe" for each wall-post on their Facebook page that Thanked a Veteran.  What a simple way to Thank a Veteran and raise their brand awareness!  Tijuana Flats, near Eglin AFB, offered Veterans a free beer.  Rapid Car Wash gave free car washes! There were more great Veterans Day Deals from our Partners.  I cannot even begin to start to list them all...  So tell us what you did, and how you plan on continuing to serve those that have served us with honor!


- The MilitaryAvenue.com Team
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