Greg Magnus

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Month: December 2005 (page 2 of 3)

Google, Yahoo and Dogpile's Top Searches of 2005

Google, Yahoo and Dogpile’s Top Searches of 2005

Well, it’s finally here. The “Top Searches List” for 2005. Interesting to see what the world of Internet users spend their time on.

Here’s the Top 10 List (drum roll please):

1. Music Lyrics
2. Paris Hilton
3. Google
4. eBay
5. Yahoo
6. Mapquest
7. Games Cheat
8. Games
9. Dogs
10. Top 100 Baby Names

Go to the link above for interesting commentary.

Client Request

This post is for one of my clients looking to edit PDF files (ignore this post if you’re just browsing my blog).

Adobe Acrobat 6.0
As you requested, here’s the Adobe software you’re looking for. You’ll do fine getting the older 6.0 version – I can’t see you using any of the features in the 7.0 version. In addition, the older version is significantly less expensive. Once you have your marketing materials ready, I’ll show you how to create the PDF files for sending as email attachments and uploading to your website.

Also, set up a PayPal account. Click the PayPal image below and read their section on sending “email invoices.” The program integrates with Quickbooks, a nice feature since you’ll be doing your own accounting. The time saved is going to be significant. Sending your invoices in advance also allows you to separate the “buyers” from the “shoppers” – more sessions and less cancellations.

I selected this service for my consulting business because there are no start-up or monthly fees, no cancellation fees, and no minimum payments. Also, I did a lot of research and found the transaction fees to be as competitive or lower than most other merchant account providers. Signing up took me less than 10 minutes.

If you have any questions, just give me a call anytime.
– Greg

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Color Theory & Color Schemes for Non-Designers

Color Theory / Color Schemes – Part 1 of Chapter 2 from Web Graphics for Non-Designers (3/6) –

If you decide to build your own website and you’re not a graphic designer, this site offers great tips in their articles.

We provide website design and we help our clients build and market their blogs – numerous online services to benefit your company’s growth. If you need help, please let us know.

– Greg 

RFP – Magazine Editor

MBCA is seeking proposals from candidates to serve, under contract, as Editor of The Star magazine; the official publication of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc.

Contact David Cummings for a copy of the RFP:

Phone: 800-637-2360

Deadline: February 28, 2006, responses must be received at the MBCA National Business Office by the close of the business day (5:00 p.m.).

Warm Regards,

Greg Magnus
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
National Board of Directors
Mercedes-Benz Club of Am. –
Central Virginia Section –

Ph: 804-915-7379

Increase Your Sales With a Company Catalog

Increase Your Sales With a Company Catalog

I met with one of my clients this week to talk about his new business, which he is in the process of launching. We spent a few hours defining his “offering” after we discussed his target market.

It’s clear you need a simple, easy to understand message when meeting with your prospects, preparing your marketing materials, and gaining referrals from your colleagues and friends. Therefore, we built a document outlining “packages” of services he wants to offer his customers. A list of bullets describing each feature for each package is included. Subsequently, we listed all of the “benefits” his customers would gain from the services within each package. Continue reading

Squidoo Homepage

Squidoo Homepage

If you want the latest and greatest in marketing, you’ll need to add creation of a "lens" to your todo list. Is everyone an expert on something? What’s your topic?

According to Seth Godin and his current pet project SQUIDOO, everyone’s an expert on something. I’m not sure I agree whole heartedly. Have you surfed the Internet lately? Blogs have exploded in growth, but finding useful content is becoming more and more of a challenge everyday.  

Check out the link above for more info. 

About life and living it right

Posted at this site (and many others I’m sure):

“A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. The Lecturer just smiled and went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups – some porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.

He offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves. When all the students had a cup in hand with water, he spoke: “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups.”

“Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change.” “If we only concentrate on the cup, we won’t have time to enjoy the water in it.”

Mother Teresa

Sell Your Audience, Not Your Product

Sell Your Audience, Not Your Product

Why would you expect people to be interested in what your advertising says just because you are?

Steve McKee (Business Week, Viewpoint article) provides a good explanation of the difference between selling your product and selling your audience.

Marketing Explained – A Woman's Perspective

Not that familiar with Internet marketing or marketing terms in general? I came across this description of marketing a few months ago while surfing the net – I saw it again today on another blog. I don’t know who wrote it first, but it’s getting around.

What’s marketing you ask?

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, “I’m fantastic in bed.”
– That’s Direct Marketing.

You’re at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, Continue reading

Anti-Spam – Fight Back Against Spammers

Anti-Spam – Fight Back Against Spammers | bulk unsolicited unwanted junk email

This is a great idea. Visit this site to add code to your website or blog that fights SPAM:

30,000 + Blogs – Globe of Blogs

Globe of Blogs

This blog is listed in the “Globe of Blogs” directory. You can have your blog listed by visiting the site and completing the registration info (no fee). There are over 30k blogs listed as of today.

Become contagious!

Contagious Influence Article at Luxe Studios Blog

So, you want a successful business. You’ve read all the books, joined all the clubs, and you’re still struggling. This is a common senario for many small business owners.

Want to make a change? How do you help people recognize that what you have to offer is what they have been seriously looking for?

Become contagious! Visit the link above for the full article written by Ginger Marks and published on the Luxe Studios Blog. Enjoy!

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