Friday, May 20, 2011

Promoting Your Social Media Presence

Just because you build it, it doesn't mean they are going to come! I'm sure most of you have heard this familiar phrase, but it is very true when it comes to social media. Once you establish your social media presence, next comes PROMOTION, PROMOTION, PROMOTION!

Below are a few ideas that you could use in order to promote your social media presence.

This is an example of an advertisement that Debenhams placed promoting their Facebook presence.

We have signs hung up in our building telling people about our Facebook Page.

One of my favorite ways of promoting social media are Meet Me Me cards. They are social media trading cards, but they could be used in place of business cards. They include basic contact information about, a short bio, a quote and a “special power.” It also includes a QR code which you can choose links and websites to direct people to when they scan it.

QR codes are a wonderful way to promote social media. They are up and coming and you will start seeing them more and more. QR codes are so great because you can lead people anywhere, to your facebook page, to a custom landing page, to your website, to a sign up form, etc. Include QR codes on postcards of flyers promoting your social media presence.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Product of the Week: Mailers

Mailers are a great way to reach potential customers and at Big Red Printing we work with you and the Post Office to find the best way to reach your marketing goal.  Please stop in or call and let us help you choose the best way to promote your business with a mailer!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesday

Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza

(Recipe from

1 can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Cut 14 x 14-inch heavy duty foil; spray with cooking spray. Place dough on foil; starting at center, press dough to 12-inch round. Place dough on grill, foil side down. Cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until bottom of crust is light golden brown. Remove from grill.
  • Using wide spatula, flip crust over so uncooked side is down. In small bowl, combine chicken, barbecue sauce and chili powder; mix well. Spread chicken evenly over pizza crust. Sprinkle with cheese, onion and bell pepper.
  • Place pizza onto grill, foil side down. Cook, covered, an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese begins to melt.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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From Adobe to Microsoft Office to AutoCad, has software tutorials for thousands of software programs. Below is a screen shot of some of the design tutorials that the website offers. There are 190 design training courses on the site, so as you can imagine, if you have a design question, one of's tutorials can help you. There is a fee to view most of the tutorials, but they give you lots of options to choose from. Check it out for yourself, you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesdays

May 12th is National Nutty-Fudge day!

Nutty Fudge

Ingredients [ View Metric ]

2 ozUnsweetened Chocolate
2 cSugar
1 tbLight corn syrup
1 cmilk
2 tbButter
1 dsSalt
1 tsVanilla
1/2 cPecans; chopped

How to Prepare Nutty Fudge

From: (Gourmet Connection) Date: 96-08-18 10:43:17 EDT Butter a 9x5" loaf pan. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate and milk. Cook over low heat until smooth and chocolate is melted, stirring constantly. Add sugar, salt, and syrup. Stir until mixture boils; do not stir again. Cover and cook 1 minute. Uncover and cook to softball stage (236F). Add margarine; place saucepan in pan of cold water to quickly cool to lukewarm (120F). Add vanilla; beat with wooden spoon until thick and creamy and candy loses gloss. Quickly stir in nuts; pour into prepared pan. When fudge is firm, cut into squares. Devour at will. NUTRITIONAL INFO per 1oz. serving 165 Calories; >1g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 6g Fat; 43mg Sodium Recipe Page 18 August 96 From the Gourmet Connection recipe list. Downloaded from Glens MM Recipe Archive, G Internet.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Product of the Week: Catalogs!

Catalogs are and excellent way to promote your products and company - not only do they give examples of what you have but also ideas of what could be.  Catalogs are convenient reminders of what else a person needs - it's always a bad thing for me but great for stores when i go shopping and actually walk AROUND the store, instead of just going to one area.  With catalogs, you can't help but check out the other "areas"!  And while the internet is being utilized more and more to reach potential customers with products, studies show that people still like holding information in their hands.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesdays

May 1-7 Is "Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week"

So here's ours.
(Recipe from

Bread Pudding II Recipe

Bread Pudding II


  • 6 slices day-old bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.