Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This Post Is a Promotion and Contains Product Placement

          This will be my last regular post on Tossing It Out before the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge begins on Sunday April 1st.   During the month of April, I will be posting daily except for the Sundays after this coming Sunday.   Like many participants I've decided to go with a theme for the Challenge. I'll get to that theme in a moment, but first I wanted to clarify my opening statement.

       
        There will be a post on my blog this Friday as I provide my contribution to Spunk on a Stick's  Sad Songs Blogfest.  So it's a special post because it's part of a blogfest and it's exactly the type of thing I can't resist.  Anything to do with naming songs or anything like that is something I enjoy immensely.   So when I saw that Diane was doing the Sad Songs Blogfest I didn't have to even think about it.  

          The preceding was kind of an example of product placement even if not the best example.  The product was Spunk on a Stick's Sad Songs Blogfest and I've managed to put it in this post announcing my April theme in part because product placement relates to my April theme.  Also I want everyone to come back to read my Friday post and, if you're so inclined,  to join us in Spunk on a Stick's Sad Songs Blogfest.

My April Challenge Theme

         Most of you who follow Tossing It Out probably are aware that I am interested in the topic of marketing.   In fact, in February I had put up a post about Product Placement with the intent of making it the first in a series of posts about the topic of Marketing.  There is still more in that topic thread that I want to address and this is partly where the A to Z Challenge posts will come into play.

        For the Challenge my theme will be Marketing A to Z.  My 26 short posts will address various topics related to Marketing and Promotion.  I will try to keep it general so that I don't focus too much detail on any one aspect of the subject.  What I want to present is a general overview of the topic that might stimulate some thought on what marketing is and dispel any thoughts that marketing is bad or a "necessary evil".

        If you're thinking "I don't have anything to sell" or "I have no need in my life for marketing", then I'd like for you to look at this another way.  We are all marketing ourselves in one way or another.  Whether it be in dating or finding a mate, making friends or settling differences, we are selling personalities and principles in an effort to fulfill personal needs and wants.  When you go to interview for a job or try to get accepted to a university program you are marketing yourself and your talents.   We use marketing techniques on a daily basis whether we realize it or not.

         Hopefully my April series will present baby bites of some food for thought that will be good for you.  I hope you will bear with me and check out a few of my marketing snacks and offer a few thoughts of your own.

         Also, each day I'll be featuring a blog from the A to Z list that corresponds with the letter of the day.  Let me know if you would like yours to be considered.  If I haven't filled that day yet, I'll consider featuring your blog.   Let me know in the comments if you have a blog to recommend.

          See you on Friday for the Sad Songs Blogfest.   Are you going to participate in the Sad Songs Blogfest?    Are you ready for the A to Z Challenge?         



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46 comments:

  1. After reading this post I seriously can't wait to see your contribution in the challenge Lee, best of luck buddy.

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  2. Like you Lee I can't resist anything to do with songs/music. I only saw it by chance when I returned from Spain so hastily put my name down. I limited myself to 5 Yes, this week-end is going to be the start of a very busy month.

    Have a good day.
    Yvonne.

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  3. I look forward to reading your thoughts about marketing! I can't believe it's almost here, and it's a great turnout that's still growing! Julie

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  4. Sounds great, Lee! Looking forward to your ideas.

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  5. You're right, Lee. Whether we realize it or not, we are all marketing ourselves in one form or another so basic marketing skills is a wonderful quality to have!

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  6. I love sad songs, especially when I'm feeling miserable (bizarre isn't it!) I shall pop over and investigate.

    Your topic sounds interesting. I'm going for nostalgia and would love to be mentioned in one of your posts. I could fit into N for nostalgia, R for Rosalind A for Adam, or W for Writing in the Rain. I'm really very versatile!

    http://rosalindadam.blogspot.com

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  7. i have to get myself together as i scrapped my orginal posts

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  8. It's going to ROCK! That's It! Rock!

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:
    iZOMBIE

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  9. I think I am going to have to check out the A to Z challenge series as this really sounds like an interesting topic :)

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  10. For the third year in a row, I'll be cheering on the A-Z participants from the sidelines! Good luck to all!

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  11. I just signed up for the sad song blogfest after reading your post. It seems like it will be fun. Good luck!

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  12. Lee, your marketing theme posts sound intriguing - I'll definitely be stopping by!

    And if you need a blog for T, S, R or M - feel free to use The Shellshank Redemption or just my name. :)

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  13. Your theme sounds interesting Arlee...I'm looking forward to seeing how marketing can apply to my retired life.

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  14. I'm excited to read your posts in April. Your theme is so original.

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  15. I'm doing Diane's blogfest as well, even tho' I initially resisted because it's right before a-z. but who can resist either Diane or listing favorite songs? I can't.
    Being a former marketing professional, I am interested to see what you come up with for the challenge.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  16. So, you're doing CCM on 'A Few Words' and 'Marketing,' here?

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  17. Thanks for the comments, the interest in my theme, etc, etc,

    I'm adding those of you who requested recognition to the appropriate posts.

    I'm going to keep things very simple and basic on the marketing theme, but hopefully fun and interesting.

    Yes, Suze, you got the themes correct for those.

    Lee

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  18. I'm SO ready for the A to Z Challenge!

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  19. Like so many others, I am looking forward to your A-Z posts. :)

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  20. Marketing - an area of interest that I've had most of my life. It fascinating and I love to see people work their magic.

    I agree with you that all of us are selling something. Your examples are thought provoking.

    Throw my blog in the pot, too. Why not? :)

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  21. I've signed up for the Sad Songs blog fest. Now, I just need to get it up in time. :) Oh, I so need help with marketing. GREAT concept for A to Z challenge.

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  22. I really like your theme, and I am so excited for the blog fest! :) :) I look forward to learning more about marketing. You're right; it's not just about selling a product. It can be applied to other aspects of our lives.

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  23. My daily marketing topics will hopefully inspire some thought on the subject and encourage some of you do look a little deeper in the parts that can help you most.

    Lee

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  24. Well put! Online we are marketing ourselves.
    Still need to get my act together for Friday's blogfest, but all else is ready through April.

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  25. Oh great theme! I will be checking them out (even though I'm officially not blogging in April).

    I had a theme all worked out. I'm saving it for next year.

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  26. Good points about marketing being in many aspects of our lives, I agree...especially with the job market and the dating market...which is why I'm trying to step my massaging game up! LOL.

    I would like to be considered for being featured in your blog post for the Letter M.

    Now, the Sad Songs Blogfest...I haven't decided yet if I will participate in that because I have some posts that I've been working on that I already planned to publish this week.

    Yes, I am ready for the A to Z Challenge...sorta. I still have to get all of the images that I want in my posts, AND, I still have to finish writing like 15 more posts in advance...well, adding more meat to them, I'd say, since I do have an pretty detailed outline for the entire alphabet and I've been pretty much just adding a little here and there to what I already wrote in the outline, during these last few months.

    ~Nicole

    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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  27. I can't wait to read your posts, I've been doing a lot of reading on this topic lately. Your offerings will be very welcomed. Feel free to link to my blog ;) though, I'm sure most of us don't even need you to ask us!

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  28. Arlee, thank you for mentioning my blogfest! I was worried I wouldn't even have a dozen participants and now it's over 40.

    I will be very interested to read your posts, especially as I did book promotion posts for the A to Z last year.

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  29. I've decided to link to most of those who commented today who are part of the Challenge--except for the A to Z co-hosts. They've been getting plenty of linkage as it is and I'm sure they'd probably agree with me.

    Lee

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  30. if you need an M or a W, I'm your blog!!!
    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors. A new painting every day!


    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  31. I'm definitely looking forward to your marketing series for the A to Z Challenge.

    My Surrounded by Books Reviews blog is all ready to go for the challenge, but I still have 15 flash fiction pieces to write for my author blog. It'll get done, though. :)

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  32. Just popping in to say hello before the A-Z challenge gets started. I'm already a follower from last year. Looking forward to doing it again :)

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  33. Lee, I'm also participating in the Sad Songs Blogfest. I am totally curious to see which songs you go emo for.

    I am an A to Z first timer. I'm pretty far down the list (in the 800s) so I hope I still get some visitors. Looking forward to this!

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  34. The Sad Songs Blogfest sounds like fun. But, like I said today on my post, I think I have bitten off a mouthful already with the A to Z challenge. I'll just enjoy your take on sad songs.

    ScribblesFromJenn

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  35. Looking forward to both the blogfest and the challenge! I took the top couple of songs that popped into my head - but there are so many great sad songs! :)

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  36. Looking forward to it, I'm as ever ready as a bee..hehe:)

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  37. Great to see all of you here today. Thanks for your comments. Now I've got to see how many I can fit into my A to Z posts.

    Lee

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  38. Hello Lee.
    Sad song blogfest isn't going to happen for me, sorry, too busy right now with a-Z challenge. A theme is a definite must for me, although I must admit some of the letters are quite challenging as far as subject matter is concerned. I've had a really great time researching my subjects and have found this very motivating, I needed it, thanks, Geoff.

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  39. I did not join the Challenge, but if had I done so, it would have all been focused on Penn and Teller.

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  40. I'm impressed Lee. Your theme sounds like it will be both informative and helpful.

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  41. Can't wait for your A to Z posts, Lee!

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  42. That will be very interesting and helpful to all of us, Lee. I look forward to reading your A-Z posts.

    I am ready! I have made alphabet flashcards out of my photography, am using them as a writing prompt for the beginning of a short story. In the 250 word story, I am concentrating on using the letter of the day in as many words as possible. It should be fun! I'm offering a lot of stuff on my posts, but it is all quick to read, so I think it will be fine.

    I would love to be featured if you have room for me, though I know those spots will fill quickly.

    See you Sunday,

    Kathy M.

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  43. Looking forward to your posts as always, Lee.

    Am I ready? Only X, Y, and Z to put up, then I am ready to go.

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  44. Looking forward to your posts for A to Z!

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