Ranking High in Google Searches is very important for your business. The techniques needed change often so what once worked, no longer may. Read up on the latest SEO or Search Engine Optimization techniques to make sure your site is optimized. Fix broken links, ask good clients for organic editorial discussions about you with a link, etc. Beware link exchanges, Link Farms, etc.
This is free and highly effective!
Given the right search criteria, your show will be listed above regular Google search results!
Although this won't help on a national level, it will help you gain local bookings!
Here's where to get started: www.google.com/local/add
Here's a great idea from Melanie Wilson
As the 2003 Iowa State Fair approached, I thought more and more about the publicity I might possibly get if I were to enter my vent puppets in the parade. The theme for the Fair and parade was “One in a Million”. Well, my figures would certainly fit into that category easily enough. I just had to come up with an idea to showcase them. And what better way to show off puppets than in a little car a 1976 MG Midget. I just had to figure out the placement of the puppets and how to hold them onto the car while I drove the parade route. So I pulled my car into the shady part of my driveway and got out all my puppets and began to place them onto the car for positioning. Once I was satisfied with how they looked in each place, I had to come up with the way to keep them onto the car with it moving. That’s where my husband came in. I enlisted his help in making puppet stands and we connected them in various ways to the car. Each puppet was then seated on a stand and we used fishing wire for any needed extra tie-downs. Once everyone was on-board, we took a spin around the block just to be sure I wouldn’t lose anybody. They all rode very well and so it was off to the parade. We won a 3rd place trophy for the Novelty category.
I started working at an adventure park this summer and the first thing I noticed was this huge zip wire, 60' up 300' long. I thought this would make an ideal spot to get Noodles my baby dragon used to the idea of flying, he is still too young to actually fly!! After a bit a coaxing Noodles was hoisted to the top of the pole in his pet box. I had to climb!!
Coming down was great fun we both loved it as you can tell by the photo. The photo made front page of our local newspaper, in full colour, and has helped get my name around as I am quite new to the area. You couldn't but that kind of publicity.
If you have an Axtell puppet find something daft to do with it as they make great photos and local press love a good photo!
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Here's an idea from Dave Allen, Puppeteer,magician and ventriloquist.
I book all of my magic festival shows by these links. I worked at least
I contact the numbers shown most of these will have to give you a second
I use these contact calls to tell a little about my show. Then if they
From these web pages and phone calls, I have now built a mail list of
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I had something to happen one time that I had not planned....but, the
I was across on the other side of the crowd when I heard Grandpa
There's an old trick that is always new to the public - make an
Also, make sure you and the barber are in the photo as he pretends
Try marrying two puppets with a puppet preacher for the newspaper.
If you do something unique with one or more puppets and do a media release that corresponds, then you'll get coverage. The trick is to turn it into a news story by making it unique.
If you have one of your puppets challenge a local celebrity to a contest in the name of a charity or something like that... you'll make the news.
· If they accept the challenge then you write a Media Release to have the media cover the event.
· If they don't accept the challenge then you write a Media Release about how the're "chicken" - In this case the media release MUST come from the puppet so that it's seen in good fun and not an attack against the celebrity.
I guaranttee you that if you learn how to write a good Media Release for workable "news stories", you'll get calls from the media. Of course, you'll also need to maintain a contact list for media in your area with e-mail and fax numbers, etc.
If you've got one character that is highly photogenic (you should know which one because you're a photographer!), then I would suggest going with that one.
Kenneth M.F. McGrath
I like giving things away....like my caricature (sp) of me and my baby.
luv, nina xo
Why not all of the dummies in the area get together for a family portrait? hehehe! Halloween is coming before Xmas, put on masks with lines going down from the sides of the mouth and challenge people to tell which ones are not the dummies. hehehe! No! seriously. See if the paper will buy it.