Writing Wednesday: The Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunt

Today’s post is not so much about writing as about marketing your writing. I’m signed up to a blog by Firepole Marketing, which I find very helpful, even though I’m not selling a service, like consultancy, or a product with wide appeal. Last year and this year I took part in their Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunt.

ScavHunt logoThe idea is to complete a huge list of challenges and earn points. There are prizes for the winners, but I couldn’t hope to do every challenge. So what’s the point of taking part? The Scavenger Hunt is designed to get you using social media, networking, blogging, multimedia, and writing & researching. All things you need if you’re promoting online.

Some challenges I was already doing, or knew how to do, so those points were easy to collect. Many were things I had not tried or didn’t even know about. You know how you put things off? Well, this is a great way to get them done. I tried out lots of things, some I will definitely use again, some I won’t, but at least I made an informed decision.

I created my first boards in Pinterest, joined a new group on LinkedIn, created a newspaper in Paper.li, asked a question on Quora, and created a new header for my blog (see above), my Facebook page, and my Twitter account.

History PicMonkeyI  found some new blogs to follow for history research, tried out PicMonkey for pictures with text over them, and created my first infographic.

I wrote an elevator pitch for my books, created a PowerPoint presentation and shared it on Slideshare, and booked a job on Fiverr to finally got my book launch video properly edited.


And all in three weeks! Thank you Firepole Marketing. Oh, by the way, I came 11th!


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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