Monday, May 6, 2013

Gloucester, VA - Free Tools For Local Businesses No 3

Gloucester, VA Historic Circle Jail - By Chuck...
Gloucester, VA Historic Circle Jail - By Chuck Thompson of TTC Media (Photo credit: Battleofthehook)
In our continuing efforts to assist local businesses we are putting up the source files for our newest campaign, Gloucester, Virginia, American History Begins Here.  The source files are all licensed under a Creative Commons license and are as follows.

Creative Commons License
Gloucester, Virginia, Where American History Really Begins by Chuck Thompson of TTC Media is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

You can make derivative works under this license in the following manner.  You may not change the text in any area that is already set up.  What you may do is add in your own picture and or image along with text advertising your business in the space already provided on the document.  You may not take out any pictures already in the source file document.  You are allowed to change any of the fonts on the document as this is an area that can not be controlled in formatting the source file and not everyone has the same set of fonts available to work with.

  You may not remove the attribution or attribution source link at the bottom of the page of the source file.

  We are offering two source files for you to choose from.  One is a Microsoft Office doc. file so that you can edit and add your information using Microsoft Office and the other one is an Open Office odf. document that you can use Open Office writer to edit and add in your information.  Open Office will open either document and it will look the same.  Microsoft Word Doc. file.  Preview does not show correctly but source file tested in Word shows fine.  Open Office, AOO, Star Office and other open source office and word processing programs where odt.'s can be used.  No preview available when looking at download link.  This is the source link for the free download to put on your site.  If you do not want an ugly link on your site, you can hide the link like this, CLICK HERE  to download the free Pocahontas - John Smith e-book.  We are hosting the download for you so you do not have to.  You can download a copy if you want and host it yourselves, that's up to you.  We are just trying to make everything as easy for you as possible.  The e-book is also being licensed to you.

Creative Commons License
The Pocahontas - John Smith Story, By Pocahontas Wight Edmunds by Chuck Thompson of TTC Media is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

  The original source file came from the public domain, however, we made a number of edits and added a number of files and changes to the document that fall under our own copyrights.  You are welcome to search for a copy of the original book on your own and use that instead if you would like.  We do not allow any form of derivatives on the e-book under the above license.

This is an idea of what your finished ad will look like.

This is what the e-book looks like.

Once you are done, you can create a PDF of the document and post it on your web site to help you advertise your business and capture attention.  You can also post the PDF online and or send it out in emails or post in certain forums online.  You can also create a Jpeg image of the document to share it.  Printing with your own printer should be at a cost of roughly 15 to 20 cents per page.  100 pages costs around $15.00 to $20.00.  Take it to one of the local printers and see if they can maybe give you a better deal.  It just depends on how many you want to distribute.

   What are the potential benefits here?

1.) You are advertising your business and also your own web site.  (Provided you have one.  If you do not have a site, you can direct your customers to us to get the free download.  We have tried to think of everything in advance).
2.) You are encouraging repeat business.
3.) You are promoting history and education.
4.) You are promoting the area and community.
5.) You are promoting and being friendly to tourism.
6.) You are giving your customer something of value that does not cost you anything other than cheap printing costs and a bit of your time.

Another great idea to help you is to attach a coupon to the ad to encourage further repeat business.  This also allows you to trace how effective your campaign is or isn't.  The rest is up to you.  Send us an electronic copy of your newly created ad and we will promote it here on this site for you as well.

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