Why business tracking tools are important

Business tracking tools are everywhere, but most businesses are not using them. Tracking phone numbers if you place ads in newspapers, tracking the open rate of your e-mails, tracking sales to customer contacts. . . .How do you know where to put your money if you don’t know what’s really working?

Some businesses rely on the overall “marketing effect” to drive sales. They track sales dollars versus marketing dollars to determine if the marketing is a success. But what if I took away the Yellow Page completely and your sales stayed the same? That would save $1,500 / year.

What if, instead, I increased the frequency of Craigslist ads and your income increased by 200%? Without tracking you’ll never know what works. What doesn’t work well. And what is clearly a waste of time.

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Email: Avoiding Marketing Mistakes

Save yourself some time and check out these tips. Avoiding marketing mistakes in your e-mail marketing program will save you time, improve your delivery rate and enable you to actually make logical and progressive changes.

Today a friend, with whom I work on a website, forwarded me 42 e-mails to add to our newsletter autoresponder.  He’d been sending them out one by one from his e-mail address, and that’s been working very well.

But the autoresponder takes him out of the mix. It allows him to concentrate on other things while his e-mail campaign works on autopilot for him.

Another good thing about e-mail marketing, in general,  is the ability to learn what your customer’s really want.  That’s really a vital part of the purpose of e-mail marketing – the autoresponder just makes it easy to keep going without getting tired of sending out e-mails yourself.

Finding out what people want is easy, if they click on it, it was interesting to them. Imagine a furniture store that sends an e-mail with a kids couch/desk combo link and a decorative botanicals link.  Imagine how useful it would be to automatically put those customers into two separate piles based on which one interested them? That would make it easy to send even more relevant e-mails, wouldn’t it?

Avoiding Marketing Mistakes in your email

Well, that’s the power of a good e-mail marketing program, but not what I learned loading up 42 e-mails. The service we use has a “spam” meter that tells you what level of spaminess your e-mail will trigger when sent out. Too spammy and you know it will likely be filtered out or end up in the junk e-mail folder.

So I loaded up all 42 and got to see the spam number on each, as a whole. I was amazed at the number of them that got “Super Spam” written all over them.  So I carefully went through the body copy and headlines changing little things (the list below) in each until they were all in good shape.

If you can avoid making these mistakes, your e-mail is going to fly through the filters and make it to your customers’ inbox:

In the Subject Line. .

  • Don’t use dashes or hyphens
  • Also, make sure not to use the word “Don’t”
  • Delete all punctuation except commas. And skip using quotes as in: Check out this “tasty” treat
  • Avoid the use of the ellipsis. That’s the thing that looks like this . . .
  • Avoid the use of the phrase “is going to be about”
  • Capitalize the first word, but not any other words. If you can avoid using proper nouns, that will be easier.

In the body of the e-mail

  • Make sure your e-mail has at least 3 sentences, and a link at the bottom that takes the person to the website the e-mail comes from. For example, if you send the e-mail as info@domain.com, put a link at the bottom to http://domain.com
  • If you’re given the option, choose to send the e-mail as html, but also check the box to allow the e-mail to be sent as text if the subscriber doesn’t accept html e-mails.
  • Finally and most importantly, follow all the Can-Spam Act rules enacted by Congress. They carry steep fines if you’re not following the rules. If you want to know the rules, you can get a copy here at Joe Marsh’s site.

That should do it. If I’ve missed something or if you’ve learned something we should add to this, leave everyone a note below.

Marketing Mistake: Indianapolis Zoo Prices

I recently wrote about how the airlines are very close to charging you more just to sit down – which I thought was ridiculous. But then I went and saw that the Indianapolis Zoo has similar logic to their policy.

It wasn’t the Indianapolis Zoo prices that prompted this post, it was the feeling I had when I left that made me wonder if they understand the value of integrating price changes with value changes. When word-of-mouth is crucial to your operation’s success, problems like these turn into a major marketing mistake.

Companies raise prices for a variety of reasons, the worst of which is when it seems arbitrary. Gas stations raise and lower prices daily in accordance with the economics of that commodity. Retailers will often raise prices as a pass-through of shipping and transportation increases. But the real winners are the companies that raise prices because they ultimately raise value.

That brings me to the Indianapolis Zoo prices. I recently attended the zoo, the day after they raised prices for the summer. In fact, the price went from $8.50 to $15.50. That price change shows up on their website and in their pamphlets as the summer price increase – which you clearly know months in advance. There’s nothing in their literature about the extra value they’re providing because of the summer change.

Unfortunately, the marketing squad and the operations department must not have been communicating. For this seasonal price change to make sense, there must surely be new stuff to see and do. I was OK with the raised prices until I came upon a bunch of exhibits that weren’t yet open, bathrooms that weren’t open, water fountains that weren’t usable and their brand new Warthog exhibit without . . . warthogs.

In their defense I’ll say they did open a bat exhibit, which was a small 8 x 12 pen where 6 bats were hanging. And they also opened an Orchid exhibit. Not too shabby, eh? Well it appears the bats were placed in an existing cage that once held some other animal – and the Orchid exhibit. . . it wasn’t in the zoo. It was outside and was free to all who ventured to see it.

As I spoke about in my post Adding Value with Giant Marshmallows, you should not feel you’re earned the right to raise prices – unless you know customers will appreciate the added value to their experience.

So I left the Indianapolis Zoo feeling jipped.  I got to pay double what yesterday’s crowd had to pay – yet the experience was just the same. What is the likelihood that future exhibits will garner my attention?

My question to you, to answer below, is are you looking at your company from your customer’s eyes? Are you judging the value of their experience from a cost perspective? from a user experience perspective? And are you taking into account the perceived value you must be providing when you raise prices? Start the discussion with your thoughts below.

Foursquare Badges: A Nashville Guide

I regularly get asked about my Nashville Foursquare badges. Since there are tons of Foursquare badges available to people in NY, Miami, and Chicago, many people think there aren’t many for us to get. Well, it just so happens there are at least 70 you can get without leaving Nashville.

So here is my Nashville Foursquare badges guide.  Some of them aren’t available anymore, like the Black Friday Toys R Us badge, but had you been paying attention, you could have gotten it.

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Take a look at what’s available in Nashville.  If you’re not too sure what Foursquare is all about, I’ve written a variety of posts on the subject. Foursquare just got more relevant this week as more businesses are starting to use it in unique ways. Check out my Foursquare and business post. I’ll post the rest at the bottom of the table.

These were all available at one time or another – in Nashville. It’s just some of them have expired already.

Badge Image Badge Name How to get the badge in Nashville Still Active?
Red Starbucks Foursquare Badge Red Starbucks Foursquare Badge Follow (Red) on foursquare – then check into any of their noted Stores between June 1 and June 10, 2012. (Starbucks in one) yes
2012 Olympics Foursquare Badge 2012 Olympics Foursquare Badge First you have to follow the 2012 Olympics on Foursquare, then checkin to 2 sports related venues like Hershel Greer Stadium yes
Preservation Nation Badge NHL Stanley Cup Badge First you have to follow The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Foursqure, then check into Union Station Hotel downtown Nashville. yes
NHL Stanley Cup Badge NHL Stanley Cup Badge Follow the NHL on Foursquare then check-in to a NHL arena and shout playoffs yes
College Graduation Badge College Graduation Badge Check-in to a university graduation type place (like the Vanderbilt Alumni Center) and shout “I’m graduating” yes
Foursquare Runners Badge Foursquare Runners Badge Check-in 5 times to a running track. That’s it. yes
Foursquare Bikers Badge Foursquare Bikers Badge Check-in 5 times to a bike store. That’s it. yes
Shoe Store Foursquare Badge Shoe Store Foursquare Badge This one is tricky so far. The rule is to check-in to a shoe store 3 times and you’ll get the badge. I’ve had no luck with that. yes
Final Four Badge NCAA Final Four Badge Follow the NCAA on Foursquare and then checkin to a Nashviell Sports Bar no
VH1 Foursquare Badge VH1 Foursquare Badge Another VH1 Badge, sweet. First follow VH1 on Foursquare then check in to any of Nashville’s finest music spots, like the Ryman. yes
Chipotle Foursquare Badge Chipotle Foursquare Badge You’ve got to first follow Chipotle on Foursquare. Then you just have to check-in to a Chipotle store 3 times and the badge is yours. yes
Trainspotting Badge Trainspotter Foursquare Badge Expert Badge - Check into a place categorized train – like Nashville’s Music City Star. yes
Leap Day Badge Leap Day Foursquare Badge Check in on February 29th and shout Leap Day no
Jazz Bluenote Foursquare badge This is a Foursquare Badge. Just check-in to any “Jazz” categorized location in Nashville (like Jazz and Jokes downtown) yes
AT&T College Football Badge Follow AT&T on Foursquare then check in to a Sports Bar during the bowl game season between January 2nd and January 9th, 2011 No
Audi Ski Badge Follow Audi on Foursquare then check into the Centennial Sportsplex (the only place categorized Ski) Yes
Cheeseburger Foursquare Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘burger’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Vegetarian Restaurant Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘vegetarian restaurant’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Mexican Restaurant Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘mexican restaurant’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Sushi Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘sushi’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Spa Salon Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘spa’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Veterans Day Service Badge Shout Happy Veterans Day on November 11, 2011 No
Jazz Club Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘jazz’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Nashville Windows Phone Event There is supposed to be a Windows Phone Event in Nashville – but it’s not showing on the Windows Phone Foursquare Badge (which you need to visit and press Follow) yes
2011 Radio Shack So Right Badge not totally sure yet. Check in to a major holiday venue – then to Radio Shack? Follow Radio Shack first though. No
Greasy Spoon Diner Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘diner’, or 3 different ones. Yes
2011 Halloween Swarm Badge Check in to a place that’s swarming on Halloween. No
Halloween Badge Shout Happy Halloween on Halloween when you check-in somewhere. No
Lufthansa Oktoberfest Follow Lufthansa on Foursquare and check-in at a place categorized German Restaurant No
US Open Tennis Badge Follow the US Open Tennis Association on Foursquare and check-in to a placed categorized Tennis Court No
ESPN Foam Finger Badge First you have to follow ESPN on Foursquare.com – then check in to three sports stadiums Yes
MTV VMA 2011 Badge MTV VMA 2011 Badge First you have to follow MTV on Foursquare.com – then check in to a Music Venue like the Bluebird Cafe, Opryland or the Wildhorse Saloon BEFORE August 28th, 2011 No
Man vs Food Foursquare Badge Man Vs. Food Tv Show Badge Follow Man Vs. Food on Foursquare, tnen check-in to the Pancake Pantry on Hillsborough. Yes
The Bakery Badge Foursquare Bakery Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘bakery’, or 3 different ones. Yes
It's a girl! Foursquare Badge It’s a girl! Foursquare Badge Check-in to a Hospital and shout “It’s a girl!”. It’s not often we get a shout requirement, so don’t forget it. Yes
It's a boy! Foursquare Badge It’s a boy! Foursquare Badge Check-in to a Hospital and shout “It’s a boy!”. It’s not often we get a shout requirement, so don’t forget it. Yes
Harry Potter Foursquare Movie Badge Harry Potter Foursquare Movie Badge Check-in to a theater while Harry Potter is still playing. Hurry! No
30 Minutes or Less Movie Badge 30 Minutes or Less Movie Badge Check-in to a bank or a pizza place :) The movie premeieres August 12th. No
Perry Ellis Foursquare Badge Perry Ellis Foursquare Badge After fans voted for this badge on Foursquare a few months ago, it’s finally available. Now follow Perry Ellis on Foursquare the check in to 5 venues listed on their page including Dillards, Macy’s and the Nashville airport No
Pepsi Summer Foursquare Badge Pepsi Cola Foursquare Badge Not totally sure how many, but after following Pepsi on Foursquare – check in to a bunch of summer fun places like Nashville Shores. No
 alt= 1,000 Check-ins Badge Get yourself a Foursquare account and then check-in to 1,000 venues. Yes
Wine Shop Foursquare Badge Wine Bar Foursquare Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘wine bar’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Foursquare record store badge Foursquare Record Store Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘record store’, or 3 different ones. (One is Phonoluxe on Nolesnville Road) Yes
Fried Chicken Restaurant badge Fried Chicken Restaurant Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘fried chicken’, or 3 different ones. One is Cisco’s on Haywood Lane and the other Popeye’s on Gallatin Road – in Nashville. Yes
Puma Midnight Munchies badge Puma Midnight Munchies Badge Follow Puma on Foursquare (as always is the first step), then check into 3 restaurants after 2 a.m. If you’re going to do this, you might as well try to get the Hangover badge, too No
Lufthansa Eurovision Song Contest Badge Lufthansa Eurovision Song Contest Badge Alright, this one’s pretty hard because there’s only one place to check-in and you have 3 days to do it. You’ve got May 12 – 15th and you have to check-in twice. If you can’t find the place, contact me! (Oh yeah, you have to be following Lufthansa on Foursquare, too. No
Foursquare Day 2011 Badge Foursquare Day 2011 Badge 4 squared is 16, right? 4 = April, 16th day = Saturday. Check-in anywhere on 4/16/2011 and you’ll get this badge No
Nashville Super Swarm Badge Super Swarm It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. When the U.S. Men’s Soccer team came to town over 370 checked in at LP Field. It’s available if you can get 250 people in one place, in a 3 hour time period. Yes
U.S. Men's Soccer Badge U.S. Men’s Soccer Badge Follow U.S. Men’s Soccer on Foursquare, then check-in to LP Field, Nashville when the U.S. Men play Paraguay on March 29, 2010. No
Bon Appetit Badge Bon Appetit Badge Follow Bon Appetit on Foursquare, then check-in to the Ryman, the Oak Bar and Fido. That’s it. Yes
Starbucks Anniversary Badge 40th Anniversary Starbucks Badge Check-in to a Nashville (free standing) Starbucks location between March 10th and March 12th. Make sure to follow Starbucks on Foursquare first. No
BBC America Badge BBC Rugby Badge During the weeks of the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, and on a game day, check-in to a pub or a venue that’s tagged Rugby. No
100 Days Badge 100 Days Century Club Badge You get this after checking in 100 days to the same place. Oh yeah, it can’t be a home or an office, either. Yes
Quad Squatter Badge Quad Squatter Check-in to 5 different college cafeterias (not easy). Volunteer State College in Hendersonville has one tagged correctly. Yes
Quad Squatter Badge Quad Squatter Check-in to 10 different college venues categorized as quads or commons. Belmont, Lipscomb and Vanderbilt have one. Yes
Campus Explorer Foursquare Badge Campus Explorer Check-in to 10 different college campus locations. Yes
College Library Foursquare Badge College Library Check-in to a college library after midnight. You’ve got TSU, Belmont, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, Metro, Fisk, etc. . . Yes
School Spirit Foursquare Badge School Spirit Check-in 5 times to a college sports venue (like a stadium). Yes
Yoga Foursquare Badge Yoga “Downward Dog” Badge Check-in 10 times to a place whose primary category is Yoga Studio. Hot Yoga on church is one, as well as the Yoga Studio in the Hermitage YMCA Yes
Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl Badge Steelers Superbowl Badge On Superbowl Sunday, when you go to check-in using your phone’s app, you’ll see a special Superbowl “trending” venue at the top of the page. Check-in and shout Steelers. No
Greenbay Packers Superbowl Badge Packers Superbowl Badge On Superbowl Sunday, when you go to check-in using your phone’s app, you’ll see a special Superbowl “trending” venue at the top of the page. Check-in and shout Packers. No
Arts and Crafts Foursquare Badge Arts and Crafts Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘arts and crafts’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Fixer Upper Fixer Upper Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘hardware store’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Groundhog Day Groundhog Day First you have to follow Visit PA on Foursquare, then on February 2nd and only February 2, 2011, you have to shout “Happy Groundhog Day” No
RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul’s Drag Race First you have to follow LogoTV on Foursquare, then over the course of three days, with one check-in per day, you have to visit three of the following locations: gay bar, salon, boutique, karaoke bar, or beauty/cosmetics Yes
Coffee Shop Badge Coffee Shop Badge Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘coffee shop’, or 3 different ones. If 5 of those are Starbucks, you’ll get that badge, too. Yes
Jersey Shore GTL Badge Jersey Shore GTL Badge Check-in to a laundromat, a gym and a tanning salon within a 7 day period – but make sure you’re friends with MTV on Foursquare first – or you won’t get it. Yes
New Year's Eve Foursquare Badge New Year’s Eve Check-in between 8 pm and 4 am New Year’s Eve, 2010-2011. No
Bowling Foursquare Badge Bowling Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘bowling’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Bookworm Foursquare Badge Bookworm Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘bookstore or library’ in Nashville, or 3 different ones. Yes
9 to 5 Foursquare Badge Stapler Check-in to 15 office/corporate venues for 15 of 30 days and get this nifty stapler badge Yes
(red) AIDS Foursquare Badge (Red) Shout #turnred on December 1st and get the (red) Foursquare Badge celebrating RED World AIDS Day No
Hangover Foursquare Badge Hangover Check-in after 4 am one night, then early the next morning. If you check-in after 3 am, you’ll also get the School Night badge. Yes
Baggage Handler badge Baggage Handler Check-in to Nashville International Airport and shout “TSA” or “grope”. This also serves are your first check-in towards the JetSetter Badge. Yes
Black Friday Toys R Us Badge Check-in to Toys R Us on Black Friday No
Radioshack Check-in to a coffee shop, a gym and then Radio Shack. You get 20% off merchandise with the badge No
IFC Poor Decisions foursquare Badge IFC Poor Decisions Follow IFC on foursquare. Then, check in to three strip clubs or bars after midnight. Make sure they are not “sports bars” No
Election foursquare Badge 2010 Election Include the word “I Voted” in a shout on Election Day No
Halloween 2010 foursquare Badge Halloween 2010 Include the word “Halloween” in a check in sometime from Friday to Sunday on Halloween weekend. No
Swimmies foursquare Badge Swimmies Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘water or beach’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Great Outdoors foursquare Badge Great Outdoors Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘park or lake’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Zagat foursquare Badge Zagat Check in to zagat-rated restaurants. Good luck – they’re hard to find. Yes
Healthy Crane foursquare Badge Healthy Crane First, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Orange Bracket for a month. Yes
Healthy Fox foursquare Badge Healthy Fox First, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Purple Bracket for a month. Yes
Healthy Lizard foursquare Badge Healthy Lizard First, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Yellow Bracket for a month. Yes
Healthy Polar Bear foursquare Badge Healthy Polar Bear First, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Pink Bracket for a month. Yes
Top Chef foursquare Badge Bravo Restaurants First you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then, check in to some of the hotspots in town. Most are in Nashville, not Franklin or Brentwood (The Acorn is one) Yes
TLC Summer foursquare TLC Summer Follow TLC on foursquare and check in to a venue on their foursquare page, like Las Paletas on Granny White Pike.
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Nashville Fousquare Badge list #4sqDay 2010 This badge was available on April 16th, 2010. You had to shout “Happy Foursquare Day” There was a Nashville Swarm Attempt at Centennial Park for this. No
excELLENt fan foursquare Badge excELLENt fan Follow The Ellen DeGeneres Show and check in to a venue tagged Bakery Yes
Team Coco Bonnaroo Foursquare badge Team Coco Bonnaroo For checking in to the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival during Bonnaroo 2010. No
16 Candles foursquare Badge Nashville check-in locations 16 Candles You just have to say “happy birthday” in 5 shouts. It doesn’t matter where in Nashville you check-in for this one. Yes
Art museum foursquare Badge Warhol Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘gallery’, or 3 different ones. Yes
VH1 Fanatic foursquare Badge VH1 Fanatic Follow VH-1 on foursquare. Then check in to 3 music venues like Bluebird Cafe, Wildhorse and Ryman. No
Player Please badge on Foursquare Player Please Check in to any Nashville venue where 3 of your friends of the opposite sex are currently checked in. They’re only friends if you’re friends on Foursquare. Yes
2010 VMA Moonman foursquare Badge Nashville check-in location 2010 VMA Moonman First, follow MTV on foursquare and then. . . I actually don’t have this one and am not sure – but there are Nashville folks with it. Not Sure
Runkeeper foursquare Badge is available in Nashville Warmup First, you have to sign up for a RunKeeper.com account. Then you have to download the app to your phone. Then you have to use the phone to track yourself exercising – and then press “Save Activity” Yes
5K foursquare Badge is available in Nashville 5K First, you have to sign up for a RunKeeper.com account. Then you have to download the app to your phone. Then you have to use the phone to track yourself running 3.1 miles – and then press “Save Activity” Yes
Adventure Foursquare Badge Check-in Locations Nashville 10 Check ins Check in to 10 different Nashville venues. No tricks. You get this badge after your 10th new check-in. Yes
Nashville foursquare Badge brought to you by lettersfromdan.com A-List First, follow LogoTV on Foursquare. Then, check in to two different venues with one of the following categories: gay bar, wine bar, sushi restaurant, spa, steakhouse restaurant, hotel bar, lounge, or art gallery. There are plenty on Church Street. Yes
American Red Cross foursquare Badge American Red Cross On your next check-in, include the words “donation” and “Red Cross” in a shout. No
Bravo Andy Cohen Foursquare Badge in Nashville Andy Cohen First you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then you can earn the badge for your checking in to an undetermined number of Bravo rated locations, that are also tagged “Bravoandy”. Yes
Photogenic foursquare Badge Photogenic Check in to 3 different venues tagged “photobooth” like Opry Mills and the Arcade downtown (to name 2). Yes
Pizzaiolo foursquare Pizzaiolo Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘pizza’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Real Housewife foursquare Real Housewife This is one of those badges you’ll get if you check-in at all the places in the Whole Foods Green Hills H.G Hill Plaza. Yes
Road Warrior Road Warrior You’ve got to get a Waze.com account, connect your Foursquare account and check-in 3 times through the Waze app on your mobile phone. Yes
School Night foursquare Badge School Night Check in after 3:00am on a school night. Check in again early the next morning (before 10) and you’ll get the Hangover Badge Yes
Halloween foursquare Badge Spooky Swarm Check in to a venue that has at least 50 people currently checked in after 8:00 pm in your time zone from Friday to Sunday on Halloween weekend No
Super Duper Swarm foursquare Super Duper Swarm Check in to a venue with 500 people already checked in. Yes, if you are number 475, you will get the badge when number 500 checks in. Your best bet is a Titans game. Yes
Super Fan foursquare Badge Super Fan Follow CNN on foursquare. Shout Goooooooooal! During the World Cup” No
Animal House badge check-ins Animal House Check in to 3 different places that were tagged with both ‘frat boys’ and ‘college’. Try several of the bars by Noshville, plus the Melrose Bar. Yes
Babysitter foursquare Badge Monkey bars or Babysitter Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘playground’, or 3 different ones. These are places like the Dragon Park near Vandy. Yes
Lookin’ for Love foursquare Badge Lookin’ for Love I’m still figuring this one out. Follow Bravo. Check-in to locations they endorse. . . Not sure what kind.. Yes
Marathon foursquare Badge Marathon Register with RunKeeper. Add your Foursquare account in their settings. Run a marathon while signed into Runkeeper on your mobile phone. Make sure your phone is tracking the miles. Yes
MTV GYT foursquare Badge brought to you by thekruser.com: best foursquare badge list on the internet MTV GYT Follow MTV, check-in to planned parenthood. No
Newbie foursquare Badget Newbie Awarded for your first check in. Yes
Over Achiever foursquare Badge Over Achiever First, you have to sign up for RunKeeper. Then download the app (Android and iPhone only). Then track 5 activities using the app to get this badge. Yes
Overshare foursquare Badge Overshare Check in 10+ times in a 12 hour period. Yes
Banksy Fan You could have checked-in to the Belcourt Theatre when “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was playing and shouted Bansky. No
Barista foursquare Badge check-ins Nashville Barista For checking in to 5 different Starbucks locations. Read up on the Coffee Shop badge, as this will work you toward it. Yes
Bender foursquare Badge Bender You get the badge after 4 consecutive evenings of check-ins. Yes
Bing Home Turf When WorldCup Soccer was on TV, all you had to do was follow Bing on Foursquare then root for your team in a shout. No
Bon Appetit - Navigator foursquare Badge Nashville check-in Bon Appetit – Navigator First, follow Bon Appétit on foursquare. Then, check in to two venues they list on their foursquare page – they have 4 or 5 Nashville venues listed. No
Bonnaroo Rock Star foursquare Badge from Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Rock Star Start by following Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Foursquare. Then when you’re at the event, check-in to 10 different places. No
Nashville's Bravo Newbie badge Bravo Newbie First you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then you can earn the badge for your first check in at a Bravo rated location – like any of the shops next to Whole Foods in Green Hills. Yes
Nashville's Bravo Newbie badge Celtics – Finals 2010 During the NBA Finals, check in and include “Go Celtics!” in the shout. Without the quotes, of course! No
CNN Healthy Eater foursquare Badge CNN Healthy Eater Follow CNN on foursquare then check in to the Nashville Farmer’s Market four times. No
Crunked Check in 4 or more times in a single night. Yes
Cupcake Connoisseur foursquare Badge t Cupcake Connoisseur First, follow TLC. Then check-in to locations tagged “cupcake”. There’s a great one down in Germantown, by the Stadium. No
Dog's Best Friend foursquare Badge Dog’s Best Friend Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘dog run’ or ‘dog park’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Don’t Stop Believin’ foursquare BadgeSounds So Good foursquare Badge Two Badges for One Follow “Ellen DeGeneres on Foursquare. Then check-in to 3 different venues tagged as “karaoke” in a month. You’ll then receive both the Sounds so Good Badge and the “Don’t Stop Believin’ Badge (Expert Badge). (You can check in to Music stores for the Sounds so Good badge, but it won’t be a 2 for 1 then). Yes, Yes
Douchebag Douchebag Awarded for checking in 20 times at places tagged with “douchebag”. This one is difficult to get. There are few places tagged “douchebag” in Nashville. No
Elite Shopper foursquare Badge Elite Shopper Pretty easy to figure this one out. Follow Lucky Magazine on foursquare and check in to every shop in the HG Hills Plaza in Green Hills. You need 5 “Lucky” places. There are 5 here. Yes
Epic Swarm foursquare Badge Epic Swarm When 1,000 people gather and check-in to the location, if you’re one of them you get this badge. This may happen at Bonaroo. Yes
Explorer foursquare Badge Explorer You get this after you’ve checked into 25 different places. It’s like a “good job” bonus. Yes
Movie theatre foursquare badge Zeotrope Expert Badge - Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘theater’, or 3 different ones. Yes
Hotdog cart Foursquare badge Hotdog Cart For checking in to 3 different locations categorized as ‘Food Truck’. Yes

(the format of this table was inspired by thekruser.com – best Foursquare info on the net)

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