The Story Behind “The Piggybank”

how Piggybank got its name

It was Spring of 2005 and Scott & Jen were driving through Thornbury with their 3 young kids in the back when their son Tyler (6 at the time) shouted: “Hey Dad, it’s a great big Piggybank!” Scott looked around thinking there might be some great big blow up piggybank on top of a store promoting a sale or new store opening, but saw nothing. Tyler insisted that there was indeed a piggybank and after following his pointing finger, Scott saw what he was talking about. Tyler saw someone putting money into a do-it-yourself carwash. He was right! That was somebody’s piggybank.

The really brilliant part was when Tyler then said, “hey…you guys make Piggybanks!”. He was referring to what “mom and dad” did for a living; which, at the time, was building and running web based businesses from home: websites that people put money into! That’s when the light bulb went on and the phrase “Piggybank Website” was coined.

how Piggybank got its name
Internet Marketing since 1993

Marketing on the Internet Since ’93

Both Jen and Scott are business Grads which explains their “business first, technology second” approach to website design. The Internet was just starting to happen in the early 90’s (back when only the really cool people had an email address on their business card!) and they saw the immense potential for marketing with the Internet.

They launched their first Email newsletter called Achieve in 1993. Thinking back to those times, Scott says: “I remember the painful pioneering work to send personalized emails merged from my Maximizer contact manager…it was bleeding edge, but very powerful”. Now, it’s routine.

A Small Business Passion

“I’ve spent my time flying around North America consulting with Fortune 500 companies; the glamour wears off pretty quickly” says Scott when talking about making the decision to focus on the local small business. “Being able to roll up our sleeves and work along side the small business owner is far more gratifying…we can have more impact and can relate much better” says Scott.

Piggybank Marketing focuses on simplifying the power of enterprise marketing methods to give local small businesses a competitive edge. “When we do a project”, says Scott, “we like to think of ourselves as being on the Clients’ team as their Internet Marketing Manager.”

Local Small Business Marketing

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Before we go live with our new server tonight, I'm getting a bunch of "before" snapshots of website speeds. I'm most curious to see just how much faster our new server is for our Clients. ...

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Local business owners work hard to look after their employees and customers. They've built their businesses with blood sweat and tears over the course of years and now some have had to close forever. Others will have to close. Many businesses can only open with limited capacity (not enough to break even). Owners are worried their customers may not come back.

Tag your favorite #localbusiness to let them know you're rooting for them! --- #smallbusinessowner #smallbusiness #entrepreneur
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A Faster Competitive Edge for Our Clients: At Piggybank, we believe in investing in technology that will give our clients a competitive edge. That's why we're upgrading virtually everything about our server so that your site loads even faster, you get even better SEO, next-generation security, and continued peace of mind with our totally managed-for-you, zero-headache hosting that just works. Read more about the upcoming server upgrade and how it will improve your site at link in our bio!

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#inthistogether: How the local business community can come together to help. Kris Hughston is one of Barrie’s true “mover and shakers” and has her thumb on the pulse of a lot of good that’s happening.
Join us for a live webinar about how small businesses are stepping up to meet the challenges we’re all facing and get through this crisis with heart. ✅ Examples of what businesses are doing to stay in business.
✅ How to survive by being a Leader
✅ How to think outside the box to pivot your business
✅ How to reimagine the "old normal" to work in the "new normal"

Join us Thursday at 3:00 P.M. for Live Webinar + Q&A. Pass this on to a business owner you know who's doing good! See link in bio to join 👀
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Monday morning meeting #shenanigans 🤣
#workfromhome pro tip: use Snap Cam filters for PC or Mac to add some fun to any video meeting platform (we love Microsoft Teams)
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Working on our #homeoffice webinar setup. Today we're talking 💰 moves to survive covid-19.

Check link in bio for details!
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Very excited for the next installment of our free Webinar series to help Ontario #businessowners survive this crisis. Going live Friday: Financial Moves with Renee from Debits & Credits.
Tune in so you know what financial moves you need to be making now so your business survives: ✅ Defensive moves
✅ Nitty gritty of government programs
✅ How to look after your employees
✅ What to do in the 4 financial scenarios your business may be in
✅ Live Q&A.
Sign up here so you don't miss it: https://www.piggybankmarketing.com/survive/financial-moves/
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With all the video meetings happening with physical distancing and working from home, it's time to paint the walls of my home office and make a better backdrop.
#fridaynight #covid #homeoffice
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Piggybank Marketing has brought together a team of experts to help Business Owners SURVIVE this Crisis.
We're preparing totally free, no-strings-attached webinars co-hosted by experts on #mentalhealth, #finance, #community leadership, and #business strategy. We’ll be answering questions and giving actionable steps to help your business survive during these uncertain times. We're all #inthistogether 💪

Webinars airing live with Q&A Tuesdays and Fridays. Recorded versions will be available to those who register and can't attend.

See link in bio 👀
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Please Standby...collab in process 🤝

Barrie's Entrepreneur-Experts have come together to help fellow business owners through the Covid 19 crisis.
Big announcement incoming.
#inthistogether #localbusiness #smallbusiness #barrie #covid_19
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Happy New Year's!
A quick shout out of thanks for 2029 and encouragement for 2020.

#newyear #2020 #entrepreneur #spreadlove
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Our new #stickers arrived from @stickermule! ...

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At Piggybank, we're never too old to have a little fun! Wishing everyone a safe and spooky Halloween 👻! ...

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Whether it's a low-key weekend off, visiting family, or going on a spontaneous trip, we're wishing you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend! ...

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Our new batch of #coffee coasters from @stickermule arrived today! Want one? ...

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Was going through some old boxes and found a copy of my first book... Piggybank Websites... From 2006.

My inlaws made a hard copy keepsake version for us. Good thing too because we ended up totally selling out of our inventory.

The tactical info is way out of date but the strategies hold up just fine.

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Just a small sampling of the #dankennedy wisdom I've collected and studied since 1995. His impending passing is weighing heavily on me this week.

I've never met him but do have a cherished fax (he doesn't use email!) he sent me with business advice I took to heart and made major changes to my business because of.

I feel grateful, sad, scared. This weekend I plan to go down memory lane a bit and review some of his earlier works.

Thanks Dan. Forever, thanks.
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Websites that go Ka-Ching!

Over the years, Scott and Jen have been developing ways to weave the response pulling power of Direct Response Marketing with the Internet to create effective marketing websites…”Websites that Go Ka-Ching!”

“Before we created websites for other people, we were running our own web-based businesses to put food on the family table and we learned very quickly that our web marketing better work!” says Scott, who remembers how they quickly cut through the hype of Internet Marketing to find the approaches that actually work.