A marketing partner is another business which can complement your business or help to refer new customers your way in exchange for reciprocal referrals.
A good example of this is if you leave some of your leaflets in the sales area of a fellow business, preferable in the same town or area as your business and in exchange you have their leaflets in your reception area.
To take this concept a little further you could introduce promotional schemes; for example…you could put on your sales literature “When you buy a pizza you get 20% discount off of XYZ video store”. At the same time as you offering this you can get XYZ video store to offer a similar promotion so that when a customer rents a video they will get 20% off pizzas at ABC pizza store.
If you tie people in like this you are more likely to get customers from the video store visiting the pizza shop and visa-versa…thereby both businesses will benefit. Many a time when someone gets a takeaway they will also want to watch a video, so this is a great fit for a pizza type business.
If you do not own a video store or indeed a pizza shop, then I am sure you can think of some great complimentary business links to your company. I suggest you go and speak with the business owners to see if you can do a deal or two!