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How Do You Handle Family and Friends Trying to Get Free Advice?
Asked by Nancy, Fredericksburg, VA on Sep 25, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

In my business, we offer a multitude of solutions based services and products. Personally, I have friends and family members calling and asking for free advice in... (more)

    Doug Brandeen, MBA from Quillion Wealth Management
    Baltimore, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    I try to offer friends and family advice on anything related to tax, investing, and retirement planning. Its fairly easy to make a stock or mutual fund purchase, but... (more)

What Would Make This Flyer for My Tutoring Business Better?
Asked by Marianne, Dayton, OH on Sep 24, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

Wondering what you all think about this flyer I created and how I could improve it?

    Karen Ayers from Karen Ayers Design
    Baltimore, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 25, 2017

    I think you need a call to action headline and bullet points explaining what the benefits of working with your company.

Which Came First, the "Chicken or the Egg"... The Client or the Referral?
Asked by Suzy, Potomac Falls, VA on Sep 19, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

As a small business owner, trying to expand my business, I am learning more about networking within my community, which is how I came to this site. It seems that I... (more)

    Cherrie Woods from Cherrie Woods
    Baltimore, MD • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

    I agree with Mark Mehling. A portfolio helps immensely. I also believe that being present has worked for me as well. I do PR for artists (literary and visual), small... (more)

Are There Any Honest, Straight Forward Marketing Companies Out There That Won't Break the Bank?
Asked by Jay, Ore City, TX on Sep 02, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

My business is growing with just the marketing that I am doing. And I am no marketing expert but I do ok. I think it's time to do better. But there are so many... (more)

    Carl Mancuso from Fusion SEO
    Baltimore, MD • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Hi Jay, Fusion SEO is an excellent digital marketing company with the highest quality, lowest cost in the industry. If you are interested in discussing your... (more)

What Is Everyone's Best Form of Advertising in Baltimore and Is It Cost Effective?
Asked by Shawn, Baltimore, MD on Sep 15, 2017 • in Baltimore MD
    Stacey Munsell from Baltimore magazine
    Baltimore, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 18, 2017

    So obviously I would say a print ad in Baltimore magazine, but seriously, image print advertising can be extremely effective in today's world since social media is... (more)

    Ken Maher from FrenchPorte
    Baltimore, MD • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Friday, September 15, 2017

    this always the billion dollar question I struggle wit

What’s the Best Way to Acquire Local Customers?
Posted on Sep 11, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Share what works and why...

    Shawn Cole from Proximity Marketing Lifestyle
    Baltimore, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 15, 2017

    word of mouth is the old tried and true method, but mobile marketing is changing the way I meet new clients

    Tavon Lewis from House of Jamar Hotep NPO
    Baltimore, MD • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Community Churches may have secular differences that cause them not to unify which usually are the backbones of their estbalishments. Williness to understand the... (more)

When someone needs help on a home services project - whether it's cleaning, painting, utilities, or a full renovation - they'll look to online marketplaces such as... (more)

    Ben G. from Advanced Security Safe and Lock
    Baltimore, MD • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 11, 2017

    They are pretty useless for getting new customers and will end up costing you more than they bring in if you use their paid services.