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How Do You Get Enough Customers to Sustain When 90% of Customers Come From Word of Mouth?
Posted by Rehaad, Scarborough, ON on Sep 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Anju Kapoor from Genpact Innovation Center
    Palo Alto, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    you should always give priority to your clients, understand their requirements prope and any kind of communication should be very very clear in the first meeting.

    Genie Z. Laborde from International Dialogue Education Associates, inc.
    Palo Alto, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Word of mouth recommendations arise when your product is good enough for your customers to tell their friends. We've trained over 52,000 people in 19 countries with... (more)

What Are the Major Stumbling Blocks That We See When It Comes to Seeing the Community Churches Come Together in Unity?
Asked by Lucas, Oshkosh, WI on Sep 14, 2017 • Tagged in Connecting
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    His Holiness Apollo Marquis from Priory Of Sion
    Palo Alto, CA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Thank you for your question and observing my answer! Number one Stumbling block to different religious organizations connecting and Uniting with one another is the... (more)

Someone Wrote a Bad Review About Us on Google and Then Told Us if We Gave Him Money, He'd Take It Down. What Do We Do?
Asked by Marcia, Boise, ID on Aug 30, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Help! Someone wrote a bad review about us on google and then called us and told us if we gave him money he would take it down, what do I do?

    Janet Brewer from Law Office of Janet L. Brewer
    Palo Alto, CA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    That's a crime called blackmail. Report it to your local District Attorney. If the person is located in a state other than yours, you might report it to the US... (more)

When Hiring, Which Jobs Site Do You Use? What Do You Do to Find the Best Talent?
Posted on Aug 30, 2017 • Tagged in Social Media

There are various options - LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Facebook Jobs, Craigslist, and ZipRecruiter, just to name a few.

Which hiring sites do you use? What have you... (more)

    Sharon Richmond from Change Hero / RAC
    Palo Alto, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 31, 2017

    In my experience this depends very much on what kind of job, and what level, you are hiring for. The most important thing you can do is to describe your open... (more)

What Is Some Helpful Marketing Advice for Lawyers?
Asked by Arezou, Oakland, CA on Aug 23, 2017 • Tagged in Legal

Hi all, I went solo three years ago after years as a deputy public defender, but so far I have not worked on marketing my practice as I have been busy with doing... (more)

    Janet Brewer from Law Office of Janet L. Brewer
    Palo Alto, CA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Monday, August 28, 2017

    I'm an estate planning lawyer so I don't know what works in Criminal Law, but if you want referrals, you need to start thinking about the type of case you want to... (more)

Any Tips on How to Market My Childrens Camp Business Online?
Asked by Julie, Regina, SK on Jul 08, 2017 • Tagged in Social Media

How can I help people to find me and register for kids camps? Not sure how to set up on face book or website. Any marketing tips out there?

    Peggy Chang from ActivityHero.com
    Palo Alto, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    You can list on ActivityHero.com. We also have a simple online registration system you can use on your website. Many camps have grown by being on our website. Be... (more)

Does Anyone Know of an Attorney Referral Service?
Asked by Victor, Orange, CA on Aug 08, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Does anyone know of an attorney referral service, other than attorney search network who provides clients to attorneys' office for a percentage of the attorney's... (more)

How Do You Decide What and How to Charge for Consulting?
Asked by Mark, Jackson, TN on Aug 07, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Especially when you are not sure how long the project will take? By the hour, by the project, monthly fee, or some other method?

    Michel Baudin from Takt Times Group
    Palo Alto, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 7, 2017

    While economic feasibility is not guaranteed, you start from your revenue needs, decide how many days per year you want or expect to bill, keeping in mind that time... (more)

What's the Most Effective Way to Get Public Speaking Engagements as A Consultant?
Asked by Greg, Fuquay Varina, NC on Aug 01, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

I have over 15 years of sales leadership, and I want to pass my knowledge and experience to other sales organizations for their training meetings, corporate... (more)

    Tom Pencek from Service for Profit LLC
    Palo Alto, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    I looked at the other answers to this question and I think they all make a lot of sense. I think two things can be offered: 1) create a speaking packet that you can... (more)