Petaluma Local Business Forum

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As a Cleaning Company, What Is the Best Way to Get Myself Out There in Front of Potential Clients?
Asked by Ashlee, Byron, MN on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    I like the idea of before and after pictures. Perhaps you could place one set on a flyer and hand them out to houses that are up for sale. There are so many things... (more)

I Am a General Contractor, How Do I Target Real Estate Offices in My Area?
Asked by Mack, Lynn, MA on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Ok. My next Marketing Campaign is going to be concentrated specifically on Real Estate Offices. I need try doing my own marketing campaign at least once. So, do I... (more)

Do You Use the Phone or Email More When Closing a Deal with Prospects?
Asked by Katy, San Diego, CA on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 14, 2017

    I agree with Stephen Oates. His answer is spot on.

    Additionally, if you can't close a deal in person, then by all means use the phone. If necessary, coordinate the... (more)

We Are a Gym in Pelham. Any Ideas to Get Locals in the Door?
Asked by Stacy, Pelham, NY on Aug 11, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing

Hello, we are a gym in Pelham, open for 2 yrs now. we have a good size membership but would like to grow more.

Most of our members are from word of mouth, some... (more)

    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 14, 2017

    Most cities have a free circular that is usually available at most grocery stores. You might be able to place an ad with them. Another thing to try is posting a... (more)

How Do You Feel About People Who Review 0 or 5 Stars and Nothing Between?
Asked by scotia, Thunder Bay, ON on Jul 24, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

When i get a review, i always thank them no matter what compliment or criticism. But I am getting annoyed with start reviews with 0 stars but a nice written review.... (more)

    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 11, 2017

    I gave this one some additional thought. I can see and appreciate the fact that it's easy for someone to rate you simply by using the Star Rating system. Although... (more)

    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    I feel it depends on how these ratings were recorded (i.e., all 0, all 5, with or without comments). If all 0 or all 5 and no comments, then that person really... (more)

*This is a market research question and not a sales solicitation.

    Michael Boles from RE/MAX PROs
    Petaluma, CA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Interest rate, closing costs, do you hit your deadlines & your reputation in the local Realtor community(yes I know that's 4

How Can Social Media Expand My Art Business?
Asked by Tracy, Calgary, AB on Aug 03, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I had a few employees that wanted to set up a business twitter, facebook and instagram account to expand audience but I haven't seen much progress. Is it really... (more)

    Shelley Klaner from Publicity by Shelley
    Petaluma, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 3, 2017

    As a publicist I have had monumental success increasing attendance at events and getting recognition for clients on social media. It is a necessary part of being a... (more)

Any Artists Willing to Do a Kid's Book on Royalties?
Asked by Lisa, Nepean, ON on Aug 01, 2017 • Tagged in Employees

I'm looking for a children's book illustrator willing to work on royalties. Illustrator experience not required but artistic talent is, so I'm asking to see art... (more)

    Shelley Klaner from Publicity by Shelley
    Petaluma, CA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 3, 2017

    I also am looking for an illustrator for a children's book. My father was a professional artist and he passed away after only finishing the cover. Please contact me... (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)

    Michael Bade from CrossCheck, Inc.
    Petaluma, CA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Hello Greg,

    Have you given any thought into making a short video of yourself?

    You could briefly introduce yourself and point out what you have to offer.

    This also lets... (more)