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How Can a Small, Nonprofit, Computer Refurbishing and Repair Shop Drive Social Media Traffic?
Asked by Dennis Jr., Ypsilanti, MI on Aug 21, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing

I have just recently started using a service called Buffer to help give consistent posting to our Social media sites. Sometimes content we create and other times... (more)

    Nick Marts from YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Building social media quantity takes a while. I wouldn't expect to see a rapid growth, not even once you begin consistency. I would give it at least one year.

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Does Anyone Know How to Go About Getting a Loan for a Residential / Agriculture Plot of Land?
Asked by Dwight, Lompoc, CA on Aug 22, 2017 • Tagged in Loan/Lending

Does anyone know how to go about getting a loan for a residential / Agriculture plot of land?

    Beverly Koribanic from Re/Max Realty Brokers
    Pittsburgh, PA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    All parts of the country are slightly different. In Pa you pretty much need a builder contract and then banks will finance them both. Some rural banks may since they... (more)

What Kind Of Gifts, If Any, Do You Give Clients During Holidays?
Asked by Dianne, Garden City, NY on Aug 21, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I am a personal trainer. Many of my clients give me a tip for the holidays. Should I give my clients a gift for holiday, if so what would be appropriate?

I can't... (more)

    Hot Dog Yoga LLC from Hot Dog Yoga, LLC
    Pittsburgh, PA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    I usually give a small promotional item. I like items like hand sanitizer or lotions. I always shop the end of the year clearances for the next year.

Are the Marketing Contact Lists That Are Frequently Advertised Worth Purchasing?
Asked by Fred, Houston, TX on Aug 18, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Are the marketing contact lists that are frequently advertised worth purchasing? I have a part-time salesperson that wants to purchase a list of 2,500 business... (more)

    Matt Gentile from My BFF Social
    Pittsburgh, PA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 21, 2017

    If email marketing is going to be a part of your marketing strategy and you plan to maintain an active CRM, then yes, it is worth the investment to get you started.... (more)

Consultants, Who Would You Recommend as a Marketing Agency?
Asked by Kirk, Rocklin, CA on Aug 20, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

I want to rebrand, and start a national marketing campaign in the digital arena. My target market is very narrow (Investors and business persons who want to enter... (more)

    Cheryl Hunt from Barron Marketing Solutions
    Pittsburgh, PA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Our agency (http://barronmarketingsolutions.com/) does everything from lead gen to professional videos w/scripts and talent. Our signature end-to-end custom... (more)

Do You Participate in Meetup Meetings and Have They Produced Results?
Asked by Joe, Glenshaw, PA on Aug 19, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth
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and if so, 1) Have they brought you any good leads or results, and 2) How do you "work" the meeting, lastly 3) What ones (if any) do you find produce the best... (more)

    Gail Amshel from Amshel's Home Pet Sitting, LLC
    Pittsburgh, PA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Hi Joe, to be honest, I do not do much with Alignable or Linkedin. My business at times is too busy. Sorry I can't help you, I wish you luck.

How Are the Referrals/networking Working Here for Everyone?
Asked by Brett, Claremore, OK on Jul 31, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

Im pretty new here.

    Denise Ann Galloni from DG Training Solutions Inc
    Pittsburgh, PA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 18, 2017

    I am also fairly new. I like the idea about local businesses connecting with each other, referring to each other, and helping each other with questions.

What Do Hospital Purchasing Agents Want From Their Potential Suppliers?
Asked by John, Las Vegas, NV on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Rebates, value-added services, inventory management systems?

    Joseph Bettinger from Hieber's Pharmacy
    Pittsburgh, PA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    I own a hybrid pharmacy (regular and compounding both sterile and non sterile) that has been known for over 60 years for its customer service. The environment for... (more)

What Should a Small Business Consultant Charge a Client to Set Up a Business From Scratch for the Owner?
Asked by Mike, Gilbert, AZ on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

This would include the facility, employees, marketing, licensing, processes and proceedures, payment systems, training, etc. I'm looking for a flat fee amount.

    Mark Fallek from Mark Fallek & Associates, LLC
    Pittsburgh, PA • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Mike, if you need help and support to start up a business you are encouraged to work with SCORE Pittsburgh. We provide free and confidential mentoring, offer... (more)

    Harry Edelman from Harry Edelman
    Pittsburgh, PA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    So the owner owns nothing but the idea and wants the consultant to create the business. And for a flat fee. This would require a lot more information.