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Can Anyone Recommend Some Fun and Exciting Marketing Tips for a Travel Agency?
Asked by Kenyatta, Winston Salem, NC on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing

Hello I am a new small business owner and I would like to get some tips on marketing I have business cards to pass out but can anyone recommend anything else fun and... (more)

    Taryn Doherty from Gameday Media
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Absolutely! High School sports sponsorships gets you a ton of exposure and branding in the community! If you are interested I have no problem letting you know what I... (more)

What Are Some Credit Card Processing Rates Better Than Square?
Asked by VJ, Hollister, MO on Aug 11, 2017 • Tagged in Payments/POS Systems

Square is 2.75%, flat rate per transaction.

    Akhil Kapoor from Relish Gastropub
    Portland, OR • 4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Depending upon what your average ticket, volume and card type mix is, your options will change and keep in mind the equipment you have on hand from square will most... (more)

What Is a Good Way to Get My Business Name Out There as a Consultant?
Asked by Moe, Weeki Wachee, FL on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I am using Facebook, and found fairly easy on a google search. I just want more covrage.

    Pamela J Moore, SPHR, SHRM SCP from Compasshr
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Professional associations and networking events. Online is great, but most people hire you based on their reaction to you as a human being. Best advice my mentor... (more)

    Jacinda Thomas from Attention Marketing
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Hey Moe, creating a good video would be an incredible (necessary) asset for your business. Be authentic, be entertaining, solve problems - people like to work with... (more)

How Do I Find Online Customers for a Health and Wellness Company?
Asked by Denise, Morse Bluff, NE on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

how do you find leads to connect with customers!!! I need help attracting people

    Jaye Tompkins from Jaye Tompkins
    Portland, OR • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    I know a couple of people Julia Shaw at Shaw Marketing is great on Facebook, for a fee she will post for you and/or advertise for you and help reach the targeted... (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?

    Pamela J Moore, SPHR, SHRM SCP from Compasshr
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    I charge by project. It's a combination of how much time it will take, combined with what level of expertise is involved and how much value the service is bringing... (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.

    Pamela J Moore, SPHR, SHRM SCP from Compasshr
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    I don't think one flat rate will work well in this situation. Either multiple smaller project rates, or a daily rate, or monthly retainer. It's too broad, and too... (more)

Any DIY Tips on Using Google AdWords For Our Fitness Business?
Asked by Sonia, Campbell, CA on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing

So I'm considering using Google AdWords, and I'd like to do it myself. I've been doing some research online, but wondering if you might have specific tips from your... (more)

    Daniel Kemble from Kemble Cloud Consulting
    Portland, OR • 4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    I would honestly avoid AdWords with your demographic your money would be better spent on targeted Facebook and Instagram ads. AdWords can be a black hole and I hate... (more)

Are Cold Calls Still Effective in This Day and Age of Technology for Hardware and Home Improvement Businesses?
Asked by John, Las Vegas, NV on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in Customer Acquisition
    Tyson Fosdick from Bridged Communications
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The effectiveness has really diminished, word of mouth or community based apps are the new sales team.

How Can a Retailer/clothing Store Drive Customers to Their Website With Instagram?
Asked by Diana, Portland, OR on Aug 07, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

So can someone tell me about the reliability of instagram? How do you drive customers to your website through instagram? Is it better than Facebook?

    Jacinda Thomas from Attention Marketing
    Portland, OR • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Hi Diana, just checked out your Instagram. Such cute items and I love that it provides eco friendly options for littles!
    My quick answer is Instagram is going to be... (more)