Saint Charles Local Business Forum

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Can Anyone Recommend Windows Software for Remote Access for Software Support?
Asked by Francois, Bellingham, WA on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in Software

Can anyone recommend me a Windows software app that I can download free or at low cost and use to access remote client PC's linked to the Internet? Need this for... (more)

    Linda Barba from Kamea Networks & Technology, Inc.
    Saint Charles, IL • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 21, 2017

    We're probably a little late in chiming in... LogMeIn, VNC or GoToMyPC are well thought of, and have free versions as well as inexpensive pay versions which come... (more)

    Linda Barba from Kamea Networks & Technology, Inc.
    Saint Charles, IL • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Apple computers have major business productivity software available for them, such as accounting software and Office suite. Additionally, there are many web-based... (more)

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
    Bob O'Brien from STC Capital Bank
    Saint Charles, IL • 1 Local Recommends Them • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Customer service! All of my business is referrals from past clients, friends and bank staff. How you treat the client and present yourself goes a long way. Answer... (more)

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)

    Andy Sullivan from Andy Sullivan Photography
    Saint Charles, IL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    I'm a photographer right out of college. Starting my own business. I'm trying to get referrals and recommendations by advertising in Facebook and around the area... (more)

How Do You Show Past Clients Thank You?
Asked by Angela, Greenwood, IN on Sep 09, 2017 • Tagged in Operating Your Business

(Dinner gatherings, Gift Cards, Pop In's, or anything else)

    Scott and Susie Mackay from Scott and Susie Mackay Real Estate
    Saint Charles, IL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 11, 2017

    I keep a separate outlook calendar with a one week reminder for all closings. I send flowers wishing them a happy anniversary for however many years they've owned... (more)

What Is the Best Marketing Tool, With the Lowest Investment That Has the Highest Return?
Asked by Sue, Santa Clarita, CA on Sep 02, 2017 • Tagged in Offline
    John Hrivnak from Hrivnak Associates, Architects
    Saint Charles, IL • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Agree with many of the comments; referrals. Referrals depend on a few things; people actually looking for opportunities to help others and those people remembering... (more)

What Is the Best Way for an Artist to Approach Designers and Architects?
Asked by Jay, Silver Spring, MD on Sep 02, 2017 • Tagged in Customer Acquisition
    John Hrivnak from Hrivnak Associates, Architects
    Saint Charles, IL • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Have engaged services of sculptors for some projects. Had to hunt for them when needed. Suggestion? Send V-Card and encourage them to keep your contact information... (more)

How Likely Are You To Recommend Facebook Ads To Other Businesses?
Asked by Facebook Ads on Jan 25, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Alignable members are weighing in with their opinions on Facebook Ads. Have you rated Facebook Ads yet? Add your rating and then check out other member's opinions... (more)

    Michael Gow from Vision Worldwide Consultants
    Saint Charles, IL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Reviewed on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Once you figure out how to run effective FB ads you will easily surpass finding new clients on radio and especially TV & newspapers and will save lots of $$$$!... (more)

How Can I Improve My Ecommerce Website to Increase My Online Food Sales?
Asked by Jimmy, Saint Amant, LA on Aug 28, 2017 • Tagged in Business Website

how I can gain advantage of promoting sales on my website?

    Michael Gow from Vision Worldwide Consultants
    Saint Charles, IL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    I suggest you use FB and Instagram. With FB determine the demographics that you are targeting such as locations, age groups, income levels, men/women, etc and run... (more)

Which Advertising Platform Have You Had More Success With? Facebook Ads vs. Google AdWords
Posted on Aug 28, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing
    Michael Gow from Vision Worldwide Consultants
    Saint Charles, IL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    We are having great success with FB ads globally. We run multiple ads daily to test various messages and demographics to see which ads work and don't work, If an ad... (more)