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I Have a Luxury House Listed. What Is the Best Way to Sell It Quickly?
Asked by Leonardo, Miami, FL on Sep 12, 2017 • Tagged in Real Estate Services
    Wendy Miller from Wendy Miller, Sarasota, Fl Real Estate Consultant. CLHMS RENE
    Sarasota, FL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 25, 2017

    Price it correctly! sign contract with an agent who has various markets/venues to expose it listed property.

How Do You Deal With Competition In Your Industry?
Asked by Mike, Sanford, FL on Mar 26, 2017 • Tagged in Research
    Bethany Reul from B Powerful Personal Training & Meal Planning Services
    Sarasota, FL • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Actually I use the competition as my starting point. How do they offer services, advertise/market, pricing, etc?Then I figure out how to do it better.

Marketers, How Do You Acquire Customers Around Your Own Area?
Asked by Nicole, Huntingdon Valley, PA on Sep 18, 2017 • Tagged in Selling

I have customers around globally, but I would love to work with people in my area as well. Are there any ideas about how to go about this?

    Megan Cheffy from Megan Cheffy, Digital Marketing Specialist
    Sarasota, FL • 5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 22, 2017

    I find networking to be extremely beneficial to growing my business locally. I also run Facebook campaigns to draw attention to my business online. Every business is... (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)

    Francine DiFilippo from Francine DiFilippo Appraiser
    Sarasota, FL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 21, 2017

    While I have enjoyed all of the answers some thought provoking and some doing what I call stalking the dark horse in the hopes it will pay off. May I suggest you... (more)

    Patti Thompson from Patti Thompson MA
    Sarasota, FL • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    My experience is that it's important to be out in the community as much as possible. Attend meet and greet opportunities, chamber of commerce events, explore and... (more)

How Can a Travel Agent Stand Out From the Crowd?
Asked by Bob, Decatur, GA on Sep 19, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Gayle Fortin from Cruise Planners - Gayle Fortin
    Sarasota, FL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    You just cannot say you give better customer service than your competition. Everyone says that. You have to build relationships... relationships with your clients... (more)

Is Tweeting Dead?
Asked by Robin, Oxnard, CA on Sep 19, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

To be honest, I've never gotten the hang of Twitter... don't know hashtags from hashbrowns! (Guess with a name "Robin" I've been tweeting pretty much all my life.)... (more)

    Robert Hoffman from Robert J. Hoffman, Esquire, Attorney at Law
    Sarasota, FL • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    I do not use Twitter to connect with potential clients, it is generally a social media site which is use by politicians now.

What Do You Do to Give Back to the Communities You Do Business In?
Asked by Keith, Richmond Hill, NY on Sep 17, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Since community is very important, I was curious as to what others do to give back to the communities in which they operate. I've adopted a private school and try to... (more)

    Renee Ryckman from Escape Countdown Sarasota
    Sarasota, FL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    I own Escape Countdown, and we have a fundraising program for local non-profit organizations and schools. We have given donations, and have did a special fundraiser... (more)

What's the Best Way to Get Referrals From Customers?
Asked by Margo, Austin, TX on Sep 16, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth
    Steve Lusko from zipp charge
    Sarasota, FL • 12 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    They are useful....having a small, tangible little reminder of you can be useful----and not having one to hand out to a prospective client or customer shows a sense... (more)

Do You Still Think Business Cards Are Useful in a Digital Age?
Posted on Sep 19, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Do you still think business cards are useful in a digital age? Why or why not? If you do, which printing company do you use and what do you include on your cards?

    Michael Farrugia from MGF Supermarket Consulting Services, LLC
    Sarasota, FL • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Definetly. I do believe a business card is needed when meeting personally with the exact party you want to meet with. Not an associate of that party unless the exact... (more)