Soquel Local Business Forum

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What Are the Most Effective Channels I Can Use as a Nonprofit to Get in Front of My Target Market?
Asked by Aneeca, Columbus, OH on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Libi Kavanah from Libi Kavanah
    Soquel Area • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    It depends on your target.
    There are the usual Social Media Outlets
    The Patch's

    The Nextdoors

    Local Events
    Meetups
    Again, it depends on your target and your goal


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 15, 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.

    Sunil Bhaskaran from Cahaya Mind, LLC
    Soquel Area • 112 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Impossible to say without seeing the scope - how many employees, what timeline, what state, what laws, local costs, variable costs, fixed costs, budget, politics,... (more)

How Many of You Would Pay to Have Your BBQ Cleaned by a Professional Service?
Asked by Matthew, San Juan Capistrano, CA on Aug 05, 2017 • Tagged in Research

I would like to ask how many of you would pay to have your bbq cleaned by a professional service?

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

    Craig Lane from Health Alkemy Nutrition
    Soquel Area • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 14, 2017

    No I use orange or lemon essential oil, and agree with Guy Hopkins about seasoning the thing versus some sterile germiphobe kinda thing. Soap with essential oils or... (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)

    Christine Crandell from New Business Strategies
    Soquel Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Sunday, August 13, 2017

    These are all great sources of advice, especially Maury's advice about profiling your ideal customer. I would also suggest that you go to neighboring companies and... (more)

How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1
Posted by Julbert, Kearny, NJ on Mar 29, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

If you're wondering if you can get clients from a professional network such as LinkedIn or Alignable (or any other network) the answer is ...yes!

I have gotten... (more)

What Is the Best Way to Write a Grant Proposal for a New Charity Looking for a Grant?
Asked by Nikki, Brewer, ME on Aug 12, 2017 • Tagged in Operations
    Libi Kavanah from Libi Kavanah
    Soquel Area • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Start with the end goal aka the deliverables that your organization can actually achieve and or produce and work backwards from there.
    This will help you write a... (more)

What Are the Best Online Payment Platforms and Apps?
Asked by Lois, Waterloo, ON on Aug 11, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

e.g. Super easy to set up and buy from.

    Corrina McFarlane from Tree House Treats
    Soquel Area • 5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 11, 2017

    Square has been good for me (especially for wedding officiant clients). If you do any kind of overseas transactions and have been horrified at PayPal fees for... (more)

What Is the Best Way to Book Speaking Engagements?
Asked by Suzy, Shakopee, MN on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Speaking engagements can include keynote, inspirational, and retreats.

    Sunil Bhaskaran from Cahaya Mind, LLC
    Soquel Area • 112 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    2 things:

    1. Better to create your own speaking events where you speak and are the direct focus of attention and you keep the audience engagement and branding e.g.... (more)

Wix Ratings and Reviews
Posted on Jul 17, 2015 • Tagged in General Discussion

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

    Dan Astriden from Astriden
    Soquel Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Reviewed on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    A website is a digital asset that enables communication between a business and customers. Yes, it's cheaper to use a platform such as Wix to generate a website but... (more)

What Is the Best Feature to Use on an Insurance Agency Website?
Asked by Jayson, Parker, CO on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in Business Website

We are looking to upgrade our insurance agency website. What would be a good feature to add on to our website to convert more visitors into clients?

    Dan Astriden from Astriden
    Soquel Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    If you intend to do a website redesign I strongly recommend you read the following article about common redesign mistakes that hurts a business and kills their... (more)