Tacoma Local Business Forum

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As a Cleaning Company, What Is the Best Way to Get Myself Out There in Front of Potential Clients?
Asked by Ashlee, Byron, MN on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Sam Houston from Shadow Media Solutions
    Tacoma, WA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    there really isn't a best way. You can go door to door, call businesses(cold-calling), or use social media to advertise your business for a low amount of money

Any Suggestions or Tips for Starting a Blog for My Wellness Business?
Asked by Lisa, Lakewood, OH on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing

I am a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Transformation Life Coach and a Jewelry Artist. This is in addition to my full-time day job and personal life. It may sound like too... (more)

    Sam Houston from Shadow Media Solutions
    Tacoma, WA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Tell your story on how you started the business and why you're different. To answer most of your questions, you can message me on here

I Am a General Contractor, How Do I Target Real Estate Offices in My Area?
Asked by Mack, Lynn, MA on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Ok. My next Marketing Campaign is going to be concentrated specifically on Real Estate Offices. I need try doing my own marketing campaign at least once. So, do I... (more)

    Sam Houston from Shadow Media Solutions
    Tacoma, WA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Try Facebook advertising. You can specifically target them in your area. Start small, adjust, and build from there

What Is the Best Way to Advertise Your Bookkeeping Business?
Asked by Laura, Longmont, CO on Aug 11, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Do you use Yelp, Facebook, other social media or traditional methods like newspapers?

    David W Stark from David Stark
    Tacoma, WA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Professionals I know who are experienced in Social Media say, "Stay away from YELP".

    So my advice is to keep that in mind and talk to some Social Media professionals... (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
    Martha Davis from Toy Rescue Mission
    Tacoma, WA • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Gosh that's a BIG question. Before I even think about writing a grant proposal or LOI, I talk to other non-profits in my local community and ask for ideas. Some are... (more)

Is Google Adsense Good for SEO?
Asked by Mike, Champaign, IL on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

Is google adsense good for SEO? And how does it look on your website.

    Stefanie McKellar from Social Klicker
    Tacoma, WA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    When any organization gets started with an SEO plan - there's about 900 different ranking factors that Google uses to determine your rankings.

    I've linked an article... (more)

How Can I Get the Best Exposure Online for My Dog Product?
Asked by Anthony, Frisco, CO on Aug 08, 2017 • Tagged in Social Media

Trying to figure out to to get the most exposure online from my dog product.

    Annette Lanker from HolyCowCritters/pawTree
    Tacoma, WA • 7 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    I agree with Natalie. Get samples out to popular pet bloggers and also to pet cafes and coffee shops that cater to pet owners. Good luck@

What Are the Most Effective Channels That a Consultant Can Use to Get in Front of His Target Market?
Asked by Tim, Gleneden Beach, OR on Aug 08, 2017 • Tagged in Research
    David W Stark from David Stark
    Tacoma, WA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Educate your target market. Establish yourself as an experienced, knowledgeable professional. Use Social Media and Blogging as platforms to demonstrate your... (more)

What's Your Favorite Social Media Platform for Making Business Connections?
Asked by Steve, Ojai, CA on Aug 03, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth
    David W Stark from David Stark
    Tacoma, WA • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Alignable is good for cold calling. You can quickly determine, through their responses, if they are serious or just exploring what might benefit both parties in a... (more)

What Is the Best Way to Find and Hire a Good Tour Guide?
Asked by Paul, Honolulu, HI on Jul 27, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

What is the best way to find the most qualified tour guides?

    Randy Richter from World's Fair Historical Society
    Tacoma, WA • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, July 28, 2017

    Through hiring events at Worksourcewa.gov, the states unemployment professionals. They can help you reach people. Also advertised on job boards.

    Randy Richter