The Colony Local Business Forum

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    Lucinda Mackinnon from Plexus Worldwide
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 23, 2017

    The source that parents trust most is word of mouth from a trusted friend. I am also a Math Tutor and my business was built by mothers sitting together at soccer and... (more)

What Software Would You Recommend for Keeping Track of Daily Receipts?
Asked by Jong, Oakland, CA on Sep 16, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice
    Katherine Mkanganwi from Mkanganwi CPAs LLC
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 22, 2017

    Receipt bank. Unlike most of the other softwares out there, if you canceled your subscription they don't delete your receipts. I believe they keep them for up to 7... (more)

How Do You Check the Performance of Your Website?
Asked by CJ, Denver, CO on Sep 21, 2017 • Tagged in Business Website

I am aware of paid service providers like MOZ, SEMRush, and others. Do you use Google Analytics for this?

    Eric Bonar from Sundance Digital Marketing
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 21, 2017

    That depends on what kind of performance you're wanting to check, and what tools you are currently using in your website.

    If you want to check visitors, I go with... (more)

Does Anyone Have Recommendations for Why We Can't Seem to Retain Our Old Customer Base?
Asked by Jean, Champaign, IL on Sep 20, 2017 • Tagged in Selling

Confidentially Yours is a bra store that specializes in fittings and mastectomy related products (pocketed bras, breast forms, etc) as well as swimwear, active wear,... (more)

    Nick Gartside from Social Media Nick
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    I have never been in your industry but love marketing so some questions:When you say aren't coming back, can you elaborate or define a "return client." Do you want... (more)

What Can I Do to Get More Business as an Accountant?
Asked by Frank, bellerose, NY on Aug 30, 2017 • Tagged in Selling

What can i do to get more business as an accountant

    Jeff Weaver from ITEX in N. Texas
    The Colony Area • 6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    There are a lot of great answers here. Many of which you are probably thinking, "that's a great idea." The key now is to take action...take massive action now as... (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
    Gina Escoto-Masters from Caliber Home Loans
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    In my case, since I am a mortgage lender, I try to make it to every closing which most lenders do not do. That gives me the opportunity to interact at a "very happy... (more)

Are There Any Honest, Straight Forward Marketing Companies Out There That Won't Break the Bank?
Asked by Jay, Ore City, TX on Sep 02, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

My business is growing with just the marketing that I am doing. And I am no marketing expert but I do ok. I think it's time to do better. But there are so many... (more)

    Mike Smith from Pill Reminder Service
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Jay you got a few good answers to your question. Most of the solutions given here take time and money and most are passive, like seo, soical media and print ads. If... (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)

    Mike Smith from Pill Reminder Service
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    All good answers by this group of business owners, but the issue with social media is the time it takes. And if your the only one posting online and have no... (more)

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?

    James V Jackson II from Black Professionals Black Business Directory
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    The most effective and cost effective way is to create a Facebook local interest group or join a group and create a fan page to build and capture your audience. Join... (more)

Does Your Business Have "Business Credit", or Do You Rely Upon Your Personal Credit to Finance Your Business Purchases?
Asked by Charlie, Saint Louis, MO on Sep 13, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I am considering offering a service to help people establish business credit, so it will be helpful to me to know if it is something that business owners value

*This... (more)

    Timothy Lane Doty from Timothy Lane Doty, Financial Services Professional with York Life
    The Colony Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    My company at the moment uses both but I have built my business credit some so I am now focused on only using my business credit when it is for business.