Valley Stream Local Business Forum

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Should an Owner Hire Someone to Manage Their Business Social Media Accounts?
Asked by Mark, Clinton Township, MI on Sep 14, 2017 • Tagged in Hiring

I've been thinking about this for some months now. Since I currently run all my own social media accounts and my business ones so far, I've been contemplating hiring... (more)

    Jude Massillon from Sports Performance Group
    Valley Stream Area • 6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Mark with a little Tutoring I think most people can schedule them manage their social media without hiring someone to do it for them

Marketing on Pinterest vs. Instagram: Which Has Worked Better for You?
Posted on Sep 05, 2017 • Tagged in Social Media

Photo sharing apps have allowed small businesses to market themselves in new and creative ways. There are major differences between Pinterest and Instagram, though.... (more)

    Lou Johnson from Lou Johnson
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Neither. I'm a Facebook man! I love the fact that text, photos, and/or video can be placed onto my fan page. My friends in the biz use Messenger to relay potential... (more)

Which File Sharing Service Would You Recommend for Small Businesses? Dropbox vs. Box
Posted on Sep 05, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Albert Thiel from Your Data Center Incorporated
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, September 9, 2017

    I actually am a bit old school when it comes to cloud services. You see, all it takes is one weak line of code and your data becomes free for the taking. In today's... (more)

What Would You Do About a Client That Lied in Review on Google Directory?
Asked by Donna, Warwick, RI on Aug 23, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

I have had one customer write a review that was a complete lie on Google about me, and it brought my ratings down below Five Stars. 4.8 This is a total untrue... (more)

    Albert Thiel from Your Data Center Incorporated
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Sunday, September 3, 2017

    We had one customer who had a phone screen fixed, then months later brought it back with signs it was dropped again. What a surprise eh?

    We did not replace the screen... (more)

Which Brand of Computers Would You Buy Again? Apple vs. Dell vs. HP vs. Lenovo
Posted on Aug 28, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing
    Albert Thiel from Your Data Center Incorporated
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Sunday, September 3, 2017

    There are many brands and many models. Why, there are even sub model numbers. That is why you see such a spread of prices on what appears to be the same model. A... (more)

What Is the Best Way to Get Sponsors for a Performing Arts Tour?
Asked by Mjsraven, Mcdonough, GA on Aug 29, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Lou Johnson from Lou Johnson
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    As a producer/backer, I prefer the stability of a site based show. Touring shows still have the stigma of being labeled "Gypsies". Plus, traveling adds liabilities... (more)

How Does a Jeweler Redirect His Effort for a Fresh Start?
Asked by Maxine, Tucson, AZ on Aug 26, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

How does a PR, Advertising & Marketing company change current direction for its marketing for a hand crafted jeweler? They have done public shows including the... (more)

    Lou Johnson from Lou Johnson
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Monday, August 28, 2017

    I can only offer what I know: Creative Magic. I would perform magic with the different bracelets and necklaces to captivate a group and my fun leads to more sales.

How Can I Inexpensively Print Cards From the Pictures and Prints That I Produce?
Asked by Lisanne, Wells, ME on Aug 21, 2017 • Tagged in Offline

Looking for a way to print (inexpensively) cards from pictures and prints that I produce. Any ideas?

    Rafat Saleh from Ara Market Inc
    Valley Stream Area • 7 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 25, 2017

    I think to print cards you need special papers and special printer for that , and after all of that you think the cost is cheaper more than if you buy them from... (more)

What's the Best Way to Connect With Retirement Communities and Country Clubs to Inquire About Hiring a Band for Functions?
Asked by Nicole, Fort Myers, FL on Aug 21, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice
    Lou Johnson from Lou Johnson
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    I've had success with cold calling whenever I'm in their area. Have your calendar handy as there have been times when they will book my show right then and there.... (more)

I Have a Brick and Mortar Resale Store, Would It Be More Profitable to Sell on Line?
Asked by Dory, Aurora, CO on Aug 02, 2017 • Tagged in Website

I have a brick and mortar resale store, would it be more profitable to sale on line

    Lou Johnson from Lou Johnson
    Valley Stream Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, August 3, 2017

    I agree. Do both. My favorite store is Your Move: The Largest Chess store in the COUNTRY. Think about it: How much foot traffic would you see going into their store?... (more)