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Business Advice Needed Please

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  • #16
    Re: Business Advice Needed Please

    I agree about LinkedIn. They ruined it for me when the started this factitious "endorsement" campaign. Some are legitimate, but some are obviously either fake, or made by individuals who definitely don't know me. The Alpha Group is one of the few that has good content; most Groups are full of nonsense discussions among the mass of purely advertisement oriented "discussions". Even so, I have used LinkedIn as an extended address book to make contact with people whom I have a good reason to contact. I also avoid having customers as LinkedIn contacts.
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    • #17
      Re: Business Advice Needed Please

      As stated, linked in is a good thing as is facebook, be sure and get on twitter.

      Just as important: get the buttons for a bunch of them. When a person clicks one of those buttons they are telling their friends they like your site. That is real important because who would be the friends of an artist? more artists, a mechanic? more mechanics and so on and so on.
      It is also nice to have a button to the pages you setup elsewhere like on facebook.
      You start getting higher alexis ratings when these things are done.
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      • #18
        Re: Business Advice Needed Please

        Ahhhh, so it's higher ratings at any cost. Ethics doesn't matter!! NOT!!!!
        TYVM :) kenn

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        • #19
          Re: Business Advice Needed Please

          No, it is not meant that you should cheat. Unless you are a racer LOL, It is to get the name and site out there. Doing that will help your ratings.

          Here is something written by a techie that made a transition to sales the hard way. It had overtures to a possible competitor of alpha so the names were removed for good reason. I did think the meat of it deserved a place in this post.

          Many technology companies are born from passion, and therefore some have a largely technical approach, which continues to characterize them even once the entrepreneur ends up working mostly on strategic and sales issues.

          Companies with this perspective are very good at assessing and responding technically to the needs of their customers, but they have more trouble when they need to develop new business opportunities, and they often tend to undervalue marketing, doing it only casually and without much conviction.

          I say this even looking back on my own experience, given that in truth I myself am a “technical” guy who became a “salesman”, but today it’s increasingly clear to me how important marketing truly is. In fact, it’s crucial when you’re aiming to expand your business.

          Readying a budget is not enough; you also need to view marketing like a project in itself, with all the various stages of analysis, execution, monitoring of results, and continuous improvement.

          Personally, I started by looking at what other companies were doing, as well as gathering information by reading articles on marketing. I’d like to point out one of them to you that I found interesting, because in addition to summarizing certain aspects that should always be kept in mind, it also shakes up the classic concept of the marketing funnel, focusing not only on people who aren’t customers yet but also those who already are!

          I don’t think there is any better way to demonstrate your value than to showcase the success of your clients!

          And what do you think about marketing? What are you doing to expand your market and set yourself apart from the rest?

          If you’re not doing anything, remember what Ford said: “A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.” Do you know anyone who’s been able to do that?
          Last edited by DaveM; 03-03-2014, 01:26 AM.
          Dave Mason
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          • #20
            Re: Business Advice Needed Please

            Hi All,

            Regarding LinkedIn I am getting a tons of emails and phone calls from different agents which I really don't need. I need calls from direct clients and it does NOT happen as frequent as one should hope from LinkedIn. Agents basically took over LinkedIn. When running a Google search people can find your LinkedIn page if you entered good key words there. So it is not all negative. Most of my new clients are coming from my web site.

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            Last edited by DoronF; 03-05-2014, 01:47 AM.

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