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What's all the services your provide to local small businesses?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by Moneymaker13, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Moneymaker13

    Moneymaker13 Regular Member

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    I'm a young IMer trying to get a business started and I want to have all the ideas planned out.

    The hardest thing for me is going to be finding the business, and talking to them, etc.. I know it shouldn't be hard since I'm giving them what will help their business such as web design, SEO, etc.

    I have a lot of offline WSO's I'm reading right now which hopefully will get me off to a good start, I really can't wait to start earning some money, then outsource, then I'll build some other business.

    So what are all the services you provide to your clients?

    Thank you!
     
  2. calispawned

    calispawned Newbie

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    Im in the same position as you, i hope to offer google places optimization, social media presence services, and website creation and maintenance. I don't think seo will be a big issue with my clients because I am in such a small town.

    do you have any offline WSO's you can recommend?
     
  3. Moneymaker13

    Moneymaker13 Regular Member

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    That's funny! Haha...

    Well I just have read and viewed the videos Facebook Arsenal. I liked that one, it was pretty good, it had some good stuff about how to get to businesses and stuff.

    Also, that 7007 local businesses to offer services to. Umm, I'd say just search "offline" in the search bar, that's what I did. I can't really remember any others even though I downloaded a lot. There's a ton of WSO's.

    I'll add more once I remember haha...

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. GrizzlyAdams

    GrizzlyAdams Regular Member

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    web design

    google places

    paid per click advertising (adwords and facebook)

    email list maintaining, create opt-in forms for you to get their email on the front page of the website, this is called a "call to action" look it up it's very important for local businesses.

    email marketing, remember to give them value, give them lots of free things and then once you've gained their trust start marketing special offers to "VIP" members only.

    online reputation management, get reviews and testimonials for the business either online or offline and place these all over the web as well as answer questions people might have about the business, but don't make things up, ask the business owner the questions people are asking and get the right answers. they'll be happy to know people are asking questions.

    blogging, keep the site active, keep visitors coming back and justify the large expense bill for website management :p

    industry content updates, for a car niche you'd create weekly content about maintaining your vehicle with inserted business promotions for who hired you.

    snail mailing to previous customers if the business has this information, if they don't tell them why it's important to get returning customers

    set up email opt-in cards at the store counter that points customers to the website and entitles them to a discount if they submit the email so you can continue marketing to them for years

    business card creation which features their new website

    coupon creation, say youre working with a pizza shop. they agree to a joint venture with another business you work with where they exchange coupon space on their counters with each others businesses and help customers go to each other.

    social media presence, this is obvious. get as many social profiles and bookmarking as possible. pay more attention to the more popular ones obviously but create a page for them on every single one for SEO purposes. it's important to use the businesses phone number and address in these social profiles which gives them points in the google places optimization and raises their position in it.

    remember;
    don't just stick to online work, don't put yourself in a box. you've got more marketing experience then most business owners simply because you have the desire and resources to learn it while they're busy selling and managing employees. what would you be doing if you had a brick and mortar business? put yourself in their shoes.


    here's a thread you will like, and don't worry it's not a product.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-in...-what-services-you-offering-monthly-fees.html
     
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  5. Moneymaker13

    Moneymaker13 Regular Member

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    Thank you so much man, this is amazing! So helpful! I'll make sure I read it over (and the read) multiple times!
     
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  6. Tamra

    Tamra Junior Member

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  7. kristarox

    kristarox Newbie

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    Hi there,

    I live in an average size town and wanted to try to see what was needed for local businesses. My offline niche is floor cleaning, and believe me its darn hard to get clients in that arena when competing with larger companies.

    After a few weeks of the traditional handing out of business cards, cold calling etc. I got only a few clients. THEN...I joined my local Chamber of Commerce and was amazed at what people wanted and needed in terms of marketing online. This was sweet because in my area we do have a lot of very good web design companies, but almost no (at the time) local search or social media experts. I am know expert BUT I do have alot more know how than 95 percent of the area onliners, so to speak.

    You seem to have passion and know how, so why not go to your local Chamber of local Business center and offer to do a morning seminar on a topic like social media or seo or ...well you get my drift.

    Make it a free morning, usually the Chamber will provide a location plus coffee and donuts...so people will show up.

    Do a nice powerpoint presentation, nothing to complicated and just show what you know. Make it interactive and have open questions as you go along.

    Believe me my friend, you will get interested business management showing up.

    Have some cards on hand to hand out, or create a Twitter account, or FB page locally for people to sign up at MAKE sure they have a way to contact you.

    Also at the end have a pamphlet that they can bring home with them or a CD filled with PDF's, which includes your contact details. Also ask them to fill out a small Q&A about what THEY need and you will find out all you need to know about what the serious business managers need and want and how you can help them.

    It's a free morning with coffee and donuts.

    It gets them away from the office, which they love!

    You get contacts.

    You get your name out there.

    Most importantly, the quality of people who show up, 90 percent are there because they need what you are offering!!

    Good luck.
     
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  8. Moneymaker13

    Moneymaker13 Regular Member

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    Thank you very much Kristarox! So helpful!

    DOes anyone know of any SEO packages that would work for this? Like if I get a couple businesses for 1k a month then tell people on the BST threads and ask them to do it for $200, $300 or whatever..

    Anyone have any experience with that? I would rather not make another thread.

    Thank you so much for everyone's help.
     
  9. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    mobil websites are a killer right now you could sell them for 200-500 bucks cost you 17us to build it at mobilesitegalore.com
     
  10. KenWingJitsu

    KenWingJitsu Regular Member

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    This is some good ish.

    I've been looking for info on how to gt to do this...