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Which service best to ue for finding local store owner's name & contact?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by PotentMarketing, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. PotentMarketing

    PotentMarketing Newbie

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    One thing has been bugging me, which one of the many services is best to use if I want to find who the contact person is for local store fronts? Some charge by the query, some monthly, etc...and there are so many of them.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Look at Sales Genie. It's pricey, but it will provide the info you need most of the time.
     
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    The following is probably the best free resource you will find:

    Referenceusa.

    You can access this site from your local library (assuming you are in the U.S.) or with your library card #. It is a great site which will give a lot of information about a particular business. Hope that helps.
     
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  4. PotentMarketing

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    Very nice tips guys..thanks given :) I know of the D & B service for that, but its per inquiry and very pricey. So I was looking for a flat fee monthly type service where I can enter a local business and BAM the info on who is the decision maker. Ill check these two resources..
     
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    not sure of your budget, BizJournals.com has many cities and sells a large directory called Book of Lists. I think I remember the print version is under $100 - updated annually so this year's should still be fresh if they publish in your city. They have downloadable lists for more $$$ - can be imported so time saver for data entry.
     
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    One to consider is Manta - It's a buy as you go kinda thing.

    Another one, that is a monthly charge is Jigsaw - it's a user compiled database. The more you add or update the more you get...or you can just pay for the leads. This is great, at $25/month, you can scan through all the companies and get information that you sometimes won't find elsewhere - like the email addresses and direct phone numbers of some of the hire-ups in companies. This is one you'll just have to try and see if it meets your needs.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Yeah. I would just stick with ReferenceUSA. They are the equivalent of Sales Genie. And as mentioned before most librarys will allow your remote access as long as you have a library card. And you can export the data to an excel file.

    Overall to get a $100+ /month service for free it's not a bad way to go. One thing with most of these data providers, is it's hit an miss with the business owners. Most of this data is optained from public records or their own callers who verify information (think $8/hr worker who doesn't care about their job).

    Jigsaw is better, if your looking for update info and email addresses. But its generally going to be for businesses with 5 or more employee's. They get their information from people submitting business cards and similar methods. With Jigsaw you pay per lead so it's $.50 if memory serves me. Which is not bad, but cost prohibative if your looking to purchase a lot of leads regularily.

    So once you get your lead. Don't expect to get the person right off the bat. Chances are you will have to ask for the person, and be told they are no longer with the company or placed in some phantom VM box for telemarketers.

    PPS: With the exception of Jigsaw, don't worry so much about the data providers. They generally have the same information, the only major difference is subscription terms and pricing.
     
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