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Not getting enough sales

Our company, Stan's chip Dip, www.stanschipdip.com was started 8/08. We've made about $2,000.000 primarily from having a booth at food shows. We've only had 37 sales from our web site. Our website host says we're getting 2,000 hits a day. We also advertise

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Using Forum Marketing

I'm an early start up that expected to utilize forum participation as an initial "word of mouth" marketing strategy. I identified several active forums on the topic (Internet Security) and proceeded to sign up only to read their rules to find they don't al

PAUL ROSEBROCK from Morganton, NC - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago
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Fuel costs

I have to make frequent trips to see clients and deliver product and I'm wondering what changes others are making in their business to cut back on fuel expenses?

BIZOWNER from Albuquerque, NM - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 years ago
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Small investor looking to invest in your current business or business you wish to start

Hi, this is my first post here. I am a former stock market investor. I invested for several years, but I have decided to pursue other avenues (invest elsewhere). I have a small amount of money to invest and I came to this forum in search of business ideas.

JAYDRAFT from Huffman, TX - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago
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New Career Economy: Are Corporate America Workers Choosing a New Career Path?

With nearly one out of every ten American workers unemployed, undoubtedly you know someone who has been laid off from a corporate job. How are they dealing with this? Several factors have given rise to the New Career Economy®, including consumer debt, c

JIZAKS from Deerfield, IL - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago
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Precision Insurance Targeting Assessing Your Small Business Insurance Needs

Kevin Kerridge is the Director of small business insurance at Hiscox, a global insurance company with 100+ years’ experience. Finding insurance that’s specifically tailored to your business is a process that can be involved and require a fair amount of re

PETEM from Chesapeake, VA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago

Where do you conduct background checks for potential employees?

I'm hiring right now and I don't have a good source for finding a background check. I run a small business that does not hire that much, so I'm looking for a place online that I can easily conduct a good search. Does anyone have a good source for that?

JEREMY from Edina, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago
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Importing into the US

I am planning to start importing into the US, I already have a company established in the Dominican Republic> Can anyone please tell me how to get the importing permits to start importing goods to the US and if I should incorporate here in the US first. Thanks

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION??

Location is the golden rule. However, synergy of traffic flow or non-synonymous anchors within a prime location could make choosing the right location confusing, which is my problem! What would you choose and why? 1. As a clothier, across the street fro

Effective Online Strategies for Local Business

Local online advertising continues to grow as more companies come to the realization that consumers are moving to online marketing. A new report by Borrell Associates found that companies spent $12.1 billion on local online advertising in 2008. Many local

KOALATECH from Richmond, VA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago
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Promotional T-Shirts

Does anyone know of a good promotional T-shirt supplier that sells durable, high quality T-shirts and sweaters? Im looking for something close to Dickies that won't stretch out or fade quickly. Thanks.

C. BERRYHILL from Arroyo Grande, CA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 years ago
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Small Business Express Loans

We have a great small business express loan program that provides loans for small businesses nationwide from $10,000 to $100,000 in a matter of days based on the Credit Card volume of over $3000,and as long as you have accepted credit cards for at least 3

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Research ~ New Economy

Hi everyone, I am currently doing some research on the challenges that individual business professionals are having in this “new economy” in regards to marketing and lead generation. If your current business position makes you responsible for genera

DARYL from Andersonville, TN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago

How do I connect with Business Owners?

I own marketing consulting/web development company. I am working on a new program, and I truly believe it's the key to marketing success. And I don't even want a dime for it, how do I connect with business owners to share my findings? Now, I am currently researching the topic, implementing the strategy into existing businesses, connecting with Universities, and documenting the results. My goal is to eventually like to write a book on the topic and on the strategy. And I don't even want to charge for my services! I just want simple, honest conversation about what I am doing, and feedback on if it works. I want to share my findings, portfolio, and talk with people; I don't care if it's on the phone, online or even in person. There are no catches, and especially no gimmicks, but how do I break through the clutter of sales to connect with business owners? And do you think anyone would be interested in that?

DAN@RCG from Hudson, WI - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago
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Winning w/Customers of Diffierent Cultures

If your business is on the WEB, your business is global. Regardless of its size, your business is global. If your business is on Twitter, Facebook, etc.., your business is global. If you have customers throughout the USA (a melting pot of every culture),

Why mobile will change marketing forever.

OK mobile is hot, but before we get all wired up let’s consider why mobile will change marketing forever. Is it more than just a fad? As humans we have and will always be about communication. At first we carved symbols into stone. Not a very fast way to communicate but it lasted longer than scratching things into the sand. Then came along the printing press and put all those monks who where hand copying books out of business. Communication was still for the most part verbal. We then found ways to shorten the distance and time it took to get a letter. The telegraph put the pony express out of business and telephone put the telegram out of business. When was the last time you got a telegram? Today we text more then we speak? Why is that? Well from my personal experience it has to do with time again. Communication is about getting and receiving information QUICKLY. Yes the emphasis is on quickly. The faster we get info and the easier it is for us to use it the more likely it will replace other forms of communication. Just think we can now shoot a picture, share it and have it seen worldwide in minutes all from our cell phones. Doesn’t that sound easier than grabbing a camera? Taking a picture, running home and uploading it. Why I like texting, I have come to see the advantages of texting; for one thing it goes right to my phone and therefore reaches me no matter where I am. Secondly it is short; the fact that text is limited and abbreviated saves me time. I can read a text in a matter of seconds, that is a lot better than those seemingly unlimited e mails that go on forever. I don’t have time to read War and Peace. I want the info I need now. Secondly, it seems no matter how hard I try I cannot keep a verbal conversation to seconds. I tried once and called my wife and said YES and hung up, that did not go very well. Don’t believe me try it. So I now know that a conversation is a five minute thing, Aw Haw, a text is seconds. I can text my wife YES and get away with it LOL. So given the basic need to communicate, any channel that can do this faster, easier, and is adopted quicker will outperform any other channel that is less effective. So for this basic reason IMHO, (In MY Humble Opinion) mobile will change marketing forever. It will in the next five years become the dominate communication vehicle for marketing period, hands down, game over. What does this mean for you and your business? Simple get in, get in NOW.

WKLINE from Auburn, NY - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 years ago

Make a full time income from home without worrying about SCAMES

Are you or anyone you know looking for a way to quit there day to day job and make a full time income from your home, watching your kids or taking trips you have always wanted then you really need to check this website out ASAP!!! http://www.PlugInProfitSi

TROYDRAVES from Hacienda Heights, CA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago
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Give Your Customer a Gift

A loyalty program has one objective - to increase the frequency of customer purchase. Yet so many loyalty programs fail at the point of signing up their new member, by not encouraging them to come back and spend ASAP. Here is how a lot of loyalty progra

SHAUN MOONEY from Sydney, Australia, ZZ - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 years ago

Pre-Employment Work Simulation

Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers who conducted pre-employment assessments were often criticized for stigmatizing employees with medical conditions not necessarily relevant to their job. Post-ADA, assessments in theory, became fu

JSEBESTA from Mendota Heights, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago

Importing into the US

I am planning to start importing into the US, I already have a company established in the Dominican Republic> Can anyone please tell me how to get the importing permits to start importing goods to the US and if I should incorporate here in the US first. Thanks

Promotional T-Shirts

Does anyone know of a good promotional T-shirt supplier that sells durable, high quality T-shirts and sweaters? Im looking for something close to Dickies that won't stretch out or fade quickly. Thanks.

C. BERRYHILL from Arroyo Grande, CA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 years ago
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Small Business Express Loans

We have a great small business express loan program that provides loans for small businesses nationwide from $10,000 to $100,000 in a matter of days based on the Credit Card volume of over $3000,and as long as you have accepted credit cards for at least 3

Recommended 1 Comments

Research ~ New Economy

Hi everyone, I am currently doing some research on the challenges that individual business professionals are having in this “new economy” in regards to marketing and lead generation. If your current business position makes you responsible for genera

DARYL from Andersonville, TN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago

How do I connect with Business Owners?

I own marketing consulting/web development company. I am working on a new program, and I truly believe it's the key to marketing success. And I don't even want a dime for it, how do I connect with business owners to share my findings? Now, I am currently researching the topic, implementing the strategy into existing businesses, connecting with Universities, and documenting the results. My goal is to eventually like to write a book on the topic and on the strategy. And I don't even want to charge for my services! I just want simple, honest conversation about what I am doing, and feedback on if it works. I want to share my findings, portfolio, and talk with people; I don't care if it's on the phone, online or even in person. There are no catches, and especially no gimmicks, but how do I break through the clutter of sales to connect with business owners? And do you think anyone would be interested in that?

DAN@RCG from Hudson, WI - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago
Recommended 1 Comments

Winning w/Customers of Diffierent Cultures

If your business is on the WEB, your business is global. Regardless of its size, your business is global. If your business is on Twitter, Facebook, etc.., your business is global. If you have customers throughout the USA (a melting pot of every culture),

Why mobile will change marketing forever.

OK mobile is hot, but before we get all wired up let’s consider why mobile will change marketing forever. Is it more than just a fad? As humans we have and will always be about communication. At first we carved symbols into stone. Not a very fast way to communicate but it lasted longer than scratching things into the sand. Then came along the printing press and put all those monks who where hand copying books out of business. Communication was still for the most part verbal. We then found ways to shorten the distance and time it took to get a letter. The telegraph put the pony express out of business and telephone put the telegram out of business. When was the last time you got a telegram? Today we text more then we speak? Why is that? Well from my personal experience it has to do with time again. Communication is about getting and receiving information QUICKLY. Yes the emphasis is on quickly. The faster we get info and the easier it is for us to use it the more likely it will replace other forms of communication. Just think we can now shoot a picture, share it and have it seen worldwide in minutes all from our cell phones. Doesn’t that sound easier than grabbing a camera? Taking a picture, running home and uploading it. Why I like texting, I have come to see the advantages of texting; for one thing it goes right to my phone and therefore reaches me no matter where I am. Secondly it is short; the fact that text is limited and abbreviated saves me time. I can read a text in a matter of seconds, that is a lot better than those seemingly unlimited e mails that go on forever. I don’t have time to read War and Peace. I want the info I need now. Secondly, it seems no matter how hard I try I cannot keep a verbal conversation to seconds. I tried once and called my wife and said YES and hung up, that did not go very well. Don’t believe me try it. So I now know that a conversation is a five minute thing, Aw Haw, a text is seconds. I can text my wife YES and get away with it LOL. So given the basic need to communicate, any channel that can do this faster, easier, and is adopted quicker will outperform any other channel that is less effective. So for this basic reason IMHO, (In MY Humble Opinion) mobile will change marketing forever. It will in the next five years become the dominate communication vehicle for marketing period, hands down, game over. What does this mean for you and your business? Simple get in, get in NOW.

WKLINE from Auburn, NY - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 years ago

Make a full time income from home without worrying about SCAMES

Are you or anyone you know looking for a way to quit there day to day job and make a full time income from your home, watching your kids or taking trips you have always wanted then you really need to check this website out ASAP!!! http://www.PlugInProfitSi

TROYDRAVES from Hacienda Heights, CA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 4 years ago
Recommended 1 Comments

Give Your Customer a Gift

A loyalty program has one objective - to increase the frequency of customer purchase. Yet so many loyalty programs fail at the point of signing up their new member, by not encouraging them to come back and spend ASAP. Here is how a lot of loyalty progra

SHAUN MOONEY from Sydney, Australia, ZZ - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 years ago

Pre-Employment Work Simulation

Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers who conducted pre-employment assessments were often criticized for stigmatizing employees with medical conditions not necessarily relevant to their job. Post-ADA, assessments in theory, became fu

JSEBESTA from Mendota Heights, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 5 years ago

Importing into the US

I am planning to start importing into the US, I already have a company established in the Dominican Republic> Can anyone please tell me how to get the importing permits to start importing goods to the US and if I should incorporate here in the US first. Thanks