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Forum: Social Media 28th May 2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,387
Posted By PDRandy
I think that everyone has mostly had the same...

I think that everyone has mostly had the same advice, create page, post relevant content, don't be annoying.

I think for most businesses, mine included, the challenge comes from answering the...
Forum: Small Business Finance 28th May 2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,435
Posted By PDRandy
Krista, I agree that merchants should shop...

Krista,
I agree that merchants should shop around, but that link creditcardprocessing.com/2014/02/qualified-non-qualified-cards-different-processing-rates
has a lot of incorrect information about...
Forum: Ecommerce 26th May 2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,131
Posted By PDRandy
If you are using this solution to process mostly...

If you are using this solution to process mostly credit cards, the fees are outrageous.
3-6%

I suppose it depends on where you are based and where most of your business is coming from, but...
Forum: Link Development 21st May 2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,541
Posted By PDRandy
Floyd, I agree in terms of the original poster,...

Floyd,
I agree in terms of the original poster, although hopefully he will come back with data to support the increased traffic.
In terms of these forums and signatures, my thought is that you...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 21st May 2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,656
Posted By PDRandy
Merchant Maverick is a good resource. They have...

Merchant Maverick is a good resource. They have good reviews of the different companies that do what you are looking for. They also have reviews for merchant accounts, accounting software, crm...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 20th May 2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,769
Posted By PDRandy
mobile credit card processing

There are many options these days for mobile processing.
When it comes to ANY credit card processing there is a wholesale rate (Interchange) that Visa and Mastercard set for each type of card and...
Forum: Marketplace 20th May 2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,086
Posted By PDRandy
Credit Card Processing Consultation

Hello Everyone,
Most of you already accept credit cards and also get 5-10 calls a week from credit card processors promising to save you money. I would be happy to analyze your statements and let...
Forum: Link Development 20th May 2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,541
Posted By PDRandy
Thanks. I appreciate it. I actually clicked on...

Thanks. I appreciate it. I actually clicked on my own link as well. But in my google analytics, I only see 1 visit for today.

1. smallbusinessbrief.com / referral

Now that I know where to...
Forum: Link Development 20th May 2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,541
Posted By PDRandy
I looked in my website analytics and I don't see...

I looked in my website analytics and I don't see any visitors from these forums. I could be looking at the data wrong but I filtered for just the month of May and of the 7,912 visits I still don't...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 15th May 2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,962
Posted By PDRandy
Thanks Marketing Doctor, I like the idea of...

Thanks Marketing Doctor,
I like the idea of letting them know that we would rather pay our happy Members than to pay marketing costs to someone else.

That is a great point. Thanks.
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 14th May 2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,962
Posted By PDRandy
thanks Torka, In our line of business, Credit...

thanks Torka,
In our line of business, Credit Card Processing, we are only slightly more attractive than used car sales. One of the things we are attempting to do is change the industry through...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 14th May 2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,514
Posted By PDRandy
For this situation it would seem that you could...

For this situation it would seem that you could give your independent dealers coupons with an offer and a special code on it. Some kind of discount or promotion that is only valid if the new...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 14th May 2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,962
Posted By PDRandy
Referral Campaigns- Thoughts?

We have been trying to grow our business through referrals. We have plenty of happy customers and now we want to have them help us attract new business.
My main question to the forum is,

What...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 12th May 2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,645
Posted By PDRandy
In this day and age almost everyone should have a...

In this day and age almost everyone should have a website including tradesmen. I start many of my searches for tradesmen on the internet and being able to see a website with contact information and...
Forum: Reviews 12th May 2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,082
Posted By PDRandy
The website looks nice but I think it is...

The website looks nice but I think it is important to have an objective and a call to action. If I end up on your website, I see information but if I wanted to actually use your services I might...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 12th May 2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,323
Posted By PDRandy
When we started our company we relied heavily on...

When we started our company we relied heavily on PPC advertising. It was the only way to get people to visit our site and sign up when no one had heard of us. Organic search and appearing at the...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 12th May 2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,839
Posted By PDRandy
video ads

As with all services, there are cheap options and expensive ones. We had a couple videos created for our site. They are of the explainer type (1-2min) but we had one cut down to 30 seconds to use...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 11th May 2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,595
Posted By PDRandy
thanks

Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. We are approached by a ton of these companies and it is hard to know which ones are worthwhile so your real world numbers are helpful.
Forum: Small Business Finance 8th May 2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 16,722
Posted By PDRandy
Freshbooks

As many have suggested on here, Freshbooks is good.
We use Freshbooks and are very happy with them. They also have incredible customer service.
You can email invoices with Payment links and also...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 8th May 2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,595
Posted By PDRandy
Has Anyone Used Getapp.com?

They are $4 per click minimum spend of $1000

They say they get about 10% conversion rate

Has anyone used them?
Forum: Small Business Finance 8th May 2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,616
Posted By PDRandy
Amex

I think it is usually worth accepting it and we advise our merchants to take it unless they are absolutely opposed to it.
AMEX has actually changed their program quite a bit so you can check with...
Forum: Small Business Finance 8th May 2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,413
Posted By PDRandy
be careful

These cash advance products are structured on a factoring basis instead of traditional loan + interest rate. Most are structured like this
Merchant needs $10,000
They agree to pay back $12,500 by...
Forum: Small Business Finance 8th May 2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,435
Posted By PDRandy
Credit Card Processing

This is actually my line of business. Here is what you need to know:

Interchange Rate: This is the fixed cost that everyone has to pay (even Square and Paypal) This is set and published by Visa...
Forum: Small Business Finance 8th May 2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,116
Posted By PDRandy
Merchant Cash Advance, not for everyone

Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) is a big money generator in my line of business. We generally try to steer people away from them unless there are no other options for the merchant even though it is one...
Forum: New Member Introductions 8th May 2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 887
Posted By PDRandy
thanks

Thanks. I am always looking for ideas to differentiate my company from a competitive field. We primarily use PPC right now so I have been reading through the threads.
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