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Forum: Radio Advertising 13th June 2008, 09:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,088
Posted By K&G
Thanks, Patrysha. It's so refreshing to hear...

Thanks, Patrysha. It's so refreshing to hear some advice from someone who knows what she is talking about. I wish my ad sales people would just once come in and say 'I Have An Idea' instead of...
Forum: Reviews 11th June 2008, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,036
Posted By K&G
I am one of those small businesses with a pitiful...

I am one of those small businesses with a pitiful website, but it's enough for me. My business comes from people who walk in my store. I put my web address on most of my advertising but no one goes...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 11th June 2008, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,051
Posted By K&G
Sounds like a great idea to me. I wouldn't limit...

Sounds like a great idea to me. I wouldn't limit the target market to car buffs though. I would love to have my garage made over, and I couldn't even tell you the make and model of my car!
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 11th June 2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,803
Posted By K&G
We don't do any radio or TV, just newspapers,...

We don't do any radio or TV, just newspapers, local magazines, fliers, etc.

Right now our delivery fee is $5.00. We are advertising it as an 'introductory price' so that our customers will...
Forum: Sales 11th June 2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,769
Posted By K&G
Great ideas! Thanks so much. I have a...

Great ideas! Thanks so much.

I have a couple of schoolteachers on staff for the summer and I'll see what they think about helping me set up some workshops.

Back in early spring when love...
Forum: Sales 11th June 2008, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,769
Posted By K&G
Turning Browsers Into Buyers

We have a group of 'browsers' that are almost impossible to sell to. These are moms with small children that come into our pet store as an 'outing' with no intention to buy. We see dozens of these...
Forum: Print Advertising 11th June 2008, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,915
Posted By K&G
Pharmacy Bags

I was recently contacted by a perscription bag company about having my ads placed on the bags. These are the tall thin bags they put your perscription in at the drug store - not the shopping bags. ...
Forum: Print Advertising 11th June 2008, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,032
Posted By K&G
Newspaper Ads - Simple Change With Big Results

I have been advertising my Pet Shop in local newspapers for about a year and a half now with ok results. Each week I used a picture of a different puppy. For the past month, because of time...
Forum: Radio Advertising 11th June 2008, 09:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,088
Posted By K&G
I backed off because my salesperson said not to...

I backed off because my salesperson said not to expect much for the first three months, and that it would be about 6 months before my ads would reach their full potential. Although the plan was well...
Forum: Questions About the Forum 11th June 2008, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,071
Posted By K&G
I can't access the PM page at all. It says I'm...

I can't access the PM page at all. It says I'm not allowed. Help?
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 11th June 2008, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,803
Posted By K&G
We've done something similar, but with dog food. ...

We've done something similar, but with dog food. I have a small but well-established pet store in a small town. When the gas crunch hit our sales went up because our customers are no longer driving...
Forum: Sales 10th June 2008, 10:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,930
Posted By K&G
LOL - reminds me of the line from 'A Good Woman' ...

LOL - reminds me of the line from 'A Good Woman'
"You haven't asked me how I'm doing. You know, that shows a real lack of concern for my wellbeing."

But seriously, How are You? can be an...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 9th June 2008, 07:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,241
Posted By K&G
My opinion: Unless you have a tremendous amount...

My opinion: Unless you have a tremendous amount of traffic you won't get enough out of it to warrent directing your customer away from your website. Google ads are a bit more successful, but still...
Forum: Questions About the Forum 9th June 2008, 07:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,303
Posted By K&G
Would This Be OK - Review Of My Flyer?

Would it be OK to start a thread where we can ask for constructive criticism of our print ads and flyers? I see that I can't post attachments so I'm not sure how to do this.
Forum: Print Advertising 9th June 2008, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,365
Posted By K&G
My fear with classified advertising is that my...

My fear with classified advertising is that my customers will think I can't afford to run a real ad. I think the appearance of success is important. I'd appreciate input on this.

I run a 4X4...
Forum: Print Advertising 8th June 2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 26,527
Posted By K&G
I guess everyone's experience will be different,...

I guess everyone's experience will be different, but we did better with a store you can almost see from our front window than we did with a store 7 miles away.

We kept our coupon running for 3...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 8th June 2008, 10:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 29,341
Posted By K&G
This might sound silly, but I really wish someone...

This might sound silly, but I really wish someone would start a business running errands for small business people. I have a small staff and if just one person can't come in it sometimes leaves me...
Forum: Sales 8th June 2008, 09:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,246
Posted By K&G
I hope it's ok to post here because I have...

I hope it's ok to post here because I have identified my challenge but haven't overcome it.

First, let me say that I have an excellent day crew. I'm comfortable leaving them on their own until...
Forum: Sales 8th June 2008, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,122
Posted By K&G
You're right, you'll get the most help from a...

You're right, you'll get the most help from a minufatcurer's rep, and the manufacturer can steer you to one. In my industry (pets) dog and cat food producers have their own individual reps, but...
Forum: Sales 8th June 2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,122
Posted By K&G
You need to contact the manufacturers for the...

You need to contact the manufacturers for the products you carry and ask them which distributors cover your area. It's quick, easy, and no time wasted with Google. Your manufacturers will be happy...
Forum: Sales 8th June 2008, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,531
Posted By K&G
I don't think I would buy it either. I don't...

I don't think I would buy it either. I don't need depth and detail when I travel, just an indication of whether or not it might rain or snow, and if I need an update on the road I can get it on my...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 8th June 2008, 11:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,724
Posted By K&G
I disagree, but I have a child focused business...

I disagree, but I have a child focused business and I'm reaching lots of parents when I advertise in their kid's recital program or yearbook. Especially with the programs, you reach the parents at a...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 8th June 2008, 10:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,901
Posted By K&G
I have a small pet store, and a big part of our...

I have a small pet store, and a big part of our business is families with children. We've found a good cheap form of advertising is dance recital programs, karate exibition programs, etc. We also...
Forum: Print Advertising 8th June 2008, 10:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 26,527
Posted By K&G
Been there, Done that... Actually, it worked...

Been there, Done that...

Actually, it worked pretty well. I got a fair amount of traffic through the store from the ad. There are a few important things I noticed though:

1) Have you noticed...
Forum: New Member Introductions 8th June 2008, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 912
Posted By K&G
New!

Hi,

I own a small pet store in central North Carolina and I've been looking for a place to share what has worked for me and pick up some new ideas. I'm looking forward to getting to know you!
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