Do you own and/or run a small business "in the real world"? I'm talking about
- a store with one or more physical locations
- a landscaping service
- a maid or carpet cleaning service
- an auto repair shop
- a restaurant
- a gym
- a medical practice
- or any other business where your clientele comes primarily (or exclusively) from your local area, say, within a 50 mile radius.
1) Where do you currently get the bulk of your online marketing information and advice?
(That is, what is the main source
of strategies, tactics, tips or general information that you currently rely on as it pertains to the online promotion of your business?)
A) Read certain blogs on a regular basis? If so, which ones do you like and which would you consider your BEST resource?
B) Follow news websites, forums, email lists, Facebook pages/groups, or other free online resources? If so, which ones do you like and which would you consider your BEST resource?
C) Subscribe to a paid service (I'm strictly referring to information services like magazines, ezines, newsletters, books, etc, not freelancers or agencies that actually do the work)? If so, which would you consider your BEST resource, and what's your avg monthly investment?
D) Pay an outside consultant to advise you? If so, what's your avg monthly investment?
E) Rely on an employee, business partner, family member, or some other in-house person to keep up with that stuff for you? If so, can you estimate how much you pay that person per month for that aspect of their job? (Give a range if you don't want to be specific.)
F) Not do any or much marketing of your business online? If not, why not?
2) What is your biggest frustration when it comes to promoting your business online?
Thank you for participating!