Try to get on the TV news. Do some charity stunt and get the media to report about it. Not does it feel good doing something for a charity - it will also help build up a good reputation and will get you business. Even small, but outstanding charity events can be very effectful.
Over the years, we've been on TV a few times -- helping a local junior high school, helping a local advocacy against violence, et all -- and yet, these tend to be the most forgotten events even in our local market.
A short while back, we were featured two days in a row on the front cover of the business section of the local (and only county) paper dealing with our battles against spam prevention as well as our anti-virus scanning of email.
Yet, calls we made the same week resulted in people stating they didn't read the paper ;-)
So while TV opportunities are nice, and we would never turn them down, we've gotten more out of doing local presentations at business clubs, and social networking along with partnership building than from the TV.
i didnt want to start a new silly thread just yeat cause im in the same boat that at least a couple are... as far as dealing with the local market
heres what i got to work with:
*the local markets really expensive like $20 /month for any shared hosting plan ... this is mostly due to high bandwidth cost and a higher standard of living
*i need to find what way as in stuff like flyers works best:
-from the information i have gather off of WHT the reccomend "aproaching biznesses with flyers and stuff" .. is this typical and normal
-would a classafied ad be worth anything
-would it be a good idea to advertise in the local paper
-would you deliver ads in peoples "black boxes" basically a slot for local paper /+advertisements
-what about these local buissness meetings are they any good
*i have somewhat of a budget, want mostly the biggest bang for my buck
I KNOW ALL THOSE QUESTIONS ARE A LOT
B U T -- thanks for your input SO MUCH
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