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5 Free Methods To Market Locally

So you’ve got a product and you need some buyers, interest, volunteers, or resellers. How do you reach out to them? Marketing has changed in many ways thanks to the Internet, but we’ll cover those 10 ways next. First – let’s start with developing a repertoire with your local community. There are many ways to do this – and you know what? I like Free – so let’s get out there and find some free customers.

1) Chamber of Commerce:  I insist that you begin by visiting the Chamber which is in the city that you’ll be doing the most business in. No – we’re not joining them (yet). We’re here for Information! The Chamber is an excellent resource when it comes to finding information about all of the city sponsored events happening in your area. There are business mixers, farmer’s markets, street fairs, Veteran’s lunches/dinners, ribbon cuttings, and much much more which are very public. While this isn’t exactly a way to market – it’s a powerful resource to find out where to market.

 2) Facebook Pages are a great way to keep yourself connected to your audience and gain new members – you can even take advantage of free $10, $15, or $20 advertising credits to reach a specific demographic. Be sure to take the time to fill out every single detail, upload a great page image – and be sure to update often! Don’t overdo it – more than once a day can cause you to lose followers. Here you can upload all of your Products, and even add features such as Shops so customers can purchase directly. Join your local Buy/Sell Groups and introduce your new product and offer demonstrations. Many libraries offer 1-2 study rooms, you can use these to your advantage to give your customers a Professional setting if you’re not making house calls or have your own office.

3) Local Events: such as the farmer’s markets, street fairs, city/state fairs, etc are always looking for volunteers to help with setups and tear downs. Many of these places require a fee of $20-100 in order to have a 12×12 booth and usually it includes power. You can possibly avoid this fee by going through your Chamber of Commerce and finding out when these events are scheduled and then ask to speak specifically with the Coordinator (start with one event – don’t try to attack them all at once!). Be sure to consider which Event will reach the targets you’re looking for!

Always dress professionally and if possible – have business cards ready or at least a mobile number to be contacted at. You can discuss that you’re a local and you’d love to help with any needed setups in exchange for a position at the event. You’d be surprised how often you will get approved – personally if I’ve ever found a spot or event that I want to be at then I’ve worked out a spot entirely free of charge. You just need to find out what they need help with – and provide! Maybe someone needs helping baking a specific item, or is lacking a portable barbecue? You’re in!

 4) Door to Door: If you’ve got a product – you’ve most likely got marketing materials. Most companies provided you with the printed material necessary in order for you to properly promote their business. You’ll notice that if you want to provide your own flyers – sometimes you can be asked to remove them or submit them for approval before use.

These are great to have even though it’s primarily a numbers game, so be sure to have about 100-200 ready. D2D is definitely something people don’t enjoy, downright hate, or try to avoid. Personally I used to hate this approach until I started changing my mindset on the method. I was always marketing/selling someone else’s product on the Business to Business or D2D level, but when I began marketing myself everything changed.

Since I knew what I was offering and I was the Owner/Head/One Man Show then I had more confidence in what I was offering when I knocked on that door. That’s when I realized it’s all about believing in the product that you’re promoting. If you’ve got a solid product that you love, then it’s much easier to share it with others. One major aspect to Marketing or Sales is you’ve got to have that thick skin and be able to openly and effectively communicate with your people and there’s no easier way to put it.

The thing I love about D2D is that I know that there is a yes out there and I will find it. You can help by giving yourself small rewards after every meeting. Grab a coffee, a Snickers – whatever it is to pump you up for the next sale!

5) Offer An Event: What better way to get in front of people than promote a demonstration? Since you’ve already got your Facebook Page ready, why not add an Event? There are several ideas when it comes to where to do this.

The fastest? Your local park! Some other places could again be your local library; many of them have outside benches and they will allow you to setup a table (usually) and give your demonstration.

Libraries always need volunteers and have events – if you were able to give some time up they’re usually more than willing to give the love back.

Small businesses can always use some help getting customers in their doors. Just think of places you visit regularly – do they know your name? Most likely you know at least one business owner or can easily get acquainted with one. You can offer to have a clean setup which is out of the way of their doors or customer path to give your presentation. Many times people who stay will often browse the local shops.

Sure, many of my methods require some leg work. That’s part of being your own boss! I wanted to create a short list just to get the ideas rolling of who you can talk to and how you can earn yourself some free publicity. Up next I’ll have 5 Paid Methods to get out there – and of course it’ll have the coupons, discounts, tips, & tricks you’ll need to maximize your spending!

 

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Brinks Prepaid – Get $20 Instantly

I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about not having funds for free offers from Google Express, Swagbucks, or HP Instant Ink due to not having a credit card. I’m here to save the day again!

   First things first! In order for you to receive your FREE $20 (which is instant after your initial load) you must make a deposit of at least $40! 

Personally I am a fan of having a Pre-Paid Debit Card on the side for those “accessory” purchases. It’s a way for me to keep a separate savings/splurge account so I don’t tap into the finances I truly need. So every check I’ll kick $100, $200, or more to this account which is great because I can keep it if I’m ever in a tight spot.

The plan you’ll initially sign up with is 100% Free To Own with NO MINIMUM BALANCE and NO DIRECT DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS. You can however earn some nice rewards once it recognizes your spending habits… Which could either be a great or terrible thing!

The way it works is you’ll visit Brinks PrePaid and sign up to have a card mailed to you. Most of my cards arrive within 3-5 days. Your next step is to load your initial $40.

Here’s where it gets tricky. You have multiple options for funding the card – and I’ve witnessed all to work 100%.

  1. Bank Transfer – If you want to completely eliminate costs and maximize your $20 – use this method. It does take longer than manually loading the card, but you avoid $4.95, $3.95, or $1.95 fee.
  2. Credit Card Transfer – Use your Visa or Mastercard to instantly fund $40 to your account. This is by far the fastest and easiest method – but it’ll cost you $1.95 to do the transfer. Not a bad investment for an easy $20!
  3. PayPal Transfer – This is basically the same as a bank transfer. PayPal will verify your account, and once connected you can transfer the money over.
  4. In Person Cash Load – Aside from the Credit Transfer – this is the 2nd fastest way. Once your card arrives you can find a Cash Load Location, but be mindful of the loading fees. They can range anywhere from $1.95 – $4.95 – sometimes a cheaper solution is literally down the street or right around the corner. 

And that’s all there is to it! So what are you waiting for? Get over there and grab that free $20!

Have you seen my other entries? You are guaranteed to find at least one that will benefit you OR save you money!

559 Area LCD Repairs – $60 Limited Time!

As you can see I’ve been getting pretty busy developing some of these new sites.
The previous post speaks about http://www.MyFree10.tk which is my website created focused on referring people to Google Checkout.  $10 To You – $10 To Me! Everyone Wins!

And on to the next project. Valley LCD Repair. I chose a Generic name on purpose to make it easier for the web crawlers to pick my site out. The problem though is I am having issues with my domain so I’m currently looking for a new host. Either one of the following links should take you to the destination:
http://www.ValleyLCDRepair.com
http://www.ValleyLCDRepair.tk

The shop is located in Visalia – but since this is such a hot promotion I am offering it by appointment only! Why? I’m already flooded and backed up on repairs for 3 days – which is great! This allows me to schedule repairs and designate them to a certain part of my day so I can continue to focus on Web Designing, Marketing, and Advertising.

If you’ve got a broken screen of any type – be sure to contact (559) 715-6702 immediately to schedule a quick and easy repair!

Free $10 Google Express Coupon – Potential Wal-Mart Arbitrage / Free Stuff!

Alright so you come across promotions and offers which are too good to be true, so ya skeptics tend to pass them over unless we are presented with a bit of actual Human proof. If you haven’t already – be sure to visit my Referral Page @ http://www.MyFree10.tk !

So what I am presenting today is my methodology to getting 100% FREE PRODUCTS using Google Express Checkout. Yes – You can use this $10 Coupon to any other store, but Wal-Mart seems to have the most practical choices of items under our $4.01 total goal.

Using my Referral Code you will instantly be granted a $10 Google Express Coupon. This can be used at any of the Google Stores, but I’ve found the largest selection to be at Wal-mart.com. And I must be close to a Warehouse because 2 of my orders arrived THE NEXT DAY!

IMG_1957Here was my INITIAL TEST ITEM.

 

Why $4.01?

Your total for the item(s) chosen need to have a TOTAL of $4.01 or LESS after TAX!

This is because Wal-Mart charges $5.99 Shipping for any orders under $35. So you have two choices:
1) Get any item shipped to you for free which totals $4.01 or less
2) Fill your cart with items $35+ and then get FREE SHIPPING + $10 Off your purchase. This is super effective with VIDEO GAMES!

Here’s some more items! 2 / 1 / 18 + 2 / 2 / 18!

 

And here’s how my ordering / coupons look!
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Since I’ve just discovered this awesome Program, I have only made a few orders. But I did develop http://www.MyFree10.tk in order to help promote! You’ll notice it will be updated multiple times during the week as I intend to have orders arrive almost every day 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Start racking up those rewards today!

And of course you can visit my other projects:
http://www.InceptionBuild.com
http://www.CaliSalesNDeals.com

Be sure to check out the other Programs I have reviewed – especially if you’re in California and earning less than $2,500 Per Month!

Comcast Essentials – $9.99/mo Internet
Amazon Prime – Free 30 Day Trial
AT&T Access – $4.99 – $9.99 Internet
FreedomPop – $.01 2GB GSM LTE Sim Cards

This blog will be updated again regularly with the NEW Programs I have discovered since dormancy. Be sure to bookmark me!

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Synergy by Symless – Controlling More Than One Device

Moving from Windows to Mac I needed a way to control both devices with one set of peripherals as I instantly got tired of switching my USB hub from port to port.. So I looked into a few solutions.

The most popular ones I found seemed to be Synergy and Sharemouse. The difference between the two is ShareMouse offers a trial while Synergy is stictly purchaseware from what I can tell. Try asking them for a 2 week trial – their customer service is outstanding (I’ve already communicated with them) so I’m sure they’d be willing to work with you.
(Thanks again Josh!)

Synergy is going to set you back $19, but consider the capabilities it’s definitely better and more universal than a KVM switch. The ability to connect multiple computers using various operating systems which only need Network Access alone itself is worth the investment. As a technician I’m always switching between multiple computers which are used for certain tasks and now I can have them all on one desk. Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 8.12.58 PM.png

     Setup was a breeze. After logging in you’re taken right to the downloads section and you’re able to choose between OS X, Windows, Linux, and even Red Hat / Fedora!

Once you run Synergy from both computers you’re able to select Server or Client mode.
Your Server is the device in which your mouse and keyboard are connect to.
Your Client is the device which will be controlled by your Server.

I started with designating my Client, as initial install had chosen Server automatically.
From the Server side, this is the Server Configuration you would see after connecting your first client.

You will get a popup on your Client notifying you a device wants to take control. Just accept the inquiry and you’re ready to setup your screens.

Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 8.18.29 PM.pngServer is on the left, Client is on the right. This depicts the physical locations.

Not everyone will have the same layout. If your monitors were stacked vertically you would drag them as so:

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     After that you’re done! You’re able to move your mouse freely in between screens/computers very rapidly. 3 of the great features this ability unlocks:

  • Drag and Drop File Sharing – Drag files from one device to another.
  • Shared Clipboard – Copy and Paste between device.
  • Shared Screensaver – Synchronize your screens. AMAZING POSSIBILITIES HERE! 

Visit the Symless Website Here

Brinks Prepaid Mastercard – Free $20 With SignUp

The Promotion

Brinks Prepaid is still offering their $20 bonus which I’ve covered in a previous article. I’d like to remind everyone that this is a great way to earn some free holiday spending money especially with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s right around the corner!

This article explains how to quickly/easily sign up for a Prepaid Debit card and instantly earn a $20 bonus after loading your first $40.
Note: It costs $2.00 – $3.95 to cash load your card – however I’ll show you methods around it to maximize your profit!

For the month of November: I will send a $5.00 bonus to everyone who successfully receives their $20 bonus. Be sure to sign-up with a valid e-mail as this the address I will request your FlashPay ID from. FlashPay allows you to instantly transfer money between any GreenDot account which is pretty awesome in itself – at no charge!

First you’re going to want to sign up for your Brinks Prepaid Card. You can do so by clicking anywhere you see Brinks Prepaid in this article.

You’ll create an account making a username and secure password. After this is complete you’ll instantly have access to a new account ready with a checking and routing number. This can be used for one of the methods below which will be covered shortly.  A new prepaid card will arrive in your mailbox in about 5-7 days.

Uses:

The card is a great savings/backup account! If you’re already a GreenDot customer you can sign in and transfer money to/from this account.

Payroll and government checks are a great way to fund this card as well.

You have added benefits such as discounts after making purchases, and also an overdraft protection plan which is pretty effective if you have more than one account.

Now to the fun part, loading.

Loading Your Account

The way the referral works is once you load $40 into your Brinks Prepaid account you will receive a $20 bonus. This will end up being only a $16-18 bonus depending on where you load your card if you don’t use the first method mentioned.

Bank Transfer – Free

Since the account is new and you don’t have your card yet – why not link it to an existing account? This will allow you to easily initiate transfer in the future and is a trick to loading your account without those pesky fees. You’ll be instructed on how to link to your account by clicking Move Money -> Bank Transfers from the dashboard.

You’ll verify a deposit or two made into your Brinks Prepaid account and then you can initiate a free transfer of $40 which will arrive in a few days.

Instant Bank Transfer – $1.95

This can be used by using an existing Visa/Mastercard and linking it to your account. A small deposit will be made for verification and then you can go about loading your $40 onto your account. Click Move Money -> Instant Bank Transfers for this option.

Cash Load – $2.00 – $3.95

If you’re unable to load your Brinks Prepaid account with the above options, you’ll be able to visit one of many locations in your area for the deposit. This can be found under Move Money -> Reload Locations. One thing to pay attention here would be the fee amounts.

These range from $2.00 – $3.95. This will help you out by giving you their exact locations and contact information as well.

Other Methods

There are other ways to fund your account, but these three are the simplest and fastest. If you’re unfamiliar with how prepaid cards work this is a great starter card for anyone – especially kids. You can attach additional cards for friends/family to your account or send them your referral code for your bonus!

And that’s all there is to it! Be sure to leave my referral code in the box so we both get our bonus and enjoy your free holiday spending!

Here is the link to my previous blog on this topic. 

Marketing Ideas & Useful Materials

You’re now out in the field and have chosen a perfect location to setup – great job! Now, let’s run through some ideas on how to attract attention and draw customers to your products. It’s important to remember your competitors will also be testing new methods of marketing to discover what works best for them. Staying on top of your services and ahead of the competition is your key to success. Below are a few examples of different items I’ve used in the field with proven success, as well as links to purchase the items online. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Member now is the time to join. The free 2-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping can prove to be wonderful tools if you’re in a pinch to refill your kiosk. If you’d like more information on what Amazon Prime is, Click Here.

     The most powerful method I’ve used is harnessing my existing customers’ circles. I always have items at my booth such as screen protectors, phone and tablet cases, candy, lanyards, laser pointers, and various other related products at my local Dollar Tree or .99 Cent Store when I’m running low on stock. Again I fall back to utilizing Amazon because items which you pay $1.00 for in store can be found for .10 cents! How do I use these items? I offer these items not for sale but free of charge if a customer successfully qualifies and activates a phone and then returns with a new qualifying customer. I’ve had people approach and attempt to pull customers already walking up and claim them as a “referral” – I’m mentioning this because it will happen. You can choose how to handle the scenario but what I do is either explain it has to be a person they know or just give them a mini stylus – which costs me a dime ultimately. Allowing customers to do this will result in you spending more money on items which can be eliminated by using these two options.

     My #1 and absolute favorite product to distribute is the Mini Stylus. These end up to be about .14 each after shipping when ordering 100 at a time which I do every 2 weeks. I recommend ordering these first AND often! The only drawback to these is the fact they come from a foreign country so the shipping takes 3-4 weeks. Two options here would be to order from a seller inside the US for your initial batch or order a good amount from China and wait patiently. I highly recommend keeping these stocked up because they’re fun to give away and always draw in referrals.

Another game I like to play if I have a crowd is to say “Pick a number between 1-100” and the closest guess gets 1, a spot on guess gets 2.You can do this with any item at your disposal but these are the cheapest.

Prime

     Maybe you’re an adventurous and fun type of person, or have the extra funds to splurge on hiring someone to dance for you – who knows! I ordered this my third or fourth month in and have no regrets. It’s a silly costume that’s sure to attract attention and it has a slot to insert your customized advertisement when the costume flips open. Click here to view the costume.  This is just part of my strategy: I also purchased a megaphone, some stencils, spray paint, and foam poster boards. The result? Being loud, catching attention, and a sign with large letters saying “FREE PHONES”.

The megaphone can be found here. I haven’t had any issues or complaints while using this item. I suggest being mindful of your surroundings and use it at times when you have a teammate at your booth and the day is slow – this will attract attention and bring the customers in. Trust me it works!

Note: Choose the same colors for all of your marketing materials so you instill the brand image into your customers’ heads. 

     These items should help get you started while in the field. If your first week or two is slow don’t worry – as long as you remain consistent with your hours you will have a steady flow of customers every day. Giving away these items and separating yourself from every other mobile rep is the key to your success.

Be sure to visit http://www.LifelineCali.com for more deals and promotions!