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Chris F
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20th Sep 11 at 17:43   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Need to get my name about and need some Free Advertising

Tryed a listing at Yell and Google but they dont seam to have worked?

Carpentry & Joinery btw

So is there places anyone know of that is good for builders?
Doug
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If I was looking for one I would google "Carpenter + Location"

Get a good website and get to the top of search results in your area imo
Chris F
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20th Sep 11 at 17:46   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

How i go about that?

I wouldnt know where to start to make a website tbh
AndyKent
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Don't waste your time. Word of mouth and paid advertising in local householder magazines would be far better.
Doug
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Look around on Google for a decent company. I know that Whittie on here does a fair few websites, make your own mind up about him

Expect to pay a few hundred pounds for a good site that is kept to the top of Google. It's not cheap but IMO it is the best way to get more business. I could very easily be proved wrong though, I have no experience of that market place!
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Don't bother with a site, no-one will visit it, they never do for tradesmen.
BluKoo
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You could advertise on Gumtree for free.
Whittie
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quote:
Originally posted by AndyKent
Don't bother with a site, no-one will visit it, they never do for tradesmen.


100% agree with Andy, I've done around 8-9 tradesman's websites, every single one of them have terrible traffic stats (not due to poor SEO either!). Complete waste of time and money for them to have a website.

You need a quarter page advert in the paper, will cost you 80-100, but 1 job will more than cover it....
Ben J
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Maybe do some flyer drops locally?
DannyB
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Facebook tbh
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Advertising a business on facebook is asking for trouble IMO
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Why is it? hundreds of thousands of pages advertising local businesses, and they do very well. You then post your page on other local pages, word then spreads.
smcGSI16V
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Have you registered on Check a trade.
Rich H
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Are you not better of getting approved by Check-A-Trade for that sort of thing?

Also, local church magazines.

Free advertising (in general) doesn't work. Learn SEO for your website though to get it showing on Google better
fazza
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quote:
Originally posted by pow
Advertising a business on facebook is asking for trouble IMO


why?

I advertise my phone shop on facebook and it works wonders
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20th Sep 11 at 20:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Get a van and get it signwritten. Also word of mouth does better than any advert in a paper.
Ben G
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20th Sep 11 at 20:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Facebook.

Not the same but my bro and his missus set up a photography page, done a couple of free jobs to get their name out there and they are doing really well now.

They do mostly wedding photography and are really good and well priced.

[Edited on 20-09-2011 by Ben G]
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When we were looking for someone to change the roof on our new house we went online and my other half registered with a website where she could post up a job and a selection of local tradesmen reply introducing themselves and either giving an estimate or asking for more information etc.

The website is http://www.mybuilder.com - it's free for customers to use but if you're a tradesman I think you have to pay a subscription plus a percentage of the job price.

I'd get on sites like that TBH, build up good feedback and build on the word of mouth.

I think having a website is OK if you're a tradesman but I wouldn't rely on it for all your marketing, just nice to have as an add-on to your marketing efforts.

Edit - forgot to say, newspaper adverts hardly ever work - probably get a 1% ROI if that.

[Edited on 20-09-2011 by Sam]

 
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