We need a good free marketing course or advice please?

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Hello, myself and a business partner started a wholesaling business 2 years ago, we tried different products but ended up losing a lot of money and the few different SEO people we tried did not work out and now we have no money any more to pay for marketing for our new product.

Because of the above, I am seeking to learn whatever I can which may help us. I have advertised on the many popular b2b trading sites on the net, done some minor SEO work for some of our products, just created a facebook account and will do twitter next, I have put some of our products on Amazon and Craigslist but all of this "free" advertising I am doing I am being told by some SEO people will not be good enough?

I am thinking I can try learning from a good marketing course to see how best I can help our situation, any advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author MoRaitman
    What you really need is a mentor who can guide you in your niche. FREE is not always good. In fact even if it is good, what are the chances you can follow it to the T. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. There are so many proven methods from the gurus.
    [a] pick a mentor or proven method
    [b] remain focused on your course
    [c] have patience
    Every guru will tell you they succeeded by trial and error.
    And if they didn't, they weren't really successful.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikehende
      Thanks for the advice but where and how can I find such a guru and how much will it cost me? I can probably pay something small but to be quite honest, after having paid not one but a "few" SEO guys in the past who promised this, that and the other and could not deliver and ended up depleting our available cash in the process, it's hard for us to take the word of any company advertising on the net.
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  • Profile picture of the author MoRaitman
    I could advise you but think about it. If the mentor was free, what motivation do they have to guide you, hold your hand and keep you on track. True it's hard to find a genuine , sincere dedicated guru interested solely in your success. BUT they are out there. Your choices obviously didn't pan out. So change course. But you need to keep trying.
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  • Heya Mikehende,

    First, have you tried directly contacting your B2B prospects? Email? Fax? Phone calls? You can send them proposals or brochures and so on.

    *** What I did back in 2005 to start my now 9-year old ICT outsourcing company here in Manila are the following: (1) Develop a list of B2B prospects, complete with contact details, which were all mid to large-scale corporations in North America, the EU and other territories outside the Philippines; (2) Formulate custom campaign plans for each of them; (3) Call and inform them about our custom proposals before sending it via email or fax to the appropriate persons; (4) Discuss our proposals in detail with those appropriate persons (mostly their marketing VPs and other executives); (5) Sign them up for trial contracts; and (6) Renew those trial contracts into even bigger and longer term contracts by delivering the results they need.

    Second, have you tried PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising, or have you implemented paid ad campaigns via newsletters or magazines and so on, specifically via offline materials or online places where your B2B prospects hang out?

    *** For instance, you can find niche-relevant Facebook groups, such as Facebook groups of wholesale importers / exporters, business clubs and organizations and even laterally relevant Facebook groups. Then, hire someone to get the UIDs (User IDs) of the members of those Facebook groups. Next, use those UIDs to build a custom audience. Then, develop compelling ad copy with an attention-grabbing image for your Facebook PPM (Pay Per Impression) or PPC (Pay Per Click) ad. Next, make sure that your landing page (page of the site where your ad will point to) is compelling enough for your prospects to do what you want them to, i.e. Call you, sign up to your mailing list so they can download your complete and updated brochure, email you and so on. Then, set up a fixed budget for 30 days or so.

    Hope this helps...
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    • Profile picture of the author IMBlest
      Thanks for the great post and very helpful advice.



      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

      Heya Mikehende,

      First, have you tried directly contacting your B2B prospects? Email? Fax? Phone calls? You can send them proposals or brochures and so on.

      *** What I did back in 2005 to start my now 9-year old ICT outsourcing company here in Manila are the following: (1) Develop a list of B2B prospects, complete with contact details, which were all mid to large-scale corporations in North America, the EU and other territories outside the Philippines; (2) Formulate custom campaign plans for each of them; (3) Call and inform them about our custom proposals before sending it via email or fax to the appropriate persons; (4) Discuss our proposals in detail with those appropriate persons (mostly their marketing VPs and other executives); (5) Sign them up for trial contracts; and (6) Renew those trial contracts into even bigger and longer term contracts by delivering the results they need.

      Second, have you tried PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising, or have you implemented paid ad campaigns via newsletters or magazines and so on, specifically via offline materials or online places where your B2B prospects hang out?

      *** For instance, you can find niche-relevant Facebook groups, such as Facebook groups of wholesale importers / exporters, business clubs and organizations and even laterally relevant Facebook groups. Then, hire someone to get the UIDs (User IDs) of the members of those Facebook groups. Next, use those UIDs to build a custom audience. Then, develop compelling ad copy with an attention-grabbing image for your Facebook PPM (Pay Per Impression) or PPC (Pay Per Click) ad. Next, make sure that your landing page (page of the site where your ad will point to) is compelling enough for your prospects to do what you want them to, i.e. Call you, sign up to your mailing list so they can download your complete and updated brochure, email you and so on. Then, set up a fixed budget for 30 days or so.

      Hope this helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Thanks guys, I will look into all of these posts tomorrow, meantime, before posting for hep here today, my searched led me to this site and I was contacted by one of their reps, is this something you guys think I should consider please?

    14 Ideas for Marketing Your Business | PRWeb.com
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    If I can help you with anything, feel free to pm me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Will do Andy, BTW, this is the actual site for the people who contacted me earlier today:

    Vocus Pricing - Marketing Suite Plans - Vocus

    this any good?
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  • Profile picture of the author sanf0rd1
    Any good SEO or fb PPC course will do you justice
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Find out the kinds of business that could benefit from your wholesale business.

    Pick up your phonebook, and look for those business. Call their support numbers. Elevator pitch.

    I'm told that cold calling is one of the best ways to get clients for anything. I'm *told*, I'm yet to *do* it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Yes, I do intend on contacting some businesses directly. Tell me guys, how effective are Press Releases and where does it rank in the marketing strategies, is it the most important aspect?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    I always love these thread. You have totally the right idea: education is of paramount important.

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    I hope that helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    I just tried signing up for a twitter "business" account but far as I can tell it's a paid service so I can only open a "free" account? Can anyone confirm this please?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandgineering
    And this is why there is no substitute for just building your business rather than using shortcuts. - So many of my clients have been burned by the SEO and get rich quick on the Internet hucksters and then return to the fact that shortcuts and gimmicks don't cut it.
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