Best websites to reach business owners?

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What types of websites do business owners visit or hangout? Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremiah Walsh
    It all depends on what vertical you are after. There are chambers of commerce, trade organizations, specialized forums such as this one.

    You are asking a very wide spectrum type of question here.

    Lets narrow it down to who you are trying to focus on and then we can get into where the fish are.
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    • Profile picture of the author arrival7
      Just go to google and type in " business owners forum" and Bingo, the first result. Sign up and go to work. You can also try services like infofree.com if you dont mind calling the companies to get in contact with the business owners.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Where do they hang out? Online?

    You can try some Google+ communities. ContractorTalk and other related forums are good but they are quick to ban marketers. LinkedIn is an obvious one.

    For the most part... business owners hang out in their business. Give them a call, send them an email, send a letter or postcard, that may be the best way to get in touch with them directly.
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  • Profile picture of the author locale
    Chambers of commerce are good because it demonstrates that those businesses paid hundreds of dollars to participate.

    Also if you are a good salesman or do a good job for them, they can generally refer you to other members.

    Meetup.com depending on the area of the country tends to have a number of small business owner groups.

    Local rotary clubs, similar to chamber of commerce but more active and might even let you come speak about your product/service at their next meeting.

    BNI (Business networking clubs) same concept as above.
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  • Profile picture of the author hrishivardhan
    Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook are the best places where business owners hangout or post.
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  • Profile picture of the author bashca03
    It really depends. The scope of your question is broad. Some business owners actually do not have time for social media. But if you are referring to business owners that are social media active, I suggest you should go for LinkedIn and Instagram.

    LinkedIn appears to be more professional and formal while Instagram is for photos where business owners can easily market their website and products through images. Now, it depends on which type of business owners you wanted to connect/hang out with.
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  • Profile picture of the author pspillane
    Would anyone know where Wholesalers hang out?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    Linkedin = goldmine
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
      Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

      Linkedin = goldmine
      I haven't found this at all--in fact, LI has turned into a total spamfest as far as I'm concerned. Fake profiles, fake groups, profile rings...I don't even approve connections anymore.

      So please, let us know why you say it's a "goldmine" and please use more than two words.

      As far as I'm concerned, since I can't instantly tell who's a fake profile and who isn't every time, and my time is more valuable than wasting it on sorting, LI is a waste of time. So tell me why I should change my point of view, please.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
        Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

        I haven't found this at all--in fact, LI has turned into a total spamfest as far as I'm concerned. Fake profiles, fake groups, profile rings...I don't even approve connections anymore.

        So please, let us know why you say it's a "goldmine" and please use more than two words.

        As far as I'm concerned, since I can't instantly tell who's a fake profile and who isn't every time, and my time is more valuable than wasting it on sorting, LI is a waste of time. So tell me why I should change my point of view, please.
        Sorry, plenty of businesses use to find more customers, you really sound like you don't know what you're talking about to be honest, not trying to sound harsh. Yes there are some fake profiles, not sure why you would target a fake profile when trying to connect with real businesses? Obviously, it's really not that hard to tell. No different than weeding out a fake profile here or on Facebook and besides, why on earth would I want to contact someone on Linkedin that have or in a business that isn't easily identified as a legitimate business. It's pretty simple to tell, just by looking at their profile - in less than 10 seconds. I personally have had tons of business using Linkedin.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
          Originally Posted by Matthew Iannotti View Post

          Sorry, plenty of businesses use to find more customers, you really sound like you don't know what you're talking about to be honest, not trying to sound harsh. Yes there are some fake profiles, not sure why you would target a fake profile when trying to connect with real businesses? Obviously, it's really not that hard to tell. No different than weeding out a fake profile here or on Facebook and besides, why on earth would I want to contact someone on Linkedin that have or in a business that isn't easily identified as a legitimate business. It's pretty simple to tell, just by looking at their profile - in less than 10 seconds. I personally have had tons of business using Linkedin.
          So how do you go about it? Do you spam people with your "opportunity"? I asked you nicely. LI has completely changed since I started using it many years ago.

          Again, why would I want to spend my time sorting out profiles on LI? Tell me. I could see some value in finding JV partners, maybe, but other than that I suspect it's just spamming. And I'm not going to participate in spamming.

          Several years ago now I paid for $1000s of coaching and a software from a LI "expert". His coaching was of the "so what would you like to do" type and his software spammed people. I never felt comfortable with that. Instead, I turned my intro week of messages into a product that still sells today.

          You know, I discovered a fake profile ring...tons of fake profiles in the auto mechanics industry. I reported them to LI and they came back to me saying yes, these were all fakes.

          It's rampant.

          I have over 4700 connections and stopped approving them awhile ago because it wasn't worth my time.

          Here is a screenshot of my current connections requests. There are 634 of them, apparently. From the first few on the first page, I have highlighted in red those I am pretty sure are fake...too-perfect photo, suspect role description...and those I suspect are fake...non-existent photo, vague description.



          That's 7 out of 15...I realized LI had dumped two of my real world contacts in as invite suggestions. Still a lot; almost half.

          My InMail is overflowing with untargeted, BS "Thanks for connecting" offers to get me more leads, strategy sessions, and many other things I don't need. I'm in some 47-member chain letter I can't seem to unsubscribe from. Why would I want to join that herd?

          I kinda do know what I'm talking about. Do I know what YOU know about selling on LI? Apparently not. So enlighten us, please.
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          • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
            Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

            So how do you go about it? Do you spam people with your "opportunity"? I asked you nicely. LI has completely changed since I started using it many years ago.

            Again, why would I want to spend my time sorting out profiles on LI? Tell me. I could see some value in finding JV partners, maybe, but other than that I suspect it's just spamming. And I'm not going to participate in spamming.

            Several years ago now I paid for $1000s of coaching and a software from a LI "expert". His coaching was of the "so what would you like to do" type and his software spammed people. I never felt comfortable with that. Instead, I turned my intro week of messages into a product that still sells today.

            You know, I discovered a fake profile ring...tons of fake profiles in the auto mechanics industry. I reported them to LI and they came back to me saying yes, these were all fakes.

            It's rampant.

            I have over 4700 connections and stopped approving them awhile ago because it wasn't worth my time.

            Here is a screenshot of my current connections requests. There are 634 of them, apparently. From the first few on the first page, I have highlighted in red those I am pretty sure are fake...too-perfect photo, suspect role description...and those I suspect are fake...non-existent photo, vague description.



            That's 7 out of 15...I realized LI had dumped two of my real world contacts in as invite suggestions. Still a lot; almost half.

            My InMail is overflowing with untargeted, BS "Thanks for connecting" offers to get me more leads, strategy sessions, and many other things I don't need. I'm in some 47-member chain letter I can't seem to unsubscribe from. Why would I want to join that herd?

            I kinda do know what I'm talking about. Do I know what YOU know about selling on LI? Apparently not. So enlighten us, please.
            You're looking at the "People you may know" area - that's a direct reflection of who your connections are. If you have a bunch of fake profiles, spammers, etc, there's a good chance the people you may know area will show you alot of junk and you will need to do some weeding. I just went through mine and it looks pretty good. With linkedin, quality is way way more important than quantity, I don't accept most connection requests and am picky, otherwise you'll end up with 5k connections that are pretty useless.

            Here's a message I received today, from someone I contacted twice prior.





            I don't deal with Payday loan leads so I obviously can't help this guy out or make a sale. But this should give you an idea that yes, people do indeed sell services and "stuff" on Linkedin.
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  • Profile picture of the author ttados
    If anyone would like a list of their chamber of commerce businesses and contact into send me a private message with the URL of the chamber.
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