How would you promote a Home computer repair business?

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The question is in the tilte.

I'm thinking SEO for their website and a mobile website in the first place. Do you have any other ideas?
#business #computer #home #promote #repair
  • Profile picture of the author DrPaul
    Be sure to tie in Social Media marketing, Youtube videos, Twitter account, Facebook fan page, LinkedIn.

    Have the client start an SMS list and send reminders for prospects "to scan and clean" the computer regularly.

    QR codes to client made "How To" videos, and a .mobi fast contact website. mailed out to prospects on postcards.

    You might also start, (or find someone who has already started), a lunch table place-mat advertizing home business (or coffee cup sleeves, or beer coasters, or payphone note pads) and place adverts for the client.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      I'd also definitely recommend building a list - send out regular computer tips.

      This is very hard for an expert as he takes most things for granted. I usually get reminded of this when I talk to somebody who doesn't know about computers at all. It's hard to even finish one sentence without them staring at you blankly.

      So yes, show them you are the expert, have a little knowledge base on the website, so they'll bookmark the website, and in case the knowledge base doesn't cover the problem, they'll call your client.

      Post in computer forums - maybe some in your local area. This is a great opportunity to get into some social interaction. Respond to tweets etc.

      Hope this helps a bit.
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      • Profile picture of the author Pierre!
        I've got a dog in this fight... My my Seeber Consulting computer solutions isn't getting any calls. My sites get traffic, just not local traffic, and I need to improve my ability to dial that in.

        I will be watching for solid tips!

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        • Profile picture of the author SpeedyBanana
          Article marketing... get to page one for keywords like: "Computer Repair <city>" and "Laptop Repair <city>" and you'll start getting calls.

          Also have a Google Places page and get customers to leave reviews
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        • Profile picture of the author DrPaul
          Originally Posted by Pierre! View Post

          I've got a dog in this fight... My my Seeber Consulting computer solutions isn't getting any calls. My sites get traffic, just not local traffic, and I need to improve my ability to dial that in.

          I will be watching for solid tips!

          Patrick
          How much would you pay for a 30-60 second video commercial that was sent directly to your prospect, at EXACTLY the time they needed your services?

          Yeah! Me Too!

          There are TON of WSO's on here to do Youtube Marketing, and most of them are pretty fantastic. I recommend checking those out.

          With QR codes and most mobile phones, you can add additional leverage by linking your Youtube 30-60 second commercial (even a 10 minute long infomercial), to PRINT advertising locally.

          Postcard sized adverts, posted on the types of billboards I mentioned above, really do work! But you can also place the QR in traditional Print media (newspapers and local magazines)

          Around here there is a tiny Gossip Rag published once a quarter, and a local lifestyle type magazine published monthly... Restaurants and doctors offices keep these in their dining rooms and waiting rooms here. (even in McDonalds who never allow outside adverts)

          We have to STOP thinking two dimensionally. your Ads are Large and In-Charge when they are Audio/Video - distributed in print.
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          • Profile picture of the author ryanlucht
            Check this idea out:

            Since I'm assuming this repair business only services local customers, set it up this way:

            This will allow you to leech off search traffic for broad, non-location specific computer repair keywords like "malware removal" or something.

            Create a Google AdWords campaign, utilizing the Content Network. Buy a tool like Placement Intelligence to create a long list of computer help websites, geotarget your campaign by the areas the repair business can service, and voila. Also, do the same thing for search (although this will be slightly more expensive)- geotarget broader computer repair terms.
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            • Profile picture of the author Jason Keith
              Originally Posted by ryanlucht View Post


              Create a Google AdWords campaign, utilizing the Content Network. Buy a tool like Placement Intelligence to create a long list of computer help websites, geotarget your campaign by the areas the repair business can service, and voila. Also, do the same thing for search (although this will be slightly more expensive)- geotarget broader computer repair terms.
              I agree that Google AdWords would be the fastest way for your client to start getting business. Target the geographic area and keywords on search network and follow the ingenious content networking idea above. If your client can afford to spend a few hundred bucks a month advertising, they will get clients with this method.

              Oh yeah, and definitely make sure the client is list building with all that PPC traffic. Have a free report or brochure and a five day autoresponder series.
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              • Profile picture of the author JamesSmith2099
                Really i am impressed from this post "pramote home computer business"
                .the person who created this post is a genius and knows how to keep the readers connected..i'am also have the same business.
                Thanks for sharing this with us. I found it informative and interesting. Looking forward for more updates................................
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  • Profile picture of the author Ehsan_am
    Some interesting tips. However I'm not sure you can apply most of them to the "computer repair" niche. Most people looking to repair their computers are not interested in receiving information what so ever. This market looks like the locksmith market a lot. This is mostly an emergency market.

    Someone who has a serious computer problem won't be able to go online and look for it ( since his Pc doesn't work ) so I'm thinking that the emphasis should be put on the mobile version of a website.

    I have some sort of "emergency call" card in my mailbox very often. Basically they have a bunch of numbers on it. Fire department, police, plumber, locksmith ,etc I have never seen a computer related number on it. I might be able to contact the company that does the distribution and get one for computer repair for a certain fee. A better idea would be to create and distribute them myself. I might be able to make some extra money by asking a few local plumbers and locksmiths for a fee.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      Hmm... you could use this in your advantage! Have a small brochure printed titled something "Your computer emergency helper."

      A few tips about what you can do if your computer doesn't start anymore.

      Don't forget a call to action. "Keep this near your computer - You'll need it when it doesn't start anymore."

      And then that'll be the first thing the get their hands on when they need your client's services!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ehsan_am
        Originally Posted by Tashi Mortier View Post

        Hmm... you could use this in your advantage! Have a small brochure printed titled something "Your computer emergency helper."

        A few tips about what you can do if your computer doesn't start anymore.

        Don't forget a call to action. "Keep this near your computer - You'll need it when it doesn't start anymore."

        And then that'll be the first thing the get their hands on when they need your client's services!

        This is brilliant. This should definitely work. Nevertheless, the implentation will take some serious money investment. The brochures don't come cheap and the distribution will take some serious money as well. I might be able to go and talk with some local businesses that can put the prochures on their counters. Dry cleaners and bakeries are the first ones that come to my mind.
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        • Profile picture of the author DrPaul
          Originally Posted by Ehsan_am View Post

          This is brilliant. This should definitely work. Nevertheless, the implentation will take some serious money investment. The brochures don't come cheap and the distribution will take some serious money as well. I might be able to go and talk with some local businesses that can put the prochures on their counters. Dry cleaners and bakeries are the first ones that come to my mind.
          You would be amazed at how many people check the billboards available at local grocers and other businesses around town.

          Have the client spend a day driving and posting business card and postcard adverts on as many local shop billboards as possible.

          Other places to check, Libraries, Bars, Post offices, Pack-n-Ship/UPS stores, Gas Stations with mini-marts, Restaurants, Thrift Shops, Community Centers, Hardware Stores, Bowling Alleys, Day-Care Centers, Community Medical Centers ...

          And be sure to include Mobile Marketing of all types, QR codes, SMS opt-in, e-mail list building, etc.

          A service that I offer is a "QRubberStamp" a self inking stamp from OfficeMax with their Contact info in text and in QR beside it. (about $20 for one stamp) Or their advertizing Message, and a mobile Facebook "LIKE" gate.

          Using this for all sorts of things has gotten my clients more prospects than any other form of advert.
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    • Profile picture of the author SpeedyBanana
      Originally Posted by Ehsan_am View Post

      Some interesting tips. However I'm not sure you can apply most of them to the "computer repair" niche. Most people looking to repair their computers are not interested in receiving information what so ever. This market looks like the locksmith market a lot. This is mostly an emergency market.

      Someone who has a serious computer problem won't be able to go online and look for it ( since his Pc doesn't work ) so I'm thinking that the emphasis should be put on the mobile version of a website.

      I have some sort of "emergency call" card in my mailbox very often. Basically they have a bunch of numbers on it. Fire department, police, plumber, locksmith ,etc I have never seen a computer related number on it. I might be able to contact the company that does the distribution and get one for computer repair for a certain fee. A better idea would be to create and distribute them myself. I might be able to make some extra money by asking a few local plumbers and locksmiths for a fee.
      I own a computer repair business and I can tell you that if you get to the top 3 spots for keywords such as "computer repair <city>" "laptop repair <city>" "data recovery <city>" you'll get A LOT of business.

      Just because somebody has a computer problem doesn't mean they can't go on Google. There are all kinds of different computer problems. Even if it's the clients only computer and it doesn't turn on many people find me using their smart phones as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author OutsourceFactor
      Originally Posted by Ehsan_am View Post

      I have some sort of "emergency call" card in my mailbox very often. Basically they have a bunch of numbers on it. Fire department, police, plumber, locksmith ,etc I have never seen a computer related number on it. I might be able to contact the company that does the distribution and get one for computer repair for a certain fee. A better idea would be to create and distribute them myself. I might be able to make some extra money by asking a few local plumbers and locksmiths for a fee.
      The way I see it, the best question to ask is: "How can potential customers notice and get a hold of my number when their computer is busted?"
      Making cards with the emergency number for computer repair is a great idea. You could outsource for someone to design your card for you if you don't have the time.

      You could also try a referral system for local services in your area. Give them a deal or a "reward" for every customer they referred that used your service.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bluesman1318
        Print up a free pizza with every repair offer on an over-sized card - go to your local community college - college - university and hand these out to every student - if a female student hands these out you will be injundated with repair work.

        To reduce the cost of the pizza do a deal with a local pizza joint that is the 2nd most popular on campus. Tell the owner that you would appreciate his help - he cuts you a 40% cost reduction on every pizza that is purchased with one of your discount cards - offered to the bearer when they have a computer repaired and show their student ID card - and you also ask him to tape one of your FREE PIZZA cards to every pizza box that walks out his door. This is a GREAT deal for you, for driving business to HIS pizza shop - and to getting the local college people saturated with word of mouth recommendations.

        Then, after a month or so of the pizza offering increasing your name and product awareness, you go to the school radio station and talk them into having a month long first caller wins call in for a FREE PIZZA coupon. It will cost you about $300.00 in pizza and get YOUR NAME in the ear of every student at the specific college. My local college has 24,000 students - and that is only ONE of eight colleges within the service area of my clients shop.

        The promo can be for the students to be the first to call in when their football team scores or kicks a field goal - any good tie-in to the schools athletic proghram will draw like crazy - BUT - make sure that the station runs the offer at least four times a day - and always take a pizza with you to the meeting with the station manager - he or she will appreciate it and it will cost yoiu less than a quarter tank of gas.
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      A better idea would be to create and distribute them myself. I might be able to make some extra money by asking a few local plumbers and locksmiths for a fee.
      Make it a refrigerator magnet!
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      Someone who has a serious computer problem won't be able to go online and look for it
      You need to do a paradigm shift from emergency to maintain...I pay my tech $35 month to maintain it, answer any question and remote access.
      I also going after the senior market would be financially rewarding.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dixiebelle
        You guys are making this a lot harder than it has to be. When your computer isn't working, you start looking for a local computer repair shop.

        One morning while checking email, I accidentally downloaded a virus. I shut down the computer, thinking about what a drag to have to uplug everything and carry it to Best Buy, who does most of the repairs in this area.

        Then I remembered seeing an ad in my local newspaper under "Services Directory", where most independant contractors advertise - where you can find independant plumbers, roofers, lawn workers, electicians, etc.

        Under "Computers" there was one little 2-line ad that said it all: "In home computer repair" with a name and phone number. I called, and he was at my house the next morning. He removed the virus, and tweaked my computer to make it run faster, and all in 45 minutes. I couldn't have been happier, and I also told my friends about him.

        He said, within 30 days of starting the service, he had almost more business than he could handle, and if it kept up, he would have to hire help.

        You don't need to give out freebies, or print expensive mail-outs. All people needs to know is that someone is available.

        Try your local classifieds. One week of testing won't cost much, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ehsan_am
    I own a computer repair business and I can tell you that if you get to the top 3 spots for keywords such as "computer repair <city>" "laptop repair <city>" "data recovery <city>" you'll get A LOT of business.

    Just because somebody has a computer problem doesn't mean they can't go on Google. There are all kinds of different computer problems. Even if it's the clients only computer and it doesn't turn on many people find me using their smart phones as well.
    Obviously I'm not going to neglect this. In my OP I mentioneed that I was going to do SEO on their website and create a mobile site.


    I just had an idea that seems pretty decent. I gotta test it to see how viable it is. I'm going to hit some local businesses that deal with a lot of people everyday ( dry cleaning , bakery ,etc) and offer them a free website if they accept to put our flyers on their counters and I'm even going to ask for a billboard add. I can probabaly get them to signup for hosting and maintenance for 50$/month . This will make me money on both sides
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  • Profile picture of the author Celeste Green
    Like SpeedyBanana said, I’d focus on geotargeted keywords for the city where the business is located and any cities close by. I know a lot of households like mine where there isn’t just one computer in the house. I often hop on the other computer if I need to troubleshoot an issue on my hubby’s computer.

    For SEO on their site, ask them about some of the common repairs they deal with and then think about how non-techie users would search for those same issues. Adding a few pages on their site listing common issues & repairs, not giving the whole answer away of course, may be a good idea too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    This is what I did for a friend of mine a few years ago....

    I designed a postcard for her, based on the services she wanted to offer. She had a small list (under200 customers from a place she worked before that closed) so she mailed those first, and then put these cards everywhere, stores, bulletin boards, etc.

    She then went to smaller companies in the area and gave them a sheet I designed (more detailed with a sales letter) and made them an offer.

    The offer was to come and do a "Speed-up Service", remove viruses on X number of machines at no charge. It was a "Get To Know You" Special. She'd ask the company how many machines they had, and if it was say, 8, she'd do 2 of them - no charge.
    Usually when they saw how much faster the machines booted and ran, they'd agree to pay to have the rest done. Then she usually turned those companies into longer term maintenance deals. Plus this was combined with the single jobs she did for home pc users.

    In about 60 or 70 days, she built this little home based enterprise into $2,800 a month in fees and sales, consistently. Since she had lost her job, it was much needed at the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author warrioradam
    Don't forget about the offline side of things to. Just a few ideas

    1. Start a refer a friend program where the customer who refers gets a free tune up on their pc or something.

    2. Get your business cards in every place imaginable cross promote with other businesses. Say there is an electronics shop in town partner with them send business each others way.

    3. Host a free seminar on just using the computer I was from a small town and I helped host a free computer seminar for the PC shop it was a hit elderly/baby boomer generation doesn't even know how to pull up their email let alone know what it is.

    Food for thought.
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    • Profile picture of the author buckaroo88
      Originally Posted by warrioradam View Post

      Don't forget about the offline side of things to. Just a few ideas

      1. Start a refer a friend program where the customer who refers gets a free tune up on their pc or something.

      2. Get your business cards in every place imaginable cross promote with other businesses. Say there is an electronics shop in town partner with them send business each others way.

      3. Host a free seminar on just using the computer I was from a small town and I helped host a free computer seminar for the PC shop it was a hit elderly/baby boomer generation doesn't even know how to pull up their email let alone know what it is.

      Food for thought.
      Three of the best ideas are right here by warrioradam. Referrals and pounding the pavement are cheap and easy. Plus people can relate to you far better by visiting them in person. Host a free seminar is a surefire way to get people to act on their needs as the can ask you questions and get a feel of who you are, again in person! Ask your local Chamber of Commerce if you could use their facilities to present the seminar. Good for them and good for you. Building rapport is important to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author angmoore
    The tips is a great idea, also maybe a seminar or webinar for the local community. See if a local organization will let you offer at their building -maybe a church or a school. Announce it on all the social media platforms. Offer a drawing for a free computer tune-up.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArwenTaylor
    I like the webinar/seminar idea because people can meet you in person. A great place to do it would be at a college close to you. The students at the school alone would be a rich source of potential customers.
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    • Profile picture of the author leadgenninja
      Create a facebook fanpage.Create special discounts/deals for your fans.

      Create a contest. "Join our FREE Computer Tips Newsletter and you will Automatically be entered to win a free ____"

      After you get the optin, you're gold. Basic list building stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author phillimac
    Make sure you market yourself to the locals. Put up signs, posters, ads in the paper, etc. You can also use social networking sites like twitter, facebook, etc. All will help out in many ways.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Pitts
    I would set them up a youtube page. Have them offer some tips and tricks that are simple and takes less than 5 minutes to do. This way they dont offer stuff that will cause them to lose business. One thing I would do as well is have them video a computer build demonstration. This will show that they know what they are doing and really boost potential clients confidence in them. I am an IT guy and this has helped me get business time and time again especially after doing a PC build then firing it up so they can see it is running and working and it has worked all the time. Make sure to have them say their company name at least 3 times in each video just to get that in the back of the viewers mind
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  • Profile picture of the author jmark1107
    Be professional. You will sometime be unable to save their data or their broken motherboard, but you can explain why while keeping it simple. And there are few software problems you cannot solve at all, so do not admit failure unless necessary (repairs that would cost more than the computer's value for example). You will gain a reputation as an expert, not to mention people will come to view you as honest, which can be invaluable if you have a serious problems one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author christiehemme
    Facebook Fanpage can help you more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Summertime Dress
    I would find a simple service to offer computer owners BEFORE the computer is ever broken...use this to build your list of clients and stay in touch with them. This way when the computer breaks, they call you because you're the "computer guy". Something people want like data security, child controls, computer set up, etc...you can also make an affiliate commission on a lot of security software products if they purchase through your link...
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  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    Get mousemats printed up with the services and contact number on them and send them to local businesses.

    Every office I worked in most people turn into Golem at the site of a new mouse mat as its not something usually bought by stationary manager.

    This way you are in prime location next to the computers if anything goes wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe
    Sometimes it's easier to try to get clients offline than it is online... the clients you're after actually live offline and some of them may spend more time offline than online, again few of them may search online for the kind of service you're talking about even if they spend a ton of time online, some even live and/or work near you or someone you know, so while you might want to offer him SEO services etc, you might also consider offering him some good old consulting services to include ideas for marketing himself offline...

    Whether you use local SEO or articles or postcards or whatever else, you still need a BIG golden hook with juicy bait to draw in the best prospects so here's my suggestion...

    Get your client to get a hold of all of his current contacts and past happy clients, send them emails or text messages offering the following...

    1. FREE full anti-virus installation on at least one PC
    2. FREE full PC check up (like a free medical examination)
    3. FREE RAM upgrade (explain what this really does for prospects)
    4. FREE whatever else doesn't cost too much to offer as a loss leader
    5. FREE CDs chuck full of great software for businesses, or any other niches or general users etc

    The point of something like is to introduce your client to the people they will eventually work with. As some warriors have mentioned this is a largely emergency market so they won't call you just because you say to call now... they will only call when they desperately need to and if you are the one who is top of mind and one way to get your client top of mind is to get them to MEET the client, perform a great job for free, and get a relationship of sorts started.

    Your client should also do follow up calls with advice on how to improve this or that or avoid the latest viruses or phishing scams or email hacking or whatever else, they can also call with tips for upgrading from one Windows version to another and so on and so forth, the idea is to build a rapport to be a computer expert they know and trust to touch their PC without causing more problems and to do so at a reasonable/affordable price etc... Your client should get more calls than normal when he/she offers freebies that most computer repair people will charge money for.

    Best of luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author DeltaForce
    You can also offer consultation on fiverr before actually getting job for repair, mobile marketing is good, posting local ads on craigs also would be good as lots of people are using it, networking through facebook to market business can also work...
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  • Profile picture of the author aardanyul
    Classifieds are your friend! Craigslist, local newspapers, etc. can generate you a lot of traffic and clients
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Old thread but still alive.

    I'd say for a lot of this thread you can see the bias here for online marketing. Which for this kind of business will not me the most effective for the following reasons.

    1. If their computer is down they may not be able to get online.
    2. What will the person be searching for if they do check online?

    For a guy bootstrapping a computer repair service here is what I would say.
    1. For online marketing focus 100% on google places. As this will likely be his best if not only online source.
    2. Get a memoriable business number. Like towing companies this may help people to remember you as the computer guy they heard about. Car Dead... Call Fred(he's been advertising like that since I was a kid. We know to call fred)
    3. Yard signs. Order them and get them out in places where people will see them. Network with businesses and homes to put them out.
    4. Magnetic signs on cars(his and friends). Basically you want people to see it over and over again.
    5. Promote the business with signs near places people buy or get computers fixed. If you got a business near best buy that will let you put up a sign or banner do it. Maybe exchange free IT help for so many years in exchange for the signage.

    Once the business picks up do the following
    1. Get a retail location that gets good drive by traffic.
    2. Yellow Pages ad
    3. Radio Ads
    4. TV Ads

    The key to getting a business like this to work is to build a brand that people know. You ave to get them to remember you when their computer is working because when it breaks unless they know you or their friend does they will just take it to best buy and get hosed by the geeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author terip
    Hmm... So I'm assuming your opting for online marketing then. If so, you can do SEO on your website. For that you can try a bit of article marketing, linkedin, and even facebook marketing while your at it.
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    This is an awsome post. I just want to say big thanks to everyone!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author nophin1
    To everyone who suggested Google Places along with a well optimized website is the way to go. I also have a computer repair business and I get leads through Google places and my website. I can't forget videos and business citations. At one time I was ranking my video, website and Google Places all on the first page, but you know how it goes Google changed the Map lay out so now only my website is ranking on page one. My video dropped to page two and will soon be back to page one since I'm concentrating on getting it there.
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  • Profile picture of the author saralees
    Google local business listings pages, as you can create as many pages as you like. (use wisley) Use keywords such as "local compuer repair shop Atlanta" as you page title. Google has their own channels on how to deck it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author PerfectSolution
    I agree with ehsan that most folks with computer issues will not be able to get onlline to look for help thru google places etc. So the best way to reach them is thru offline marketing. Flyers, ads in newpapers, mags and other offline methods would be best. However, the use of twitter, socia media paltofrms etc is good to build new contacts and "friends" which is important for long-term business. If yuo make your presence stand out, they would surely remember you as the computer handyman whenevr a PC disaster stirtkes .This wrks for local area.
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    • Profile picture of the author compudoc
      To say that people looking for computer repair won't be able to use a computer to find you is an absolute falsehood!! I own and operate a successful computer repair shop, and belong to a forum of hundreds of computer repair shop owners, this has been mentioned before, and every real shop owner laughed, over 90% of a computer repair shops income comes from word of mouth, and internet searches. Get rated high for "computer repair city" and you'll do fine. Since google penguin came out, you'll want backlinks from reputable sites that are related to yours, and most important social media links! use squidoo, hubpages, facebook, google plus, google local, linkedin etc. Even our customers from "poorer" area's have smartphones, and multiple computers.
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  • Profile picture of the author kthxbye
    Very interesting ideas and great suggestions. May I jump in with a question to all the QR code ideas:
    Did you guys do any experience on these? I have honestly seen never seen anybody scanning these. I almost come to believe they are more just there for signaling "we are innovative", but is there actually some tests/success for them in an advertising environment?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mega Mind
    i think social media is a good source 4 it ....
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  • Profile picture of the author TwinkleToes
    Home computer repair business is generally considered in the local
    market so I think better to advertise it in local market rather than
    online one. You can keep add in the news paper and craiglist post is
    a good idea to provide your service too. Yelp is another way to
    market in particular area or city.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    Give a presentation to homeowner associations and give them a group discount and priority service. Condo assoc/apt complex boards etc...

    Offer some free tune-up if they bring computer to you, or if you want to make house calls. then you put your sticker on their computer for future reference. who they gonna call?
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  • Profile picture of the author consult4u
    Why not go EDDM?
    For .16 an address
    with a great offer
    it would pay for itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    I tried promoting one Product in Cb and the campaign I started then is sending traffic till now but never made a sale. It is comment traffic. It works for me in other niches not here though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    This is a bit of a different offline tactic, but it does work..

    Go to the business oriented computer/network shops that ONLY deal with businesses. They get tons of calls for home service because their client's employees know them, and people walk in off the street. They either just tell them NO, or they refer them to someone.

    Ask them to refer those home repairs to you. Leave a stack of business cards with them.

    Refer business clients back to them, if you are only doing home repairs. (Builds good will)

    I worked in one of those "business only" shops for 20 years, and watched a half-dozen home repair people build clientele by referrals from us.
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  • Profile picture of the author PennyBurgess
    Try to use PPV advertisements and target those who are looking for safety programs/softwares/services.. those are your clients!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rickeydt
    You can use social media
    something like facebook fan pages.

    You could have a referral program... an example would be you offering a unique referral code that people give there friends, family or whoever and the referrer could receive some type of credit/s and the one referred could get a small discount.

    You could use classified ad sites like craigslist
    I recommend testing classified ads and see how they work for you then try a paid ad on craigslist and you will receive tones of traffic in which ever direction you choose, whether its a site or phone number, etc... note: you definitely have to test the ads response rate first before just dishing money and make sure the campaign converts profitably, but once you know that then the sky's the limit

    Also if you choose to advertise online and create a converting ad, you can take it offline using newspaper classifieds.

    Addition ideas:
    -Drop cards
    -Post cards
    -Traditional business cards
    -Great service so word of mouth becomes inevitable
    -Fiverr.com has some really cool services like having someone make video testimonials or hand out flyers, etc... for a $5 dollar fee... you can get really creative here for minimal risk
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  • Profile picture of the author gupta78
    Bill distribution of Computer repair in local areas with batter contacts of shops already runing the business to refer the people who are looking for home repair service.
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      Originally Posted by gupta78 View Post

      Bill distribution of Computer repair in local areas with batter contacts of shops already runing the business to refer the people who are looking for home repair service.
      Bill Distribution - Dropping your bills in the neighbors mailbox.

      Batter Contacts - What the KC Royals do when they play the Yankees.

      Runing the Business - I assume an "i" was dropped, and we're referring to what happens when your message is hard to understand.
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