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Forum: Offline Marketing 28th January 2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,079
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I think I just found a list of 1,000s + 1,000s of offline bizs that need our help!!...

Great suggestions TW, and something you can do with just about any kind of site builder or directory. I like to get a little more specific though and include a business type and/or location in the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th July 2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 861
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Started working as a Mortgage Broker need advice with marketing myself

When I used to commute to work the local radio station would have a regular mortgage guy on to give tips about mortgages and home buying regularly. I think they also did free informational seminars...
Forum: Offline Marketing 13th July 2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 570
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Laura Husson: How to Choose a NON-cowboy Website Developer

Good lessons there for sure, but it works against her considering she's got dozens of spam comments on that page that haven't been dealt with in months! DOH!

Someone claiming to know a few things...
Forum: Website Design 12th July 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Any idea what software this site is using?

It's not much of a wesbsite, just a shopping cart. See the lower right side of their site where it says "Shopping Cart by Shopify"
Forum: Website Design 12th July 2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Someone know a wordpress plugin to do a web 3.0 site like paypal (with video)

Sorry, don't know of any plugins, but the Divi theme from Elegant Themes is a gorgeous web 3.0 and that'll do video and parallax backgrounds.
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th July 2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,195
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Is Photography a good business niche?

You know I grew up hearing things like "Do what you love and the money will follow", but I think the more accurate statement would be "Do what you love and what others are willing to pay for, and the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th July 2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 668
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: ideas for a post card campaign

EDDM is worth a try, but I'm always amazed at the number of local service people I see visiting homes who I think miss a huge opportunity but not at least leaving a door hanger on the 4-5 closest...
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th July 2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,489
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: "You're going to think I'm a jerk after reading this post..."

Nope, not a jerk at all Chris! Just a trusted warrior with integrity who obviously loves his family! :-)

God bless you,

Steve
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th July 2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,532
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: 2 Billion Dollar Company Could Do With Our Help

I think the 2nd best thing they could do...disable the product reviews on their website!

I haven't bought or used a Mr Coffee product in probably 20 years and looking at some of the many 1-2 star...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th June 2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,912
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Critique it - a site under construction

Hello Brotherly!

While I didn't see the website mentioned in your first post, the one you currently have is ok...but I think you would do better with even a $50 template from Theme Forest or...
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 13th June 2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 23,749
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Rent-a-serp sounds great... but...

I watched the sales vid and some of what the plugin can do seems great, but despite talk about how easy it is to rank sites, saw no mention of how that's accomplished other then a mention of the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 10th June 2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Creative local commercial for a plant sale

Wow - that was so bad it's good, and at almost 600k views on youtube, I'm guessing they got a decent return on their investment.

Reminds me of the great work these guys do Rhett & Link...
Forum: Warrior Forum Classified Ads 8th June 2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,895
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: [EARLY BIRD] Get $10,000 Worth Marketing Graphics For FREE (or very cheap)... CLICK HERE for mor

I also received a review copy of this huge graphics package and have to say it's one of the better collections I've come across in my six years on the forum here!

There's a great variety of...
Forum: Offline Marketing 8th June 2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Direct Mail - Letterhead vs. Non-Letterhead?

I really cant say from personal experience, but I don't remember ever hearing Dan Kennedy, Joe Sugarman or Gary Halbert etc... ever mention the benefits of using Letterhead for a sales letter.

I...
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th June 2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,479
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: [Local Online Marketing] How-To Help Your Clients: Interview with Claude Whitacre

Great stuff Jason! I have a few of Claude's books but even better to have the two of you together on an interview! :)
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th June 2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,210
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I make 100 calls a day,give me some criticism on my script.

Kudos for getting on the phone and making those calls, but if anyone called me to tell me they could get me new customers with a new website or SEO etc.... my first and only thought would be "If this...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd June 2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Is it JUST ME or did the WF get easier to read

I know I wasn't crazy about the changes at first, but looks like the font's been improved a bit and it's growing on me now. Wonder how long this "flat design" trend will last before the tide swings...
Forum: Offline Marketing 12th May 2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Priority Mail Power

While I think a Priority Mail package will certainly help you get noticed, have you tried anything in between that and the plain old #10, like a regular 9x12 so you can mail your sales letter flat?
...
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th May 2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,757
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: why is cold emailng so poor at lead gen?

Sorry - nothing personal, but I'm still just amazed at the number of people trying to sell services like SEO and web design that has the potential to make them thousands of dollars, and yet they're...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 28th February 2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 955
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: "Home Show" Mobile Bonanza

I know I'm going to one this weekend, and you can usually find a listing of exhibitors on the show website prior to visiting. This will be the 3rd home/garden type show in my area this month.
Forum: Mobile Marketing 28th February 2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,634
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: SMS Messages Violation of Twilio's Terms of Service?

The question is then, what do they consider to be a high volume? :)

I'd hope not the few hundreds/thousands a small business might grow to, but it's tough to say when they're so vague in their...
Forum: Offline Marketing 28th February 2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: offline email marketing Mobile Website

Hey Jen,

Like others have said, I've had terrible luck with email prospecting and I get it, considering how many times I take advantge of email offers that people I don't know send me (that would...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 3rd February 2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,298
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: iPhone 6 is coming?

Looks like maybe in time for summer according to some iPhone 6 (iPhone Air): Release Date, Specs, Rumors and News | Digital Trends...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 3rd February 2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Optimizng A Mobile Directory

It's certainly worth a try Don and I do think Videos can get ranked on the fist page rather quickly, I just don't know if Google favors videos when it comes to searches on mobile devices or not. With...
Forum: Offline Marketing 2nd February 2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Offline and PLR Products

Posting flyers on apartments? Are you hoping that these folks will want to learn how to develop a website for their own personal use, or selling them the training as a way to make money by selling...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 2nd February 2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Optimizng A Mobile Directory

Hey Don - have you seen the first page of results when searching for "restaurants in princeton nj" on your mobile?

There are some heavy hitters there including Yelp and Trip Advisor and not to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 21st December 2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,699
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I am too scared to cold call!

You've received great advice from Claude and Jason already, but a few thoughts came to mind that you may want to consider when trying to sell your services.

1) What offer are you making to these...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 1st March 2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Making a Wordpress restaurant site mobile friendly...

Matt, do a quick search in the WSO forum and you'll find most of the good options out there.

WillR, Quentin and Kevin Koop all offer some nice templates you can work with if you don't mind getting...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st March 2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Does anyone run a local mailing list selling email blasts?

Along with asking them to show you their numbers, I'd also call up a few of their current advertisers and see if they'll give you a minute to tell you whether the ads have been worth it for them or...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd February 2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I need a plan...

Looks like eBay might be the best possibility for trying to keep the business alive, but as others mentioned if they've done nothing to stand out from the competition until this point, it's going to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th February 2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,455
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: How do YOU find local businesses with Facebook Pages?

Not really looking to use ads just yet, as I'm working on a local directory and plan to contact local businesses through their FB page, but thanks for the suggestion!



Thanks - checking out...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th February 2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,455
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: How do YOU find local businesses with Facebook Pages?

Great tips - thanks! That'll help to like and contact a number of pages quickly and while I wish I could search the county like this, locating some other cities nearby should be easy enough to do.
...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th February 2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,455
Posted By Steve Solem
How do YOU find local businesses with Facebook Pages?

Hey all - I'm putting together a list of local businesses to contact via FB and just using Google to search facebook for pages with a (keyword) + (city name) and that works pretty well...but I'm...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th February 2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Hand-Code vs. Theme

I don't think it's any better - and personally if I had a $10,000 budget for a website, I'd rather spend 10% on the site design and 90% on copywriting than the other way around.

Keep in mind that...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 12th February 2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,546
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Best video to send out to clients to sell mobile websites?

I agree - WillR's got some of the best prospecting videos out there that are informative and entertaining and well worth the small investment.
Forum: Offline Marketing 12th February 2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,492
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: How I got a FREE database of all local businesses

I hope you at least asked him if he'd be interested in mailing to his list on your behalf, or maybe inserting a flyer of yours into every order or invoice he mails out? I wouldn't think many printers...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 2nd February 2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 667
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: LIME PLATFORM ?

I haven't been in my account in a while and don't recall, but why don't you signup for a free trial and see for yourself, or ask their support directly?
Forum: Mobile Marketing 2nd February 2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Anyone have experience in hiring sales people to sell mobile services?

The few people I signed up last year from Craigslist posts were completely unreliable. I am thinking about attempting this again though and screening them better and offering more incentives to get...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st February 2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,748
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: How would you market a new Cocktail Mixer company?

Has your friend spoken to his target market and asked if they're interested in and willing to pay for a product like this, and where and how they would buy something like this?

Does whole foods...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 31st January 2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: WTB Mobile website video to show clients?

You can find Wills videos and others with a simple search in the WSO forum for "mobile video plr"
Forum: Mobile Marketing 30th January 2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: New to SMS, question about multiple keywords....

Anytime - you've pretty much got it there. With a number through Twilio that's YOUR number and you could use any keyword you want with that. I did try them for a while and there are advantages to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 30th January 2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 358
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Websites and ROI

I think many businesses have been trained well by the yellowpages and traditional media to do something because their competitors are and don't give too much thought to ROI when it comes to doing...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 30th January 2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,723
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: In Truth, Has Anyone Made Money Selling Mobile Sites to Offline Clients?

I think trying to sell mobile websites, or anything for that matter, like this is a mistake when business owners don't really know how they can BENEFIT from a mobile website.

Sure, if you cold...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 29th January 2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: New to SMS, question about multiple keywords....

Since you're talking about phone numbers, I assume you're using a system with long codes and Twilio?

You could certainly have multiple keywords whether using long or short codes, but one advantage...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 26th January 2013, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Budget Mobile Plan Recommendations

My brother and niece have a plan with republic wireless - The Mobile Network that Runs on Freedom (http://www.republicwireless.com) that they both like. I believe it's $20 a month for unlimited plus...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 26th January 2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Google + local listing = no need for mobile site?

That sounds like a bit of a stretch to me, unless this was a study that was done and there are hard number to back it up.

Among mobile users, I'd guess that probably just as many people might be...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 26th January 2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Budget Mobile Plan Recommendations

I love my iphone 4 with ATT, but if you truly are "in the sticks" as your name suggests, you may want to start by first finding which plans cover your area first and then figure out what you want to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th January 2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 794
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: My 1000th post - and a real, free gift for my friends here, no opt in required!

Thanks guys, and sorry helisell - my first time using dropbox to serve a download for me so maybe something's off. I'll reupload a regular link in a little bit and send you a PM when it's available.
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th January 2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 794
Posted By Steve Solem
My 1000th post - and a real, free gift for my friends here, no opt in required!

Hey guys,

So for post number 1000 here, I wanted to share a free gift with you that I know can help you in your business or can be used to help you grow your clients businesses if you follow the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th January 2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Can't Find Quality Book Cover Designer..

Sorry Dana - I've only done covers for my own books and while I occasionally look for someone else I can outsource that too, haven't found anyone just yet.

Pretty sure Amazon offers a cover design...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th January 2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,268
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Calling Dentists

I've mailed white 9x12s with a two page sales letter inside to realtors and have gotten as high as a 10% response. They only cost $.90 to mail (two first class stamps) and were hand addressed with no...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 24th January 2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I'm new to mobile: What are your recommendations for building a simple HTML/CSS mobile site.

I've used both methods DJL mentioned, using scripts or code provided by the developers of the themes I've purchased here. I'm unsure which method I like best or which performs best , but I believe...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th January 2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,268
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Calling Dentists

Hmmm...if you did send a letter and called to follow up, it could be as Sherry mentioned that they're so busy they're just don't have the time during the day to deal with phone calls or even letters...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th January 2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Thread Trashed?

Just a hunch, but probably because it's been asked and answered before. See the results of this google search for example buying facebook pages - Google Search...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th January 2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,268
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: Calling Dentists

What are you trying to sell to these dentists, who are understandably hard to reach as they're with patients or running their business during the day?

If it's any kind of offline marketing related...
Forum: Mobile Marketing 24th January 2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By Steve Solem
Re: I'm new to mobile: What are your recommendations for building a simple HTML/CSS mobile site.

Hey Joe - my advice, starting with a great template can shorten the learning curve and help you get a mobile site together quickly.

WillR, Quentin and Kevin Koop here have all offered some nice...
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