Advertising?

Posted by: pianotune2

Advertising? - 05/14/12 10:08 PM

What advertising is everyone finding the most effective right now? I am mainly concerned with what everyone is doing for new customers in their area. Most of my customers come from referrals through the university I work for, or the local piano store, but I can remember a few years back a big chunk of my work came from the yellow pages. That however seems to be a thing of the past in my area.
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Advertising? - 05/14/12 11:23 PM

Word of mouth has always been the biggest one of all. A good website works well too.
Posted by: Supply

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 12:36 AM

The trick is to get the word of mouth out there that you have a good website!
Posted by: Dave B

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 01:17 AM

Tell piano owners their neighbors are starting to complain. Pets are suffering from indigestion. etc.
Posted by: pianovoce

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 01:28 AM

I also suggest listing yourself on Yelp and getting your customers to leave you feedback. It's a great (and free!) way to get some extra visibility.
Posted by: RoyP

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 09:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Supply
The trick is to get the word of mouth out there that you have a good website!
laugh
Posted by: That Guy

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 10:51 AM

I suggest a web site. Go to Vistaprint and you can have one for free or very, very cheap. Also, I have magnetic signs on my car, they generate quite a bit of business. Since I go all over town anyway it's like a moving billboard. People stop me in parking lots and even in the neighborhood where I'm tuning. They're cheap and effective. Of course be sure to have business cards to give out.

Be sure to go to Google Maps and claim your listing. It's free and if you have a website you can have a direct link to it from there.

Check out Piano Acoustics on the web and again if you have web site you can claim your listing, for $10 a year and it will link right to your website.

I think for the most part the Yellow Pages is a big waste of money.
Posted by: Dan Casdorph

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 12:34 PM

Music stores that don't sell pianos are a good source for me. Introduce yourself, leave some business cards and try to refer customers to them. I get a LOT of business from a local music store that only sells digital pianos.
Posted by: Thomson Lawrie

Re: Advertising? - 05/15/12 10:53 PM

Originally Posted By: pianotune2
I can remember a few years back a big chunk of my work came from the yellow pages. That however seems to be a thing of the past in my area.
The internet has replaced the phone book in most homes. As others have already pointed out, a good website is important. If you can't get your website found in search results then its worth it to spend a little on Google ads.

I find that reminder cards are still a worthwhile investment. They don't just increase calls from repeat customers. I find that they increase referrals. The worst thing that can happen to anyone in this business is to have a satisfied customer forget who it was that did such a good job last time.
Posted by: Dave B

Re: Advertising? - 05/16/12 01:44 AM

Great point Thomson. Make sure the customer knows your name and doesn't forget it!
Posted by: Loren D

Re: Advertising? - 05/16/12 07:28 AM

I used Google AdWords and Bing, the two highest searched engines. I do maintain a Yellow Pages ad, because from a perception point of view from the customer, being in the yellow pages, though obsolete, lends legitimacy to your business. Set up a pay-per-click ad campaign with Google and Bing that draw customers to your site, where they can easily contact/book you.

I also maintain a toll-free 800 number for my out of town clients as a courtesy. Again, toll-free's are dinosaurs in today's world because most people use cell phones and minutes are minutes, but customers do use them and they again add credibility.
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 10:21 AM

Well I tried something new last night, on facebook(at least in this area)there is something called FOR SALE CLAY COUNTY or whatever county you live. Its a group you join on facebook and its just individuals from different counties selling items. I posted my services on there last night and had 4 tunings to line up from it this morning. You might check and see if there are ones for your counties in your states if not you could start a new group. Just FYI, thought it might work for some others.
Posted by: bellspiano

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 04:29 PM

Advertise on PianoWorld, right here, right now. There is a link to click (upper right on my screen), and you're on your way.This is a highly visible site and bumps you way up on Google searches. It's easy to use, good value for money -- and you're here now, go ahead, use the site to help you! It certainly helped my business when I was searching for new customers -- thanks, Frank (Frank is the site owner and a very good guy).
Posted by: Buchholzer

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 04:39 PM

I recently launched a Directory Website dedicated to piano services. I am a technician here in AZ.

It is free to list your business in your home city and listings are added on a first come, first served basis.

Anyway, it's free exposure if you are looking to get your name out on the web and try and bring in new clients in your area.

Here is the link: www.PianoTunersByState.com
Posted by: Loren D

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 04:47 PM

Geotargeting is critical, though. Doesn't make sense to pay to advertise to someone who might live thousands of miles away from me.
Posted by: Buchholzer

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 05:25 PM

Loren D - You are right. Geography targeting is critical. I have set it up so you can list specifically to the category (Piano Tuners) and geography (Your City) you service in PA. I offer free listings as well, not just paid.

I also optimize the landing page for each listing so that it has the opportunity to show and start ranking for online users in your specific area making it laser geo-targeted.

I hope that helps.
Posted by: RoyP

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 10:34 PM

I can tell you what doesn't work....putting a sticker with your name on it inside every piano you tune. There are a couple local tuners who do this. Half the pianos I tune seem to have a certain tech's sticker inside. But since I just did the last tuning, apparently it didn't work. The only people who see those stickers, and signatures, are other techs.
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Advertising? - 05/18/12 10:51 PM

I always thought that's what they were for, us..... Otherwise, we'd stick them on the lid. On the outside... smile
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 05/19/12 12:01 AM

What really gets me is when I go to tune a beautiful concert piano and I look down at the plate and there are ink stamps on it with their name and date of previous techs. Thats vandalism if you ask me.
Posted by: RoyP

Re: Advertising? - 05/19/12 12:29 AM

I agree. I've never been one to sign pianos. Although I kind of enjoy the running service record on some of the old school pianos. I do a good bit of work in Cincinnati Public Schools. There was a guy, Fred Grau, who must have had the CPS contract. He wrote down everything he did, with a date. CPS must have bought a couple truckloads of these blond Wurlitzer studio pianos. They are in every school I've been in.
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Advertising? - 05/19/12 12:12 PM

I agree with pianotune2 too. I hate for any signature to be visible. I do sign pianos, my whole family does, most tuners around here do but, anyone with any valor, signs it some place where only the next tuner sees it. That way, I can see, oh, so, I filed hammers and regulated the piano on this date. I'd forgotten about that or something else...

I LOVE seeing the service records of my grandfather John Groot whom I never met dating back from the 1920's! And my dad, who is no longer living... Sometimes he would write, "HI JER!" In them, that brings back memories.
Posted by: Eric Gloo

Re: Advertising? - 05/19/12 12:52 PM

I don't ever recall putting a signature on any grand piano, and hardly ever run across one with a signature. I will sign most uprights on the keys (behind the fall board, of course)...starting with key #1. I can usually fit 3 signatures on one key. I have signed a couple of old upright plates, but only because the owners saw the 20 other signatures from over the past century, and wanted me to continue the tradition.
Posted by: UnrightTooner

Re: Advertising? - 05/21/12 07:22 AM

Originally Posted By: That Guy
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Be sure to go to Google Maps and claim your listing. It's free and if you have a website you can have a direct link to it from there.

.....


I went ahead and signed up for Google Maps. There is a postcard verification thing to wait on. Now I'm having second thoughts. Has anybody signed up for Google Maps and then got deluged with phone and mail solicitations?
Posted by: Daryl Durand

Re: Advertising? - 05/21/12 09:13 AM

I've been on Google Maps for a long time and can say it works great. I did have a problem with having 2 websites one time. One was for the band and both sites were signed up with the same mailing address. Google didn't like this and both sites were not showing up. Google thinks this is spam.

So I changed the band site mailing address to one of the band members. I guess you can't have more than one business with the same address. Anyways everything works fine now.
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 05:36 PM

Does anyone use car door magnets for advertising, if you do how well do they work? Also if you do where did you get it made?
Posted by: DJ Sueno

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 06:07 PM

Originally Posted By: pianotune2
Does anyone use car door magnets for advertising, if you do how well do they work? Also if you do where did you get it made?
That Guy replied to your post :
Originally Posted By: That Guy
Also, I have magnetic signs on my car, they generate quite a bit of business. Since I go all over town anyway it's like a moving billboard. People stop me in parking lots and even in the neighborhood where I'm tuning. They're cheap and effective. Of course be sure to have business cards to give out.
Posted by: Loren D

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 06:08 PM

Originally Posted By: pianotune2
Does anyone use car door magnets for advertising, if you do how well do they work? Also if you do where did you get it made?


They work great! There are times when I'm filling my tank at the gas station when someone will come up and either get my card or schedule an appointment right there. smile

edit: I get mine through Vistaprint. Good prices, good service, they'll match them to your cards, etc.
Posted by: wayne walker

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 06:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Loren D
Originally Posted By: pianotune2
Does anyone use car door magnets for advertising, if you do how well do they work? Also if you do where did you get it made?


They work great! There are times when I'm filling my tank at the gas station when someone will come up and either get my card or schedule an appointment right there. smile

edit: I get mine through Vistaprint. Good prices, good service, they'll match them to your cards, etc.

I got a set from Vistaprint.One fell off the car the second day which they replaced. within a year the image was coming off and I never had anyone take notice. Last year I had vinyl lettering done to the back hatch and keyboards the the rear side windows of my car.This has generated business and it cost about $150
Posted by: Randy Karasik

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 10:20 PM

I'm conflicted ... do I tell my competitors how to get more market share, and thereby sabotage my own success?

I'll tell you what doesn't work:

1 - Yellow Pages.
2 - Welcome Wagons.
3 - Newspaper advertising.

What does work:

1 - Reminder cards in the mail
2 - Followup phone calls
3 - Teacher referrals
4 - Dealer work in exchange for a pittance, and new customers.
5 - Website with google adwords.

I have other secrets that will remain secret for now. But, I will reveal that I'm going to look into social network marketing next.
Posted by: pianovoce

Re: Advertising? - 05/22/12 10:54 PM

Does anyone here have experience with Angie's List?
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 05/23/12 03:09 PM

[quote=Randy Karasik]I'm conflicted ... do I tell my competitors how to get more market share, and thereby sabotage my own success?

I tell you what I will stay east of you in Kansas Randy wink
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 05/23/12 03:12 PM

I am on Angie's list, haven't seen any benefit from it. Still I figure it can't hurt anything being on it, as long as I don't get bad reviews crazy
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 05/29/12 07:51 AM

A couple of years ago, I had a local sign shop make me up some yard signs. I gave my customers (located in high traffic areas) a small discount if they were willing to display my sign in their yard for a couple of weeks, or until I was back around that way to pick it up. Everyone was very happy to do it for me. I only had four signs made up, but would strategically place them in the different towns that I service. I had people tell me, "I see your signs all over town." I never told them that I only have four and just move them around. LOL! Here's a picture of one...



Also, we have a couple of very large basketball tournaments in our area. I made up this ad to run on the tournament program. I have learned that it's always good to be able to track your marketing to see how successful it is, so this year I will be adding a coupon so I can track the ad's success. There is a lot of down time between games, and the only thing people have to do is sit and look at the ads in the program. I even reserve the space below the basket team at the school where I teach.



It also helps to have a professional looking website and facebook presence. Here is the cover photo I created for my facebook fan page...



as well as having a cool logo...



I designed all of these in Microsoft Word. I also have a yellow pages ad. When I set the ad up, the customer service agent asked me if he could call me back after researching how I could set my ad apart from my competitors. (I really don't have any in my area.) I humored him and said sure. In a few days, he called me back said "Well, Mr. Hassell, you really don't have a whole lot of competitors, your ad is probably fine as it is." He recommended a website called www.getlisted.com It is a way to be sure your website and company are found when people do a search online.

Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 06/18/12 11:56 PM

I found out last week that Vistaprint does t-shirts and polo shirts. I was able to design what I wanted on my computer and upload it directly to their site. I just ordered one for now to see how I like it. I'm thinking about doing some t-shirts to give to my students at school to help advertise.

Here's what I designed. It will be embroidered on a black polo shirt.

Posted by: Jbyron

Re: Advertising? - 06/19/12 12:14 AM

Great work, Ryan. I really like the signs.
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 06/20/12 09:22 PM

My problem with vistaprint is its way to easy, I end up buying all kinds of stuff I really don't need. I have gotten window decals for the car, car magnets, fridge magnets, pens, 4 different kinds of postcards, business cards, poster adds etc.. I have my eye on some shirts now also.
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 07/02/12 10:26 PM

I had a thought the other day...

I always leave my business card on the piano, with the date the piano was tuned. Taking a cue from the oil change people, the next time I get business cards printed, I think I'm going to make a place for "Next service due on__ __ ___" with a place to put the date.

What do you think?
Posted by: beethoven986

Re: Advertising? - 07/02/12 10:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
I had a thought the other day...

I always leave my business card on the piano, with the date the piano was tuned. Taking a cue from the oil change people, the next time I get business cards printed, I think I'm going to make a place for "Next service due on__ __ ___" with a place to put the date.

What do you think?


I'd forget without those oil change reminders, so this seems like a great idea!
Posted by: woodog

Re: Advertising? - 07/03/12 08:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Jerry Groot RPT
I agree with pianotune2 too. I hate for any signature to be visible. I do sign pianos, my whole family does, most tuners around here do but, anyone with any valor, signs it some place where only the next tuner sees it. That way, I can see, oh, so, I filed hammers and regulated the piano on this date. I'd forgotten about that or something else...

I LOVE seeing the service records of my grandfather John Groot whom I never met dating back from the 1920's! And my dad, who is no longer living... Sometimes he would write, "HI JER!" In them, that brings back memories.


I loved this post. What a great feeling to start the day.

Forrest
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 07/04/12 07:48 PM

A friend with whom I teach, made me a few of these shirts in exchange for a piano tuning. Pretty good trade off!

Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 07/05/12 08:17 PM

I wore one of the above shirts today for the first time and got two new customers, just by them seeing my shirt, one was in a local Chinese restaurant and the other was in my chiropractor's office. Crazy! Why didn't I get these sooner.
Posted by: Buchholzer

Re: Advertising? - 07/20/12 01:59 PM

Great Job on your marketing Ryan! Those shirts look great! It's a good feeling when you can execute an idea and get new customers from it.

I recently launched a brand new piano tuning directory website that I would like to invite you to check out. I just put up a new video on YouTube explaining it briefly if you want to check it out, it's free.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzH004qcZ8

I do not have any tuners in MO listed yet, so you could be the first...
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 07/20/12 05:00 PM

Thanks Brandon,
I'll give it a look.
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Advertising? - 07/20/12 08:05 PM

At least nobody's giving you any "Hassell" Ryan. I know, you've heard that before... But, the devil made me do it!

What do the shirts from Vista Print cost? I get ink pens from them and pass them out to customers. I prefer the nicer ones over the crappy cheap ones. smile
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Advertising? - 07/20/12 08:27 PM

Hey Ryan, the shirts look great! I have never had a tuner arrive with a logo shirt. I would be impressed. It conveys pride in your business. A polo shirt is both comfortable and practical. Good Job!
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 07/21/12 01:36 AM

Jerry,
The pictures I posted above are not from Vistaprints. They were done by a friend who was our former FACS (home ec) teacher. She made me four shirts in exchange for a free tuning. I did order one from Vistaprints, and was OK with it when it came in, but after seeing how clean and precise the ones my friend made were, the one from Vistaprints looks kind of crappy now. Apparently when you take a computer generated image and import it into your sewing machine there is a lot of clean up work that has to be done. It appears that Vistaprint didn't do that. Now that my friend has my logo saved in her sewing machine it will be very easy to just make a few more shirts the next time I need them. Maybe like next year when her pianos needs a tuning again. As I recall the Vistaprints shirt was about $30 plus a one time fee to digitize your logo.

Marty,
Thanks! I think I like the blue one more than the black one. After working a day in the black one, it shows a lot of lint and piano dust. Besides that the psychological effect of the color blue is trust...and it brings out my blue eyes...or so I'm told.. :-)


Posted by: wayne walker

Re: Advertising? - 07/21/12 06:25 AM

I had some polo shirts embroidered with my logo. I buy the shirts for about $20 each. There was a one time set up fee and I forget how much that was. But I pay $7.00 for each shirt to be embroidered.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Advertising? - 07/21/12 09:17 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, that brought a vision of you accompanying Frank Sinatra.
Posted by: Mark Cerisano, RPT

Re: Advertising? - 07/31/12 12:07 AM

Re: Magnetic signs. I used to have some. Then I splurged and wrapped my car. Well, not completely, but you can see it a mile away. Now people walk up to me at gas stations and once, I was even flagged down as I was driving. Lights flashing, horn honking. She just wanted a card. I thought my car was on fire!
Posted by: Olek

Re: Advertising? - 07/31/12 03:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Hey Ryan, the shirts look great! I have never had a tuner arrive with a logo shirt. I would be impressed. It conveys pride in your business. A polo shirt is both comfortable and practical. Good Job!


You can buy a Yamaha tee shirt in any good motorcycle shop wink
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 08/01/12 10:54 PM

Mark,
I've been thinking about doing the car wrap thing too. Will you please post a picture. I would love to see it. The only marking I have is on my back window with white vinyl letters.
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 08/11/12 10:31 PM

Proof that a great website draws in customers...

I got a call from a lady this week. She said she chose me because she saw my ad in the yellow pages and saw the link to my website. (I'm the only technician in the area with a website) She said she liked what she saw and decided to call me.
Posted by: Scott Hamlin

Re: Advertising? - 08/12/12 12:49 AM

You can also advertise using Facebook pay-per-click ads.. the little guy that appear on the right hand of Facebook.

Nice thing is you can target people who list "piano" or "playing piano" as an interest and you only pay when they click thru to your site.

If anyone wants me to expand on this let me know.. I set this up for my wife's business and it is really effective (and cheap!) advertising.
Posted by: Ryan Hassell

Re: Advertising? - 01/27/13 03:57 PM

I have my own "grumpy cat." LOL!

Posted by: Bob

Re: Advertising? - 01/27/13 09:47 PM

That looks like MY cat. He bites, you know.........
Posted by: Nash. Piano Rescue

Re: Advertising? - 01/29/13 07:21 PM

Print Advertising as it is called in the Advertising business has long since not worked. Something else that is a waste of time are those sign flippers that you see on the sidewalks. For what those business owners pay to have those people out there they could have gotten a nice juicy radio /TV spot during peak hours.

When I get my phone books each year they are the perfect height to prop up a piano with a broken wheel. What works for me are the magnetic signs on the small truck and the big vinyl graphics on the big truck. If I am slow sometimes I will go out and get stuck in rush hour traffic which helps a lot.

Good old fashioned word of mouth is still the best and as far as Angies list goes, I am very skeptical of a " list" that sends me random emails to " Rate" businesses based on their websites or ad profile and tells me it's okay even if I have never used their services ? How many people are rating your business that have never used it ? Sounds pretty shady to me.
Posted by: Buchholzer

Re: Advertising? - 01/31/13 11:35 PM

A word on advertising. If you have a website, make sure you list the cities you service in your state. You can learn more about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on YouTube.com for a little free advice.

Also, Facebook now has over a billion (with a "B") registered users and if you have not familiarized yourself with Facebook, now is the time to start. Become friends with your clients and create a "Business Page" that they can follow so you can engage them in conversation online just like we do with each other here on PianoWorld.com. Also, when you comment on Facebook, type your website at the end so it links back to your site.

We recently had a couple more join us on www.PianoTunersByState.com.

I want to welcome Oregon Coast Piano Services who recently joined our directory. Your listing is live here: http://www.pianotunersbystate.com/oregon-piano-tuners.htm

and also a warm welcome to Mastin Piano Tuning & Repair in IL. Your listing is live here: http://www.pianotunersbystate.com/illinois-piano-tuners.htm

It is great to have you both with us!! Happy Tuning!
Posted by: pianotune2

Re: Advertising? - 02/01/13 06:34 PM

I personally have had a huge amount of business come in on facebook in the last two weeks. It helped that I changed from having a business facebook page to just a regular one, this allows people to suggest you to friends.
Word of mouth is the only way to build a good customer base in this business. Facebook and Twitter help keep you on their minds.
Posted by: ashley john

Re: Advertising? - 02/05/13 05:36 AM

Referrals .......are more effective than any other means be it internet or yellow pages.
Posted by: pnolady

Re: Advertising? - 02/05/13 11:35 AM

I think a lot of good ideas have been presented. A good recommendation is the best advertising and in today's online climate, Facebook and a web site are an additional necessity. However, beyond those things, you need to consider your locale and potential customer base. How do the people you wish to attract look for professional services? This varies greatly by area. I live in a very small town, so in addition to recommendation (which is always number one)and a web presence, my customers still use the YP and surprisingly or not a local grocery store bulletin board. To those considering the ideas of door hangers or yard signs, check with the local bylaws to make sure they are allowed and again consider the community...here they would be considered an annoyance.
Posted by: Supply

Re: Advertising? - 02/05/13 11:50 AM

If you choose to post a listing on a directory, I think it is worth your while to post in those directories which actually rank on the first few google pages. I briefly did a search for "piano tuning Illinois". There are plenty of free directories with free listings, such as yelp, yellowpages.aol, bing, angies list etc etc. I looked through the first 150 google listings (15 pages) and pianotunerbystate did not come up.
"Leave no stone un-turned", of course, but turn the big and important ones first.
Posted by: Gary Fowler

Re: Advertising? - 05/29/13 02:53 AM

Your best advertisement is your work!. If you do a good job, it will get noticed. Sometime it takes awhile, but when you consistently do quality work(and you always show up on time), you stand out.
Posted by: bkw58

Re: Advertising? - 05/29/13 12:14 PM

There is no better advertising than satisfied customers. The best investment by far, their recommendations will pay great dividends for years to come.
Posted by: David Boyce

Re: Advertising? - 05/29/13 05:38 PM

Interesting case history on your Blog, Bob. I've posted a reply on Youtube.
Posted by: David Boyce

Re: Advertising? - 05/29/13 06:15 PM

Print ads may be seen as "pro-active" and websites and yellow pages as "reactive".

To find your website, or your physical yellow pages listing, a person has to be LOOKING for a piano tuner. But if you have a print ad in a local newspaper or advertising magazine, it may plant the thought "Oh it's time we got the piano tuned" or "Oh, you know we couldnt find a good tuner, here's an advert from one, maybe we should call him/her."

Completely agree with Jurgen about making sure that you are listed in all the online directories.

A website is really a necessity these days. To the extent that one wonders what is wrong with any business that doesn't have one. It's all very well having a site though. Two other things have to happen: People have to FIND it, and once they've found it, they have to CONVERT to a customer. It is not enough, then, just to have a single-page website with your phone number. Your site is a way of communicating with people and hopefully converting them into customers. You can use your web site to express something of your personality, and to engage with people. Two birds are killed with one stone if you make sure to have lots of well-written, relevant content (and to keep it updated). Firstly, people realise that you know your stuff, and secondly, according to Google's own recommendations, having lots of good content is the number one way to get high in the Google organic search result rankings.

It should not be necessary in this day and age to spend great sums of money on either building and putting a website online, or on "Search Engine Optimisation". Online website building and hosting services make things easy.

Allied to the website, it's good to have Facebook, either a Page or a Profile, to increase the likelihood of people interacting with you. Blogs, at one time the "in" things, are pretty much dead, it seems. Twitter is "in" - not a route I've yet gone down myself.
Posted by: bkw58

Re: Advertising? - 05/30/13 02:28 PM

Originally Posted By: David Boyce
Interesting case history on your Blog, Bob. I've posted a reply on Youtube.


Thanks, David, I'll have a look.
Posted by: Gary Fowler

Re: Advertising? - 06/08/13 01:41 AM

Just the fact that you have a website address makes your business look more legitimate.(most don't even look at the website)
Posted by: Gary Fowler

Re: Advertising? - 06/08/13 01:58 AM

Yellow pages does not work. I agree. But you still have to at least have a small ad in there so that some can find you
Posted by: bkw58

Re: Advertising? - 06/08/13 09:02 AM

Free Internet directory listings certainly cannot hurt. A simple search and your listing should pop on up - along with everyone else. Consequently, you may or may not get a call. Listings in plenty of e-directories might have a scattergun effect - more calls might result. Directory advertising is a lot like Yellow pages. The typical caller may only take valuable time from your day by searching for the cheapest price. If you are not, then someone else might get the business.

A simple phone number listing in the business section of YP - in case a regular customer loses your card - is probably wise, though I know of some who dropped the phone book completely and there was no negative result to their business whatsoever.

The best directory by far is the "rolodex" of piano teachers and educators, college music departments, piano dealers (and salesmen) and music ministers and directors. Once you're in - really in - you will be very busy with both their business and their referrals as well. There is not a more cost and time efficient method of doing business.

Posted by: Nash. Piano Rescue

Re: Advertising? - 06/08/13 06:05 PM

If you are going to have a website you need to get one with google analyticals. Each day I can get in there on site traffic and see who looked at my website, from what town, the time they looked, what they looked at, keywords used to search, IP address, what the search engine was like a PW forum or whatever. If it is local I can almost bet that whichever business day is next that someone will call.

I've used Bandzoogle since forever as my website host. It works great and it is biased towards musicians anyway. If you are using other things like Yelp or putting your street address for your business in there be very careful. Your competitors can and will write negative reviews of your business. Same for Angies list, They send me these online " rate a business" email all the time to rate businesses I never used. Scary !