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Local Chamber of Commerce - Good Marketing?

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Hello Everyone,

We are a month and a half in to our business venture and currently have c.£300 a month in client work but we REALLY need to drum up some business so we are exploring marketing oppourtunities and networking possibilities etc.

 

Has anyone joined their local Chamber of Commerce, gone to the events etc and obtained clients that way? It's £200 + VAT for our local one so I wanted to hear from people to see if it would make sense and if we would get a return on the investment.

 

Thanks,

Liam

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  • # 114197

chester258 said:

Hello Everyone,

We are a month and a half in to our business venture and currently have c.£300 a month in client work but we REALLY need to drum up some business so we are exploring marketing oppourtunities and networking possibilities etc.

 

Has anyone joined their local Chamber of Commerce, gone to the events etc and obtained clients that way? It's £200 + VAT for our local one so I wanted to hear from people to see if it would make sense and if we would get a return on the investment.

 

Thanks,

Liam


 Hi Liam,

I started in practice this year too.

The best marketing succeses I have had was the one I was told to not bother with by a local business adviser.

That was Facebook belive it or not. There are usualy lots of local business groups on there with sole traders or small to medium enterprises trying to drum up trade. I started to advertise in these groups (with the help of my neice who is much more social media savvy!!) I have had more business from facebook than my website or local networking has given me by a mile. Clients have been more willing to leave rateings and testamonials too, plus they tend to do more social networking for you. Best bit it's free!!!!

Hope this helps.

Karen

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Hello Karen,

Thanks very much for the reply! - I was advised the exact same thing....that social media doesn't yield enough results to warrant any time input so it's really interesting hearing that you have had good results with this! 

What do you mean by local business groups? I'm guessing this is different area to area - do you mean buy and sell facebook groups etc etc

Thanks again,

Liam

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Hi Liam,
Some are buy & sell groups but you do get a lot of job groups as in jobs needed & jobs wanted & small business groups too. Our local chamber of commerce even has a page. I am very rural so I have hit the agriculture & farming groups which has paid off. Setting up a page isn't to difficult and I post helpful tips & deadline dates on my page & share them. So this time of year with the SA deadline is a perfect time to gain a few enquires. Check out the bookkeepers mentor Facebook page to some of his tips are very good.
Karen

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Hello Karen,

Thanks very much for the useful advice! I do have a basic Facebook page but to be honest I had not really invested any time whatsoever in Facebook marketing based on what my advisor had said...

I will check out the suggest pages and have a look for some similar pages in my area and invest a bit of time for Facebook marketing and see where it goes!

Thanks again,

Liam

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