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Category Archives: Business

Forums Help Business Grow

When you join a forum, and comment on the discussion taking place you leave a signature. Every forum requires you to have a signature. Your signature contains your contact information. This is a great way to give potential customers and businesses you would like to network with a way to contact you, with very little effort, and no money out of pocket. The more people on the forum, the more possibilities you have to get in contact with others who can potentially benefit you and the life of your business. With every comment you leave on a forum, you have endless possibilities.

What you say on a forum is very important. It is important to make sure that the comments you leave are informative and can help those who read it. When you leave insightful and informative comments on a forum, you give potential customers the chance to see that you and your business have something to offer them. You have the opportunity to broaden your market and increase your profits, by just leaving a comment on a forum. Knowledge inspires confidence, confidence gains customers, and customers make you money. It seems that joining a forum is a logical way to market your business.

Forums can also give you the opportunity to make business contacts. You have the potential to get acquainted with another business that can help you out. Connecting with another business can benefit both businesses. You can start an affiliate marketing program, exchange ideas, help each other advertise. and refer customers to each other. Networking is more popular than ever, and more times than not it is not what you know, but who you know. If you can build up you network using a forum, using what you know to help you expand who you know.

Forums are another free and easy way to help your business. You can get you name out there, broaden your market, give potential customers information, and expand your business contacts. You may also learn something yourself. Forums and discussion boards benefit everyone involved. They are just another way in this modern age, to get information out to the public, that helps them make decisions and improve their lives. By becoming a part of such a group, everybody wins. What are you waiting for? Get your business on track, and join a forum, and share your knowledge!

Business Advice For New Entrepreneurs

To make a good decision it is important to know what you are trying to achieve. Unfortunately, many people fail to reach their objectives because they can’t get a clear picture in their mind of what they want. So, before anything else, you will need to establish your goals. Once that is done, define the steps necessary to achieve them.

The next step is to gather the maximum information possible about the business model you selected. You can obtain information and advice by visiting your local small business association(SBA). In the USA the SBA is an independent agency created by the federal government to aid and assist the interests of small businesses. There are similar agencies and class associations in most countries of the world.

The Internet is another excellent source of information. Thousands of websites, groups, boards and forums provide quality information and advice for small business owners and for those thinking of starting their own business. All they need to do is run searches on search engines for specific words pertinent to your business. To find related forums they only need to add the word “forum” after these words.

A Forum is a community of website owners, business owners and experts in various fields, that can answer your business questions and provide you with free business advice based on their own real-life experiences.

Creating and starting a business without doing proper research or without getting expert advice may represent a serious risk to your chances of success. Don’t do it, specially when you can get the information and help you need by posting your queries as a free member of an online business forum.

Effectively Use Market Forums

Believe it or not, using forums for your marketing can be fun as well as an important business tool. You may find yourself being carried away with intrigue as you delve into the mass of information that others have left and then using that information to further your success.

Don’t forget that you obviously need to use forums which are applicable to your own cause. Using the correct forums will drive more traffic to your website. As with most tools, there are good and bad forums so keep a check that you’re using the ones which have lots of traffic for example, or ones where the visitors use the forum with respect and in a business like manner. To find a relevant forum just type into a search engine “your niche forum”, for example “office equipment forum”.

You will be looking for those forums which have like minded people contributing their experience and knowledge as opposed to those who blatantly promote themselves and nothing more. This type can be destructive to your cause as they actually drive traffic away from the given forum.

Before you join any forum, check it out. Are the visitors giving constructive information whilst complimenting the information given by others? Is the information even relevant to your cause? Is there a moderator on the forum checking visitors’ contributions? If there is no moderator, the forum may well be rife with blatant self promotion which is certainly not what you want to be a part of.

Once you have found your forum which is apt for your business, you can start contributing. So how are you going to do this on a level which is beneficial to your business?

The obvious one to all will be to post comments and information regularly. Your posts simply must be relevant and up to date as your readers want rich, valuable information to drive themselves forward also. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can just post on there whatever you want just for the sake of getting your name plastered all over the internet. You will not succeed. If there is a moderator on the forum, he or she will put a stop to your self promotion rather rapidly and ultimately may even ban you from the site for life. If there is no moderator on the forum then the other visitors to the site will soon become aware of what you are doing and will do their best to drive you from the forum site.

So only post when you really do have worthwhile information to give. This form of action will give you lots of credibility as others will eventually know that when you post information, it is actually beneficial to themselves. They may even search you out for valuable pointers to help their business. Following from this method you can see that it is better to post less, with valuable information, rather than post more but with self promotion. To verify this, check out a regular on any forum and see how he or she is doing.

Another method of using marketing forums is to optimise your posts for the search engines. Understand that search engines just love fresh information or content as it is also known and will rank this type of information highly as opposed to old and sometimes copied information which will not help your cause at all. Don’t forget to use lots of relevant keywords to drive the traffic to your posts. Again, don’t overdo it, but certainly make sure they are there. If you have fresh content in all of your posts you will without doubt drive lots of healthy and targeted traffic to them.

This method may not be for everyone but you can actually set up your own forum on the internet. Yes you can, but you may need some experience and expertise in this area so it’s not for any newbie’s out there. It will take you some time and effort and really is a long term method so you will be some time before your new forum becomes lively with visitors. And don’t forget there are already quite a large number of forums on the internet. This method you may consider as food for thought only.

Online Business Development

Here go a few commendable steps for the development of online business

  • Brand Development and Consulting: the online marketers take care of your business at the initial stage and secure your tag line for the new business. Right from the business name to the domain name and social media extensions, everything can be a taken care of.
  • Logo, Corporate brand, website Design and brand design on social Media: this is a vital section of your online business development. Including impressive graphic designs, the professional SEO and web designers ensures your website to have a correct professional look and feel. Further, it should mark strong presence on the social media through potential avenues.
  • Marketing and Advertising through Internet Marketing: it is not that only exclusive look works for your website. After your website gets ready, you have to start immense awareness for its proper growth. You can do this through SERP, SEO, Social Media, Forums, Business Directories, PPC, Email, Telemarketing and traditional media. If you have a small business then key is the immediate cash flow which can targeted through internet marketing.
  • Follow on support: after you business gets the up thrust, it is essential to keep it in a moving shape. This also makes a point that you must constantly strive for the new market positions.

Use Business Forums For Maximum Benefit

Knowing More about Forums

Wholesaler forums are actually an online site where buyers and sellers discuss wholesale business. Through such forums, wholesalers get a chance to connect to a large population with the same interests. It makes it easier to collect information on lists of suppliers, new products, market trends, the latest scams, and more. Even if you’re well versed with the trade, you still need to visit the forums to know the latest developments in your niche.

Connecting with the right business forums works as a business booster. It prevents you from entering into blind agreements. You get a chance to ask questions on various aspects of business. You get valuable advice from experienced traders and business experts.

Don’t know how exactly to approach a buyer?

Doubtful about some business dealing?

Want help in choosing the right product to start your retailing?

Wish to check out a wholesaler?

The forum has it all and more.

One of the greatest benefits of forums is that you get to hear alarm bells ringing in case you’re dealing with a fraud. It can save you from undergoing traumatic losses in terms of money and reputation. Besides this, business forums also feature a section of archived articles, FAQs, and blogs that keep you updated and well informed in every aspect of dropshipping.

Using Forums Effectively

Wholesaler forums are effective, depending on how proficiently you use them. As you join a forum, you might sense a strong community approach among the members. Some of them might be business partners, yet others might be sharing a retailer-manufacturer relationship. Whatever may be the case, they are here to share priceless information and tips on different aspects of dropshipping.

When you sign in on of the business forums, you must put in the effort to know about the rules and guidelines of the community. Introduce yourself and try to connect with the members. It’s important to stay active in forums. Participate in discussions, create blogs, and showcase yourself as a retailer who means serious business. Only then you can expect serious advices and tips. Never hesitate to ask questions. After all, this is what forums are for-to clear your doubts and give you a platform to conduct trade.

Dropship Business

Scam Watch

Unfortunately, the Internet has also made it much easier to create scams, and many people, even experienced dropshippers, still get taken in. Today, a big part of keeping a wholesale business afloat involves being informed and aware of the different dropship scams that are out there. This needs to be a continuous process, as new scams keep cropping up all the time.

You also need to keep updating and reviewing your supplier information. You may need to weed out old dropship suppliers and make room for new ones. Apart from looking for new suppliers to work with, you should also keep looking for new and attractive products that you can sell. The dropshipping business can be very lucrative provided that you’re willing to invest the time and effort needed to make a profit.

No Short Cuts

It’s commonly assumed that, just because something is available on the Internet, it is fast and easy. This is an assumption many people have made with the dropship business. The Internet has simply emerged as an effective tool to use in this business. It has not made it easier or faster. Just as there are no real shortcuts to making fast money, there are no shortcuts to being a success in the dropshipping business. In order to make this business work for you, you need to know how to go about it in the right way. You will need to spend a considerable amount of time developing a supplier list. This should contain the complete contact information of wholesalers who have interesting products that you would like to sell.

It’s true that, in this instance, you can get a lot of supplier information from the Internet. But, a good business forum will advise you to collect supplier information from wholesale fairs and conferences as well. Many good suppliers simply may not have a strong presence on the Internet. It’s also possible to save time and buy these kinds of supplier lists or pay fees to access a directory of suppliers. In these cases, you need to make sure you know how these supplier lists are made and that the information is updated and reliable. It is best to avoid any free dropship lists or even cheap lists completely.

Information of Business Online Forum

If you’re not familiar with Yaro Starak’s blog, Entrepreneur’s Journey, then it is definitely worth checking out. For me, the best part of about the blog are the interviews with successful online entrepreneurs, usually in the form of podcasts. They have titles like “How So-and-So made $X Doing Y” and are both inspirational and are really meaty in terms of delivering information relevant to most of us and our businesses right now.

How Pat Flynn Lost His Job Then Made $203,219.04 In His First Year Online is the story of, well, I guess the title says it all. Pat’s first business was a study guide for a professional certification and the story of how he almost stumbled into it and then was smart and aggressive enough to turn it into a source of income is powerful enough, but what really gripped me was how he earned the credibility and promoted his product in the early days through participating in online forums. Pat says “I have a brand that people know about because I because I go to forums and I go to different blogs and I help people out and people know me as that guy that gave that great information… One tactic is to go into forums and just help people… you don’t even mention your project just by having your signature at the bottom with the link “for more information go here.” Pat has since branched out into many different businesses, which you can read all about in maybe the best online business blog on the web, SmartPassiveIncome.com.

James Schramko started out as an affiliate marker for a social networking software product. After getting his infrastructure set up, web sites, blogs with links back to the sales page to drive traffic, a demo project and a bonus product, James “rolled up the sleeves, sweated it out and went into the forums and started posting lots of valuable posts with signature links back to myself… and I started building up brand equity.” In other words, James utilized the forums to meet with influential people who were already very interested in the product. By genuinely helping people out James developed a reputation for being an expert and, even more importantly, a helpful and good person. People followed his signature link back to the blog and the blog back to his product. He has since branched out into many online businesses and, per Yaro, is making seven figures per year and absolutely crushing it. In addition, James blogs at InternetMarketingSpeed.

The effectiveness of forums lies in their ability to target active, decision making people in that are community (Malcolm Gladwell’s “three agents of change”) and to promote through the establishment of an honest, mutually beneficial relationship. The entrepreneur provides useful, honest information and in return gets access to and the chance to earn credibility with influential decision-makers. In addition, the entrepreneur gets free publicity and some search engine optimization as well, as forums are freely searched by Google and other search engines. Your forum comments remain in the public domain, as well as your online signature and, usually, a link to your own site. Post Release has an excellent white paper, an excerpt of which is below, on who users of forums are and why the average forum user is a much more important viewer than your average eyeball on the internet.

Most forums will offer the benefits above, but in addition some offer you the chance to submit articles or write reviews or other informative materials. Many will also offer a “coffee shop” or an area where members can go to discuss off topic items, tell jokes and socialize. This brings us to an additional benefit of forums, networking and becoming part of a community. Many entrepreneurs have met future partners, investors, collaborators and friends through the power of online forums.

Any decent online forum will have strict rules against spamming and will move quickly to stamp out any overt advertising, especially if it adds nothing to the conversation of the forum. This is absolutely to your advantage, because if you are trying to make a one-off, heavy-handed, used car salesman type sale then you are in the wrong place. The average forum user is pretty sophisticated online and very wary of spams. Instead, think of this as your opportunity to network, make alliances, and build up credibility in your personal brand. As Pat says in his interview, “I got to be known as that guy who helps people” on the forum that he targeted.

Many forums will rate community members, usually by their activity and the quality of the information that they give, and will post this information prominently. This is the forums method of rewarding its top participants and, should you become one of them, your way of getting some additional notoriety and credibility. Again, the absolute key is providing quality, sincere feedback. Avoid overt advertising at any cost. It normally is acceptable, however, to answer a question or provide feedback and then provide a link back to your own site for more information. Another online legend and genius, Robin Good, provides an exceptional guide to using online forums and the strategy, technique, and etiquette that you will need to follow to capture the magic of the forum for yourself.

Yes! The biggest knock on participation in forums is that they will consume your time and effort. You will want to find a forum that you can participate in daily, almost the more the merrier, to establish your expertise and your reliability. Really, forums are almost entry-level online marketing because of their huge time commitment. However, you’ve got to start somewhere and don’t overlook the usefulness of the forum for your own information. It’s a great way to keep track of what resources people are using, what concerns or problems they run into and what information they are looking for.

Coin of Marketing

This has always been rare in customer relations. Typically it is only the glowing testimonials that are shared with site visitors while any negative feedback is generally inaccessible. Forums allow both, but you may find that others who will champion your product or service may refute a disgruntled comment by one individual.

But negative comments in a forum also allow you to be very public about how you handle customer complaints. This scenario provides the opportunity to turn a potential negative into a highly visible positive experience for consumer and business alike.

The other side to the forum coin is trust marketing on a personal basis. What I mean by that is you may do well to find a select number of industry related forums to participate in. While this idea is not new most business owners who use a forum do not use it in a specific enough way.

Here’s what typically happens. A business owner signs up for an industry forum and makes a few posts with a fair amount of marketing information in their signature line. The hope is that this ‘free’ advertising will convince other forum members to come to the business website. If this simplistic view of forum marketing is how you approach the subject it can often come across as disingenuous or insincere. In fact, on some forums it may even be considered spamming.

If you, as a business owner, use a forum with links back to your website embedded in your signature line you should seriously consider engaging yourself in the forum community as your prime objective. Respond with helpful information when an individual posts a question you are qualified to answer. Include links to helpful articles when appropriate and act like a member of the community instead of that guy that puts sales flyers on car windows – obnoxious and disliked.

Forums are a great way to reach out to existing customers, but the use of peripheral forums can help establish trust with those who may have never heard about you or your company.

In a way similar to a blog you can use these industry specific forums as a means of allowing others to catch a sense of both your personality and expertise. When you actually engage in the community you signed up to be a part of you will get to know many of the personalities on the forum and become a trusted source for information as you encourage those who may need the advice and information you can offer.

Developing a Business Forum

For a business website it is important to foster a sense of community. Some of that sense comes by laying the framework of forum netiquette. You can further accentuate the positive by providing categories that result in an understanding that the forum was created for something more than an online playground.

The Look

Determining the overall look of the forum is important because the use of certain colors and patterns are more inviting to visitors than others. The overall layout of the forum may be out of your control, but there may be ways to customize the forum or even allow your visitor to choose a forum skin that best suits their individual tastes.

Category Design

By conducting a bit of research ahead of time you may find certain broad topics may work well for your forum.

Some possibilities include…

1) Welcome

2) News

3) Press Release

4) New Products

5) General Discussion

6) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

7) Introductions

8) Tips

9) Suggestions

The primary purpose of your forum is to provide a common ground for your customers to learn and share their knowledge and experience regarding your products and services.

Purpose Driven Discussion

By keeping your focus narrow you will find the job of managing the forum much easier. It’s possible your categories will expand as your forum grows, but keep categories and their explanations simple.

Forum Etiquette

Do include all of the necessary information in your posts. Whether you are asking or answering a question make things easy for forum members but including all of the necessary information in your posts. There is nothing worse that incomplete posts which then get dragged out by members having to ask for further details or for clarification.

Do be nice. It is a simple fact of life that forums attract people whose sole purpose in life seems to be to try to upset as many people as they can as quickly as they can. Do not react to such people when they enter into a discussion with you and deliberately try to provoke a reaction from you. No matter what comments are thrown at you be nice and polite to everybody and, if necessary, simply ignore rude posters rather than getting drawn into an argument with them.

Do not quote previous messages. Most forums use software which allows you to quote previous messages when adding a post to a thread but you should not do so unless it is absolutely necessary to make your point. People are perfectly capable of following a thread and adding in quotes simply makes the thread unnecessarily long and cluttered.

Do not spam a forum. If you are going to participate in a forum then your objective should be to gain recognition and establish yourself as an expert in your field by bringing real value to the forum. It should not be to simply advertise your product or service. It is generally possible to advertise your product or service through your forum signature block and you can also promote your product or service through your posts as long as you do so subtly and only where it is appropriate to do so.