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  1. Chris Spoerl
    January 8, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Hi Daren, here would be my questions for your podcast.

    ” What forms of advertising work best for contractors on a limited budget ? ”

    ” Where do you see the future of social media, and it’s evolution for business ”

    ” What steps can a business do when an angry customer writes a negative review “

    • Darren
      January 8, 2011 @ 11:29 am

      Got it, thanks Chris! What else?

  2. Jeff Snyder
    January 8, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    “How do I get my info. out to the high-end homeowners and wineries efficiently, without the obnoxious cost of advertising in the high-end regional magazines.” (Yellow pages, local business guide rags, and home shows only draw in the bottom feeders for my type of work- I’ve never gotten a “real” lead from any of those, only a waste of my time.)

  3. Chris Spoerl
    January 8, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    ” What topics would you tackle if you recently started a blog ”

    ” Common marketing mistakes small businesses make ”

    ” How to effectively use testimonials for your marketing campaign. “

  4. Phil Vanderloo
    March 20, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    Darren,
    I see Chris already covered my main question. What is the best form of advertising on a limited budget?
    Next would be- What are some of the best things to consider when trying to make your website a good marketing tool, i.e., generate leads.
    I’ve been scraping my knuckles to the bone trying to improve my SEO but, the reality is, I’m getting 120+ hits a month on my new site and in the 6 or 8 months it’s been up I’ve gotten zero leads. Not an SEO issue there!

    • Darren
      March 20, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for stopping by! One thing I can recommend these days is having a solid Google Places page with lots of content and pictures and/or video. Make sure to have a localized phone number and physical street address. Also make sure to get listed on as many local sites as possible (your YP site, Merchant Circle, BBB, Chamber) as the search engines want localized citations about your business. Hope that helps!

      -Darren