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June 29, 2006
Vision Of Success
A Directory That Can Bring In Business
 

The Idea: Have you ever heard of CraigsList.com?

If not, you may be missing out on a potential lead generation tool.

People use the Internet for everything. In fact, I've recently learned of two people that have used places like CraigsList.com to not only look for work, but to also look for clients.

CraigsList.com is a directory that is broken down by location, and by industry/area of interest. Let me show you how it works.

 
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Over 45% of marketers indicated that marketing to an email house list is considered the best online advertising tactic.
 
 
 

First, start out by clicking on your location. CraigsList.com has USA and International options. Once you're at your selected location, you'll find a variety of categories. Click around and see what's available. From my own research, I know most postings for photographers end up under the "services" section, and the category "creative".

Find the services section, and click on the "creative" link. This will take you to postings made under this category.

Browse through some of the postings, and see what people are writing. As I'm writing this, there are offers for web design, writing and editing, and photography.

Keep in mind that anyone can post. You can create a post selling your photography services. Or you can create a post asking for bids on services.

Let me show you how it can work. A friend recently needed a business portrait, and posted a "Wanted" ad on CraigsList.com. Within one day, she had several contacts offering photography services. She chose one and had a professional portrait created near her office. She was very happy with the results.

This is a very simple system, yet the potential is amazing. CraigsList.com is the 7th most popular site online. With all of that traffic, shouldn't you be giving it a try?

 
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Sometimes you have to take the time to try new tools. CraigsList.com may work for some, but you'll never know if you don't try. Don't give up if you don't see action after a few posts. The key is to rewrite your post and try it again. It doesn't cost anything - so why not make it a regular part of your marketing!
 
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