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Monte Pittman

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04-19-2017 02:23 AM

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I have had my work on Facebook for a few years, but never really promoted it. This past March I decided to promote it and actually paid for ads on Facebook. It actually worked very well. Now I am contemplating Instagram. Does anyone use it and do you think it helps?

What other promotional opportunities do you use?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.


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#1 posted 04-19-2017 03:29 AM

Monte,
I talk with Benji Reyes a lot. He says facebook was really good for him. I have my psych business up on facebook but haven’t had much response. I did remove my advertising from the yellow pages as it was relly bad. Many of the YouTubers use all the media. Takes time and energy.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-19-2017 03:43 AM

Time is a critical commodity. Facebook was easy to run ads on for the Home Show. Talking to customers, they saw and responded to the ads. It’s by far our biggest show. But I still don’t want to waste time or money if they don’t produce. I have had people ask about Instagram, so I am curious.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-19-2017 03:43 AM

I really only use my website to supplement the income from my existing client base. Social media takes a lot of non-stop effort to generate leads. I don’t have that much time and the buyers in the commercial, church and high dollar markets I work in don’t seem to spend much time on social media.

The downside of a website is that it’s a huge amount of upfront work and it seems to take a year or two for the pages to rank well and generate leads. But now I get a steady trickle of new leads without having to spend any time doing online marketing.

I do however, need to spend a week adding all the new projects I’ve completed over the past couple years. Doing so will probably get me a few new leads per year.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#4 posted 04-19-2017 06:13 AM

Another thought. Once on the internet,always on the internet. I had a handyman service that didn’t generate enough work for the time I invested in quotes so I stopped, years ago. I’m getting calls for it today. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-19-2017 11:58 AM

I’d say the more, the merrier, if you can handle the floods, (which could and probably will happen), especially with your fine work. Good luck Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 04-19-2017 01:34 PM

I took a risk and gave away a farmhouse table. You have no idea the response and orders I got after that giveaway. I want to say in a 6 month period I have produced 16 farmhouse tables for people and still getting orders to this day on that and other stuff. I went from just a few hundred followers to over 10k followers in like a week and half. So, yes, social media has been great for me as just a side business.

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#7 posted 04-19-2017 02:01 PM

I completely agree that donations to “select” charities can be very good for business. I hadn’t thought about a give-away in general.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 04-19-2017 02:25 PM

Monte, you have no idea the boost it gave me. People always want free stuff. What I did is Share, Like, and Comment for a chance to win this table. It reached like 2 million views because of it. It was insane the business drive it gave me. Sure, I had to give away a 1200 dollar table but I sold 16 of them in the process already

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#9 posted 04-19-2017 02:30 PM

I donated a carved rocking chair to a charity event that has high end people involved. It has been very good for business. I don’t donate to everyone. You can quickly loose that way.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-19-2017 03:25 PM

Buckbuster- can you share some additional details on your give away? I assume it was on Facebook?

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 04-19-2017 03:54 PM

feel free to PM me.

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#12 posted 04-19-2017 04:50 PM

Hey Monte. Although I can’t answer your question regarding the use of Instagram I did attend a seminar in January hosted by SCORE that stacked ranked the social media sites by traffic volume. Here’s how they ranked:

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Linkedin
Google+
Pinterest
Snapchat

For what it’s worth to you. Best of luck.

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#13 posted 04-19-2017 06:38 PM

What other promotional opportunities do you use?

If you google Makamong box I am in the number 1 position on Google. So I secured a website under “Makamong Box.com. It is inactive but just in case I ever make enough boxes to make it worth while, it’s there.

So if you can come up with a creative title for a project post that ranks high on Google you could then link it back to your website.

Just a random thought

-- Peace on Earth

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#14 posted 04-19-2017 07:19 PM

I honestly haven’t had a great response from Facebook advertising, but I’m very active on Instagram and it pays off really well for me. What is your Facebook page Monte? I’d love to follow it.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#15 posted 04-19-2017 07:19 PM



I took a risk and gave away a farmhouse table. You have no idea the response and orders I got after that giveaway. I want to say in a 6 month period I have produced 16 farmhouse tables for people and still getting orders to this day on that and other stuff. I went from just a few hundred followers to over 10k followers in like a week and half. So, yes, social media has been great for me as just a side business.

- buckbuster31

What was your guidelines on the giveaway?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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