Paying $260 for 1 classifed posted in the statesman.

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  1. glockrocker

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    OK, This question has nothing to do with firearms, but this is the only local forum I am currently registered with so any feedback would be killer. K, Im trying to get publicity for my business (its a carpet cleaning business), and was debating on posting an ad in 'The Austin American-Statesman' but they want $260 dollars for 1 month of ad-time. How many people actually read the 'Services Offered' section of the classifieds of this particular paper? would this be a huge waste of money? If wont even pay for itself then its really not a hit I can afford to take. Anybody that has any perspective, please let me know, thank you.
     


  2. mac79912

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    Sounds kind of pricey.But it takes money to make money.Give it a try for a month and if it does not increase your business then move on.
     
  3. glockrocker

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    Im more than willing to spend money to make money, but definetly dont want to waste money. Has anybody here ever paid for advertising with this company? whether it be a service offered or an item sold, ect.
     
  4. Texas1911

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    The paper generally isn't worthwhile, nor is radio. Have you looked into no-cost alternatives like Craigslist?

    What is your profitability? $260 in a labor field isn't really hard to absorb being that a single job could bring that sort of revenue. I would try it, one good job can translate into several others, or repeat business.
     
  5. glockrocker

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    yeah, im all up and down craigslist. it takes a special kind of customer to seek out a service like mine on the internet. its more. one of those services you dont think about getting till its dangled in front of you. think i'll spend $200 on flyer and flyer distribution first, see how that goes. thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    Flyers are good. You can always distribute them close to your house so you limit traveling, although traveling with a fuel efficient vehicle is essentially another paycheck when tax time comes around.
     
  7. glockrocker

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    taxes? who the hell actually pays those?
     
  8. JKTex

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    Does the paper ad come with an on-line ad as well?

    I don't think asking people on a forum will not get to the people that use the old paper for something like this. The people that read the paper, generally don't use the Internet or do so very little.

    I don't think $260 for a month is that bad, but it also depends on your business and if that is in line with your advertising budget. I'd be looking at the low hanging fruit. The things that will get you the most bang for the buck.

    Are other businesses like yours advertising there? If not, it may be a sign it's not worth it. If so, see hoe long they run. Maybe call and ask them if you can do so and not be a threat to their business.
     
  9. 40Arpent

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    I certainly hope you take a direction with your company advertising that is vastly different than your avatar. That's pretty creepy looking.
     
  10. JKTex

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    I hadn't noticed that. :rofl:

    Ya, potential customers of certain "groups" might take unwarranted offense. :patriot:
     

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