Barry S. Lee

Get the best. Always pay the least.

   How to advertise cheaply and still get more bang for your buck is the basic theme of this blog.

Its message is directed to entrepreneurs and existing owners of small to medium size businesses who find it "impossible" to attract customers using a meager budget.

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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

If you're here at this blog of mine because you were led to believe that I can show you ways to promote yourself or your business without having to pay big bucks to get it done, then you're in the right place.

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As both an enemployed worker for several years and a self employed business owner seeking customers, I have the same gripes as everyone else. So let's begin by blowing off steam so we can quickly get down to solving this problem.

Big business or small, everybody's in the same boat getting the word out about their new enterprise. Showing yourself off is key, not relying on insiders to spread the word or pacing up and down praying for customers to emerge.

The disappointments you face when you initially launch your site on the internet or open the doors of your brick and mortar store can be disheartening to say the least. Not only doesn't any human being know you're there, but the mere absence of recognition by the web itself creates a major panic in your head. You'll no doubt put in a call to your tech support team to find out why you cannot locate your site. Although lots of wacky things can occur, it's most likely something very simple. Relax, I'll tell you all about how it works and how to get yourself up and advertising right away, without confusing you with a bunch of tech talk.

If you're among the reluctant few who still have no internet presence, you know you're losing business to competitors who do, and you are probably growing to realize that you can no longer survive without it.

When times are tough, learning about new ways to make a few extra bucks or expand your clientele is always welcome. For you folks out there who are painters, plumbers, electricians and handymen, or any other business person who requires the use of a van or truck, adding signage to your vehicle has far greater potential for opportunities that you might have imagined.

I'm a creature of habit, so when I went out to dinner recently to discuss a new business venture with my brother it was at a restaurant I frequent regularly. The place still had the same cozy physical appeal, the food was still as spectacular as ever, but there was one obvious change; We had the dining room to ourselves all night.

It's been said that there's no business like show business. If you're among the many small to medium size business or service owners who agree, you might want to avoid the very expensive major networks during prime time and concentrate your efforts on the more reasonably priced local, regional, or national cable schedules. In this way, you'll have the opportunity to take full advantage of all the benefits of a real TV campaign without sacrificing any of the "show business" appeal.

It's time to have some serious fun. I say "serious" because what you do now will define the feeling your entire business projects to others. For want of a better word, it's referred to as your "identity", your "look". It's time to create a design that makes you feel good, and one that you think will be stand-alone memorable.

You're excited about running your new ad and you're equally certain that this one's going to be a winner. Maybe some of your facts are a bit fudged, but you think, "Isn't that what creative advertising is all about?" Better rethink your attitude about advertising if you equate creative with deceptive and save yourself a lot of wasted advertising dollars while you're at it.

Getting the word out to potential customers can be done quickly with a well thought out email campaign, but doing it yourself is a big responsibility, since it's important to follow all government guidelines governing this form of business solicitation.

You can do a really fine job of contacting people by email right from your current email provider, or you can utilize a service designed primarily for that purpose. Either way it's a useful and rewarding method of contacting a wide variety of potential customers without spending a lot of money.

Bartering comes naturally; You give me some of those for some of these and we'll call it even. Although you can't survive running your business totally on barter, there are certain unique situations that prove ideal for swapping goods and services. No matter who you are or what business you're in or planning to start, you wouldn't be bartering unless you felt that you had something everyone wants. And there are bartering companies that have built the concept into a mainstream business model.

Out-of-the-box thinking most likely starts with a sense of humor, being able to see things that make you laugh inside; Taking serious subjects and putting an outrageous spin on them.

Planning a video is like I would picture writing a novel, you walk around, sit around, and no matter what else you do around, your thoughts are all about coming up with a creative concept. Then your mind drifts to more substantive things like "should it be funny, just informative, or so clever that it will go viral"?  But invariably, the first thought is "Where the heck do I begin"? Oh, and one other major consideration that will surely take up residence in the back of your mind: "How much will this thing cost me"?

I'm always amazed with the reactions I get when I suggest to a new client that they include advertising on Craigslist as part of their marketing effort. "I don't think that people on Craigslist are a good fit for my product" I've been told, or "It's just really not the kind of clientele I'm looking for". So rather than going through the tedious exercise of trying to convince them that immediate sales should not be their primary focus at the start, I figure it's easier to open their eyes to one of the most important things they should be doing by pointing them to this article. Please Note: This once was a monsterously long article because of it's critical nature, but I mercifully shortened it for you here so you wouldn't succumb to boredom. LOL

Sometimes affirmation for a job well done through positive testimonials make business owners feel good about all they do. In my case, any negative feedback I receive works in much the same way.

Money talks, especially when it comes to domain names. Although you can buy an average domain name for under 10 bucks, most people turn to their own company names. But for something that will help you create extra visability in the marketplace and boost profits, most take this easy route, and by default, lose out on all the benefits that creativity can provide.

Nobody ever questions the terms of payment to their cable company, HMO, or a lawyer who asks for a retainer. But when it comes to certain creative services rendered, your customers may think it's OK for you to do the work first and get paid when it's done to their satisfaction. That's not the way things work any more.

Business sometimes slows down because clients and potential clients are caught up in everything surrounding a major holiday, or it's generally vacation time for most, or family matters like back to school doings take precedence. But when you're in the service business like I am, you have to figure out ways to get people back on track with you, and this is one that always seems to work.

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These are only a fraction of the articles I have planned for the weeks ahead. They all revolve around the cautious

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When I lost my last Creative Director position at an agency back in 2008 and couldn't replace my six-figure income no matter how much I tried, I vowed to change the culture that I was so familiar with and began operating under a new set of guidelines that I soon dubbed "my cheap philosophy". Simply stated, it means I'm willing to accept less for what I do in order to generate a steady stream of clients and I stayed true to this new business model no matter how busy I got since then.

And it has worked for me.

My CheapAdAgency has prospered in the last eleven-plus years on the internet, I have a steady income, and everything I do for the small to medium size businesses I serve is meant to be first rate and equal to anything they can get at much higher prices elsewhere. Plus, I have developed my own out-of-the-box strategies for a whole lot of things concerning the internet that also work as well as the status quo, if not better. Some of them are labor intensive I admit, but they're still not expensive, and I'm willing to share this information with you freely while I continue to promote a variety of my own interests.

I'm truly not an egomaniac.

But I do know what it takes to promote. That's why you'll always see my name and photo with everything I do; my site names are in-your-face large to make certain you remember them and my copy is designed to promote, promote, promote. I will show you why all these things are important while I simultaneously tout a number of other obvious things at the tip of your fingers that will go a long way toward serving you in your quest to attain lasting recognition for your business or service.

I've got you covered in so many ways.

I have two sites that are my bread and butter; one is my web building business, and the other is, my everything-else business that rounds out all the other advertising services you'll need. Through these two I can help you understand all the ways you can best use the internet, along with the broadcast and print mediums that all work together to get your business recognized. I will also give you access to all the first rate services I provide that you cannot do yourself and charge you a fair and reasonable amount for doing them. If there is anything you feel the need to question, or if you want to contact me for any reason, you'll find all my contact information across the top of every page on this site.

There's one more thought I'd like to convey.

You can rely on me as your go-to source when it comes time to locate things that you might find of interest, or even things that you might want to learn about that will provide immediate and substantive advertising benefits. In fact, when it comes to almost every facet of advertising, I will hunt down and report about products and services that promise to make things better and more convenient for you. And just so we understand one thing, I will get some remuneration from those that offer these products should you make a purchase, but I will never suggest them to you unless I do my due diligence and believe in them first. You have my pledge on that. In fact, if there are some that may slip through the cracks, let me know and away they'll go.

So, if you agree that we are on the same wavelength, please stay awhile and read what I have to say about a variety of subjects all related to helping you successfully promote your interests. Enjoy your visit. Barry  

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If you're here at this blog of mine because you were led to believe that I can show you ways to promote yourself or your business without having to pay big bucks to get it done, then you're in the right place.


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