QR CODES AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU AND I
You see them more and more nowadays. Those little square boxes with the funny squiggly lines in them. You see them on the backs of magazine covers, in promotional literature, you see them in big box stores on products. They are a marketing dream for any business that chooses to use them. What does QR stand for? It means quick response.
Each QR code can be programmed to store any information that a business chooses to use. This means that a business can enter in a website, a discount coupon, or other information that allows the customer to interact with any website that uses them in their marketing plan. Kaboodle Gifts uses QR codes to promote their business page on Face Book. In each packing slip that goes out with their product there is a QR code directing their customers to “ like” them on Face Book.
So how does one read a QR code? That is a very good and relevant question. There are many QR code readers that are free on the internet. If you have a smart phone you can download an app for your phone and begin realizing all the information that are stores in a QR code. You can then go into any big box store see a code, scan it and the QR code application will tell you where in your area that item is and what the best price is or the information will send you to different websites that have the same product. It truly is the best comparison tool that you can use. If you do not have a smart phone you can do one of two things. You can invest in one or take a look at the call to action text near the QR code. This will often show you a link that you can plug into your browser that will take you directly to the same information the code would of if you had scanned it. Adding the text link is crucial to any business. This will allow anyone to reach the same information as if you would of scanned the QR Code.
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SellersArena Forum is proud to announce the addition of Social Groups. Social groups are a great way to discuss your selling venues such as Ebay, Etsy, OLA, ArtFire and more. They are also a great way to discuss handmade, crafts, music, photography and the list goes on. So check out our newest addition.
Starting Your Business- 4 basic steps you need to know
Written By Kaboodle Gifts
Starting a business of any kind be it a brick and motor store or an online store can be daunting. The planning that goes into each method is tremendous but never the less exciting. Before you can actually sell your product or service, there are a few things that you need to know and several questions you need to ask yourself. For all intensive purposes let's look at starting an online business. The following is a basic list of steps you need to take to be able to sell online. While this is a basic list it is not intended to be a complete list nor are the steps in any specific order.. So let's get to it.
#1 – What are you selling? In business you either offer a product or a service or you offer both. It really is as simple as that. The hard part is deciding what to offer that is both unique and marketable. The more unique your products and services are the better the chance you have of succeeding. Let's use electronics as an example. Starting out in your electronics business you will certainly find that right off the bat you will not be able to compete with the Walmart's and Best Buy's of the world. More than likely you never will. Be honest with yourself and admit that right off the bat. The reason for that is of their size of their corporations allows them to buy in bulk and get better price than anyone else. So what do you do in that case? You sell electronic accessories. Anything that compliment that I-Pod, Cell phone, or printer. The key is to be unique. The more unique you are the less competition that you will have.
#2 Demand It doesn't matter if you have a unique product or service. If no one wants it you are out of business. The demand for your product or service is just as important as what you are selling. Shape your products and services to a specific industry or trade. Selling heated socks to the Polar Bear groups that are amongst us. No I'm not talking about the Polar Bears that you see in Alaska, I'm talking about the Polar Bear Clubs, the people that take dips in the icy waters in January. What you have is a unique product that is geared towards a specific group of people. The more that you can do this with each of your product lines the better off you will be.
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SellersArena Welcomes Bartering!!
Many folks are looking for a great deal, needing a special service and Times are tough for many folks......... So we thought we would make a Bartering section. There will be no Selling Here. This is for trading goods for goods and or services. Example: You are a mechanic and need a laptop for your business. Why not advertise that you need a laptop and willing to trade for mechanic services and name what or an amount you are will to do services up to.
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We All Are In The Health Business
It doesn't matter if you are a business owner or someone that works for a business owner we all have one thing in common; health. A business owner's perspective is one that they have a product to produce and need people to produce that product. This in turn create jobs for those that are looking for them as well as leveraging the business owner's time, in which they can go out into the field and create more business and keep those that are working for them , well, working.
Someone that works for a business owner has an entirely different perspective. They see themselves as their business. They have a family, bills, and dream they want to achieve, which anyone else has the samething, but they get paid less than the business owner? Why? They take less risk.
So what does all of this have to do with health? It is simple.
If you don't have your health you don't have a business to build or a business to go to to earn money for your family.
The health care costs are probally the biggest expense that a business owner and someone that works for a business has. Most people are two months away from bankruptcy......
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Let's face it ! Selling can be a daunting process. For those that don't feel that they have the people skills to get the job done, the Internet is a great means to bring your product or service to the masses. In today's Internet selling can be as fast as a click of the mouse. What really do you have to do to be successful in bringing your business up to the surface so that your customers can find you in a sea of on line business entrepreneurs?
Customer service is a must. No longer can you exchange a product or service for money and expect your customer to return. There are simply to many options for your customer to choose from. The hardest thing that you will have to do as a business owner is find your customers. It is probably the most expensive single challenge that a business owner has to deal with on a day to day basis. Keep in contact with your customer throughout the entire process of their transaction. Your customer wants to be informed of every step in your process so that they feel comfortable while they wait for their purchase to arrive. Offer your customer a reason to return to you and or a reason to recommend their friends to you. Word of mouth goes a long way when your customer can't see you physically. If by chance that there is an issue with your transaction, own up to it and take the blame. Your customer will appreciate you more for doing so and be more likely to forgive the slip. Follow up with your customer after the transaction has been completed. Selling on line in general is cold, after all the customer can't touch the product, can see your body language, and in most cases will be with you for the first time. Bring them to ease, be professional but yet not to stuffy.
Make use of your business tools. Tools help us build things such as houses, cars, and furniture. Creating relationships with your customers is what will bring them back to you time and time again. Maintain a database and inform your customers of discounts, new product, retired product, any business functions that you might be attending or any local shows you might be at so that they can come and meet you. Using your customer database will allow you to communicate with your customer base be it through an email blast, newsletter, or a post card in the mail. Once you get a new customer, which we said earlier is one of the most expensive feats that you will perform, maintaining them will reduce the expense that is associated with that customer. .....
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