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    Need ideas for getting more web design clients


    Any ideas??? I find that I normally have to go find clients. Any thoughts on cold calls, emails, listings to post site on, random friending on facebook...ANY thoughts?
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    Any thoughts on cold calls
    Hate them. Almost everyone does. Bad idea

    emails
    If you can't smother it in wasabi it's probably not the kind of spam most people consume.

    random friending on facebook
    Hi! You don't know me but would you please be my friend and pay me to design your website? Cool! You roxx! .. worst idea of all.

    Most successful entrepreneurs get most of their business through word of mouth. Of course you should have your own website which showcases why you're better than everyone else, and maybe pay for some targeted advertising (not spam) pointing people there.
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    know of any listings?
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    Originally Posted by naynay447
    know of any listings?
    Any listings of what? Or do you mean any directories that you can submit your site to?

    If you want people to hire you as a designer or firm, then you need to have examples out there of what you have done and what you can do. If you don't have word-of-mouth clients then you'll need a good website with good examples and very good SEO to get visitors in.

    You can also advertise in newspapers, magazines and other print-based media.

    The big thing is that you want to get your message out there so people can see your name and your company, but you don't want to do it in a way that will annoy potential clients (like unsolicited emails, cold calls, etc).
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    Originally Posted by Catacaustic
    Any listings of what? Or do you mean any directories that you can submit your site to?

    If you want people to hire you as a designer or firm, then you need to have examples out there of what you have done and what you can do. If you don't have word-of-mouth clients then you'll need a good website with good examples and very good SEO to get visitors in.

    You can also advertise in newspapers, magazines and other print-based media.

    The big thing is that you want to get your message out there so people can see your name and your company, but you don't want to do it in a way that will annoy potential clients (like unsolicited emails, cold calls, etc).
    Newspaper!!! Hadn't even crossed my mind
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    Originally Posted by naynay447
    Newspaper!!! Hadn't even crossed my mind
    It's amazing... In the days of everything being electronic, everyone has forgotten that standard print media can be useful to.
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    Designing website is slightly different than other businesses, If you have an eatable product, some footwear, cloths etc it is going to end with time, but websites are futuristic products: i.e they sustain, grow and be matured with time, so when a person goes for searching a website design company, they are always in search for some one who are very good in this. You can not trust any one- since it is question of your brand, you have to get clients and leads through your website.
    People search over internet, they like to know your strength, there is nothing wrong with cold calls, news papers etc, but at the same time you should be ready to justify you.
    The most effective could be referrals than anything else
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    I find a lot of the clients from the newspaper can be more bottom of the barrel, it could be different in a city. Go to local business events.. cocktail hour etc etc and just talk to business owners. Good chance they'll either need dev work or know somebody who does. I've worked at/ran a few call centers. If you go into cold calling businesses expect to hear a lot of nos(and you'll probably have to go through a gate keeper) but if you stick with it you may get lucky. I would suggest cold calling business owners from companies you admire and setting up dinners so you can pick their brain and rolodex.
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    I think a key thing newer web designers should realize is that they will need to build up a database or list of prospects or contacts from where to get work because many prospects aren’t ready to hire you at the outset.I have observed that many new web designer are scared to death about talking about what they do that they will do other things (like redesign their site for the umpteenth time) instead of talk to people.
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    At Social Networking sites... Many people create their profile just to expand their network. Try to network among like interest people and tell them who you are....

    If they find your profile interesting then for sure they will connect with you. Once they are connected have a general communication and then you must try to promote your business.

    This formula might help you generate few leads.

    All the best.
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    Originally Posted by Catacaustic
    It's amazing... In the days of everything being electronic, everyone has forgotten that standard print media can be useful to.
    I agree, but if you compare with this with digital media then it has greater reach, sustainability and cost effectiveness than electronic media.
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    Benefits of web marketing


    These three and simple basic steps will definitely help you understanding internet marketing:
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    First create new fan page and LinkedIn group. And then promote your work and testimonial there...

    This might help you to generate leads
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    ever tried classified ads?
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    Maybe try stalking craigslist?
    Not the most high-brow way to go about things but there are people on there looking for designers and then each of these (sometimes) has a network and word of mouth can go a long way (as some of the first responders were saying)
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