After a year and a half of research and planning Nomad Advertising LLC launched in March of 2008. We are an ad agency that focuses on car wrap advertising. We work with other ad agencies and directly with businesses to create and design ads optimized for transit advertising then place the ad on cars in our fleet and advertise them by driving them through towns, cities, and highways. Please visit our website for more information... www.NomadAdvertisingLLC.com
Thank you for your post as it was helpful and thank you for extending your service and abilities to ensure your customers satisfaction. It says a lot of good about you and the staff MS hires. Thanks.
I hate to say this, but I don`t think that MS Office Live is the product you want. (stating the obvious) I use MS office live to host my site and Im sorry that I chose them and am considering switching.
My suggestion to you is move your site to GoDaddy.com and use OSCommerce. First, GoDaddy.com is a pretty good (pretty cheap) website hosting company. They allow php and other technical things that MS Office Live does not support. This way, you can add blogs and forums etc.
Also by using a hosting company that allows php you can use OSCommerce which is a free opensource e-commerce store. I have never used it and it is slightly outside of my area of knowledge, but I have done research about it based on a direction I was considering to move my site. In other words, forgive me for inaccuracies.
Anyway, by switching hosting companies and using this e-commerce software you should be able to do exactly (and more than) what you want all at a reasonable price. I hope this helps and makes sense. If not, let me know and I would be happy to follow up.
As I was reading your initial post, my reaction was "Ok, you targeted the wrong demographic, but at least they are coming and spending money." Simply redefine why they are coming and adapt.
1)Cut your costs.
If a particular flavor of tea isn`t selling well, don`t offer it.
2)Sell complimentary foods.
Sell bagels, pop-tarts, and muffins.
3)Sell branded T-Shirts
Get your customers to pay for your advertising.
4)Change your inventory.
Don`t use fancy stuff for "high-end" tea drinkers, make it simple for those who want a hot cup of tea...and nothing else.
5)Hold (and charge) Event nights.
Open Mic, Karioke, Costume Party
6)Hold a contest
Get the business students to find a way to get you more revenue and reward the winner with 6 months free tea.
7)Sell tea gift baskets around the holidays
8)Get the parents of the college kids hooked during parent weekends and orientation.
I hope my 8 suggestions help. More importantly keep this in mind, you have a customer base. Get them to spend more and bring their friends. Once this tea bar does well, start another tea bar for the "high-end" tea drinkers like you want. Good luck! It will work out just fine.NomadAdvertisingLLC8/20/2008 10:55 AM
Thanks for the input. I love the idea about the Contract Discount. As far as disposal is concern, several auto shops nearby accept waste oil drop off for recycling. I still need to contact them to make sure they don`t mind the volume of oil I hope to bring by. Truth be told, after all is said and done, it is in my 5 year plan to buy my own oil recycling machines and recycle my own oil. That way, I can save use some recycled oil and some new in each oil change. But I need to keep on task and plan for the other more pressing issues in order to start this up.
Thanks for the input, its great.