We use 99designs.com and logodesignguru.com to have our designs done.
When it comes down to it, as a paying customer you want to see options without breaking your wallet. You can pay a local company to design 10 or so logos, typically all with a similar style or have hundreds of people from around the world submit hundreds of designs for you to critique and make perfect.
This is going to trigger local companies to point out "serious issues", but it's innovation in the space. These online companies have spent hundreds of thousands, if not millions to backup their service.
Whats great about these online services is that you get to make suggestions as people submit work. Start off with a veiled project to get unique submissions and days before the end, unveil the project to have participants work off the ideas you like the most. Make comments, encourage, rate, and share the submissions on your social media networks. These services make great advertising campaigns when you allow your customers to participate in choosing final desings.
I am sure there are hundreds more. Use this to get a good start on listing a business on the best directories online. Ours is included obviously to help increase our exposure. Ordered by highest rank (some may challenge that) column 1, column 2, so on.
People love finding deals and saving money.
What is CiteAds?
CiteAds is an innovative platform that helps businesses promote their service, share their special offers, advertise events and much more. CiteAds helps all types of businesses generate new customers by providing a place where people can quickly discover what businesses in their neighborhoods have to offer.
Many businesses disregard classifieds ad sites as an effective marketing tool. Major classification sites offer too broad of classifications. This results in an overcrowded and unorganized marketplace, making it extremely difficult for businesses to capture the consumers’ attention.
CiteAds improves the classifieds model by focusing only on businesses and services. CiteAds provides the ultimate online bulletin board for local search and discovering what businesses have to offer.
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It's difficult no doubt about it. So many ways not enough time.
Here's an example. Do well with free give away products. A print shop needs more customers. They use free software to create business cards and flyers. They promote on networks that we design for free. Sometimes they just make a flyer and share the gift without even contacting the prospect first.
Point is, it takes us 2 minutes to create a gift and share it. People like the gesture and in return prospects will talk about the great surprise. They will more than likely remember you the next time they need a service like yours too.
Target your prospects and make them work for you.