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Getting your product out there

Discussion in 'Builder's & Retailer's Forum' started by Dave, May 18, 2011.

  1. Dave

    Dave Member

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    Are there other sites like TGP that allow builders/dealers to show and talk about their products?

    Any other ideas for a builder whose "advertising budget" is basically zero?

    TGP, ebay, and word-of-mouth have gotten us this far. The occasional amp show too, but those are rarely worth the trip/expense.
     
  2. turtleheadblues

    turtleheadblues Senior Member

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    Facebook. Hit it hard.
     
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    Last Nerve Supporting Member

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    Facebook.
    Twitter.
    MySpace.
    A lot of guys did start out with eBay auctions, too.
    TGP Tour-Boxes have worked out well for those that have done them.
    See where you can send a demo unit for a magazine review, as well.
     
  5. Jz Guitars

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    Facebook, we have gotten lots of exposure through Facebook. We have the same "budget" for advertising as well, and what works really well is promoting your website on Facebook, we always get good hits when we do that. And TGP has been good to us too.
     
  6. Dave

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    We've got a Facebook page. Is there something beyond just having the page that I should be doing? Forgive my ignorance, I don't spend much time on Facebook.

    Uh huh, got anything to add or was that sarcasm?
     
  7. dougk

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    Unfortunately, you're going to have too now.
     
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    Unfortunately, free will only get you so far. Find an advertising budget somewhere, somehow. It adds a level of professionalism that will open a lot more doors and is worth the money.
     
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    Get in touch with the (on-line "digital") magazines ! Its free and they love to recieve your product(s) for a review. Mucho exposure !!!
     
  11. Jz Guitars

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    Another thing we do is put gear in local studios and schools for their customers to try, word of mouth spreads quickly when OTHER prople are also talking about you on FB. And this confirms your place in the market when people come across your page and say "I've heard of them". THE most important thing to do is build a good product and have excellent customer service, the rest is sure to follow eventually...
     
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    Not sarcasm. I think this is one of the best posts Ive read here. I need help as well.

    shhhheeeeeeesssssshhhhh :huh:huh:huh:huh:huh
     
  13. Dave

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    That's cool. It's hard to tell what people mean on a forum.
     
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    Ive noticed the most exposure i get is from youtube videos that my customers have done. Thanks to them, If you search surreal you get a good three solid pages of info. TAGS, also evertime you post a pic on photobucket and makes use of the tags, evertime you post on a forum with your name in the siggy helps too. so post a lot of things.

    I posted this one pic in photobucket of myself when I was 13 and it says" Obama loves Surreal. I laugh everytime it pops up on a search.
     
  15. turtleheadblues

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    Facebook.....think of it as building a 24 hour live customer base. Post daily cool updates builds etc. Friend and post on other gear makers walls. Other gear heads will see you on there and friend you. How many potential buyers look at Line 6s wall or Musicians Friends wall? Try to make it complimentary builders to your products. I have had GREAT fellow industry / gear relationships start this way.

    Friend friend friend......post post post....giveaway repeat often
     
  16. dougk

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    Just be careful, there's a fine line between popping up on your fellow builders / companies pages and spamming them. ;)
     
  17. turtleheadblues

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    Without a doubt. Use common sense and help others within the industry.
     

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