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dollar-signEvery had one of those weeks when nothing you were doing with your business is helping get new customers. I own a web hosting/designing/developing company and have been doing business for over 15 years. I have not lived in Oregon long and I do not know very many people here. I do not have the network of family and friends that I once had when I lived in Southern Indiana. I am finding it hard to sell myself to the people and businesses. I need new customers!!!

I have been searching the Internet looking for new places to advertise that did not cost me an arm and a leg. Most places that I have found are not catering to my needs. (Small business to small business) I want to target small business owners that are looking for a new presence on the web or want to upgrade their outdated web sites and social media content to a more modern feel and flexibility.

 I looked at web site designers/developers ads on craiglist.org to check out my competition and I was shocked. I was thinking of placing an ad because free is for me! Placing an ad there will not cost me a dime and could possible generate business. The part that shocked me was the quality of work that I was not finding from the advertisers. I am not sure I want to advertise next to some of those designers because their prices are outrageous and the designs actually sucked. My first thought was to jump right in and make an ad. I have those others beat not only in price but also in talent. But now that I have slowed my roll, I am thinking that I do not want to put an ad there because they do. Guilt by association! That is the phrase that comes to mind. I am advertising on craigslist.org because I also SUCK! Or should I place an ad along with my portfolio and let it speak for itself?

I need a company that can help me but where do I find it? I am willing to pay for advertising if it were targeted the audience that I am looking for. Some friends of ours own secciontelefonicaus.com in Nashville, Tennessee. They offer advertising to businesses that want to target Spanish-speaking customers. They offer both online and print advertising. This is what I need here in Oregon: specific targeting to customers the customers that I need. Maybe I should just start my own advertising agency!

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think or where you done advertising through. I am curious to see if there are places that I did not know about.

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