Please Be My Guest at Patch.com’s Main Street U Summit

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Frank Felker Selected As Panelist For Alexandria Online Marketing Summit

Main Street U Summit

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I’m very pleased to announce that Patch.com has asked me to be a panelist discussing online marketing success for small businesses at their inaugural Main Street U Summit, here in Old Town Alexandria, next Thursday November 7, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – and that I can get you into the event at no charge!

Patch.com is a nationwide company with a hyper-local focus. They are basically the online equivalent of the old neighborhood newspaper. From an advertising standpoint, their sole purpose is to connect local consumers with local businesses, which means their business model is directly in alignment with mine.

I have written previously about my positive feelings regarding Patch.com and how I believe every local business should consider adding them to their marketing mix.

In addition to their advertising and content sharing capabilities, Patch.com is also a powerful Local SEO platform. I frequently come across their listings on the front page of local Google search results for a variety of vertical industries.

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The Entrepreneur as Salesman: How to Become Your Own Top Producer

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The Greatest Job You Never Thought Of - On Amazon.comEvery business owner can benefit from a strong set of sales skills but very few have them.

In this workshop I combine my 30+ years as an entrepreneur and sales professional to teach business owners how to think, act and close like a professional salesperson.

Drawing from lessons outlined in my 2004 book, The Greatest Job You Never Thought Of, I explain how, in spite of my many years as the owner of a successful business, I never really learned what sales was all about until I was forced to succeed as a commission-only salesman for a home improvement company.

That company provided extensive sales training and showed me how a sales-focused organization operates. They also gave me the opportunity to earn as much as $20,000 per month if I was willing to work for it.

In this workshop I dispel some myths and communicate some truths about sales while also sharing real, actionable information that any business owner can use to increase their company’s sales almost immediately.

I first presented this workshop yesterday at Connect113 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where it was very well received. If you’d like to have me present it to your business group, please give me a call at 703-348-7390.

Coworking Co-Founder Discusses Home-Based Businesses

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Radio Free EnterpriseIs It Time For Your Home-Based Business To Run Away From Home?

In this excerpt from Radio Free Enterprise you’ll hear from Billy Winburn, Co-Founder of Connect113, a coworking facility in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Billy and I discuss a wide range of topics that should be of interest to any home-based business owner who’s feeling a little cramped by trying to run a home and a business out of the same building. Not only are your kids, pets and spouse driving you crazy with their constant interruptions, you’re also driving them crazy by working so hard to ignore them.

You probably think you can’t afford something like Connect113, but when you look at what you’re already spending everyday and all the benefits you’ll get, you’ll begin to wonder why you haven’t done something like this sooner.

Give a listen and see what you think.

Radio Free Enterprise

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Add Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing Mix

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Add Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing MixAdd Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing Mix

I’ve just returned from an¬†interesting short seminar entitled Optimizing Your Local Online Presence presented by some local Patch.com reps at Connect113 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

I am familiar with local Internet marketing techniques but was only tangentially aware of Patch.com which is kind of like a combination of an old-fashioned local newspaper with a new-fangled online community and business directory.

I’m not going to give a long treatise on the vagaries of Patch.com. Instead I encourage you to do five things:

  1. Spend some time browsing the web site to get a feel for what it’s all about
  2. Become a member of your local Patch in your company’s name
  3. Create or Claim and Optimize your company’s listing on Patch
  4. Subscribe to their daily newsletter
  5. Post comments and reviews in your company’s name

I don’t think your Patch.com listing will be as important or beneficial as say your Google Places listing. But I am convinced that this is a critical local online community that you need to be an active part of.