Anna Lynn Dizon is a staff writer for Fit Small Business, contributing to our sales, marketing, and real estate sections. Her experience in business and finance led her to work for a US risk mitigation company in its regional office in Singapore. Anna holds a degree in accountancy and is currently working towards her master’s in language and literacy education.
Get a listing on Google places. This is fast, free, and Google place listings almost always come up first in Google search results. Go to places.google.com/business. If you don't already have a Google account, set one up by clicking the "create account now" button. Follow the prompts to create an account. Then click "list your business." Enter the business phone number and follow the prompts to create your profile. Be sure to use keywords in the description--words that people looking for your business would enter into a search engine. Make sure the address and map information are correct.
This extremely popular short-form social media has tons of appeal as well as a huge number of users to access. Twitter has exploded in the past few years and it is becoming impossible to ignore this platform when it comes to marketing your business. Statistics show that there are almost 350 million active monthly users on Twitter to target with your brand name.
PennySaver is a great advertising option when you want a more localized target market. Their search bar allows for a number of filters, including location-based listings. What’s great about PennySaver is that once you register on their site, your ads also get posted on their affiliate and subsidiary sites based on the category of your ad. You can also get email reminders regarding your live ads and can cancel them anytime.
USNetAds.com does not require sign up and gives you unlimited access to your ad postings, though it only allows you to upload one image per ad. It also gives you the option to include a link back to your website. Users of the site can search with specific filters like location, keyword, ad ID, and even the ad owner’s name, so make sure you enter your details accurately.
The 10dayads.com platform lets you include videos as part of your free ad and gives you the ability to post for a single or multiple locations the moment you click on their “Post Your Ad Now” button. What’s more, this website has an app for Android devices, making it easier and faster to complete transactions for users who are always on the go. They have a well-made website, with very helpful features to match the extensive categories that they offer to their subscribers.
NearbyMe2.com actively monitors and filters content on their website, giving users assurance that the ads shown are always up to date. What’s best about this platform, from the seller’s perspective, is it’s entirely free. Advertisers have full access to listings as well as unlimited ad posting. The website also uses interactive buttons and icons to give it a modern and engaging design for its users.
You’re in business, but that means very little if you have no customers. Some forms of business automatically attract customers like word of mouth, they are few and far between and this is probably not true for your business. Word of mouth comes from actually having customers, to then go and talk to others about their experience with your business.
Adpost is another free advertising site very much like Craigslist, only with a more global reach. This is perfect if you want your ads to reach a wider audience for your listings or build an international network. While the platform can do with a little upgrading, the simplicity makes it easier even for readers with the most basic knowledge of the internet.