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Wednesday, 24 March 2010
BNI

Each week in our BNI lunchtime meeting, I am expected to get up and tell other members and visitors a little bit about my work in a sixty second snapshot.

If you want to find out a bit more about our weekly meetings, skip to the bottom of this page.

Here's what I had to say this week:

"My name is Jon Ewing and I am from inframes.com ltd, a website design company from Reading.

You should refer business to me because I will give a free telephone consultation to anyone looking for advice on their website.

This week I've been talking to a young lady called Sascha who was referred to me by Dean Weller at Personal Career Management. Sascha has started up a business as a mobile massage therapist and wants some advice on getting more business from the web.

"And actually, one thing she had already done is so very effective that I thought I'd mention it today. It's something that takes five minutes, doesn't cost anything, and may - if you're very lucky - put your website straight the top of Google's listings.

"I'm talking about signing up to Google's own version of Yellow Pages, the Local Business Center.

"You can find add your business at google.com/local/add/ and if you take a look at this screengrab, you'll see that Sascha's listing for NaturalHaven.co.uk has been catapulted right to the top of the listings when I search for 'mobile massage therapist reading'. And she didn't pay a penny for it.

Google Local Business listings for mobile massage therapy in Reading - PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A MUCH LARGER SCREENGRAB

"So this week I'd like to request once again that you refer companies who already have a website and want to talk about ways to get more business from it without spending a fortune.

"To find out how good your website could be, look into inframes."


What's BNI?

I am part of a growing new chapter of the BNI business networking group and we're looking for other Reading-based small business professionals to refer business to.

We meet between 12.15pm and 1.45pm on Wednesdays. If you'd like to come along to a lunch, please drop me a line or give me a call and I'll put you in touch with our organiser.

There's absolutely no commitment required – you just pay a tenner, which covers the cost of lunch at the Strada on the Oracle Riverside - and you'll have a chance to meet existing members and other visitors, introduce your business and of course hand out business cards.

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