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I am utilizing Constant Contact as a way to send newletters to my mailing list, encouraging people to share the info. CC is low cost, but I have to do a lot of professional networking in order to get the names for it.
I just launched my first website, www.startingoutsmall.com. I sell unique and practical baby gifts and accessories. At my husband's suggestion, I started a blog back in early August and I feel that has helped me tremendously by getting a lot of hits daily and he also connected me to my facebook account. So, to date, I have over 800 hits since August 6th, not bad for less than 4 months. I launched my site yesterday and because of my blog which goes to my facebook and also a twitter account, I had over 100 hits today alone. So, start blogging about your businesses, what are they by the way? Also, you can try joining different networking sites, linkedin, yahoo groups, etc. GOOD LUCK! Stay in touch!
You are doing the right thing right now, posting your situation and getting feedback. When You first contacted me on My Work Butterfly, the first thing I did was go to your site to see what you did. This type of social interaction I think is the way of the future as far as networking and marketing goes. I get far more traffic and information from Twitter, Facebook, Twittermoms, My Work Butterfly and other social sites than any other form of networking/marketing. There are others such as Mompreneur Cafe, Cafe Moms, etc...Take a look around and start chatting. You'll see results soon. Good Luck!!