Category Archives: Starting Out

How To Launch An Online Yoga Business

I have a successful fitness/rehab facility in Ohio and wanted to get my online yoga concept up online but my work is not progressing.  How do you know when something is going to work or not?

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Jay’s Answer: It’s a good question, but there’s likely a lot of information that’s needed to evaluate your issues in-depth, including:

  • What are your goals?
  • How are you measuring results of your efforts?
  • Have you been able to identify who specifically would be interested in your online classes?
  • Are these the same people who would take your classes in Ohio, but can’t because they’re not nearby?
  • Are people looking for a class such as what you offer?
  • When they find your class, what’s their reaction?
  • What’s the promise you make as a result of taking the class?
  • Are people looking for solo practice or group practice?
  • Is your online class the right pacing/style/format for your prospective customers?
  • What are your competitors doing that’s more successful (both in content & marketing)?

Preparing For My Technical Interview?

I’m preparing for interviews this week for a media associate position. I need advice on what technical questions to expect. I’m interviewing for entry level positions. The main responsibilities are day-to-day management of clients’ campaigns and reporting performance of media. I have 1 year of experience with a small full-service agency. I started as a TV media assistant, where we analyzed media performance daily and adjusted our spots weekly. Then I became the assistant print media buyer. This involved more ad trafficking and media research, but only weekly performance reporting. Please let me know what sort of questions might come up in these interviews. Thank you!

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Jay’s Answer: Don’t simply wait for their questions. Do your research and ask some of your own. What have they done recently? What are they proud of? What clients have they recently lost? Won? What awards have they won or competed for? What have been the results of their efforts in the past?

Name My Indian Wedding Planning Business

I’m starting a wedding planning business in India. Since I’m new to this, please suggest me some sweet names & also few marketing tips for my business.

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Jay’s Answer:  Congratulations on starting your new business. The best way to market yourself is to first clearly identify those who might be interested in what you’re selling. Where are they located? What age? What gender? Why would they hire you instead of your competition (or doing it themselves)? What makes you special? These seemingly simple questions are the core for your marketing strategy. Everything you do in your business (including naming it) should align with the answers to your questions.

Help Naming Our Flooring Company

My husband and I are starting a flooring company. We’re starting out staining concrete but we want to be able to expand later on. He doesn’t want to use our last name in it. We are from Arkansas. We are targeting both home owners & contractors. My husbands works currently for his father doing audio care such as security alarms, home installments, direct tv, surround sound, just about anything. They have a good group of clients & know them all personally so he has a head start on clients. Plus there are not many flooring companies around us. At the moment he wants to start off just staining concrete. But after awhile he wants to hire some more people to help to do wood flooring, carpet and everything in between. We’re having a mental block trying to figure this out so we could really use some outside advice!

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Jay’s Answer: If there’s not many flooring companies around, then pick a name that makes it clear who you serve: Ashley County Flooring (for example). Your tagline would then explain your specialty (for now): Specializing in Concrete Staining.

Name My Party Planning Business

Myself and two of my friends are starting a party planning business. We need a catchy name but since there is three of us we really cant use our names. So any ideas would be great.

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Jay’s Answer: Congratulations on starting a new business! I’ve found over the years that the right way to choose a name isn’t to randomly pick something “catchy” that appeals to you. Instead, you need to pick a name that’s relevant to your future clients. So, you need to get very clear on such issues as: who specifically are your clients likely to be, where are they located, why they’d choose you (instead of doing it themselves and/or hiring someone else), and the types of parties you specialize in. This is the core of your marketing strategy. Without it, you can come up with hundreds of names and find that they’re clever/cute but totally off-base for your needs.

Name my Indian Retail Shop

Hey Jay i  have gone through your blog and its mindblowing work. I wonder sometimes that why dont i get the ideas which you get in your mind. Anyways getting back to the point, I need some assistance from you.

I reside in India and the city in which i reside is under developing city. Few months later i got an idea and decided to open a Retail Shop in here. Now i have all planned and settled with odds in my favour. i am Investing $320k . That includes all the Furniture , Rent of the land and Goods & Products which is to be sold here. Now comes a big question and that is the Shop name and a unique tagline . I went through all the things but did not find any suggestion on both as good as i expected. Now i am really looking forward towards you to help me in both Name and a Unique Tagline.

Basic Info:

  • Men’s Retail Garments Shop.
  • Importing the garments from other country.
  • I am Spending a lot on Design n furniture.
  • it would be a exclusive shop because of the Rich Ambient.

The cloths sold inside would be of the latest fashion and etc.

Hope i have given all the basic info to you, by which you could calculate and suggest a Real Good Shop Name and a Unique Tagline.

And finally Thanks a lot in advance for your time and patience for suggesting and helping me solve this riddle.

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Jay’s Answer: Given the amount of time and energy you’ve already put into your naming “puzzle”, it’s unlikely a few of my off-the-top ideas will serve you well. As you’ve discovered, naming takes a lot of research: knowing a lot about your audience, your competition, and yourself. With this caveat, here are some suggestions to play with:

  • Exclusively Worldwide
  • Seulement
  • Red Top Hat

Name My Event Center

I need some help coming up with a business name.I will have a center that will be mainly for events such as wedding, sweet 16, graduation and such events. however to supplement additional income I plan to have yoga or Pilates class. I need a a functional name to accommodate both ideas. I was thinking peach place, but unsure. This will be like a hall on the weekend. please provide some ideas. Thanks

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Jay’s Answer: It’s important that your business name reflect your goals – and connect with your target audience. The fact that you have yoga/Pilates in the space is irrelevant – unless you want the center to be focused on this specific offering.

You’re best to be thinking like someone who might be interested in renting venues in your area. Why would they be interested in your space? What will you offer that others can’t/won’t? Why should they use your venue instead of a local church, community center, park, or hotel? What types of clients would best appreciate your venue? Why? How do you know?

Once you understand what makes you special, only then start to dream up names. The name needs to set the tone. An informal name connotes an informal venue, etc. Just because you like the name isn’t good enough. It needs to resonate with your clients.

And don’t try to create a name that works for both a venue rental and for yoga/Pilates. Instead, consider that yoga/Pilates is renting the space. Create a name for that business separately – otherwise you’ll convince both venue renters and yoga students that you’re not professional/serious. Keep the names separate. If you do choose “Peach Place” as a name, then your health business could be “Peach Place Pilates” or “Peach Place Fitness”. That’ll build on your name, without confusing your audience.

New Bus Route College Marketing To Parents

The school is is establishing two new school bus routes through the NE suburbs, in addition to the already existing bus route. This has come about following feedback and demand from parents surveyed. It is intended to begin the bus services in 2014.

Can you please provide ideas for a full scale marketing program (Web, Social Media, Print, Guerilla Marketing, Direct marketing, Press Release etc) for the new and existing College families?

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Jay’s Answer:  If there was feedback and demand, then it seems that there’s a market that’s ready. Do parents/students need to sign up for the route? Do parents need to pay for the service? Can you make the bus ride launch unusually FUN (live music, food, sing-along, etc.)?

How To Get More Travel Clients?

We are into a small business or I would say have begun a business of travel and Overseas education Consultancy along with IELTS Coaching classes. For IELTS we keep getting 1 or 2 students a month. My question is, What can be the best way to bring perspective clients or candidates to our office looking for Study Visa or overseas education. Although we keep getting phone calls for the same, but most of the time either they are fake calls or the clients do not show up after getting all the information. Don’t understand why.

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Jay’s Answer:  It sounds very frustrating. My guess is you haven’t sufficiently pre-qualified your prospective clients. People will show up if it’s clear they are the right people and it’s worth their time. Your job is to identify the right people and convince them of the value of talking with you.

To start with, I’d suggest putting more information about your services online (your “Top 10 Questions” for example). Next, for those interested in talking further, they should provide you with some answers (that are easy to validate) to key questions: contact information & why they want your help. Then, conduct an over-the-phone interview, ensuring that they’ve read through your online information first, they understand what you do, and you understand the value to them.

How to Launch Coaching Center?

I want to start a coaching center for science students of 9th to 12th class. I have a limited money at this time (about 1.5 lacs). How and where from should I start?

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Jay’s Answer: Since your success depends upon getting students to sign up, I would start small. Can you reliably sign up a class of students who would be interested? If you can, then you can gradually grow your business to become a center that offers multiple classes (and perhaps additional services). If you can’t, then you need to understand how to reach the first class of students (and their parents) by targeted marketing. And to do that – you’ll need to think like one of these parents – why should their child go to your center? How will they know their money is well spent? Why would your instruction be better than others offering similar services?