Originally Posted by CoronaC
Ive just started a new Vending Machine Forum for venidng operaters to come and talk about the vending industry and sell machines and equipment etc. and im looking for a few ways to get my site out there to other vendors.
So far ive posted an add on ebay and gumtree to promote the site a little to anyone that might search for vending machines on those sites. I've gotten a few more visitors but only a 2 new people signed up and no new posts.
I know I havent got very much content on there right now so thats most likely turning people away from joining and posting.
Another idea ive had is to have a short promo that encourages people to join by offering the first 10 people to join and post a vending machine, equipment or vending run for sale will get $5 for doing so.
Ill edit the adds on ebay and gumtree to promote and also add a new post on the forums to promote as well.
Does this sound like a good idea? Or just a waste of my money?
Does anyone else have a few ideas on how to get people to join and post?
Actually I think your best bet is phone canvassing. Speaking personally, any unsolicited emails I get these days go straight to spam folder. I get that many (any webmaster will attest to what a hassle this can be, and you probably know it yourself) that I just disregard all of them. They really do just piss me off.
The online businesses I deal with (I own a computer repairs business) - most of them I have either sought out myself, or they have contacted me by phone.
This is going to sound awful, and I will probably get flamed, but unless you have an australian accent this will also be an issue with the canvassing - same reason - I get lots of calls from india and the phillippines - and as soon as I hear the accent and determine its not a customer, they get extremely short shrift.
My take is that like any business, its about relationships. If you sound ok on the phone, and get people's attention they will have a look.
I guess the other part of the equation is SEO
. I did a google search for Vending Machine Forum and you had #1 result, so I reckon thats a really good start.
I wonder if it might be worth shooting a few emails to some other specialist Forum admins to see how they got started?
Just my 5c
Best of luck with it.