Stephen SmythInternet Marketing / Joint Ventures
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Are you an independent professional, entrepreneur, or small business owner seeking to increase your business through eCommerce, social media, paid search or mobile apps? Then I’d like to connect further with you. I help SME business owners, entrepreneurs & app developers increase their revenue, grow their network and reach new customers and clients. I do this with a variety of internet marketing strategies, information products, membership sites, promotional campaigns, email marketing, buzz marketing, word-of-mouth marketing, and social networking strategies. To keep your business current in today’s world, you must know how to use the latest conversational marketing techniques and viral technologies, including Facebook, Google and its array of powerful search marketing features. I’d love to join your marketing team and support you in creating a step-by-step strategic integrated social media plan, incorporating Facebook, Google and the iTunes ecosystem among other platforms, to grow your business. Social Media, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Building Systems & Business are my passions. In the last 3 years I have built a multi million dollar Marketing & Education Business with zero outside funding. I have consulted fortune 500's to "one man shows" on Social Marketing & Business. I love helping people - there is great reward for me in helping individuals or corporations overcome obstacles in their marketing & business. I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. Specialties eCommerce, Lead Generation Systems, MLM Leads, Joint Venture Development, App Marketing & Development, Membership Site Creation & Maintenance, Streaming Media, Local search strategy, new media leadership, conference organization, podcasting, blogging, social networks,listening technology, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, search engine optimization, web site design and development, branding, marketing, affiliate marketing, advertising, YouTube, email marketing, direct marketing, word of mouth marketing, Podcasting, Video Production, iBeacons, GeoFencing.



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Using your Facebook page as a way to provide actionable valuable content and resources for your audience is always one of the best way to grow organically for "Free" .. now when I say for "Free" you will need to invest time in content creation for your page. I would start with great content and have your page grow via organic likes and shares BEFORE I would look at getting more "Users" ... without content an influx of new users will be wasted and they will not stay and engage for long.


How to get the first customer? - Ask a few to beta test your product, app or service for FREE .. then if your idea has legs let them promote for you which they will do by default if you solve a need or help them.


Create a portfolio of free similar audience apps that cross promote each other. You need traction with at least one app for this to work.


From my experience I always start with my local network connections. I then would look for "app developer meetups" in my area for networking opportunities.

You can choose portals like Elance, Odesk etc. to find the best developer for your app

An other resource you could test the water in is http://www.theymakeapps.com . They have a pretty extensive listing of app developers, along with information on what platforms they build on, and how much an app usually costs.

Your question "finding and hiring affordable software engineers" would make me ponder your current business plan - idea ... I would ask myself first... how is this app going to fund itself over time?

You mentioned affordable software engineers which begs the question have you worked up a start-up / launch budget?

Most apps take about 100+ hours to get to version 1 beta ... plug in the current development rates from your research to help with your budget numbers

Here is a great video that takes you behind the scenes of the making of the Airbnb iPhone App...its a great snap shot of app creation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPHSG_lLKJ8

There are many "affordable" but extremely busy engaged developers available...I suggest that you understand your numbers first before engaging with a company.

Hope that helps you get going in the right direction.


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