How Minden Marketing Companies Can Help You Dominate Webster Parish

Minden Marketing Companies

There are not any marketing companies in Minden, La that are centered around helping you dominate your local market. To be honest, I’m the only Minden marketing company in this area that specializes in the actual process of building a business marketing from the ground up.

You see, I’m a native of Minden, La, so I understand the market from all angles. Most of the businesses in our little city need more help on growing their client and customer base. I’m here to help provide that help to the thousands of businesses in and around Webster Parish.

Here in our city of Minden, there just aren’t any well known marketing companies that have what it takes to grow businesses here. Yes, we have a few advertising places in town, but advertising is a waste of money if you don’t have the foundation setup and the right marketing plan behind it.

It’s pretty much like setting your money on fire, and watching it burn. Advertising in the newspaper is ok for the reason that you can pay to get some eye balls on your business. Sad truth about that is that most of the eye balls will not be targeted people. Over time you will just stop placing ads due to losing money.

There are a number of reasons why your advertising is not working in Minden, La, but for the most part the #1 reason is just the lack of having the right foundation setup. That foundation that I talk about all of time to my current clients, to hundreds of thousands of people who visit my website each year, is that you must have a website for your business no matter if you have the following:

Snow cone Stand

Lawn care Service

Barber Shop

Beauty Shop

Donut Shop

Food Truck

Catering Businesses

and the list goes on and on..

These are just a few of hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses that people start that don’t even consider getting websites setup. Truth is that most people are just uneducated about having one, so they do without it. Not knowing that not having a website for your business, is like not having a car or mobile phone these days.

Heck, if you want to be able to compete and take your business to an all new level, it would be wise to consider getting one. If not, then you risk progressing in your business, which will later on down the road force you to close your doors.

How to Market in Minden, La

I’m one of those guys who will never send you on your way without helping in some way or another. First, I would like to say of the businesses in Minden, La is that, if you just need to talk about your business, then feel free to use the big “Free Consultation” form to the right side of the page. Just enter your contact information, and I will give you a call and we will see what needs to be done to get your business to the next level. So, contact me before your competitors do.

Next, I would like to leave you with something that I created for all of the businesses in the world. It basically took me about 2 months of hard work writing and formatting just to give this away for free. Over 5k businesses around the world have taken advantage of this free local marketing guide that I created.

This guide is called Antonio’s 31 Tips to Dominating Your Local Market. What I would like you all to do is get your free copy of it, which is 100% free. I put this together for everyone who has a business, and needs some form of marketing strategies to get the ball rolling. So take advantage of it, and start implementing some of them before the local competition beats you to the punch.

There are not any Minden marketing companies in our local city, but that should not stop you from seeking help locally. So as a local marketing consultant, I’m helping you when you call. Make today the day that you make that change of growing your business the smart and right way.

I’m Living in Minden, La, Broke, Hating My Job, and Frustrated

I'm Living in Minden, La, Broke, Hating My Job, and Frustrated

The title of this post hits home for a lot of people who live in my home town of Minden, La, and the surrounding areas such as, Shreveport and Bossier City, just to name a few.

Here on my website I usually talk about small business marketing, local marketing and just merely how to grow a business to the massive. But today, I wanted to open you guys eyes on a matter that really hurts to talk about, but I feel as though I’m the one to bring it to life.

What I’m really looking forward to, is how many times this will be shared on our social networks such, as Facebook and Twitter? I say this because every time I’m on there, I see us as people sharing crap that makes absolutely no sense at all.

We share and comment on things so that we can get it out to our friends, so that they can chime in on it to keep the discussion going. Besides that, I’m just looking forward to hearing what people have to say in the comment sections below. Hopefully, what I say hits home in a way that it wake us up, and we start doing better and wanting more out of life.

Hopefully, after you read this post, we will all start taking action getting ourselves out of what we call poverty. Just understand this..

We are all one or two pay checks away from being homeless..think about that for a moment.

The Story

I’m writing this for those people in Minden, La, but this can also be related to anyone in the world no matter the state, city or town. It’s just that I wanted to personally send this out to those that I know, and care about in a city that I’ve been in for the last 32 years.

Our city is no different than the other hundreds or so places that I have visited in my lifetime. I say that we have maybe 15k to 20k people at any given time living here. The history of Minden, La, began back in the 1800’s just as of a lot of local surrounding cites did back in those days.

Over the years, we have managed to grow into somewhat of a small city, and when you hear people from Homer, Sibley, and Cotton Valley say that they’re going to the city to do grocery shopping or something, they’re mostly speaking about Minden.

Even though we have a lot of big brands in town such as Wal-Mart, and a big number of the nation wide fast food places, we are really just an average place to live that has just enough here to keep people around.

We have some manufacturing and distributing businesses in town, such as Firebond and Coca-Cola. There are a number of the family owned places to work at that have been up town for too many years to name. So our city is an “OK” city to live in, but not the place to become successful.

Let Me Explain..

Oh yea, you can go to school here, graduate from high school, and be given three choices:

  1. Go to college
  2. Go to find a job
  3. Start a business

Go to College

Lots of people go to college, and you won’t see them for a couple of years, and the next thing you know they’re right back here. Now, that can be for many reasons, but just know that they’re back here having to make tough decisions.

Most of them go and get crazy amounts of loans that at that time that seemed right, but honestly it’s a trap that will catch up with you in the long run. Now you’re back in good old Minden, La, and already in debt at the age of 21 looking for a job. Yea looking for a job in Minden. Crazy Huh

Let me ask you a question for a moment? Have you ever wondered why there are so many people in Minden, La that own businesses, and they’re not even a part of the American culture? Not saying that they are not American, just saying that a lot of people who are not considered Americans, own businesses not only in our city but all across America. Why is That?

First, you have to look at it on a level of government grants and loans that people can qualify for. If you have a business plan and so-called good credit, you can possibly get funding for a business. So the question is, why are there so many of us not owning these businesses in our city compared to others?

The answer is really simple if you take a moment to sit back and think about. We are taught here in America to go to school, which is college, and get a “GOOD JOB.” So, straight out of high school we go directly into debt by paying for school. At the end of the day, when you include books, loans, and just mere living, you can be into thousands of dollars of debt before you even walk across that stage. Sad Huh

Now as a college student you’re struggling, so you go out and do what..get a job

Got to find a job

Things I’m going to share will probably hit home to most of you, but heck believe me it has happened to all of us. So, living in Minden, La, the job market is 100% bad no matter which way you look at it. Here in a few I will break down the numbers, and you will see why a job in Minden is honestly a waste of time if you want to really be successful.

So you seek out a job, and maybe you find one that’s paying you on average, let’s say $400 a week. This is the medium of the number, and I understand some people make more or less but this is a good number to start from. When it comes to our local market of Minden, LA and the surrounding area, you can expect to see these numbers.

Now you’re working a full time job at 21, 22 or 23 years old. For some reason or another, you’re not in school anymore. This is usually the route for most people who didn’t finish school, but even if they do finish school what I’m about to explain stills hold truth. Basically, we are bringing home about let’s say $1,400 a month after taxes. Yea, you realize real quick that you’re working for yourself and some guy named Uncle Sam.

You have been working for a while, and at this point you still have decent credit. You’re making good money, so you go out and buy that brand new car.

Car – $350 monthly – on average

Insurance – $150 Monthly

That $1,400 now drops down to only $900 measly dollars a month, working full time for someone else. But wait, we ‘re young adults so we want to act, feel and live like so. Now we start listening to the broke people in our family about buying a house early, or we take the road of an apartment.

No matter which route you take on this one, you’re still losing at the end of the day. Why, that mortgage or that rent will run you in today’s market on a simple one bed apartment or house around $550 per month on average.

Home – $550

Wow, now my money drops down to $350. How in world am I going to live off of that crap? But wait I haven’t even included the following:

  • House Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Lights
  • Gas
  • Cable
  • OMG (Food)
  • Student Loans
  • and just simply living

Hey, you only have $350 left to cover all of this, which is not even near bout possible. There is no way that you can make a living in Minden, or anywhere else with those numbers. But 98% percent of our family and friends live like this, pay check to pay check.

These numbers get even worse the less money you make. Please believe that even if you make a lot more, you’re still spending more so the struggle continues. Plus at the end of the day, you keep running around Minden hoping to find that next big job..Ha Ha Ha

You’re just wasting your time if you think you’re going to find that dream job. It’s not going to happen here due to the fact that the cost of living versus the paying scale evens out. Meaning, that what ever you make will continue to go out as you get your pay check due to wanting to live just like the neighbors down the road.

We have to get that new car, even if the old one that we have is paid off, because we have to show that we’re coming up in the world. Not wanting people to know that you’re struggling at the same time. All this starts from the day we graduate from high school, the years go by, and the next thing we know, we’re 30 years old broke, no job, and hating our job and frustrated.

At the end of the day, life just sucks you up and spits you out. Your credit is bad now because you’ve fallen behind on loans, student loans, car notes, and etc.. For the rest of your life living in Minden, La or even the surrounding areas, you’re doing what I call “Chasing a Ghost.

You work and search until you find that dream job, but that dream job never comes. For one, the town that we live in, and because we were told wrong a long time ago. Someone told us go to school, get a good education, and get a good job. Yea, thats the way you do it. But, other people taught their kids to start businesses straight out of high school, from opening up Hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, and etc

How are they able to do this you may ask? For one, they have some form of good credit because they came out the gate not being in debt like we are. So the opportunity to succeed for them becomes greater, and our success drops faster due to the fact we have crushed our credit over the years.

This why you see more and more businesses being owned by other people versus the everyday American.

I'm Living in Minden, La, Broke, Hating My Job, and Frustrated 1

 

Start a Business

In this section I’m looking to bring all of this home in hopes of you taking some action in your life today. MY goal is to only educate people on what to do, and how to do it if you don’t want to become that old person wishing that you would have made some tougher choices when you were young.

First, I would like to say that I love my home town of Minden, La, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. But, the truth is that if you think you’re going to make a good relaxing living here, then you’re crazy. The only people in Minden living well are those people who you are working for, and those who own businesses.

Realize that having a job is all good, and I’m a big believer in building your foundation first. What you have to do to get to where you want to be. You can have that job in Minden, but after work go out and create something on your own.

If you spend 8 hours making the business owners in Minden rich, then take another 8 hours making yourself wealthy. But, if you’re working 8 hours a day, struggling to pay bills, and trying to live like the Jones’s, then you’re a fool. If you love your job, you’re a fool. I say this because, how can you love something that you don’t even own? Those people can fire you in a heart beat, so make the effort to create something that you own, and I hope to help you with that.

You have to make some changes if you want to be happy with yourself. I can’t tell you how many people I talk to in Minden or the surrounding areas who are waiting for retirement, and can’t wait for that 401k to kick in. People are banking on social security to take care of them once they reach 65 and older.

That’s Crazy

Successful business owners care less about social security and 401k. Only poor broke people care about those big pay days, which honestly are just pennies. I’m 32 years old, and looking for success now, not 33 years down the road when I’m old, wrinkled up, and tired. Who does that?

I care about my people so much that I want to help, and those who live in Minden have to wake up and smell the roses. If you are tired of living check to check to check, then you must make an effort to change your life starting today.

For those of you who don’t know me, and from the class of 2001 of good old Minden High. Just wanted to say I played basketball, and had a pretty good time if I must say so. I met a lot of great people over the years, some good some bad. But no matter what, I love all people because in the business I’m in you have to.

So, from the moment I graduated from high school, I have been educating myself for years on marketing online and offline. I turned that knowledge into a business that I call the Coleman Marketing Group, LLC. I’ve helped thousands of people across the word to become successful by teaching. If you have a business, and it needs marketing, I’m the guy most people turn to online. Hundreds of people visit my website every single week to read my marketing materiel, and take advantage of my services.

I’m even one of the top writers for the #1 real estate website in the world, called BiggerPockets. Check me out.

Understand that knowledge is power in this world, and if you have it, then people will pay you for it. But, you first have to get off of your lazy butt and make something happen if you hate your job. It’s not going to get better. That boss is not going to all of a sudden start being your friend. Your raise will still be a piece of crap that’s pretty much disrespectful.

I’m willing to educate people on how to be successful even if you stay in our small town of Minden, La. Yes, people say all of the time that there are no jobs here, but I could care less because I’m not trying find another job in Minden. Stop thinking on the level of finding some income to take care of you. Take the approach of controlling your on world by making your own money.

Finally, I would like to say that I wish the best for the people of Minden, La. Teach your kids about business versus working for someone else if you want them to be successful. I take pride of owning something that no one can take away from me, which is a really good feeling.

My hope is that this gets shared all over social media just like the crazy videos that y’all share that has nothing to do with having success. We share things on social media that doesn’t add value to our lives, but we over look things that can change our lives.

Let me leave you with two audio books that changed my life forever, and the reason why I’m always working my ass off every single day to grow not only my business, but the clients and business owners I’m working with. I’m grinding every single day, not wasting a minute on dumb crap, not taking a day off because I need that success, and the only way to get it is by taking action.

Feel free to leave a comment, and share this with your family and friends. We all know some one who needs to read this, but it starts with us first.

Here are the two audio books…

Rich Dad Poor Dad

The Millionaire Next Door

“Shocker” First Local Marketing Event at Minden Chamber of Commerce Was a Disappointment

Dominating Your Local Market Workshop at Minden South Webster Chamber of Commerce

I took my local marketing techniques to the road this past week to help the local businesses in my community. I sat down with the president of our Minden Chamber of Commerce “Jeri” to talk to her about doing the free local marketing event for small businesses here in Minden, La.

 I told her that Minden is stuck between 1995 and back when it comes to keeping up with the times of marketing. When our newspaper is still the number one way to get your message out to the consumer, then you’re in trouble as a city.

We talk long and hard about doing this, and like I stressed to her that the turn out might not be that good because for one, most businesses in any city know little to none about marketing. On top of that, we are a small city who is more like a monkey see monkey do city, so businesses usually do what the business down the road is doing.

So, I got the ok to have this first local marketingdomination event on April 16 at 11:30 – 1pmwhich is lunch time for most business owners. Doing this was convenient because it was done on their lunch, so it didn’t take away time from running their businesses.

Heck I was even given the list of Minden Chamber members which was around 240 small businesses. So I put together a simple but very effective call to action post card that I felt would convert like hot cakes. I stressed on my event page, and my website that this event is 100% FREE, and all you had to do is show up and reap the benefits.

Event DayFree local marketing workshop at Minden Chamber of Commerce by Antonio Coleman of Coleman Marketing Group LLC

Out of 240 post cards that went right to every business owner, only one person showed up. Yep, out of hundreds of businesses only one person felt as though they needed help growing their business in Minden, La.

Now, I wasn’t shocked or even mad because if you know me then you will know that I have been doing online marketing for over 13 years now so I have seen and heard it all.

My goal was to take what I have learned from trial and error over the years to share it with my community. Unfortunately, the community said that they’re doing fine, and they’re not too interested in this local marketing thing.

Maybe some of them just didn’t really understand who was going to be the presenter of this event. I understand that they didn’t know that I’m one of the top marketers in the world lived right here in Minden.

Whatever the case was, they didn’t show up for some reason or another. So, I sat there with the one person who did show up and revealed to her how to dominate your local market without a dime on advertising.

So What Now?

Basically, this is not the last local event I will be doing because like any, and everything in life it takes time for people to see the vision. Just one post card is not going to do it when trying to reach people who are stuck in their own ways.

I know for a fact that 99% of the businesses in Minden, Shreveport, Bossier City and all the surrounding areas need help on growing their business. Most of them are doing it all wrong, and if someone will do any sort of upgrade marketing that’s in their industry that it will almost butt them out of business.

So, my plan is to not give up on my community but take a different approach in getting in front of them. What I have learned over the years is that sometimes you just have to do things to get their attention.

What I’m planning on doing are reviews on every business here in Minden, La. I will make short videos about their website, Facebook page or whether or not they have an online presence or not. Then, I will contact them through email, Facebook and mail to get their attention.

Now, after I do this then some people will entertain what I have to say, but others will still look the other way. No matter what, I will keep pushing until I reach everyone here no matter how long it takes.

Plus, when it comes to doing another local event I will have to sit down, and come up with a better plan to really get people to show up. It will be something creative, and so out of the box that it will force them to show up because of the incentives I will be giving away.

Overall, I’m a happy guy knowing that our Minden Chamber of Commerce is willing to work with me more on doing another local marketing event sometime later down the road. So stay tuned, I have some more events coming up soon but this time I hope to get at least 2 people to show up. LOL

If you’re a small business owner and need to grow your business locally, then check out my local marketing domination guide that will help you put your business in-front of thousands of customers per month.

Local Marketing Domination Guy “signing out”

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Special Thanks to Minden Press Herald of Minden La from Antonio Coleman

I wanted to give a special thanks to Minden Press Herald, and reporter Melissa Harris who conducted an awesome interview. They really went out of their way to feature me and my company on the second page of their newspaper, which I know is one of the most viewed sections of the paper.

The cover took up about half of the top layer of the page, which had a picture of me smiling like I just hit the lotto. Over all, I loved it and it’s just the start of many things to happen for “CMG.”

Antonio Coleman at Minden Press HeraldMy goal for this interview was all about introducing myself to the public, so that people will know there is someone out there willing to help when it comes to marketing. Our city of Minden needs this more than ever compared to the research that I have done on other cities.

We need to get more creative in having websites for every business that has products or services. If you don’t have a website that gives your business a platform online where people can learn more about your company, then you’re in trouble.

What you will read in this article is that I replied that I’m not trying to gain clients by pitching my services. I’m just trying to educate people on what’s working for other small businesses around the country and world.

I talked to hundreds if not thousands of marketers, bloggers, and business owners who are doing things outside of the box to grow their businesses. So, it’s mind boggling to see us here in Minden not doing what we have to do to keep up with the changing trends.

This interview will be one of just many things that I’m looking to accomplish in this coming year of 2014. Yeah, I’m looking to do more newspaper interviews in the surrounding major cities such as Shreveport and Bossier City. Not to mention, that other small cities surrounding the Minden area are on my radar also.

My goal is to educate and tell people about all of the knowledge that I have when it comes to growing a business the smart way, versus just throwing money at this advertising thing just to see what will stick.

I have realized that the small businesses who think smarter, and take advantage of online marketing such as local marketing, seo marketing, email marketing, QR Codes, and text marketing are the ones who dominate their local market.

These are the people that I’m trying to reach, and Minden Press Herald gave me that opportunity to spread the word about something most businesses don’t even know about.

minden la marketing guru Antonio Coleman

I hope this article gets businesses to start thinking about coming up with new ways to market. Me setting you up on a marketing plan is extremely easy to do if those businesses want to grow starting today.

No, you don’t have to spend more money on advertising until you see what road you must take. Advertising in the newspaper still works if you know how to relay your message. Some small businesses will tell you fast that it does work, because they just can’t see the return it’s giving them.

For those businesses in Minden who want to advertise in the Minden Press Herald, I would say give me a ring first so that I can show you exactly how to place your ads so that people will take action. Because what you need to realize as a business owner, is that you want people to take action versus always selling to them.

So, I did this interview not to sell but to educate in hopes of someone taking action in our city or the surrounding area. To end this off, I would love to say that this year will be a good one for writing my first book, which will be completed this spring and can be found on Amazon.

Plus, I have a local marketing podcast I’m working on, which will be on ITunes so stay tuned for that.

Once again, I would like to thank Minden Press Herald and Melissa Harris for all their help, and for putting together an awesome article.