The old bulletin board is very effective at providing cost effective advertising aimed at the local neighborhood. Make sure that you make your ad with detachable phone number tabs WITH YOUR NAME ON IT! So many people pick up a phone number tab and forget what the number was for a day later so they toss it. Naturally you should not just have your info on a main sheet without pull off tabs as people never seem to have a pen on them to write your phone number down. If you want to get their business you are going to have to do all the initial ground work to make it as easy as possible for the customer to call you. I have had great deal of success putting cartoons on my ads to attract interest to even the casual onlooker.
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