Saturday, May 30, 2009

Great bargains when people move houses

When people are moving houses there can be an opportunity to pick up some good bargains. There are some things that people will not be able to take with them to their new homes, worst if this is overseas or interstate. I recently picked up some good bargains from a family moving interstate. This included some coffee tables, a bed and a fridge for a few dollars even though it was close to new. Keep an eye for these type of sales that can yield good bargains.
Online bargains

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Moving out sales

Are you moving out of your house or changing houses? There is always several items that are always left over after packing all the important stuff. This may sometimes include small electronic items such as portable tv's, heaters, and personal items such as clothing or jewelry. Why not sell them if you don't need them or you no longer use them. By doing this you will be able to both get rid of them and make some spare cash. You can advertise them online through an auction website or through a classifieds website. Either has pro's and cons but are both good avenues for selling items.
Classifieds online

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tutoring Services advertised in Classifieds

A common service I have seen advertised on the different classified sites has been tutoring services. These services vary much in types of tutoring subjects and Price. The most common tutoring services advertised in classifieds are those related to maths or science type subjects. Year 12 and VCE tutoring services are widely advertised at rates that vary from 15-50 dollars an hour. This is a wide range as the type of tutoring service offered varies as well. A scan of these tutoring services revealed that group session/ classroom style tutoring sessions are the cheapest but they also may offer the least full support from the tutor or teacher. This study / tutoring sessions, as described in one classified ad we saw, were in a small group of ten students who were all studying the same subject at school such as specialists mathematics. In these type of tutoring sessions students must try and do some work prior to the session as the tutor cannot be expected to spend all the time solving problems or teaching one student in specific. These types of tutoring sessions are increasing in popularity and some have been actively advertising in local classifieds and in web based classifieds.
The other type of tutoring services which is advertised is the one-on–one type of tutoring which has been the norm for some time. These services vary much in price as can be seen in the different type of ads on some classified websites. The most popular services include the ones for difficult subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry. Theses services may cost up to 50 dollars an hour or more depending if the tutoring service is a visiting service or not and if support material is provided by the tutor. For this type of services it is best to trial a number of different tutors for a couple of hours before deciding to embark on a regular study schedule as the quality of these tutors may vary greatly and teaching methods can vary greatly. A good selection of tutors for different subjects can be found in a number of specialized education classifieds or general classifieds popular with students.
Student Classifieds

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wanted classifieds-Let them find you

A few print and online classifieds have a general section named “wanted” ads. These ads are originally intended for use by people who are in search of a specific item or service but are not able to find it readily. They are usually one of the smallest classified categories as they don’t regularly attract advertisers. For a potential advertiser this is a bonus as there are fewer advertisements to compete with for a reader’s attention. In terms of online classifieds, and if ads are displayed on a last ad at top listing, your ad is likely to remain at the top of the category listing.
Another way of viewing wanted ads is a way of receiving offers for a service or good that you are interested in buying. This would be a process similar to a tender process. For example if you want to renovate your bathroom, you may place a wanted classified ad in the local paper or online and expect that potential tradesmen or bathroom/interior linings & fittings businesses to contact you and offer their services. If after putting the ad onto your preferred classified media you may be contacted from different people or businesses that are able to perform the job. This will then give you, the purchaser, the upper hand in evaluating the option that best suits your needs and you are able to negotiate the price of your preferred option by presenting quotes or prices from his/her competitors. Apart from having this advantage you are able to save time and money in calling and researching different tradesmen or businesses that are able to do the job for you.
The effectiveness of this approach will depend on which classified newspaper or classifieds website you place your wanted ad and their amount of readers that go through that section. This may not be an effective classified advertising technique on lower traffic sites or on papers with lower circulation numbers and the demographic of users. In reality the best solution will come from both placing a wanted ad, which will lower the amount of looking you have to do to identify good candidates for the jobs, and doing some investigation into potential options yourself. Whichever approach you use it is best to not discount the wanted section of a classified section in newspapers and or websites, as these can eventually save you time in looking for what you ultimately need or want.

gopost classified

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Online safety with classifieds

When posting an ad on any form of classified as the advertiser or seller you have to provide at least one contact phone number, email, or address. By doing this you are potentially exposing yourself to spam emails or prank calls. It is highly recommended that this contact number or email is one that could easily be replaced or ditched in case this does happen. Not many advertisers include a landline, unless they are an established business with a phone line dedicated to the daily business inquiries. The best is to set up an email with a free provider separate to your personal email in order to deal with inquiries if you are selling something, this email can be easily replaced or ditched if people do decide to play any games. Remember that either advertising in newspaper classifieds can be easily as risky as online, so taking the appropriate precautions is the best way of preventing any problems.

Monday, May 11, 2009

New cars specials

New car dealers are doing it tough in this current economic environment and I have seen many specials and deals advertised in several classified and auto websites. Now is probably the best time to pick up great bargains on new cars, or to bargain with the dealer for some extra sweeteners such as alloy rims, better interior trimmings, and sound systems. A great number of dealers have a glut of new cars to clear before the financial year. Taking into account that it hasn't been the best year for sales, many dealers will want to make up for low sales volumes in these next two months. It is worthwhile to scan the newspapers and online classified sites if you are indeed in the market for a new car. Remember that at the moment its a buyers market so don't be scared to bargain the price or features in your favor.
Online classifieds

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rental market in Melbourne

Scanning through some local classifieds I couldn't help noticing an increase in rental prices in Melbourne even within the same suburbs for rental rooms. The rental market has still kept strong in many parts of Australia due to the shortage of new dwellings being built to accommodate the influx of migrants to the nation's cities. This in turn is pushing rents higher in some sought after suburbs, specially close to universities and other educational centers. It isn't common to see people renting out rooms in classifieds to students for 550+ a month, not including bills. This placing bigger costs on students and families wishing to rent in these areas.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Increase in services advertising

The service industry seems to be trying to combat the effects of the downturn by using free advertising mediums a lot more recently. The surge in educational services and trade services seem to be the ones advertising the most.
free ads

Friday, May 8, 2009

Services classified advertising

When offering a service through a classified advertisement, whether its online or in print you should use the same approach as when you are selling a general item or good. The ad should have the appropriate title and a brief explanation of the service, a unique or differentiating factor of your business and price.
Recently I have seen a few classifieds that were advertising cleaning services. The ads were clearly trying to convince the reader to utilize these services in question, a little bit too much. One must be careful in making outstanding promises and utilizing selling phrases like " the best service around", "cheap as chips". This may send the wrong message depending on what your service is. You must analyze who your target market is and know what they are looking for. Once you have this information you then structure a classified ad to convey your service and why your service is better for the consumer over the competition.
It is no use trying to include as many selling catch phrases into your ad as this will make it look unprofessional and even suspiscious. Marketing is an art and those who learn how to harness the proper use of the different promotional avenues such as classifieds will be able to implement a more effective marketing strategy.
Expand your classified ad marketing by using gopost

Thursday, May 7, 2009

classified headings and titles

I have recently noticed that a number of online classified do not have an appropriate title that defines what the seller is offering or it lacks any convincing style for the reader to pay any interest. A correctly structured title can attract more readers to keep reading the ad, make sure the ad title can catch the attention of your target market so that you are able to convert more classified viewers into buyers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Painting income on the side. How to advertise these services?

I was recently talking to a freind and found out that on weekends and his days off he has been doing painting jobs for word of mouth customers and making the equivalent of 1/3 of his total income from this. The interesting thing is that he now only uses word of mouth but when he started classified ads in local papers and online classified were his main advertising mediums. This shows the advertising power you can achieve through these advertising medium.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Earning an income from your free time.

Many people are making a little extra income on top of their regular jobs through weekend or day-off trade work. Some of these people might work during the week and on the weekend they are able to do odd jobs such as painting, lawn, plumbing or even handyman jobs in their free time. This is now becoming common among shift workers who work rotating shifts and/or have lost shift hours due to the economic downturn giving them more free time. In many cases these odd jobs are sourced through word of mouth or other forms of free advertising, such as local classifieds, ad boards or online classifieds. This is another great way to make money in your free time and use free classified advertising to your advantage.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Budget Accommodation 2

As discussed earlier about the trend in holiday house or budget accommodation appearing more in online classifieds. A recent scan through a couple of these sites can throw up some good bargains even during peak holiday periods. Some Australian classified sites have several listings in Vic and NSW coastal town and even some of the alpine areas are starting to advertise as well for the coming snow season. It might really be worthwhile having a look at a couple of online classifieds if you’re looking at booking a holiday soon.

Budget Accommodation

A recent interesting trend that I have noticed on several classified websites recently has been the appearance of holiday homes or budget accommodation rooms available in coastal, or holiday towns. Many people in these towns are willing to convert their home into a holiday rental house and create an income stream from it when it is being unused. This trend has also been rising in tandem with people holidaying more locally and domestically instead of an overseas holiday. This type of rental properties is starting to appear more in online classifieds.