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Suffering from a bad case of Local Leads?

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April 27, 2017

Suffering from a bad case of Local Leads?

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Local Leads Complete Rip-Off Alert

More and more small business owners are calling DesignWise Art for help because they’ve been conned by local leads groups. Many local leads groups target established business owners who are unsure of how online marketing works, promising to create dirt cheap or free company websites with “amazing” Search Engine Optimization (SEO). What business owners actually get for a few hundred dollars is a poorly designed, “insty web site” with keyword stuffing (which Google ignores), miserable site ranking and no leads whatsoever.

A SCATHING REVIEW from a LOCAL LEADS VICTIM
I paid them, they did nothing, will not refund me, and will not even answer or return my calls! The owner is honestly the most useless person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting! Currently their phone number doesn’t even work! This company is garbage!

Are you being ripped off?

If you are in marketing trouble — if you are not receiving leads and have an ugly, incomplete website, stop your local leads contract immediately. If they no longer return your calls and are still billing you, get ahold of your banking representative. Yes, it’s frustrating and inconvenient, but once you’ve regained control of the situation, you can get back to doing what you do best — running your business!

Scammers typically return your calls after a few weeks. Watch out for delay tactic excuses that sound reasonable, such as “you didn’t send enough pictures” or “SEO takes time to start working.” If you need help getting out of the situation, please contact DesignWise Art. As marketing advocates, we assist local business owners to rebuild their online branding and site ranking.

The first thing we do is to get a handle on your business goals and produce a legitimate, well designed professional website with real SEO, updated social page listings and Google analytics. Then, if your branding needs reviving as well, DesignWise Art will be happy to provide cost estimates for branding improvements such as color and logo updates, new business cards, print ads, signage and business brochures.

We also encourage business owners to update their professional head shots by connecting with our friend Brian Geraths at Photo Media Productions as well, because your image represents your brand wherever it goes. Of course we understand budgets, but if you’re interested in seeing any estimates for additional graphic services, DesignWise Art is your go-to graphic art studio.

Always Protect Your Domain Name

NEVER LET ANYONE BESIDES YOURSELF register and pay for your business domain name and hosting unless you trust them implicitly. My client, who has been in business for 27 years, allowed Maxxlocal Marketing to “take care of everything” and now Maxxlocal (also known as Local Leads Group) no longer returns her calls. She was smart and closed her debit card account. We’ve set them up with an alternate domain name and submitted a back-order request with GoDaddy so they’ll be first in line for buying their original domain name back when it expires next year.

HELPFUL SCAM PREVENTION RESOURCES:

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