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Poll: Which of the following do you use to promote your business?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Which of the following do you use to promote your business?".

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:56
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A combination Jan 8, 2013

My own website (www.murieltranslations.com), LinkedIn, and my blog (www.livingmyinvinciblesummer.com).

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SATISHA KM
India
English to Kannada
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Business or Profession Jan 8, 2013

I don't think it's a business, but profession

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Danish to English
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Probably Other Jan 8, 2013

In fact Proz.com is the most effective, and I spend most time on it. However, I do keep an eye on the CIoL as discussed yesterday, and I am working on my LinkedIn profile.

There is also general networking among colleagues, which does not produce a large stream of work, but what comes is usually interesting and reasonably paid.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:57
Hebrew to English
A combo Jan 8, 2013

My own website ( www.translatinghebrew.com ), LinkedIn - although I can't honestly say I "use" this, it's there but...it's just there, I rarely log in. And obviously I'm here.

I did briefly consider another similar portal to this, but I didn't like the interface, maybe I was too used to ProZ's. At some point this year I also intend on joining a "professional" organization/association.

However, despite all this I have found the "lo-tech" approach to be more fruitful and "word-of-mouth" has been more effective in promoting my "business".

[Edited at 2013-01-08 10:06 GMT]


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Diana Coada  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Portuguese to English
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A combination of Jan 8, 2013

- my website
- my LinkedIn profile
- my ProZ profile
- myTwitter account

I also have profiles on the CIOL and IAPTI directories.

LinkedIn appears in search results on top of ProZ, so if you don't have a profile on LinkedIn you're missing out. However, there are quite a few colleagues also using Pinterest, Facebook and a million other platforms and frankly I don't know how they keep it up.

You get more results with a focused approach, IMO.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
"Whch do you use to promote yourself?" Jan 8, 2013

was my original suggestion. And, I vaguely recollect there were definitely fewer options.

Anyway, thank you all for your input so far!

I can't remember exactly when I suggested this one but I think I did so to get some discussion going on the Proz and cons (pun intended) of each mode of self-promotion and to get an idea of the "right" or "ideal" mix even though we each have our own individual needs and requirements.

Interesting to note that

- with just over 500 votes so far, over a 1/3 of pollsters are solely dependent on this site, and
- this poll is following hot on the heels of yesterday's "Has being a member of a translators' organization helped you attract more clients?"

Food for thought. Hmmm


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Jan 8, 2013

AFAIK I'm not really promoting my "business". I'd also like to remove my details from LinkedIn and stop its intrusive emails and unsolicited approaches from people I've never heard of.

PS: I have now closed my LinkedIn account. Don't worry, Ron and Gary, you both still have my details if you need to get in touch!

[Edited at 2013-01-08 10:47 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Agree Jan 8, 2013

satisha wrote:

I don't think it's a business, but profession


At least it sounds less grubby and agenda-driven.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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English to Danish
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Most of my jobs I get via Jan 8, 2013

ProZ.com and TranslatorsCafé.com and potential clients probably check out my website, too.

LinkedIn doesn't seem to yield any business - I like to keep Facebook for friends and personal communicatios, and I don't 'tweet'.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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A combination Jan 8, 2013

As an association officer I was yanked into the social networks. LinkedIn was kind of effective, but FB resulted in a lot of unsolicited spam.

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:57
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Combination among Jan 8, 2013

Proz.com, my website (www.martoni.net) and Linkedin.

Happy translating!


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 11:57
Member (2009)
French to English
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combination Jan 8, 2013

Proz.com, Linked In, Translator's Cafe, Facebook.

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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 17:57
German to English
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None of these Jan 8, 2013

word of mouth only. My attempts at promoting my business/profession/vocation/self-imposed punishment in the past brought bugger all in terms of work, whereas satisfied customers are always willing to recommend me to others.

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xxxAna Escaleir  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 14:57
French to Portuguese
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A combination of... Jan 8, 2013

- my website: www.braziliantranslator.co.za
- my LinkedIn profile: Ana Escaleira
- my ProZ profile: http://www.proz.com/translator/1244314
- myTwitter account: @anaescaleira
+ here answering this poll

Ana Escaleira
www.anaescaleira.com


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