Top 10 Reasons to Use a Barter Service for Your Business

top-10-listMaybe you’re not quite sure what barter can do for you and business, or you’re already a member and haven’t been utilizing it as much as you could. Either way, here’s a reminder of how much I, and IMS Barter can help you.

  1. The bottom line. One of the most important aspects of using IMS Barter is the exposure you get to prospects that may never have found you otherwise. And once they’ve tried your product or service, you can continue to build the relationship and possibly upsell them into other products and services.
  2. It’s easy. It can be tough to find and arrange your own barter exchanges. Do you have time to seek them out? How do you know they’ll be interested in a barter exchange? How can you be sure the exchange is equitable and they’ll fulfill their end of the deal? You can trust the IMS Barter system, where those issues simply don’t exist. I’ve also personally met with all of the members in the Minneapolis area, and have your best interests at heart.
  3. Freedom of choice. Use your barter dollars where you want to, you don’t have to do an even exchange with someone. Use yours on another business, use them in the IMS marketplace, or save them up for travel. Your choice.
  4. Save cash. Use your barter dollars instead!
  5. Use your free time to do barter work and build up your barter dollars.
  6. Personal use. There are many restaurants, spas, and home and personal needs providers in the network. Go get that massage you know you need.
  7. Business use. Need a CPA? Business coach? IT help? Don’t we all? They’re all here. Save your cash and get the quality services you need to grow and support your business.
  8. Personal attention. As your Barter Guy, I’m here to make your life easier. Is there a business you’d like to barter with that you’re not seeing in the network? Just let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Need help negotiating an exchange? I’d love to help with that too.
  9. National network. We’re big in other parts of the country too, and growing more every day. Check us out in Denver, Chicago, New York, and many other great cities.
  10. Sell excess inventory. The IMS Barter Marketplace is a great place to move excess inventory because it has national exposure

BONUS REASON: When you join IMS Barter with me, I’ll feature your business in one of my blog articles and in my social media. Have you recently joined and are ready to be highlighted? We probably already reached out to you, but contact me and we’ll get the ball rolling.

Now that you can see how much IMS Barter exchange can help your business, you may be thinking about the possibilities of what it can do for you.  Are you ready to let barter help your business?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to find out how you can join the IMS Barter network.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about barter and how IMS members are making it work for them!

How Barter Can Find You New Business

DitterEvery business is going to have a need for heating, cooling, or electrical at some point.  Barter is a great way to cover those expenses that, inevitably, come up.  That’s what Chuck Winkler of Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical saw when he heard me, The Barter Guy, speak about the IMS Barter exchange.  This week’s blog showcases Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical, who over the past year have utilized barter as an important tool to grow their business.

The most recent experience Chuck and his team of technicians had with barter was in a bar.  I was talking with the owner of a bar in Minneapolis, and he happened to mention their air conditioning wasn’t working.  This was during the summer, an unacceptable time for a business to lose their cool when their focus is on a good customer experience.  I put him in touch with Chuck and, since they were both members, they agreed to do the job through the IMS Barter exchange.  When Chuck and his team dug into the cooling problem, they found that a part of the cooling system needed to be replaced.  However, since the part needed to be ordered, Ditter’s team repaired the problem for the time being for an immediate fix.  Eventually, the part will still need to be replaced, which will turn into $9K worth of business that Ditter wouldn’t have seen without the IMS Barter network and me connecting the two business owners.

Do you own a business that is reliant on an excellent customer experience?  Whether your indoor air is too hot or too cold, comfort is essential to getting people in the door and coming back again.  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to become part of the IMS Barter network.  Once you are a member, you can start using services like Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical on barter.  I’ll even work to connect you with businesses that need your services so you can start earning barter dollars right away!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about why you should have barter in your business toolbox!

Focus on Your Health & Wellness

As we say goodbye to summer and head into fall, it’s a good idea to spend some time focusing on our health and wellness. From chiropractic to health consultants to massages, we’ve got plenty of health and wellness companies you can use your barter dollars with. Here’s a list:

Audiology –
 

  • Chears Audiology – We offer the very best selection in hearing aids available in the market today. Do you have trouble hearing in noisy restaurants or in large meetings? We have the solution for you. Come in for a complimentary hearing test and trial.

 

Chiropractic 

  • Dr. Howard Fidler  – Negative Ion Performance Bands! Increase your energy, flexibility, strength and endurance by wearing these bracelets. Contact Jodi to purchase yours today!
  • Skyline Chiropractic – Located in the heart of Burnsville, the leading health professionals at Skyline Chiropractic are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives – combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum.

Dentistry –

  • Smile Design Dentistry – At Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, we provide comprehensive dentistry to every member of the family. Our team of dental professionals offer a wide range of services in many areas of dentistry and work as a team to provide you with affordable, high-quality and advanced dental care.


Fitness 

  • Discover Strength – Strength Training is a foundational component of a comprehensive distance running training program. The inclusion of a properly designed strength training program is important the benefits of strength training are not achieved through running.

 

  • Snap Fitness Brooklyn Park / Osseo  – Offering 3 month, 6 month and yearly packages. With 24/7 access you can go on your schedule. Unlimited tanning at Brooklyn Park location ONLY. Train with friends with our interactive group fitness center. Call today to join!


Mary Kay –
 

  • Julie Crouse – As a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I sell Mary Kay skin care, body care, fragrances and color cosmetics as well as amazing Gift Baskets for you and for your employees. View only on website, contact to order.
  • Renee Quinn – LOVE YOUR SKIN FOR LIFE!! Easy expert skin care no matter your age or skin type with Mary Kay.
  • Patricia Trumbull – We offer cosmetics for your eyes, lips, cheeks and more. Foundations, concealers and many other products to help you look your best. We carry fragrances for men and women ranging from romantic florals to energetic fruits to woodsy musks.
Massage –

  • Caring Hands Massage & Spa – Swedish Message Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Sports Massage For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, while training, and to expedite rehabilitation if injured.
  • Elements Massage  The Elements massage therapists in Edina, MN listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. We invite you to experience the rejuvenating benefits of massage therapy today. We have a new location opening up in Eden Prairie!
  • Elite Aesthetics Medspa – Swedish Message Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Sports Massage For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, while training, and to expedite rehabilitation if injured.
  • Integrative Bodyworks LLC  Heather Schuneman is the Owner/Certified Massage Therapist of Integrative Bodyworks located within Evolution Wellness. If you want an absolutely fabulous massage this is the place to come. Call for an appointment today or just go online and sign up.

Skincare –

  • Nerium Age Defying Night Cream — Exceptional skincare product that works wonders for fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores and aging or sun-damaged skin. Contact Terri Rea at 612.382.8148.
  • Rodan+Fields Consultant – From the creators of Proactiv® Solution, Rodan & Fields has extended their line of products to bring their vision of dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone. What they did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin. Contact Jodi to start!
  • Renewal Laser Clinic – Tattoo Removal RLC is equipped with state of the art lasers designed for efficient full color spectrum tattoo removal. Our procedure and recovery rooms are beautiful, relaxing and private. Under the guidance of Medical Director Dr. Aaron McCabe.
  • Rejuvenate Skin & Laser Clinic – If you desire to slow the appearance of aging and restore a feeling of youthful vitality, Rejuvenate Skin & Laser Clinic offers treatments and skin-care regimens that are individually designed and tailored to the particular needs of each client. 

If you’d like more information on any of these products, please contact David (612.802.8487) or Brad (612.801.8815).

– Until next time, David & Brad

It’s Summertime — Let’s Party!

As many of you know, there are more than 16,000 members within the IMS network. With so many options to choose from, we thought it would be nice to send out monthly newsletters featuring products and services. This will not only introduce you to barter options you may not have thought of before, but one day we might feature your business! This month we are focusing on summer parties.

Summer is the greatest time to throw an outdoor party! With all the options you’ve got at your fingertips, don’t forget to look at IMS for products or services you could barter for. From DJs to photographers to tents, we’ve got everything you need to throw the perfect outdoor party.

To get you started, consider the following:

Dj Service –

  • Adagio Djay Entertainment – We are known for our award-winning disc jockey services. While staying true to our roots, over the years we have expanded to offer some other services to better serve our clients.

Photography –

  • Liz Allen Photography – We specialize in business photography and corporate events photo shoots. We also provide head shots of employees for business cards or company yearbooks.
  • James Ramsay Photography – James has been a professional photographer since he was 19 and has been recognized by the Associated Press, MSNBC, CPOY, and the National Press Photographers’ Association among others. The best way to learn more is to call now to schedule a visit.
  • The Imagery – Rod was awarded Master Photographer Twin Cities a very prestigious award!!
  • Eye Love Photo – Do you have business products that need to have that special touch to best shown in the best possible light. Eye Love photo is the place for you.
  • Photo Booth Creations – Our photo booths feature the highest quality digital cameras and printers on the market today. With our instant printing, you will see your pictures within seconds of them being taken. Call Matt today to reserve your booth today!

Tents & Furniture –

  • USA Inflatables – We offer a various tent and table sizes. Rain or shine USA Inflatables has you covered with a place to sit! View website for available sizes and prices. Call Kurt to reserve today!

Catering –

  • Kabomolette – Let Kabomolette be the center of your next event. They bring the truck right to your place. Great food selection and it’s fun and fast and the food is great. Call Chelsea for your next party.

– Until next time, David & Brad

How To Get Your Business Found On The Web

skol marketingAre you having a hard time getting found on the web? Many people claim they can help you with this but we have someone with the experience and expertise that can actually get the job done.  This is just one of the many ways IMS barter helps you run your business.

Ben Theis is the founder of Skol Marketing, an online marketing company. Ben has extensive experience working for Google, so understands exactly how SEO (search engine optimization) works and how search engines use that information. However, there’s much more to getting found on the web than just SEO. Below are just a few of the services Skol Marketing offers that will get your phone ringing:

  • YouTube
  • Google Analytics
  • Social Media Integration
  • Website Development and Design

By using Skol Marketing to strengthen your online presence, you will give your business a professional online presence to match your professional face-to-face appearance.  By integrating your social media with your site, using Google tools, and having optimized content professionally written for your website, you will have one well-oiled machine to drive business right to your door.  Since 97% of consumers do their own product research online before buying, why would you wait?

Ben is one of our newest IMS Barter members.  He decided to get Skol Marketing in our network in order to grow his business, as well as find business that he wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Ben also saw the networking potential in joining the IMS Barter network and intends to use the directory to get his name out there.

Are you looking for a creative way to find more customers and grow your network?  By using IMS Barter, you can expose your business to our network of members who may be looking to use their barter dollars on a service you offer.  When you earn barter dollars, you can then turn around and use them to grow your business online through Skol Marketing.  By using barter to pay for marketing, something you would normally pay cash for, you can keep your money in your pocket and bring in new cash paying customers.  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866 to learn more about how you can use barter to grow your business!  Have you “liked” my Facebook page yet?  I use Facebook and LinkedIn to share my weekly blog updates showcasing a different barter member each week.  Connect with me to stay up-to-date on how IMS members are growing their businesses with barter!

3 Ways Business Owners Make More Money

small_61056391-150x150Are you a business owner looking for more customers? Many businesses that have had free time to fill in their week have had great success using the IMS Barter network to find these customers. In this blog, I’ll explain how barter can help get you more customers and make more money.

I have yet to come across a business owner who isn’t looking to make more money. I have, however, run across business owners who look at “free time” in their week as time that is costing them money. Barter is one solution some businesses have found to fill up some time in their week. My clients have joined IMS Barter to help make this process easy and to help them make more money.

By joining IMS Barter, you join a network of thousands of other business owners. These business owners earn IMS barter dollars by doing work for other members in the network.  Since they can spend their barter dollars anywhere in our network, and they’d rather use these dollars on things they would normally spend cash on, they will contact you to spend their IMS Barter dollars. A great benefit of barter is that you can then turn around and use those dollars to generate more cash.  Here are some examples how that might work for you:

* Using barter dollars to advertise for new cash business.

* Earning the trust of IMS members so they refer you other customers that pay cash.

* Spending your barter dollars on things you would normally pay cash for

By spending your barter dollars on things you would normally pay cash for, like cleaning services, travel, entertainment, office rent (and much more!), you keep your money in your pocket, thus increasing your bottom line. IMS Barter also exposes your business to our network of members you wouldn’t have met otherwise!

Are you a business owner who wants to turn their “free time” into cash? Contact me; David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to learn about the other ways you can use barter to increase your bottom line by 5-10%. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to receive my weekly blog updates on how other IMS members are using barter to boost their bottom line!

 

3 Ways To Find More Customers

small_5416543588-150x150Are you looking for more customers?  In this blog, read about a surprising way to get more business that you may have never heard of.

Sure, we’ve all heard of barter, but have you ever heard of a barter exchange?  IMS Barter is a network of business owners all willing to do work on barter.  What makes joining a barter exchange different than bartering directly with other businesses for their goods and service?  An exchange can actually help you get more cash business.  Here’s how:

Our Network Directory – By becoming an IMS member, you join the thousands of other businesses in our directory.  IMS members can go online and search for services they’d like to spend their barter dollars on.  This gives you exposure to thousands of businesses you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Referrals – When a new customer comes to you via the barter network, it’s a great way for them to test you out.  On top of that, your new client is also likely to refer their friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to you.  Barter is a great way for people to try out your company, trust you, and feel comfortable passing your information out!

Barter Broker – Part of what I do is help businesses connect with other professionals whose services they require.  As your barter broker, I work hard to find you business.  Part of my job requires networking, so I’m constantly out there meeting new people and businesses.  My eyes and ears are always open for an opportunity, and if a connection mentions a need for a service you provide, I’ll make sure to connect you.

Now that you know more about the IMS Barter exchange, you may be thinking about the possibilities of what it can do for your bottom line.  Are you ready to let barter help you find more customers?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to find out how you can join the IMS Barter network.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about barter and how IMS members are making it work for them!

Your Business Can Use Barter To Get A Compelling Video

ds productionsWhen you have a large event that requires audio and video, you want to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.  When you barter for products and services, you also want that transaction to go smooth.  In this blog, read about how IMS Barter can be as important of a tool in your business as audiovisual equipment can be for your next big event.

Dennis Schuller, owner of DS Productions, offers clients in the IMS network a video for your business, talent, or for a friend or family member in digital or disc form as low as $150.00.

“The most important part of any kind of production is the effectiveness of the final product. That’s why I stand behind my service and will always make your satisfaction my main priority.”

Set an appointment to discuss your upcoming project or visit us online at www.DSproductions.com.  Check out these links to see some advertisements Dennis and DS Productions have worked on:

 

 

Recently Dennis sent this special Video message to us and we thank him for his warm wishes http://youtu.be/aY7KILYjwzk.

As a small business offering a product or service, you may have an open house, client appreciation party, or seminar, which will require you to make a professional presentation.  By joining IMS Barter, you will be able to earn barter dollars by providing your product or service via barter to other IMS members.  With those barter dollars you have earned, you can then turn around and use them to create a professional video for your company.  By kicking your advertising up a notch, you’ll be better equipped to show your clients how you can serve them, thus resulting in cash business.

To learn more about using barter as a tool in your business, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and start earning barter dollars today!  I work hard as your barter broker to find you business that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share my weekly blog updates, which feature a different IMS member each week!

Use IMS Barter To Help You Get Your Foot In The Door To Your Next Client

newgiftOne question many business owners may have is how to execute business-to-business marketing.  For this reason, Mark Moroney with Corporate 1st Impressions, has been a barter member for many years.  His goal is to connect businesses with each other, just like IMS is here to help you find new business.  After reading this blog, you’ll understand how Corporate 1st Impressions and IMS can get your foot in the door to a company that could become your biggest client.

When your company depends on creating relationships with other businesses, it can be difficult to get to the decision maker simply by going door to door.  It’s helpful to make a bigger impression with the use of gifts and personalized, high-quality promotional items.  By becoming a sponsor of Corporate 1st Impressions, you’ll do just that.  You choose the area you want to represent your business in and when new businesses move into the area, a gift basket filled with your and other business’ promotional items is delivered to welcome the new company to the area.  When you choose your area, you’ll be the only business represented in that gift basket.  Therefore, if you’re a printer, you’ll be the only printer advertising and welcoming that new business to the neighborhood via the gift basket.  By becoming a sponsor, you’ll also be joining a company that has their business plan down to a science.  Corporate 1st Impressions is celebrating their 5th year in connecting new or moving companies with the services they need.

Mark has been a long-time barter customer.  The IMS Barter system works for him because of the unique businesses it puts him in touch with.  I work hard to be Mark’s barter broker to put him in touch with new or moving businesses he wouldn’t have met otherwise.  This helps him to introduce his unique service to other businesses that need to get in touch with other companies.

Do you want to learn more about how you can use barter to promote your business and make a good impression on a new company in your area?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 to get in the IMS Barter network directory today!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to get updated on my weekly blog where I feature a different barter member each week!

You Can Use Barter To Purchase Everyday Necessities!

Pat Trumbull

If you’re considering using barter as a tool in your business, you may be wondering if you’ll be able to use barter dollars in order to purchase some of your every-day necessities. This week’s featured member is Pat Trumbull with Mary Kay, a company we’re proud to represent in the IMS network.

Mary Kay cosmetics are some of the highest quality skin-care products on the market, without the high price tag.  Since products are marketed and distributed by independent consultants, the company is able to put more money into research and development.  The products aren’t just for women either; they’re for anyone who has skin.  Below are three products that men and women can both benefit from:

  • Mary Kay After-Sun Replenishing Gel – Whether it’s winter or summer, we’re always exposed to the sun.  If you’re going on a ski trip and close to the sun or getting ready for a warm weather getaway, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to take care of your skin in case you get too much sun.  The replenishing gel has the cooling affect of aloe without the sticky feeling.  Prevent peeling and skin damage!
  • Satin Hands – Winter is right around the corner and women and men often feel they must suffer through our cold months with dry and cracked hands.  Chapped hands are both uncomfortable and embarrassing.  Satin Hands exfoliates dry skin and replenishes moisture with the finishing hand cream, which will make winter seem that much shorter!
  • Satin Lips – With chapped hands come chapped lips this winter.  Have you ever wondered why traditional chap sticks never heal dry lips and only relieve the pain for a little while?  They have a drying agent in them resulting in you having to buy more chap stick!  Satin Lips exfoliates the dry skin from your lips and the lip balm keeps them moisturized for at least six hours.  A money-saver and a chapped lip healer!

Mary Kay consultants regularly carry inventory of their product for the convenience of quick delivery to their clients.  Pat was eager to get in on IMS network to use barter as a way to get more people introduced to Mary Kay’s amazing products.

Do you have a product you’d like to promote?  Joining the IMS Barter network will help you introduce your products to people and businesses you wouldn’t have met otherwise.  Barter will help you get in the door and your products will keep the customers coming back, bringing you cash business.  To learn more about barter, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and get in the barter network today!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share a different barter success story and feature a different IMS member each week in my blog!