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  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

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!

Get Your New Look With Alibi Salon By Using Barter

alibiPart of running a successful business is having a look that not only fits the type of industry you’re in, but also your personality.  Men and women have had much success in using the salon, which is this week’s featured IMS member: Alibi Salon.

Alibi Salon is a full-service salon located in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis at 401 N 3rd St. in Suite 100.  The owner of Alibi Salon, Jude Cady, got her love of the style industry as being a regular fixture at her father’s barbershop in Fridley, MN.  Jude has taken her talent all over the world to different styling events, and considering her beginning; it’s no surprise that her daughter joined the family business as well.  In fact, Jude’s daughter is in Chicago at the moment learning about a new technique for creating an updo by sewing the hair.  This technique is more comfortable than traditional updos and can be taken out with the snip of one thread.  Other services Alibi Salon offers are:

  • Haircuts
  • Colors
  • Deep conditioning
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Check out a full list of their service menu here!

Alibi is also so much more than a salon.  When working with brides on their day, they shut down the salon while her and her wedding party is there to ensure their day feels as special as it should.  Alibi also gives back to the community by visiting Sojourner, a women’s shelter, once per month.  During their visits, Alibi helps residents regain their confidence by offering hair and nail services to the women and children staying at the shelter.  Along with philanthropy, Alibi works to support local artists by allowing a featured artist to use Alibi walls as a gallery for their walls.

When Jude went to tackle the dream of starting her own salon, she did it mostly on barter.  She did the build-out of her salon by bartering directly with various contractors, and laborers.  So, when I presented the IMS Barter exchange to Jude, she fully understood how barter could be an important part of any business owner’s toolbox.  Now that Alibi Salon is part of the IMS Barter exchange, Jude is excited to use it to continue to build Alibi’s clientele.

Are you interested in using barter dollars to have Alibi Salon create your perfect look?  Join the IMS Barter exchange by contacting me, David Carroll the Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, and start growing your bottom line by 5-10%!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn so you can receive my blog updates, where I feature a new barter member each week!

Using Barter To Beef Up Your Marketing

liz allen photographyPhotographs are an important part of any business, however it can be difficult to find a talented photographer who will showcase your business how you see it.  Liz Allen with Liz Allen Photography has been a marketing lifesaver for many businesses in the Minneapolis metro area.  As one of our newest IMS members, I’m excited to showcase Liz and her business this week.

Liz focuses her photography business on headshots for businesses, seniors, family photos, and business photos to be used in marketing materials.  A photo session with Liz isn’t your typical session.  Conversation flows and you immediately feel comfortable, which shines through to your pictures.  Liz is excited and passionate about her work, not afraid to put the extra effort in to get a great shot, and very open to her client’s ideas.  Clients constantly tell Liz that they never like pictures of themselves, and time after time Liz proves them wrong.  In fact, clients love their photos so much they have a hard time choosing just one photo!

When I met Liz, she was unfamiliar to the concept of a barter exchange, like many of my clients initially are. When you do work within the barter exchange, you earn barter dollars.  Those dollars can then be spent with any of the many other businesses and services within the IMS Barter exchange.  Once I explained the concept to Liz, she jumped at the chance.  Since many of her photo shoots are with businesses, she can allow them to pay using barter dollars.  However, Liz doesn’t necessarily have to spend her barter dollars with that business.  In fact, Liz is banking up her barter dollars as she plans to use the exchange as much as possible to assist in building her and her family a home they will be absolutely enamored with.

Are you a business with outdated photos?  Perhaps your photos don’t adequately showcase you as the experienced professional that you are.  Help Liz realize her goal of building a house on barter!  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866.  I’d love to connect you with our other IMS Barter members so you can start increasing your bottom line by 5-10%.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I showcase a different barter member every week!

How Your Healthcare Costs Can Be Covered By Barter

skyline chiropracticWhen I talk to people about barter and they ask me what kinds of things they can use barter dollars for, I feel confident in saying that they can use IMS dollars for virtually anything; even healthcare.  Chiropractic care is a necessary component to optimal health whether you’re a laborer or you sit at a desk for your job.  In this blog, read about our newest IMS member, Karlynn L. Benson, D.C.

Karlynn began her career as a professional dancer and dance teacher in New York and Las Vegas after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  After receiving an injury, which resulted in necessary chiropractic care, Karlynn found a new calling in life and earned her D.C. from Northwestern College of chiropractic in 1992.  Taking a well-rounded approach in over all health, Karlynn focuses her practice on women’s health issues, pregnancy, and children.  In 2006, she was recognized and awarded as being one of the best chiropractors in the Guide To America’s Top Chiropractors.

Karlynn runs her practice out of Skyline Chiropractic in Burnsville, MN.  As a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1992, Karlynn has been using barter in her business for the past 20 years.  Although familiar with barter, IMS is the first barter network she has been a part of.  She loves the concept of having a large inventory of businesses to choose from, now, in which she can put her barter dollars to good use.  Karlynn also looks forward to IMS helping her find patients to add to her practice.  In fact, within the first couple of days of joining the barter group, she received a new client via IMS!

Are you a business owner interested in the idea of using barter as a tool in your business toolkit?  By joining the IMS barter exchange you open yourself up to being able to use chiropractic services, along with many other services, on trade as well as gaining new clients for your business.  To learn more about how you can grow your bottom line by 5-10%, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share barter success stories and feature new IMS members each week!

How Barter Helps You Be More Effective In Your Business

wissh graphicsGraphics are a necessary part of every business, but not every business owner possesses the artistic talent and know-how necessary to make good logos, banners, and other business publications.  For this service, many small business owners turn to Curt Wussow, owner of WISSH Graphics.  This week’s blog features Curt’s business and the importance of making brilliantly planned and beautifully designed graphics a part of your business model.

Curt founded WISSH Graphics in 1997 after the design company he was a senior manager of closed.  His concern for the closing company’s orphaned clients is what made him pick up the phone and offer help by continuing to provide the services they needed.  An entrepreneur and WISSH Graphics were born!

WISSH Graphics offers businesses a multitude of design services:

  • Trifold brochures
  • Logos
  • Business stationary
  • Posters
  • Banners
  • Magazine ads
  • Product catalogs
  • Website design

Curt excels at what he does with his ability to take complex information and put it into an easy-to-understand graphic.  Do you need a logo or other graphic designed for your new business?  Learn more by visiting or calling Curt directly at 612-760-2087 for a free consultation.

Curt joined IMS Barter because he loves using his talent to help other businesses grow.  When he earns barter dollars, Curt uses those dollars for things to help him do his job more effectively.  For instance, he has hired an electrician several times using barter to make his office more comfortable with a fan and new lighting.  With a spruced up work space, he can turn around and better help his clients.  In other words, he uses barter to help his business so he can help other businesses.

Are you a new business that needs graphic design work?  In the beginning, many new businesses go through a transition period of limited cash flow.  By joining IMS Barter, you’ll be able to use barter dollars for things that are necessary for your business, such as graphic design services from Curt Wussow.  To join the barter network today, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and keep more of your cash in your pocket!  Are you interested in learning about how many other businesses have increased their bottom line by 5-10%?  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I post my weekly blogs showcasing a different barter member every week!

How Barter Can Connect You With Your Next Big Client

deephaven lifeWhen you’re in the business of connecting business owners with their clients, nobody does that better than The Barter Guy and this week’s featured member, Brad Hagfors with N2 Publishing.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how we work hard using the power of advertising and barter to connect consumers with service providers and business owners to their next big client.

Brad started his publication through N2 publishing, more commonly known as Deephaven Life, in 2007.  Deephaven Life is a magazine for the community and by the community.  The residents are often the ones writing the articles in the publication and local businesses are regularly featured.  This is the only magazine out there that purposefully connects business owners to the residents they are marketing to.  Through Deephaven Life, numerous events are created throughout the community.  Both residents and business owners attend these events so both parties have an opportunity to do business with people they know, like, and trust.  Being extremely selective about whom he allows to advertise in his magazine, Brad is confident in referring Deephaven residents to any of the businesses in the magazine.

Brad uses barter in his business on a very consistent basis and as much as he can.  He joined IMS because of the potential to meet different business owners that he wouldn’t have met otherwise.  With The Barter Guy as his barter broker, David Carroll puts Brad in contact with business owners that he is looking for, who in turn end up advertising in Deephaven Life using barter dollars.  As a result, Brad was able to take his family on a vacation to Mexico using barter!

The Barter Guy is also in the business of connecting business owners.  If you join IMS Barter with a specific need you’d rather use barter dollars for, I can easily connect you with that person you’re looking for.  If you join IMS because you’re looking for more business, I’ll send people your way that are looking for a service you provide.  By using barter for things you would normally pay cash for, and using IMS to get your business more exposure, you stand to increase your bottom line by 5-10% at the end of the year, while keeping your cash in your pocket!

Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, today to begin implementing this important tool into your business.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to see how I’m regularly connecting business owners to their clients!

How To Use Barter To Market Your Business

connie kroskinWhen small business owners think about marketing their business, there are two road blocks that stop them before they even get started:  confusion, and results.  Tackling a project as big as marketing leads to confusion with many small business owners, unless they’re in the business of marketing!  Those business owners who take their marketing seriously have found a solution in hiring an independent marketing strategy consultant like one of our newest IMS members, Connie Kroskin.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how Connie can help you strategically grow your business to the next level.

As a marketing strategy consultant, Connie helps small businesses using a three-pronged approach:

Align – think about your A-list clients.  These are the people you want to do business with, therefore are your target market.  When you become aligned with your target market, you show up on their radar. This is typically accomplished with branding strategies that you get on their radar.

Attract – as your consultant, Connie helps you attract more A-list clients by using proven marketing tactics.  Communications they respond to are developed. Hit a bull’s-eye every time and never use the shotgun approach again!

Prosper – watch your client base grow by nurturing the relationships of the contacts you’ve worked so hard to make.  Strong relationships with your clients will keep them coming back for more!

As an expert marketer, Connie saw joining the IMS Barter exchange as a smart business move.  Not only does she see the potential to grow her own business, but joining the IMS Barter exchange also opens up a new avenue, which enables her to help even more people grow their businesses.  Connie truly is concerned with helping her fellow small business owner.  She has tried bartering outside of an exchange in the past, but was disappointed when even exchanges were difficult to find.  Joining a barter network makes sense because now it’s up to her when and where she utilizes her barter dollars without worrying about whether or not the other party needs her services.  Contact Connie to learn about how she can make sure your marketing efforts get results!

Are you interested in taking advantage of Connie’s marketing expertise via barter?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 today to learn how barter can help you increase your bottom line.  Grow your business by 5-10% by using barter to purchase things you would normally pay cash for!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn about how other IMS members are using barter to get more business!

How The Barter Guy Can Help You Start Your Own Business

small_61056391-150x150Are your dreams of starting your own business halted by a cash flow problem?  Many people have found a solution by bartering their services to get what they need to start their own business.  That’s what Daleena Lindquist did when she decided to start her own cleaning business, Perfectly Picky Cleaning.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how I’m helping Daleena use IMS Barter to get her new business up and running.

Daleena Lindquist started her cleaning business, Perfectly Picky Cleaning, after gaining several years of experience with a cleaning company.  Her first job, before she officially opened her doors, was for her chiropractor many years ago and she’s still cleaning for him today!  As an extremely driven and detailed young professional, Daleena has never had an unsatisfied customer.

When Daleena met me, The Barter Guy, she had been bartering directly with other companies for years.  However, joining our IMS exchange network full of other business professionals made perfect sense for her and her business!

“Bartering is such a common sense approach to doing business.  I love bartering with other business owners when I need something from them.  It’s much better than just exchanging the same amount of cash.  The reason I love the IMS network is because, now I can do work for anyone and use my barter dollars anywhere!”  – Daleena Lindquist

A large part of what I do is finding business for other IMS members by making connections.  When Daleena approached me, she inquired about office space she might be able to rent in exchange for cleaning services.  She was looking to barter for office rent anyway, but quickly found that she didn’t have the time to do the necessary legwork.  That’s where I come in.  I found her an office space within a week and now Daleena has a central location in which to run her cleaning business from.  Perfectly Picky Cleaning is located in Rockford, MN, which gives her easy access to the western Minneapolis suburbs, the area Daleena cleans in.

Has reading this blog made your dreams of starting your business come alive?  By joining the IMS Barter exchange, not only will you save your cash on start-up costs, you’ll also get something even the most established companies need:  more business!  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to learn more about how you can increase your bottom line by 5-10% at the end of the year.  Get connected with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share my barter success stories and blog about members who are doing business with barter!