Pinellas Perks is an extension of Contact Us I.T., Inc’s. social media marketing division. This is not a marketing ploy to get you to buy additional services or to sell you on our services and this is not where we tell you there are hidden costs or membership fees. We wanted to tell you that Pinellas Perks is the brain child of a social media marketers right off the bat. We know that there are other local networking companies in the area. However, they all want a membership fee, networking fee, hefty fees to attend their own events or a commission from the sales that go through their network.
That’s no way to network. Networking should be free! We feel that if more people knew how to use the network and/or the tricks of the trade, the network would grow stronger and that would help to build a strong community.
We didn’t start out with a social media division but after so many people asking for our help with it, we felt that it was needed. We have nearly 40 years of experience in computer sciences, information technology, architecture, project management, web design, marketing, networking, branding. We are well rounded computer and internet geeks.
After years of establishing our social media & marketing department as well as working closely with local businesses we see the need to assist business owners with their social media needs. At first everyone believes that they can run their business social media the same way they use their personal social media pages. They soon realize that is usually not the case. We get asked a lot of questions regarding this area and spend a lot of time setting up and helping our current clients with this. It is quite time consuming, but once we show them and/or set it up for them… they “get it”.
As small business owners ourselves we understand the need to be involved in the day to day operations of your business and there is little time left to be involved with social media, however, you know that it is important to be part of the vast social media world and you don’t want to get left behind. Not to mention, how is a small business expected to fit social media marketing into their already tight budget and schedule? How or who are you to trust to get your branding and marketing right?
We see the frustration.
We feel that there are many of our social media marketing services that we already offer for free… so let’s offer them to everyone…for free! The information is out there, if you care to dig through tons of internet pages and spend numerous hours reading and applying the formulas to your specific business. We don’t want you to do that… we want to give you the answers you are looking for and/or show you how to do it on your own. We will never force our services upon you or tell you that is what you need. We will leave that up to you to tell us that you need our private services. Other than that we want to keep this networking thing free.
We’re also huge animal charity advocates, we love our pets, they are family to us and we love where we live… there is so much to do here and so many unique businesses … it truly is our paradise. So we put our heads together and thus was born…. Pinellas Perks.
So here’s the low-down.
You sign up your business, join our network. We circulate your business throughout our social media pages. We may live in one city, but we travel all over Pinellas County to shop, eat, play and do business.
You offer a discount to patrons who will buy the Perks card. It can be a discount you already offer to your patrons. You can switch up your discount anytime you want or perhaps offer an additional discount to Perks card holders from time to time. Nothing is written in stone here.
A great portion of the sales from the Perks cards will go to local charities. The ones that you selected when you signed up. Did you know that larger companies who collect donations for charities ( I’m sure you’ve donated a dollar at a large chain supermarket and written your name on a heart or shoe, right?), well you donate the money but when they donate those funds to that charity, the donations are made in their name…not all of those who actually donated. We don’t want to do that. We want the community and the charities that we are able to donate to that You are the ones that donated to them. So when we donate – every merchant member is listed!
What’s the catch? There’s got to be a catch, right, all of this free stuff, networking, building a strong small business community and charity just sounds too good to be true and you know what they say about that. There isn't one - rare, but true.
We feel that having a good I. T. “guy” is just as important as having a good mechanic. We want to build that type of a relationship with you. We hope to do that with you and the community and if you need additional services, perhaps you ask for our help first. If not and you have a great computer guy, that’s great, we’re not here to push our services onto you. We will be the first to tell you how to do it for free, how to do it most economically or what questions you should be asking your i.t. guy.
We plan to have, to hold small meetings showing you how to manage you social media pages, fix things, etc. There are no fees for these meetings. Just show up with your smartphone, laptop, tablet and let’s get to work. There are no long speeches to sit through. Like we said before… you have questions… we want to give you the answers. If and only if you need additional services above and beyond what we offer for free and you want our help, we’ll give you the discount we offer on the Pinellas Perks card – whether you have a Perks card or not. If you are a merchant member, we’ll give you that discount.
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