How to get clients for newly started hosting business?

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Where are the best place for attracting new clients for hosting business?
I was suggested that for hosting providers, they should join webmaster forums, web design blogs where websites owners are needing hosting packages for their sites thus advertise in the advertising sections and attract new clients will be more effective for web hosts. Do you think its better to become a corporate or premium member on these forums and post your ads more frequently to attract more and more clients?
 

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If you are starting your business, forums are a great place to advertise. But my opinion is you will attract more clients if you are an trusted member of a community than by paying to post more ads. There are a lot of small web hosting providers, and without reviews made by trusted members, I'm not sure ads will attract more clients.
 
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Word of mouth with friends, family and others are a surefire way of attracting new clients. You can also get in touch with local web designers in your area and offer them your hosting.
 
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We are new hosting company also. Basically most of the people looking for the price. By initially you can burn more money on package promo and marketing. Once you gain some trust, your sales may come automatically.

Please be advise, the support is the most important part. Your company easily to get spread to around the world by media if poor support.
 
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Forums, word of mouth, social media. Advertise anywhere you can find people who might need a hosting plan.
 
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you can start with local advertisements and forum posting.

You can use PPC ads if you have budget to do it.
 
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Paid and free ads. Don't advertise on the site that has nothing to do with hosting or websites.

Also getting the local clients it's very good. Go personally talk to some business owners in your city. If they are already hosting with someone try to give them better offer.
 

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Friends & family, referrals from an affiliate program and using web hosting forums bring good results.
 

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Paid and free ads. Don't advertise on the site that has nothing to do with hosting or websites.

Also getting the local clients it's very good. Go personally talk to some business owners in your city. If they are already hosting with someone try to give them better offer.
Friends & family, referrals from an affiliate program and using web hosting forums bring good results.
Exactly and agreed.
Forums are a great source for web hosting companies to promote their services.
I would choice quality forums that relate to webmasters, web designers or marketing forums..where more people are needing web hosting packages to start new websites for their online business.

If you don't have time then go with paid ads, it is the fastest way to drive traffic to your hosting sites and convert visitors into potential customers.
 

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Where are the best place for attracting new clients for hosting business?
Any place that will have people that are either in need of web hosting, learning about web hosting, own websites or blog or anywhere else where there are many people that are possible future customers/clients.

I was suggested that for hosting providers, they should join webmaster forums, web design blogs where websites owners are needing hosting packages for their sites thus advertise in the advertising sections and attract new clients
Those can be good sources of possible sales or sales leads and a good idea. :thumb:

Do you think its better to become a corporate or premium member on these forums and post your ads more frequently to attract more and more clients?
It really depends on the website/forum. Some can be a good idea but some not, it really is a case by case situation.
 
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I'm probably echoing many of the other replies on this thread but your best method of getting clients is going to be reaching out to local businesses and friends and family.

Advertising on forums when you're new is great because it's free and it will get your name out there, but it can be difficult to get conversions with this method and when you do promotions online there can be a lot of fraudsters out there who try and take advantage of businesses who aren't as well seasoned to spot them so be on the lookout for that and be prepared to have a few slip though the cracks in some cases.

If you have a budget to do some marketing I would highly suggest doing some local advertising in places where your target audience is most likely to see it. Advertising online via AdWords is very difficult without a huge budget and you'll be competing with huge companies with huge marketing budgets. There's a lot of trial and error especially at first, and you'll most likely be throwing money at it without receiving any ROA. Facebook CAN be a little better, there will still be trial and error and you might not see any ROA. We've received some conversions via Facebook advertising but were never successful with AdWords and decided it wasn't worth throwing anymore money at it. It just depends.

As far as paid memberships on certain forums you may be considering advertising on it had no noticeable impact on conversions from advertisements on those forums and if I recall there wasn't even any increased traffic to our site when we did have a membership verses when we didn't. Instead of membership it may be better to pay to have your ad stickied/highlighted in the advertisement forums because there are a large number of offers posted contentiously every single day and your offer may end up on the second page in less than 24 hours. You're more likely to make a sale by remaining on the front page and the only way to do that is to pay to upgrade your post.
 
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It's definitely all about working your contacts to get those early customers - friends and family, plus friends of friends and whoever else you know from your local network and community.

You could also consider doing a letterbox drop, or if you're using reseller hosting, you may get some free ad credits from Facebook, Bing or Google Ads to get a few extra visitors to your site, although the cost per click on Hosting terms can be very high.
 
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At start getting a new client is very tough, you will need to work day and night. Web hosting is not a very easy business. I read in forums that even Host Gator once spent more in advertisement on career advertisement then clients, not sure its true but it make sense because when you start to grow you will need people who will manage and finding great people for such a technical business is hard job.

So to get new clients here is what I done some years back when I started, I only focused in forums, I worked very hard, it took months, after hard work and no result I finally got one order from that day onward I have always struggled but I am still surviving atleast that is achievement for a web hosting business.
 
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