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Pampered Chef: Bookings Anyone ever placed a classified ad to get bookings?

Have you ever placed a classified ad to get bookings?

  1. Yes, and it worked great!

    2 vote(s)
  2. Yes, and it helped some.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Yes, but it wasn't worth it.

    7 vote(s)
  4. No, I never have.

    41 vote(s)
  1. Hi everybody!

    I'm really trying to rack my brain to branch out and get new ideas for finding bookings. Has anyone tried classified ads before? Did it work? What are your thoughts on that?

    Also, if anyone has tried a bigger newspaper ad, how did that go? Was it worth the money spent?

    Thanks guys.
  2. prepchef

    prepchef Member Gold Member

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    I'm very interested in your answers too!
    Mar 1, 2006
  3. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I have placed ads for recruiting from time to time and have gotten calls but no interest once I explain - I have gotten as far as the interview a couple of times though.

    It is expensive and other things work better for me.
    Mar 1, 2006
  4. chefkeri

    chefkeri Member

    I've done some...

    I have had group adds in the local papers for Bridal Expo's ; Women's At Work Expo's, etc. I had to pay about $400 for the ad in paper & radio & table. Pretty steep, but I have gotten A LOT of leads by setting up a "freebee" give away, usually a smallish stone. I got 39 leads this past week. With 1 party booked right away & 6-10 more as definately yes, but in the summer.

    I have also placed an ad in the Clipper Magazine.. which around here is like a booklet size catalog where all local merchants advertise. I got 1 great show right away from that and 2 future shows + 1 recuit possibility. This was even more expensive... I am trying it one more time w/ the new catalog & bridal registry to see if I can stir up more interest.

    My personal rule is try it at least once... see what comes... if your budget can afford it and go from there. All the times I've done it, something has come from it... If you advertise in a newspaper that has their paper on-line too, list your web site as www(dot)pamperedchef.biz/xxxxxxxx that way people can cut & paste it w/o actually having the forbidden hyperlink.

    Good luck, I'd love to know how it works for you.
    Mar 1, 2006
  5. PaulaP

    PaulaP Member Gold Member


    I am placing an ad announcing our new wedding registry in my local paper in the "Society Section". It will be there in today's issue. This is the first time I have done anything like this. Will let you know the results. BTW I LOVE this site!! Thanks for everyone's ideas :)
    Mar 1, 2006
  6. D_Patel

    D_Patel Member

    I have done a few

    and gotten nothing out of it! I placed a ad in a local daily newspaper for 30 days $120.00 and got one phone call from a man looking for a job as a chef !
    If it is cheap i would go ahead and give it a shot why not , ya never know !
    Mar 1, 2006
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