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You are most welcome. My pleasure. Any questions, please let me know.

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I can vouch for kyles quality and what he writes. he put a lot of time and energy into these writings.

Kyle is that what you wanted me to say!? did it sound good! LOL just messing with you kyle

yes kyle really does write some good stuff!

Yes kyle I agree I always get many bday parties from the day cares. I actaully have a special card that goes home with all the kids and I provide a coloring sheet as well and all the kids take that home or some get hung up at the day care. yes the sheet has my info on it too.

I figure for every day care I do I get at least 2 bdays out of it. do the math! you can do 10,20,30 daycares just in the summer that adds up to lots of other shows and not just bdays.

I actaully got my illuionshow booked at Merk yes the giant medical company for a corporate fun night. and form that 2 other big gigs
so never right off a day care you never know where it can lead.

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I do cold calling to daycares...and in my area, it is impossible to get the 'director' on the phone..she's always 'with a parent' or something. And, of course...if I do speak to the director....then the 'owner' is the one who makes the decision...and she's never there!!(Is my frustration showing?)

It must be my area of the country, because when I call to a different area, in 8 out of 10 times...the director picks up the phone..and is usually very pleasant!.

I have a big question...how do you find out the email of the centers without calling? Is there a directory?

Thanks.

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You usually can find a ton of good information through a simple Google search. most day cares and preschools will have a website. The website is aimed at getting parents to contact them. because of this, most have contact information available there that you can utilize. it is a good starting off point.

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Where do you get a listing of daycares in your state? Do you Google "daycare centers" and then copy each one to a spreadsheet?
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As always, good advice Kyle.

Great tip Sam. Saying, "I've been talking to the other daycares in the area" does help when calling.

I can't say this very loud, Kelly may hear me, but us daycare people are nosey and we want to know what
others are saying. LOL. But seriously, any business wants to know what the competition is doing.
Daycares are no exception and while they may not book you on that call, they will appreciate finding
out what others are doing in the area. Like magicians they do often share information amongst each other.
So if the call is to offer them the same as you offering the other centers, nobody is going to be offended.

David,
You could do a search on the internet and find those who have a site. Contact them through the site. Those who don't have a site may not be the type that works through email, but getting other contact information is as easy as asking who ever answers the phone. If the director is not there just ask whoever is on the phone if they have a website. Let that person know you just trying to get some information to the director and you needing a mailing address.

I understand the frustration with the calls, but don't give up, keep plugging away. Not all centers will have sites,

Tom

Posted: Mar 4, 2011 11:00am
SWFB,
Yes Google can find most of them. Even those who don't have a site may be listed on one of the phone book sites.
Not all daycares will have websites, depending on the area you working. Problem is, the little lady who keeps eight kids at home may be calling her business a daycare.

Lots of work sometimes sorting through all the names, but hey, that's what working people do.

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Sorry I let this thread lapse. Regarding creating a mailing list, I have created a couple of macros in Excel, where I can copy a result set from a Superpages.com search, and turn it into a usable spreadsheet in a few minutes. The only issue is now I have a list of hundreds of contacts to work through (smile).

Take a few minutes to learn Excel macros. It saves an enormous amount of time. I would offer mine, but superpages changes their result formats slightly every once in a while, and I have to tweek them, so the ones I have might not even work now. I can give people some pointers though in creating your own.
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