I don't know about the rest of you but trying to get your name in front of people to send you business is ridiculously expensive. I was at the NVBIA WEBSITE(Northern Virgina Builders Industry Association) and they want a minimum of $2500 to sponsor 5-6 lunch meeting where you only get a 2 minute presentation and your logo on the materials and a list of the attendees. That is alot of money for no real face time and you are competing with companies spending $10,000 for bigger sponsorships. Lets face , sponsoring an event like that you become an also ranwhen you are an individual loan officer trying to make it in the business. I went to other associations and they want at least $500 for one class, that of course does not cover cost of making the flyers,logos and what not. There has to be a more cost effective way to network with builders or realtors. My experiences are from a mortgage lenders point of view.
I believe this site is a big step in the right direction. Also check out my blog on awarekiosks.com.If anyone has some ideas on effective marketing that is cost effective please share with everyone.