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|Wednesday, June 24, 2009|
Hobin, the 41-year-old CEO of G5 Search Marketing, is already on his fourth startup. He migrated to Bend from the Bay Area for the lifestyle, and he insists on closing up the office Fridays at 1 p.m. during the summer months so his team can get out and enjoy nature. As laid-back as his approach may seem, it’s working. G5 has grown by an annualized 100% over each of the past four years and built its headcount from 15 to 45 employees since the end of 2007 even as the rest of Bend’s economy has floundered.
It helps that G5’s target areas — self-storage units, assisted-living homes and apartments — are well suited for Internet searches by potential customers. It also helps that Bend welcomed an influx of health-conscious, tech-savvy transplants from the boom years in California. Hobin has been able to find excellent local talent, especially given the current job market.
G5 offers a platform of search engine optimization, map optimization and pay-per-click advertising, along with a dashboard report that tracks and measures performance as compared to more traditional points of contact. In short, G5 is battling the Yellow Pages for business, and if it were a boxing match, it would have to be stopped.
Click by click, Hobin leads me on a journey through the G5 system, from the site the company designed for a self-storage client, to the phone number that appears only at that site, to its optimized Google placement at the top of a list of thousands, to the recorded phone calls made to that number, and finally, to the results.
The bottom line speaks for itself. The cost per lead using G5’s system is on average $5.63, compared to $175 for the Yellow Pages. That’s a factor of 31. “Our clients see our results and they go tell their friends and we grow,” says Hobin. “What we do works. And we can prove it.”
Hobin predicts that G5 will double its business again over the coming year, adding another 20 or so employees along the way.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Renee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
A Power Lunch at Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Restaurant.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Most of the food Americans consume is trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Eric Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Gro-volution, wants to change that. So this past spring, the Air Force veteran and former greenhouse manager started work on an alternative farming system he claims is more efficient than conventional agriculture, and also shortens the distance between the consumer and the farm.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.