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    What would you search for?

    I am in the process of improving my marketing and would like some feedback on search terms.

    If you had an idea for an electronic product or gadget and needed help to develop that into an actual product what kind of searches would you do on the internet? Also, other than the internet, how would you go about finding that kind of service?

    Another scenario: you have a company and see the opportunity to improve how you do business by creating an electronic product to fulfil some need what would you search for? How would you find someone to fulfil that need?

    Some examples for the 2nd case (to get the gears oiled)
    • You want to have portable touch screen terminals for technicians to obtain information about assembling your product
    • You have an idea to improve warehouse picking speeds
    • You need a special tool to test the quality of your products
    • ...etc.

    I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
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    Don't know if this is of much help, but here goes nothing ...

    1. If I wanted to develop a product that is software, I would look for a software house. But first I would look if I can find it already in existence. If not then most likely go to rentacoder etc. Who would I search for would completely depend on the vertical (e.g. accounting, erp, inventory optimization, warehousing and so on and on).

    2. If I wanted to develop a hardware product for any reason whatsoever, I would look up engineering companies in that sector (after of course I checked that there is no product that exists or that can be modified to suit my needs). Then I would search for an engineering company in the sector/vertical niche, e.g. metering, data storage devices, electrical engineering etc)

    3. If I wanted to invent something that I would want to build a company upon, I would go to a patent attorney to check if there is a patent for this, if not I would hire an engineer together with a patent lawyer to work this through and get a patent. Once I have invested in that (which would cost around 50K dollars), I would raise money for the prototype as seed, then first round for marketing and then second round to go either mass or ipo.

    I am not sure this helps, but this is what I would do.

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    After looking at my own post and at the question several times, I think I know why I couldn't answer the question and what you are looking for, then again maybe I am wrong.

    You see there are many niches in many industries, and investing/building/constructing in each and every industry means a different thing.

    So, if one is to look for someone to build something, they would have to look under that industry for something. That something may be engineering or software house.

    But they would look under that industry. If you deal in warehousing then one would type in or look for warehousing software for example.

    That would not be the same thing that one would look for if it is in the transport industry to build something totally different.

    So, in the oil industry you may look for something "...... oil", while in any software industry would be "...... software or solution".

    The more accurate the vision of what one is looking for, the more accurate the search of that person would be and that would leave search options to millions of options.

    Hence, if I got your question right and you want to narrow the building/creating things down to simple search, it would have to fall either under engineering something for hardware and physical things and software something for such type of solutions.

    Maybe I am wrong, because I am not sure what you are looking for.

    But if this is what you are looking for, then there are as many searches as possible problems in the world to solve.

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    Examples of search phrases would be:
    electronic engineering design service
    electronic prototype design
    electronic engineer
    electronic design

    Keywords:
    electronic, electronics, design, engineer, engineering, prototype

    There are some tools that can take a short list like this and expand it into a whole pile of alternatives - a kind of thesaurus for search terms. But I can't find exactly where it is amongst my gazillion bookmarks at the moment.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    There are some tools that can take a short list like this and expand it into a whole pile of alternatives - a kind of thesaurus for search terms. But I can't find exactly where it is amongst my gazillion bookmarks at the moment.
    I know the tools, and the basic search phrases (and variants) that I would search for - but that is the problem right there, "I" would search for them.

    I am trying to figure out if I have a blind spot due to my technical background so that I can supplement a particular area. Karen raises one of the challenges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenwhe View Post
    But if this is what you are looking for, then there are as many searches as possible problems in the world to solve.
    This hits the nail on the head, and is what I'm trying to think my way around at the moment. If someone has a specific problem they make searches which are specific and around that problem.

    Unless I am lucky enough to have something about that problem/field on my site which ranks high enough to get some attention or is a targeted keyword for an ad, then they would never come across me.

    The way I would go would be a specific search (e.g. warehouse stock tracking system), and then slowly generalise that until I found something suitable. If I did not I could start searching for things in my industry which I think might yield results. If I still didn't find something, then what? There is still a bit of a chasm between searching for "warehouse stock tracking system" and "electronic design services".
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    Hi Duncan,

    Yes this is problematic, but I like the word prototype. What about inventor,creator....but I do get your problem. It could be anything in any industry, so I shall give it some more thought..... but product should be in there combined with new perhaps.

    How many people will think of an engineer when they want a bike with wings for example? Most people will search under the product which is bike, but surely *design* will be a common element once you can not find what you are looking for? What about *Build*? If I can not find something, I will certainly search for someone building what I want?

    Sorry, if I am not helpful, but I don't know anything about your field, and feel intimidated around anything mechanical or electrical.

    I think the key will be to find the common words or elements, as a touch screen and an automatic card shuffler will have nothing in common, but words like new & build & design & prototype might. Also manufacture, though you are not going to manufacture a whole line of products, but i have seen people go for that one a lot. They seem to think manufacturer followed by whatever they are looking for is the magic carpet ride on the Internet.

    Sorry I am not smarter on this one, but if I come up with something brill I will let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alta Murray View Post
    Sorry, if I am not helpful, but I don't know anything about your field, and feel intimidated around anything mechanical or electrical.
    I suspect this might be why your thoughts on this could be the most valuable...
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alta Murray View Post
    Sorry I am not smarter on this one, but if I come up with something brill I will let you know.
    Thank you so much for your input Alta - feel smart, because it is the kind I am looking for! I'm not searching for "the right" words (there are none), just trying to figure out what words other people would use ('cos they are probably different to mine).
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    Duncan,

    If I was you I would sub-theme the site to the engineering verticals you are interested in and go long tail.

    But that is only a thought and you would of course need to have lots of content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenwhe View Post
    But that is only a thought and you would of course need to have lots of content.
    I'm slowly building content via my blog, and that is working very well.

    One of the reasons I am asking this is because I am going through a (slow) process of redoing my web marketing (in terms of my main service and website) and I want to build funnels and direct people into them via Adwords. That requires some sort of understanding as to what people might search for.

    All the comments, thoughts and suggestions really do help. Thanks to all of you who have commented so far!
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