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Last update: 2012-11-16

Episode #120 – Standing up to your clients

2012-11-16 :: Scott Stys
Length: 21s

Send to KindleManaging clients is one of the hardest aspects of the investigative business.  In this episode, Scott talks about dealing with and working with clients that have different expectations about what they need and how you should conduct your … Continue reading

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Curbside Investigator Episode # 119 – An iPhone app that Burns

2012-08-26 :: Scott Stys
Length: 7s

Send to KindleIn this episode, Scott talks about Burner, an iphone app that creates a disposable phone number.  Check it out at Burner and you might want to look at Caller ID Faker for Android, Blackberry and iphone. Don’t forget to … Continue reading

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Curbside Investigator Episode #118 – Executive Protection Pitfalls and Teaching your Client

2012-04-04 :: Scott Stys
Length: 23s

Send to KindleIn this Episode, Scott talks about where he’s been, the state of the industry in California (in his opinion) and a rundown of a recent Executive Protection case he worked.  If you’ve ever done any EP work (or … Continue reading

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Curbside Investigator Episode #117 – Clients, Business, Marketing and making the right choices

2011-12-28 :: Scott Stys
Length: 11s

Send to KindleI recently had the opportunity to gain a new client and lose one.  Find out why and in the process, you’ll hopefully increase your business and learn from my mistakes.   There’s also a marketing update for those … Continue reading

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Curbside Investigator #116 – Marketing Updates and Gear alert

2011-10-16 :: Scott Stys
Length: 15s

Send to KindleIn this episode, Scott talks about a recent camera upgrade and how it affects workflow.  If you are looking to upgrade your old digital video cameras to the newer hard drive based camcorders, take a look at Oleg … Continue reading

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Episode #111 – Seminar Marketing

2011-01-17
Length: 27m 14s

Marketing is a touchy subject.  There's no doubt that everyone has there own ideas and theories and very often, those ideas are at odds with each other.  It's part skill, part innate ability and part voodoo.  No matter where it comes from,…

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Curbside Investigator Episode #110 – Telephone interviews. A rebuttal

2010-12-29
Length: 23m 51s

This is a response to an article printed in Pursuit Magazine.  You can check out the link to the article here and you might want to read it before listening to the podcast.  Telephone interviews are a necessity in this business,…

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Curbside Investigator Episode #109 – Seminars as Marketing

2010-11-09
Length: 19m 33s

In this episode, Scott continues the discussion on marketing techniques.  This week, the focus is on presentations and seminars.  Giving a presentation or seminar to industry leaders, specifically in your area of expertise,…

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Episode #108 – It’s all about the bucks

2010-10-14
Length: 17m 14s

In this episode, Scott discusses billing and rates.  It sounds rather dull but it's an important aspect to any business.  PI's can easily get stuck if they don't understand their costs and how to price their services. -…

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Episode #107 – The nature of surveillance

2010-09-20
Length: 15m 59s

In this episode, Scott waxes philosophically about the nature of surveillance. There's a point to the navel gazing however. The discussion revolves around the idea that we know more than we think we do and it's our own insecurities that prevent us fr...…

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Episode #106 – Investigations gone wrong?

2010-08-26
Length: 21m 12s

In this episode, Scott discusses background checks, pricing and client contacts.  It's based on an email from one of the PI listservs.  There's some additional commentary on surveillance issues for those of you that enjoy the heat as well. -…

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Episode #105 – Where have I been?

2010-07-07
Length: 21m 2s

In this episode, Scott discusses the current state of the business here in Southern California and what it means to PI's around the country.  He also discusses a recent email he received from a listener.  Finally,…

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Curbside Investigator Episode #113-The Elevator Speech

0000-00-00 :: Scott Stys
Length: 21s

I’ve spent that last couple of months talking about marketing for PI’s and we’ve covered a variety of topics.  The Elevator Speech is the topic of this episode of  The Curbside Investigator and I’ve found lots of resources that …

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Curbside Investigator Episode #112 – Be a farmer

0000-00-00 :: Scott Stys
Length: 17s

More marketing is on tap in this episode with a different take on presenting yourself and your company to potential clients.  There’s a lot of information about marketing, business and presentation to clients and potential clients. Don’t forget t…

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Curbside Investigator Episode #114-The how to of Postcard Marketing and Direct Mailing

0000-00-00 :: Scott Stys
Length: 16s

Still more marketing as Scott talks about direct mailing and postcard marketing.  There’s clients to be found, mined and farmed by sending letters and postcards to potential clients.  Scott touches on what works and what’s important in this …

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Curbside Investigator Episode #115-Google Voice, OneSuite and saving money on telephone service

0000-00-00 :: Scott Stys
Length: 16s

Sorry everyone, I recorded this a week ago but didn’t get it out before I took off for vacation.  It’s a response to a posting in one of the listservs (not PInow) about saving money by downsizing your office phone system.  I had a lot of que…

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