I'm curious if anyone has any examples to share of local businesses that have grown using social media alone.
Do you know of any similar examples?
I know there are people out there who have grown their business using myspace or yelp or kijjii or local city review site X. I would love to have some more concrete examples I can cite for some writing I am doing.
Ideally, I would like to hear stories where people turned a profit before they even had a website.
This interesting read answers your question on Mashable:
12 Inspiring Stories of Successful Social Networkers
You might want to check out Gary Vaynerchuk (http://garyvaynerchuk.com/ ) from Wine Library TV. He has gotten a lot of press lately because of his book. If I recall correctly, he started out just doing the TV thing and via Social Media, took off. I think Wine Library was profitable before Gary came along and then it took off after the whole Wine Library TV.