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Getting More Good PR for Manufactured Housing from the Media

June 14th, 2013 No comments

The recent interview by UMH's Sam Landy with REIT online, shown below, showcases an important way to advance the public conversation about the tremendous value manufactured housing offers.

When you watch the video, it is worth noting that Sam Landy used the names of a number of other MH Industry companies during his interview. That practice has value on many levels. “Hogging the glory” isn't a secret for looking good with the media, rather, sharing the glory will benefit you and the industry more.

Sam Landy's casual yet gracious manner made him look better, because he was showcasing others in a favorable light too. That arguably made the manufactured housing industry look better. Everyone benefited.

We use a similar process here, as we noted in a another recent Cutting Edge blog column linked here.

Successfully Engaging the Media

Two years ago, we did a panel presentation at MHI's Congress and Expo at the convention center in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The topic was entitled, Engaging the Media, Making Positive PR and Good Media Relations a Reality.

Sam Landy's interview with REIT is a good example of how good PR can be obtained and how it benefits your organization or the industry at large.

We don't just talk theory about getting good PR, we do that for our clients and companies and have for many years. Samples of good PR that we've obtained for our clients are found on this page, linked here.

Want to learn more about how to get good PR for your location, company or association?

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You can get a copy of the PDF of that power point free by emailing me at latonyk@gmail.com or tony@mhmsm.com. Or ask your association to have us put this presentation on live or via webinar for your group, as we have in other state, regional and national industry meetings.

Engaging the Media, it takes some time and effort, but it pays!

When you reach out to the media, make sure you include a link to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com in your message. That site makes our industry look good and thus will make you look better too. That will give the media an interesting 'third party' taste, and will increase their interest in what you have to say. ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for June and see the

other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

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The new Manufactured Home Living Image Campaign

June 7th, 2013 No comments

tony-kovach.jpgThe early feedback on our new image building resource is in. So far, all of it has been very positive!

Examples of actual comments:

  • "I like it. I like it so much, that I plan to steal some ideas"…from the new site and use it.
  • "Very impressive. This keeps getting better and better."
  • "The original site was OK, but too much work to find content. This new version is easy to navigate and visually appealing. It makes me want to come back and look more."

We have had some questions and comments too, all of which are appreciated, and all of whom still very much liked this site. Yours comments and suggestions are welcome too. For those who want to see what the original, version 1.0 of the site looked like, click here.

Version 2.0 of ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com – aka MHLivingNews.com – is linked above here.

There are a number of ways you can get involved in this Image Building Campaign.

They range from free no-brainers to pay to play and be featured on the site!

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The paid options are all low cost, but more important, can drive business to your business that will pay. All of this will pay off for the industry, because improving the image will help our home owners along with all those dedicated pros in our industry

Quick Facts:

  • We already have the first retailer – that we know about – who has set up an RSS feed on his site to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com RSS and/or a hot link are a no-brainer.
  • We already have our first sponsors for the site, with more welcome.
  • We will provide opportunities for any legitimate MH Industry retailers, community, developer, manufacturer, lender or other product/service providers to have low cost pages and link backs. During the introductory phase, those who buy a page will have it on our site for the next 5 years (some common sense restrictions apply).
  • We will welcome and encourage association involvement in this project in ways that will be mutually beneficial. Association members or executives, please feel free to call 815-270-0500 or email me tony@mhmsm.com or latonyk@gmail.com, thanks!

In the days ahead, we will give you a more detailed tour of the ManufacturedHomeLivingNews site, the concepts and how we will continue to add to it in the days ahead. But lets pencil out a few quick points.

Target Audience

  • The general public.
  • Public officials (image building will help win more efforts with them too).
  • Current manufactured home owners and land lease community residents, because they can become our industrys promoters, if we are wise. They want to feel good about where they live! Give them a tool they can share with their friends, family, co-workers and associates, and they will share it for their own good reasons!
  • Industry members. Use this as a closing tool when needed. Example, the video about tornadoes and manufactured housing has already closed business for a forward thinking sales pro at their community.

A top executive at vertically integrated company told me this recently. Tony, we follow up on all our leads. So we know that we lose more business not to others in manufactured housing, but to people buying a conventional, site built house.

That is one of many reasons the industry needs this website!

We will continually add content to this new site, similar to how we have done it for the past 3½ years here on MHProNews.com. Adding content is one of the many ways that we will keep visitors coming back.

Manufacturers, Retailers and Communities are all welcome to submit an appropriately decorated featured home. For more information, please click here.

We will also showcase for readers how even lower end or older mobile homes are a legitimate, value option. Over time, our featured articles, homes and videos will deal with all of the common objections that skeptical prospects and the public have. We will also update the video with a bigger, better version 2.0 of that tool, a sponsor(s) for that video update are welcome.

Just Do It

Youve asked for it. Youve got it. Now, learn to use it and run with it!

Pass the word onto your team mates and to anyone you know. Here is a starting how to use this New Business and Image Building “free” tip article. Your questions and feedback by phone or email are welcome. ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for May and see the

other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

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Services:B2BandB2CAds, Proven MH Marketing & Sales Systems, Websites other Industry Solutions.

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Explode your manufactured housing results with personality, events and companies marketing!

May 28th, 2013 No comments

In marketing, there is theory and then there is practical reality. “Talk can be cheap,” so we'll show you tips we've done successfully for years, and yes, you can too!

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Let's jump in and get started with events, personality and organizational marketing (EPO Marketing). We will offer actual examples and each will be followed by one of 4 key tips to online "Dominate Your Market " success using EPO marketing.

Remember, no one can guarantee an unpaid top ('organic') search result every time. But when you see how often we hit page 1 on Google, you'll know deep in your gut that these tips are for real. These searches were all done late May, 2013.

As you read this, keep in mind that Search Engine Watch stated that in December of 2012, 69.1% of all searches online were done using Google. So the screen captures below are all in Google, and were all done using an iPad (yes, with search engine algorithms, that fact matters, as do so many others).

4 Tips on EPO Marketing

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1) Get and use a blog!

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As you can see from the screen capture above (the screen capture was done using Jing, a free download), we use more than one blog. Depending on the size of your operation, you should install and use at least one blog on your website. If you don't have a website, you can actually have a website built 'that is a blogging' CMS platform.

Questions? Call815-270-0500for basic, down to earth details.

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  • Use your blog the smart way. Companies and professionals are naturally tempted to hog their own digital 'stage.' Don't hog that blog stage, share it!

We share the MHProNews 'digital stage' with a wide variety of personalities, companies, organizations and associations. See some examples below.

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Among the keys to our success is just that, “sharing the spotlight,” sharing the stage. You can do the same too. Make sure that what you do is a 'win'
for the one you cover as often as possible. There are exceptions to this rule, more on both of these topics below.

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3) Cover events! As much as possible, cover events that make sense for you and your firm. In manufactured housing, we cover national, regional and state meetings and events that we promote, speak at or attend.

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Notice that the yellow arrow above points to a website that MHPronews and the Louisville Show's website both pointed to, which increased that online registration page's SEO and web positioning.

Another important point to remember. As a rule, don't delete content. The fact that MHProNews has covered key manufactured housing events for years now helps us to dominate on those searches. The more you blog on a topic using 'white hat' SEO tactics (avoid black hat tactics at all costs), you will over time build up ever more authority in the eyes of Google and other search engines.

Remember, events are also about people. Showcase others in their role at events, when possible.

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When you are selling a home or a longer term commitment like a site or home lease, don't hesitate to 'give away' coverage of events. The audience you can build over time is traffic you want that makes the effort worth while.

For a retailer or community, you could cover state or county fairs, sports events, educational or entertainment events and more. Be creative! Share information about area events near your location. Over time, it will pay off in more traffic to your website, more traffic to your location and more business for you.

  • 3) As much as possible in your blogging, report facts and when earned, showcase others looking good.

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There are firms and people who develop a good reputation. Feature and focus on them as much as you can.

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  • 4) With controversial people or negative news, share it intelligently.

Bad news happens. Controversies occur, and some figures court it. Cover those intelligently. Stick with facts, vs emotion or opinions!

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Don't hesitate to spotlight “bad behavior” within legal and moral guidelines, even if it means some controversy for you. When in doubt, ask your attorney.

Just for Fun.

If you or your company been covered before on MHProNews, why not input your name and the words “manufactured housing” into Google. See if your name pops up on page 1 or 2 of Google on our website. (Editors Note: we use a number of URLs or web addresses, so MHProNews.com, 301 redirects to, = mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com).

EPO Marketing

EPO Marketing works. It is part of what has made MHProNews.com the runaway #1 website for manufactured housing industry trade news, well ahead of publishers who had a 20 or 30 year head start.

All of these tips – indeed, all our tips and systems – have as their foundation the belief that the professional or firm should deliver on what they promise. Give your customers exactly what your promise. Document your promises, you don't have to give more than what is in writing, but don't give them any less either.

As a bonus tip, use testimonials, like those found on MHProNews.com or on virtually every page of MHC-MD.com! Questions? Call815-270-0500for basic, down to earth details.##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for May and see the

other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

l-a--tony-kovachL. A. "Tony" Kovach

MHLivingNews.com=Re-Discovering and Spotlighting the MHLifeStyle

MHProNews.comMHMSM.com = Industry News, Tips and Views Pros can Use

Services:B2BandB2CAds, Proven MH Marketing & Sales Systems, Websites other Industry Solutions.

Office -815-270-0500

latonyk@gmail.com or tony@mhmsm.com

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Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right. – Henry Ford

In the SM Era, Do I still need a Website?

May 2nd, 2013 No comments

We are in a Social Media (SM) era. Facebook has over a billion users, and continues to add to their numbers. LinkedIn has hit 200 hundred million members world-wide. You can have your own YouTube Channel. With these, Twitter and so many other SM sites – all available free – do you still need a website?

The answer may be right in front of you. You are on our MHProNews.com website, we need one even though we use all of the SM named and more. But for some businesses, it may be possible to skip having a website, and still stay effective.

Hypothetical Example of a No Website Business

popular logos posted on MHProNewsIf you are the owner of a 15 site manufactured home community that is full and has a waiting list, you can easily make the case that the use of a cross section of SM sites is all you would need for someone to find you on a Google, Bing or Yahoo search.

But let's say the manufactured home community is 75 sites, not 15. You have 10 vacant "pads" and have been losing occupancy. You have 2 homes for sale and a vacant rental unit. Could you still make it by using SM alone? Or could you make it with a page on MHVillage.com, plus these SM sites?

In such a scenario, the odds are excellent that you need your own website.

But we would recommend that you have the SM sites and MHVillage.com as "Google bait" to boost the SEO appeal of your site, to advance the visibility and to act as a focal point to connect all your SM resources.

What kind of website?

Stating the obvious, every company, and each location for a company, is different.

There are many types of web platforms available starting from the so-called "freebie" you can get with your Internet service provider, to the high 5, 6 or even 7 figure web-tech investments made by those in the factory built housing arena. There are operations who spend more making a single studio quality video than someone else will spend on their entire internet marketing presence.

Through our WebTech service division, we are routinely building, servicing and doing proposals for companies online. While 1 size does not fit all – for example, an e-commerce site with tight security is different than what a typical retailer, community or service provider usually needs – still a common recommendation we make is to use a CMS platform.

CMS

CMS is short for Content Management System. I built my first website back in the 1990s, using hand coded HTML. While we and our team's web designer still do some hand-coding, the far better approach for most is a dynamic CMS system!

Take a look at MHC-MD.com or the LouisvilleShow.com websites as two examples or modern CMS platforms.

mhc-md.comThese can be customized to fit almost any business. Once built, they are easy to maintain. Some clients want us to do their updates, but for the majority, you can be taught in an hour or so how to do the basic updates, thus keeping your website maintenance costs low!

My associates or I could change the slider images out on the Louisville or MHC-MD.com websites rapidly, and make the site look dramatically different. In fact, when we start the warm up to the Louisville Show for 2014, you can count on the fact that we will do a number of updates to the site.

With your SM pointing to a CMS style website, you can dramatically improve your SEO.

What's your Budget for websites?

As noted before, you can in theory get 'free' resources or those that are very low up front costs. But often the look is dated, and since studies show that people surfing online decide in 5-10 seconds if they will stay on your site once they land there, it is important to make that first 5-10 seconds a visually good experience!

So to do a quality CMS platform that looks modern and can be maintained by the client, you are normally looking at a range of options, examples:

  • in the low 4 figures range (over $1000 to under $4000).
  • But for some big operations, and depending on the security, ecommerce of other kinds of solutions needed, you can jump to 5 figures (over $10,000) or more.
  • I've talked to operations in our industry that are spending $100,000 to $500,000 a year on IT/Webtech.
  • We do coaching classes with those on budgets under $1000, to help you 'do it yourself' without being all on your own with no one to turn to.

If you:

  • don't have a website,
  • don't know how to make your social media pay,
  • or you want to do an update on your current website,

a number of companies – ours included – will give you a free initial consultation.

To wrap this up, the bottom line is that some today can indeed make it with no website, but for the vast majority, having an website that is integrated with your social media and e-marketing is a must. ##

Editor's note: Social media icons graphic courtesy of Forbes.

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for May and see the

other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

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MHLivingNews.com=Re-Discovering and Spotlighting the MHLifeStyle

MHProNews.comMHMSM.com = Industry News, Tips and Views Pros can Use

Services:B2BandB2CAds, Proven MH Marketing & Sales Systems, Websites other Industry Solutions.

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latonyk@gmail.com or tony@mhmsm.com

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Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right. – Henry Ford

It Pays!

January 13th, 2013 No comments

There are arguably only a limited number of reasons to advertise. At or near the top ought to be that it pays! Sound marketing yields healthy ROI. Poor or no marketing costs you money.

There are many reasons why people – notably during challenging economic times – think they should stop or cut back on advertising or marketing efforts.

But according to By the Way:

"Here’s the thing: More than 48 percent of U.S. adults believe a lack of advertising by a retail store, bank or auto dealership during a recession indicates the business must be struggling."

Long before they shared that statistic, wise Henry Ford said this:

A man who stops advertising to save money

is like a man who stops a clock to save time.”

Take another automotive example from History's website:

"Although automobile sales collapsed during the Great Depression, Sloan could boast of GM that “in no year did the corporation fail to earn a profit.” (GM retained industry leadership until 1986 when Ford surpassed it in profits.)"

Independents failed, but GM created a strategy during the toughest of economic times that combined ads and innovations that kept buyers and profits coming.

An Example from Manufactured Housing

While something unforeseen could still occur, the 2013 LouisvilleShow.com appears to be headed towards a new record turnout, post 2010. There are a host of reasons why this is so, some of them covered in this linked Industry in Focus report.

But certainly, the show sponsors and organizers believe that internet marketing is one of those reasons for the successful return of a show that many thought died forever in 2010.

Let's see what others (disclosure: who happen to be our clients) say:

"Tony, there is no question that your internet approach (advertising on MHProNews.com and their new website) helped make the strong come back of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show…a success." -

Dennis J. Hill

Louisville Show Coordinator

Great job with the (LouisvilleShow.com) website, Tony!  It’s easy to follow and with the great pictures and information you provide about the Show as well as the city of Louisville, everyone will want to attend the 2013 Louisville Show.” -

Betty Whitaker

Executive Director

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI)

A member of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF)

The parent organization to the Louisville Show

Today marketing may mean a classified for some companies, banner ads, jump pages and email marketing for others. Marketing may mean using some targeted print, mailed or other media. But be it business to business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C), it must include Internet marketing – websites, email and online ads – in order to get the most bang for your bucks.

The other thing businesses need is pro-growth education and information! Be at the LouisvilleShow.com to get more tools for success. The downloadable Louisville Show Brochure is linked here.

We will be there at booth #115. kindly stop by and say hi while you are at the show. You might find a fun surprise or two if you do! Check back to see what that fun surprise is, and how you might benefit in YOUR marketing by stopping by, and it will be free! ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for January and see the

other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

l-a--tony-kovachL. A. "Tony" Kovach

MHLivingNews.com=Re-Discovering and Spotlighting the MHLifeStyle

MHProNews.comMHMSM.com = Industry News, Tips and Views Pros can Use

Services:B2BandB2CAds, Proven MH Marketing & Sales Systems, Websites other Industry Solutions.

Office -815-270-0500

latonyk@gmail.com or tony@mhmsm.com

www.MHC-MD.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach= connect with me on Linkedin.

http://pinterest.com/latonyk/manufactured-home-lifestyle/

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