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Dominating Your Local Market, The Manufactured Housing Revolution

October 25th, 2017 No comments

Nothing is changed until it is challenged.”
– Soheyla Kovach,
co-founder of MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com.

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In a variety of ways – in collaboration with professionals across the spectrum – first MHProNews, then MHLivingNews began to challenge the status quo that’s holding back the manufactured home industry.

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With words, images, and videos – we proved that even a modest budget and a serious effort could make a difference in selected, local and regional markets.  We know, because we’ve proven time and again that we’ve done it for others –  here’s one that explains it all on video – so we can do it for you.

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Progress is never inevitable.

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Real progress occurs from commitment.

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Do you want or need to grow your business? Do you want to Dominate in your local market(s)?

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The Runaway #1 in MH. We don’t just talk, we’ve proven our abilities.

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Then pick up the phone or message to start the conversation.

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The Manufactured Housing Revolution energizes professionals at every level in the industry. How about you? ## (Marketing, Sales, Management Consulting, Publishing, Video.)

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Think beyond Feature Advantage and Benefit – FAB – which only positively impacts maybe 10% of all MH shoppers! FAB should only be used when needed. Learn what 21st century customers today really want. Tony is the most widely known and respected MH marketing services and consultant and MH sales trainer in the U.S.. He and their team publish MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com.

L. A. “Tony” Kovach
863-213-4090

 

 

Media, Your Location and Jiu Jitsu. Defining Yourself in 2017 for Fun and Profit

January 12th, 2017 No comments

For the next several moments, be please be very self-centered.

Think about your career, your location and making 2017 – and beyond – the best it can be.

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First think, attraction. You have to attract attention – hopefully in a positive way – to be able to sell more homes to qualified buyers who have cash or good credit. Image and collage credit, MHProNews.com all rights reserved.

When Bad News Strikes Your Location or the Industry,
Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Dictionary.com defines Jiu Jitsu as “the use of an opponent’s strengths or one’s own weaknesses to accomplish one’s goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu…”

Almost everyone knows how much the media can help or harm a business. We know that most media coverage on manufactured housing sadly tends to be more harmful then helpful. Think about stories on tornadoes and windstorms, community closures, MH lending or zoning stories – where almost every time, manufactured housing is made to look bad.

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In a 50-minute PR/Media engagement, Marketing and Sales presentation, Tony will share expert insights on how the right media strategy for YOUR business, location or association can “Jiu Jitsu” a negative story into a more useful one.

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Finance Panel – MH Lending Products Update and Lessons Learned

Always popular with industry professionals, the Standing Room Only (SRO) Seminar Series will bring you the 2017 version of the headline above. Presentation followed by Q&A.  Panelists for this pre-Tunica Show event will be announced circa mid-February.

Community and Retail “Lessons Learned” Panel

Always popular with industry professionals, the Standing Room Only (SRO) Seminar Series will bring you the 2017 version of the headline above. Presentation followed by Q&A. Panelists for this pre-Tunica Show event will be announced circa mid-February.

FYI – we will be at Booth #221 in Louisville.  Please stop by, and you can pick up one of these below, suitable for framing on your desk, office or lobby wall.  There are other business development and sales boosting focused specials we’ll be doing at Louisville too.  ##

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Tony and team will be at the 2017 Tunica MH Show, among other upcoming events.

L. A. “Tony” Kovach and team MHProNews/MHLivingNews will be at Booth #221 in Louisville, as well as at the Tunica Show##

Two Ways To Earn More in MH 2016

December 13th, 2015 No comments

There are two ways to earn more in 2016 selling manufactured homes (MH) or filling vacant MH sites. There is 1) trial and error, groping for ways to improve marketing and sales performance. Then there is 2) leveraging other’s knowledge, expertise and experience to shorten the learning curve, and advance your business or career more rapidly.

We’ve worked with pros at various levels from East to West, North and South. We see and teach what works in MH to attract and sell more customers with cash or good credit.

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This illustrates real world results in actual MH Communities and it works for MH Retail Centers.

What do missed sales and vacant home sites cost you? How many more apartments are being rented – or conventional houses are being sold – in your market(s), that cost more monthly than MH would?

Imagine if YOU invented a car, truck, SUV, van or crossover that sold for 30-50% less than other new vehicles, with a good promotion, it could become a huge success. Proof? Hyundai and Kia saved their buyers 5%-10%, and rapidly grew their market share in the U.S..


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You can successfully apply that principle too, in your MH market. If you can save someone even 10%-20% on housing costs, in an economy like ours, your phones should be ringing and then doors swinging with a growing number of more qualified buyers.

The case can be made that it’s costs you far more to use trial and error than it does to hire an expert to do and coach as needed. With expert steps, you work your way up faster and with higher ROI yields on marketing and sales.

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We do a lot for our clients well, but we don’t claim to do it all. Those services you need that we don’t offer, we can often point you to someone else that is reputable who can do that work for you. So often, one call can lead to a solution for all of your location(s) challenges.

You go to an MD for expert advice, attorneys for expert advice, in MH – turn to us for the expert marketing and sales advice you may need. Who else has a track record that even comes close?

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You can attract more customers with cash and good credit with the right approach, we do. BUT you must be able to engage them in a way they respond positively! You don’t ‘mobile home’ a potential site built buyer. We can teach you how, others have, you can too.

When others in MH fill more sites, or sell more homes – that means you could too. The only risk is the willingness to learn and do what’s new, that will yield better results. We tell people before we take a dime, if there is a lack of commitment, don’t start. Those committed, succeed. Investing in one or more of our marketing and sales systems is investing in your future.

There are two possible ways to do more that might earn more. One = Costly Trial and Error, or Two = hiring someone who knows how to grow bottom lines like yours in MHRetail and MHCommunites.

End 2015 by stopping the guessing, by stopping costly trial and error. We know what works, whenever our proven plans are put to work. Many are already wasting more on trial and error than the investment would be in having the pros who know do the outsourced work for you. Call 863-213-4090 or email. The initial consult by phone is our Christmas-New Years gift to you; its ‘on the house.’ ##

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Tony is the most widely known and respected MH marketing and sales trainer in the U.S..  He will be presenting to attendees at the Tunica MH Show in March, 2016. Click the photo above to see a video, and learn what others say.

By L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Words Matter – Mobile, Trailer vs. Manufactured Home Marketing, Sales and Management

September 20th, 2015 No comments

Every savvy marketer knows that your choice of words matter. Any thinking, successful sales pro should knows that too. It stands to reason that management should also be aware of that reality.  Sadly, we see widespread evidence that much if not most of MH fails to grasp a truth uttered by no less a figure than real estate and manufactured home community mogul, Sam Zell.

“Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.” – Sam Zell

Let’s press on and say, when an MH pro calls our industry’s homes “mobile homes,” they are making a mistake. Yet across the spectrum, we see players of all sizes make the same excuse the media often does.  ‘People say mobile homes, a number of my customers say ‘trailer house,’ why should I correct my customers?  Why shouldn’t I just go with the flow?’

Because words matter.  Facts matter.  Image matters.

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Change always occurs, every moment of every day. The question is, will you embrace change or get run over by it? To see and hear great insights from Jim Clayton, check out the in depth video interview we did with him, linked here.

When we do out Inside MH Road Show, we often have home owners who struggle with that same issue.  They tell us off camera, they ‘don’t want to be known as “trailer trash.”’

Ok. Then correct your usage of words. We in MH ought to support and lead that effort.

There are people with weak will and weak minds.  I trust that doesn’t include you, because only those looking to advance – which requires will and intellect – are going to read this.

Before we start an interview, I routinely chat with the person that will be on camera with me as the videographer is setting up. One day, a man was saying mobile home this, mobile home that.

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Want to understand your customer base better? Check out videos like this one with Dave Cavinder, real interviews with real MH home owners.

I asked him (Dave) a question. If you had to sell your home, which do you think would bring you more money?  Calling your residence a

  • Trailer house
  • Mobile home or
  • Manufactured home?

For virtually all of the interview, that man who spent his whole life saying mobile home began to say, Manufactured Home. By the way, the interview was delightful, a real hoot!  Check it out, linked here.

There is a code difference, which means there is a legal difference, with a manufactured home.  We have built no mobile homes in the U.S. since June 15, 1976. You Don’t have to sacrifice SEO to use the right terminology! When you elevate our industry, your lift location and your self up when you properly say ‘manufactured home.’  The short version?

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To see the exclusive insights and comments for MH Pros from Sam Zell, Point of the Spear and You’ve Got to Have Confidence, click here.

“Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.” – Sam Zell, Chairman, ELS

Attend one of our upcoming marketing and sales seminars, New York is up next.  If your team needs a speaker or trainer, discover why we get such high ratings from those who work with us.  If the bottom line matters, and it does, you’ll be glad you did. ##

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

The Magic of SEO for Manufactured Housing

March 21st, 2012 No comments

If you know anything at all about the internet, then chances are you already know that you can essentially 'buy' traffic for a website. There are resources like Google Ad Words and a myriad of websites where you pay to play the web marketing traffic generation game. Certainly, using other forms of advertising to drive traffic to a website is also a form of 'buying' traffic. With that in mind, consider how nice it is when SEO brings you traffic without any extra costs from your other traffic driving efforts!

SEO – Search Engine Optimization – are the strategies that web gurus utilize to get high organic placement on a given search engine. With Google as the Big Kahuna of all the search engines today, much of the focus tends to be on getting good ranking on Google. Good ranking generally means being visible on page 1 of a Google-search. Most people looking for something online don't go past page 2 on Google, unless they are seriously researching a topic. Thus the importance of page ranking.

With millions of searches monthly for key words that include “manufactured housing,” getting high search engine results in the manufactured housing industry is not an easy thing to accomplish. So when you do manage to achieve page 1 or 2 – versus say a never-to-be-seen result on page 13,187 – it is something to brag about. This is especially true when you haven't paid for the click throughs to the page that may help you achieve the page 1 ranking result.

Here at MHProNews.com (aka MHMSM.com) we are pleased to say that we have achieved page one on many topics that we elected to focus on for a client, news or other goals and purposes.

A picture or a graphic is worth a thousand words. An example of a topic we wanted to get good SEO on was the Manufactured Housing Institute's (MHI) new President and CEO, Richard A. “Dick” Jennison. Please notice that while USA Today – where Jennison recently had published a short article – has a far broader circulation than all the manufactured housing publishers combined, we managed to snag the top spot on page 1 for the keyword set shown below. We also managed to edge out MHI on the ranking for this same topic.

 

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Another example is the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. We dominated the page 1 of Google on this subject, as you can see in the graphic below.

 

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The Internet is constantly changing, so the results for a given search can change literally moment by moment. If you have a hand-held smart phone, tablet or iPad, you may get a different result on your hand-held than you would on a laptop in the same room! So it is no surprise that results can vary depending on where you are located and many other factors.

Because the Internet is adding content moment by moment, SEO focused efforts ideally should be ongoing. If you want to dominate a topic in a specific niche or market, that can take a little time, but it is time and effort well spent. Once you grab that top spot legitimately – as opposed to using the type of black hat SEO tactics that can get you penalized later – staying on page 1 becomes easier.

Let's look at an example for a specific client in the graphic below.

 

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Good SEO typically doesn't happen by accident! It takes the right strategies, traffic and execution to get the type of outcomes that you see here.

There is a 'cost' in terms of time and expertise to getting the types of results shown above. There are topics that at a point in time we wanted to dominate or at least achieve a page 1 result. But if our emphasis shifted, we can always shift resources to or away from a given set of keywords.

The bottom line is that SEO 'magic' pays off.

When you are thinking about either business to business advertising/marketing, business to consumer focused marketing or are thinking about having a new website built or refreshing/revising an existing website, please contact us. We are not the cheapest, nor are we the most expensive by a long shot. What we are is the proven best value. In the world of manufactured and modular housing, you are unlikely to do any better. So you'll be glad you called us or emailed. My office phone is 815-270-0500. # #