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Three Steps to More Sales Comparisons Help or Harm You in Marketing and Sales

August 1st, 2014 No comments

Let's be really basic and candid. People make comparisons. It is part of what we are and do; we compare people, products, services, entertainment, food, politics, religion. You name it, and people make comparisons on it.

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Photo Credit – WikiCommons.

We also tend to 'judge' or 'discern.' Labels are not just something on a can or jar. Politicians, actors, workers, companies, sales people, specific news or trade media, consultants, experts, products or services…so much of what we think about gets 'labeled.'

We either define ourselves or we allow others to define us. But if we let others define us, how do we re-label, re-define or re-brand? Vivid comparisons are part of the equation.

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Moore, OK and nearby area tornado damage 2013.

Tornadoes, hurricanes and high winds are subjects manufactured housing takes it on the chin for daily in the minds of those who consider housing options. 'Gee, I'd love the price-point of a manufactured home, but they are blown away by the first strong wind.'

Really? Who says? Was the right information provided so a more accurate comparison could be made?

Learning how to address the tornado-hurricane-high-winds-topic the correct way is huge. Frankly, a big element is about making the correct comparisons. See the side by side photo above.

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We showed this screen capture from Google Images on the Masthead Blog earlier this week. Every picture but the last one above came from either this MHProNews site or our new public-image-education-focused sister site, MHLivingNews.com.

Notice how we make comparisons?

The far more expensive site built house is losing its roof, while the lowest priced new manufactured home in that market is seeing a bit of skirting flapping.

The site built roof failed because the roof tore away, but on the manufactured home where the roof pulled loose it was because of an improper add on, which tore away first and that pulled the roof off the home like a giant para-sail.

FYI, NBC reported that it's add-ons which – in a post-storm study – where responsible for 80% of the home severely damaged or destroyed. The MH's would have been okay, had the add-on been done properly, or had it not been there at all.

No one wants to be caught in a tornado or hurricane. Look again at the top two photos. If you had to be in one of those flattened houses or the manufactured home which rolled over – and neither one had a basement – which would you rather be in? The decimated site built houses, or the manufactured home that got rolled, but is structurally so durable it's mostly intact?

Enlightened Self Interest! A Voluntary "Mutual Benefit Society"

There are reasons why you should want to send your customers, your shoppers and everyone you know to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com. There, we are gathering and telling the good news about manufactured homes. We are debunking the myths, or outdated stereotypes. When you and your team know that site backwards and forwards, and then use it at the right time with customers, you will sell more homes. It's a no-brainer.

Three Steps to Your Organization's or Career's Advancement

1) Daily reading. Not just you, but your all of your team mates too. Don't think 'they aren't smart enough,' or 'they aren't motivated enough.' Peopleignorance-costs-knowledge-pays-cutting-edge-blog-mhmsm-com- want to take pride in their work! What they don't know, will cost you money. Period.

A minimum of 15 minutes daily here, and no less than 7 minutes a day on ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com, will at the end of a year be proven to advance your results and profits. Invest more time, if possible!

On our public site, you should read articles and view videos a number of times, once today, again in a week, etc. Why? So that when a topic comes up, you know immediately which story or stories to go to with your prospect or customers.

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RSS feed symbol.

2) RSS and links speed your success. We love links, and you should want to give them! We already have very good search engine positioning, but YOU want us to have the BEST possible, every time. Why? You want ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com to come up in a home shopper search. You want your customers 'pre-sold' or mostly sold. We don't sell houses, we tell stories. We let YOU sell houses!

    An RSS feed to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com is important to YOUR sales. We are the industry's best public image and education site. See this Masthead for examples of how an RSS feed can boost your site performance too.

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    Unlock the money bag.
    Comparisons and the 3 Steps suggested
    can help.

    3) Invest Your Money Wisely! One and two above are "free." This one is about where you spend or invest your dollars. When you realize that you need:

      • Marketing
      • Sales training
      • Consulting
      • Website upgrades or a new website
      • Research or copy writing
      • Videos
      • Advertising…

      When you have a need, turn to us or to one of our writers or sponsors. When we win, we can do more. When you win, we win too. Think of this as a voluntary Mutual Benefit Society.

      Let's close with a request that you share via your social networking – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. AND by email this link below. It puts idea #1 above in action.

      http://manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/nbc-news-today-show-manufactured-home-performs-better-than-conventional-housing-construction-in-ibhs-hurricane-wind-tests/

      Then go to Reddit, sign in and comment on this link!

      http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2c6ey1/todays_manufactured_housing_is_not_your/

      Reddit gets millions of visits. The higher that link goes, the more people will discover the truth about MH and will decide to buy. What goes around, will come around to you.

      So please do your part to make this go viral!

      Speaking of Linkedin, my thanks to all who connect with me on LinkedIn, provide an endorsement and share good words about our work to others.

      When you support our sponsors and support us, we are more able to benefit you. It really is that simple. There are a lot of fine industry sites out there, but the thousand of pros who come here daily make us realize that we compare well to anything else remotely like us. Hey, that's a comparison too…##

      L. A. "Tony" KovachL. A. 'Tony' Kovach ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Business and Public Marketing & Ads: B2B | B2C Websites, Contract Marketing & Sales Training, Consulting, Speaking: MHC-MD.com | LATonyKovach.com | Office 863-213-4090 Connect on LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach 

      “You Can Pay Me Now, or Pay Me Later”

      July 10th, 2014 No comments

      Every now and then, you get a marketing approach or commercial message that is seemingly 'timeless.'  One that fits that description is the Fram Oil Filter commercial, shown below, first aired in the early 1970s.

      The idea behind their message is akin to the adage, "A stitch in time, saves 9." My hunch is not as many people in the U.S. mend their clothes, so perhaps we should say "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

      Good marketing – combined with sound sales training – are not only money making, they are also money saving.  Remember, good sales training is more than just learning how to do paper work!

      Over the years, I've heard 'sales people' say and do some pretty outrageous things. They may or may not realize it, but at least some times, the business' owner or management did finally catch on to the lost sales or disastisfaction and other costs from the poor use of words.   Those costs trace directly back to a lack of the right training and motivation. 

      The Wrong Words at the Wrong Time

      greg-mcclanahan-posted-mhpronews-com-manufactured-modular-housing-retailer-.pngMy friend and MH colleague, Greg McClanahan wrote a fine column, "The Right Words at the Right Time." I totally agree with his thought behind that, and FYI, Greg is a successful MH Retailer out West. 

      Well, just as there are the right words at the right time, so too there are wrong words at the wrong time.

      I've seen the wrong words end up costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, or in more serious cases, millions.  That can happen from law suits or fines, when the wrong words are used.   To help out on that, we have Nadeen Green, The Fair Housing Lady, who is an attorney share a monthly column, one of many in our Featured Article line up. We have other attorneys who informally share legal insights, all designed to prevent avoidable losses.

      But it isn't just using the wrong words that results in fair housing or other charges that can cost you.  There are other forms of false, or even fraudulent statements that can cost a business. Hiring the right people, and training them to say and do the right things, truly pays.

      Beyond Legal Liability

      But let's set the whole topic of legal liability aside.  The wrong words, sadly, also cost you business!  The reverse is also true. The right words – in marketing and in sales – earns you business.

      Professionalism pays. Invest in your people, or it will cost you.

      As a proven MH marketer and sales trainer, we can honestly say, "You can pay us now, and earn more later."  

      Or you can skip the marketing and training, and it will keep costing you until you make the right investment. The choice is yours, and you make it day by day, through action or inaction. ##

      L. A. "Tony" KovachL. A. 'Tony' Kovach ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Business and Public Marketing & Ads: B2B | B2C Websites, Contract Marketing & Sales Training, Consulting, Speaking: MHC-MD.com | LATonyKovach.com | Office 863-213-4090 Connect on LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach 

      Money Motivations

      June 13th, 2014 No comments

      There are many motivators in life. In sales, some pros speak of the five motivators of pride, profit, love, need and fear. A certain consultant you may know routinely uses fear tactics as a motivator, why? Because it can work. So too the other motivators, in the case of today's column, money or 'profit.'

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      The 2008 Financial Meltdown, a Gift in Disguise for Manufactured Housing?

      Please don't get me wrong. In an ideal world, we would have had no meltdown in 2008. But our world isn't perfect, so given that reality, the crash of the conventional housing market offers numerous prime opportunities for manufactured housing pros.

      Among them is the fact that millions no longer believe that a site built house is a good 'investment.'

      That said, a savvy marketer or sales guru can position a message that effectively says… "The money saved by buying our home can be used to invest, for travel, cars, charity, education, you name it!"

      Profit is the common motive for why:

      • people invest,
      • or why they try to save, or why
      • they open a business and
      • they may opt for this career over another.

      Even in government, money is a motivator. Bureaucratic programs often have a de facto incentive to spend all the money allocated, or they may get less funding the next year. The VA scandal reminded us that bonuses exist at the federal level, and that if staff can't earn the bonus honestly, they may "game the system" to get the money by stealth.

      Quality Pays

      When someone's budget is tight, there is no point in trying to push a solution the buyer can't afford. But when discretionary spending is an option, a savvy sales pro can justify a higher price through the message that "quality pays."

      Resonating not Manipulating

      Speaking of the customer, be it this or any sales and marketing methods, let's restate a basic premise. We are not about manipulating the customer. For some 25 years, I've preached that a deal is only a good deal if all involved benefit from it.

      So why learn sales and marketing methods at all? Because some customers need to be guided in their decision, and when you see what motivates them, you are in a better position to advise and serve them.

      You can get everything out of life you want, when you help enough other people get out of life what they want.” – Zig Ziglar.

      The Five Motivators

      In all of your sales and marketing, think about how money motivates. And think about how all of the 5 Motivators, pride, profit, love, need and fear. As you ask questions, listen and do your discovery with a customer, you will often pick up the clues that tell you which of the motivators is the best one with the prospect in front of you. ##

      L. A. "Tony" KovachL. A. 'Tony' Kovach ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Business and Public Marketing & Ads: B2B | B2C Websites, Contract Marketing & Sales Training, Consulting, Speaking: MHC-MD.com | LATonyKovach.com | Office 863-213-4090 Connect on LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach 

      Video and Social Media Statistics for 2014 for Manufactured Housing Marketers

      May 14th, 2014 No comments

      Ladies and gents, this post will be short and sweet, but not as short as a Tweet.

      When you watch this video, don't jump to the conclusion that all that you should be doing is social media and video. IMHO, that would be a huge mistake.

      But it would be an equally huge mistake not to invest some of your time and marketing resources into these areas. We do!

      You should too.

      When we say 'we do,' keep in mind that for all the limits on us in budget, time, etc. we dominate with our two main sites – MHProNews.com and ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com – in their respective niches.

      We help our clients dominate in their local markets too. Watch the video above, see our own video report on this topic, see the video report by our colleagues at ManufacturedHomes and call us with any questions. ##

      L. A. "Tony" KovachL. A. 'Tony' Kovach ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Business and Public Marketing & Ads: B2B | B2C Websites, Contract Marketing & Sales Training, Consulting, Speaking: MHC-MD.com | LATonyKovach.com | Office 863-213-4090 Connect on LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach 

      More Videos for MH Success!

      February 20th, 2014 No comments

      If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is made up for thousands of still pictures, you can imagine the marketing power that a single good video can provide. Now what if you had a series of good videos? Needless to say, your marketing power rises along with it.

      We've used videos for years, and frankly started off with pretty low tech, desk top style productions. Even the kind of video that you shoot with a smart phone can be useful, if the subject you are shooting is good and there aren't a lot of jarring motions.

      That said, quality video work is now within reach of the masses! We teamed up with the fine folks at ManufacturedHomes.com to do some videos at the 2014 Louisville Show. This is a brand new 'recap video' from Louisville.

      Here is another Louisville Show recap video. Two different sets of views on the same event!

      Think about the clear enthusiasm shown by Terry Decio. Terry's not a newbie, he grew up in this industry from a legendary MH family! His reasons for confidence ought to bolster your confidence too.

      Or consider what Wally Coomer says in the video above; you put yourself and your business at a disadvantage when you miss such a show.

      When operations like Terry's or Wally's are investing in the future, you should see the value of doing so too.

      Two points to close on today.

      1) Be at the 2014 Tunica Show, MHI's Congress and Expo in Vegas and make plans for the 2015 Louisville Show. Learn more to earn more at events like these!

      2) Learn to use or improve the use of video, online on your website and use and improve your other marketing resources. Need help? You know who to call!

      We will be at booth 14H in Harrah's Convention Center in Tunica. The map shows it will be right by the seminar room, where we expect full house attendance, just like you see in the video's from Louisville above. Please stop by and say hi. ##