Archive

Posts Tagged ‘coaching’

Marketing & Sales 101 – Be Where Your Target Audience Is

May 23rd, 2017 No comments

It’s amazing what you don’t know about something you’ve been aware of or involved with much of your life.”

That quote is my paraphrase of what a baseball legend said about his profession. That quote applies to everyone, in every profession – but it is truer for manufactured housing than most realize. Here’s another pensée to ponder.

"It's amazing what you don't know about something you've been aware of or involved with much of your life." That quote is my paraphrase of what a baseball legend said about his profession. That quote applies to everyone, in every profession – but it is truer for manufactured housing than most realize. Here’s another pensée to ponder. “Learn the basics, do the basics, and teach others the basics. Doing the basics honestly, well, and consistently will put you ahead of most of your competitors.” Among the communication basics we believe in is that stating the obvious can bring amazing clarity and insights to an issue. Here’s the obvious clarity. What matters to a business is reaching their target market. There are lots of ways to do that, please let me share an example we know well. Example In marketing, a big chunk of success is a result of repetition – how many touches – which means you want to be where your target audience is. We looked at our industry with fresh eyes - approaching 8 years ago – before we launched what we now call MHProNews. We continue to step back from time-to-time and take a fresh look, and we adjust or recreate ourselves in the light of those discoveries. Be Honest With Yourself, Then Be Compelling with Your Market We all have strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). Almost 8 years ago, we saw that there was no consistent or easy way to get and stay in front of the manufactured housing professional audience. There were only 2 ‘full’ trade shows, and one partial one, and then smaller events. These – while useful – are not routine enough or profitable enough on their own for a year-round B2B marketing campaigns. That problem was an opportunity in disguise. It motivated us to create MHProNews.com. Seeing the big gap, we began to fill it by launching MHProNews.com. By creating “Daily Business News” – stories that no one else in the industry was doing – plus numerous other features – and later MHLivingNews - we’d feed the needs of thousands of professionals. That also is an obvious way of giving businesses trying to reach other MH Professionals a way to engage them every time they logged on. We rapidly became and remain number 1 as a result of doing the basics. In April 2017, in the tiny manufactured housing industry, we averaged over 7400 visits a day. Think about it! Thousands of professionals, logging on daily! That’s more than many other platforms touch in one or more months. Are Emails Enough? “But Tony, our business has a great email list.” If so, Terrific! •But what are you doing to reach those not on your list? • What are you doing to get those who may receive your email – but rarely if ever open it – to discover who it is sending them that message? "It's amazing what you don't know about something you've been aware of or involved with much of your life." People you know, and who you think know you, may not realize something you want them to. So, your operation has to “step in front of them.” Often! Daily, if possible! That means, you have to be where they are already looking, because they want to look there. B2B, that best place is MHProNews – thousands of readers just like you, from the industry’s billionaires and billion-dollar operations, to the mid-sized companies or the mom-and-pop businesses. This same principle applies to those businesses selling products and services to consumers (B2C). So back to the top. Marketing and Sales 101. Get and stay in front of your target audience. Do so in ways that your target audience will a) want to find you and b) will keep coming back, because they want to come back. Why are we more successful than others that have come and – mostly – gone? Because we KNOW the retailing, production, communities, lending and other services that go along with manufactured housing. We know the professional audience and the public too. We have the tee shirts, because we’ve sold the homes, knocked on the doors, walked the lines, been under the homes, know the firnancial services and what makes them tick, etc. etc. Everything else are details and commentary. Check back next week for more Marketing and Sales basics. And if you need specialized products or services - call or email us, first or last - but call us. Odds are we can do more for your budget than anyone else. Because we know, live and love the manufactured home business! We know and have your target audiences! ## L. A. 'Tony' Kovach MHLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Office 863-213-4090 | Connect on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach +++ Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford

Image credit, MHProNews.com All Rights Reserved.

Learn the basics, do the basics, and teach others the basics. Doing the basics honestly, well, and consistently will put you ahead of most of your competitors.”

Among the communication basics we believe in is that stating the obvious can bring amazing clarity and insights to an issue.

Here’s the obvious clarity. What matters to a business is reaching their target market.  There are lots of ways to do that, please let me share an example we know well.

StatingObviousBringsClarityMastheadManufacturedHousingIndustryCommentaryMHProNews

Image credit, MHProNews.com All Rights Reserved.

Example

In marketing, a big chunk of success is a result of repetition – how many touches – which means you want to be where your target audience is.

We looked at our industry with fresh eyes – approaching 8 years ago – before we launched what we now call MHProNews. We continue to step back from time-to-time and take a fresh look, and we adjust or recreate ourselves in the light of those discoveries.

Be Honest With Yourself, Then Be Compelling with Your Market

We all have strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

Almost 8 years ago, we saw that there was no consistent or easy way to get and stay in front of the manufactured housing professional audience.  There were only 2 ‘full’ trade shows, and one partial one, and then smaller events.  These – while useful – are not routine enough or profitable enough on their own for a year-round B2B marketing campaigns.

That problem was an opportunity in disguise. It motivated us to create MHProNews.com.

Seeing the big gap, we began to fill it by launching MHProNews.com. By creating “Daily Business News” – stories that no one else in the industry was doing – plus numerous other features – and later MHLivingNews – we’d feed the needs of thousands of professionals.

That also is an obvious way of giving businesses trying to reach other MH Professionals a way to engage them every time they logged on.

We rapidly became and remain number 1 as a result of doing the basics.

In April 2017, in the tiny manufactured housing industry, we averaged over 7,400 visits a day. Nothing else like us even comes close.  Think about it!  Thousands of professionals, logging on daily! That’s more than many other like platforms – as good as they may be – touch in one or more months.

Are Emails Enough?

“But Tony, our business has a great email list.” If so, Terrific!

  • But what are you doing to reach those not on your list?
  • What are you doing to get those who may receive your email – but rarely if ever open it – to discover who it is sending them that message?

It’s amazing what you don’t know about something you’ve been aware of or involved with much of your life.”

People you know, and who you think know you, may not realize something you want them to.

GreatnessBeginsWithBasicsBlockTackleRunExecuteABCsManufacturedHousingMarketingSalesManagementMHProNewsLATonyKovach.1174

 

So, your operation has to “step in front of them.” Often!  Daily, if possible!

That means, you have to be where they are already looking, because they want to look there.  B2B, that best place is MHProNews – thousands of readers just like you, from the industry’s billionaires and billion-dollar operations, to the mid-sized companies or the mom-and-pop businesses.

This same principle applies to those businesses selling products and services to consumers (B2C).

So back to the top.  Marketing and Sales 101.  Get and stay in front of your target audience.  Do so in ways that your target audience will

  1. a) want to find you and
  2. b) will keep coming back, because they want to come back.

Why are we more successful than others that have come and – mostly – gone?  Because we KNOW the retailing, production, communities, lending and other services that go along with manufactured housing.  We know the professional audience and the public too.

We have the tee shirts, because we’ve sold the homes, knocked on the doors, walked the lines, been under the homes, know the firnancial services and what makes them tick, etc. etc.

Everything else are details and commentary.

 

shutterstock-ipadcredit-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-774

Thousands a day are doing this! 15 Minutes a Day on MHProNews, and 15 minutes daily on MHLivingNews.com – free tools for the Public and Professionals that provides resources for industry image, education and thus growth.

Check back next week for more Marketing and Sales basics.

And if you need specialized products or services – call or email us, first or last – but call us.  Odds are we can do more for your budget than anyone else.  Because we know, live and love the manufactured home business! We know and have your target audiences! ##

LATonyKovachPresentingIndustryMembers-MHProNews

Think beyond Feature Advantage and Benefit – FAB – which only positively impacts maybe 1 in 4 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 & respected MH marketing services, consultant and MH sales trainer in the U.S. He and his team publish MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com.

 

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach MHLivingNews.comMHProNews.com| Office 863-213-4090 | Connect on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach

+++

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

 

Marketing, Sales, Management, Metrics and 2016 Resolutions

January 6th, 2016 No comments

Let’s start with the obvious. This is an MH industry marketing and sales focused blog. And in every new year, owners, managers, associations and those with a fire in their belly who want to improve their front line performance ponder and then resolve to learn and execute ways that improve their bottom lines.

mhmsm logo mhmarketingsalesmanagement logo (1)

If you’re in that group, you’ve come to the right place to start 2016.

Improvement begins with an honest assessment. Where you are now, vs. where you want to be.

YourNewYearsMHProfessionalResolution-cuttingedgemarketingsalesblog-mhpronews-

Image credit, MHMarketingSalesManagement, LATonyKovach.com

A serious desire for Improvement begins with an admission that things can be better. That means, you must be open to change. You know the old saying, if you keep doing the same things in the same ways, you should expect the same kind of results.

Magic or Metrics?

So this blog isn’t about magic. It’s about measurable realities, and how you can change them for the better.

In sales or business, those stuck in a rut often want ‘more good leads,’ or ‘easier financing.’

TodaysHomesChicagoSunTimesNewsGroupManufacturedHomeLivingNews-LATonyKovach-client-promo-

The image above is from the Chicago SunTimes NewsGroup, an article we managed to get into their popular real estate section.  Imagine having a news article that is favorable towards manaufactured housing in a major metro newspaper, can you see how that could be good for a business like yours?  This above was one of the clients and locations we’ve worked with in or near the Chicago Metro. Articles like the above rang their phones hundreds of times from prospects wanting to learn more about today’s manufactured homes.

Work with our clients is routinely done with confidentiality agreements.

What we can point to are very public marketing – including what you are looking at right now. The #1 MH professional publication for the last 5+ years has been MHProNews.com, we are the run-away #1, by a wide margin.

The same is true for ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com, which is the Number 1 public and consumer focused image/educational website in America.

Another PUBLIC Example of Tackling a Tough MH Industry Topic

Let me start by saying that Clayton Homes and their affiliates were NOT clients of ours with respect to the example below. We tackled this subject for a variety of reasons, the among them being that we believe the Seattle Times/BuzzFeed attack on Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes and their lenders is an unfair hit piece that harms the industry at large.

It also provides an example of a measurable result.

Below is an example of an actual – think metrics – result from our recent article being picked up by local media outlets across the U.S..

Remember, what follows is an example of an unpaid effort. Imagine the potential of what we can do for operations, professionals and organizations across in MH. Scan the list, click links you want abs then jump to the end for your invite to grow in 2016.

ItsAMediaWar-WarrenBuffettSeattleTimesBuzzFeedClaytonHomes-credits-UKtelegraph-respectiveLogos-eachCompanys-collage-posted-MHLivingNews-com-

Our story on the Seattle Times/BuzzFeed attack on Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes and their lenders was picked up by dozens of news and special interests sources, including American Banking News, click link above or here.

Media, Special Interest, Publications and other websites that picked up our take on this Seattle Times/BuzzFeed attack on Buffett and Clayton story:

In goes without saying that as cool as this looks, one such response to a vicious attack story isn’t a campaign. But we are big believers that some POSITIVE, GOOD response to a media attack is better than a weak or no response!

So what you see above and below gives clear examples to objective thinkers. These are food for thought, something to consider, that may inspire ideas as part of a broader campaign for any operation big enough to want to truly market themselves in an area, state or nationally. Internet, social media, email, regular media (Public Relations or PR), SuperCharged Marketing and Sales that attracts customers with cash or good credit – there are lots of things we know, and some or all of them could be tools for you to grow in 2016.

Defining Yourself and Your Operation In Your Market(s)

It bears repeating until it becomes an instictive part of everyone in the MH industry. You either define yourself (in your market), or others will define you. If you allow others to define you, they will often do so to your disadvantage.

DontLetOthersDefineYourOperationOrMHInYourMarket-ProActivelyDefineYourself-MHMarketingSalesManagement-

Graphic credit – MHMarketingSalesManagement.com and LATonyKovach.com. To learn more about the E in PEP, click here or the image above.

Others are defining our industry daily, so more MHPros have to step up to the plate and start defining ourselves boldly, honestly and routinely.

In marketing, sales, consulting, content creation, video, education and related management contract services, who is best known and providing the clear cut results? Who else is doing what we do for independent or corporate players?

In 2016, resolve to signficantly – even dramatically – improve what you do.  

We are booking dates for our ever-popular INSIDE MH Road Show – which yields videos like the one above that can be used by the client on their site, as well as getting it on our industry leading website that boosts the MH Image and Education.  While others talk about image or educating the public, we are doing it. You can be a part of that effort, or you can have an entirely different plan.

What’s your resolution?  Is it to grow your results? Just as a fitness coach can help you, we can too, and often its for the same dollars as you are already budgeting for with someone else. We do it a variety of services in collaboration with firms of all sizes.  Because we know the industry, we are your leading resource for marketing and sales services – and success.  

We invite the forward thinkers and doers looking to boost bottom line results to contact and join with us. Come by our booth in Louisville, #115. See us in Tunica.  Can’t wait?  Pick up the phone and call 863-213-4090, email or click the link below to learn more about what others who know first hand say. ##

LATonyKovachPresentingIndustryMembers-MHProNews

Tony is the most widely known and respected MH marketing and sales trainer in the U.S.. Tony will be presenting on SuperCharging Your Marketing and Sales for 2016, during the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, see details, linked here.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.