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Earn $43 for each $1 invested? Manufactured Housing, You and Email Marketing

June 6th, 2014 No comments

Be it business to business (B2B) or business to consumer (B2C), email marketing is a very important part of staying in touch and generating business.

Building an email list takes time, and effort. That translates into costs. But are the costs worth it?

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Frankly, as the it is a TOTAL no-brainer!

The Direct Marketing Association provided the statistic above, but IMHO, that is way to LOW for much of the manufactured housing industry!

Let's do some quick math. You are a retailer or MHC that sells homes. Or you are a lender, and want more good loans. One lead that 'cashes' is worth years of the modest cost for an email marketing program!

First, you hopefully are using a CRM system – please see this article by Brad Nelms on that topic –

http://MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/june-2014/117-marketing/7683-you-your-manufactured-home-business-your-image-and-bottom-line

Next, hopefully you have a great website, if not, look here:

http://MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/june-2014/117-marketing/7671-does-it-really-matter-who-you-use-to-build-a-manufactured-or-modular-home-industry-website

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Third, with a good database/CRM nested on a good website that attracts and keeps new customers coming in, you'll get an pretty darn automated system that can keep your clients informed!

Fourth, You have to offer them something they want to know about, of course.

In our case, here at MHProNews.com, we offer Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use. People have learned that using our email news updates is a time saver and keeps them informed.

Translation: our emails save and/or makes MHPros money. And it is free.

You should do something similar with your clients. Need a hand? Give us a call.

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BTW. If you haven't been added to our NEW and IMPROVED emails, here is how they look, scroll all the way down the a single issue in moments, scan the headlines you like, click on the articles you like.

If you aren't on our emailed update system – many keep track of all the big and less obvious things too that are going on in MH using our emails – sign up in seconds here.

mhpronews.com/subscribe

Do the math. One home sold, one site filled, one new client, could be worth years of payback. Is email marketing worth it? As they say in Wisconsin…

Youbetcha. ##

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 

Content Marketing World!

May 4th, 2014 No comments

We've quoted Sunshine Homes President, John Bostick's memorable saying, “Easy doesn't pay well.” There may be 'easier' ways to market, if you have a big budget than using 'content marketing.' But content marketing has tremendous advantages when it comes to getting organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO). So we have been believers in Content Marketing for years.

Did you know?

content-marketing-world-ad-cleveland-ohio-airport-terminal-cutting-edge-marketing-sales-blog-mhpronews-comContent Marketing is so big, they have their own events. In a recent trip to Cleveland OH, I couldn't help but notice the banner ad which promoted their upcoming Content Marketing World event.

What is Content Marketing?

The Content Marketing Institute uses the following definition:

Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience – with the objective of driving profitable customer action.

Let's be candid. Industry News, Tips and Views Pros can Use can be seen as a form of content marketing, just as Fox News, MSNBC or other media platforms are a way of attracting certain target audience.

In our case, the content we deliver here on MHProNews.com is specifically designed information for the manufactured housing professional, investor or other aficionados or experts keen on our topics.

Does that mean that the news and views are not real? Not at all! In fact, it is precisely because we share relevant information on MHProNews.com that you and thousands more like you log on daily here. The featured articles on our home page often provide business building tips, inspiration or more.

One example is our website builder/designer, Joe Karn's, who this month sounded off on Creating Marketing Plan.

How can YOU Use Content Marketing?

If you have a website, you should be keen to create relevant content for your target audience!

Did You Know?

Did you know that some websites are better than others at maximizing the SEO power of content marketing? It's true!

For example, there are some 'freebie' websites out there that better for them then they are for you. When you consider the value ofmens_brown_derby_leather_shoes-wiki-commons-posted-cutting-edge-marketing-sales-blog-mhpronews-com your time, you don't want to waste time on a website that could cost you in the algorithms that Google, YouTube, Yahoo or Bing use to decide what ranks higher in an unpaid or 'organic' search result.

Put Yourself in Your Target Audience's Shoes

woman's-red_shoes-wikicommons-posted-cutting-edge-marketing-sales-blog-mhpronews-comBefore you type the first word or take the first photo, or create the first video, think about your desired target audience. Is what you plan to share of value or interest to them? Once you can formulate a message that is meaningful to your target audience, then you are on the path to good content marketing.

For example, our target audience are the MHPros and investors. What do they need to know?

Legal topics –

 

Marketing/Sales – Brad Nelms, Joe Karns, Scott Stroud, Tim Connor, LA Tony Kovach and more.

featured-articles-mhpronews-home-page-cutting-edge-marketing-sales-management-blogCruise the home page, center column, and you'll see the featured articles for this month on topics ranging from events, interviews, management and more. See the graphic from our home page, to see where the featured articles are every month.

Remember, content marketing isn't just using key words to 'trick' a search engine or reader into coming. The idea is to provide REAL Value to the reader, so they will keep coming back!

Certainly, there is more to content marketing than what's noted here, but that's why people charge the bucks for attending the seminars at Content Marketing World.

Think about your target audience(s), and try to provide not just content, but routine content that is of relevance to them. Then, get that message in front of that audience. When you do, over time, you will build an ever larger – and given quality, a loyal – audience that is a win-win for the audience and you too. ##

(Image credits – Content Marketing World = MHProNews.com, Shoes = Wikicommons)

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 

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

No Guts, no Glory

March 24th, 2013 No comments

I recall the first time I heard an industry pro tell me 'no guts, no glory,' back in the early 80s.  In marketing and sales that statement still rings true today.

Too many sales people in our industry are going after the low hanging fruit that falls in their laps.  We see credit scores in the 500s for a reason!  Until we market and sell in a way that attracts more of those 700 credit score buyers – and they are out there by the millions – we will stay stuck with low sales results because those low credit score customers are the main group that walk through doors, like yours…  

Believe it or not, the good credit customers are statistically in the majority in every state! 

This Wednesday in Tunica, MS at their big annual manufactured housing trade show, I'll be doing version 2.0 of our popular seminar, Attracting More Customers with Cash or Good Credit.  I say version 2.0, because we have refocused the presentation to hone in on concepts so amazing, the "Aha!" light bulb will be going off over dozens of heads in the seminar room in our free presentation Wednesday afternoon.

Here is the link:

http://www.MHProNews.com/events/attracting-more-customers-with-good-credit

Here is the link to the show, and all of the business and profit building seminars.

Maybe you are a manufactured home community owner looking to fill dozens or hundreds of vacant homes and sites with customers that have a better payment history.

Perhaps you are a manufactured home retailer, looking to grow your closed sales. You want more happy home owners!

Maybe you are a manufacturer, association, lender or other provider that wants to help your customer/members grow their business, so you organization can grow more too.

Pros in all of these groups who attend this free presentation will see facts, figures and some real world examples of how sales can rise from poor or fair to good or even great. You will see how this can be done profitably, with measurable, proven results.

Even if you've seen an earlier version of this presentation, be there and you will be fascinated and moved by what you see AND hear for the very first time! You will see examples of how to Attract and Sell More Customers with Cash or Good Credit.

Remember, no guts, no glory. ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for March 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.

Office –815-270-0500

latonyk@gmail.com or tony@mhmsm.com

www.MHC-MD.com

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

Profiting from QR Codes

March 20th, 2013 No comments

We spend significant time on this blog focusing on the basics, because manufactured housing – as do all other businesses or professions – need the fundamentals for sustained success. But today in the Cutting Edge we will look at the rapid growth of QR Codes. Are you using them? If so, are you getting the most out of your QR Code use?

QR is short for Quick Response. Here is an example of a QR Code.

You download a free ap through your provider's ap store onto your smartphone or camera equipped tablet to access a QR Code.

Along with the explosion of smartphone use, so has the use of QR Codes in marketing.

ComScore reports:

"129.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (55 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in January, up 7 percent since October."

According to ScanLife:

"In 2012 research by Accenture on the effectiveness of consumer engagement triggers concluded that among 1,000 television viewers, 28% had interacted with a QR Code, vs. 18% with a Twitter hashtag. Similarly, during the 2012 London Olympics, we found that the proportion of individuals interacting with QR Codes was 36% higher than with Foursquare. Last but not least, our own research shows that the average engagement post scan to click was 62%.

Like social media in the early days, marketers who learn to harness the power of mobile engagement will have a significant head start in the market place -whether it’s QR Codes today, or combined with NFC or augmented reality tomorrow."

Using QR Codes to Save and Make Money

While brochures may not go out of style right away, QR Codes have the ability to turn a business card sized document into a robust multi-media platform. Those seeking to save money on handouts could consider using a small document with a QR Code on it instead. We've seen a company that did this at the Tunica Show. Our MHMSM.com team has done this since the 2012 Louisville Show. Here is my card's front cover for 2013.

QR Codes appeal to the young, which our industry can't afford to ignore.

QR Codes also appeals to the upscale 50+ shopper. As smartphone totals and camera-equipped tablets continues to rise rapidly, the size of the QR market will steadily expand too.

Here are some charts and graphs from eMarketer and ComScore that underscore the size, breakdown and growth of this market.

 

Don't forget that Backside!

As a footnote, the next time you do a business card, consider using both sides of your card! Why let that back side real estate go to waste? The back side is also another great place to place a QR Code.

Here is the reverse side of my business card, as another example.

If you aren't using QR Codes, start! If you are using them, consider how you can expand their use. Those who do should profit more because they did. ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for March 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.

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