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What Avis, Hertz, Budget and National Rental Car Companies can teach Manufactured Housing

October 26th, 2013 No comments

A recent client-connected trip took me to Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport, so my travels also took me to what looked like their new rental car center. All of the major rental brands were there – Avis, Budget, Hertz, National – plus some that you seldom see or were new to me, such as Fox, Payless and Sikt.

What they all had in common was they were sharing this new, centralized, clean and appealing facility. But doesn't that happen in many airports from coast to coast? Don't we see rental car companies – competitors! – gathered near a location, all side by side?

Why would competitors do that?

Good question, let's look at a few reasons.

  • Easier for customers to find the location
  • Shared (read lower cost, more effective) marketing
  • Shared (lower cost) overhead for this kind of quality facility, which provides a…
  • Better customer experience.

Lessons for MH?

Something similar happens at trade shows, such as the approaching 2014 LouisvilleManufacturedHousingShow.com.

But most trade shows are only a 2½ day event. Where is their a similar cooperative effort the other 362½ days of the year?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Google study, downloadable from the link below, showcases that some 90% of home shoppers are doing some or all of their shopping online. Some research puts that number at 94%, but either way it's high!

http://www.MHProNews.com/home/industry-news/industry-in-focus/6318-why-should-you-target-home-shoppers-online

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Manufactured Home Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Builders, Associations and Suppliers/Vendors of all kinds can each benefit from the obvious concept of having an image/educational web portal that can mimic in cyber-space at a very low cost what the rental car companies do.

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The new ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com has started what time will reveal to be an important step forward for our industry. Attend the free seminar at the 2014 LouisvilleShow.com, to see how YOU can benefit – free or at a low cost – from this ever more popular resource.

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The lessons for manufactured housing from the rental car example are clear. We could sum it up with this acronym, T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More. ##

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300,000 Shipments in 2013!

July 12th, 2013 No comments

When the report came in that shipments in RVs topped 144,000 by May of 2013, it made me sit up just a bit more. I reached out for more insights to Tim DeWitt, Executive Director of Michigan Manufactured Housing as well as the RV & Campground Association and Self Storage Association of Michigan. He pointed me to an article on Woodall’s and a video interview, which we’ve posted below. The bottom line is that due in large measure to the GoRVing coalition, shipments for the RV industry – in THIS economy – are expected to hit 300,000. Before the GoRVing image campaign, the shipment levels where about half that 15 years ago, during a much more robust economy. Manufactured housing pros! Is this sinking in?

The RV industry is the envy of boating, fishing – and ought to be – of our industry. Actually, most pros in fact privately agree that we have long needed the same sort of thing. After all, who pays for the campaign? Consumers, when they buy an RV that has a campaign fee embedded into its cost.

We are getting some hands going up in the air, offering to support our online MHLivingNews.com image building effort. The forward thinkers “get it.” As so often happens, Leaders will tend to benefit first.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) tells us that 94% of housing shoppers are spending some, most or all of their initial research online. So our online image building platform is a common sense first step!

The roots of this GoRVing campaign run deep. As Tim DeWitt told me, the RV business is attracting discretionary income buyers, people with good credit scores and/or the cash in the bank needed to write the check to pay for units that may run $300,000 or more.

As executives at a major manufactured home community operator told us, this is needed and long overdue.

We have a great product, it only makes sense to keep the U.S.A.’s best kept new home secret, not a secret any longer!

Traffic SPIKING at MHLivingNews

Growth month-over month is around the 400% increase range on MHLivingNews. Some of the top read articles for the month include: 

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But what’s exciting to see is that there are a lot of page views per visit, which means that visitors like what they see. They aren’t just ‘bouncing’ off the site.

Cost Effective!

Our industry doesn’t have millions of dollars in an account, waiting to invest in a full blown mimic of the GoRVing campaign. So in our case with Manufactured Housing, let’s start with what we have on ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.

Contact us for ways to make this effort pay for you and your operation, regardless of size or locale. We are already experiencing retailers and communities who are using the site to help them attract and sell more homes. The rapid traffic rise on our site is clearly from consumers and pros alike.

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If RV’s can ship 300,000 units this year, during a year when manufactured housing may hit 60,000 shipments, that tells me that we ought to be doing ever so much more. RVs have five times our shipment level! Yet RVs are usually discretionary, housing is a necessity.

What is our potential, with the right marketing effort for manufactured housing?

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) projects single family housing starts of about 600,000 for the U.S.. That’s ten to one for us, and we have the better price points, are statistically safer and more energy efficient?

Is this a wake up call? It ought to be!

We need not abandon the starter home market, but we can grow and go after the ‘residential’ home buyer PLUS the ‘entry level’ consumer too.

We will return to this theme in the days ahead. Your comments and inquiries are welcome. See what other industry pros have said at this link here. ##

300,000 shipments in 2013? Come on!

http://www.woodallscm.com/2013/07/video-rvia-exec-touts-go-rving-campaign/

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