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“Whether you Think You Can or Think You Can’t, You’re Right” – Henry Ford

July 30th, 2014 No comments

You know the drill. First, it's “that sounds too good to be true.” Or maybe it's “okay, that might work in XYZ's market, but that would never work here.” When I hear that, pardon me, but I can't help but think about all the similar stuff Henry Ford must have heard about his automobile! Or the Wright Brothers before they made that first, famous airplane flight at Kity Hawk, NC! Any number of things sounded “too good to be true” before someone actually did it.

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Isn't it Obvious?

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To get different results, you have to do things differently. Duh, right? At the same time, it is interesting how often a possible new client – in B2B or B2C marketing, sales, web, advertising, etc. – says something like: “I've tried that before with XYZ sales trainer and it didn't help us.” Or “I tried advertising with ABC, and it did nothing for me.”

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First of all, the failure of one is not the failure of all!

Next, even those who've failed before, may succeed the next time. Sometimes failure leads to success – like Thomas Edison's famous 10,000 failures before he succeeded at making the light bulb – when a sound plan is followed by persistence.

Manufactured Housing is a great product! Communities are a good option for many! Advertising is something that millions of companies do successfully, are you telling me that only Manufactured Housing ads can't work?

A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who

stops a clock to save time.” – Henry Ford.

End Self-Doubts or Self-Limits to Advance

When you first start a new sport, game or job, you may initially get a poor or even a terrible result. It feels uncomfortable and you or an associate may feel awkward, self-conscious or embarrassed. Don't sweat that small stuff. What separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls is maturity! You have to keep doing what you are trying to master, precisely until it IS mastered!

I'm good with selling manufactured homes at almost any price point. I've personally never sold a million dollar MH, but we've successfully marketed and sold many in the 6 figure range, while in the same market someone else might be trying to give away a lower cost house and is having trouble doing it.

Want to sell more entry level manufactured homes? Okay, there is a way to do that well.

Want to sell more upscale, residential style manufactured homes, well, there is a process for that and it means you have to attract and sell the site-built buyer who has cash or good credit. You don't sell the well qualified buyer – let's say shopping for a Mercedes Benz – the same way you do a Yugo or today's lowest cost Chevy, Ford or Dodge.

We've worked with operations in many states and markets, and when the right resources and attitudes are put into place, you will get the right results. That may take some time, just like learning a new sport or game may take some time to master. But it is worth mastering!

When you don't get the right result at first at a doctor, do you quit, go back or find another MD?

We all need partners, mentors, coaches and experts. If you have a financial planner for investments, but don't have an industry marketing and sales pro for your business, something is wrong! Remember, what the can do genius types say…

“Whether you Think You Can or Think You Can't, You're Right” – Henry Ford. ##

Selling $2,000 – $20,000 “Mobile Homes” vs. Selling $40,000 – $200,000+ Factory Built Homes

January 5th, 2014 No comments

It is amazing that so many in the manufactured housing industry are stuck selling homes priced under $30,000. Don't get me wrong! Any sale that fills a vacant home/site or moves another home out of a street retailer's inventory is good. But until the majority of communities and retailers learn how to selling homes priced from $40,000 to $200,000 plus, our industry will continue new home production levels at historic lows.

Is there a way to sell more “residential” style homes without abandoning the pre-owned and entry level VOG homes most sell? Yes there is!

We know from real world experiences from coast to coast and border to border that factory built homes can compete head to head with conventional construction. Nor are we or are clients the only ones! There are operations that 'get good' at attracting customer who have good credit or who can write the check for a nice 'residential style' manufactured or modular home.

Bottom Feeding or Going for the Gold?

The Harvard study on rental housing, 10,000+ baby boomers retiring daily and the need for 20,000,000 new housing units by 2030 are all factors that point to a huge opportunity for a manufactured housing industry slowly coming back up to some 60,000 new home shipments per year.

Our experience shows that by reaching out to a broader mix of customers – not abandoning the lowest rungs on the housing ladder while reaching out with appropriate marketing to the better qualified customers – can work!

In his exclusive interview MHProNews.com, A Cup of Coffee with…Rick Rand, the award winning community owner/operator referenced 'bottom feeding.' This was a reference more to credit worthiness, and was not meant to be a put down to anyone, but rather points to the fact that so many in our industry fail to attract the more credit worthy customers. As more CFPB regulations kick in during January 2014, the need for retailers and communities to attract better credit customers or those who can pay cash becomes ever more clear.

In the interview with Hall of Fame inductee and highly successful independent retailer Mike Evans, training is part of the key that makes for their success.

At the 2014 Louisville Show, a number of seminars will be presented that are geared towards introducing communities, retailers and builder developers to facts and systems that work today to improve image, attract better qualified customers and sell more homes.

The traffic on the Louisville Show website tells us that the #1 page being accessed after the home page is the seminar page! Industry pros are pre-registering to attend the show in record numbers post 2010, and the seminars are expected to be robustly attended.

The map to the seminar rooms at the fabulous Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC) is shown below.

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At the Louisville Show, on Wed at 11:10 AM, immediately after the finance seminar, we will present a FREE session introducing some of our free, low cost or good ROI ways to improve image and grow results.

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You won't learn all our proven methods in less than an hour, but you will discover more than enough ways to improve and grow your business!

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself why we've received literally hundreds of Linkedin endorsements and dozens of recommendations over the years. See for yourself at the page linked above or throughout the MHC-MD.com website.

Then on Thursday, if you are in the MHC business, make sure you attend the Lesson's Learned session lead by MHC veterans! You can learn more at this link, and we will announce more details on that days ahead.

Financing you can use TODAY, Marketing and Sales tips and MHC insights from proven pros, all this and more awaits you at the 2014 Louisville Show…just 2 weeks away! Mark your calendars, change your plans, don't let the weather scare you away from the indoor comfort of the most popular venue in manufactured housing in 2013!

Selling $2,000 to $20,000 homes is easy. Discover at the seminar above insights into our proprietary system that we use to market and sell the $40,000 – $200,000 plus homes, including high end homes in land lease communities!

When we are not in the seminar room, you will find me/our team at booth #115, right by the main entry doors. Please do stop by to say hi, and you can collect something special that can help you grow your results in 2014. ##

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Scent of a Woman

May 10th, 2013 No comments

al-pacino-credit-in-scent-of-a-woman-.posted-on-mhpronewsJPGWe aren't talking about the Al Pacino movie, or even the glories of women and their many perfumed scents. What we will discuss is the thought behind William Shakespeare's famous phrase, "A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet."

Let's see the two paths manufactured housing pros need to consider and implement in order for us to achieve our new home sales potential.

What's in a name?

There are many words that all mean "woman," and many that are used accent her scent delightfully. But some terms used are crude and rough, not fitting to be used to describe a lady in polite company.

By analogy, there are many names that all mean factory-built home. But some of the names used are derogatory, outdated and crude; not flattering at all.

We as manufactured housing professionals ought to realize that what's in a name truly matters. Which would you rather own:

  • A modern manufactured home,
  • A mobile home, or
  • A trailer house?

Using the right name (terminology) at the right time may yield a more fragrant 'scent' to a qualified prospective customer, and thus more customers who are able to pay cash or who have good credit.

You better believe that the person capable of buying a residential style HUD Code Manufactured Home would not be nearly as interested – or may completely reject! – the notion of buying a "tr–ler house."

As the definitions provided by Texas manufactured home retailer, Frank Woody, linked here, a manufactured home is NOT a mobile or the T-word.

Now, let's acknowledge that the term 'mobile home' is used more online than manufactured home, and is thus useful as "Google bait."

That said, there are ways to get that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) benefits, without demeaning what should be the image of our quality, appealing home product!

Direct and Indirect Term Marketing

Many understand direct terminology marketing and use it daily.

Direct marketing term marketing is when you describe the homes you sell under a label like manufactured home. This is the most common kind of marketing in our Industry, and is not to be ignored, because some people want what we sell.

This is the concept behind the MHVillage approach. The success of their platform is clearly shown by their ability to attract over 42,000 visitors daily.

That group seeking a manufactured home (…or mobile home, or a tr–ler house) is roughly 15% +/- of all housing customers.

It is also common that many (not all…) of these shoppers seeking a 'mobile home' have sub par credit. Regardless, thousands of homes are being sold this way monthly, so we should not ignore this method!

Nevertheless, let's look at a different, often overlooked path to increased total housing market penetration to drive more sales success.

Attracting the higher-end Cash and Good Credit Customers

saddle-brook-farms-posted-on-mhpronews-com(2).jpgThen there is a second group of marketers, that drops the "manufactured housing" or "mobile home" terminology phrases from their vocabulary. If you have a high end location, you just call your homes, homes.

By doing so, you've now opened up your market to acceptance by the other 85% of the population's tastes.

Change your use of terms, and you improve your client base. Theory?

Nope. We do it for clients, but we are not alone.

Look at appealing Saddlebrook Farms near Chicago, IL as a 1400 filled-home-sites example of the success such a process can enjoy.

 

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Having the chutzpah – and wisdom! – to define yourself and go after a more upscale client is part of the core of this successful concept.

This vision is defined inside and out by offering residential style examples of a quality lifestyle. There is an absence of the 'mobile home-ish' look at this appealing Gray's Lake IL land-lease community.

But what about 2 or 3 star locations?

Doing a process like this at a 4 or 5 star property that uses ground sets or mimics it with appropriate foundation enclosures or landscaping makes sense. But what about the 2 or 3 star properties, which in many markets are far more common? What do you do when you have pre-HUD Code, metal on metal, 1960s or 1970s model homes sitting next to vinyl- or hardboard-sided homes with shingle roofs?

We've pulled that off too with operations we've done this with, but it takes a much more savvy approach that uses indirect term marketing. It takes a trained professional who can engage a caller one on one, talking them past preconceived or false notions about modern manufactured homes.

This is a creative, free enterprise solution to selling homes that also attracts more customers with cash or good credit.

Combing an indirect terminology marketing process with a solid professional sales process that is customer friendly can make once struggling locations roar back to life.

Using parallel paths

MHLivingNews.com is the start of a direct approach at myth busting that can grow the sales of customers in markets where this resource is put to work. See this link for more details:

Start Your Free Manufactured Housing Image Campaign Here

At the public focused site linked from the above, we can showcase appealing homes, videos, facts and image building information. Properly used, this can have a positive impact in your market(s).

But combining indirect term marketing with the correct sales process will drive more customers with cash or good credit to the locations – like yours?! – that have the wisdom and discipline to use it. Learn more at this link:

Giving Good Phone

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. The Scent of a Woman. And the appeal of quality, eco-friendly affordable homes. This process is not for the lazy, nor for the mere order taker. This is for the professional who is ready to learn more to earn more!

Once you or your team learns this system well, it becomes as easy as an other habit. Some mistakenly think that habit is a nasty word, not so. habits can be good, bad or neutral. In fact, a new, good, healthy habit formation is the essence of what we do. ##

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

Start YOUR Free Manufactured Housing Image Campaign, Today!

April 6th, 2013 No comments

We don't require a multi-million dollar national campaign to improve the image of manufactured housing, as nice as it may be to have one. We don't need high dollar Madison Avenue advertising 'gurus' – who don't know our industry – to tell us what we ought to do. We know deep down what needs to be done, even if some may resist it. Improving our image can start in your market with even modest, but valuable steps.

This is my view, but it also happens to reflect what the CEO of high flying UMH, Sam Landy, said:

"People need quality housing at a reasonable price. We provide that. We provide a better product than apartments, townhouses, condo’s and single family homes for our customers. Apartment rents have been increasing. Single family home buyers now need down payments once again.

Given these changes…our sales will be far higher than today’s paltry 50,000 units and may even exceed the old records of three or four hundred thousand shipments per year…I’ve come to the conclusion that we are all responsible for our own marketing. If you want to be a great retailer you have to pay the bill for the marketing. Why should anyone do it for you, and all markets are local anyhow." (Full Sam Landy interview is linked here.)

You may be part of the largest network of manufactured home retailers or communities in the U.S., or the sole proprietor of a modest 'mom and pop' location or anything in between.

You may have longed for a grand TV and multi-media image building campaign, but for whatever reasons, the powers that be did not make it happen. That's all in the past, we have to move on and can so long as you start your own image campaign, now. We can help make some of that happen for you, "free."

Yes, you can.

Yes, in the next few minutes, you will see that it is so easy, you may laugh and wonder why no one has done this before!

Most of the U.S. doesn't have a clue as to how nice a modern manufactured home is, especially how much appeal, quality and value factory builders pack into a residential style HUD Code home.

It is up to retailers, communities and others in Manufactured Housing to show the new reality to the public.

Here is how you do it in YOUR market, as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1, learn to use Craigslist and other similar sites – which are free – the smart way.

Example. Take a multi-sectional or residential style manufactured home you have good quality photos of that has been properly decorated. Place 2-4 of those photos into a very short Craigslist post.

Starting with the summary and headline in Craigslist, you could use something like this:

$73,900 3 Bedroom Builder Must Sell ASAP! Your Town, USA

This is a modern, factory-built home that meets or exceeds all federal construction standards for our market.

"Your lot or ours, one only at this price. Ph XXX-XXX-XXXX."

If you have an MLO number, you could add the words: "Financing available." *

To learn more about modern factory-built homes, go to MHLivingNews.com.

Step 2, keep a post like this going at all times on Craigslist, more than one is better, just make sure they aren't duplicates so you don't get flagged.

The keys are: amazing price (compared to site built) BUT NOT TOO LOW, your phone number and a link to MHLivingNews.com. Don't say too much, less is often more when it comes to lead generation.

Step 3, Patience and persistence! Some home shoppers will have an aha moment early on, some will take repeated exposures and time. Typically, CRM studies suggest it takes some 3-6+ months for good credit customers to make the first contact, because they are shopping carefully. But as more and more housing shoppers stumble onto your offer (because your headline DOESN'T say, 'manufactured home' or 'mobile home,' etc.) some will get curious. Some will eventually reach out, if you treat them properly, some of those will come and buy.

That is how it starts.

The other key to this is that YOU and YOUR location delivery good, honest service and value. Do what you say you will do, so don't over promise, it isn't necessary. More on this and related in a future column.

If you need help with your marketing or training, click here.

Sam Landy's point above is dead on, we have what the public needs in housing! We as manufactured home professionals have to deliver on our potential value. When your location delivers qualify living and what is promised, you will enjoy ever more success.

Some readers will wonder. Why not just use my own company's website for this? Good question!

You can, but there is POWER in having a third party website – independent from your company – to demonstrate and 'prove' the reasons for manufactured and factory built homes. MHLivingNews.com is like a third party endorsement of the manufactured home lifestyle. That is something your website can't easily do solo.

Two of the most powerful and popular pages on the MHLivingNews.com website are our photo gallery and the tornado vs. Manufactured Home video page. Those pages – and so many others that we routinely add to – are not likely on you website. You may not have the time or resources to do all that MHLivingNews does, so just link MHLivingNews.com in your posts, and start the outreach in your market.

MHLivingNews is already getting thousands of page views every month. But Craiglist has millions of page views daily, and many of those are from people seeking a home!

So if even 2% to 5% of every MH Retailer or MH Community location in the country did this simple 1, 2, 3 plan, the traffic would soon be in the ten of thousands. In time that can grow to the hundreds of thousands and then into the millions on MHLivingNews.

A simple 'free' image campaign for YOU and YOUR market! It will spread to others, and everyone in the mix will benefit.

More on this topic later, but you can start this today by taking those 3 easy steps! ##

* While FTC regs seem to permit this, A commentator claiming expertise has suggested that the law on this subject is ambiguous, and it would be prudent to seek specific legal advice before using the words 'financing available,' even if you have an MLO number.

(First Photo Credit: FlickrCC/dislokated, other photos from MHLivingNews.com)

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

Pinterest Tips for Cutting Edge MHers

August 19th, 2012 No comments

Pinterest is one of the hottest trends in social networking. You don't want to overlook this as you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or others. Because Pinterest is primarily visual, it can be a great way to expose more people to the value of manufactured housing.

One, pick homes that are nicely landscaped to pin.

Two, use homes that have been properly staged or decorated and show those interior photos as well.

Three, in your profile, use your face, not a logo. People want to connect with a person first. Many companies today want a 'face' for their marketing!

Four, cross link your Pinterest page(s) with your other social networks.

Five, think about your terminology! If you use a word like 'mobile home' – because of the high SEO value, make it a teaching moment if it is in fact a HUD Code manufactured home built since June 15, 1976. For example, let's say you were using a residential style manufactured home as a pin, like the photo shown below.

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You might say something like this:

"This is not your grandma's 'mobile home!'. In fact is it a modern manufactured home, which looks and lives as good or better than conventional houses, is greener by design and can cost 25% or more less."

Pinterest is a tool that marketers of factory built homes need to be using in their business to public out reach. But make it subtle, showing other interests.

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When you do so, you will connect with more people and will have more of an influence on the public at large.

As they say on Pinterest, "Happy Pinning!" #

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