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Who Kicked Your Cat?

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Zig Ziglar continues to teach and inspire me, even after passing onto his eternal reward. We all encounter people, personally and professionally, whose attitude is clearly off. At such times, it is wise to be patient and to ask or reflect on Zig's question, “Who kicked your cat?”

The person doesn't even have to be a pet owner for this to apply. The cat is a metaphor for something someone cares about, and that something has been “kicked” or injured, and so the person with 'the kicked cat' isn't in a good mood! The possible causes are many, and often may have nothing to do with you.

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On the consulting and training sides of our operation, we are big believers in positive attitude, but also for tuning in to what the prospect is thinking or feeling. Selling isn't manipulation! At its best, selling is the noble process allowing your or a colleague to successfully engage a person to best determine the prospects needs and abilities, and then professionally guide them to the best options that fit. If you've done your job well, the customer isn't so much 'sold,' as they buy.

If the prospect or the person you are meeting or talking with is in a foul mood, think, what is the cause?

To do that professionally, you have to be focused more on them than on you. When you note that someone is in a foul or off mood, it's best to think HALTS. HALTS describes the routine causes for someone being 'off.'

  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired
  • Sick/Stressed

Once you discover which of these HALTS factors may be upsetting the balance for yourself or another, it is easier to address and thus get on with the tasks at hand.

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Professionals need daily motivation. Who says? Zig Ziglar, who inspired tens of thousands to do more, including our industry's legend, Jim Clayton! We provide that motivation in articles by Ziglar himself, by thoughtful, successful professionals such as Tim Connor, or by submissions by myself or a number of others to our industry leading motivational module, our free INspirations blog.

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I've said it before, and will do so again. Let me recommend that you keep your team informed daily on their industry and on better ways to present the great stories about manufactured and modular homes! 15 minutes a day is the minimum you and your team should be on this site, and 7 minutes daily on MHLivingNews.com. At the end of a year, don't be surprised when you find that your team is doing so much more than they ever did before; and have a better 'can-do' mindset too.

FYI, when you need a corporate or association speaker, marketing, a sales coach or trainer, you can contact me at the phone or email below. If I can't help you, I'll point you to others if needed.

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What's your best investment?
If you don't answer your career or your business, think again.
Which do you have more influence over, your business, or someone else's?

Growth happens because you invest time and resources in yourself and your people. Who says? Ask the legends, almost all of them would agree that applied knowledge is powerful and profitable. ##

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 

War, Peace, Bridges and Newsworthy Promotion!

July 17th, 2014 No comments

CNN. Fox. ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E and any network, newspaper, online or other media all have this in common, they promote! They promote themselves and they promote the products and services of others. They don't apologize for those promotions! They don't apologize for advertising themselves or others.

Tim Connor, CSP, author of 80+ books, one of our featured writers and hired by over 100 factory and other building operations said at a Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) meeting that "You have to be a relentless self promoter." This is a fact for any successful business or professional!

You don't apologize for giving someone your business card, or for advertising, marketing, networking live or via social media, etc.. Successful operations and professionals do these things.

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War and Peace, plus Bridge Building

Is your manufactured or modular home product, community or service a good one? Does it do what you advertise or claim? Does it benefit your customers? Then it is WRONG not to promote it, and do it well!

Guess what, we promote too. And it must be working, because we keep growing and gaining new clients while others have been shrinking, fading or dying.

There are times you have to 'go to war,' and when you do, the smart ones fight to win. Peace is better than war, when you can have peace honorably. That's true between nations and in business too.

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Bridges pay! You invest in the bridge, but once built, a bridge saves you time and money, and it makes you money.100s-raining-showering-down-2014-cutting-edge-blog-mhpronews- Bridges between you and your customers pay.

Bridges between you and those some might think of as rivals can pay off too. Think win-win, mutual victories and Collaboration vs. Confrontation!

Just the Facts!

We do marketing and sales training. We build websites, we know manufactured and modular homes, retailing and communities. We've won awards, and have been praised by operations of all sizes in our industry. Those are facts, and it should remind you that when YOU need to market better or sell more, you should visit LATonyKovach.com, email or call us!

Some of our clients are very public, and the results are there for all to see.

LouisvilleManufacturedHousingShow.com is a site we've built but also a show we promote! The show hires us to do the education and promotion, and we've been praised for the results, see proof on the link and chart here. As Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. has said in a recent article,

We will once again use L. A. “Tony” Kovach, MHProNews.com aka
MHMarketingSalesManagement.com services to promote this year’s show. His electronic messaging works!”

MHI hired us to promote their Congress and Expo in 2014. Their result? The best attended event since 2008! See and hear the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison, say that and thank us for our pro-industry work, at the video linked here.

We take MH and MOD retailers and community operators who are often struggling and turn them into better marketing and sales performers! We teach a proprietary system that makes the phones ring, the doors swing and the cash register Cha-Ching!

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These 83 calls and 61 net leads came in one week.
We've had locations generate over 200 inbound
calls seeking homes in a week, at a low cost per prospect.
We then teach how to handle that call, resulting in more sales!

We do these marketing and training services on a confidential basis, NDAs are part of the deal. So the graphic shown redacts the names, but are actual results reported by computerized call tracking and a text from the business' owner to me. That same operation did less in a year, prior to our starting their program with us than they reported in this one month, shown above!

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Every professional from almost any field studies and reads, so they can learn more to earn more! You and your team should invest a minimum of 15 minutes a day on MHProNews.com. You should invest 7 minutes daily on ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com. Not just owners, but staff should be on our site, learning more to earn more.

But at some point, you may want or need paid services. Be it B2B or B2C, talk to us, because we are proven to grow results. But fair warning! What we do is different! To get a different result, you have to be ready to change. We've innovated, and for those who see it as an investment, working together it pays off for those who put our processes to work!

Whenever you can, learn to Win Wars but also Win in Peace. Learn how to collaborate more successfully with others. Learn to bridge the gap between you and your customers, in a win-win fashion! ##

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 

Bombs in the Burry

May 22nd, 2014 No comments

"Hurry, hurry, hurry, bombs in the burry!" is a colloquial expression that conveys a sense of haste or urgency. A burry is a patch of burrs, or a bitter cold climate like northern Minnesota's in winter. It was MHC and RE industry legend, Sam Zell, who told some 200 MH Industry pros that we needed a greater sense of urgency, and that among the risks of 'cheap money' and QEs was that it created a diminished sense of urgency.

There are indeed times when urgency is called for – and when bombs are falling, or the cold is bitter – could certainly be among them.

But in business, when you are interacting on a big ticket item – the sale of a manufactured home, for example – one must read the signals and circumstances.

Indeed, sometimes urgency is exactly what is called for to make a deal happen. But urgency with an analytical buyer who is nowhere near the fence – much less on it – can cost you a good customer.

The successful fisherman doesn't try to set the hook before the fish has taken the bait! Fishing takes patience and discernment, when to act in haste and when to be patient.

Customers often fear a decision. There are many reasons that may be so. Once you understand them, and their circumstances, you can better help them in their buying process.

Lifetime Value

Jay Hamilton expressed a truism last year, too many in our industry are stuck in short term thinking mode. They fail to invest injim-clayton-tony-kovach-mhpronews-interview proper marketing and training. There are costs to that which are far greater than may first meet the eye.

Harvard University did a study on the Lifetime Value of Customers, and proposed a formula to calculate that value. Let's keep it simple today and say, that a happy customer is more likely to come back and send their family, friends and co-workers.

Jim Clayton in our upcoming follow up on our video interview speaks about investing and developing people. Around 80, he is still doing that today! Do you think the $1.7 billion dollar payday he made when Clayton Homes sold made investing in people and systems worthwhile?

Answer, you bet.

If you meet someone who thinks they are too smart to learn from others, remind them that billionaire Jim Clayton is still learning, still investing in people and processes that yield satisfied customers. Jim sat near the front of the room when Sam Zell spoke.

Check out part one of Jim Clayton's video. And watch for part two coming in June as a featured article. ABL = Always Be Learning!

Marketing and Training

All of this relates to issues that connect with marketing and sales training.

Pat Curran, a veteran who has spent decades in insurance and finance in MH and has seen dozens of sales operations, sent this in which makes a great point that dovetails with Jay Hamilton's.

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We must not set our sights too low on marketing.

Should an MHCommunity or MHRetailer be surprised that the 'get me done' customer arrives when many essentially advertise for that profile of buyer?

And when you do attract a good credit customer, are you surprised that you don't close more of them if your people are not prepared to deal with that better qualified buyer?

There are times when urgency is needed, and there are others when patience should prevail. How to identify and know the difference is a matter of training and experience!

Sam Zell's organization and Jim Clayton's both share this success key: they make the investment in developing the right people and processes. The payoff is long term success!

If you are the smallest mom and pop in the industry and have no budget to spare, at a bare minimum, you must require your people to read and study to learn and grow. If that describes you, and you are reading this, great, but then make sure your people read this 'and get it' too!

In the ideal, if you have the right kind of people and have a budget, you must invest in them!

If you have the wrong kind of people, why is that and how do you plan to solve it?

Tim Connor asks the question, how much are your lost sales costing you? We could add to that, what does it cost you to market to the least credit worthy audience?

The lowest hanging fruit is likely already on the ground, and may have worms. The best, juiciest fruit may take more effort to get, but once you do, isn't it worth it?

Everyone needs a good, decent place to live, so don't misunderstand the point. "Selling up" doesn't cost you the lowest rung on theshow-me-the-money-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-2014-posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-.jp financial ladder. Those 'damaged credit' customers will come your way anyway. Remember, over 58% of the population has a credit score 700 or above, while only 15% have one under 600.

Marketing and selling up, along with investing in the processes that make that a successful reality, that's where the long term value is. Who says? The experts, leaders and legends in our field!

Treating all customers – and your staff – the way you'd want to be treated is how you maximize the lifetime value of everyone you meet.

If you want the better qualified customer, learn to how to market to and attract them, and then learn how to successfully interact with them to earn their business.

If you have good people, invest in them directly via training and indirectly via providing them the tools they need to be successful..

You'll be glad you did. Investing in your people and business is the safest bet you can possibly make, and the one you have the most ability to influence and control. ##

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

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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. ##

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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 

“’Tis the Season” for a Marketing and Sales Lesson!

December 15th, 2013 1 comment

The holidays are here. Hanukah – the Festival of Lights – came early this year and has now passed. Christmas and New Year's are coming up rapidly, and for over a billion souls, this is Advent. People marketing and selling homes are starting to think or run 'tax refund' ads – which are fine – but there is an amazingly important and ever so easy lesson that this holiday season ought to bring to mind for all.

Here it is. It's soooooooooooooooo simple. Don't miss this one, because it is foundational to everything else that you do.

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Yes, that's it. Don't shrug or laugh, because this is huge! Understood and properly applied, it's powerful!

Indeed, ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, India and faith traditions around the world have some saying that is similar to this one. Wikipedia cites this as an example from Greece:

"Do not do to your neighbor what you would take ill from him." – Pittacus[18] (c. 640–568 BC)

In the Jewish faith, we find many examples, but let's use this one:

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” —Leviticus 19:18

For Christians, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” is found in Matthew 7:12 and see also Luke 6:31.

Islam has its elements too, “…and you should forgive And overlook: Do you not like God to forgive you? And Allah is The Merciful Forgiving.” — Qur’an (Surah 24, "The Light," v. 22).

The above it not to say that all religions and cultures say the same and do the same thing, because they are different. But this sampling does point out that in much of human history and religious belief see this as an important element.

So is it any wonder that this concept ought to be the foundation for all long term marketing, sales or management career success? It should be obvious!

I've mentioned my friend, colleague and published author – Greg McClanahan – who is running a very successful factory built home sales operation. You can bet that Greg has those words engraved in his mind and heart.

do-it-right-lou-holtz-posted-mhpronews_com-masthead-blog-1(1).pngTim Connor, who is a library of knowledge when it comes to selling and management, ends every one of his popular Words of Wisdom blog posts with the words – “In His Service” – before signing his name. Tim and I have worked together, corresponded and spoken often. You can bet that this phrase – “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” – is at the core of what Tim lives and breathes. Tim has helped companies sell tens – even hundreds – of millions of dollars in products and services, and he has sold over 2 million copies of his own books. Do you think he knows something about selling and management?

Youbetcha.

FYI, you can see a brief review on both Greg's book and Tim's latest book at this link.

In my own work, I'm always thinking 'win-win' vs. 'win-lose.' Why? Think about it. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” suggests a win-win. If we both benefit from an exchange, then we have done unto the other what we would have wanted ourselves.

Good customer service! It is soooooooooooooooo simple! Yet it is so profound.

When I'm training people, I often mention this framed quotes shown by successful football coach Lou Holtz. It has hung for years over my desk.

Do Right

Rule 1: Do What's Right.

Rule 2: Do Your Best.

Rule 3: Treat Others Like You Want to be Treated.

Three questions people ask about you.

  • Can I Trust You?
  • Are You Committed?
  • Do You Care About Me?

Ladies and Gents, that's at the core of all that we strive to do. You and I may disagree or see something differently on this or that. But so far, no one comes up to me at a live event and has ever said, 'are you committed to the Industry?' They see it in almost every word written and those spoken too.

If we care about our customer – whoever our customer happens to be – if we care about our team mates, then amazing things begin to happen. “'Tis the Season” to reflect on this powerful marketing and sales lesson. If what you plan or do passes these simple tests, you've take huge steps towards success. ##

PS: Check our many Exclusive and Red Hot Featured Articles for November and see the other new stories at MHLivingNews.com too.

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