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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.

http://pinterest.com/latonyk/manufactured-home-lifestyle/

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!" #

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Tech Talk

March 9th, 2012 No comments

The other day, I heard someone say, “6 years ago Skype was a typo, Twitter was a sound, the Cloud was still in the sky, Applications were what we sent to colleges, LinkedIn meant you were in prison and 4G was a parking space!”

What that quote says, is that technology is developing at nearly the speed of light and we now live in this hyper-connected world. The speed at which and our ability to connect, communicate, access and share information is faster and easier than ever before.

Many are probably saying, ”This stuff is just too hi-tech for me.” That’s understandable, but you also need to understand that your prospects are utilizing it and so are you competitors. So seek out the professional help and develop a technology-based marketing plan.

It starts with creating a professional looking, informative website that facilitates communication and starts the sales process. Maximizing traffic to your website with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies to increase your websites visibility. It includes using email and web-based networking and communication platforms to grow your pool of prospects and keep them informed of your business’ products and services. And yes, it includes advertising on targeted sites. If you are in the B2B (business to business) side of the industry, then a websites like ours at MHProNews.com (MHMSM.com) can provide the added exposure, drive traffic and thus sales.

Now, I am not an IT wizard, by any stretch, but I’m lucky to work with a very talented web tech and IT specialist; our Joe Geller here at MHProNews.com. Our team and our clients know that Joe will work with you to develop and implement the services and strategies, and produce visible results.

If you’re looking for a guy to talk to about growing your business through advertising on MHProNews.com (MHMSM), I know that guy, as well!

 
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Are you having enough Sales Conversations?

June 1st, 2011 No comments

“Are you having enough SALES CONVERSATIONS? If you don’t have all the business or clients that you want, maybe you simply need to have more sales conversations. That was a challenge I laid down to my Marketing Mastermind group last month, and one couple jumped to action with IMMEDIATE results.”

That bit of advice came to me from Bernadette Doyle of ClientMagnets.com.

Although Bernadette was talking about direct face-to-face selling of services, I couldn’t help but think how it applies to what we do. When a local business posts an update to their blog, comments on Facebook or Twitter or sends an email update to their list, they are having a “sales conversation” with their market even if they aren’t overtly selling.

That’s because all of us like to do business with those we know, like and trust. The process of relationship building is helped along each time we do one of those things.

But to work really well, these things have to be done consistently. Tony Robbins puts it this way: “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” It can shape our lives and it can shape our businesses.

One of the great things about marketing online is that your target audience needs to do something to respond to your message – if you are doing it right. The act of taking action means they will most likely pay closer attention to your message than they will using passive media.

So if you’re not as busy as you’d like to be, or if you’re not making as many sales as you’d like, think about what you can do to have more sales conversions, either face-to-face or using your online marketing strategy.

Start taking advantage of this strategy today and you’ll see results in no time.

There’s a great book named Social Networking for Business that can get you on the right track for using Social Media to start more Sales Conversations.

This post originally appeared on BobStovall.com on Memorial Day 2009.

Getting Technology Out of the Way

April 17th, 2011 No comments

You hear this a lot lately. It’s a philosophy that Apple has successfully employed since 1984. Get the technology out of the way and empower the user to imagine and create.

The truth is that hiding the nuts and bolts of advanced technology from the user reduces intimidation and allows a wider variety of people to use the gadgets we take for granted.

The same is true of your online marketing. When the technology behind your marketing tools is complicated or too time-consuming, they are not used to their full capacity. You end up getting a lot less value for your investment of time and money.

At MHMSM.com, we have always promoted a 1-2-3 Online Marketing Strategy™:

  1. Your website
  2. Your email marketing campaign
  3. Your social media strategy

Each of these three parts needs to be carefully planned in order to come up with an overall solution that allows the client (you) to manage their online marketing with maximum effectiveness and minimal expenditure of time and money.

A simple interface that is no harder to use than a word processor, use of automation wherever possible and integration of functionality allows even a non-techie to manage the day-to-day necessities of a powerful marketing system is essential to the success of any online marketing program.

Creating an online marketing strategy that accommodates these requirements takes some planning and is at the heart of the MHMSM.com 1-2-3 Online Marketing Program™. This plan didn’t come into existence full-blown, but has evolved over the years from our beginnings in the web marketing business in 1996.

Let’s take them one at a time.

1-Website and/or BlogYour website
Using the popular (with good reason) and easy-to-use WordPress platform to deploy your website enables you to have a traditional page-based website with the ability to place fresh content on your site on a regular basis. This is important to achieve and maintain good ranking in he search engines for your keywords.

If you can use Word, you can use WordPress to create or update content, insert or change images and manage an interactive website that truly incorporates social media.

The WordPress platform is Open Source (free to use) and the self-hosted version is extendable by the use of plugins to do much more than the core version does right out of the box.

This is currently the world’s best platform for developing a new website or for refreshing older, static websites.

Automation possibilities include automated backup, search engine updating, discussion management, connection with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and much more.

2-Email MarketingYour email marketing campaign
An effective email campaign is still the best way of maintaining regular contact with your current and prospective customers. With an average Return on Investment (ROI) of over $45 for each $1 invested, email marketing in projected to be a major play in marketing for many years to come.

You need a solid platform to run your email marketing program, one that allows you to create multiple mailing lists, design and send an email as easily as WordPress allows a post to be created and supplies you with the tools to monitor the effectiveness of your Email Marketing Campaign simply and accurately.

I have used and tested all sorts of email marketing programs, applications and providers and I have to say that there is no better than Aweber.

Aweber is the granddaddy of Email Marketing Service Providers. Economical and easy-to-use, Aweber pioneered many of the services that emailers take for granted these days.

Offering over 150 templates to make your emails look their best and videos to guide you through the process, Aweber is as easy as it gets.

You schedule emails to go at any time you like so you can set up emails to go while you on vacation or a business trip and the system handles them automatically.

A completely automated autoresponder system lets to send a series of emails at predetermined times after a subscriber signs up.

You can even set it up so that the application sends an automated email every time to post to your blog.

Your first month’s service is only $1 and you only pay for the number of subscribers you actually have. Only at Aweber.

3-Social MediaYour social media strategy
Having a great social media strategy gets more important every day regardless of the demographic your customers fit into. For example, the age segment showing the fastest growth of Facebook users are the “over 55s.”

Once more, using available automation techniques and plugins can make your life easier. They can’t do ALL of the work for you, but they can make many functions fully automatic.

When we set up a 1-2-3 Online Marketing Program™ for our clients, we use WordPress plugins to not only allow visitors to easily “like” your Facebook Fan Page and quickly send your post to their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr accounts, we also set it up so that every new post is sent to Google, Bing, Yahoo, About.com, Facebook and Twitter – and you don’t have to do a thing to accomplish it.

And we offer ongoing training to make sure you always get the most out of your online marketing investment. Things change fast in this business and keeping you on top of those changes is what we do.

For more information on MHMSM.com services, visit the MHMSM.com.com website.

Shareaholic makes posting to Social Media easy!

April 6th, 2011 No comments

This short video shows you how to get and use Shareaholic to make posting web content to your Social Networking account or Blog a simple task.