As a House Painter, you have many goals for your business: painting great houses, making homeowners and business owners happy, making great connections with your local community and just making the world a better place, right?
Well, in order to paint the world better, you need leads and painting contracts. So, how do you get these? How do you get more House Painting business? First, you need to find people that need your services. So, let’s go out and spread the word that you are here to help them with their Home Painting needs.
TARGETING AND SPECIALIZING
A great way to build your customer base is through targeting a specific group of customers. When I was considering painting as a business for myself (I needed a business that I could travel with and had to go a different direction, but I have painted my share of houses), I always thought I would focus on ranch style homes and single story businesses. I am not a big fan of carrying around big ladders.
You’ve been a house painter for a little while now. You’ve painted all your friend's houses. You’ve painted all your family's houses. You’ve painted all your neighbor’s houses.
While some of these folks might need to have their houses repainted by now - because you did their house a number of years ago. Some will not be repeat customers until some time in the future. And, now you are wondering how to get more customers for your House Painting business. How are you going to keep the customers coming to you?
What’s exciting is that you have many options when it comes to marketing and getting the word out about your small business. There are traditional ways to get your message out and there and there are digital and social options to spread the word about how awesome your House Painting Business is!
Are you considering advertising for your House Painting Business? Maybe you've decided to place some ads on Facebook? Or in your local newspaper or mailers? There are a few things to think about before you start designing. And consider that it will take a little time to sketch something out so it sounds good.
Marketing for your House Painting Business is a great way to connect with your community and your prospects. Even if people don't buy from this ad right away, it can certainly be something they will hold onto for when they are ready to paint their house.
YOUR TARGET MARKET AND SPECIALTY
We've talked a little in the past about your target market and your specialty (I can link up to that post for your article). if you haven't yet decided on your specialty, now is the time to focus your attention on who you would like to work for.
Homeowners and businesses are looking for House Painters and Painters for their businesses all the time. Sometimes they will ask around. But when they don't find someone through their neighbors, they will turn to advertising and marketing looking for the best person to help them with their painting job.
Even if they do find a house painter through a referral, potential customers will often look for your online first before calling just to see what you are like. If they've also seen your advertisements around town in newspapers or magazines or on flyers they received, they will remember you. It will start to click and they will consider someone they recognize for their house painting.
Advertising is going to cost money and you will need to set aside a portion of marketing and advertising dollars in your budget. Whether you do it yourself or you have someone help you, you need to try some things out to see what brings in leads and provides good brand awareness for you and your house painting business.
PAINTING COMPANY ADVERTISING
You can place an ad in the newspaper. These advertisements can vary in size and cost. They will go out to the people that subscribe to that newspaper. So if some of the neighbors do not subscribe they will not get the opportunity to see your advertisement.
Last time we talked about Marketing Strategy. If you want to check that out... head over after you read what Social Media Managers do on the job.
Social Media Managers are busy people. Depending on the number of clients one has… they could be working part time or full time.
Independent Marketing Managers (they go by many different titles) could be working from a variety of places. From a home office to an area coffee shop or even in their backyard!
They will handle a variety of marketing projects for your business. From planning and reviewing your projects, training and teaching, to creating content for your blog to your social media platforms, emails, newsletters and the like!
LOTS OF CONTENT CREATION TO EDUCATE YOU
When they aren't creating the content for their you, their client, they are creating content for themselves in a similar fashion.
Last time we talked about some budget tools for your business office. I showed off some of the goodies I like to use. Check it out here.
This time we are going to talk about your marketing strategy and what I did to plan mine out.
Do you have a marketing strategy for your Home Services business, yet? And, what does that really even mean, anyway? When I was just starting out and taking my social media management program, I had no idea how to come up with a strategy. Or how I would pull it off once I managed to pull one together. (I really didn’t even know what strategy meant for marketing!)
After more studying, trial and error and really just learning the platforms the best I could, I began to naturally develop a strategy by combining what I had learned and what I had tried. What I liked and what I found effective. And, this is how you can develop a marketing strategy for your business as well!
Ha! Who is that appearing in a purple wig and tie??
TOOL # 1 MY PHONE(S)
I used to use a tiny inexpensive Samsung phone when I first got started. It was what I have and really small compared to what I have now. I think I shocked the TMoblie guy that I could even use that little phone for what I do for a living! Ha!!
Since then I have updated, but I stayed on a budget. I saw no reason to spend more than I needed.
2 or 3 years from now ya gotta do it all over again anyway! Ha!!
I invested in a LG Stylo. And it’s awesome. Especially for being in the lower price point. It has a big screen, runs fast and even has a built in stylus. It takes good video and photos. Fantastic! I hope they continue to make this series… I've been very happy.
I also keep my old phone and my husbands old phone around to use as a camera, take videos etc. It’s nice to just have them laying around and ready to go!
SERVICE #1 - YOUR PLANNING AND STRATEGY
Planning is what changed it all for me. Planning is actually quite exciting. Because this is what can be the pivoting point for your business, for your marketing, for your... whatever. When you take the time to sit down and plan out all the areas of your business, all the areas of your marketing, all the areas of your day... oh, you really start to run your own show. This is when the show stops running you! This is when your day stops going haywire. This is when you get a grip and you get a handle on running your business. Exciting!
5 STEPS - HOW AND WHAT TO PLAN WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR MARKETING
Have you been planning your marketing in large batches or just scrambling at every last minute to get whatever you can out there?! Well, stop that. Make a plan and get past the scramble.
# 1 - WHY PLAN
Number one, why you should plan your content and social media marketing? Because if you don’t your marketing has the tendency to get messy. It’s not only messy, but it tends to be inconsistent, hard to keep up with and unintentional. Which is the real reason you are marketing in the first place. To have an intention with your marketing activities. To have intention with your business actions. We are here to serve!
Hello Realtors and other Business Owners! I know this has been on your mind, and we are just going to get right into it and chat about... Keywords! Keywords! You might be wondering what the heck they are in the first place and what are you supposed to do with them after you have some. But, I have mentioned them in the past and said I would do a full article about Keywords so you could understand better what they are.
Like I summed up in my article, How to Start Your Blog for Realtors, and the YouTube for Realtors Post, Keywords are the words that relate to your industry. “They are the content words and ideas around your specific industry, niche of that industry and your location.”
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