New Leave-Behind Marketing Piece for Susquehanna Garage Solutions

ReBath and More has a sister company, Susquehanna Garage Solutions – the garage storage and organization experts.  This is a local business that many people don’t know about yet, so we are working on ways to increase exposure and brand recognition. One of the ways we do this is by cross-marketing.  A great example of cross-marketing is your local garage, who also owns the car wash next door.  When you get your oil changed they hand you your receipt along with a 10% off coupon for the car wash.  You might know of another car wash in town, but because you know and trust your mechanic, and they gave you a coupon, you’re probably going to use their car wash.

When ReBath completes a remodeling job, they leave a packet of information with each customer that includes warranty information, payment options, etc. They also leave a flier that includes an incentive for people to use their sister company, Susquehanna Garage Solutions.  Below is the new flier or “leave-behind” that I created for this purpose.

New Cross Marketing Piece for SGS

New Cross Marketing Piece for SGS 2

 

 

 

The Importance of Great Copy Writing

You’ve gotten someone to “like” your Facebook page and now they’re on your website but how do you get them to keep clicking?  They key is to make sure your content is interesting and can provide value to your prospective clients or customers.  A simple product listing or section for before and after photos just won’t cut it these days.  People want to know what makes your products or services special.  What kind of work went into the before and after transformation? How much did it cost? What kind of materials were used?  Ultimately, people are thinking, “Why should I pick you?”

Great copy writing can make all the difference for your website.  By presenting information effectively your business can quickly become a resource for potential clients and customers and demonstrate the many reasons why they’d be silly not to pick you.  In addition to telling people about your business and the services you offer, consider adding a section to your website that offers tips, DIY or other resources that demonstrate your expertise within your industry. Meaningful content will keep people clicking and add tremendous value to your website over time.

Since I began working in marketing I’ve had a variety of copy writing opportunities and most recently I wrote an article for ReBath and More about things to consider when choosing a contractor.  The article is a great example of meaningful content.  It doesn’t scream, “buy me” or “we’re the best” but it conveys a message that ReBath and More is a company that 1. Knows what they’re doing, 2. Cares about their customers and wants them to make a smart decision and 3. Has lots of experience.

Read my article below or visit ReBathandMore.com

 

Choosing a Contractor for Your Home Remodeling Project
Posted on: May 19,2014

When you’re planning to remodel – whether it’s your bathroom, kitchen, or any other part of your house – it’s important to choose a qualified contractor.  If it’s your first time remodeling, you may not know what factors to consider when selecting a contractor, so we’ve put together some tips for making sure your remodel is a success!

Do Your Research

Start by asking friends and family of contractors they have used with successful results—or check with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for a list of members in your area. Another way to find someone qualified is by talking to a local building inspector—they will know which contractors routinely meet code requirements.

Check Online Reviews

Friends and family are great resources but you should also read some reviews.  Check places like Yelp, Guild Quality, the Better Business Bureau, and Angie’s List where you can find real reviews from people in your area who have used the contractor’s services.

Create a Short List of Contractors

Create a list of potential contractors and make some initial phone calls to get a better idea of the following:

  • Experience. Make sure your potential contractor has plenty of experience and is capable of taking on a job of your size. Check out before and after photos from other projects a contractor has completed and make sure they offer what you’re looking for.  You can even ask for a list of previous clients to call or visit to see the work first-hand.
  • License and Insurance. You want to make sure that they are running a legitimate business and are qualified to do the job, especially if there is plumbing or electrical work involved.  Make sure your potential contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Financial References. Are they willing to provide financial references from banks or suppliers?  Make sure a contractor can provide reliable financing options for your project.
  • Focus on Your Home. How many projects will your contractor have going on at once, while working on your project? You want to make sure your remodel receives adequate attention and is completed in a timely fashion – especially if it’s a bathroom or another space you use every day.
  • Warranties.  Make sure that your contractor works with high quality products that offer lifetime warranties (if possible) to guarantee longevity and safety.

Ask the Right Questions

If you screen potential contractors carefully, the next part is the fun part!

Set up some appointments with your top two to four contractors to go over design options and receive estimates.  Make sure they are professional and thorough during this process.

Find out about the payment schedule for your project.  A reputable contractor will have financing options available and most require only 10 percent down at contract signing. If they ask for half of your total cost up front, this should be a red flag.  It could be a sign of financial problems or fear that you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen the work.

You should also reconsider the low-bid.  If one of your estimates is noticeably lower than all of the others, chances are the contractor is cutting corners or may be desperate for work.  In the end, it’s better to spend more and go with someone you’re most comfortable with.  You simply can’t put a price tag on peace of mind.

Your Home Remodeling Project

Keep these tips in mind and your remodeling experience is sure to go smoothly. Choosing a reliable contractor doesn’t have to be a headache.  Meeting with a handful of potential contractors is a great way for you to learn more about how the remodeling and construction process works and you may pick up some great ideas along the way.

Web Design Highlight: Keep’em in Stitches

In April, Keep’em in Stitches website went live! It took weeks of photos, pricing and design to achieve the look we wanted, but it was well worth it.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the website and be sure to visit www.keepeminstitchesknitting.com to see the end results!

We used GoDaddy to host the site and all of the graphics, photos and content were created by HighleyDesigned.  Keep’em in Stitches owner, Jean Risser, is my aunt so it’s been lots of fun growing closer with her as we work on developing her business strategy and long term marketing plans.

Keep’em in Stitches was recently invited to join the online initiative, Shop Lancaster, so we are very excited about the added exposure the business will receive.  Stay tuned for more information on where to buy Keep’em in Stitches adorable handmade products and accessories.

 

Homepage Graphic

Homepage Graphic

Delicate Baby Headbands

Delicate Baby Headbands

Criss-Cross Applesauce

Criss-Cross Applesauce