How To Eliminate The “Feast Or Famine” Cycle, Part 2 of 3

Most dealers don’t have an ongoing, dependable marketing system in place to create a predictable stream of customers, to even out the seasonal ups and downs, and to bullet-proof their business against market fluctuations. The radio ad rep calls and says, “We’re having a special this month on ad space.” The dealer figures it’s too [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|

How To Eliminate The “Feast Or Famine” Cycle, Part 1 of 3

Does this sound familiar? Business is slow, so you launch advertising campaigns and promotions, and work your tail off, hustling to get more business in your door. The next thing you know you’re so swamped you can’t keep up with the orders. So, you stop doing the things that brought in the business because you’re [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|

Your Biggest Marketing Questions Answered

“We need a systematic plan for attacking our marketing,” Matt M., a floor covering dealer from Arizona, told me. Steve N., a dealer from California, added, “Foot traffic is bad. We just want at least seven customers a day. We get two to three customers and it becomes difficult to stay motivated.” Both of these challenges [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|

Institutional Advertising Versus Direct Response Advertising

There are two broad categories in advertising, and it is vital that you understand the difference. If you don’t, your campaigns are doomed to mediocre returns at best, failure at worst. These two kinds of marketing are called institutional advertising and direct response advertising. Direct response advertising will make you rich … image advertising will waste your [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|

Five steps to empower your sales team

“I’ve told my sales team they need to increase their closed sales, but nothing improves.” This was the sentiment expressed to me by a frustrated flooring dealer. Actually, I’ve heard this complaint in various forms from many dealers. The problem occurs because retailers inform their salespeople of the end result they want but fail to [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|

The cheap-price, dead-end mission

I’ve preached numerous times that for most dealers, competing on price is a suicide mission. Positioning yourself in the market as the dealer with the cheapest prices is, at best, a fragile and temporary advantage. All it takes is someone to come along with a cheaper price and you’ve instantly lost your advantage. Companies that [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves From Unethical Flooring Dealers

Greetings Floor Dealers!   In 2015 consumers learned that Lumber Liquidators had been selling Chinese-made laminate flooring with formaldehyde levels up to 13 times higher than allowed by California emissions standards. Formaldehyde is found in virtually everything, living or manufactured, but its excessive emissions can cause health problems, which is why California has strict standards [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|

How To Magnetically Attract Big, Profitable Sales-Part 2 of 2

As I covered in Part 1, the vast majority of sales in the $20,000 range and above don’t come from advertising. They come from repeat customers and their referrals. In this installment, we continue with strategies and principles for magnetically attracting high-end, high-margin sales. Marketing to your past customers. Over the years you’ve most likely [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|

How To Magnetically Attract Big, Profitable Sales: Part 1 of 2

During my webinars and seminars, I often ask attendees to think back to the last ten residential remodel sales they made that were over $20,000. I then ask this question: How many of them came from repeat/referral customers vs. advertising? For virtually everyone in the group, the answer is that 80% to 100% of their [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|

Marketing Multipliers—Part 2

In this installment I continue with strategies that build on the multipliers discussed in part 1. House Party Any customer whose sale totaled $5,000 or more (you pick the figure) get a catered house party hosted by you!  The lady of the house invites her friends over for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres, [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|