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    Posted: 17/November/2006 at 6:02am
   Here is 1 of my favorite articles by Joe Polish. I know that this belongs in the marketing section, but wanted to make cleaners aware of it before it goes there. IMO, anyone can learn something from this article. The greatest difference that you can make to your business's bottom line, is learn to market it properly.

NINETEEN COSTLY MARKETING MISTAKES

by Joe Polish, founder
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Carpet cleaners could dramatically increase their number of new customers and referrals if they would avoid these costly marketing mistakes. Here, in the first of a two part article are nine mistakes to avoid.

Mistake 1: Advertising to the wrong market. If you advertise low price, you'll attract people who want low price. And the problem with price shoppers is that they're never loyal to you. They're loyal only to the dollar. As soon as your competitor offers a lower price than you ask, these price shoppers go to your competitor and you've lost a customer. If you want to attract low price shoppers, then, by all means advertise low price. But if you want to attract people who are willing to pay for the service they receive, don't advertsie price. Advertise value.

Mistake 2: Advertising percentage off rather than dollars off. Carpet cleaners often advertise a “special 20% discount for new customers.” Yet many prospects don't know the carpet cleaners' regular prices so they can't tell you how much money they'll save. Instead, I suggest you advertise in dollars, such as “Carpet cleaning jsut $59. You save $30 off our regular price!”

Mistake 3: Failing to advertise your unique selling proposition (USP). The purpose of marketing is to telll your prospective customers how you're unique. Your USP is the one thing that sets you apart form your competitors. Start by identifying what you do that's different from everyone else. For example, your USP might be exceptional customer service, the lowest price for the most effective cleaning equipment. Then feature your unique selling proposition in the headline of your ads.

Mistake 4: Failing to point out how you're different. People hire you because they think you're different from the other carpet cleaners. So it's your job to point out to prospective clients how you're different. In your ads if you say. “Two rooms for $29. Licensed, bonded, insured,” you're saying the same thing as every other carpet cleaner. Instead, tell your prospects why customers choose you instead of your competitors. Identify unusual services you perform, such as removing pet odour. Reassure your prospects that you have trained, certified technicians.

Mistake 5: Failing to overcome phone call fear. Consumers are tired of selling sales pressure. In fact, many consumers hate pressure so much that they don't call because they're afraid you migh try to pressure them into making a decision. The hesitation that keeps them form calling is call phone call fear. It's the fear of how they think you might treat them over the telephone. To overcome phone call fear, reassure callers that you don't use sales pressure. Offer free information that you'll send to anyone who calls. Offer a free consumer awareness messageon voice mail to help educate consumers about carpet cleaning. This allows prospects to get information in a non-threatening way, and it allows you to establish a high level of credibility.

Mistake 6: Using dishonest or misleading advertising. This seems obvious but many carpet cleaners continue to use misleading advertising to attract calls from prospects. When you mislead customers, you lower yourself to the same level as bait-and-switch con artists. Over the long term, you won't benefit because once customers discover they've been misled, they'll never do business with you again. You gain nothing by misleading customers. In marketing, a straightforward, honest approach is the only method that works.

Mistake 7: Failing to explain how your prospect benefits. Your prospective customers want your service for only one reason: “What it will do for me?” Don't concentrate on the features of your service; instead, identify each feature and then explain how that feature benefits your prospect in terms of what he needs, wants and feels.

Mistake 8: Failing to promote benefits other than appearance. No question about it, most homeowners want a clean carpet. But they want other things, too. A healthy carpet free from toxic chemicals; a home free from embarrasing pet odours; and a clean carpet that will wear longer than a dirty carpet. Appearance is only one reason homeowners want their carpets cleaned. Make sure you promote other benefits as well.

Mistake 9: Failing to stay in touch with your customer base. Customers are a source of income of your current business and future referrals. The moment they feel you don't care abouth their business, tehy'll go somewhere else. I urge you to stay in touch with customers by publishing a regualr newsletter that provides them with practical, helpful information.

*Joe Polish specializes in teaching carpet cleaners in the United States how to get tos of mew customers. For a FREE report call Joe's free 24 hour recorded message at 1-602-235-2454.

Nineteen Costly Marketing Mistakes, Part II by Joe Polish

Here, in the second of a two-part article, are ten more marketing mistakes carpet cleaners should avoid.

Mistake 10: Advertising in the yellow pages when you don't offer emergency service. I've learned that the only time yellow page directory ads work are when you cater tourists, transients and emergency services. Now, I'm not saying a yellow page ad won't bring in new business: it will if it is part of a well researched marketing program. But the cost is so high that you'll get a better return on your investment by using the money for other types of marketing and advertising.

Mistake 11: Failing to have a system to generate referrals. Referrals don't just happen. If you want referrals, you need ot encourage them by rewarding the customers who send them. To encourage referrals, you might offer current customers a cash reward, discount, free cleaning or other incentive.

Mistake 12: Changing methods when your current marketing method still works well. When carpet cleaners grow tired of their ads, they usually change them. This is a terrible mistake. The only time you should change an ad or a marketing method is when it quits working. When you see your response dropping, then you test a new ad, not before.

Remember, your customers don't see your ad as often as you do. And, when they're looking for a carpet cleaner, you want them to be sure your most powerful ad is there waiting for them.

It makes good sense to test a new ad to see how it compares with your current ad. If it works well, you can ad it to your advertising program. But don't replace any ad or marketing method because you're tired of looking at it. Replace your ad or change methods only if it stops working, or if a new ad brings better results.

Mistake 13: Failing to test new marketing methods. Never stop trying to out-so your current methods of promotion for two reasons: 1) your competitors are probably testing similar methods and you want to stay ahead of your competitors; and 2) once you find a more prod=fitable method you make your promotions even more cost effective.

Mistake 14: Expecting your ads to convey your entire marketing message. Because your ads are no longer a cost effective way to deliver a complete marketing message. I suggest you use ads to generate inquiries form interested prospects. Then you can provide complete information over the telephone or by mail.

Mistake 15: Assuming your prospect beleives what you say. Prospects are skeptical, particularly of carpet cleaners. They won't do business with someone they don't trust. To establish your credibility, present facts that are positive and specific. Use language your prospect understands. Explain what you can do, how you will do it, and how the customer will benefit from your services. In addition, show letters of recommendation from current and past customers.

Mistake 16: Relying on only one method of promotion. Advertising, yellow pages, door haners, publicity, direct mail, seminares - they all work to some degree. But they are more effective when they're used together. When one method supports and reinforces another, the results are greater than any one method working alone.

Mistake 17: Delaying your marketing program until you need it. Marketing isn't something you turn on and off like a faucet. Often, the time you need marketing most is when you can least afford it. Most carpet cleaners are busy in the spring and before holidays. But they often forget the summer and the first of the year when times are lean. Carpet cleaning is either feast or famine. So make sure you keep your marketing program in place and working year ‘round. This will keep your business in a 12 month feast, and famine will be a thing of the past.

Mistake 18: Using selling-based marketing. This puts you in the role of a sealesperson. Customers are tired of selling and sales pressure. And if you do anything that causes you to look like a sales person, you immediatley shoot yourself in the foot. You don't want your customer to think you're trying to sell something. Yet, when you use a selling-based marketing, everything you do is designed to sell. In today's market, selling-based marketing works against you. Don't use selling based marketing.

Mistake 19: Assuming your prospective customers understand carpet cleaning. You live, eat, sleep, and breathe carpet cleaning, so it's easy for you to assume that your customers understand carpet cleaning as well as you do. They don't. In fact, if your customer gets his carpets cleaned once a year, he has very little exposure to information other than what your technician tells him when he arrives at the customer's home. And what about your prospective customer? He may have never had his carpets cleaned. So he may know absolutely nothing at all. Make sure your marketing message is simple and direct. Don't use big words. If you do, you risk your prospect not understanding what you're saying. And people don't buy what they don't understand. Use your marketing message to educate your prospective customer. And remember, keep everything simple.

*Joe Polish Specializes in teaching carpet cleaners around the world how to get tons of new customers. For a FREE report call Joe's free 24 hour recorded message at 1-602-235-2454

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JOE POLISH is a scam....
 
and all the fools who pay for his secret to success...key word being pay..
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I can see that Joe Polish is a popular man around here................OK, no more of his articles around here.
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Must know alot then. And I know he is worth millions, so he is succeeding in probably what he knows best, which is growing his business. If more would do the same instead of posting negetive comments of those that have suceeded in their business, the failure rate of carpet cleaners might be a little lower than the high rate it currently enjoys?
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WHEN A MAN SPITS OUT IGNORANT, STUPID, AND MORONIC WORDS WHEN HE FIRST SPEAKS...........DON'T EVEN BOTHER READING OR LISTENING TO THE REST OF HIS BABBLE.

Nightrider,
Well that is where I stopped reading your babble. Even if your disagree with JP’s overall marketing philosophy he still has made a lot of marginal CCers better off. He still has lots of good ideas useful for most of us. That is unless you know it all.

    

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Nightrider, what makes you think I agree with all he says? What makes you think I am desperate? I know several intelligent and successful people who are neither gulable nor desperate that are wise enough to follow his material for what its worth and still pick out valuable information that they use.   

A person can learn valuable marketing information from anyone who speaks on the subject, even reading posts written by a moron like you!

    

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Originally posted by pilediver pilediver wrote:

Nightrider, what makes you think I agree with all he says? What makes you think I am desperate? I know several intelligent and successful people who are neither gulable nor desperate that are wise enough to follow his material for what its worth and still pick out valuable information that they use.   

A person can learn valuable marketing information from anyone who speaks on the subject, even reading posts written by a moron like you!

    
Pilediver...I think JP's information can easily be thought up by the common man, none of his ideas are earth shattering or something from another planet.  anyone with good business sence like yourself should be able to figure them out with out spending a few hundred dollars on a seminar.
 
This is not directed at you...but a lot of people are lazy when it comes to researching information for themself, and would rather rely on JP's ground work and just pay the money
 
baaaaa baaaaa.
 
I wonder who's self help book JP read????LOL
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All these guys market to the massses so you have to get some kind of return.  Most of them are lost when you need stats from an area of say under 25,000.  I have tried some of their things very few of them worked but where I am, you almost know everyone so if they use you fine if they don't they won't.
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JP is runninga business to make money....his helpfulness comes at a price...If what he tells you on his books, video's cassettes, or seminars doesn't work for you means you are doing something wrong.
 
I wonder how much it would cost to sit down and have a 1 on 1 with him and let him tailor a plan for your business...LOL
 
Some of the info is good, some doesn't apply... you're the one that has to make it work for you....so in reality you don't need him
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I agree with Doug and Steamer about JP. The thing is there is so much of his material around that you can buy it for next to nothing on eBay which is exactly what I did. I think I spent about $80 on a set of CDs.

What do you guys think of Howard Partridge?
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Never read any of his works...don't really know....You can get a lot of good free infromation just by browsing the net, and forums like this one and bigger.  I spend hours just reading info on the net...after awhile you find everyone basically saying the same thing.
 
These marketing plans really never address your specific situation.  I live in a suburb of the gta....mostly first time homeowner...lots of young couple just trying to make the mortgage payment with kids in daycare.
 
try and form a marketing plan for them...
 
race age and income have alot to do  with what works.....I wish all my customers where white corn feed Americans. but thats not a reality in my market
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Originally posted by nightrider nightrider wrote:

PILEDIVER.......SEND ME $ 80.00 AND YOU'LL MAKE $ 8000.00 IN EXTRA REVENUE WITH JUST ONE OF MY IDEAS........AS A MATTER OF FACT I WILL OFFER THAT VERY IDEA FOR FREE IN AN UPCOMMING POST...............
 
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Steamer, I am a student of Howard Partridge and I pay every month $300 American to be in his Inner Circle group where he personally coaches us.
This man has been there and done it as he started and still owns a very successful 10 truck operation in Houston. He is a very ethical well centered person who is probably the opposite in personality to JP.
What is interesting about his help is he realized that we all have heard a lot of different things we can do to be successful in this business but he adds some and then helps you put your own mix of his and your own ideas together and then he helps you IMPLIMENT them.

Howard is about the whole package, not just marketing. He covers and lays out and mentors you on setting your goals, organizing your day, your books, your staff AND marketing. He also sets the ground work operationally and business systems wise for a person to get off the truck or work on the business rather than in the business. You might think that as person with many years experience that you have a good context of what you need to do to get where you want to go but his personal insight and the motivation of your fellow team members in the coaching group turbo charges your motivation. He has excellent advice, and so do many of the team members you get hooked up with. A coached group is about 7 or 8 carpet cleaners that he has picked to work as a group that would do well to feed off each others success and advice.
On face value his material appears rather basic and repetitive but dig a little deeper by participating in these groups and you get to see that the "Package" creates some synergy that is well worth the $300. Many of his students have become very successful financially and most of them attribute Howard's system of coaching as the main reason they have done as well as they have.


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