New post for Home Improvement Entrepreneurs: On the Landscape Writer, guest blogger Jason Griendt of Render 3D Quickly shares his thoughts on selling new construction home upgrades.
A home is an essential aspect of the human life. It offers us comfort as well as a sense of safety. When buying or constructing a home, the buyers look for the best house. They try to create an environment that suits them. As time goes by, one might feel the need to change the orientation of their home. Also, some parts of the building might begin falling off after some time. The homeowners will look for a remodeling contractor to fix their rooms or give their house a new look. As a home renovation professional, you must position yourself strategically on the market. You need to know how to sell your services. Below are three ways to sell new construction home upgrades.
Make the most out of referrals
Once you’ve done a great job, your clients will recommend you to their friends, colleagues, and family. With time, your brand will grow bigger. Therefore, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you offer quality upgrades to all your clients. This strategy will help you sell your services to more people, both directly and indirectly. When handling a project, always remember that you’re also working on building a name for yourself. It may take a while to sell referrals but it will be worthwhile. What’s more, you’ll get repeat business which is as good as getting a new client.
Use meetings to generate new leads
Meeting and interacting with people is a number one way to sell a product, service or idea. When working on home upgrades, try to meet with your clients. You may never know what will come out the meetings. They might want more of your services or introduce other people to you. Be sure to make the meeting friendly so that you can build trust with your client. Once an individual feels that they can trust you, it easier to present whatever you’re selling. Give the client time to think about your offer. This way, you’ll avoid misunderstandings in the future. If your client seems to be willing to do business with you, offer them consultancy at a lower fee or for free. This will be a great way to give them a sample of what you can do.
Incorporate technology into your sale
Technology advancement has made work easier. Additionally, it has reduced the time required to perform certain tasks. Undertaking home improvement projects involves the development of plans and 3-D images. These drawing can help you sell new construction home upgrades as they enable the homeowner to visualize the end product. You can use a laptop, projector or virtual reality equipment. You’ll create the design on CAD software and present the renderings using a VR headset. With virtual reality technology, clients can “walk” through space. It’s easier for them to point out the changes they want.
Jason Griendt is the man behind Render 3D Quickly. He specializes in online business as well as mechanical engineering. His company, Render 3D, has made him a business leader in the construction industry. The entrepreneur attended Fanshawe College in Canada.
As a landscaper, your business focuses on visual appeal. With each project you tackle, your primary focus is creating a landscape that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Following this line of reasoning, it’s only natural that your potential clients want to see some of the projects you’ve completed in the past.
Maybe you’ve already considered this; you may have a website with a smattering of snapshots of some of your old projects. But how much thought and effort have you put into your marketing? If all you have to show your prospects are a few photos that were practically afterthoughts, you’re not really doing yourself justice. Consider focusing more on your marketing strategy, making professional photography the first item on your “to-do” list.
Why is Photography so Important?
If you’re wondering why customers rely so heavily on photography, the answer is pretty clear: Humans are visual creatures, especially when it comes to art and design. It’s difficult to envision something without seeing examples. That’s especially true with landscaping. It should come as no surprise that high-quality images drive sales.
How to Include Photography in Your Marketing
When you include high-quality photos in your marketing, you’re helping potential clients find you. Here are some ways to reach customers with your images:
1. Add a Portfolio to Your Website
For most businesses, photos are included on a website as attention-grabbers; they’re meant to drive traffic to the site so visitors will then read the content provided. Landscaping is an artistic industry, however. For your visitors, the photos are the main event. That’s why you’ll want to put them front and center. You can add a portfolio to your website using a portfolio template. If you’re not tech savvy, hire a web designer to do the work for you.
A great portfolio will showcase your best work so it’s one of the first things visitors see when they visit your site. This is one of the easiest ways to drum up business, and it’s simple to set up.
2. Use Professional Photography
Because so much relies on the quality of your photos, you should never rely on your own cell phone camera to get the job done — unless you happen to have great iPhone skills. Instead, hire a professional photographer who can visit each job site and take a few shots you can use for your website. It’s a small expense compared to the return you’ll make from all the new business.
3. Add Social Media
With a professionally-styled portfolio, your website is sure to impress — but first you have to drive people to it. Social media is the easiest way to do this. You can use any platform you like — Facebook and Twitter are both popular options. However, because your business is so visual, you might have better luck starting with Instagram.
Instagram lets users post images to their account each day. You can use hashtags to describe what’s in your photo so users can easily find your images using search. Over time, you’ll gain followers and your account will grow. By adding your website link to your profile, you can send Instagram users directly to your site.
If all the statistics in the world won’t convince you that photography is the key to unlocking the potential of your business, consider our story: We started investing in photography for our own business, Renaissance Pools, and we’ve seen great results so far. Throughout our website, you’ll find professional-quality photos that help us stand apart within the industry. With a little time and effort, you can do the same. We wish you the best of luck.
Benji Horning of Renaissance Pools in Henderson, NV wrote this blog post and supplied the photograph.
by the Landscape Writer ~ Copywriting for the Green Industry for 5 Years ~
The days are getting shorter, and the air is crisp. That means it’s time to tell the folks who read your blogs, watch your videos and follow you on Facebook to make their appointments for fall lawn and landscaping jobs.
In this blog post, you’ll get six blog ideas to tell your audience about your fall lawn and landscape maintenance services.
6 Lawn and Landscape Blog Ideas
There is so much for homeowners to know about taking care of their lawns and landscapes come fall. However, many of them—especially younger homeowners—may not know what these tasks are until you tell them.
In each of your blogs, you explain the benefits of getting these chores done by a pro compared to the cons of doing it themselves or not doing it at all.
Here are your six blog topics to try:
- Why Your Fescue Lawn Needs Core Aeration & Overseeding
- 5 Reasons Why You Need to Keep Mowing Your Lawn in the Fall
- It’s Time for a Fire Feature
- Get Your Patio Done Before Winter
- 7 Yard Care Chores that Need to be Finished by Thanksgiving
- Why You Need Your Gutters Cleaned Before Winter.
Give these ideas a try and see what results you get. Don’t forget that you get more bang for your blog when you incorporate social media, such as Facebook posts, that correspond with your blog.
So, we’re heading into the middle of July. Have you let your customers know that this month is Smart Irrigation Month?
You can leverage your blogs and social media content in July by teaching about your irrigation sales and service. And if you don’t work on lawn sprinkler systems, you can still educate your readers about smart watering techniques.
What Your Clients Need to Know
Remember to keep it simple when you’re talking about sprinkler systems. Focus on what they need to know. Here are eight things to tell your readers about conserving water while still taking care of their lawns and landscapes:
- Your readers need to know that their lawns and landscapes only need a 1” – 1½” of water per week—and that includes any rain that your area had in that week.
- They need to know that regularly maintaining their lawns—how they keep their yards, such as mowing, fertilizer treatments and weed control—affect how well their lawns will survive a drought or a hot, dry spell.
- Your prospects need to know that they’ll save money when they use correct watering techniques.
- Even though a new sprinkler system is a significant investment, remind your readers that they’ll reap savings on their water bills in the years to come.
- Tell your prospects about the benefits of hooking up their Smartphone to their irrigation systems.
- Encourage your prospects to get their older system retrofitted with today’s gadgets to save water (and money on their water bills).
- Give your readers landscape ideas such as hydro-zoning, microclimates and other water-saving garden tips.
- Use these blogs to include other water-saving add-on services you provide for your local area.
Use Your Blog Wisely
Sure, you know all of the above like the back of your hand. But assume your clients don’t know these tips or services that you provide.
Keep yourself in front of your prospects’ minds by sharing ideas and tips on your blog and Facebook page that will save them time, money, and other pain points. This way, they turn to you when they need a mowing service, landscape maintenance service or better yet, your irrigation system services.
If you don’t have time to write a regular blog and keep up with your Facebook posts, call me today at 717-381-6719 or fill out my free consultation form.
So, you’re out of blog ideas that inform your readers about best lawn and landscaping tips. So, what else do you readers need to know?
How about focusing on special months? For example, April is National Lawn Care Month, June celebrates National Homeowner’s Month, and July is Smart Irrigation Month.
From April through July, you could have 8-10 different blog topics to share with your readers.
Mini-White Paper – Celebrating National Homeowner’s Month
When writing a blog and social media content about these special months, try to tie them into the green industry and your customers’ pain points. For example, for National Homeowner’s Month, your readers may have these pain points:
- They just moved into your area, and they don’t know the first thing about taking care of their lawns and landscapes.
- They’re gearing up to sell their home. You can share pointers on curb appeal and how your lawn and landscape company can help them achieve it.
- If you provide gutter clean-ups, you can focus on the dangers of clogged gutters and how to solve their gutter
Use Facts to Further Your Cause
Let’s stay with National Homeowner’s Month for a few more minutes. You can use facts in your blogs to draw readers into your story. For example, LoveYourLandscape.org (part of the National Association of Landscape Professionals), lists lawn and landscaping benefits:
- A yard acts like an air conditioner—it’s 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.
- If your reader has trees, you can point out that their attic is 40 degrees cooler than if they didn’t own any trees.
- You can point out how lawns also prevent erosion problems.
- And you can mention how lawns provide a haven to play, rest and relax.
- You can mention that homes sell faster when the property’s curb appeal is well-maintained.
Connect these ideas with good home-owning habits, and you now have a blog or blogs that will interest your readers.
3 Takeaways for You
To help get you started with your blogs celebrating National Homeowner’s Month, here are three blog topics:
- How a Lawn and Landscaping Company Gives Your Weekends Back to You
- X Ways to Create Visual Appeal with Your Lawn and Landscapes
- Lawn Services OR Landscaping Near Me—Replace “Near Me” with the three popular cities that you serve.
Did you know that you’re a lot like your customers? You want to save time too—only you may want to save time from having to come up with blog topics, blogs and social media management.
Now for blog tip #2. April is around the corner, and that means it’s time to blog about pre-emergent and broadleaf weeds.
Remember to consider your ideal customer–how much does the homeowner really need to know about technical weed control details?
Here are some tips to help you with this type of blog:
- Remind your readers that a healthy, thick lawn crowds out most obnoxious weeds.
- The proven method to getting a thick lawn to crowd out weeds starts in the soil.
- Yet, those yearly crabgrass, dandelions and other spring weeds still can break through healthy lawns. Talk about the weed control products you use and when you apply them.
- Don’t forget to tell your readers that developing the ideal soil to host a healthy lawn can take a few years to develop–it’s not an overnight fix.
- Tell them your methods start with a soil test.
- You develop a lawn care program designed specifically for their property’s needs. Explain why that’s important.
- Don’t forget your call to action at the very end of your blog. You don’t want your blog to be a hard sell because it’ll turn off your sales prospects. Yet, you want to make it super easy for your readers to contact you.
I hope these tidbits help you to develop your local online presence and bring more sales prospects to your door. Email me at email@example.com letting me know how these blog tips are helping you.
This is my busy season. So I haven’t had a lot of time to write a blog to help you. Instead, I’m giving you a spring blog & social media tip per week or month. I haven’t had time to work out the schedule yet.
You can use these tips to write a short blog for your website or jot down some ideas around the theme to post on your landscaping company’s Facebook page.
This week’s focus: National Lawn Care Month. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has a whole page dedicated to marketing ideas for April. Check it out!
Share this post or any other snippet for National Lawn Care Month using the hashtag #LawnCareMonth. Let’s celebrate the beauty and efficiency of lawns!
If you like these tips or you have a blog tip that worked well for your lawn and landscape business, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2013, Wendy Komancheck has been providing website content, blogs, case studies, white papers, web copy and other content marketing copy to lawn care, landscape, and other home improvement companies. As a green industry copywriter, she helps owner/operators grow their business one word at a time. You can contact Komancheck through her online consultation form; email her at email@example.com; or call/text at 717-381-6719.