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Connecting With Consumers: The Secret To Social Media Success

We have spent the last month explaining how social media can help your business and what platforms you as a contractor should take advantage of. With both in the rearview mirror, it’s time to talk about the type of content, imagery, blogs and videos you should be sharing on social media.

The key to social media success is connecting with consumers. A homeowner needs to feel as if you are talking to them and only them with every single Facebook post, Pinterest image, tweet, video and blog post. Your target audience may be broad, but each message needs to feel individualized.

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Homeowner Survey: See Their Number One Fear

It’s always important to know your audience. Of course, calling everyone in your area is nearly impossible, but using a survey is a good way to paint a picture of how homeowners feel about the industry. Our friends at HomeAdvisor conducted a survey asking homeowners some basic questions about their opinions on the home improvement contracting industry. Some of the results may shock you, some may be expected, and others may change the way you engage with your next referral.

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See How The CraftJack Lead Manager Works

Simplicity is the key to any business, and lead generation is no different. As you may have seen in The Dos and Don’ts of Lead Generation, home improvement lead generation is different than lead generation in other industries.

In short, contractors pay to get contact information of those interested in home renovation. Now that we have a basic understanding, it’s time to simplify the CraftJack Lead Manager system even further by explaining exactly how it works and how it can help you close your next deal!

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6 Tips For Managing Angry Customers On The Phone

No matter what industry you’re in, whether it be home improvement, auto sales or even professional sports, you’re going to hear your fair share of complaints over the phone. When people have an issue with your brand, they are going to call to complain. Since you can’t control how other people act, you must decide how you’re going to respond.

Reacting to an irate customer over the phone is no easy task. You have to first digest all the information they are telling you, relax the customer, and then respond in a calm and professional manner. Needless to say, this process is easier said than done.

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5 Reasons Video Is Better Than Text Or Photos

Video is the future of marketing. It’s really that simple. The fact there has been an 800% increase in online video consumption over the last six years proves my point.

If you have kept up with the CraftJack blog lately, you know that I prefer visuals to text. If you need a refresher, check out These 7 Visual Stats Will Change Your Marketing Strategy.

Now that you’re convinced, I am here to show you why video, another form of visual marketing, is even better than photos and text.

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3 Steps To Complete Before Requesting A Credit

The credit process is part of every lead generation company. The CraftJack Lead Manager is one of the most accurate in the industry, but sometimes, fake numbers or renters do fall through the cracks. Afterwards, you as a contractor have a right to request a credit on your account. Depending on your situation, the credit may or may not be granted, but there are three simple steps you can take before you request a credit that will certainly help your chances.

Before you request a credit, make sure you complete the following three tasks:

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Old School Organization Tips

Despite the endless advances in technology, there are those of us who prefer the old school way of doing things. Whether it’s phone over email or desktop over tablet, there is still room in this world for those of us who like things the way they were. Good thing organization is one aspect of your contracting business that is not depended exclusively on technology.

Even without Internet, there are many ways to stay organized. You could use a wall calendar instead of the one on your computer. You can use sticky notes instead of a reminder app on your phone. You can use good old-fashioned filing cabinets instead of your computer. Below, I will describe three old school methods for staying organized so you can keep your business running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

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5 Key Stats Contractors Must Track

Nowadays, every company is obsessed with gathering as much data as they possibly can. Sadly, many don’t know what do with that data once they accumulate it. In the lead generation business, the data you that your CRM system collects is vital in judging the success of your business and lead generation service. Below are five vital reports that all contractors need to track on a weekly basis in order to better judge the success of their business and lead generation service.

Note: All five stats are now part of CraftJack’s weekly performance emails.

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Call and Lead Tracking: Helping You Close More Jobs

More leads equate to more business. Nevertheless, there are always slow seasons for any business and a great way to combat rough times is by tracking the status of your currents leads and following up whenever necessary. Like any good lead manager platform, contractors should always be able to track and mark the status of your current referrals. This tracking system can be the difference between lost and closed leads.

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Why Funny Voicemail Greetings Are Great

As a business, you should always be looking for new and creative ways to get people talking about your business. Many companies, no matter what industry they are in, fail to take advantage of the simple, everyday opportunities they have to create a fun, remarkable and unforgettable experience for their customers. A funny voicemail greeting has the ability to meet all of those qualifications.

As we iterated in 5 Voicemail Message Myths, when you are leaving a message for your potential leads, there are certain rules everyone should follow. Those myths have been studied and show that dismissing them result in fewer callbacks. Nonetheless, few studies have been dedicated to voicemail greetings. Therefore, you should think outside of the box and do something different. A comedic voicemail like this famous greeting from George Costanza in Seinfeld is a great example.

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