Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Google Local Game Changer. Are you a Google Place?

Google changed how they show local search results. By putting in your area of service and state
name the first page of Google is now transformed into Google places market place. Now all that organic search marketing you've been working on just took a back seat.


If you are not on the first page for the map section for the granite countertops market we can help. We have the ability not not only boost your local listing but we can drive new business to your store in just a few short days.

Our approach is different in that we take a holistic approach to your online marketing efforts. we track the overall effectiveness of the campaign and we ensure through communication with your team that we drive results.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Granite Marketing Plan

Developing a marketing plan is a major step in starting a countertop business as well as taking your fabrication business to the next level. In this article we will look at parts of a granite marketing strategy that will help you to implement your strategy.

How many installs do you want?

If you know how much business you want this is the first step. By defining the amount of business you are looking to gain you now have a touch stone to measure success. We then attribute the cost associated to generating this business based on general market intelligence and we are then able to project your return on investment.

How many installs can your current infrastructure handle?

Are you the one man shop, sales team with install crew and fabrication crew or are you bigger than this? If you can project out where problems begin with too much business you will have a realistic view of the top line for cost to do more business. To much business is measured by a decrease in quality of service, and reduction in profit due to sales force limitation, fabrication crews over worked and installs going bad based on teams rushing to complete work.

What is your competitive advantage and value proposition?

How will do we differentiate you in the market. Look at your competitors and see what they do. How they do it and see who is winning the work. Take this and apply it to your values and see if that lines up with your values and your message.

How much should I spend on adverting?

Zero. Spend your money on marketing. You can't measure what you don't track. Marketing is advertising but includes measuring and tracking effectiveness of every advertising dollar spent. Once you have tested various channels and have developed your message to drive new business your marketing budget typically reflects 15-20% of sales to sustain this flow of new business.

Where do I start?

Start on the Internet. Why? it is the best medium to test creative, define your competitive advantage, build you brand and effectively understand the specifics of your market. Learning so much about the customer by driving them to a well formed website will provide you insight into how to define your marketing strategy and provide you with more confidence as you build out your marketing mix(Internet, Print, TV, Radio, etc.) Granite Countertops and Stone Marketing is a great niche' to market online. Track all channels with tracking phone numbers and track-able call to actions. This is very cost effective way to monitor the effectiveness of one channel over another and manage where your money goes when advertising.

How do I manage customers effectively?

With a online CRM or lead management solution. You may be able to manage your current work flow in your head or in your day planner but you dont want to be the bottle neck in your business. by managing your work flow online certain aspects of your business can be managed for you to allow you to allocate more of your resources to other tasks like sales , process , and your competitive advantage. A Granite Countertop lead management system monitors the effectiveness of each channel and while you track the progress of each sale you will be able to see trends, monitor closing rations and truly measure the effectiveness of each channel.

Example marketing mix:

Internet buy: $2500 : 50 phone calls 40 emails 17 sales = $147 Cost per Install (CPI)
Radio buy: $2000 : 40 phone calls 2 emails 3 sales = $667 (CPI)
Print buy: $3500 : 60 phone calls 10 emails 12 sales = $292 (CPI)

Marketing Budget $8000 for 32 installs = $250 (CPI)
Projected sales $2500 x 32 installs = $80,000 Sales per month advertising @ 10% of sales


Who are you?

We are online Granite Marketing experts that focus on specific markets. We take these specific markets and take the best online marketing tactics and strategies and apply our knowledge of specific verticals to put together a program that can't fail. We do not take on every customer we don't work in every market. We pick specific verticals that we have a passion about and can make a difference for small to medium size businesses. We are online marketers that specialize in you, the Granite Shop.

Granite Countertops, Top Choice for your Kitchen Countertops

Granite is by far the most beautiful and functional kitchen surface on the market as well has the highest perceived value of any other stone. The fact that every single stone is 100% unique, that no one else in the world has the same countertops adds instant value and presence to your home. Granite's rich textures and colors provide a wide array of options for your kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces. In a recent survey U.S. Consumers Overwhelmingly Prefer Granite Over Any Other Countertop Surface for their dream kitchen. when asked" which countertop surface they would most want in their dream kitchen?" At 55 percent, "granite countertops" 12% Solid Surfaces. Some compare solid surfaces to that of laminate countertops from a perceived value perspective when shopping for a new home. Ouch. When quartz costs as much if not more than some granite that's got' a hurt.

Granite Colors, being made from the earth has color variations and veining, no 2 pieces are alike and no 2 areas are alike. the more detailed usually means the more exotic and therefore the more expensive. When choosing your colors think in more simplistic terms first. Think about your cabinet color(s), your floor colors, and your wall colors. Think about what color countertops you have now and whether you want different or along the same lines. if your kitchen is dark you may want to go light with the countertop to focus on them but also to lighten the kitchen. Then you want to think about the texture. If your floor is very busy and you have floral wallpaper then you may not want to add yet busy another texture to the room.
Consult your sales person, but you may also want to check online or higher a designer to come to your home and provide you with some suggestions. Remember, this is all personal preference. You can have what ever you want in your kitchen but if you are ever thinking about selling in the future, some other opinions may be valuable to help you make the right choices.

Granite Option, when you are purchasing a custom countertop there is a lot to take into consideration as far as options. Think about your current countertop for example. Do you like the current configuration. Typically you have the surface that covers the top of the cabinet a 4 inch backsplash and the edges. You also may have a sink and other details you will need to take into consideration. Think about if you want a higher back splash or even a complete coverage to the cabinets. Think about the edge style as it applies to the style of your home. If you have a "carpenter" style kitchen a pencil round or a 1/4 round edge might be better than an Ogee which is much more detailed. these kind of options affect price but this is an investment and you want to make it work for your kitchen style. Ask the salesman these kinds of questions, if you like the answers you here great, But just remember most of this is just opinion and a matter of personal taste. Also remember most salesman are not designers.

Granite Process, once you are set on your new countertops you will have templating, fabrication and installation process to go through. this typically will take 5 - 10 or more days. Keep in mind that if someone promises less then they may be rushing things or not be very busy.. this might give you pause. think about your schedule and when you want things done and take that into consideration when picking your vendor. Remember it is your kitchen and it will be a disruption in your home. This should not be more than 1-2 days. If you are told that your kitchen will be disrupted longer that this make sure its for a good reason.

Granite Cost, Obviously granite is more expensive than your typical countertop. this again adds to the perceived value but it does make up for this cost when it comes time to sell and for the years that you will enjoy them. Cost vary from market to market so here is a tip when it comes time to start the process. Think of it like a serious operation. You always get a second opinion. Go to your local shop, with a ruff drawing of your kitchen countertop and don t walk out without quote. Get a second opinion, Go online and search for Granite Countertops base on your values, is it price, quality of service, value of options and choices. The internet is a great resource to help you find the right vendor for you or at least to help you be sure you are getting the right countertop for the right price with the options that you want.

Granite Care, Very easy to take care of. We are talking rock here right. Make sure its sealed when it arrives and talk to your salesman about maintenance. Typically apply a good quality sealer once per year. Monitor the stone closely for the first year for anything that may not be just right.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FireUps.com Lead Manager

FireUps.com has officially launched its lead manager.


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FireUps® is the granite and natural stone installers source for instant exposure to local and national markets with strategically Targeted Online Marketing Campaigns and proven Web exposure. FireUps provides local online marketing services for the small to medium sized granite surface installers with a focus on the proven results that will increase your bottom line.

Our teams expertise in direct to consumer marketing is second to none, and we want to share how we can help ensure your business is the one found by the pro-active customer who is searching for counter tops made from granite, stone, marble or other stone surfaces. Just the niche product or services you provide!

FireUps® will put your counter top product, installation service and surface remodeling company on the virtual map and generate a buzz that you could never have imagined. We focus on maximizing your return on investment through a clear understanding of your business objectives and by translating your value proposition to your customers!

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The Marketing System for the Local Stone Surface Installer and Fabricator

The Marketing System for the Local Stone Surface Installer and Fabricator

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When it comes to building your business on the Internet you have a lot of options. You may have already tried many of them with various levels of success. Let us quickly share why we feel you should consider our service;

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#3 Building your brand ... We manage a web presence for you to ensure it reflects your current positioning and offers to make certain that when the phone rings the caller already has the knowledge of the products & services that you offer which translates to a much higher percentage that this customer is going to do business with YOU!

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