Marketing Mastery

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  • Marketing Mastery: Note to dealers—Beware of burnout

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   (First of three parts) “I was putting in 60 or more hours per week,” Earl Swalm told me. “I have two kids and I felt like I was missing out on a lot. It was really tough, very stressful.” Many dealers can relate. In this series you’re going to learn Swalm’s story. Specifically, how he took control

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    Marketing mastery: The power of social proof

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   “Wow,” I thought to myself. “If I ever need tax help I’m calling this guy.” I was in the waiting room of a local CPA, looking through a very plain, white binder filled with letters from his clients thanking him for getting them out of tax trouble. They raved about how he got their tax bills cut by

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    Marketing Mastery: Inspiring 5-star reviews

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   (Second of two parts) In my previous column (FCNews, Feb. 13/20) I discussed why online reviews are so critical to a retailer’s success. I also listed several highly effective, proven strategies for creating a fantastic experience for your clients. In this column I share some best practices for requesting reviews. Let’s assume you’re providing phenomenal service for

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    Marketing Mastery: How to inspire 5-star reviews

    February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   (First of two parts) Positive online reviews are important for creating differentiation, building trust and turning online shoppers into in-store buyers. The importance of reviews continues to grow. Consider these statistics: 92% of consumers now read online reviews vs. 88% in 2014. 94% would use a business with a 4-star rating. 88% trust reviews as much as personal

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    Marketing Mastery: Managing your online review strategy

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Jim Augustus Armstrong I was planning a recent business trip and, like I always do, checked the reviews of the hotels where I was considering staying. It was second nature, as much a part of making my decision as checking a hotel’s availability, pricing, amenities, etc. I do this for virtually any new service or product I’m considering to buy. I

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    Marketing Mastery: Five deadly website mistakes to avoid

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Jim Augustus Armstrong “What do you think of my website,” a dealer named Bob recently asked me. I pulled up his site and saw some common mistakes that were costing him thousands of dollars. Following are the biggest mistakes and how they can be corrected. Failure to differentiate. Bob’s site had the name of his business at the top, menu options of

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    Marketing Mastery: Maximize your sales team’s success

    January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Jim Augustus Armstrong “I’m trying to implement improvements to my selling system,” a dealer I was coaching told me. “But I’m getting resistance from some members of my sales team. How can I get them on board?” Many dealers can relate to this question. I get it most often when I’m helping them implement a more effective selling system. If you want

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    Marketing Mastery: How to make 2017 a huge success

    December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Issue 14 By Jim Augustus Armstrong (Second of two parts)   I teach dealers a three-step system for achieving any goal in their business or personal lives. In Part I of this series I covered the first step, which is to clearly define your “big rocks,” the important goals you have for your business. I also gave readers an assignment to write down two or

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    Marketing Mastery: Proven tips to ensuring success in the coming year

    (First of two parts.) December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13 By Jim Augustus Armstrong “I’ve cut my weekly work hours in half and increased my revenue by 27%,” Earl Swalm, a dealer from Saskatchewan, told me recently. I was hosting a mastermind meeting consisting of a small group of flooring dealers, including Swalm. Prior to the meeting, he had set a goal to dramatically cut his work schedule and

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    Marketing mastery: Winning in today’s competitive arena

    November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Jim Augustus Armstrong Box stores, national chains and online sellers have deep pockets, which enable them to outspend small retailers in the advertising game. They also have strong purchasing power, which gives them advantageous pricing when buying wholesale. To the small, independent dealer these advantages can seem insurmountable. The good news is local retailers have unique advantages, which if leveraged properly can

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    Mannington works with Gary Sinise Foundation to aid veterans

    Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills recently partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Mannington

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    Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund awards scholarship winners

    Commack, N.Y.—The Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund has released this year’s recipients of the 33rd annual Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship and Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry

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    Karndean to spotlight new hospitality floors at HD Expo

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will showcase its full hospitality product portfolio, featuring new product ranges and installation clinics, at HD Expo 2017 located in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Karndean offers an

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