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Secret #7 of Pool Builder Marketing:
“How to convert more Pool Prospects into BUYERS.”

By Brett Lloyd Abbott, MYM Austin Inc.

At long last, we’re at the end of the “7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know.” Namely:

  1. Buying a Swimming Pool Is a Big Deal.
  2. To the Average Homeowner, You Look Just like Everyone Else.
  3. Your Online Image Is A Lot More Important Than You Think.
  4. Social Media Can Help, But You’re Probably Doing It Wrong.
  5. You Should NURTURE Your Prospects to Buy from YOU.
  6. Referrals Are the Best Leads of All

I think it’s fitting that we’re now talking about “converting prospects into buyers,” because if all of these marketing efforts don’t eventually result in CASH IN YOUR POCKET, then we’ve both been wasting our time.  So let’s talk about some relatively small yet powerful things you can do that will have a definite positive impact on your closing ratios. Let’s talk about:

Marketing Secret #7:
Use these Tools and Tactics to Improve Your Closing Ratios,
And Convert More of your Pool Prospects into Buyers.

When it comes to converting  more NEW POOL prospects into pool buyers, there are really just 3 things you’ll need to focus on:

1.   Photographs

2.   Sales Tools

3.   Selling Skills

Sales Tool/Tactic #1: “GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS”

If ever “a picture told 1000 words,” I think it would have to be in the pool industry.  Because by contrast, I don’t think that photographs will play a crucial role in selling a new car.  Or a TV.  Or a piano. Or new living room furniture. Or a fur coat.

Oh sure, photographs will help.  But you would almost never buy a car without driving it first.  Or a TV without watching it. Or a piano without playing it.  Or living room furniture without sitting on it. Or a fur coat without touching it and trying it on.

But that’s not happening with a new pool. You can’t touch it, smell it or drive it.  You have little choice other than to look at the photographs, and then try to imagine what that’s going to look like in your backyard.

So if you’re counting on photographs to help sell your product – and you ARE – then DON’T SKIMP on the quality of your photos.

Yes, the single most straight-forward thing you could do
to improve your closing ratios
Is to START TAKING BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS.

  Lewis Aquatech gallery photoAnd I can prove it.  Just take a look at some of these incredible photographs from our friends over at Lewis Aquatech.  And then tell me whether you think (1) the potential pool buyer is still concerned about their ability to build a great product, and (2) whether his clients ever ask him for a $5000 discount. Yes, I’ll bet Don Gwiz spends more than you do to get a good photograph. But what an investment! Just imagine how much easier your sales process would be if the next time you sat down with a homeowner, you could whip out some beautiful 8 x 10 color glossy photographs like those from Lewis Aquatech.  (Would you like some tips on how to take better pool photographs yourself?  Check out my blog post with plenty of advice on that herea.)

Sales Tool/Tactic #2: “A GREAT STORY”

You may recall that in “Pool Builder Marketing Secret #2” I pointed out that “To the average homeowner, you look like everyone else.And thus, until you clearly articulate how you are unique and different and better than your competition, you will be doomed to perpetual price competition with everyone else. That’s why you need to have “A Great Story.”

On my website, I refer to this as “Your Master Story.” And I call the process of CREATING that content as “Uncovering Your Story.” If you want more details, you can read about it on my website.  But here’s the essence of it:

You have to communicate to your prospects
that YOU are the superior choice,
and say it in a way that is
INTERESTING, BELIEVABLE and COMPELLING.

Once you’ve created your “Master Story,” you’ll then find it very easy to produce any and all of the following “sales tools”:

  • SWP DVD1A brochure.
  • A DVD script.
  • An “on hold” message.
  • A compelling “elevator pitch.”
  • A “10 reasons people love us” insert.
  • And a ton of good content to go on your website.

(By the way – Did you notice that the brochure, the DVD and your website will all benefit from BOTH of the 2 sales tools/tactics described above?  When done right, they combine “a compelling story” and “great photographs” into one very powerful sales tool.)

Sales Tool/Tactic #3: “SALES TRAINING”

Sorry to disappoint you if you were looking for something cooler, sexier and more exciting than “sales training.”  But as much as I might like to believe that “marketing rules the world,” the truth is that a ton of great marketing strategies, tactics and sales tools can all still be destroyed in one fell swoop by crappy salesmanship. So I highly recommend that “sales training” be an ongoing part of any pool builder’s overall marketing plan – especially if you’re not happy with your current closing ratios.

There are lots of different sales training opportunities out there, from both inside and outside our industry.  And it’s been my experience that NONE of them are perfect for EVERYONE, yet ALL of them will provide you with at least SOME new insights or inspiration, even if you’ve been through the training class before.

Socratic SellingI do have one small “sales training” recommendation that might in fact be perfect for EVERYONE.  Of all the sales classes I’ve taken, and all the sales books I’ve read, there is ONE BOOK that I believe provides solid foundational value and inspiration for ALL salespeople, no matter what you sell: “Socratic Selling” by Kevin Daley. Less than $20 through Amazon, and available at most any other decent bookstore.

So there you have it – My 3 major tactics for improving your closing ratios: Get some sales training, make sure you’ve got “a good story to tell,” and make sure you’ve got some killer photographs that really communicate how awesome your company is.

When you combine these “closing secrets” with the 6 other “Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know,” you should be soundly on the path of running a highly successful pool construction business. And with that, I wish you the utmost success in your endeavors, and I hope you sell a LOT of pools!

To your success,
Brett

©2014 Brett Lloyd Abbott / MYM Austin, Inc. May not be used without permission.

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