Strategy

The Sales & Marketing Pulse 2012 Report and Video

| Dennis O'Neil

In early January, Jeff Shore and I began an ambitious project to survey nearly 300 new home sales and marketing leaders about what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s really happening in the marketplace. This in-depth survey asked leaders specific questions about topics including negotiating frequency, salesperson turnover, social media use, and online leads. Because of […]

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Packaged offerings benefit the buyer. Canned offerings benefit the seller. When an offering is packaged, it’s done so with the buyer in mind. The package is a combination of products or services that affords the buyer additional value, often trading a little bit of decision making freedom for simplicity and that increased value. The buyer […]

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Trying to Stand Out? Drop the Stock Photo Habit

| Dennis O'Neil

The first goal of any marketing effort is to gain someone’s attention. We can argue about whether or not this means the goal is to interupt someone, but no matter the direction, the goal is always to do something unique enough to get noticed, and then be heard. Let me be clear – stock photography […]

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Sorting Out the Hype. Putting it into a Plan.

| Dennis O'Neil

The huge number of online marketing options available creates a virtual cosmos of possible entry points. Builders are bombarded with messages about everything they have to start doing “right now!” Get a new website. Invest in search engine optimization. Spend money with Google AdWords. Do lots of follow-up with email marketing. Everyone’s on facebook. You […]

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“More home shoppers start their search online than ever before.” “Over 90% of buyers use the Internet.” This is not news. This is not new information. The number of home shoppers who start their home search online has been above 80% for years. This is not news. Even early numbers in 2000 showed that 40% […]

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2010 is Going to Make You Cry

| Dennis O'Neil

If new media marketing was an onion, 2009 peeled away just the surface layer of potential. However, in 2010, we’re heading deep into that onion – get ready to cry… in a good way. Last year’s new media tools are maturing, and their business purpose is quickly coming into focus for more and more users. […]

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Its all the Newspapers’ Fault!

| Dennis O'Neil

I’ve used this video in more than one presentation, as I find it to be a great reminder of how far the Internet has come in a very short time. This video from 1981 shows some very early methods of transferring data, unbelievably, launched by the major newspapers! One wonders whether the papers would have […]

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New Home vs. Green Homes

| Dennis O'Neil

Yes, I know. I can barely mention the word “green” in many offices without eyes rolling before I get out the “een” part. I understand. Green is the buzz, but is it buzz-worthy? It’s obvious that the media has jumped on the bus, but how does is translate into real business for production builders? I’m […]

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