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Featuring Protectant in Advertisements

In my many coaching interactions with franchise owners, my biggest focus is to help them utilize advertising and marketing avenues to not only increase job count, but also to increase their profit margins. Too many of us get caught up in trying to use ads only to get more jobs, but why not use it to get BETTER jobs?
Here’s what I mean. Many in our franchise network do not offer Protectant. Can you imagine that there are actually some who don’t leverage this remarkable solution that refreshes the popular stain fighting power on carpets? It’s an opportunity lost. Imagine the possibilities.
Many of you have campaigns using Pay-Per-Click, Social Media, even postcards and emails that are focused on landing a job using your basic cleaning statistics and quotes. But what about talking about Protectant when someone may be looking for information about keeping stains out of their carpet? Here’s an example:

What I Would Do

If I were setting up a new campaign, I would come up with ads that feature my different services and offerings. Here are a few examples:

Pay-Per-Click

I would try and have a PPC ad campaign focused just on people who are looking for protecting their carpets. You can do the same thing you do for tile & stone, granite, and leather.*
Or make it more promotional like this one:

* please make sure your ads meet the Advertising Rules & Guidelines and include your Full Franchise Name instead of the generic ‘Chem-Dry’. 

Email

When you email a customer, a best practice is to give them something quick and easy to take action on, whether it’s calling you right away or watching a video. Why not show your customer the Protectant demo video?

Another option with email is using a feature from Constant Contact called “Offers“. You can make an irresistible offer to your customer (like HALF OFF Protectant) on a whole-house special. They purchase the offer, and they can even share the deal with friends. A great way to move your audience to action, and to get them to spread the word about your services.   – Be sure to feature a coupon that the customer should show you in order to get the discount and to include your standard disclaimers such as ‘Not valid with other offers. Must mention at time of scheduling. Expires XX/XX/XX.” 

Where Else Could You Sell Upgrades?

All of our other services like tile & stone, granite renewal, Protectant, healthy home (Clean, Sanitize & Protect), and so many others are examples of how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors. These are not only revenue generators, but they’re value propositions for your customers. When you explain that you can not only clean and sanitize their carpets, but you can protect them from further stains, you enhance the perceived value of your services in your customer’s eyes.
So, where else can you highlight your expanded services? How can you advertise not only to get more jobs, but to increase your profits? Make a list and get out the good word about Protectant and other upsells.
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Have You Emailed Your Database Lately?

Hey, everyone.

Fall is upon us and that means three things:

That Pumpkin Spice Latte...

That Pumpkin Spice Latte…

  1. The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.
  2. Leaves are starting to change colors.
  3. Your customers need to hear from you before the holiday season.

Okay, the first two are really just nice perks of autumn. The third one is what you should really be thinking about. How long has it been since you’ve emailed your database? If you’re like most franchise owners, it’s been at least three months – if not longer.

Most of them will likely need to have their carpets cleaned before the holiday’s come around, but we all know how busy things get. They also will likely forget unless they get a friendly reminder from their favorite carpet cleaner – Chem-Dry!

Take this important chance to reach out and remind them of just how awesome you are. Try something like this:

[Customer Name],

It’s Scott from Hometown Chem-Dry. It looks like it’s been about 6 months since we came to clean your carpets and thought you might want to know about a Fall Special that we’re running right now. Just in time for the holidays, we’re offering:

One room for $59

Two rooms for $85

Three rooms for $99!

With the weather getting colder, people start to spend more time inside, and holidays mean family and visitors. Make sure your carpets are cleaned and protected so you can enjoy the holidays worry-free (about your carpet, at least 😉 ).

We have openings starting next week, and this offer only goes through November 1st. Call us today to get your appointment set.

We look forward to helping beautify your home.

Best Regards,

Scott

How easy is that? And if you have Constant Contact, you can use one of their hundreds of templates to make the message your own. Maybe include some pictures of you, your van, your crew, your dog, a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte… Whatever it takes to make you stick out in their mind so they remember to call you.

When you reach out, you’ll be surprised how many people reach back.

If you want help or ideas, feel free to reach out to me. I always reach back out.

  • Scott