The Art of the Perfect Email Pitch

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Even if you think you’ve found the perfect potential client, you still need to convince them you’re the contruction firm for them. With a skillfully crafted email pitch, you can set yourself apart from other firms and give your prospect a reason to connect with you.

Start Strong

If you want your prospect to open your email at all, you need an intriguing subject line. Go for something simple and direct rather than a vague “click bait” style title. A subject line such as “Help with your next spa hotel project” or “Future-proof hospital renovation with minimal disruption” will stand out to a prospect who’s looking for exactly those services.

Then start your email with a personal greeting that explains how you found the prospect. Use their name and tell them you’ve read their LinkedIn profile, social media posts or blog. If something genuinely impressed you about their work, say so, but don’t worry about shoehorning in flattery.

Make Your Point Clearly

After your intro, move on to explaining what you’re offering. Three or four sentences is enough here. Follow up by stating the value your company offers and why you think you’re a good fit for this prospect’s next project. Tell them how you can renovate their out-patient clinic without disruptions that could cost them business or how the eco-friendly building materials you use in your hotel projects will be a great selling point for eco-conscious, high-income travelers. Again, keep it to three or four sentences.

One of the most effective methods for catching a would-be client’s attention is to research their competitors and explain how you can help them beat the competition. For example, maybe you can build features into your multi-family residential projects that will draw renters to your client and away from their competitors.

Finish with a quick thank-you and an offer to set up a call or discuss options further by email. You might still need to send a quick follow-up a week later.

 

How to Identify Website Optimization Opportunities and Act on Them

website optimization opportunitiesWith some small SEO improvements, your website could be bringing you even more construction clients than it is now. Taking a closer look at how your site performs will help you spot opportunities for improvement and decide which ones are worth your time.

Audit Your Site

The easiest way to zero in on areas that need improvement is by running your site through one of the many free or paid website SEO auditing tools online. Google’s URL Inspection Tool can show you coding errors that could prevent your site from ranking well or even from being indexed at all. Use Google’s Pagespeed Insights to make sure the main components on your most important pages, such as your home page, portfolio, and email sign-up pages, load within three seconds.

Check that your content is organized logically and focuses on the right keywords. If you’re targeting commercial remodeling clients, but your content doesn’t include many of the phrases those clients might search for, you have a problem. To get an idea of your Google ranking, sign out of your Google account and search for targeted phrases you hope to rank for.

Prioritize Your Improvements

Some improvements, such as correcting major coding issues, might require help from a website designer, but there’s still a lot you can do on your own. If you find your content isn’t well SEOd, you might want to re-write some of it. In particular, optimize your titles and subheadings. “Tips for Adding Storage to Your Office Building” is better than a clever, but vague title. Organize your content into SEO-friendly “silos” or categories and subcategories. For example, your blog posts about upgrading office building storage, meeting rooms, lighting, and so on can all be linked to from the main category of office building remodeling.

If the images in your project gallery load slowly, compressing them into smaller files can help speed things up. Also consider using a content delivery network (CDN), such as CloudFlare, for faster content delivery.

Can Guestblogging Really Help Grow Your Business?

guestbloggingGiven the time and effort involved in guestblogging, it’s natural to wonder if all that work is going to pay off in new construction clients. While it does take some research and networking, if you choose the right topics and blogs to work with, guestblogging can bring results.

Connect with Your Ideal Clients

Especially for B2B service providers, guestblogging offers a way to reach new niche audiences of active buyers. The key to reaching the most profitable audiences for you is careful selection.

Seek out blogs that attract your target audience, but aren’t run by your direct competitors. If you specialize in building retail stores, that might mean blogs that forcus on retail marketing or small business management, or on an even narrower niche such as fashion retail. If you’re looking for home renovation clients, you might work with blogs written by materials suppliers and tradespeople such as electricians and carpenters.

Look for signs of an engaged readership, too. If the blog’s regular posts attract comments and social media shares, your guest post is also likely to get attention. When you find an appropriate blog, pitch them your idea before you write the whole post.

Attract Clients by Offering Value

A guest post shouldn’t read like an advertisement. Instead of promoting or even mentioning your services, provide genuinely valuable information that helps your target clients meet their goals. If you’re trying to attract retail store clients, you might write about the top five building features that help stores sell more. Your bio at the end will tell readers how you can help them get these features in their stores.

Before you choose your topic, spend some time browsing the blog to see what the audience responds to best. For example, do they prefer posts with lots of technical detail or ones that tell interesting stories? You don’t want to rehash common topics, but you also don’t want anything wildly different from what the audience is used to.

3 Key Elements to Include in Every Infographic You Create

In a data-driven industry like construction, how you communicate facts plays a critical role in convincing clients to work with you. Infographics make it easy to present data in a clear, memorable, and sharable way, but to be effective, they need all the right elements.

  1. An Engaging Story – The most memorable infograpics tell a story. To find story ideas that will matter to your ideal clients, take inspiration from your most popular blog posts. Focus on your audience’s needs and interests, not on selling your services. Topics such as Planning a Cold Storage Warehouse, Office Building Features Tenants Love or When to Secure Funding for Your Construction Project can all work. You’ll know you have a well-defined story idea when you can write a headline and summarize the main points.
  2. Remarkable Data – The data you include should illustrate and support the main points of your story. If your infographic is about office building features that attract tenants, choose data that shows which features are most in-demand and why. Focus on new or surprising data that’s both useful and exciting enough your audience will want to share it on social media. Stick with data that’s easy to represent visually. Quantitative data works better than qualitative data. It’s fine to add descriptive copy when necessary, but keep it succinct.
  3. A Cohesive Style – A visually appealing infographic attracts more attention and shares. Stick with a palette of three or four colors and a style that fits your target audience. A colorful, playful style might work great for an infographic about primary school construction, but not so well for one about industrial facilities. Browse other infographics to get a sense of the types of charts, graphs, tables, diagrams, maps, and pictograms you can use to present your data. Your representations should make sense at a glance. For example, a circle representing 72 percent of something should be larger than the one representing the other 28 percent.