How to Define Your Target Market

Define your target market

Knowing who you’re selling to is essential for successfully marketing your offer. Whether you’re starting a new construction business, revamping an existing one or just fine-tuning your marketing plan, construction market data can help you define your best customers so you can reach them more effectively.

Geographics

Finding out where your potential buyers are located is a critical first step in defining your target market. One of the easiest and most accurate ways to do this is to identify trends in building permit applications. If you sell swimming pools and spas, data on where the most pool installations are happening is invaluable. Finding out which neighborhoods have the most high-value home remodels could also lead you to buyers. Building permit activity mapping lets you see at a glance where and what kinds of projects are going on, which alleviates having to sift through pages of irrelevant data.

Demographics

Once you know potential buyers’ location, get familiar with the demographics of the area. Learn the community’s age ranges, gender ratio, average family status, occupations and income levels. Will you be selling pools and spas to young families who care primarily about safety and fun for the kids or to older adults who might be more interested in your products’ health benefits and ease of maintenance? Building permit trends can offer insight here, too. If the average value of remodeling projects in an area is low compared to the average home value, you might want to market toward a frugal audience.

Psychographics and Behavior

Understanding your potential customers’ values, interests and favorite activities helps you connect with them on a personal level and sets you apart from the generalists. Let your own company values guide you. If you’re committed to sustainability, consider targeting nature lovers who enjoy hiking. If social responsibility is important to you, focus on buyers involved in volunteering. A property developer who donates to community projects or groups is more likely to choose a contractor or building materials supplier who does the same.

For more on using construction market data to define your target market, contact Construction Monitor.

Making the Most of Your Email Marketing Campaigns

Email marketing campaigns

Email cuts through the clutter of marketing messages online by reaching your prospect directly, but getting your prospect’s attention is only half the battle. To gain new construction buyers from an email marketing campaign, you’ll need something more than generic emails.

Target Your Readers

Running a successful email campaign starts with giving your readers information that’s directly relevant to their needs. If you’re a general contractor specializing in both light commercial and residential construction, you’ll get better results creating separate campaigns for each group than by sending generic emails to everyone. Take advantage of construction market data to tailor your content. If local building permit data shows you a lot of small office buildings are in the works, create a campaign focusing on your office construction experience.

Further segment your list by points in the planning process. A reader who downloads your guide to choosing an architect for their office building has shown they’re ready to get serious with their project. Instead of keeping them on your general informational campaign, move them to a list with more hard-sell content that encourages them to set up a call to discuss your design-build services.

Get Straight to the Point

When your prospects open your email, it isn’t the only thing in their inbox waiting for their attention. Overload your reader and they’ll leave in confusion to go read someone else’s newsletter. Keeping your layout simple and your copy succinct helps get your point across quickly. Stick with around 200 words and one or two highly relevant images. Offer a plain text version, too.

Set a single goal for each email. If you’re running a campaign to promote your sustainable building materials to new home builders, one email might focus on AshCrete foundations and walls with the goal of getting the reader to click through to an article on the benefits of this material. Include a clear call to action that tells your reader exactly what you want them to do.

For more tips on using construction industry data to develop effective email marketing campaigns, contact Construction Monitor.

Build Your Construction Business Marketing on the Right Foundation

To be effective, your marketing needs clear direction rooted in a strong foundation. That foundation is your brand, the unique identity of your construction business. By defining your brand, you’ll gain a better understanding of your target market and what it takes to win their business.

Develop Your Brand Positioning

Brand positioning is the way your company is placed in the market and in your clients’ minds. It’s the differentiating factor that lets you stand out from the crowd. Start by defining which construction category you’re in, who you’re targeting, and what benefits you deliver and want to highlight.

Then take a look at how each of your main competitors have positioned their brands. Data on the top local construction companies can help by showing you whose brand position is really working for them. You’ll learn what to do and what to avoid.

Using that knowledge, look for what sets your company apart and develop a distinct value position that includes compelling logical and emotional benefits. If you sell building materials, are you the company that specializes in durable, low-maintenance materials for industrial facilities or the one that can always find the perfect materials to complement your area’s historical homes?

Define Your Brand Image

Your brand image is how your clients think of your company beyond knowing what products and services you offer. It’s built on the assumptions and associations they maker after interacting with your company. When you know the brand image you’re aiming for, you can focus your marketing efforts on creating associations that support that image.

Take the hip, free-spirited general contractors who specialize in home office additions for young professionals versus the prudent, tradition-oriented contractors who build home additions for growing families. Both offer essentially the same services, but their images are very different and their marketing will be, too.

Building permit data can help you spot trends and gaps in the market to craft a brand image that will appeal to a profitable customer base.

For more tips on perfecting your construction business marketing, contact Construction Monitor.

Understand Your Market BEFORE Spending on Facebook Ads

Facebook lets you target your ads to nearly any conceivable audience, but using ad targeting effectively requires in-depth insight into your target market. Combining Facebook’s targeting options with the knowledge you get from construction market data lets you maximize your ad budget.

Demographics

For any business in the construction industry, location is one of the most valuable Facebook targeting options. A careful review of building permit applications in your area will show you what construction projects are going on where. With a mapping tool, you can see projects around your area at a glance. If you spot an upward trend in kitchen remodeling in a certain ZIP code, you might target that area with ads for your construction services or for countertops, floor coverings or other remodeling-related protects you sell.

Interests

Knowing what projects are popular in your area gives you valuable information about the local market’s interests, even if you don’t work directly on those types of projects. If you sell tile and stone products and notice an increase in pool and spa installation permits, you might focus on advertising your pool patio stone. If you learn kitchen and bathroom remodels are booming, you might decide to invest more in ads for your countertop and flooring material instead.

To attract more clients for garage construction, you can target those who list their interests as Automobiles or any other vehicle your clients are likely to have. Specialize in home remodels using eco-friendly building materials? Try targeting owners of electric vehicles or hybrids who have a demonstrated interest in sustainability.

Home Ownership

Using building permit data to find out where the remodeling is going on lets you take better advantage of Facebook’s Year Home Built and Home Value targeting options. A cluster of remodeling and renovation jobs in a certain neighborhood shows you where the homes are older and their owners have money for upgrades. You can then target your ads toward owners of older homes in that location.

To learn more about using construction market data to optimize Facebook ads, contact Construction Monitor.