Pest Control Marketing involves personal growth and continuous learning in order to be successful

Pest control marketing is just about all I do these days. I no longer own and operate a pest control business myself, but I work with small to medium sized pest control companies all over The USA plus I’ve worked with PCOs in Australia and The UK as well.

In my 44 years in the industry, I’ve noticed lots of changes (no surprise). I’ve been a great observer due to my love of people watching. I’ve made lots of notes, hung out with lots of both successful and unsuccessful PCOs.

One thing I can tell you for a FACT is this: When it comes to success, those individuals who are the most proactive and aggressive learners are the ones who invariably end up on top.

Successful PCOs have develops successful habits. They have developed what I refer to as “Caveman Mentality”, meaning they pursue new customers the same way the caveman pursued food. It was on his mind day and night and he knew his very life and existence depended on being able to get another animal on the ground.

Successful PCOs…

  • Read books
  • Attend workshops
  • Listen to audio CDS
  • Watch DVDs
  • Invest in training
  • Have mentors
  • Invest in education
  • Never stop finding better ways to get more customers

I once made a suggestion to a PCO that he read a certain book on selling and his reply was, “Read a book?  I wish I had time to read a book”.

My response was…”You should make time if you want to grow your business and be more successful”.

If you think you already know everything you need to know to be successful, you are only kidding yourself.

Why?  Because things change. Economies change. Customers change. Cultures change. Technology changes.

And if you don’t keep up with it, you will fall behind more and more as time goes by.

If you want to create a GROWING, THRIVING…and PROFITABLE business…you must be a constant learner.  You will never be able to just figure it all out on your own.

That is what successful pest control marketing is all about.

Thanks for reading this…and I hope you have a GREAT DAY!

To YOUR Success Always,

Hal

PS. Speaking of books, my latest (and I think greatest) book, Bottom Line: How To Grow A Pest Control Business!”  is available to YOU for FREE right now. Just click on the link below and download your copy. Or you can go to Amazon and get a hard copy for $29.95. Whichever you prefer.

http://www.HowToGrowAPestControlBusiness.com

This book will change the way you think about selling and marketing for the rest of your life…I guarantee it!

Pest Control Marketing – Here is the big secret to growing your pest control business

I’m writing this pest control marketing article out of sheer frustration. I’m about to vent big time…so please bear with me. It’s not personal OK.

I am upset because I see PCOs and WCOs struggling each and every day to get customers and make money to support their families. I have spent the past 44 years in this industry and I see the same scenarios played out over and over, time and time again. As a matter of fact…I used to be in that same boat….struggling to keep my business afloat and profitable. I worked long, hard hours. I came home exhausted. I had phone calls to make at night in order to get my schedule together for the next day. My wife was upset with me. Etc. Etc. Etc……..

All I knew at the time was that there had to be a better way. But I didn’t have a clue what it was. So I began a search for answers. I found mentors who were willing to share powerful information with me about how to get customers.  And more customers meant growing more routes and I could hire people to do the service work and I could be in the office or out networking in my community to get MORE customers.

My mentors began to suggest books to read and audio programs to listen to and workshops to attend…all related to selling and buying behavior. And I followed their advice.

And the more I learned the more I realized that there were common behaviors and instincts that drive people buy things. So I began to study neuro-science, psychology, selling, direct response marketing, hypnosis, motivation, buying response triggers, subconscious communication, and anything else I could get my hands on that would unlock more secrets of the human mind related to buying and selling.

I eventually became so passionate about this that I sold my pest control business and began a quest to teach what I had learned over the past 15 years to other PCOs and WCOs who were struggling with slow growth, low profits, long hours, and businesses that were out of control. I wanted them to see that selling is easy. Finding customers is easy. Making money is easy. Growing a pest control business is easy.  All you have to do is know how!

So…why am I so frustrated. You were wondering when I was going to get to that.

I’m frustrated because the vast majority of small business owners…including PCOs and WCOs are so set in their ways and committed to the way they do things right now…today…that they are going to keep on struggling and there is nothing anyone can do to help them.

They refuse to change.

Why?

Because change represents threat.  Change in scary. Change makes human beings feel uncomfortable. Yes…we hate change and will do anything to avoid it. We can’t help it. It’s the way our brains are hard-wired. That’s why people stay in bad marriages, bad relationships, bad jobs, even bad health. It’s more comfortable to stay the same.

That’s why 82% of small businesses fold before the end of the third year. They don’t learn. They don’t step out. They don’t seek out and follow advice. They don’t change.

Successful marketing is not any one big thing…it is a thousand little ones.  And, the more of those little things you learn and implement, the more new customers you get and the more sales you make. It’s as simple as that.

If you want to be successful at growing a thriving, profitable and FUN business, you must be adaptable. You must be willing to embrace change. You must learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Bob Dylan said it best. “The times they are a changing!”  They always have been and they always will.

Thanks for reading this…and I hope YOU have a great day!

Hal Coleman is a sales and marketing trainer, business coach and motivational speaker specializing in the pest control industry. He is past president of The Georgia Pest Control Association. His company, Coleman Services, Inc. focuses on showing PCOs and WCOs how to double, triple…even quadruple their businesses faster than they ever imagined.

He can be reached at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com.

Visit his website, http://www.PestControlMarketer.com for more information about his coaching and mentoring programs.

Also visit:

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingVideoService.com

http://www.HalColeman.com/coaching

 

 

Pest Control Marketing – Build a better mousetrap and make more sales

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 295

Build A Better Mousetrap

When it comes to YOUR business…do you think YOU have a better mousetrap?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door!”

Well…not if they don’t know you have it. And they must clearly understand why it is better than all of the other mousetraps.  They must clearly understand the benefit of purchasing YOUR mousetrap.

Obviously YOU know why it’s better, but if you can’t effectively convey it to your prospective customers, they probably won’t buy from you.

This is the number one reason why most small business owners…including pest control operators, roofers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC and other home service businesses …leave a lot of money on the table that they otherwise could have put in the bank.

Here’s a FACT (Most business owners hate to hear this one): People out there in the real world couldn’t care less about you and your company.   It is totally meaningless to them in the grand scheme of things.

What they do care about is this:

  • What is it that you really do?
  • What can you do for THEM?
  • What do you have to offer THEM?
  • What problem can you solve for THEM?
  • What pain can you alleviate for THEM?
  • How can you improve the quality of THEIR lives and/or THEIR businesses?
  • How can you add to THEIR bottom line?
  • How can you make THEM smile?
  • WIIFM (What’s in it for ME?)

They only care about THEM. They don’t care about YOU. Sorry but it’s true (Elmo, the subconscious mind, is extremely self-centered)!

You must know what it is…exactly…that your prospective customer wants and then give it to them.

And it’s very important that you give them MORE than what they expected.

If you’re in the pest control business, you’re not in the business of selling dead bugs. You are actually selling PEACE OF MIND.

  • You are taking away their fears and concerns about damages to their homes and property.
  • You are removing the threats of serious diseases or harm to their families and/or pets from any types of invading pests.
  • You are protecting them from harm…both physical and financial.
  • You are helping them sleep better at night.
  • You are providing a source of dependable information.
  • You are improving the quality of their lives.
  • You are an advocate on their behalf.
  • You are a trusted advisor.
  • You are a dependable friend.

“Dead bugs” can get you in the door but it certainly won’t keep you there…not by a long shot.

There are a thousand and one other pest control companies out there who can get rid of the bugs. If that’s all you have to offer, you become just another commodity and you will almost always lose out to a lower price or a better offer.  You simply can’t compete for long at that level. It is non-sustainable.

Bottom line:  You need to figure out what it is you can do for your customers that no other company can do.  Find a way to be different.  Then make sure they clearly understand the difference and how it directly benefits them.

Once you can do that, you are well on your way to harvesting lots more referrals and lots more new customers!

Hal Coleman is the president of Coleman Services, Inc. He is a sales trainer, motivator and business growth coach specializing in the pest control industry. He can be reached at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com. For more information about Hal’s coaching program visit www.PestControlMarketer.com

Pest Control Marketing – How to grow a pest control business FAST

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 179

Successful marketing is not about any one big thing. It is a thousand little ones…done correctly. And the more of them you do, the more customers you get and the faster your business grows!

One simple strategy that will guarantee your business grows is this:  Find someone who knows how to grow a business and allow them to mentor you.  Better yet, find a reputable business growth coach and hire them to coach you. Even better…find a coach who has successfully grown a business.

Coaching is one of the fastest growing industries in America today.

Why?

Because people are discovering the awesome value of personal and business coaching.  It’s not just for athletes and actors anymore

A coach can step back and look at you through a different set of lenses than the ones you view yourself through. A good coach can see the flaws and recommend the adjustments necessary to move you forward. Whether its business, sales, personal development, etc., a good coach can help you break through the barriers that are holding you back and, at the same time, point out the pitfalls and roadblocks that can stop you in your tracks.

A good coach  brings the experience of many other businesses to the table for YOU to take advantage of.  A coach also holds you accountable for the things you need to be doing and pulls you back from the distractions that can derail you and sabotage your dreams and goals.

There is no doubt that a good coach can make a dramatic difference in your performance, both personally and as a business person.  Coaches pay for themselves many times over. Hiring a good coach is, without a doubt, the best investment you can make in your business and in your life.

Where do you think Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan would be today if they hadn’t had great coaches?

The answer is…who cares. We would never have heard of them in the first place!

If you’d like to know more about my coaching program and how I can help YOU grow your business…feel free to call me any time at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com. I’ll be happy to set up a FREE One Hour Coaching Session with you. No Strings. No sales pressure. Just an hour to help you.

I guarantee you’ll come away from the call with a smile on your face!

To YOUR Success Always,

Hal Coleman

PS. Would YOU like to know how to DOUBLE, TRIPLE…even QUADRUPLE your business faster than you ever imagined.  I want to show you.  I will be happy to offer you a FREE One Hour “Double Your Business” Coaching Session. It won’t cost you one penny and I guarantee you’ll come away from that session with a clear picture of what you can do to put YOUR business on much faster grow track and create the future you want and deserve.

Simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com  and we’ll set it up!

PPS. I’d also like to give you a FREE copy of my newest book, “Bottom Line: How To Grow A Pest Control Business!”  Just click on this link http://www.HowToGrowAPestControlBusiness.com and follow the instructions to get your copy!  This book will change the way you think about selling and marketing for the rest of your life…and it’s yours FREE while my launch promotion lasts! After that, it will cost you $29.95.

PPS. Also, be sure to check out the following resources to help you grow your business:

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingVideoService.com

http://www.HalColeman.com/Coaching

 

 

Pest Control Marketing – No more 12 hour days with this plan

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 216

If you’re a small business owner chances are you are all too familiar with 12-14 hour work days.  Some business owners are successful at transitioning to a shorter work day while others struggle for years working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FACT:  The 12 hour, 7 days a week workday plan is a certain recipe for disaster sooner or later…especially if you have a family sitting a home without you.

If you’re one of those who struggles just to hang on and have absolutely no time to do anything other than work, you need to watch the short video below and pay close attention. If it applies to YOU…then you need to think about making some changes to your lifestyle while you still can.

Remember: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” (and a lonely one too).

PS. Would YOU like to know how to DOUBLE, TRIPLE…even QUADRUPLE your business faster than you ever imagined.  I want to show you.  I will be happy to offer you a FREE One Hour “Double Your Business” Coaching Session. It won’t cost you one penny and I guarantee you’ll come away from that session with a clear picture of what you can do to put YOUR business on much faster grow track and create the future you want and deserve.

Simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com  and we’ll set it up!

PPS. I’d also like to give you a FREE copy of my newest book, “Bottom Line: How To Grow A Pest Control Business!”  Just click on this link http://www.HowToGrowAPestControlBusiness.com and follow the instructions to get your copy!  This book will change the way you think about selling and marketing for the rest of your life…and it’s yours FREE while my launch promotion lasts! After that, it will cost you $29.95.

PPS. Also, be sure to check out the following resources to help you grow your business:

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingVideoService.com

http://www.HalColeman.com/Coaching

Pest Control Marketing – How to market to the AFFLUENT

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 213

Question: Who would you rather have as a customer…a poor person who can’t pay their bills and drops your service after a few months…or a rich person who pre-pays everything and stays with you for years?

Never mind. I’m sure I know the answer. And don’t get me wrong…I’m not suggesting that poor people aren’t worthy of your services. I’m simply suggesting that your bottom line will be more secure when you have lots of affluent customers on the books.

Click on the link below and listen to the latest episode of The Pest Control Marketing Podcast and hear the discussion I had with Mike Stewart about why it is important to market to the affluent…and HOW TO DO IT effectively!

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

I hope you find the podcasts helpful.

To YOUR Success Always,

Hal

PS. Have you downloaded YOUR FREE COPY of my newest book yet? It is entitled, “Bottom Line: How To Grow A Pest Control Business!”  It will change the way you think about selling and marketing your business…I guarantee it!

Get your copy now at http://www.HowToGrowAPestControlBusiness.com while it is still FREE!

Pest Control Marketing Podcast – How To Use Social Media To Grow Your Business

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 215

Using social media to grow your business is different from using social media to entertain yourself and/or your friends (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Building relationships on social media that lead to new customers, referrals and sales is a great way to grow your business. It’s not the only way, but it certainly is one of the most powerful.

Click on the link below and listen to the latest episode of The Pest Control Marketing Podcast and hear  Hal Coleman and Mike Stewart discuss this topic and offer helpful tips, strategies, techniques (and secrets) to help YOU get more new customers, more referrals and more sales from social media!

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

I hope you find the information helpful.

To YOUR Success Always,

Hal

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

PS. If you are SERIOUS about growing your business this year and you’d like to know more about my coaching program and how I can help YOU and ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES get more new customers and generate more referrals, simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com and I’ll treat you to a FREE One Hour “Fast Track Your Sales” Coaching Session! No strings. No obligation whatsoever.

I guarantee you will come away from the call with some great ideas…and a better understanding of how to grow your business…and it won’t cost you a penny. So call me. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

Click on the links below and check out the great online marketing and sales training materials and opportunities that I have created for you and your team!

My Personal Guarantee: “If you purchase any of my online marketing programs below and, after going through them you feel that it was not worth every penny you paid, PLUS a whole lot more, I will swiftly give you a full refund of every penny.  No problem.  No hassles.  Period. So, click on the links below and check it out now and start using it to grow you business TODAY!”

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

Pest Control Marketing – How to deal with possum behavior

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 818

I’ve always had an affinity for possums.  Why? I think it’s because to me, they’re kinda cute…plus…they have a unique way of dealing with predators and other threats.

A cornered possum will try to scare and intimidate you.  If that doesn’t work, it will play dead and hope you leave it alone.

Watch the short video below and I’ll show you what I mean…with a real live possum!

PS. If you are SERIOUS about growing your business this year and you’d like to know more about my coaching program and how I can help YOU and ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES get more new customers and generate more referrals, simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com and I’ll treat you to a FREE One Hour “Fast Track Your Sales” Coaching Session! No strings. No obligation whatsoever.

I guarantee you will come away from the call with some great ideas…and a better understanding of how to grow your business…and it won’t cost you a penny. So call me. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

Click on the links below and check out the great online marketing and sales training materials and opportunities that I have created for you and your team!

My Personal Guarantee: “If you purchase any of my online marketing programs below and, after going through them you feel that it was not worth every penny you paid, PLUS a whole lot more, I will swiftly give you a full refund of every penny.  No problem.  No hassles.  Period. So, click on the links below and check it out now and start using it to grow you business TODAY!”

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

Pest Control Marketing – Changing for success

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 215

Successful pest control marketing involves being like a chameleon. You must be able to adapt and change your colors when called for.  The FACT is…nothing ever stays the same…except maybe the rocks.

When the economy changes, products and/or equipment changes, regulations change, even the personnel in your organization…you must be READY and WILLING to change in order to adapt…and SURVIVE!

Watch the short video below and I’ll share some very important things YOU need to think about!

PS. If you are SERIOUS about growing your business this year and you’d like to know more about my coaching program and how I can help YOU and ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES get more new customers and generate more referrals, simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com and I’ll treat you to a FREE One Hour “Fast Track Your Sales” Coaching Session! No strings. No obligation whatsoever.

I guarantee you will come away from the call with some great ideas…and a better understanding of how to grow your business…and it won’t cost you a penny. So call me. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

Click on the links below and check out the great online marketing and sales training materials and opportunities that I have created for you and your team!

My Personal Guarantee: “If you purchase any of my online marketing programs below and, after going through them you feel that it was not worth every penny you paid, PLUS a whole lot more, I will swiftly give you a full refund of every penny.  No problem.  No hassles.  Period. So, click on the links below and check it out now and start using it to grow you business TODAY!”

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingPodcast.com

Pest Control Marketing – How to generate more leads from current customers

Pest Control Marketing Tip # 177

Pest control marketing is no different than any other home service business marketing. You have to be able to get customers to stay in business for very long.

And the easiest place to find new customers is…within your current customer base.

So…let me ask you this question: What percentage of your new sales each month comes from referrals from your current customer base? (If it is less than fifty percent you are, in all likelihood, leaving a ton of money on the table.)

How many referrals do your employees bring in each month?

Are your employees and your customers working together as a partnership to generate new customers and new sales for your business?

Click on the arrow and watch the short video below and I’ll share some great tips on how to generate more new customers from your current customer base via referrals!

PS. If you are SERIOUS about growing your business this year and you’d like to know more about my coaching program and how I can help YOU and ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES get more new customers and generate more referrals, simply give me a call at 770-993-0004 or email Hal@HalColeman.com and I’ll treat you to a FREE One Hour “Fast Track Your Sales” Coaching Session! No strings. No obligation whatsoever.

I guarantee you will come away from the call with some great ideas…and a better understanding of how to grow your business…and it won’t cost you a penny. So call me. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

Click on the links below and check out the great online marketing and sales training materials and opportunities that I have created for you and your team!

My Personal Guarantee: “If you purchase any of my online marketing programs below and, after going through them you feel that it was not worth every penny you paid, PLUS a whole lot more, I will swiftly give you a full refund of every penny.  No problem.  No hassles.  Period. So, click on the links below and check it out now and start using it to grow you business TODAY!”

http://www.PestControlMarketingWorkshop.com

http://www.PestControlMarketingGold.com