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Does your HVAC website need an SSL Certificate for security?

Does your HVAC website need an SSL Certificate for security?

Yes!

Think about walking up to your favorite coffee shop and seeing a large sign on the door that says, “MAY OR MAY NOT BE SAFE TO ENTER.” Would you chance walking through that door? Or just go to another coffee shop?

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” It’s a small file that when placed on a website’s server, authenticates the identity of the website and encrypts information that users send to that server. Encryption scrambles the user’s information making it impossible to read without a proper decryption key.

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Press Release: EB&L Ed

PRESS RELEASE: EB&L Educates

EB&L Marketing, a full-service HVAC marketing firm, is pleased to announce the launch of their new training division, EB&L Educates.  “EB&L Ed” provides speakers, workshops and classes on HVAC contractor marketing.

“Residential contractors – with their limited time and marketing training – need help to effectively promote their companies.  The courses offered by EB&L Ed teach contractors the fundamentals of marketing – breaking it down into 7 easy steps,” says Elaina Burdick, President of EB&L.

Since 2001, EB&L Marketing has been working with local contractors to effectively market their businesses, generate leads and grow their bottom line by building their brand and avoiding common marketing missteps. … Read On!

What’s Your Cost Per Lead

Cost Per Lead

Have you figured out your cost per lead for 2017? While you are looking over your year-end numbers and closing your 2017 books it’s the perfect time to calculate your cost per lead. Cost per lead is important to know because it helps you figure out how to increase your sales.

Divide the total advertising dollars you spent on each marketing tool (postcards or newspaper ads or online marketing, etc.) by the number of leads that came in from that marketing tool.  (Note: Call tracking phone numbers help you to track this accurately!)

The result is your cost per lead.… Read On!

Branding

Branding

What is a brand anyway?
Your brand is your logo, but it’s so much more than your logo.
It’s the look, the feel, the colors, the fonts, the theme and the marketing message. All of this together makes up your brand. Your brand separates you from the pack. It’s what your customers recognize. It’s how they learn to trust you and ultimately why they’ll spend money with you. You should develop a solid brand for your company before you do anything else! It’s the most important, foundational element of your company marketing.

But here’s what you shouldn’t do: don’t use the same tired, old HVAC themes.… Read On!

Marketing Whack-A-Mole

Marketing Whack-A-Mole

Did you find yourself rushing to use up marketing co-op dollars this past December? (Be honest, there’s no judgment here!) Did you spend those dollars on things like hats and T-shirts for your staff instead of spending them on marketing initiatives that would have brought you leads in the new year? Or worse, did you lose those dollars because you got busy and didn’t have time to get ‘er done?

We see a lot of “reactive marketing” in this industry. Meaning, we see contractors jumping at marketing “opportunities” that present themselves, or special deals that the radio rep stops by to sell them.… Read On!

HVAC Marketing 101: Use Your Head, Not Your Knee

HVAC Marketing 101:Use Your Head, Not Your Knee

HVAC marketing works best when it’s proactive, strategic and repetitive.

Are you a “reactive marketer?” Let me ask you a few questions to find out…

  • Are you operating without an annual marketing plan?
  • Ever place an ad in the local paper because your competitor did?
  • Purchased a radio advertising campaign or a billboard because the rep had a super great deal that she could only offer you today?
  • Have you ever rushed to use up co-op funds before year end?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you, my friend, are doing reactive, knee-jerk marketing.… Read On!

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