Social media provides the contractor of today with highly effective ways to increase name recognition and reach potential customers. Increasingly, consumers look to the internet not to the Yellow Pages to find solutions for their building and remodeling needs. For example, someone looking for a roofer is likely to do a Google or Bing search to find contractors in their area. Contractors will want to make sure they are easily found by these search engines. Company websites are still important to establish visibility on the web, but more and more consumers are using social media to share opinions and experiences – including pros and cons about vendors who are working on their homes.
When CertainTeed decided to engage in social media we were not sure if we could be successful but it has enabled us to engage in conversations and respond to the marketplace using vehicles that our customers and potential customers are using.
- Establish an identity, talk about their services, gain fans, and increase name recognition.
- Status updates and tweets provide an opportunity to spread messages about recent projects, services, and offers.
- Profile pages give contractors a means of explaining what sets their business apart and allows people to endorse the company by becoming “Fans” or indicating that they “Like” the business.
When someone indicates that they “Like” a certain business on Facebook, for example, it appears on their profile page. Anyone who has access to that page sees the name of the business. “Friends” or “Fans” of a business are making a public declaration of support and respect for that business and the services they provide.
Posting videos to You Tube can give the recognition of a television commercial. Contractors can easily upload their own videos, which can be e-mailed or shared on social media sites. Video cameras such as Flip give great resolution and high quality sound for an extremely reasonable price. Videos provide an opportunity to show services, successes, and distinctions in a variety of ways. A contractor can post satisfied client interviews, before and after shots of jobs, product cleaning and care instructions, minor repair advice, step-by-step guides of what to expect in the remodeling process, how to assess damage caused by hailstorms, and more.
It is easier than ever for a contractor to engage with potential customers in a medium that they prefer. Utilizing social media tools sets a contractor apart from his peers and gives the exposure necessary to compete in today’s business world.
Matt Gibson is Manager, Contractor Programs for CertainTeed Siding Products Group