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Thinking Like Your Customer

March 20th, 2019

Have you ever gone into a restaurant or a store and been shocked at how disconnected from reality the people working there were?  If you ask the server at a pizza restaurant whether they sell by the slice, or you ask an employee at the grocery store where to find the cleaning supplies, sometimes they’ll look at you like you have two heads.

You think to yourself – How do you not know the answer to that question?  Whether they’re doing it consciously or not, they look at you like you’re stupid, and it makes you want to leave and never shop there again.

These questions are rational to anyone who hasn’t spent so much time inside of those businesses.  But to people who have spent a great deal of time there, it’s impossible to imagine someone wouldn’t know the answers to those questions. They forget what it’s like to not know everything about how the business operates. (And, they are also not very good at customer service.)

Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone who takes the time to learn their industry.  If you spend most of your waking life thinking about the painting business, you probably get questions all the time that seem crazy. 

People might ask if they can save money by skipping the primer step, or painting over wallpaper.  They might assume that nobody can really paint a straight line unless they use painter’s tape on everything.  They probably won’t think about freezing temperatures being a problem at all.

When you get these questions, it’s possible that the person is trying to get a rock-bottom price, and they won’t be the type of customer that you are hoping to do business with.  But it’s equally likely that they just don’t want to pay extra for a “perfect” paint job and want to see if skipping a step or two will save them money.  They may have no idea what they’re asking you to do at all.

These questions may seem to have obvious answers, but they may not; it’s difficult to know what you wouldn’t know if you weren’t an expert in the painting industry.  When you get questions like this, it’s important to imagine yourself at that pizza counter or grocery store. 

Don’t just tell them you won’t do what they’ve asked you to do.  Take the time to explain why you do things the way you do them, and what would happen if you didn’t. 

Often times, the customer will accept your explanation without any further complaint.  In some cases, they’ll appreciate that someone took the time to actually explain what goes into the paint job they’re paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for.  But no matter what goes through their head, the conversation will definitely go better than that unconscious look of shock that sometimes happens when you aren’t prepared for these questions.

To learn how ProPainter Websites can help you gain more painting business with a website that searches well, call us at 855-385-1134 or email us at Team_PPW@ProPainterWebsites.com.

NAFA Painting | Your Trusted Painting Contractor in Claremont CA

March 20th, 2019

In addition to interior & exterior house painting, we also do deck refinishing, exterior house trim updates, power washing, gutter cleaning, hardwood floor installation, wood refinishing, and many other things that will make your home or commercial property look great. Our professional painters will help you cross off many projects on your checklist. Regardless of the type of work you need us to do, you can rest assured that you will receive great customer service, and that you’ll be happy with the results. If you are looking for high quality craftsmanship from a Claremont painting contractor that won’t break your budget, you should give NAFA Painting a call at 909-908-8269, we’d be delighted to work with you.

How Painting Contractors Can Beat Side-Hustlers Every Time

March 14th, 2019

One of the biggest changes that happened as a result of the recession was the creation of the Side-Hustle Economy.  Many people who lost their jobs went searching for other ways to make money, and a few smart business owners realized that there was plenty of money to be made in connecting these people with customers who wanted services on the cheap.

The economy recovered, but people never stopped working those side-jobs.  The companies that came out of that are among the largest in the world.  Uber and Lyft are probably the most famous side-hustle companies, but there are plenty of others.  People make things to sell on Etsy.  They buy and sell merchandise on Amazon or Ebay.  They even rent their houses on Airbnb.


Unfortunately, painters may find themselves fighting against side-hustle workers soon enough.  People looking for a little extra money can go to sites like Takl.com or TaskRabbit.com and check a few boxes, and they’re a painter (and a mover, and a furniture assembler).  And while they might not have any experience, they’re also not trying to make a living at it – they’re just looking for some money on the side.

How do you compete against this?  Here are two ways.

Focus on Cost

Many people who want a house painted have no idea how much work that entails.  There’s a good chance that side-hustlers don’t either.  That can get expensive fast.

Taking the time to move furniture and cover carpets makes the job a bit more expensive.  Dropping paint on a couch because you didn’t move it makes the job much more expensive.  And hiring someone who doesn’t have insurance can become extremely expensive if they do serious damage to your house or to themselves.

If a person doesn’t know much about painting, they probably don’t know much about paint either.  That means they’re likely to end up with cheap paint, which will take longer to apply and may not look good even after multiple coats.  If they have to pay to get all of this fixed, they’re going to spend far more than if they simply paid to have it done right the first time.

When you quote a job, taking the time to explain why you do the things you do can be the difference between a customer that trusts you, and one that goes price shopping online.  If they do price shop, the odds are high that they’ll find someone who will come pick up a roller and start slapping paint on the wall for half of what you’re charging.  They’re also going to be too embarrassed to call you back and ask for help when it looks terrible.

Focus on Value

When people purchase a service, most people care about more than just the cost.  In fact, cost is just a tie-breaker.  Unfortunately, when people don’t have any other apples-to-apples comparisons they can make, price becomes extremely important.

If you’re a professional painting contractor, the odds are high that you have a lot more to offer them than a fresh coat of paint.  You have a history of successfully completed jobs.  You have a history of showing up when you say you’re going to show up, and getting the job done on time and in budget.  You have employees who have a history of not stealing from the homes they paint.

When you point out these things to customers, they can decide how important they are to them, and consider them when they’re selecting a painting contractor.  If they don’t think of them, then they might stay fixated on price.

This is why the part of the job that’s the least fun for many painting contractors – the job quoting process – is so important.  Quoting a job correctly is about much more than winning the bid.  It’s about proving that your company’s best traits are actually important.  You’ll know you’ve made a great first visit to a customer’s house when they leave the conversation understanding far more about the job they’re asking you to do than they did before you visited.

This will only become more important as sites like Takl and TaskRabbit become more prevalent. It’s hard to beat a side-hustler on price, but you should beat them all day on safety, quality, reliability, or value.

To learn how ProPainter Websites can help your business gain more business and improve your margins, call us at 855-385-1134 or email us at Team_PPW@ProPainterWebsites.com.

 

Piper’s Painting Company | Nashville’s Premier Painting Contractor

March 13th, 2019

Piper’s Painting Company has been serving Nashville and the surrounding areas for over 25 years and are fully licensed, bonded and insured. In addition to painting, we also do deck refinishing, power washing, gutter cleaning and many other things that will make your home or commercial property look great. Regardless of the type of work you need us to do, you can rest assured that you will receive great customer service, and that you’ll be happy with the results. If you are looking for high quality craftsmanship from a Nashville painting contractor, you should give Piper’s Painting Company a call at 615.373.2990.

Clear Choices Lead to Fast Decisions – and More Sales

March 5th, 2019

It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that more information leads to better decisions. What really helps your potential customers make better (and quicker) decisions are the most important three to four pieces of information.

Provide your potential customers everything they need to make a quick decision. Click here to learn how to do that.

 

Lake Land Painting Specialists | Lake Lands BEST!

March 4th, 2019

Lake Land Painting Specialists is the company to call when you need painting services. They are the pros when it comes to interior painting, exterior painting, staining and other projects. They make sure to take their time and stand by their quality work. If you are in the Murray, Kentucky area call Jim at 270-753-6895!