iMarket Solutions Blog : Archive for July, 2011

iMarket Solutions celebrates first year of business with incredible growth

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

iMarket Solutions celebrates its first anniversary July 28, 2011, counting more than 100 businesses to its client roster. It’s been a year of incredible growth for the internet marketing firm, which specializes in HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractor websites.

In July 2010, the fledgling company had one client, an aggressive business plan, and three partners who were intent on offering contractors a way to use the Internet to bring in leads. One year later, the firm has a host of clients across the U.S. and Canada and partnerships with some of the biggest names in the HVAC business, including Mitsubishi and Goodman (Amana/Whirlpool). The company has also signed multiple deals with large distributorships and is a member of several national associations, including Quality Service Contractors (QSC) and Plumbing & Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC).

Overwhelmingly, the most popular product the marketing firm offers has been the “Domination” website, which includes a bevy of tools aimed to climb the ranks of the Internet search engines. This package has been so successful because it allows contractors to draw in leads from every town in their service area. iMarket customers that have subscribed to this package have seen the number of leads generated by their website increase by over 100 per month.

“Our sites have been incredibly successful in the Google rankings,” said Nadia Romeo, president of iMarket Solutions, “But more importantly, these sites prompt customers to pick up the phone and call.”

Romeo attributes the success of iMarket’s websites to them being extremely well optimized, but also for containing relevant content. “I’m fond of saying ‘content is king,’ ” said Romeo. “We make sure the sites not only have the keywords that will bring in customers, but we also make sure the content inspires their confidence, so they will follow through by contacting these contractors.”

iMarket Solutions’ websites have drastically reduced the average cost per lead , which for traditional media averages at around $200 nationwide. “Some of our clients have seen the cost per lead drop to a tenth of that,” said Romeo. “They’ve had to add staff to keep up with the demand. In this economy, I’d say that’s a testament to how well our sites work.”

In the last six months iMarket has added numerous staff members and the company is interviewing candidates to fill additional positions. iMarket is conducting a nation-wide search to add another salesperson to keep up with the demand for new websites.

iMarket Solutions has offices in Las Vegas, Seattle and the Burlington, Vermont area. To learn more about the company visit https://www.imarketsolutions.com or email contact@imarketsolutions.com or call 800-727-3920.

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New tool allows Goodman dealers to build free website in four easy steps

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

iMarket Solutions announces the Goodman Dealer Website Building Wizard. This tool allows HVAC contractors to easily set up a website that is specific to the heating and air conditioning industry. Contractors can build a website in four easy steps by entering basic information about their business.

These websites will feature Goodman products and be customized with dealer logos and colors. Within three business days the new website will be launched!

Best of all, the site is created for free! The only fees involved are a $25/month hosting fee. It you sell Goodman products, including Amana, Whirlpool or private label Goodman HVAC equipment, you’re invited to begin creating your own website in just a few minutes.

Visit http://goodman.imarketsolutions.com/ to begin building your site or call 800-727-3920 ext. 102 for more information.

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Bing, Facebook, and Google +1: Who’s Going to Dominate Social Search, and What It All Might Mean for HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Service Businesses

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

As we discussed in some previous blog posts, Bing is making a bid to challenge Google’s dominance in the search world. We’ve already looked at Bing’s deal with Blackberry, which may give Bing a lot more traction in the mobile search market. Now we’re going to look at Bing’s deal with Facebook, which adds an exciting “social” aspect to Bing’s search results – and Google’s attempt to strike back.

Here’s how it works. Bing search results will now include “Likes” from Facebook. If you’re logged into Facebook when you make a search – say, to find a local plumber – you’ll get a list of plumbers’ websites, and if any of your Facebook Friends have “Liked” any of the websites in the list, you’ll see a little thumbs-up “Like” icon and the name of your friend(s) who “Like” the site.

Of course, when your Facebook Friends make searches in Bing, they in turn will be able to see which websites you have “Liked”. To make it as easy as possible for everyone to contribute their opinion, There’s even a Bing toolbar that lets you “Like” a website right from your browser controls – you don’t have to hunt on the website for the little “Like” icon.

It’s certainly handy to be able to see at a glance if one or more of your Friends “Likes” a website – especially when you’re trying to evaluate something you don’t know much about. Many people rely primarily on word-of-mouth to choose heating, plumbing, and electrical contractors, and “we think consumers searching for service businesses will quickly come to use “Likes” to choose one contractor over another.

But the Bing/Facebook integration goes deeper than that. Bing will actually use your Friends’ “Likes” to help calculate the search engine results it presents to you – that is, the sites that your Friends “Like” will get a higher spot in the listings. And because each person has a different group of Facebook Friends with different “Likes”, Bing will present a different set of search results to each person – a truly personalized search.

For businesses, this means that it will be increasingly important to encourage happy customers to register their satisfaction online. There are some great ways to do this, and we’ll revisit this topic again in future blog posts.

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