Marketing for Tradies Made Easy : Ultimate Guide 2022.

Are you a Tradie wanting to learn how to do Marketing for your Trades Business? Want to learn about Offline and Online Marketing?

You've come to the right place - Learn what actually works for Marketing your Trades Business.


In this Ultimate Guide of Marketing for Tradies: 


You will learn How to Get More Customers and Grow Your Tradie Business by Marketing Your Tradie Business, today.


If you need professional help, get in touch and we'll talk you through it.


Marketing for Tradies


You want to Generate Sales, Get More Customers; you Need to Grow Your Business, Get Leads and Be Profitable – You want to get off the tools, and you want to have the most effective Marketing for your business.


You're going to learn all about Marketing for Tradies, and apart from your skilled trade - it’s the most critical part of your business to get right if you want to make your business successful, to grow, and be profitable.


Marketing for Tradies done well, creates trust in your marketplace, it increases the awareness of your business, and most importantly – it generates the sales and growth that you need in order to grow your tradie business in a manner that is sustainable and repeatable.


In this Ultimate Guide: Marketing for Tradies - we’re going to get deep into the steps of Marketing Your Tradie Business, this is going to help you figure out the jargon from the facts - and give you a strong push forward with your businesses growth, today.


Marketing Plan for Tradies

The objective of Marketing for Tradies is to generate Strong Sales, Revenue and Profit for your business - we therefore need to look at this objectively and consider from a Marketing Perspective; what we’re going to do, when we’re going to do it and how we’re going to do it – and then put it into a plan for you.


We need a Marketing Plan for your Tradie Business - So let’s consider these questions as part of your Tradie Marketing Plan:
•    Are you going to do offline marketing or online marketing, or a mix of both?
•    Which types of Marketing are you going to do?
•    How much revenue do you need to generate from Marketing activities?
•    How much money will you invest in your advertising and marketing activities?
•    How much time can you invest to marketing your tradie business?
•    What is the fastest way for you to get new customers?
•    Do you plan to grow your business and take on more staff?
•    Do you want to dominate your region and industry with your trades business?


Going even deeper, let’s paint a picture of who you are as a business and your value proposition to define your market:


•    What services do you offer?
•    Who is your ideal customer?
•    What pain points or challenges do they face?
•    How do you solve that problem?
•    What is your Unique Selling Point or Value Proposition?


Once you have this information, you’re in a solid position to start making calculated business decisions for Marketing your Tradie Business.


Offline Marketing for Tradies

Marketing your Tradie Business Offline is getting to a point where it’s mostly irrelevant these days, offline can be a cash trap and will waste your precious resources and cash flow – however, there are still some good areas where you should look at investing in offline marketing.


In our experience, offline marketing avenues that you should definitely consider as a Tradie Business are:


•    Branding for Your Vehicle
•    Branded Work Clothing
•    Business Cards

•    Corflute Signage


We do not recommend doing the following offline marketing options as they are typically expensive, and won’t necessarily get you great results, or help your business grow:


•    Radio or Television Advertising
•    Newspaper Advertising
•    Leaflet Drops
•    Posters
•    Paper Directories like the Yellow Pages


You are much better off allocating funds that you had for these offline marketing activities to Online Marketing for Tradies, as you will get a better return on your investment and find customers faster, and more efficiently for your trades business.


In fact, if you look at the trending data in the chart below – you will see just how irrelevant these offline advertising methods have become. It’s time to move into the future, because the top 5% of your industry are already doing this.


This is Google data on actual searches for people looking for the Yellow Pages. Crazy huh? 


They were once such a strong business. Now look at it. Yep, times have changed.

Yellow Pages in Decline Chart


Online Marketing for Tradies

Online Marketing is where it’s at for any Tradie Business, pretty much everyone is online these days and most of the population have a smart phone within 1 metre of them at all times (they even look at phones on the toilet, it’s crazy!) – that means most of your customers are looking online, searching on Google for service providers when they need a tradie such as a plumber, electrician, removalist, builder, gardener, etc.


In our experience, and based on market research, these Online Marketing methods are where you will get the most value from online advertising:


•    Websites for Tradies

•    Google Ads (formerly known as Google Adwords) for Tradies
•    Google My Business Listing
•    Facebook for Tradies
•    Basic SEO for Tradies

•    Advanced SEO for Tradies
•    Gumtree/Online Directories for Tradies


Sound good? So let’s get right into it for you!


Website for Tradies


You want a super clean, easy to use, professional looking and mobile ready website.


If you do not have this, make this your absolute number 1 priority. 


Your website should make your contact information prominent, it should have pictures of you and your work, explain the services you offer and tell your customers how you differentiate yourself from your competitors.


One thing that we often see missing is case studies, testimonials and a demonstrated knowledge of how you add value to your customers. Make yourself stand out and describe the value that you add.


From a technical perspective, it’s important that your website loads fast and is mobile ready – As of 2020, Google gives bonus points to websites that have been made mobile ready, are optimised for mobile and are mobile friendly.


Google Ads/Adwords for Tradies


The fastest and most efficient way to land new customers, leads and sales for your business online by far, is by using Google Adwords for Tradies.


Google Adwords (or Google Ads, as it is now known) is a paid advertising option on Google which allows you to show in top positions when someone searches for your trade, in your service area, within your defined customer profile.


For example, if you are an Electrician in Sydney – Google will display your business to customers who go online and search for “Electrician in Sydney” or “fix home electricals” on Google – This means that you are only advertising to those that actually need your service and it is very effective at getting you new customers, and growing your tradie business.


We recommend Google Adwords or Google Ads (as it is now called) to all tradies established or even as a starting point; it’s fast, it’s effective, and it will get you great results.


We have plenty more information for you to read about Google Ads for Tradies in this article.


Google My Business


Google My Business shows your business to potential customers when they are searching for your business name or service category on Google, it allows customers to call you or visit your website directly from the Search Engine or a mobile smart phone. 


Google My Business also allows your customers to leave a review for your services, further adding credibility to your small but growing tradie business.


Google My Business can help you to show up within Google Maps, an added benefit and bonus to increase and improve your businesses visibility!


We can also help you with setting this up as part of our Tradie Marketing Service. Our customers typically get a 10x improvement in results from this alone. Just Ask!


Facebook for Tradies


Whilst we don’t recommend advertising on Facebook for most tradies, we do believe that there is value in setting up a Facebook page for your business.

You should be able to show off your work, explain a little bit more about who you are, post regularly about work you have done, engage with your Facebook audience, and have another position online on which to promote your business.


Just remember that your customers do not go onto Facebook to search for your services if for example they need to fix a gas leak, they will typically jump onto Google to conduct this search and find a suitable provider.


Facebook is great for building brand credibility for all types of businesses, it’s just not so great for finding you new active customers, in real-time – that’s why we always refer back to running Google Ads or SEO for Tradies.


Basic SEO for Tradies


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, you’ve probably seen a lot of it online if you have been looking into building websites, growing your business or speaking to other tradies about what you should do.


Search Engine Optimisation appears to be somewhat of a “dark trade”; as in, you probably feel that no-one can clearly, concisely explain or describe exactly what it is.


That’s because there are so many aspects to Search Engine Optimisation for Tradies


On-Site Optimisation, is where we will work to optimise a website for keywords or relevant search terms that your customers may be searching for, it also involved making sure “meta tags” and “site descriptions” are relevant and appropriate.


Off-Site Optimisation, is where we build credibility for your website with links to your website from other websites, articles about you or your business, authorised blog content referring back to you, industry accreditations and associations for your business.


Technical Optimisation, is where we go through the technical coding and server response rates – it requires software development, systems and programming knowledge in order to effectively speed up your website and associated infrastructure.


SEO is a complex beast, and requires a lot of investment, effort and time to make work and do well; but can yield impressive outcomes for businesses that want to grow and dominate their markets. 


We recommend SEO once you have a more established tradie business and can afford the investment and the financial outlay plus time is on your side - we see Search Engine Optimisation as a medium-to-long-term investment strategy for Marketing your Tradie Business. 


How do we know? Well we rank highly on Google organically for SEO Sydney.


It can take 6 to 12 months to start seeing a return on SEO work, and ongoing investment from there on in – If you want to grow a multi-million $ business in a competitive market such as Sydney – it’s definitely the right way to go about it.


SEO positions your business to be an industry leader, those that rank organically within Google will grow into large businesses.


If you’d like to find out more about SEO for Tradies, we've published a complete step-by-step guide, and it's extensive!


Online Directories for Tradies


Whilst it doesn’t always get you new customers, it’s at least the free option here (in most cases) to post an advertisement within most Online Directories such as Gumtree, Locanto, etc.


You can post information about yourself, pictures, your trade, your prices, and general services that you offer, your phone number and contact information – but the most important part, is being able to add a link to your website on these directories.


We have created a page to help you determine the best pages to post you website to (which are free), so get onto it - it will help your Tradie Search Engine Optimisation too!


As your Tradie Business starts to grow you might want to form and create partnerships with similar businesses that have access to your customer pool; 

If you’re an electrician, you might want to network with builders or maintenance people for example. 

You might also want to reach out to Real Estate Agents or Strata Management companies that have a whole bunch of apartments and rented accommodation that they look after on behalf of their clients, there’s so many businesses you could approach about your services and this is going to help you grow in the long-term.

Could you reach out to property developers or other larger construction groups/companies for potential partnership opportunities on their overflow work?

By building partnerships, you can really start to grow your business and employ more staff to do the actual work for you.

This is how you will win.


Another great opportunity that so many tradies miss out is so silly and so simple to implement, it’s simply asking your happy customers for feedback on your work, and a simple question: Who else you might be able to help with your service? 


How hard is that to ask? It takes 5 seconds, and could land you another job or two. Leave a business card behind, it’s easy.


Also, when is the last time you asked a happy customer to leave you a review on Google? Is it really that hard? 


How do you think it looks when you have two tradies: one with lots of 5*reviews on Google, the other with no reviews – which would you pick? 


Yeah, thought so – upgrade your customer service behaviours in this area and we promise you, it will help you grow your business. That’s a fact.

Our Top Recommendations when Marketing for Tradies 

Out of all the recommendations for Marketing Your Tradie Business, either if you are just starting out or looking to grow your business today -


We recommend you take action on the following:


1)    Have a Website, make sure your information is concise and gives your customer confidence about you, your trade and why they should pick you.

2)    Use Google Ads or Adwords, It’s a powerful advertising platform and it will get you results fast - we will help you with this.

3)    Start doing SEO for Tradies if you want to dominate your industry and service region, we can help you with this.

4)    Ask for Referrals and Google Reviews on every single job that you complete. It all adds up and builds your brand!

Need to find out more about Online Marketing for Tradies? Read more here!

It's an Investment in Your Business and Your Future

You’re reading this because clearly you want to get the phone ringing - you want to get more leads, gain more customers and build your business, right? 


You can’t do that without investing into your business, Google is the most effective way to advertise for tradie related businesses, because it’s where your customers are – and we can capture intent to convert into paying customers for you. It’s a no brainer!


I want you to do something, go onto Google and search for your trade in your area:


I.e. Plumber in Melbourne or Plumber in Bondi


What comes up at the top? Who are you seeing?


These are the guys that are literally taking in all of the business at the moment, because they’ve got themselves positioned correctly.


If you are not achieving this for your own business, you should be very concerned – the rate of Google usage is not slowing down, and if you’re too late to the game – it’s going to cost you more in the long term, other guys would have had years on you to optimise, and time is not on your side.


You need to invest, you need to think about the pipeline of business you need to create in order to support you for the next few years - and understand that not only are you getting results now – you will be getting better results into the future, and you're safeguarding your business that you’ve worked so hard to build.


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Challenges with Doing Google Ads Yourself

The biggest challenge for Tradies is doing Google Ads or SEO by themselves, to run effective online marketing campaigns that will beat your competition and actively grow your business - it's a full time job. 


It’s a complex platform to learn, you have to go into it on a daily basis, you have to A/B test and consistently optimise, you have to set limits on bids, you have to research the market, adjust audiences, consistently test it, and much more - it takes a lot of time and effort to get great results – which if you’re busy taking on new jobs or building pipeline, is taking you away from core activities of your trade that you are best at.


If you’re an accredited electrician, you wouldn’t expect someone with no electrical experience to wire a house – conversely, working with an accredited Google Adwords specialist is going to save you time, it’s going to get you better results, and it’s going to reduce your risk of messing up.


I see so many tradies that try to do it solo and then start to see their advertising spend blow out of control, wasted clicks, lower results and a negative impact on their business.

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Working with Marketix

By working with Marketix, you know that you’re working with an Australian business that has multiple heads that it can apply to the solution, people that have been living the Google Adwords platform for many years, that know how to solve problems for you and can dedicate time to optimising and managing your Google Adwords Campaigns.


Working with Marketix allows you to get more leads, gain more customers and build your business whilst reducing your cost, saving you time, and taking away the pain out of doing it all by yourself.


You don't have to do it alone.


In Summary :

Google processes over 40,000 individual searches, every single second, in Australia.


The top 5% of businesses in your industry are already using Google to be at the top of the page.


The challenge for a small tradie business is that it's complicated to do by yourself and it consumes a lot of time, it’s a complex bidding platform, to make ads to show at the top of Google results;


You have to learn how to use the platform, you have to know the tricks and secrets, you have to learn how to compete and market yourself, you have to know what is effective, and how to control spend without it blowing out of control.


We fix that problem for our extremely happy customers, we provide a fully managed service that makes it super easy for our clients to achieve great results for a fixed monthly cost.


Our clients don’t need to worry about Google, we set it up for you, we run it for you, and we continuously optimise and manage it for you.


It's hassle free.


We are getting awesome results for our existing customers, and the proof is that we generate hundreds of leads for our clients, every single day.


Ready to learn more? We’re offering a free consultation for your business, today!


What we will discuss:


· Your current monthly revenue and marketing

· The golden revenue you want to get to

· Marketing ideas on how you can achieve your goals

· Put together an expert marketing plan


By the end of this call you will have a clear picture of what to do next to accelerate your business.


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