Marketing for field service organizations has evolved rapidly in recent years with the boom in social media, mobile technology, and other Web 2.0 innovations — in addition to improvements in traditional methods. Here’s a look at some of the most effective marketing tactics.

Web and Social Marketing

Forget print advertising for a minute. The Web is (obviously) both a gold mine for potential customers and placements. Google AdWords is a start, but there are many other ways to reach your target audience:

Real-World Visibility

Offline, marketing gets a little more tactile. Remember: Whether it’s your service techs’ uniforms, or the sign on your storefront, every visual impression you leave on customers is a marketing opportunity. A few ideas:

  • VEHICLE WRAPS: Your company vehicles are a huge canvas — and opportunity — to get your message out. Check out these tips on getting the most out of vehicle wraps.
  • QR CODE: Do you ever use QR codes (those black-and-white square graphics you’re starting to see everywhere)? Take a photo of them with a camera-phone, and you’ll be directed to a website with more information. They can go on just about any marketing materials: business cards, company vans, service cards, outdoor signage, or door hangers, Pulizzi says.
  • GIVEAWAYS: Give away swag: Refrigerator magnets, company calendars, stickers, thumbnail drives — whatever. They are an easy, sticky, and inexpensive way to get your name out. But remember: The more useful it is, the more likely someone will keep it and continue to see your brand, rather than tossing it in the trash.

Service as Marketing

Lastly, it’s important to remember that great service is its own marketing — in fact some companies eschew marketing and sales expenses entirely to focus on delivering great customer service that will produce referrals.

More: Top 8 Ways to Advertise Your HVAC Business.

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ABOUT Ian Stewart

Avatar photoIan is a veteran journalist who has covered sports for various news outlets. Previously, he was managing editor for an electronic-book publishing company and a public relations writer.