Client Profile: Lombardo Pools

Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Small Screen Producer Digital and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

The Lombardo family has been diving into swimming pool construction business since the early 1960s and is Charlotte, North Carolina’s only Master Pool Builder. This award-winning Lombardo Pools offers custom pool design and construction and manages each part of the building process in-house. This gives them the opportunity to serve each and every client with the service at every stage of the building process from start to finish.

As part of the Master Pools Guild, an elite group of builders known worldwide to have a set the benchmark in industry standards and expertise, Lombardo Pools knows how to follow through and provide an experience that is as worry-free as possible.

To match Lombardo’s elegant nature, Small Screen Producer built Lombardo Pools a sleek, modern website design.

The homepage features a high-resolution slider with three main categories to help visitors get to know the company.

Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Pool Marketing Site Digital Media and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

Below, visitors can watch a quick business profile video about the company and view recent blog posts and news updates on the right side of the page. Scroll down and visitors can view photo galleries and click to download free pool resources.

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Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Small Screen Producer Digital and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

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Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Pool Marketing Site Digital Media and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

On the “Galleries,” page, visitors can see categorized galleries. Each gallery loads a preview page and visitors can load a larger version when an image is clicked.

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On the Master Pools Guild Gallery page, visitors can click on a member locator that’s directly found on the Master Pools Guide website.

Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Pool Marketing Site Digital Media and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

This website is integrated with Google Translate that translates all website copy into English, French, and Spanish. Social media links finish off the website to make it a well rounded, elegant website fit for an award winning pool builder.

Client Profile: Lombardo Pools | Pool Marketing Site Digital Media and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston


Client Profile: Gibbons Pools

Gibbons Pools Client Profile Long Island New York | Pool Marketing Site Digital and Inbound Marketing Agency Houston

Gibbons Pools is this week’s Pool Marketing Site’s featured client. Gibbons Pools provides high-end custom pool service and maintenance serving Long Island, New York and surrounding areas. They are best known for providing “smart and energy efficient pools” that offer clients a worry-free lifestyle.

We wanted to showcase Gibbons as the pool builder of Long Island, one that can save customers money, time, and energy by providing the right pool construction and maintenance components that work effortlessly together. Gibbons builds beautiful pools, no doubt, but in addition to that, we wanted to highlight the award-winning pool company’s strong stance on providing products and services that are family-, wallet-, and environmentally-friendly. In addition, the company wanted to focus efforts on locality and areas served.

The Pool Marketing Site Team dreamed up a incredibly beautiful, sleek, modern design filled with engaging, interactive pieces such as a luminous photo slider and gorgeous categorized photo galleries, client testimonials, video and product images that present visitors with all the “worry-free” pool products available:

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Gibbons Pools', Website, Long Island, New York

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Gibbons Pools' Worry-Free Pool Page, Long Island, New York

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Gibbons Pools' Pool Gallery, Long Island, New York

Completely customized, branded videos, including this company overview video:

Call-to-actions for customers to get free consultations and service requests:

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Gibbons Pools, Call-to-Actions, Long Island New York

A news blog that captures Gibbons’ commitment to providing family-friendly fun and pool safety. Most recently last month, Gibbons was featured in NBC 4 New York’s coverage on pool draining tips after celebrity and musician Usher’s five-year-old-son nearly drowned.

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Gibbons Pools' News, Long Island, New York

Gibbons’ Contact Page included an easy-to-fill-out contact form, location map, and a Google map of surrounding areas to help customers locate the company.

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Gibbons Pools' Contact Us Page, Long Island, New York

To go along with Gibbon’s innovative traits, we designed the site to be completely modern with a responsive web design, fluid to fit every screen size. See responsive first-hand by visiting the website and minimizing your screen. The website should fit to any size you create.

Click Here to Visit the Site and Try It Out! 

The Pool Marketing Site Team placed a strong emphasis on creating a modern, engaging design reminiscent of Gibbon’s brand persona. By providing features that are both easy on the eyes and helpful for visitors, we helped create a custom design that fit both the company’s (and their customers’) tastes and lifestyle.


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Build Effective Mobile and Tablet Sales Tools

Check out this great article published on our sister site, Small Screen Producer.

In order to create effective mobile and tablet sales tools, you need to understand what your customers want and develop a strategy to give it to them on the device of their preference.

Mobile Is On the Rise

You may have heard before that mobile internet usage is expected to surpass desktop internet usage by 2015. Mobile doesn’t just mean smart phones though. Tablets like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy are included when calculating mobile usage trends.

Mobile Is Different

A mobile site should not be your full website on a smaller scale. With mobile and tablet devices, your real estate is decreased significantly.

People on mobile devices are in a different mind frame – whether they’re looking for an immediate purchase, perusing while waiting in line or using as a second screen while watching TV.

Another thing to note is typically mobile has a slower connection than a desktop computer.

What Your Customers Want:

  • 78% of people want to find what they’re looking for in 1-2 clicks
  • 61% of people want a click to call function/54% of people want to send an email
  • 41% of people want to play a video clip
  • 48% of people want easy access to a company’s social media accounts
  • 74% of people want the design to be clean and efficient
  • 74% of people want an option to go to the full site

*Stats from the latest Google Survey

How To Deliver

Responsive web design is a great strategy for tablet usage, and can sometimes transfer over to mobile devices as long as the content on your site is not cumbersome. However, if you have a larger website with several photos, a dedicated mobile site and dedicated tablet site can create a more user-friendly experience, which leads to higher traffic, lower bounce rates, and higher lead conversion rates.

Mobile and tablet design should follow one principle rule: Keep. It. Simple.

Remember how people want to find information on your site in 1-2 clicks? Your navigation menu should be simple and large enough to read on a small screen. You should only include the more essential aspects of your full website, based on how your customers browse. If you see in your Google Analytics that your photos, contact and FAQ are the highest traffic pages of your site, those should be on your mobile site. Your phone number should have a click to call functionality. Adding embedded video will increase engagement.

Bottom line, your mobile and tablet sites should have a strategy behind them based on your customer behavior. Without a strategy, you are not taking user experience into consideration, and you are hurting your lead conversion rate.

Examples of Successful Mobile and Tablet Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t just stop at a mobile website! If usage trends continue to rise, your marketing will have to adopt mobile marketing practices.

  • Mobile coupons and specials
  • Mobile-based loyalty program
  • Geo-Location Marketing Services
  • Custom point of sale kiosks
  • Appointment reminders!

Build your database. Reach your smart phone users on their platform of choice!

View our digital pool marketing brochures for builder, service and retail to see what we can do for you! To get started on your mobile and tablet sales tools, contact us today.

What is Tumblr?

Tumblr was founded in February 2007 by David Karp. Tumblr is a micro-blogging service that allows you to effortlessly share anything from photos, quotes, links, music, videos and text all in a HTML format. Whether you want to post about your pool tips, pool designs, backyard tips and pool builder photos Tumblr is what you make it!

Personalization is key with having a Tumblr and it gives you the opportunity to share easily and elegantly. Share your Tumblr with friends and followers through email, social media and other networking sites. Today, this free micro-blogging service consists of over 79 million blogs and is available through mobile applications, web, desktop and widgets. Watch this video for more information and insight into the world of Tumblr.

Business Profile: Johnson Pools & Spas

Johnson Pools & Spas has been serving the Madison County community of Huntsville,Alabama for over 35 years and specializes in the design, build and installation of custom and budget friendly swimming pools. To fully and adequately display Johnson Pools & Spas’ builder, service and retail departments in an updated manner, we created a new website with branded social media accounts and a blog.

We created a web presence for Johnson Pools & Spas that embodies their pool building, pool service and pool and backyard living retail store all in one. The newly launched web presence includes an up-to-date website, branded social media and an integrated blog.

The New Website

Johnson Pools & Spas’ new website design includes easier navigation, up-to-date content and a sleek design that is engaging to customers. The strategic content was created on an analytic review of typical customer behavior, such as backyard and swimming pool design ideas, store hours and their current featured products.

A great new feature to the website is where customers can schedule a service appointment. This makes it quick and simple to set up an appointment with the professionally trained staff of Johnson Pools & Spas. The website is also fully integrated to feature their new branded social media and blog.

Branded Social Media & Blog 

There has been a recent push in the pool industry to integrate social media accounts and blogs to the website. We specialize in making social media accounts and blogs that enable social sharing and search engine optimization value. For Johnson Pools & Spas, the new content marketing opportunities allow for fresh customer engagement opportunities. It will also support brand awareness and increase lead generation by introducing topics that are relevant to customers such as swimming pool design ideas, backyard living ideas, swimming pool accessories and service.

To learn more about how you can establish a fantastic web presence, like Johnson Pools & Spas’ and our other great clients, contact us today!

APSP Partners with Small Screen Producer

APSP PARTNERS WITH SMALL SCREEN PRODUCER TO ENHANCE MEMBERS’ ONLINE MARKETING CAPABILITY 

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces a new business services partnership with Small Screen Producer, a Houston-based company specializing in interactive web based media solutions, to provide APSP members with preferred pricing on traditional and web based marketing services.  Through www.poolmarketingsite, APSP members will have access to affordable services to effectively enhance their web presence, provide lead generation, brand promotion, content marketing and digital engagement strategies.

“Because APSP is dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses, we recognize the need to offer our members an easy way to market to the new mobile-enabled, socially connected, tech savvy consumer,” said APSP President and CEO Bill Weber.

APSP sponsored consumer research shows that today’s pool and hot tub prospects begin their shopping with an online search to help determine which dealers to visit.  If a web presence is not up to par, consumers may never take the next step into a showroom. “A strong, professional web presence will help our members reflect success to today’s customer,” added Weber.

The Pool Marketing site is a division of Small Screen Producer, and has provided full service strategic marketing solutions to help the pool, spa and hot tub industry sell the backyard living experience to consumers.  Their professional web presence design teams can establish a complete online infrastructure to springboard internet marketing campaigns through the use of interactive, socially shareable websites, mobile websites, iPad friendly sales presentations, print design, exhibit design, social media marketing, video production, and search engine optimization services.

“We are honored APSP has chosen us to provide online and traditional marketing solutions to its members,” said Pam Vinje, President and CEO of Small Screen Producer. “Our commitment to the membership is that we will seek to stay ahead of the technology curve through our ongoing commitment to researching the latest search engine, website design, social media, and mobile technology innovations and integrations.  Our partnership with APSP will grant many more manufacturers and small businesses the opportunity to develop a much needed total web presence strategy,” says Vinje.

The Pool Marketing Site has provided digital media marketing services to APSP International Awards of Excellence recipients, Pool and Spa News Top 50 builders, along with many service professionals, retailers, and pool and spa industry manufacturers and agents.

In addition to marketing services to showcase members’ products and services, APSP members will also have access to monthly marketing webinars, hosted by Small Screen Producer and sponsored by APSP.  Members can also get started with a free custom local SEO report card and a free online web presence marketing assessment.

APSP members interested in taking advantage of this members-only discount program can visit www.poolmarketingsite or call 281-569-4370.

With the addition of the Small Screen Producer’s Pool Marketing Site, APSP introduces another business services provider to its Member Discount Program. APSP reaches hundreds of companies serving the pool, spa and hot tub industry and selects only those who provide the highest value and quality products, sales, and service to participate in the Member Discounts Program as an Affinity Partner.

About APSP
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety.  APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas.  For more information, visit APSP.org.

About Small Screen Producer

Small Screen Producer, headquartered in Houston, TX is a full service interactive digital media agency developing targeted, branded, content marketing strategies. We specialize in creating interactive web based media solutions that are not only searchable and socially shareable but virally engaging. Small Screen Producer is recently honored as a  Houston Business Journal “Fast Tech 50” firm, a Hubspot Gold Certified Honors of Distinction firm and Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses award recipient.  For more information visit www.smallscreenproducer.com

 

 

Case Study: Splash Pool Services Video Success

Splash Pool Services

The Situation

Chris Ferriss, owner of Splash Pool Services, was looking for a new way to reach out to customers who need pool maintenance, pool service, pool renovation or fiberglass repair in the Michigan area. Splash Pool Services needed to go beyond traditional and find a creative way to showcase their talents. That’s where Pool Marketing Site stepped in! We develop targeted, branded, content marketing strategies that can keep any business connected to the customer in a searchable, socially shareable and engaging way.

The Solution

For Splash Pool Services we first created a new website that is search engine optimized and has a completely new, digitally engaging web design. The website is integrated with all new social media channels which build brand presence and lead generation. A cool new feature we created for the site is the option for customers to schedule an appointment with Splash Pool Services right on the website! This makes it simple and functional for both Ferriss and customers. Along with the website and social media channels, we produced a series of videos that position him as an expert in the industry and in his local community. Each video created for Splash Pool Services was search engine optimized, visually appealing and informative.

The Results

The fiberglass repair page of the website features information on Splash Pool Services history and great reputation on fiberglass repair, along with a video. The video we produced for Splash Pool Services was informative, clear and creatively put together. The video includes an interview with Ferriss as he describes the Splash Pool Services process of fixing cracks in fiberglass pools that happen often with the changing weather in Michigan.

In the interview with Ferriss, he describes the abundance of services they provide at Splash Pool Services and how they specialize in fiberglass pool repairs. The video features an on-site fiberglass repair to fully showcase their in-depth and complete fiberglass repair process to customers. Because of this well-thought, visually appealing and search engine optimized fiberglass repair service video we created for Splash Pool Services, within three weeks of uploading the video to YouTube his team sold a fiberglass repair.

Business Profile: Select Pool Services

Select Pool Services

Select Pool Services is a North Dallas pool company that specializes in pool remodeling, custom swimming pool construction and pool repair. We created a completely new web presence for their online marketing strategy to showcase the outstanding, professional pool services they offer. The web presence displays the premium craftsmanship and quality customer service that Select Pool Services provides for each customer.

Our approach was to give Select Pool Services a web presence strategy that includes engaging website design that will attract and educate customers. The web presence is search engine optimized with keywords that are specific and unique to help customers find Select Pool Services.

We designed the website so customers can view interactive photo galleries, read testimonials, learn about all the unique services provided at Select Pool Services and even a blog. A blog is a great lead generation tool to educate potential and current pool owners with company updates and industry news.

We love the new feature to Select Pool Services’ web presence – the addition of video production and social media channels. Here is the video we produced and featured on the homepage:

The new video will attract customers and educate viewers on the services they have been providing the North Dallas area for over 35 years. The same idea goes for the social media channels that we added to Select Pool Services’ web presence package. Social media will allow for constant connection to customers.

Interested in beginning your journey into a new web presence to attract potential and new swimming pool customers? Let’s get started!

Business Profile: Pacific Pools and Patios

Pacific Pools and Patios

Pacific Pools and Patios is a full service backyard swimming pool builder located in Riverside, California. They create beautiful outdoor spaces that family and friends can enjoy for fun and relaxation in the Riverside County and surrounding areas. In order to display their great work and customer services skills they came to us to create a new web presence that is complete with innovative design, socially shareable elements and other great web optimization features.

Here is the “About Us” video we produced for Pacific Pools and Patios:

We built their web presence to include inbound marketing tactics which allows the customers to learn all about what Pacific Pools and Patios can offer to them. For instance, we featured the Free Report that gives customers all the details and information they need to know before they buy a pool. What a great tool!

The website also features a blog and photo galleries that allow the customer to engage and supports brand promotion. Overall, the Pacific Pools and Patios website was designed to feature specific keywords and eye-catching graphics that will attract customers and potential pool owners.

“It’s this passion for custom backyard swimming pools and our commitment to the families we serve that inspires us to offer the highest level of quality, craftsmanship and customer satisfaction.” – Pacific Pools and Patios

Isn’t it time to get your web presence search engine optimized, digitally engaging and brand appealing like Pacific Pools and Patios? We’d love to help!

Local SEO is the Way to Go

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the technique of helping your website rank higher in the organic search results.  If you paid for an ad, that’s called Pay Per Click, which we referred to in our last blog post.  Any search result that isn’t a paid ad is an organic search result. Considering 88% of people don’t click on paid ads, a long-term, local SEO strategy and plan is the way to go.

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How Search Engines Work

Search engines are major profit centers.  If they don’t perform, they lose money.  Their objective is to bring a consumer relevant and helpful websites that match their search query, or the consumer will find a different search engine that does.  If there are no consumers searching, they lose ad revenue.  The way they find those relevant and helpful websites is by crawling websites and reading their keywords, tags, meta description and so on, and then indexing your website pages for later reference.

In a nutshell, the search engines consider two main areas to determine rank: the content of your website andwho’s linking to you.  Within each of these buckets, there are complicated, proprietary algorithms for each search engine.  Some factors that affect a consumer’s search results are:

  • The geographic location of the consumer
  • Personal search history of the consumer
  • A consumer’s personal network’s social media history (Google +1, Facebook “likes” of friends)
  • Historical performance of a listing (click through rate, bounces, etc)
  • Link quality (reciprocal vs. one-way)
  • Webpage content (keywords, tags, pictures)
  • Back end code of a website
  • Link type (social media sharing, link from a media outlet or blog, etc)

Check out this video from Matt Cutts, Google’s Head of Web Spam, as he gives a bird’s eye glimpse into how Google determines ranking.

Why Local Matters

Local SEO factors in the “where” component of a search. Consumers are searching on smart phones and tablets for immediate purchases, so search engines have shifted their focus to local.  Consumers have always needed local products and services. What’s changed is how they find them.  Search engines have become the new Yellow Pages.  What levels the playing field for local businesses is their local address.

Local SEO is a budget-friendly way to gain exposure.  Consumers are searching for you already, so the conversion rate and ROI is traditionally much higher than interruption marketing, such as billboards or commercials.  It’s also much more targeted, so you’re spending your money on a smart, strategic plan rather than hoping people see your ad and call you.

When optimizing for local SEO strategy, you need to plan for onsite optimization and offsite optimization.  Your onsite optimization should include the areas you serve in your title tags, photo tags, etc.  Your content needs to be relevant and authoritative (no keyword stuffing!) and helpful for the end user.  Remember, search engines want to get it right, or they lose money.  Trying to trick them is not a good idea.

Local Search and Google

Offsite, you can build a campaign around directory listings, video SEO, photo SEO, etc.  Whatever plan you decide must be consistent across all onsite and offsite channels in order to be effective.  We believe in a total web presence, and a local SEO strategy is a big component to that presence.  All of the factors that search engines consider is how we build our sites and our SEO strategies.

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