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Promotion and Marketing Keys
in Today’s Environment
Presented by The National Auctioneers Association
iSeries: Promotion and Marketing Keys in Today’s Environment
Presented by The National Auctioneers Assocciation
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The way we promote and/or market our business today, inside the auction
industry and beyond, has a vastly different feel and look compared to the
ancient history of five years ago, and speed is the culprit. Consumers, it is
widely believed, are willing to give advertising about six seconds before they
move on to the next link, post, story, etc.
While that’s enough to keep marketers and promoters up at night, the savvy
ones in our midst are thankful to know that six seconds doesn’t apply across
the board. If it did, there would be no place within our content marketing
realm for such things as blogs, long-form thought leading, expert analysis, and
Personally, the reader in me is also thankful for this. However, the consumer
side of me also knows it enjoys sharp, 300-dpi images and six-second Vine
videos as much as the next consumer. Consumers want quality, and they
want it now. That rule applies whether you’re creating a print, radio or TV ad;
engaging audiences through social media with witty banter; or even repre-
senting your brand the old-fashioned way with a 30-second sales pitch and
offering a (gasp!) human-to-human handshake.
Yes, when it comes to marketing and promotions these days, every single tip
and tool has to have a purpose. And, every effort must be quality. The National
Auctioneers Association understands its members’ needs and therefore offers
the following information on promotions and marketing in the current
We start with prospecting because, yes, it has a solid place. Then, because
the promotions climate demands auction professionals reach outside their
physical space in order to stay relevant, we will explore the concept of content
marketing before diving in on how one should make sure their content
marketing efforts are carried forth.
And finally, we take a look at how important quality imagery is and how a
marketer can make sure their crafted message isn’t lost in a fuzzy mess because
you don’t want to lose a potential client due to immediate turn-off.
Remember, consumers will give you about six seconds. You’ve got to make
each one count.
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Prospecting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
From drip to deluge. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Find your Influencers. . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Image quality is vital. . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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First, Auctioneers should view prospecting as the way in which
they market themselves, says Mark Manley, CAI, AARE, MPPA,
who teaches a course on prospecting in the NAA’s Certified
Auction Institute program. The relationships between Auctioneers
and their clients, he says, are key to marketing.
“You need to ask, ‘What commonalities do I have with the client?’
Then, build on that,” says Manley, of Rowell Auctions in Moultrie,
Georgia. “And, I don’t subscribe to the concept of walking in
someone’s office and seeing what’s on the bookshelf to find your
commonalities. This is about taking the time to determine if you
and the client’s goals align.”
As Auctioneers look to expand their client base, Manley recom-
mends about a three-year analysis of a business. This entails
pinpointing which clients have led to a majority of a business’
income and strategizing the best ways to target similar clients.
“This means simply asking a client, ‘Who else do you know that
I can work for?’” Manley says. “That’s how you take the synergy
you’ve built in a specific time frame and build on it.”
He finds relationship building to be much more effective than
“It is not in my psychological makeup to dial for dollars,” he says.
“I’d rather get a warm lead, and work from there.”
Often, Auctioneers find success by turning to civic organizations
within their own community, something NAA Chief Executive
Officer Hannes Combest emphasizes in “Easy Communica-
tions to Grow Your Business,” a class that she teaches with
state Auctioneers associations. She encourages Auctioneers
to explore speaking opportunities with organizations such as
Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Club. A call to your local chamber of
commerce should produce a list of local clubs and organizations.
“They are always looking for presentations to be given at those
meetings,” Combest says. “This is a natural opportunity for
Auctioneers to talk about a really interesting profession.”
BY NANCY HULL RIGDON
Auctioneers can turn to a variety of proven prospecting resources
and practices to grow their businesses.
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NAA presentation resources
The NAA offers different presentations that its members can use
once they secure a speaking engagement. The presentations are on
the NAA website at: www.auctioneers.org/auction-presentations.
“All an Auctioneer has to do is download a presentation, put their
name and logo on it, and then they’re ready to go,” Combest says.
John Genovese III, ATS, known as John John, has learned that
earning the trust of those in his community plays a key role in
drumming up business. He and his father, John Lee Genovese Jr.,
own Malama Auctions in Lihue, Hawaii. The Genoveses previ-
ously lived in California, where John owned an auction company.
“In Hawaii, it takes a long time to be accepted into the
community,” John John says. “You can’t shake hands and say, ‘Let’s
get down to business.’
“They want to know who you are and find out if they can
In turn, the Genoveses take a slow and steady approach to
business prospecting with an emphasis on relationship building,
and their efforts have brought strong results to the family’s nearly
“We have been getting a good following and have quite a few
regulars now,” John John says.
JillMarie Wiles, CAI, BAS, also places a high priority on trust
when it comes to business prospecting.
“As Auctioneers, no matter what area we specialize in, we are
transforming people’s assets, and trust is paramount in that
transaction,” says Wiles, of Beneficial Auction Services in Canby,
Ore. In addition, Wiles also stresses a few best practices: listening
intently with sincerity, having integrity by keeping your word and
creating a full circle experience by following up with clients.
Turning down business
Auctioneers can find themselves in tough prospecting situations,
including hearing the word “No” from a potential or current client
as well as turning down business.
“The word ‘No’ never bothers me when I have given a potential
client all the information they need to make a choice in their best
interest,” Wiles says. “A ‘No’ isn’t a rejection, but rather a chance to
move on or to learn something new for next time.”
Wiles has learned that turning down business is sometimes the
right decision. She’s said “No” due to factors including the time a
client would need, a calendar conflict, an auction falling outside of
her area of expertise, and the opportunity not being a custom fit.
“I always give the inquiry their next step in utilizing the auction
method, which is usually a referral to another NAA Auctioneer,”
she says. “The NAA membership is a huge resource in my daily
In addition, Wiles emphasizes the effectiveness of what she refers
to as custom fitting. For instance, she finds success when she seeks
out clients that are a good fit for her. With this approach, she
brings a high level of passion to her work, which positively affects
When those issues were at play in the past, she says she found that
“the auction results were better, and my next auction was always
out in the audience.”
She recommends that Auctioneers consider the CAI program in
their efforts to grow their businesses. The program, she says, was
the best investment she’s made in building her business.
“I learned strategies of how to attract business and build strong
marketing specific to the auction profession,” she says.
She also encourages Auctioneers to ask themselves a series of
questions to ensure they are well prepared to attract business.
“When a person or organization is looking for the services of an
auction professional, are you set up so they can find you? Are you
clear on the message of the services you provide?
“Are you investing your efforts into attracting business, or are you
wasting your time by sporadically chasing business?”
“A ‘No’ isn’t a rejection, but rather
a chance to move on or to learn something
new for next time.”
– JillMarie Wiles, CAI, BAS
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It drives a never hungrier Internet. It shape-shifts from e-books
and blogs to videos, newspaper articles and Internet memes. All
of it combines to stuff our faces with brands, messages, agendas
and even, on occasion, knowledge. It gets heavy at times, and
consumers have pushed back by becoming guarded, skeptical
and better informed – often quick to dismiss anything that
That leads to a simple question: How does one best reach and
engage a savvy consumer on their turf and on their terms? The
answer is that even if consumers have become extremely niched,
their appetites for information have never been bigger or more
efficient. They consume more info and do it faster than before,
and that’s a good thing. It leaves room for your message to be on
the menu, and the Internet gives you more opportunity than ever
to present why your meal is the best choice.
What a glorious table setting for content marketing.
“Content marketing has always been a part of the marketing mix
in some fashion, just under different names such as branded
content, brand storytelling and so on,” says Kevin Briody,
Senior Vice President, Content Marketing, for Pace. (Based in
Greensboro, North Carolina, Pace was named 2013 Content
Agency of the Year at the second annual Content Marketing
Awards.) “However it really took off over the last few years due to
how consumers are finding and sharing all that content – in other
words, due to the rise of organic search (Google, Bing, etc.) and
social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) and
their increasing convergence.
“In an incredibly noisy marketing landscape, particularly online,
having a powerful, relevant and engaging story to tell has become
absolutely critical for brands looking to connect with their
customers and prospects. Great storytelling content, and how
it fuels organic search and social media, is the root of content
marketing as a viable marketing strategy.”
FROM DRIP TO DELUGE
BY CURTIS KITCHEN
More than ever, content is king.
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James Meyers is the CEO of Imagination Publishing, which was
a finalist for 2013 Content Agency of the Year. He believes the
online culture has been a catalyst for content marketing’s boom.
“Unquestionably, the Internet has catapulted the growth of
content marketing,” Meyers says. “The combination of needing
frequent, valuable content to: improve SEO results; to encourage
repeat customer visits; to engage customers; and to feed social
networking streams have all become a critical necessity for
marketers of all organizations. As a result, agencies of all types
– traditional ad agencies, public relations firms and content
publishers – have all moved to fill this need. In doing so, they have
further elevated the frenzy around content marketing.”
For a marketer who has never attempted a content marketing
program, the entire philosophy and process can seem
overwhelming and not worth the amount of time, energy and
resources it takes to get a program moving. After all, how does
one go about affecting the Internet?
But, think of a dry sponge placed under a faucet that has a single
drip coming from it. The drip falls, and the sponge absorbs it in
quick fashion. You know the water went in; it went somewhere,
even if there’s not really any good evidence of such after a brief
moment. So, you spend your time and effort keeping the sponge
perfectly still while waiting on the faucet to produce another drip,
which it does. That drip also hits the sponge in the same spot and
seems to disappear. However, this time you can feel where the
drip hit. Soon, another drip and then another.
Pretty soon the water’s effect is easily noticeable as it continues to
hit the sponge in the same spot and then spread out as more of the
sponge begins to absorb the moisture. After a while, the sponge is
soaked – all from a steady stream of individual drips.
Now, what if that sponge is your desired consumer group? What
if that single drip is your first attempt at content marketing via
a new blog entry, a YouTube video tutorial or Pinterest post?
Nobody really noticed those first few efforts, probably. However,
after some patience, sticking to a targeted approach, and having
the resolve to hold your program in place, your message, which
smartly has centered on and drummed home the fact that you are
the expert of your industry, has saturated your target.
The most critical aspect to any content marketing initiative is, not
surprisingly, to make sure you have content.
“A successful content marketing program is a complex under-
taking and, depending upon scale, may require full-time
resources,” Myers says. “Many organizations have made the
mistake of creating a new website or social site, launching it with
content and then seen dismal results as they fail to feed constant
additional content in a variety of formats to their customers.
“We believe that there are three essential pillars to any successful
content marketing program: strategy, content creation and distri-
bution marketing. Without addressing and continuously focusing
on all three of these area, most content marketing programs will
Briody believes in sharpening your content to the point that it
can’t help but hit and impact the desired target; and making sure
you can tell just how good the shot was.
“First, define a distinctive brand voice
and point of view – why should somebody
listen to you instead of all the others out
there making noise?”
– Kevin Briody, SVP, Content Marketing, Pace
How many B2C’s reported using content
marketing in 2014
How many B2C’s reported an actual
written strategy in 2014
B2C's on Content Marketing in 2014
From “2015 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America,”
Content Marketing Institute
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“First, define a distinctive brand voice and point of view – why
should somebody listen to you instead of all the others out there
making noise?” Briody says. “Why should they pay attention in
the first place, and keep coming back for more?
“Second, have a goal in mind, one you can measure – so many
content marketing programs fail because they set out to “share
lots of content” without any clear understanding of how all that
content and all that sharing should lead back to measurable
“Third, having a distribution strategy is as important as crafting
great content; “Build it and they will come” is something that
should only live in movies – it has no place in your content
marketing efforts. Just because you launch the World’s Most
Amazing Content Hub (or Blog), doesn’t mean anyone is going to
“Lay out your SEO (Organic Search) strategy, then evaluate all
the other customer touch points where your amazing content
might add value – can it fuel your email marketing, make your
social media more effective, add some personality to your events,
or some context to your advertising? Where and how can your
content be used, so that it has the most chance of being seen,
consumed and drive real results?”
As consumers continue to improve their search capabilities, it will
become even more vital for marketers to find ways to stand out
among competitors. Developing a content marketing plan now,
even if you haven’t previously, will go a long ways toward helping
accomplish that goal.
“We conducted very successful content programs that have been
proven drivers of audience expansion, increased sales leads or
conversions, shorter decision cycles, customer engagement and
improved loyalty,” Meyers says. “Unlike traditional advertising
campaigns where results drop off when the spending stops,
content marketing is a long-term program that continues to build
over time and has a long residual value tail.”
Briody also believes in content marketing’s staying power.
“I don’t think there really is a ceiling to great content marketing,”
Briody says. “If you look at trends the major, iconic brands are
following, everyone from Nike to Coke and beyond are making
amazing content the centerpiece of their entire digital brand
“It increasingly dominates their traditional advertising and is
displacing offer-based promotions in everything from email to
social to digital paid media. Great content is rapidly become a de
facto requirement for great marketing – so the sky’s the limit.”
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You likely see a thought process that leads to social media and
an approach or at least an idea for how to try and get more page
views, clicks, likes, follows and links. Surely, those are all good
things, and they represent to some degree where your brand is
positioned within the public consciousness.
What you likely don’t find within your overall strategy, however,
is a dedicated program to getting your strategies and initiatives
under the influence.
“Influencers should be a key part of any marketing strategy
because they present an opportunity to add credibility to what
you do while at the same time expanding your reach to new
audiences,” said Kevin Cain, Content Marketing and Communica-
tions Consultant. “Since it only costs time and effort, rather than
budget dollars, it’s really a win-win.”
A strong influencer program can solve a lot of issues for small,
mid and even large-sized businesses. It helps develop brand
loyalty, and it can help a business save spending way too much on
sometimes high-priced, short-lived social media campaigns that
are like lighter fluid – they make for an impressive flame and heat
up front but then quickly burn off.
And, let’s face it, nobody likes to hear “fire’s out.”
Influencers are the long burning, sweet smelling, wood chips
in your content marketing and social media strategy smoker.
Influencers are what the public trust, according to a Nielsen white
paper, “The Role of Content in the Consumer Decision Making
FIND YOUR INFLUENCERS
BY CURTIS KITCHEN
Boil down your content marketing strategy, and what do you
find in there?
“Influencers should be a key part of any
marketing strategy because they present
an opportunity to add credibility to what you
do while … expanding your reach to new
- Kevin Cain, Content Marketing
and Communications Consultant
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“Overall, our research suggests that there is a higher degree
of trust form consumers when they are reading content from
credible, third-party experts,” the paper said. “Knowing the power
of expert content, advertisers may want to consider increasing
consumer exposure to expert content to build greater trust while
also supplementing with branded content and users reviews to
build familiarity and influence opinions about the product.
“Our findings suggest that such a strategy could be more effective
at influencing consumers, particularly with their final purchase
So, yes, it is about brand building and awareness. But, it is also
vitally important (perhaps to your future bottom line as the paper
indicates) in today’s sharing world that you identify those people
who pay attention to your industry and your brand and get them
on your team.
I first found Cain online through a search that led me to an
article named “Amplify Your Content Strategy with Influencer
Marketing.” In it, Cain described several points on how to get
started identifying and building influencers.
The points included doing keyword searches to find names,
prioritizing them based on potential impact, and keeping their
involvement with your project as easy as possible. Like most
worthwhile things, the points took experiences and time to
“Those pointers were developed over the course of a couple of
years while I was working as the Director of Content Strategy at
OpenView Venture Partners,” Cain said. “We did a lot of work
with influencers there, and our content marketing program
wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without them.
“I had the good fortune to learn a lot about influencer marketing
from my colleagues there.”
Solid influencer marketing will help you with the important heavy
lifting in developing the public’s positive attitudes and behaviors
toward your brand.
Man, doesn’t that sound nice? And horribly daunting? And, again,
“Remember that you’re only going to get out of an influencer
program what you put into it,” said Cain. “You’ve got to make
an effort to build strong relationships with influencers, and that
takes time. If you want to expedite that process, you need to have
something compelling to offer your influencers to entice them,
such as giving them access to new audiences that they might not
otherwise be able to tap into.
“The bottom line is that the more you can help your influencers,
the more they’re going to be willing to help you.”
It is also crucial to remember that your influencers are real people
– something that sometimes gets lost in the email/text/Internet
world. Your best relationship can go south in a hurry if you don’t
cultivate and then maintain it, or simply mistreat the human on
the other end of the relationship.
In other words, remember this: hell hath no fury like an influ-
“Fail to treat an influencer well and you’ll not only damage
whatever relationship you may have with that person (thereby
reducing the chances that they’ll help you in the future), but you
may also hurt your reputation more broadly,” Cain said. “The fact
is that people talk and communities are often quite small.
“You can’t afford to have one influencer have a bad experience
with you and potentially relay that experience to others.”
Do you know where to
look for influencers?
Try the Influencers Program
Followerwonk for Twitter
Circle Count for Google+
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For example, when you think of firefighters, what dog comes to
mind? Your first guess, as well as mine, is probably the Dalmatian.
Why is that? It’s a little known fact that 100-plus years ago, in
the time of horse-drawn fire equipment, Dalmatians were used
because of the calming effect they had on horses. During the
chaos of a fire, the Dalmatian was a best friend to both man and
We can apply the Dalmatian concept to photography. How? Think
about your marketing and public relations efforts. When it comes
time to pull together images or graphics, what number sticks out
to you if you think about it long enough?
I don’t remember the class or professor who drilled it into my
head, but ever since college, I have embraced the mantra of 300
dpi. If you have ever spoken with your printer, you have probably
heard that number as well. But, what does it mean? Why is it
Dots per inch
DPI stands for “dots-per-inch,” which is how printing ink is
applied to a page. Each dot has a combination of the four colors:
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. At 300 dpi, the naked eye
cannot see the individual colors, but it sees the blend that makes
a clean image. Images with less than 300 dpi can appear blurry or
pixelated when printed because the computer used for printing
made some color assumptions when filling in missing infor-
mation. Often, this results in photos that aren’t as sharp and easy
to read. In other words, hello, blurred image.
With the dawn of digital photography, we were introduced to
another measurement called pixels-per-inch (ppi). While ppi
and dpi do not technically mean the same thing, they are often
interchangeable when considering equipment and photo quality.
One big addition with digital photography was a term introduced
to help consumers make decisions based on a simple number: the
megapixel. We have all seen cameras boast five, 10, or possibly 20
megapixels, but, what do those numbers mean?
One megapixel is an area measurement of 1 million pixels. It is
calculated much like square feet. Typically, a 10-megapixel camera
will produce images that are 3872 x 2592 pixels. If you multiply
those dimensions, you have 10,036,224 or 10 million pixels.
IMAGE QUALITY IS VITAL
BY ANDREW IMHOLTE, BAS, ATS
Have you ever gone through your life with a piece of knowledge you
know to be true, but don’t really know why?
“Keep DPI in mind from the beginning and you
won’t have to worry about the final step of
printing ruining a great photo.”
– By Andrew Imholte, BAS, ATS
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Why images “shrink”
One complaint printers or editors usually have is that when they
receive an image for publication, it isn’t nearly large enough. The
person who submitted the image doesn’t understand. After all,
when they sent the image, it measured 500k, or maybe even one
1MB, and it took up the entire computer screen.
So, why is the printer now saying the image is only an inch or two
wide and not nearly big enough to print?
To determine the maximum size photo quality image you can
produce, divide each dimension of your photo file by 300. In this
example, 3872/300 equals 12.91 inches, and 2592/300 equals 8.64
inches. (See Table 1.)
So, you may be thinking to yourself: But, what about gigantic
images, like on billboards? You might think that those photo-
graphs can only be created by a 100-plus megapixel camera. There
is one other calculation you must consider: distance.
The distance from which your audience views the image allows
for certain freedoms in regards to image quality. The farther away
from a picture you view it, the less dpi is required because human
eyesight is unable to differentiate the image’s imperfections.
Armed with these numbers, you can begin to plan your marketing
around your capabilities. If you plan to mail a postcard promoting
your next real estate auction, an image from a six-megapixel
camera may be just fine. But, if you put that same picture across
the top of a large folded brochure, six megapixels may not cut it.
Many other factors can affect the quality of your photograph, such
as lighting conditions or lenses used. But, keep 300 DPI in mind
from the beginning and you won’t have to worry about the final
step of printing ruining a great photo.
Table 1. This chart shows how the resolution measurements of an image are translated into actual image size in print
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NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION’S
MARCH 1, 2015
The Auction Marketing Campaign
of the Year was awarded to Scott H.
Shuman,CAI,Hall & Hall Auctions,
Eaton,Colorado,for his company’s
Hager Farm & Ranches Absolute
Auction campaign,which helped
lead to a $46+ million total sale and
land price records being established
in two counties.
Joff Van Reenen,CAI,AARE,
(second from right) The High
St. Auction Co.,Johannesburg,
South Africa,won “Best in
Show — Advertising/PR”
for his Property Real Estate
Auction Brochure entry.
James T. Pike,CAI,AARE,Key
Indiana,took “Best in Show —
Photography” for his entry titled
“Front Page News.”
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