Archive for February, 2011

Flowers in marquees

Monday, February 28th, 2011

This is only really relevant for people who supply wedding marquees.

When you’re meeting a potential customer it’s always good to come across as knowledgeable about other parts of their event not just the marquee even if it’s something the relevant supplier (caterer, florist etc) should cover anyway. It shows that you care about the success of the event as a whole and not just the marquee which is something that always goes down well.

One such thing is flower centre pieces for tables. These are important as they’re one of the first things people see when they walk in to the marquee and people spend a lot of time sat at the tables staring at them.

Essentially they come down to one of two options, they need to be positioned either above or below eye height (for someone sat at the table). So either a display sat on the table or a display on top of a thin stemmed stand. Anything in between loses a lot of social atmosphere around a table.

It’s not essential information as you probably don’t supply flowers but it’s useful to show how knowledgeable you are about wedding marquees.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

6x12m Marquee for sale

Monday, February 21st, 2011

In the main we’re careful and cautious people however there are occasions when we’re a bit too heavy handed stacking a box and the packaging rips. Usually accompanied by some colourful language.

So what do we do with a perfectly good marquee that has damaged packaging?

Stick it on an ebay auction starting at 99p! 6m x 12m DIY Marquee on eBay

Happy bidding 🙂

Spencer

What area do you cover?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I find myself spending a lot of time looking at different marquee hire websites. It might be looking for people who would find the marquee forum useful or just keeping up with what’s going on in the industry. But the biggest thing that hits me on most of the websites is you can’t see what area people cover.

Take this luxury toilet hire website (yes I am biased). You can clearly see the area they cover there on the front page. Instantly people will arrive and know they’re not wasting their time -don’t underestimate that.

If I search for blue striped widgets and open several interesting results in different tabs the one I’m going to spend my time on is one that on the first page says -we supply blue striped widgets. No searching through the site. No ‘we supply a variety of widgets’ where you have to mail them to find out if they do blue striped ones.

If I want a marquee in Dorking and google marquee hire the resulting websites that are going to grab me are ones that in words or maps say ‘we supply marquees to Dorking’. I’ll probably still be interested in one that says ‘we supply marquees to Surrey’ and I may stay on one that says ‘South-East’. I’m not going to linger on one that doesn’t say the area and I have to email to find out. What’s the point when others obviously do?

Apologies for the 24hr delay in posting, I was off yesterday shopping for blue striped widgets 🙂

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Google alerts

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice if -like Voldemort in Harry Potter you would know if someone ever mentioned your name. Well, now with google alerts you can (at least anything that appears  online).

Just set up a google alert for your business name and google will tell you whenever it finds a match, this informs you what people are saying about your company.

But it’s more powerful than that:

  • It lets you know if a competitor is using your name in any marketing (this has happened to us in the past)
  • You can set up alerts for your competitors names to see what people are saying about them or even what they’re saying about themselves
  • You can set up alerts for your keyword phrases – so if anyone mentioned ‘marquee hire surrey’ (for eg) on a blog then you can make a comment with a link back to your site (very good for the rankings)

All in all very useful and strongly recommended.

Thanks for reading

Spencer