Monthly Archives: December 2013

Coming Soon: New Mover Listing Design!

published by on December 18, 2013For Business

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Get your listing ready for our updated mover listing page design.

newsletter_image_surveyWe will be accommodating new information, so take advantage of this chance to stand out.

  • Add links to your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages
  • Interstate Mover indicator
  • Move For Hunger, AMSA Membership etc.
  • And more!

Fill out this quick survey, and we’ll update your data for you.


Calling All Granot Movers

published by on December 18, 2013For Business

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newsletter_image_CRMWould you like to see your MCR Referrals in your Granot account?

We’re looking for movers who would like to “beta” test a new offering where your MCR Referrals will flow into your Granot dashboard. Get all your leads in one place, thanks to our new partnership with Granot.

Let us know if you’re interested, by adding your Granot ID in this quick survey.

 


NEW! Set Your MCR Referral Status In Three Clicks

published by on December 18, 2013For Business

New Referral status features in your notification email and mover dashboard.

Can’t accommodate a move?

Let us know in 3 clicks.

We heard you. Sometimes we send you leads for moves you just can’t accommodate.  Now there’s a quick and easy way to tell us.  Just click “Cannot Accommodate” in your New Quote Request Email.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Bother  

New Referral status features in your notification email and mover dashboard.

New Referral status features in your notification email and mover dashboard.

1. If you let us know when you can’t accommodate a move, we can help the consumer to find someone who can. This gives other movers a shot at the business. If more movers respond quickly, more movers get the opportunity for more business. Rack up your karma points by setting your referral status!

2. We’ll be noticing which movers are updating the status of their referrals. Since consumer experience is so important to us, we will be rewarding rapid responders on the site with the opportunity for more referrals. Stay tuned!

3. The more we know about the quality of our referrals we are sending to you, the better we’ll get at sending you better leads. So keep the feedback coming.


5 Tips to Rank Higher on MovingCompanyReviews.com

published by on December 16, 2013For Business

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So you’ve created your username and password for your MovingCompanyReviews.com (MCR) listing – nice going! Now it’s time to rise above your competitors and get more consumer eyeballs to your listing…which leads to more MCR Referrals (i.e. FREE new business). Here are 5 tips to help you rank at the top of MCR search results in your service area (hint: we favor listings with robust profiles and lots of great reviews).

1. Show Them You’re Real with PHOTOS

Consumers love photos. Pictures of your trucks, your crew and your warehouse legitimize your business and reinforce the fact that you’re a real, credible company. If at all possible, avoid stock/generic photos and use ones that are specific to your business. Start with your logo, but increase your views even more by adding at least three other photos, like awards you’ve earned, owner photos, the inside of your trucks and your storage facility.MCR listing with photos

2.  Bring your Listing to Life with a DESCRIPTION

MCR Listing Description

MCR Listing Description

Tell consumers more about you. Use keywords here to help your MCR listing rank when consumers search on the web. We suggest you mention the following:

  • Where you’re located and what areas you service, e.g. “Shannon’s Movers, located in Chicago, IL, services downtown Chicago and the nearby Chicagoland suburbs”
  • How long you’ve been in business
  • What services you handle, e.g. local, long-distance, piano moves, safe moves, fine art & antiques moves
  • Anything else that makes you unique, like your devotion to customer service or how you staff your crew, e.g. everyone’s a former college athlete!

3. Update your LICENSE AND REGISTRATION NUMBERS

We want to make it clear to consumers what licenses they should look for whether moving locally or across the country. Avoid making the consumer do more research by ensuring this data is accurate and up to date in your profile. Contact us at support@movingcompanyreviews.com to update any incorrect or missing data.

4. Add Credibility with REVIEWS

Consumers are 5 TIMES more likely to select a moving company with at least two or more reviews. How do you get more reviews? Enroll in our Review Advantage program to kick-start your MCR exposure. We’ll help you collect reviews by offering exclusive promotions for reviewers.

5. Engage with Searchers by RESPONDING TO and UPDATING the STATUS for your MCR REFERRALS

We want the best possible experience for our consumers, which means that we want their selected movers to follow up promptly. Soon, we’ll be rewarding the most responsive movers with better placements. So…the next time you receive an MCR Referral, make sure to update the status from your email notice or within your account. And if it’s a good lead, make sure to contact the consumer as soon as you can (same day if possible).


MCR Dashboard: New Referral Status

published by on December 11, 2013For Business

New Status Codes in your Referrals Inbox

Movers, organize your MCR Referrals and give us feedback to improve the quality of our Referrals.

When you log in to your MovingCompanyReviews.com (MCR) account to retrieve your Referral contact info, you’ll now see a status drop down next to each Referral.

Read more…


Top 6 Tips For Winter Moving

published by on December 4, 2013Before You Move Tips

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Baby, it’s cold outside. But you really can’t stay?

If you’re planning a winter move, bravo! We admire your courage.

Winter moving might seem daunting, with the extra prep and stress of having to do battle with the elements. But it can also mean more cost savings if you hire professional moving services. Business is slow this time of year, so movers are usually more willing to compete for your business and accommodate your schedule.

Like any big undertaking, a little planning goes a long way. Read on for our top tips to keep you safe, warm and sane when moving in the face of snow, ice, frigid temperatures and other trying winter obstacles.

1. Dress For Success

Suit up for the occasion in warm layers, water-resistant/non-slip boots and gloves with a firm grip. Dressing appropriately will not only keep you warm, but also safe as you trek back and forth schlepping your stuff or supervising your movers. Slipping or falling is dangerous enough without adding heavy loads to the equation.

2. Plan For Extra Travel Time

If roads are less than ideal for travel, you’ll definitely want to give yourself and your movers plenty of time to safely complete your move. Stay on top of current weather conditions and in constant contact with your movers. Being prepared, aware and flexible can save you a lot of unnecessary stress over elements you can’t control. (We mean you, Mother Nature.)

3. Clear A Path To Your House

Smooth the way for your movers (literally!) by clearing a direct path to your home, both old and new. Shovel any snow, clear any debris etc. and salt or sand your driveway and pathways to ensure safe and easy access to your house. Make sure your walkways and staircases inside are also dry and not slippery, to avoid falls, injuries and potential damage to your stuff.  And if you’re parking in the street, pay attention to snow removal “no parking” rules.

4. Bundle Your Stuff Up

You’ll want to pack up your items carefully, regardless of the time of year. But with winter in mind, consider using plastic moving boxes and crates. They’re not only reusable, durable and sometimes more affordable, but they’ll also protect your stuff better than cardboard moving boxes if exposed to snow, water and other elements.

5. Protect Your Floors

Put down old sheets, rugs or plastic to keep your floors clean from all the trips to and from the moving truck. Tracked in snow, ice and debris is not only a slipping hazard, but can result in extra clean up for you, so play it safe and protect your floors and stairs.

6. Let There Be Light (And Heat!)

Schedule utilities accordingly so that you have the heat, power and electricity turned on at your old residence and new digs. In case inclement weather delays your move-in, you definitely don’t want to shut the utilities off too early at your old home until you’re completely moved out.

Are you a winter moving veteran? Send your best tips and tricks to ccarden@movingcompanyreviews.com.