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Q&A With Platinum Movers – a quality Tampa mover

published by on November 16, 2017For Business, News

Platinum Relocations

We love to highlight moving companies from Moving Company Reviews.   Check out the Q&A below from Platinum Relocations, a Tampa mover with fantastic reviews.  nswering the questions is Matthew Brodis, the owner.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Platinum Relocations?

My name is Matthew Brodis.  I was a contractor for various van lines for over 21 years.  After seeing many mistakes being made with the larger van lines I knew I could do better on my own.  I took the initiative to push forward with creating my own van line called Platinum Relocations.  We’ve been in business for 4 years and have 15 trucks in our fleet.  We service everything from household, office and industrial moves and we offer white glove services for many different businesses in our area.

 

What sets you apart?  

When creating Platinum Relocations I knew what other van lines did well, we would do well.  So I read many reviews from various van lines in my area and focused on their negative feedback.  This allowed me to make sure I set myself apart from everyone else by offering the exceptional service so many others seemed to be missing.  With this focus we allowed ourselves to truly stand out and set ourselves apart.  This is very apparent by looking at our MCR reviews.

 

How did you get started and why?   

I was a contractor for various van lines for over 21 years.  After seeing many mistakes being made with the larger van lines I knew I could do better on my own.  I took the initiative to push forward with creating my own van line called Platinum Relocations.  We’ve been in business for 4 years and have 15 trucks in our fleet.  We service everything from household, office and industrial moves and we offer white glove services for many different businesses in our area.

 

What’s the best business decision you made in the last year?

Expanding to a second location and bringing in military contracts and offering SIT.

 

Why did you choose to become a MovingCompanyReviews.com customer?  

MCR leads have to the highest rate of becoming customers.  They are very serious about their move and have a much higher close rate than any other lead source I’ve ever used.  I love the fact that you can only upload reviews if you’ve actually moved with our company.  This isn’t the same for Yelp and most other review sites out there.

 

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever moved?  

Strangest thing would be a custom built entertainment center that was 12’ tall and 23’ long.  It was custom built in the condo and wouldn’t fit through any door.  The customer had to cut it into 3 pieces.  Since it was in a high rise on St Pete beach, they hired a crane company to pull it through the french doors of the balcony and lower it to our awaiting crew below to move it to their new home.  The funniest thing isn’t appropriate for publication LOL.

 

Any parting words or advice for our readers?  

If you are a customer; read and trust MCR reviews for choosing a move company.  For companies not yet with MCR, sign up now!  The leads are excellent and the investment is truly worth it.

 

 

 


Q&A With New Jersey Mover Van Express Moving & Storage

published by on September 18, 2017For Business

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We love to highlight moving companies from Moving Company Reviews.   Check out the Q&A below from Van Express Moving & Storage, a Fairfield NJ mover  with a bunch of great reviews.  Answering the questions is Lazhar Berkat, the owner.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Van Express Moving & Storage?

Van Express is a licensed & insured New Jersey moving company. We provide moving services from a simple residential home moves to the more logistics business and office moves. We also offer Long Distance moving services.

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What sets you apart?
At Van Express, we offer professional and well trained movers. We will make sure your move will be as flawless and as stress-free as possible.

 

How did you get started and why?

Van Express LLC is a family owned Company since 2010, my wife and I (Lazhar) started it because we saw how moving companies scams people. And we wanted to create an honest company moving company.

 

What’s the best business decision you made in the last year?

Teaming up with a MCR .

 

Why did you choose to become a MovingCompanyReviews.com customer?

We have been working with MovingCompanyReviews.com for years. Not only do they provide quality leads and verified reviews, but they are always willing to work to meet our individual business needs.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever moved?

A guy once called me and asked: – Can you move a shark?
My first reaction, I thought he was kidding but it turned out, it was real SHARK. Needless to say, that move did not happen.

 

Any parting words or advice for our readers?

Do your research, provide as much information as you can to the movers upfront and get quotes in writing. Also, purge as much as you can before you move, you don’t want to pay to move stuff you don’t need.

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Q&A With Fort Lauderdale Movers Summit Van Lines

published by on August 29, 2017For Business

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We love to highlight moving companies from Moving Company Reviews.   Check out the Q&A below from Summit Van Lines, a Fort Lauderdale mover with a bunch of great reviews.  Answering the questions is Guy Shoshan, the owner.

 

Can you tell us a bit about Summit Van Lines? What sets you apart?

Summit Van Lines has been in business for over 17 years with an exceptional A+ Rating with the BBB. We are fully licensed, bonded & insured. All of our employees are fully covered under Workers Compensation. We specialize in high end commercial and residential moves. Our goal is to provide our clients with a top notch relocation experience and service. We are always willing to go the extra mile to satisfy our clients.

Why did you choose to become a MovingCompanyReviews.com customer?

We chose to become a MovingCompanyReviews.com customer because it is the only review website that is verified, so random people cannot post false reviews.

 

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever moved?

The strangest thing we ever moved would have to be someone’s ashes in a urn.


Q&A With Olympia Moving and Storage – a great Chicago Mover.

published by on August 8, 2017For Business

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We love to highlight great moving companies.   Olympia Moving in Chicago joins us for this post.   Answering the questions is Roey Hazot, their Director of Sales and Marketing.   

Can you tell us a bit about Olympia Moving and Storage? What sets you apart?

Olympia Moving is a customer-forward and transparent (HHGS) household goods relocation company that regularly pushes the limits to bring in new business and simplifies the transition for those moving. We are one of the few advocates clearing the looming cloud hovering over our industry, the one that makes people shudder and utter “moving.” I promise you moving isn’t stressful when the right amount of planning goes into it!

What is the best business decision you made in the last year?

Hopefully our competition doesn’t see this! Our best decision was putting focus on industry-specific startups. We’ve been busy partnering with as many new consumer-focused apps and startups as we can. Our market is evolving and it is imperative that we be at the forefront of imminent change.

Why did you choose to become an MCR partner?

Moving Company Reviews captures two things perfectly: 1) an index of all peer-vetted moving companies and 2) an accurate and reliable review platform. We needed you before we knew you existed, but more so, people shopping movers needed you. Thank you, Moving Company Reviews!

What is an interesting moving story you have?

“Moving sucks” admitted Doug Breaker, co-founder of MCR, until he used Olympia Moving, that is. As we normally do, our reps called their daily list of prospective transferees. A name that blended in with the rest—Doug’s—was part of that day’s prospects. Fast forward a few weeks and another happy customer was moved. Long story short, Doug truly believes in his platform, used a company with stellar reviews and had an excellent experience because of it.

Doug’s blog post: http://blog.movingcompanyreviews.com/how-finding-a-great-mover-took-me-3-years/

Olympia’s blog post: http://blog.olympiarelocationinc.com/2016/01/04/why-we-love-love-love-movingcompanyreviews/

Any parting words or advice for our readers?

Short and sweet:

1)    Do research and use the best consumer tools given to you (MCR and BBB)

2)    Call movers directly, if possible, instead of putting your information on lists

3)    Always get it in writing; a verbal promise is not the same as having it put on your estimate/contract

 

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3 Email Etiquette Tips for Better Lead Conversion

published by on September 29, 2015For Business

Email Etiquette

In today’s digital world, your first interaction with many potential customers will be via email. Do your messages get the response you want? Try these email etiquette tips to impress potential customers and win more business.

Apply basic grammar rules

Non-traditional capitalizations and creative abbreviations (e.g. l8r) may be common in text messages or emails between family and friends, but these composition shortcuts are never appropriate when communicating with potential customers.

Whether you’re trying to schedule an estimate or sending a thank you note post-move, be sure to apply the grammar rules you learned in grade school.

  • The first word in a sentence and any proper nouns should be capitalized
  • Always use complete sentences
  • Start each message with a greeting that addresses the recipient
  • End with a professional closing

Stay away from all-caps and don’t assume spell check will catch everything, especially when it comes to client names. Take a moment to proofread your email before you hit send.

Save imagery and bold colors for your advertising

Email today provides a lot of opportunities for creative expression. From new fonts and extensive color palettes to animated GIFs embedded in the message, the sky’s the limit. Unfortunately those enhancements can make your message more difficult to read and may even get it routed to the SPAM folder.

Know when not to use email

The convenience of email makes it a prime communication tool between movers and their customers, especially if you own a smartphone, which enables you to email on-the-go. However, it isn’t always the best communication method and could be costing you business.

Before you start typing, take a moment to consider any communication preferences the potential customer expressed. Anything requiring an immediate response or potentially sensitive information may require a phone call.


Running for Move for Hunger

published by on July 20, 2015For Business, News

MFH tent

Yesterday, the MCR team and a few friends braved the sweltering heat to support our good friends at Move for Hunger at the Chicago Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon and 10k. The MCR team did the 10k (perhaps the 1/2 next year!) Thanks to Move for Hunger for taking care of us before and after the race with a shady tent, drinks, snacks and words of support. It’s awesome to see how much Move for Hunger continues to grow and how many moving companies throughout the country have stepped up to fight hunger. If you’d like to donate, it isn’t too late – check out our fundraising page here.

Getting our packets at McCormick Place

Getting our packets at McCormick Place

 

MFH tent

 

Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)

Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)

 


Promote Your Moving Services

published by on July 7, 2015For Business

Moving Services

We connect consumers with companies based on their selected moving needs (see image). This provides an awesome consumer experience, and higher quality leads for the mover.

Movers: update the Moving Services area of your business listing to appear in more search results. Our categories are Full Service, Moving Labor, Packing Services and Portable Storage Containers.

To promote the moving services you offer: Sign in > Account > Edit Business Listing > Moving Services

Listing

 

After updating, you’ll receive leads based on your selected services. For example, if you want labor only leads; you get labor only leads.

Here are a few FAQs from our support team:

Q: I’m currently a Suggested Mover, will updating my Moving Services change the leads I receive?

A: As a Suggested Mover you will be charged for any Suggested Leads regardless of service type. For example, if you select Full Service and Portable Storage Containers; you receive suggested leads of consumers that indicate their looking for Full Service movers and/or Portable Storage Containers.


Q: I have multiple business listings on MCR. Will changes to my ‘Moving Services’ show on all of my listings?

A: Yes – all locations will display the same moving services.


Support Team Move for Hunger (oh, and get a free MCR ad)

published by on June 1, 2015For Business, News

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

The whole team is running a 10k to support Move for Hunger

We’re in training for the Rock n’ Roll 10k on July 19th as part of Team Move for Hunger. Yes, you read that right. Even our “non-runners” are braving the July heat to run 6 miles in support of this wonderful charity.

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

 

If you live in Chicago, come join us! If you don’t, you can still support our team with a donation (with all proceeds going to Move for Hunger).

Support Chicago’s Move for Hunger Team (Donate here)

When you donate $200 to the Chicago Move For Hunger team, we’ll feature you in a special ad unit on MCR from June 15th – July 31st. The ad will include your name and a link to your MCR listing. You’ll get even more brand exposure during the busy summer move season.

Move for Hunger ad on MCR

Move for Hunger ad on MCR

To donate, just use this link. We’ll get notified when your donation is received and we’ll reach out to you about your ad.

Not an MCR member?

If you’re not part of MCR, learn more about us here. You can still donate and receive a free ad. Just include your company info and contact info in the donation form notes and we’ll call you to get you all set up.

Now let’s get running!

 

 


This Lead is Your Lead

published by on May 6, 2015For Business, News

An important note about our terms

MCR Movers,

We wanted to call to your attention to our Business Owner Terms which prohibit the re-distribution of MCR leads. MCR is committed to protecting our users’ privacy, letting them choose the movers from whom they want estimates, and providing a transparent and consumer-friendly experience every step of the way.

In simple terms, this means that when you receive a lead from MCR (either paid or unpaid), you may not share it with anyone. Our users expect to hear from the movers in their list and no one else.

Please take a moment to review the section below.

Thanks.

Prohibited Conduct:
When you Claim your listing on MCR, the leads generated from your listing (whether free or paid) belong to you and to MCR. In order to protect our consumers’ privacy, we prohibit your re-distribution of leads to 3rd parties (ie other moving companies or lead aggregators). Exception: In cases where you cannot service a move for an MCR-generated lead, you may recommend an alternative mover directly to the consumer. You may not pass this consumer’s lead details onto another company without the consumer’s explicit consent. If MCR suspects you are re-selling or re-distributing a lead without the consumer’s explicit permission you may be removed from the site.


How finding a great mover took me 3 years.

published by on May 5, 2015Before You Move Tips, For Business, Move Day Tips, News

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

Moving sucks

Some research says moving counts as one of the top 5 most stressful things you can do.  I believe it.

I’d like tell you a story – a story of how I spent 3 years finding a great mover.

First, some background.  I moved more than 15 times in my life.  Early on, I would move myself.   As I acquired more stuff and got a bit older, I hired movers.    Every single time I tried to find a mover online, I thought to myself, “wow, moving is the industry the internet forgot about.”   Why could I not search movers?  Why could I not read verified reviews? Why could I not see photos of movers, or get any info on them at all?

When you search for other things online, reviews, prices, photos, and other great information guides you to an informed decision.   I wanted an Amazon, or Orbitz, or Tripadvisor, or Cars.com, or HomeFinder for moving.   Heck, I would have settled for a list of licensed movers in my area.    Instead, I constantly ran into a blind lead form – one that asked for all of my personal information, without showing me any of the movers that would contact me. You know what happened when I submitted that lead form?   I got called by not one, not two, but by SIX movers.  Argh!

Making it better

3 years ago, Shannon Cullins, then HomeFinder’s VP of Product, and I decided to change things.  We learned everything we could about moving, and decided to build an incredibly trustworthy, consumer friendly service to help consumers find great movers and experience happy moves.  We called it MovingCompanyReviews.com (MCR for short).  Shannon took over as General Manager, and we launched the site in February of 2013.   We launched with a few key features to guarantee we focus on helping people find the best movers:

  • We verify every review with either a moving receipt (called a Bill of Lading), or a move confirmed by a quality moving company
  • We prominently display each mover’s review rating
  • We prominently show every mover’s state and federal licensing information, links to their federal complaint history, and any other pertinent government information
  • We put caution badges on movers with suspect quality, or fraud complaints
A mover listing on MovingCompanyReviews

A mover listing on MovingCompanyReviews

 

See the license requirements for your move type and confirm a mover meets them

See the license requirements for your move type and confirm a mover meets them

 

Finding my mover on MovingCompanyReviews

Fast forward to today.   I moved last week, and found Olympia Moving through MovingCompanyReviews.  Interestingly enough, I chose a different mover than I thought going in.  Reading all of their verified reviews swayed me to them initially, and then their fantastic customer service during the quoting process won me over.

I am happy to report that Olympia made my move wonderful. They were, by a wide margin, the BEST movers I have ever used.   Their attention to detail stunned me.  They wrapped things meticulously, carried things extremely carefully, pointed out existing damage before wrapping or moving anything, and went way above and beyond what I expected.  For example, they expertly squeezed an huge armoir into a bedroom by taking some of it apart and putting it back together again.   Every other mover who moved that armoir just gave up, or damaged walls trying to shove it in.   The Olympia crew took such great care that we had no damage to any items, or any walls, other than a tiny smudge here and there.

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

Here’s the best part – they estimated 12 hours for the move, and it only took them 8, so we saved a bunch of money versus our quote.

I almost forgot the icing on top – I got a free pizza from MCR by leaving a voice review about my move.  Nothing tastes quite as good as a free pizza on move day.

My best move ever

It feels great building something that makes a difference.  Moving delivers loads of stress.   Having the fantastic movers from Olympia made this move much better and much less stressful than any other time I moved.    I’d like to thank the whole MovingCompanyReviews team for their work the last few years, you guys rock.

Planning to move soon? Find your mover and get free estimates at MovingCompanyReviews.com.

 

 


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