OrbitzMoving.com: What Happened to it? History and Overview

What happened to OrbitzMoving.com?

If you needed a moving quote a few years ago, there’s a chance that you came across a moving site called OrbitzMoving.com.   As a former Orbitz.com employee, this site confused me.   I knew Orbitz.com had nothing to do with it, but why did it steal use the Orbitz.com name?

While lots of people assumed it was associated with the travel company Orbitz headquartered in Chicago, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, OrbitzMoving.com was a less-than honest site that used the Orbitz name to trick unsuspecting consumers into trusting it.

Here’s some background about the site and what happened to it.

The History of OrbitzMoving.com

OrtbitzMoving.com was popular back in about 2005, when it launched. During its peak, customers who were looking for information about moving, or seeking a place to find a reliable quote consistently came across the website.

Despite the fact that moving is an arena where scams are (unfortunately) common, and that many consumers were aware of the companies that are blacklisted by sites like MovingScam.com, OrbitzMoving.com managed to confuse customers into trusting it by using the Orbitz name.   Not cool.

Back in 2005, the site featured a few funky graphics – a moon in a blood red sky, and links for seemingly disparate categories: “moving boxes,” “mortgage,” “lawn care,” and “dish network.”   Take a look at this screenshot from the WayBackMachine:

Orbitz Moving in 2005
Now that’s one ugly site.

Despite the seeming randomness of the page, it also included a review from what seemed to be a happy customer:

OrbitzMoving provided me with the professional service I needed for my long distance move. I recommend their services to anyone planning a long distance move. Thanks guys.” – Richard Myers, NY

Below that was an offer to save 65% on the next move, and a simple statement of who OrbitzMovers was and what they did:

“Finding the right moving company can be a stressful time. Service Network relieves some of that stress by providing you with five quotes from licensed and insured moving companies. When looking at multiple moving companies there is much to consider. It is our goal to make sure that we provide you with the necessary information to assist you in locating that perfect moving company. Our network is set up to fulfill your moving needs.”

OrbitzMoving.com lasted until late 2015.   They updated their graphics a bit, but the messaging stayed the same:

Orbitz Moving in 2015
Did anyone really vote for this site?

Thankfully the site stopped operating, and now visitors see a “site not found” error when visiting OrbitzMoving.com:

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Where did it go?

What Happened When People Contacted OrbitzMoving?

Because of its association with a very well-known name, OrbitzMoving.com succeeded in getting people to contact it on a regular basis.

Here’s a story from one customer, who goes by the name dquaredl2 on MovingScam.com, who reached out to OrbtizMoving about his upcoming transition.

This review was posted on April 27 of 2006:

“My family will be moving from Maryland to Georgia at the end of June or early July. While searching for information on moving companies, I ran across a site called OrbitzMoving.com. Foolishly trusting the Orbitz name, I registered with them. Have received numerous e-mails and phone calls, several from companies that are on MovingScam’s Blacklist, and others that insist on doing inventory either by phone or e-mail and charging based on cubic feet. …”

For the record, landing on the MovingScam.com blacklist raises a major red flag when it comes to choosing a moving company.  Experts who advise consumers on how to choose moving companies tell them to beware of companies that are willing to offer comprehensive estimates over the phone.    Because giving estimates over the phone is remote and almost impossible to estimate correctly, it’s a safe bet that the brands behind it are doing something less-than-honest.

The reviewer goes on to say the following:

One guy claiming to “run a multi-million dollar company” called me within minutes of getting my e-mails…He was rather huffy with me when he insisted that it is perfectly legal for them to quote my move based on volume rather than weight if it is in their tariff….I tried to contact the OrbitzMoving.com site through the e-mail address they listed, and the message bounced back as undeliverable.”

This customer managed to get out of being scammed thanks to some information offered by other reviewers. This experience goes to show how damaging a company like this can be, and how dangerous it is to get involved with moving companies that have loose morals and predatory policies.

While the site was registered privately, there was a section on the site that said the following:

“Orbitz Moving is privately owned and operated. We are a subsidiary of a larger conglomerate company, Precision Management LLC, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our team is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality of service possible. It is our goal to ensure that as a customer you are completely satisfied.”

Looking Ahead: Past ObritzMoving.com

While OrbitzMoving.com managed to make many people hopeful about an impending move, only to bomb them out with spammy emails and offers, it’s essentially fallen into being defunct.

The site all but went offline in 2015 and hasn’t popped back up since. Today, customers looking for moving quotes must still be careful about which companies they trust, but it’s a relief that this particular site is gone. While OrbitzMoving.com claimed to be voted the #1 moving site for having served millions of customers, it was far from it and only wasted consumer time left and right.

For fully transparent reviews from only the companies you would like quotes from, submit a quote on MovingCompanyReviews.com.   We fully verify every review on site with a moving receipt (bill of lading), and it’s our goal to connect consumers with the highest quality movers, whether you’re in Littleton, Henderson, or Brookhaven.   Good luck with your next move!

15 Woman Owned Moving Companies – In Their Own Words

Read profiles of 15+ woman-owned moving companies. Hear their stories in their own words.

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Back in 2011 when Shannon Cullins, Tim Fagan and I co-founded MovingCompanyReviews.com (yep – we proudly look back on the fact a woman co-founded MCR), we stepped into the moving world not knowing what kind of clients movers would turn to out be.  We had no idea if any female-owned businesses existed in the moving world.

We created MovingCompanyReviews.com as part of HomeFinder.com, a real estate website that worked with newspapers, real estate agents, and mortgage brokers. Each client brought their own pluses and minuses, and we learned to effectively build relationships with each.

We were curious about movers and tried our best to not let our own moving experiences skew how we viewed an entire industry.  Would movers be professional?  Would they be shady?  Would they be internet savvy?   Would we only be working with men?  Are they family owned or big business?

We entered the moving world with our stereotypes from our Homefinder experiences.  Who would the movers act like?

  • 100% commission sales people (most real estate agents)
  • seasoned ad-market business people (our newspaper contacts), or
  • aggressive, take-no-prisoners lone-wolves (mortgage brokers)

Aside from the instance where we had a mover once show us his 3-D website of bikini model pictures he took himself, we have found most moving companies a delight to work with.   They deliver high quality, professional service and a friendly, “hello” each time we talk with them.  Many great partnerships sprung up from heartfelt conversations on how to improve and grow each company’s business.

You know what shocked us?  

There are many amazing family-owned moving companies that continually provide great service.   These multi-generation businesses exude quality and honesty.

You know what else surprised us, in the very best way?  

Woman-owned moving companies made up a good portion of the movers we talked to!

Our preconceived notions of male-dominated, rough-around-the-edges companies were largely unfounded. A bunch of honest, high-quality, woman-owned companies fill the ranks of movers across the country.   What a wonderful surprise!

This blog post highlights a handful of them (side note: if you’d like to add your woman-owned moving company to the list, email us!)  Even better, a few gracious owners told us their stories in their own words.  Thank you to those that did!

Read below for our list of woman-owned moving companies.  Dive into the stories their owners passed along.   If you know of any others to add to our list, please tell us!

Table of Contents – Woman Owned Companies

Company Stories, as Told By Their Owners

Companies Suggested by our Other Movers:  

Not Woman Owned, but a great story of Women Playing Key Roles

Company Stories, as Told By Their Owners

Real Deal Van Lines, Gardner, MA

Anna Hanley, Owner

www.realdealvanlines.com

(MCR)  How did you get to own Real Deal? Did you start it? Buy it? Tell us the story! The more detail the better!

We started our company from the ground up! Our owner, Anna, graduated from Brandeis University with an economics and business degree. With her background mixed with her great customer service skills, Anna formed Real Deal Van Lines! Anna works directly with every aspect of the business making sure we provide each and every customer with a stress free and damage free move. Anna can be found every day in the office making sure every move is completed with individual attention. Focusing on every detail, she has expanded Real Deal with a fleet of trucks, experienced office staff and most importantly an outstanding group of crew members. Her family approach to business has helped propel Real Deal’s growth forward. Whether it is sitting down as a group having her homemade dinners or loading 2 26ft trucks on a hot summer day, Anna treats Real Deal as if they were her own family and in return, our crew members treat our customers alike.

(MCR) Can you tell us about your company? What makes it unique? What sets you apart from your competition?

We are a full service, licensed and insured, moving, packing and storage company. We only employ hard working and experienced moving and packing professionals who treat our customers and their belongings with respect. We background check, drug test and screen all crew members to ensure that we send the most upstanding individuals to represent our company on each job. Our mission is to provide every customer with a stress-free and damage-free move at a reasonable price.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

Established in 2013.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

You can find Real Deal Van Lines in all of New England daily but we are fully licensed and insured to accommodate almost any move across state lines.

(MCR) Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

We specialize in commercial and residential moving and storage. We can service something as small as moving a few pieces around a customers house, to a full scale office move to five bedroom home relocation. Because we do not use any temporary helpers, all of our crews are experienced and well versed in all our customers moving needs.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company? How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

Moving and storage is a male dominated industry. Therefore, being a female owned company sets us apart.  Anna is involved in day to day operations seven day a week and makes sure every aspect of the company operates smoothly and efficiently. We think that being a female owned company gives us a unique edge on the competition as our business is run differently because of it.

AMWAT Moving Warehousing & Storage in Tallahassee, FL

Gloria Pugh, Owner

Gloria Pugh of AMWAT Moving & Warehousing

www.amwatmovers.com

(MCR) How did you get to own AMWAT? Did you start it?  Buy it? Tell us the story!

AMWAT is the acronym for “A Man with A Truck” which is how we literally started in 1997. We were in our twenties, my husband, Dean Pugh owned a pick-up truck and as you can imagine many friends asked Dean to help them move. Dean was not fooling around and had no intentions of making multiple trips, so he had his truck and trailer packed tight and took pride in ensuring all items were protected to avoid damages. Way too many friends were asking to borrow my man with a truck because he was so efficient and customer service oriented (even though he wasn’t’ charging anyone at the time). One day, I finally said to Dean, we need to start charging money and make a business out of this. So, in September of 1997, A Man with A Truck Movers was born servicing our local community. Dean ran the daily operations of the company while I worked full time at a law firm (we needed steady income via my paycheck) and I worked part-time at our small moving company.

In 2005, I took a leap of faith and joined the company full-time as it’s CEO. I envisioned growing our small company to a global relocation company including developing a supply chain warehouse for receiving, storage and distribution. I had big plans for growing our small moving company and Dean was ready for the change. Due to a tremendous amount of work and awesome collaboration between Dean and I, in 2008 (within three years) A Man with A Truck transitioned into AMWAT Moving Warehousing & Storage. In addition to our global relocation services, AMWAT also operates an air-conditioned storage warehouse and a supply chain warehouse for receiving, storage and distribution. AMWAT has been recognized nationally, statewide and locally for our commitment to customer service and our corporate citizenship. Dean and I are very lucky to be a happily married couple who work extremely well together.

(MCR) Can you tell us about AMWAT? What makes it unique? What sets you apart from your competition?

What sets AMWAT Moving Warehousing & Storage apart from our competition is the way we treat our employees, clients and community. We believe in providing our employees with all the resources they need to thrive in their perspective position from training to reliable equipment. We believe in maintaining a healthy work environment; no toxic personalities allowed to work at AMWAT. Too often our team members deal with a lot of stressed out clients. We do not want to compound the amount of stress our employees may be exposed to by having a stressful environment at AMWAT. When our employees come home to AMWAT, they know home base is positive and supportive.

We believe what sets apart great businesses from bad businesses is how they deal with a client who has a valid complaint. We also believe in giving back to our community; among many of our charitable giving since 2013, AMWAT has hosted a Summer Fill A Truck Fund & Food Drive benefiting America’s Second Harvest of The Big Bend. The bottom line is, we care about people and we want for anyone who encounters AMWAT whether employee, client or community feel that they are valued and important to us.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

Next month AMWAT will be 21 years old.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

AMWAT provides local, national and international services.

(MCR). Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

We execute all types of moves small or large. However, our expertise is large complex moves which is typically high-end residences, large businesses, facilities, etc. If its large and complicated AMWAT is your company; we love planning logistics and executing these projects. In addition to our moving and storage services, we have AMWAT warehousing wherein we operate receiving and distribution for many interior designers, developers, etc. For example, if a restaurant, hospital, retail store is being built or renovated, AMWAT receives the entire inventory to outfit the facility. We inspect the items, inventory, stock and deliver out according to the project phase. We work very closely with developers, project managers and interior designers.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company? How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

Female CEOs in the moving industry is not very common; quite frankly, we have a shortage of female CEOs throughout all industries in the United States which is unfortunate. I believe most women are emotional intelligence leaders; I know I am. I am very intuitive and plan accordingly whether its human behavior or financial management. Due to my intuition, I can navigate the ups and downs of the business for maximum outcomes. Also, women make the best leaders in times of stress and moving and business in general can be very stressful. I believe women are more in tune with quality of life whether in business (employees, clients, vendors, community) and personal (family, friends, colleagues and community) but we need to be careful not to be ultra-people pleasers because the reality is, we cannot make everyone happy.

Worldwide Moving Systems in Waldorf, MD

Toni Jones, Owner

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Worldwide Moving Systems
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Toni Jones, Owner of Worldwide Moving Systems

www.movingworldwide.com

(MCR) Who owns the company? How did she get to own it? Did she start it? Buy it? Tell us the story! The more detail the better!

Toni Jones owns Worldwide Moving Systems (a dba for A-Whisco Inc).  She purchased the company when it only had two trucks as a way to become an independent business owner following an unsatisfying career in public education. She employed friends, family and college students to complete local moves, then began completing military origin and destination services for crated household goods.

(MCR) Can you tell us about your company?

Started in 1973, a time when being a woman-owned business in the moving industry was very unique. We are still a family-owned and operated business today.

(MCR) What makes it unique?

We have been providing crate-and-freight services for over 40 years, long before many other movers.

(MCR) What sets you apart from your competition?

Dedication to excellence, high quality training, and a commitment to the customer’s experience.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

45 years, Since 1973.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

Maryland, DC, Northern VA typically. Also complete interstate moves on the East Coast.

(MCR) Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

Crated military HHGs, non-military local moves, and crated or containerized interstate and international moves.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company? How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

Appeals to woman-consumers, makes the company more resilient to external competition and to competing views within the workplace, improves gender equality for employees, offers a different perspective when making business decisions.

Move It With M&S in St. Joseph, MS

Theresa Meyer

www.moveitwithms.com

1) How did you get to own Move It M&S?  Did you start it?  Buy it?  Tell us the story!   The more detail the better!

In January 2007, my husband and I moved back to the Saint Joseph, MO area, from Lincoln, Nebraska. We did the DIY move with a UHaul, during a bad ice storm. My family members, who had said they could all help, were unable to come help us unload the truck. After a couple of days, we were able to find some guys in the building we moved into, to assist with the unload. I had tried finding local moving companies, and found that there were none available. That turned on a light bulb for me.

At the time, I was working remotely as a software engineer for a Fortune 100 company and my husband was CDL local. We started just offering labor help for the DIY moving customers on nights and weekends, as that was the area in which I’d identified the need. I had a couple of guys that would help my husband out with the labor, as I developed the business side of things, during my spare time.

In January 2009, my husband got laid off his CDL driving job, and expressed an interest in doing more moving work. I would rent 24′ trucks and use then in the full moves. I was able to start booking, after getting things legal with insurance and DOT. I continued to work my full time corporate job until August 2010, when I was laid off. At that time, I felt confident that I could make this moving gig work. We bought our first truck in 2010, added an enclosed trailer and had an on-site inspection from DOT out of Washington DC, at my kitchen table.

I built it from scratch. I asked A LOT of questions. I operated on the faith that I could do this, having grown up as a farmer’s daughter, who watched her parents be the ultimate entrepreneurs. Louis Simental, my husband, is a key component of our success. He has the operational smarts of the driving, loading, customer service in the field.

(MCR) Can you tell us about your company?  What makes it unique?  What sets you apart from your competition?

Move It With M&S LLC, is a small, independent, family owned moving company. I answer the phone. Some customers are surprised that the ‘owner’ answers the phone. However, I believe that making that personal connection is a key differentiation of my moving company compared to others in the area. In 95% of our jobs, either myself or Louis are on site, providing customer service and ensuring our crew does the best job. Every time.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

Informally started in March 2007, doing labor only. We officially started in 2009 and became a LLC in 2011.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

We are an authorized interstate moving company, as we are located right next to Kansas. Our operating radius is 200 miles of Saint Joseph, Missouri.

(MCR) Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

We enjoy the wide variety of moves – from in home furniture rearranging, to single pieces to complete pack and moves. We do about 10-12 piano moves per month. We also have a large senior moving customer base.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company?  How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

Being a woman-owned moving business, conveys a sense of caring and understanding of moving stress coupled with professionalism in our moving work. I answer the phone with a smile, and I feel my customers sense that.

Sav-a-lot Movers, Baltimore, Maryland

Gloria Johnson, CEO, Owner

www.savalotmovers.org

(MCR)  How did you get to own Sav-a-lot?  Did you start it?  Buy it?  Tell us the story!   The more detail the better!

Actually, we own the full business, my husband, daughter and myself.  I am 100% owner. I started with my own funds. My husband had worked for big companies like United Van Lines, Von Paris, Smith & Dray, Easy Movers, and Budget Movers. He gained the knowledge he needed to move on to our own. I had the business concepts of the business, but to really understand management and strategic knowledge of running a business I went to school and graduated with a Master in Business Administration. My daughter and husband both attend school, my husband is in his third year getting his Bachelors in Business Administration and my daughter is getting a certification in IT and Marketing as well.

(MCR) Can you tell us about your company?

We specialize in moving, relocation, deliveries, evictions, loading/unloading, packing/unpacking and moving consulting. What makes it unique? We care about our customers. What sets you apart from your competition? We offer the lowest price to our customers and we never change our price once we on one the job. What we quote is what you get. We don’t wait to deliver your items, even if it is a long distance move, we hop to the job right away, most companies delay your move for a few days we don’t, we do same day delivery.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

We started in 1999, we worked in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

We served Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware and surrounding areas.

(MCR) Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

Household Good Services with the government, private residential, office personnel, and commercial moves.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company?

Having the freedom to work for yourself, bringing diversity, and helping building our nation with jobs.

(MCR) How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

It makes you feel like you have a voice in your community, to society and to your country, however, that is not true. It only makes you work harder to prove yourself in a man’s world. After all, I am a veteran owned business.

Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC in Abilene, TX

Sylvia Leal, Owner

Brittany Pearson, Marketing Director

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Sylvia Leal and Brittany Pearson of Little Joes Movers and Storage, LLC

www.littlejoemoversinc.com

(MCR) How did you get to own Little Joe Movers and Storage? Why did you start it? Tell us the story! The more detail the better!

My dad, Joe M. Leal a Veteran, founded the company in 1963 after his job ended building the Atlas Missiles Silos in Lawn Texas near Abilene, Texas. Part of his job was to transport equipment and materials to each sight, and driving a truck, after the job ended he started his own Moving and Trucking business and today is still going strong as Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC

SIDE NOTE: The Atlas Missile Silo Lawn site is one of twelve built near Dyess Air Force Base, TX. Each complex included a 185-foot deep silo lined with walls of concrete, epoxy-based resin and steel rebar, built to withstand a nuclear blast. An underground tunnel connected the main missile silo to a launch control center and its five-man crew. Above ground, an entryway provided access, while support personnel and equipment were housed in two quonset huts. The 578th Strategic Missile Squadron based at Dyess AFB, TX operated the site from 1962 until the Atlas program ended in 1965. After decommissioning, the missiles were removed and all sites were demilitarized. At the time, most Texans were unaware of their state’s role in a global military confrontation. Years later, they could be thankful and relieved that deterrence won the conflict. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2008

After my father passed in 2012 the business continued to run as usual and in 2016 I (Sylvia Leal) took over the operations and became co-owner.

Prior to taking over I spent 26 years working in public service and the last 14 years working for Congressman Neugebauer and Congressman Arrington in District 19 working in government helped me understand the legislative process that affects the trucking industry, federal contracting and how to relate to all levels of people. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the most rewarding.

Brittany Pearson, granddaughter of Joe M. Leal, came to work for the company in 2017 after leaving her career to help grow the business, she is the third generation. She has six years of experience and a marketing background, she is our millennial in the office and is the reason we have a strong presence on social media. Brittany is very active in our community, she is a member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Abilene Young Professionals and a recent graduate from the Abilene Academy City Leadership program. Brittany and her husband William Pearson are both active members of our community.

Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC (LJM) is a family-owned local Moving Company, commemorating a Half-Century of Residential and Commercial Moving Services to Customers throughout Abilene and the Big Country Area. Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC achieved that milestone in 2012— Founded by the late Joe M. Leal in 1963, the company is today managed by Joe’s daughter Sylvia Leal and his granddaughter Brittany Pearson and continues to provide residential and commercial moving services throughout the Abilene and Big Country area.

“Few family-owned moving companies can say they’ve been in business for half a century. As a second-generation owner, I’m very proud of this accomplishment,” said Leal, of Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC. “I’m also very thankful to have such a great team behind me. Their commitment to top-quality service is a vital part of our company’s continued success. We have taken what my dad left us and revived it back to its thriving years.”

Many residential and business customers have acknowledged the company’s dedication to excellence through public recognition, high ratings and testimonials. Their votes and positive feedback have earned Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and the Abilene Reporter News Readers Choice Award for the past three consecutive years.

In addition to receiving recognition from our community and many customers throughout the years, the moving company is consistently recognized for its contributions to local non-profit organizations by providing assistance, manpower and surplus items. “It’s our way of giving back to the community,” Leal expresses, and that “we look forward to completing many more successful residential and commercial moves and ongoing charitable works in the decades ahead.”

(MCR) Can you tell us about your company? What makes it unique? What sets you apart from your competition?

Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC is locally owned with a small town feel but we have the capability to move nationwide with all the proper permits and licenses. We also are the only small local moving company that can say they been around for 55 years we know the industry very well. We focus on quality and volume, we take all the small jobs.

(MCR) How long have you been in business?

Little Joe Movers and Storage, LLC has been in business for 55 years and we are the 2nd generation owners.

(MCR) What areas do you serve?

We service Abilene, TX, Dyess Air Force Base and surrounding areas. We can move anywhere in the United States we are Interstate and Intrastate Movers.

(MCR) Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

We customize each move based on the customers’ needs. We are Military Movers, Household Goods and Commercial Movers, we provide delivery service, furniture installation and we are always L A B O R ready we help large corporations, universities and local non-profits with labor only jobs.

I always tell our Team members that our motto is “The answer is always – YES ” we can and will do anything for the customer.

(MCR) What does being woman-owned mean to the company? How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

Being female has its challenges in the Moving and Trucking industry because it’s male dominated and driving trucks is something guys do—it’s rough, but it isn’t something a woman can’t do. Running a moving company is much more than driving a truck, picking up and delivering, it’s marketing, planning, tracking and organization — its Business. You have to be flexible, customer service driven and a multi tasker because every customer is different and moving is always a fluid process, meaning things change all the time, dates change, Real Estate closing dates get moved, and weather is always an issue. Being a woman helps because we are multitaskers, flexible and we like to plan every step to help make every move a smooth transition for our customers.

Piggy Back Moving in Tampa, FL

Chrissy Leitgeb, Owner

www.piggybackmoving.com

“Combining your shipment with others headed in the same direction, to save you money”

My name is Chrissy Leitgeb, & I am the proud owner of Piggy Back Moving.

I grew up in the moving industry, my Father started his own moving company when he was in high school & I would spend my summers working for my Father at his business. After a few more years, I became the general manager at one of his locations, it was then I fell in love with helping people. I saw how stressful moving was, and really wanted to help families.

I spent the next few years, learning everything I could. During this time I really saw the need for a “Piggy Back” service. Since the major van lines have a minimum weight requirement, I really saw the need for customers who have just a small amount of goods to move from state to state without having to pay for the minimum.

So I decided to open my own company and call it “PIGGY BACK MOVING”

My company is unique because we do not have a minimum, we will ship just one piece to your whole house and we are able to keep our prices lower because of our special method of “Piggy Backing”

Although the moving industry is a male dominated industry, I really value the diversity created by being a woman owned & operated moving company, it has set us apart from others because we operate at a higher level of customer satisfaction. Every member of my staff is passionate about upholding our outstanding reputation.

Over the past 8 years my team & I have perfected combining customers together that are headed in the same direction to offer them the lowest cost possible.

We are able to ship one piece, a few pieces, a bedroom set, or your whole house anywhere in the United States. We also ship vehicles, antiques, Pianos, offer full packing services, provide free in home estimates & much more.

Mega Man Movers, Crowley TX

Haley Galbreath, President

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Haley Galbreath, President, Mega Man Movers

www.MegaManMovers.com

(MCR) How did you get to own Mega Man Movers? Did you start it? Buy it? Tell us the story!

I started off in 2008 working in sales at a moving company, worked my way up to operations, dispatch and then management. I met my fiancé when he was a mover as well. We then subcontracted for a moving company bought our own trucks and realized we should have been doing it our self all along. That’s when I opened up Mega Man Movers.

(MCR) Can you tell us about Mega Man Movers?

I know all of the do’s and don’t’. I’ve worked for some shady companies when I was younger, I’ve seen some awful things happen and I’ve worked for ones who have done things the right way and have become very successful.

What makes it unique? I know how stressful it is to move, everything you have ever worked for you put into someone else’s hands and you trust them, you trust that they will do the right thing and take care of you.

(MCR)  How long have you been in business?

2017

(MCR)  What areas do you serve?

All of Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas

(MCR)  Do you specialize in any particular types of moves?

We are a full service moving company, we do it all.

(MCR)  What does being woman-owned mean to the company? How does it set you apart, give you an advantage, or help the company?

It means anything is possible. Just have to have faith and work for it.

Companies Suggested by our Other Movers:  

Ridgewood Moving, Saddle River, New Jersey

Owner: Cindy Myer

www.ridgewoodmoving.com

Since our founding in 1966, RMS has taken pride in providing the highest level of moving, packing, and storage services to residents of Bergen County and throughout New Jersey. A woman-owned-and-operated company, RMS built its success on trust, dependability and quality—values that remain the cornerstones of our business.

Fulford Van Lines, Orlando, Florida

http://fulfordvan.com/

The Fulford Van & Storage Company has been catering to Central Florida’s business storage and moving needs since 1913. The company has been operating under new management since 1990, growing and developing the business to include not only commercial and residential movers, but also interior designer deliveries and installations.

Umbrella Movers, Las Vegas, Nevada

Kathryn Ridge, Owner / Manager


https://www.umbrellamovers.com

Founded in 2009, we’re a professional Moving Company that’s proud to offer our services to customers throughout the greater Las Vegas valley. Superior service begins and ends with experienced and friendly professionals, which is why we put so much consideration into selecting the best people to join our team. We aim to not only meet your needs, but also exceed your expectations of what a dependable Moving Company can be.

Titan Relocation Services

Jaymie Cummings, Owner/Operator


titanrelocationservices.com

Leave the work for our experienced and professional movers. With over a decade of experience in the moving industry, you can trust that your belongings will be handled with the utmost care. 100% customer satisfaction is always our #1 goal. Tell us all of your moving needs and we will exceed them.

Lemoore’s Professional Movers

Lemooremovers.com

Jeanette Homan, General Manager

Lemoore’s Professional Movers have been providing outstanding Civilian and DOD relocations for over 40 years. Our specialty is providing packing, moving & storage services for NAS Lemoore Military members and their families.

All Reasons Moving and Storage

Kimberly Tucker, President

AllReasonsMoving.com

Since 1991, renters, homeowners, and businesses have trusted All Reasons to relocate their household items, personal belongings, and commercial goods safely and efficiently. When you select us as your moving company, you can gain peace of mind in knowing we handle each move with the utmost care and respect.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Palm Beach

Janelle Dowley, Franchisee

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twomenandatruck.com/movers/fl/west-palm-beach
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5-1g8ZnDaQ (video)

Janelle and Joel Dowley, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® West Palm Beach franchise owners, hired TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ original “two men” in Michigan to move into a new home and were impressed by the service. Years later, their experience prompted them to open the first location in Palm Beach County. For more than a decade, the Dowleys and their team have completed thousands of home and business moves, with the hallmark of great customer service. They now serve the region with nine trucks and a warehouse for vaulted storage and are recognized as the premier moving company in the area. They also have an office in Wellington with trucks and storage.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK  Treasure Coast

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Janelle Dowley, Franchisee
Shauna Bledsoe, Franchisee

Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services

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Linda Balentine was homeless 22 years ago, but she “pressed on” developing and perfecting an idea for a moving company that has since become an award-winning business model.

Not Woman Owned, but Women Playing Key Roles

Ellison Moving (closed after Jim Ellison retired)

Jim Ellison, Owner and his two daughters
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Jim and one of his daughters

Both my daughters grew up in the moving game. I always liked working with women during a relocation. Sad to say I never ran into a woman owned moving business in my 46 years in HHGs. Wish that were not the case.

Most of the time it’s women who are the nest builders. It’s their families home. And usually it’s women who understand the emotional angst that moving causes. Not that men are incapable of such. When I would show up on a job and had a crew consisting of both men and women it would make things smoother. Maybe only 10% of the pieces coming out of a house require brute strength. Finesse, balance, smarts, politeness, a sense of order and what I call raccoon fingers (light touch) are skills all of us might find useful in the furniture game. It’s hard work. Some people don’t take to hard work. I’d guess not many women are in the business because they weren’t given a chance or taught the correct way of lifting , carrying, packing and use of equipment .

Conclusion & Wrap Up

Thank you to all of the companies who shared their stories with us, we appreciate it!   If you know of any other woman-owned moving companies, please email us and we’ll add them to this list!

Moving On Quotes: 17 Quotes & Action Steps to Feel Better Now

Moving On – these amazing moving on quotes can help you turn the page.

Moving on quotes on a moving blog?   What is this?

Well, life happens to us all.

We experience broken hearts, loss, and rejection.  There’s no way of getting around it, experiencing pain is a part of the human condition and almost everyone feels the pain of a broken heart at least once in life.

You know what a great remedy can be for heartbreak?   Moving.    Not just moving on, but literally physically moving to a new location.

With that in mind we scoured the internet for a bunch of amazing moving on quotes and paired them with action steps you can do right now that will make you feel better.

When it comes to moving on, you’re probably tired of the age-old wisdom about “giving it time.” If you’re like us, you want to ignite positive change now, today – not next week or next month.

Here are some inspirational quotes with action-oriented steps to help you not only move forward, but make you feel better now.  Today.

And if you do think about moving, go get some moving quotes to see how much it’d cost to move to the city of your dreams.

Quotes about Moving on With Life

1. There is no time like the present

“Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi.

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Is it possible to turn your life around simply by acting?Physician-writer Kiran Kumbhar credits this quote by Gandhi as inspiring him to finally make the decision to return to his home country of India to serve after receiving his education and training in America. Essentially, Kumbhar argues that if you have something worthwhile to contribute, you must. You must do so even if the circumstances or context isn’t as inviting as you’d like, or even if you can’t immediately see the impact you’re having.

If you feel that you can make a difference, do it now!

  1. Identify one decision, action, or step that you’ve been delaying until the right time or situation.
  2. Take action– no matter how small– today to build momentum towards helping you get there. For instance, if you want to volunteer, find a location and set up a meeting to speak with someone about it

 

2. Commit yourself to your goals, and the Universe will help you

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

07b57ba9-e3a0-4057-a5ae-60cdf656a43fCommitment-new Renowned leadership and personal mastery speaker Robin Sharma lists the above quote as one which has dramatically changed the way he thinks, creates, and lives his life. It offers inspiration to act boldly and take action towards the future.If you want to see this theory tested, and convince yourself in the importance of bold decisions read along.

  1. Get out a sheet of paper
  2. Write down your biggest goal or dream. Start off with “I, _______, commit myself to do everything in my power to [list specific goal]. Sign the paper at the bottom.
  3. Post this somewhere, so you’ll see it daily.

 

3. Knowing your own worth is how others will see it

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.”
― Unknown Author

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Entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Jeremy McCaslin discusses how this quote can be applied to the workplace. He states that when he worked in an environment that celebrated his unique skills and what he had to offer, he thrived. Suddenly, you can be recognized for your true worth, and this makes a dramatic change to self-confidence and self-satisfaction.
Apply this same bit of advice to your workplace, romantic relationships, friendships, and even family.

  1. Take a moment to figure out if the people you dedicate your time to are celebrating or merely tolerating you.
  2. Aim to spend more time with the people who value what you bring to the table, and less time with the others.
  3. If you don’t currently have this, join a group or organization that will help you thrive.

Quotes about Relationships

4. Focus on what you want, and not what you dread

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
-Paulo Coelho

 

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Michelle from Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life says this quote taught her to shift her perspective from how things weren’t going right. Rather, she decided to align her mind and her intentions with her highest truth. That way, the things she wants are more likely to manifest in her life.
If the universe is working on your behalf, then you want to be sure to send the right message.

  1. Refrain from thinking about what you don’t want.
  2. Instead, focus all your attention on what you do want
  3. Make a list of your immediate goals
  4. Recite the list aloud each morning when you wake up
  5. Recite the list each night before bed

 

5. Breathe to relax

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
— Oprah Winfrey

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According to Kevin Daum at Inc. 500, the “Queen of Media,” Oprah Winfrey, shared a lot of inspiring wisdom in her years. One particularly useful sentiment is the above quote, which encourages you to be mindful of the moment and not let worries or fears creep in.
What if we told you there is a way to fight anxiety, and stress that requires minimum effort?

While striving to move forward with your life, one useful strategy is the practice of deep breathing. Checking in with your breath helps you re-focus on the moment, on your own body. It helps reconnect you with yourself.

  1. Try this technique when you feel overcome with anxiety or stress
  2. Breathe in through your nose for about five counts, hold the breath for about three counts, then release the breath slowly through your mouth for eight counts

 

6. One is enough to make a difference

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

 

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Invisible Mentor writer Avil Beckford describes this quotation by Margaret Mead as a personal favorite. She says too often we fall prey to self-doubt and wonder, “What can I do as one person?” Beckford credits Margaret Mead’s quote with helping her realize that we all have the “capacity to make a difference in this world, even if it is one person at a time.”
Initiate a chain reaction.  Don’t think that you alone can’t make a difference. You can! Plus, helping others will improve your mood and may even inspire others to contribute, creating a domino effect of good.

  1. Write a list of things you can do that could have a positive effect on others. Perhaps you could help a neighbor with a home improvement project, volunteer at a local shelter, or rave about a friend’s blog or business to help them build a following.
  2. Post that list somewhere where you can see it often
  3. Do one item on that list per day or per week

Quotes about Letting Go

7. Change is the only constant in life

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
– Heraclitus

 

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Lifehack writer Melissa Atkinson argues that while change can be unsettling, it helps launch us to new areas in life. She states that when you embrace change, you will enjoy personal growth, flexibility, greater strength, and even more opportunities.
Create forward momentum in your life and embrace change by trying something new.

  1. Choose at least one foreign, and possibly unsettling, activity to pursue.
  2. Take the necessary steps to get started today. Some good examples include joining a club or Meetup, taking a foreign language class, writing a book, or moving to a new city.
  3. After the first activity, choose another and repeat the process

8. No regrets, embrace your choices

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

 

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Author Jesse Browner analyzes his life and career decisions against Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Browner was at age 50 when he started to question whether career decisions he’d made earlier in life were the best.

Using the poem, the author later came to the conclusion that placing too much emphasis on one decision as shaping his entire life was foolish. It’s better to turn one’s attention to the positive results that came from the decisions you made.

Browner says that “no matter what you do, you’re always going to be thinking about what you didn’t do, that whatever road you chose could make a difference. But the difference is all in your head.”

Here’s an action you can take now: Rather than dwelling on past decisions, make peace with them. Stop looking back. What’s done is done. In order to move forward you must focus on what you did do, not what you didn’t.

  1. Think of one major decision that you made in your life.
  2. Write down at least five ways that making the decision you made has had a positive impact.   For example, you chose to move to a new city, which led you to a great job or dear friend.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for at least three other major decisions

 

9. Follow your own path

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

 

photo-1508795156417-116392cfa95dTed Rubin uses this quote to specifically encourage his daughters to move forward, follow their wildest dreams, and let go of societal expectations.

He explains that so often in our lives we end up only doing the things others have recommended. These externally-endorsed experiences often leave us feeling “let down.” When we create our own route, though, it is a “much more satisfying experience.”

 

  1. Find a quiet place to sit undisturbed for a few moments
  2. Close your eyes and take several deep, calming breaths
  3. Scan through the faces of the people in your life who influence you and your decisions
  4. Make them all disappear and focus on only your own face in your mind’s eye
  5. Call to mind one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t because it’s a little unconventional or because others discouraged you from doing it
  6. There’s a reason you have this desire, now go do it!

 

10. Action means life

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
— John A. Shedd

 

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Lifehacker writer Alan Henry talks about how this quote by John A. Shedd can really help you get out of your comfort zone. His take from the quote is pretty simple. He says, …that it’s better to get out and do the things you want to do, or the things you need to do, than to sit and rot and do nothing.

Even if you fail, at least you’ll have tried, and at least you’ll have done something and learned something extraordinary in the process.”

If you’re living life in your comfort zone, there’s a chance fear is calling the shots.

  1. Create a list of your top three fears that are holding you back from moving forward.
  2. Write out an action-oriented solution you follow to quiet and overcome these fears
  3. Try repeating positive affirmations or calling a friend for support when your fears are at their strongest.

Quotes for Him

11. Recognize when it is a good time to say “goodbye”

“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
― Jeffrey McDaniel

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Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC describes letting go as “one of the most difficult tasks any individual can master.” The above quote by Jeffrey McDaniel offers inspiration for going through challenging times, so that you can experience the rebirth and newness that awaits.

  1. Set a firm date to carry out a purge in your life.  Like the trees willingly release their leaves in the winter, willingly release those possessions, mementos, or even thought patterns that are keeping you in the past.
  2. Box up  any items that remind you of the chapter you just left behind, so you can make room for new things to come along
  3. Store, donate, or trash your box

 

12. Seek justice, fight unfairness

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.”
— NassimTaleb

 

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Here’s another quote that Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday identifies as being life-changing. He explains that, sometimes, speaking out against injustice may cost us, but we must do it anyway. “What’s the point of working hard and being successful if it means biting your tongue (or declining to act) when you see something unfair or untoward?”
Moving on means using your voice. You’ll feel guilty or even cowardly for biting your tongue.

  1. If there’s someone who hurt you or someone else in your life, share your viewpoint with the person
  2. If you feel unsafe doing so, write your feelings in a letter
  3. Wait a few days, then mail it if you really must, or throw it in the trash

 

13. Everything has meaning; you just have to find it…

“It can have meaning if it changes you for the better.”
— Viktor Frankl

 

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Have you ever felt like everything you do is pointless? It is a common condition of modern life, but one should not drown in such despair. Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday explains that he turns to this quote during particularly bad moments in his life. According to Holiday, this quote by concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl, reminds him “that I can change for the better because of it and find meaning in everything — even if my “suffering” pales in comparison to what others have gone through.”

  1. Identify one difficult situation you have recently gone through
  2. Try to reframe the experience through a different lens
  3. Answer these questions: did you learn something useful from the difficult experience? Is there anything positive that came from it?  Write down your answers.

Quotes for Her

14. Others will carry on, so should you…

“The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.”
– FaraazKazi

 

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The Positivity Blog writer Henrik Edberg accepts that letting go and moving on is an incredibly difficult thing to do. However, he also describes it as “powerful and liberating,” especially this inspirational quote by FaraazKazi.
Don’t let fear of moving on keep you stuck. Perform an acceptance and closure ritual to let go of what happened to you. Whether it was a bad breakup, the end of a long-time friendship, or a termination from a job, write down how you feel about it.

  1. Compose a letter, detailing what happened and how it hurt you
  2. Read the letter aloud and finish off by saying, “…but I’m letting it go.”
  3. Tear the letter into pieces or toss into the fireplace or trash

 

15. Spend every moment wisely; there is no turning back

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Medium writer and Behavioral Exercise Physiologist Stuart McDonald says that the above quote exchanged between Gandalf and Frodo of the Lord of the Rings teaches us that “In the midst of despair, there can be hope.” Tough situations are difficult to process and accept, but you still have to carry on despite them.
Strive to make the most of every single day.

  1. Create an exciting morning routine that gets your day off to a positive start. When your day starts off with momentum, you’ll feel energized and excited about the afternoon and evening.
  2. Try meditating, reading a personal development book, exercising, or watching a motivational video or podcast within the first 30 minutes of waking.
  3. Look into Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod as a possible way to make the most of your mornings.

 

16. Shift your perspective

“Don’t take things personally… nothing other people do is because of you.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz

 

photo-1515191107209-c28698631303Michelle at Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life credits this quote with helping her not get caught up in other people’s words and actions.

She says “we all at some point in our lives have taken things personally and therefore have suffered because of it.” But, we don’t have to. An immense freedom comes with this concept.
Two quick ways  you can avoid taking things so personally are to:

  1. Remind yourself of your relationship with the person. If something hurtful comes from a loved one it’s likely not meant to intentionally hurt you. If it comes from someone whose relationship doesn’t matter to you, choose to keep your distance.
  2. Consider where the person is coming from. Stand in their shoes for a moment and imagine what they are feeling: maybe rejected, disappointed, or humiliated?

 

17. It all starts with you…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
– Andy Warhol

 

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Thought Catalog writer Katie Marshall lists this quote as helping her get comfortable with change. Change can be good or bad, but it’s all a part of the human journey of growth and discovery.

  1. Identify one small thing in your life that you don’t like. Perhaps it’s something you often complain about, but never take any real action towards resolving. Maybe it’s your hair, the broken plumbing, or your cluttered office.
  2. Write down something you can change immediately that will make a difference.
  3. Now… go do it!

Conclusion: Move on and live your life to the fullest!

You just read a plethora of wisdom and insight from more than a dozen people about the quotes that have inspired them to move forward. What are you going to do with this new information?

Will you file it away for a rainy day?

Or will you get out there and make something happen?

Remember, changing something is better than changing nothing at all.
Choose just one simple and straightforward tip to put into action today.

And if you decide to move, check out our great movers!   Here are some in Chicago, Austin, Orlando and Phoenix.

Mover Marketing – Google Adwords Case Study

Mover Marketing:  How to Turn $18K in Google Adwords (& Bing) into $136K of Revenue

I am going to show you, with hard data, how one local moving company spent $18,540.74 on Google Adwords and Bing Ads and cashed in $136,962.00 directly as a result of that spend.

Wow, talk about a huge return!

But before I dive into the hard data, let me tell you a quick backstory.

Back when I worked at Orbitz.com (the travel site, not the now-defunct moving lead gen site OrbitzMoving.com), we spent well over 8 figures per year on Google Adwords  (8 figures = a bunch more than $10M per year).

Crazy huh?

Not really actually.   That 8-figure spend brought in more revenue than it cost us.   Everyone loves making more money than they spend!  That’s the name of the game, isn’t it?

When we started MovingCompanyReviews.com in 2012 we noticed that buying clicks from Google Adwords for terms like “Chicago Movers”, “Orlando Movers”, and “Atlanta Moving Companies” could drain your wallet faster than the blink of an eye.   Companies typically paid $10, $15, or even $20 per click.

Whoa!

I ran a quick check in the wonderful SEO/SEM tool Ahrefs to check the latest cost per clicks, and Ahrefs reports “chicago movers” costs $17 per click, “atlanta moving companies” costs $18 per click, and “orlando movers” costs $16 per click.

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Not much changed since 2012, did it?

With clicks costing so much, how can a local mover make a profit using Google Adwords or Bing Ads?    A bunch of companies certainly advertise on those terms:

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Looking at that data, I often wondered:

Can Local Moving Companies Make a Profit With Adwords?

I honestly thought that very few companies, if any, could turn a decent profit spending on Adwords (and Bing Ads) when paying $15+ for a single click.

Then I met a crew from an ad agency specializing in search engine marketing that claimed amazing results for one of their moving clients (a local moving company).    I asked to see the data, and they agreed to share.

Check these results out:

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Let me summarize for you:

Spend:        $18,540.74

Revenue:  $136,962.00

Now that’s a good return on investment!

Who performed this feat of magic?   Our good friends at TENSHI, an advertising agency who focuses on search engine marketing, who were nice enough to share their results (thanks TENSHI!)

Do they harbor some magic formula to mastering mover marketing, especially when it comes to SEM (Search Engine Marketing), and specifically Google Adwords and Bing Ads?   No, they don’t claim any Harry Potters on staff.   However, they do know their game and relentlessly optimize campaigns in order to lower click prices and maximize conversions.

Employing engineers who specialize in machine-learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) certainly helps too.   To give you a sense of the complexity involved,  TENSHI applied two sets of machine-learning algorithms in this campaign to lower the costs over time and raise the conversion value per cost, all while optimizing for multiple location parameters.   It’s quite technical, but this human and AI approach ensured an optimization would take place every 15 mins to drive considerable results.

Take a look at this graph for example and you can start to understand great results don’t come overnight.  Over the course of 5 months, TENSHI accomplished the following:

  • Cut the average cost per click in half
  • Quadrupled the number of clicks

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Results didn’t pour in overnight, but took many months of careful optimization.

Take a look at this more detailed view:

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You can see the average cost per click dropping from $10.95 at the start of the campaign to $5.17 by month 5 and total clicks rising from 166 to 693 in that same time period.

So Can Your Moving Company Get These Results Too?

My favorite piece of advice to tell people when they ask if they can make money using Adwords in the moving industry is, “hire a really, really good expert.”

For example, our best SEM manager at Orbitz had degrees from IIT (one of the best technical schools in India), an engineering undergrad from Stanford, and an MBA from Northwestern.   He wrote programs that optimized our ads by the hour (or more frequently) in response to a multitude of variables, including location, booking availability and pricing changes.  Not work for the faint of heart.

So What Should You Do?

The high cost per click and intense competition for moving keywords can make Google & Bing advertising a dangerous game.  Tread carefully if you want to dip your toe into the water, and follow the rules of thumb below.

These apply if you plan to spend money on Google Adwords & Bing Ads, or any other paid ads:

  1. Track your ROI every day and make sure your tracking is accurate:
    • How much are you spending on ads?
    • How much revenue are the calls, clicks and emails turning into?
  2. Optimize, optimize, optimize!
    • What keywords, ad text, ad creative, and other ad characteristics perform the best?   Spend more on these and create variations of them.
    • What does not perform well?   Shut these off.
  3. Repeat this process every day (seriously)

I love when hard data proves me wrong about something I thought was nearly impossible.     This case study shows local movers can make a profit bringing in traffic from Google Adwords and Bing Ads.    Success requires constant vigilance and high levels of expertise, but the numbers don’t lie.

A big thanks to TENSHI for sharing their data with us!

If you’re a mover or mover marketing agency looking to increase your leads check out our free moving leads & review collection programs.  Take a few minutes and read our blog post on 3 incredibly simple things you can do to boost your SEO as well, it gives a couple super easy changes you can make to your website to boost your organic (free) traffic from Google and Bing.

Questions?  Leave a comment and we’ll try to answer!

Moving Food Without Losing Your Mind

Moving?  Read This Guide To Moving (or Getting Rid of) Your Food.

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It’s time to move houses and you booked a mover, packed the furniture and knick knacks, but what about moving your food?     Moving food is a pain!   There’s that awkward week or so before moving where you just don’t know what to do.

Fear not, you’re not alone.

We have tips to help you with moving that food!

Prioritize Your Food

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Before you do anything, assess what you have and its value. That box of weird Japanese cookies that no one dares touch can probably go. The expensive balsamic vinegar your aunt gave you will be hard to replace, so keep that.

It doesn’t hurt to do an inventory of everything in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Now, go over the list with an eye to value and portability. Obviously, if you’re moving across the country, transporting frozen steaks won’t give you that romantic dinner you hoped for upon arrival.   You can replace a half-empty box of cornflakes in a jiffy for a few bucks.

Items that you need to use or discard before your move include:

  • Frozen items
  • Refrigerated items
  • Opened condiments
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Items that expire within the next few days
  • As you look at all your food, you’ll have some items that you obviously want to keep. Set those aside. You can pack this food and move it, along with your furniture.

Once you figure out what is most valuable and needs to go with you, you’ll have food that is hard to transport. You’ll also find food that simply isn’t worth the effort. That’s what you’re going to be dealing with in the days leading up to the move and we’re here to tell you how.

Stop Buying Food

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This point may seem a little obvious, but you may purchase something small for lunch thinking it’s only one meal. That’s a bad idea, because each item you buy is one less thing you’re getting rid of at home.

Skip buying food for at least a week before leaving and use up what is in your pantry. It requires getting creative, but it’s worth it when you have less to deal with later. Meal planning is your friend at this point.

Use Up Perishables

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Everything that is already opened or will go bad needs to be gone by moving day. Whether you eat it or toss it or give it away, get rid of these things. This includes pretty much everything in your fridge.

Since moving is rarely a surprise, you have time to do a little meal planning! Design your last meals in your home to use up those perishables.

To meal plan effectively, you need to know what you have on hand. Refer to the inventory list you took at the beginning of this article. Pair off the foods that go together to create meals. If you have open pasta sauce, cheese, and potatoes, you can make nacho baked potatoes. Frozen ground beef makes a hearty meal when added to the potatoes and a salad on the side makes for less to pack.

Make a simple calendar for the days until your move. Now add a meal you’ve come up with, using only pantry items, to the calendar. You’ll want one meal for each slot, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For your last home-cooked meal before moving, try making soup. Heat broth and add everything that is still hanging around to it. My mother used to call this “clean the fridge soup” and it’s a great way to use up leftovers.

Throw a Party

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While you might not want to try this if you’re struggling to pack in time, a farewell party is a great way to use up food. Not only do you get some quality time with friends, you eliminate a problem.

Dig out the frozen and refrigerated food and dust off the grill. Meat, fish, and seafood can all create a tasty buffet that your friends and family will enjoy. Add in the remaining vegetables from the fridge. You instantly have a smorgasbord of great food that means no moving food that will perish.

This is the perfect time to offload anything you want other people to take home, as well. Let them know in the invitation that they’ll be taking a can or box on their way home.

Donate, Donate, Donate

 

Take a good look at your pantry. Do you really want to lug all those cans and boxes with you? Probably not! Fortunately, there are tons of people who will take that food off your hands.

Food pantries and homeless shelters are often happy to receive non-perishable items. If you prefer, you can give the items directly to others. Talk to your local church about who might be in need of some extra nourishment. Some seniors may find it tough to get to the store, so you can save them a trip.

Contact your movers before you get too far into planning. If they’re part of Move For Hunger, they can actually take care of your extra food for you. It’s a good option if you prefer to let someone else handle the distribution.

Grab a Garbage Bag

So, you’ve eaten and donated as much as you can, now what? What do you do with the remaining odds and ends that no one wants?

You have two options. Pack the odds and ends and keep them kicking around your new house, or toss them. The second is your best option. Grab a sturdy garbage bag and dump everything that is leftover after packing and eating. This can all go to the garbage dump and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. After all, a new home is a fresh start and no one needs ten bags of food with half a serving left in them.

It might feel wasteful to throw food out. When you have already done all you can with the rest of the food, it’s best to cut your losses.

Moving Food You Still Want

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You won’t want to get rid of everything, which means you need to pack it. Moving food can be tricky if the packages aren’t sturdy enough. For example, a bag of flour could burst if anything heavy is on top of it.

The simplest way to avoid issues is to put everything into hard plastic boxes. You can find these at any storage store and they work well to protect your food. The plastic will also prevent any spills from leaking to the other items in the moving truck.

If you must package food in cardboard boxes, make sure you seal everything first. This may require using zippered plastic bags to contain any leakage. Packing tape can also be helpful for keeping opened bags closed. Put tape over the tops of spice containers and salt and pepper shakers to stop spillage, as well.

Packing order is also important. Put your heaviest items at the bottom of the boxes. This prevents heavy items crushing the lighter and more delicate foods.

Keep in mind that glass bottles are more likely to break than plastic bottles. It’s best to skip them altogether, but you can wrap the bottles in newspaper if need be.

Your Last Supper

pizza for moving day

The final meal before a big move is usually a haphazard one. To make life a little simpler, plan to finish using up your perishables before this. Then, for your final meal, order takeout.

Takeout food lets you enjoy a fortifying meal without worrying about cooking. You’ll need your strength for moving the next day! It also allows you to pack up the last of your dishes and utensils. Everything you need comes with the meal.

When you are sick of leftovers and the pantry is empty, takeout will seem like a blessing.

Make Moving Day Easier

Moving food may actually be one of the toughest parts of moving (along with knowing how much to tip movers). It ranks right up there with sorting through your important papers, deciding which to keep.

If you have packed everything properly, you shouldn’t have too many issues with leaks and spills. However, be sure to label your food boxes in big letters. This makes it simple to sort them out so you can eat once you arrive in your new home. It also lets the movers know that the boxes contain food items.

Not going too far? If you are only moving across town, you can get away with taking a cooler along. Put that jar of opened caviar and a few condiments in it. We don’t recommend this for longer trips, of course. Make sure you add ice to the cooler!

Finally, be sure to have some packaged food and drinks on hand for moving day. You’ll get hungry at some point and it’s easy to grab a bag of peanuts or a granola bar to munch on. There’s no need to leave any of your regular food out. Just have a tote or small box with snacks to keep you going.

Once you’ve moved, it is time to unpack everything, including your food. If you’ve prepared well, you only moved the best food and are ready to start your new life with a clean pantry.

Prepare For A Smooth Start At Your Next Home

coffee on moving day

The first couple days after a move can stress even the calmest people out. You can plan ahead to make those first whirlwind days easier. Scout out new delivery restaurants by your new home on GrubHub, find some highly rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, and consider setting up food delivery if you can. If you’re a coffee lover/addict, consider a coffee subscription (Javaya is a good choice) and think about your home coffee brewing choices if you want to upgrade to a higher level off coffee happiness. For regular food delivery, check out InstaCart or Amazon Fresh to see if they service your area. Prep like this gives you one less thing to worry about after the move!