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Adams Hudson

Adams Hudson is president of Hudson, Ink, a creative marketing firm for contractors. Readers can get a free copy of “Hottest Referral Generator Secrets for Contractors” by sending a polite request to or faxing 334/262-1115. See other marketing reports at or call 800/489-9099.


Create effective customer newsletters

A syndicated newsletter with some customization will save you time.
March 17, 2014

Are you one of those contractors who believes if you service a customer once and do a great job, he’ll remember you forever? I wish it was true. Instead, studies show 55% of the customers you lose leave you because you paid them no attention.

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The priceless power of publicity

And how to get it for free.
February 20, 2014

Publicity is the most powerful form of marketing communication your plumbing company can possibly have. There is a wave of influence in your market, merely waiting to slosh one side or the other. Most watch. Some hope that it visits them.

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Top nine direct mail mistakes

Make these marketing pieces work for you to increase sales leads.
January 23, 2014

Direct mail can be the most lucrative marketing tool you’ll ever use — if you use it correctly. Yet most plumbers waste wads of money on ineffective mailings because they don’t know how to do it right. Direct mail offers the advantage of laser-like targeting, where you can pick your list exactly.

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Holiday marketing strategies

Cultivate goodwill now that will pay off in January.
December 19, 2013

Whoa — is the end of this year really around the corner? Maybe, maybe not. As Winston Churchill once said: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” I’m sure that explained everything very well.

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How to increase Facebook fans

My son increased his band’s page by 344%; you can, too.
November 18, 2013

It’s no secret I want to kill social media. I consider 72.3% of it a cocktail party with no end and even less point. Yet the remaining percentage has some viability for business. The more we experiment, the more we throw out the useless, the more I see a twinkle of marketing light at the end of the tunnel.

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The hard sell doesn’t work with today’s consumers

Two-faced or true-faced?
October 18, 2013

I’d hear, “This is going to hurt you worse than it hurts me,” just before getting my rearward region spanked into next week. Whenever I used to hear this phrase — which was shockingly regular — I used to think, “Then why do it?” I mean, can’t we spare some pain for both of us by overlooking that little melted-crayon-in-the-Easy-Bake Oven-incident?

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Marketing lessons from Boy Scouts

Relationships are based on familiarity.
September 20, 2013

Was I ever really 14? Some may contend “you still are mentally,” but at least I’ve matured, you booger-eater. A while back, I went on an outing with my son and five Boy Scouts.  

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‘Word-of-mouth’ marketing that works

Testimonials are very powerful, and seriously underused in contracting.
August 22, 2013

 “I’m building my business by word of mouth.” Lots of us have heard that phrase — and even said it.  

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No train, no gain

Give techs the confidence they need to sell your services and increase your profit.
July 18, 2013

Imagine this …One day, John rolls out of bed, steps out onto his front porch to fetch the paper and while staring into the clear blue sky, thinks to himself “Yep, today’s the day. The weather is perfect and I’ve got some free time — I think I’ll fly a plane.

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Great opening = great close

Use attention-grabbing statements relevant to customers’ needs.
June 25, 2013

 How well you close is perhaps the ultimate judge of your sales success. But how you open has a lot to do with whether you get to close at all!

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