Kim Walker from Shop Marketing Pros is a social media expert. Kim’s experience includes a school counselor and teacher. Her husband Brian, started his own shop while he was a Mercedes technician in North Carolina. Then asked Kim to leave her school job and join his service business. Then for specific reasons left to go back home to Louisiana. It was almost destiny that they engaged with Shop Marketing Pros. As a former shop owner, Kim’s advice and expertise on social media is perfectly matched because she’s been there and done that.
She is on the Car Care Council’s Women’s Board, an ATI and Management Success Graduate, and their shop was a Motor Age Top Shop winner two years in a row. Their shop experience is without question, so when she talks about social media as it relates to the automotive service professional, she has the experience that matters. Look for Kim’s other episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points
Kim Walker-Certified Guide
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller- mystorybrand.com
Change what you are saying about your business
Every shop owner has a different audience- get to know your customer in order to communicate with purpose
The customer is the “hero”, not yourself- not all about certifications and experience. Should be “we are here to help” so a customer can be a hero in their daily lives
Good marketing- address the problem and how you can solve it
What is your plan?- make it simple, paint a picture of how it will be working with shop
Website- visual need to speak to what you do, call to action button (make an appointment), tell your story and history,
Google.com/mybusiness- claim your business, respond to reviews
Email newsletters- create relevant campaigns, short and to the point with solving problems, longer email less often, shorter emails more frequent
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