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DEAlocal eZine - Issue # 3

DEAlocal eZine - for VIP members Only

August the 22nd, 2008 - Issue # 3

In this issue;

- On Business

Aren't you offering your own HIPs yet?
Looking for some support from ...

- From the Blog

Cloning EPCs by Mani Kooner
You aren't Posting in the Blog!

- SEO & Marketing Tips

Exchanging Links (the right way) for DEAs only

- Tell us what you Think

Your feedback matters to us! Talk to us news [at] dealocal [dot] co [dot] uk

- Invite other DEAs friends or colleagues

Show them that you care www.dealocal.co.uk/invite

Happy Reading !

Manuel Kupka
news [at] dealocal [dot] co [dot] uk

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Dear DEA,

I hope you enjoy reading the features in this DEAlocal eZine issue.

- On Business

Aren't you offering your own HIPs yet?

I'm pretty sure the answer to the above question (for most DEAs) is; Yes, of course I am.

However, even if you already use one of the "white label HIP" services around, I think it's worth checking the "Do Your Own HIP" service.

The main reasons I choose this service are that they have a very user friendly and intuitive interface and more importantly it gives me the option to offer "Personal" or "Official" searches
to my customers. We all know that some customers (or best say
their solicitors and/or morgatge providers) prefer the official
searches.

If we take in account that some of the media are still giving HIPs such bad reputation, being able to give your customers the option to choose between the both it's, at least, a good advantadge over other providers.

It also feels reasuring the fact that BlueSoft is the company behind scenes of "Do Your Own HIP". In case you don't know, Bluesoft (www.bluesoft.co.uk)
has been in the IT industry for 15 years already and has a quite an
impresive list of clients (some very important UK corporates like Alex
Lawrie, Briatnnia and Powergen just to mention a few.)

By the way, they were the winners of the BCS 2006 Information Management Awards.

They are offering a HIP for DEAs at £145 VAT included, at this price you get everything but the EPC (so you can provide your own).

Because official searches prices vary enormously between different councils
(sometimes nearly as twice as much) that fixed price is for the
"Personal searches" HIP. For this reason there's no way they can offer
a fixed price on the "Official searches" HIP (but you get an instant quote before you order it).

My advice is you check it out, register with them and test it, if it works for you stick to it, otherwise move on.

Last week I published a blog post where I also mentioned it, you can check it out here.

Looking from some support from some of YOU

Even though this month we've seen a fewer quote requests, the “EPC Quote widget”, seems to keep working well. I can imagine that this slow down is due to the holidays break.

So, you may be wondering what I need some support from you, do you?

The reason is that after many more EPC quotes requests (therfore jobs for some) NOT a single DEA has been able to spare me a minute to Post some Testimonials ...

I know, some of you would be delighted to give a good testimonial if you get the quote requests, yet it seems that all the requests go to the fellow DEAs who aren't ready to give back a little bit.

I don't want to do it but, if you can't give back a little bit (I mean the ones getting but not giving) ... I may end up disappointing some of you :-( or, even worse for you,  I'll end up having to put a price for the leads or jobs ... is that what you want?

I'm happy to help but remember, everything you get here at DEAlocal is for free, isn't it? and I'm giving more than others who are charging you a monthly fee.

Please, if you got a job (or more) through DEAlocal, don't forget to Post your Testimonials here

- From the Blog

Cloning EPCs

DEA Mani Kooner from Derbyshire needed some guidance on how to clone EPCs.

He got a reply from Ray Powers from Birmingham. I found it quite useful, especially if you don't know what cloning EPC is about (that was my case :-), thanks Ray.

Also, after some research I found "A guide to generating Energy Performance Certificates for similar dwellings owned by the same landlord" by the CLG

Don’t miss this post at dealocal.co.uk/energy-performance-certificate/cloning-epc-s.htm

And please don't forget to leave your comments.

You aren't Posting in the Blog

Just in case you don't know yet (or have forgoten), all DEAlocal members are allowed to post in the Blog. Don't miss the chance to make your voice count.

To post your Blog article;

1- Log in from http://www.dealocal.co.uk/user using your username or email and password.

2- Click on "Submit Post" on the left hand side menu "Energy Assessors"

3- Type in a catchy title for your article (you will notice the system calls it Story instead of Blog post).

4- Choose a Category from the drop down menu.

5- Type in your article where it says Body.

6- Click on the button "Preview" to check everything show as
intended or "Submit" if you are sure everything is fine. (please check
your spelling, grammar mistakes will make you look bad).

That's it, your Blog post it's submitted for moderation and will be published as soon as it's been checked.

And again, feel free to leave your comments below.

- SEO & Marketing Tips

Exchanging Links the right way (for DEAs only)

I’ve just published a Blog post on how exchange website links in a way that it will benefit your business without giving away your prospect customers to others DEAs.

If you have a website you musn't miss this Blog post, it will definetly help you improve your SERPs. You may not know it but links are the most important step towards good search engine rankins.

Don’t miss this Blog post at dealocal.co.uk/business/dea-exchanging-links.htm

- Tell us what you Think

We'd love to hear what you think of this issue! Please send your comments, questions, and ideas for upcoming issues to us at: news [at] dealocal [dot] co [dot] uk

Your feedback matters to us!

- Help Your DEA friends or colleagues

Share DEAlocal directory of independent DEAs with them.

    * Do you like your Business Listing?
    * Have you got any leads or quotes yet?
    * Do you know any DEA that could benefit too?

If You answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, consider Inviting them to join DEAlocal, it’s very easy from www.dealocal.co.uk/invite.  

Only registered DEAlocal members can invite other DEAs, therefore you will need to log-in.

Once loged in, scroll down and follow the easy instruction. You can even keep track of your invitations. Check it out not at www.dealocal.co.uk/invite

All the best

Manuel DEA in Bath