The Parade of Homes is YOUR consumer brand. Two new and two remodeling tours each year set the stage, while our year-round website, www.paradeofhomes.org provides a direct link with consumers every day of the year.
OK, forgive us for a moment as we brag – the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Parade of Homes and Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase are recognized as leaders in the country. This powerhouse brand offers members unparalleled consumer exposure at a cost-effective price. The Parade of Homes works.
Contact 651-697-1954 with questions.
2018 Event Dates:
Parade of Homes: Saturday, February 24 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
Remodelers Showcase: Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
Spring 2018 Entry Deadline:Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
How to Enter: To enter a home, login to your account at BATC.org. Contact 651-697-1954 if you need a login and password. For step-by-step instructions on how to enter the Parade, take a look at our video tutorials.
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Remodelers Showcase Timeline >>
Parade of Homes: Saturday, September 8 - Sunday, September 30, 2017
Remodelers Showcase: Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30, 2017
Events Drive Traffic
Our builders track traffic in their models and they consistently report two- to three-times their normal activity during the Parade of Homes events. Every time. Sure, the Internet is important and BATC-Housing First Minnesota provides a wonderful online tool for home buyers in the Parade of Homes website, but home buyers and remodelers still want to see, touch, feel and experience their new or remodeled home directly. Our builders and remodelers tell us there is simply no better marketing tool than the tried and true Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase.
BATC-Housing First Minnesota spends half a million dollars each event on promotion, such as radio, TV, billboards, bus sides, web banners, newspapers and social media sites. We couple those efforts with a powerful public relations plan that generates tens of thousands of dollars worth of free publicity.
It takes hard work to make these events successful – hard work by the builders and remodelers combined with the laser focus of our BATC-Housing First Minnesota staff to get the most bang for our advertising dollar. Our goal is simple – we want to drive traffic to you. Then, it’s up to you to close the deal. And we provide tips and coaching to help you do that successfully.
Parade of Homes Website
We mentioned that the Parade of Homes website is an important part of our marketing mix. This site gets huge traffic during the events, and it stands strong throughout the year as well.
BATC-Housing First Minnesota did a complete site rebuild in 2012 to further strengthen the Parade of Homes online brand and provide even more online marketing options between events. Here are the raw numbers regarding our Parade of Homes site from 2015: 518,570 visits and 301,861 users. An average of almost five pages and three minutes per visit, for 2,462,408 total page views. In between the events, our site still draws some 10,000 to 20,000 visitors each month checking out our builders, remodelers and associates. In 2015, 50 percent of the online traffic visited via our mobile site (m.ParadeofHomes.org) which is integrated with the main website and features all the homes as well as builders, remodelers and associate members
Parade of Homes Guidebooks
You ask, is print still viable? The answer is an unequivocal yes! We track the research nationwide with regard to magazines, newspapers and print media. Did you know that the St. Paul Pioneer Press has experienced six straight years of circulation growth, for example? And many magazines have seen readership increase as well. So our Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase Guidebooks distributed through Holiday Stationstores remain a very important marketing tool for our members. In addition, we digitize the Guidebooks and extend their life beyond the Parade of Homes events through flip-book technology. Almost 100,000 consumers make it a point to pick up a Guidebook each event.
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Green Path Energy Tour
Today’s home buyer and remodeler is interested in energy efficiency. We’ve got the data to prove it. With that in mind, we developed the Green Path Energy Tour as part of the Parade of Homes in partnership with Xcel Energy. The Spring 2016 event had 322 Parade Homes that had been energy-tested and received a MN Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR). These third-party documents help builders sell by providing their customers with an easy way to understand and compare a home's energy and green performance. With both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy offering subsidy programs for RESNET testing, we believe the Energy Tour will continue to grow, and the Green Path HPR will become central to your Buy New messaging.
Parade of Homes Participation
Open to BATC-Housing First Minnesota builders in good standing, these new home tours are an incredibly effective marketing opportunity, drawing hundreds of visitors each event to view model homes. New, never been lived in models, pre-solds, and spec inventory can be entered, plus our new-development option allows developers and builders to showcase a neighborhood before models have been completed (a staffed sales center must be open during all tour hours). An accompanying printed Guidebook (100,000 net circulation) showcases all entries with maps and directories, and a comprehensive website includes interactive maps and advanced search options, cross-referenced builder pages, and more. Smart-phone users are directed to the mobile site for easy searching.
Remodelers Showcase Participation
Open to BATC-Housing First Minnesota remodelers in good standing, these remodeled home tours are probably the most effective marketing opportunity a remodeler can find. Hundreds of interested visitors tour these owner-occupied remodeled homes each event. Any home remodeled in the past three years can be entered, including whole-house remodels and tear downs if it is for the homeowner on their own lot. An accompanying printed Guidebook (over 50,000 net circulation) showcases all entries with maps and directories, and a comprehensive website includes interactive maps and advanced search options, cross-referenced builder pages, and more. Smart-phone users are directed to the mobile site for easy searching.
What you get as a member, online at www.ParadeofHomes.org
All year round, the consumer-directed website helps consumers search our members in several ways. All BATC-Housing First Minnesota Parade of Homes builders and remodelers are included on the site, builders are searchable by home price range, location in which they build, and the styles of homes they build, remodelers are searchable by location in which they work and types of projects they do. Non Parade builders and remodelers may pay a small fee to be included with full search capabilities (all BATC-Housing First Minnesota members have a base listing on the site). Our associate members are included in a classified directory listings with three free product or service types, and have an option to purchase a low-priced upgrade that allows them to include photos, catalogs, testimonials, videos and more. All Parade Homes entries from the current and one previous event are cross referenced with the builder or remodeler pages, which include company descriptions and links.