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The problem of Somerset Sheds

I have a client who makes timber buildings of various sorts, large and small.   They do garden sheds, but they also do rather fancier constructions called 'garden rooms' which are used as artist's studios, and that sort of thing.   Plus, garages, workshops, store rooms and so on - basically, if it's made of wood but not actually an entire house, they make it.  They are based in Devon, but would like to sell in Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall too, since it's fairly easy for them to deliver up and down the M5 and A30.  But, because they are in Devon, it's quite hard to get the internet to recognise that they are highly relevant to people looking for timber buildings in Dorset or Somerset, but not across the whole of the UK. 

Now, the approach taken by the big name shed manufacturers to promoting their wares is to make enormous websites full of messy annoying pages crammed with relevant terms, which aren't actually that easy to use and tend to sell on price.  I really don't want to take that approach with this business, as it seems to me that a smaller family firm making a point about local quality and customer service shouldn't be annoying people in that way.   Plus, that strategy doesn't help particularly with my Somerset and Dorset problem. 

The more arty garden room people tend to take the approach of working on getting expensive PR coverage from lifestyle supplements, but this business isn't quite in that market (yet).  And again, that's UK-wide. 

I don't like link-buying as an approach to promotion generally, and anyway, it's really hard to source links that are highly relevant to Somerset, Cornwall or Dorset but not to, say, Norfolk.   Possibly local press coverage is the way to go, but I find it hard to think of press stories about sheds that might interest the local paper. Hmm. 
Tags: garden, sheds, work

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