Review and promote your advert.


 




OK - so your share has been for sale for a while and no takers....

If you want to try and push your share a bit then there are a few things you can do....

1) IS YOUR ADVERT UP TO DATE? 

CHECK YOUR PRE-BOOKED HOLIDAYS DATES ARE ALL LISTED. It maybe that since your advert went live you have selected more dates, you can add them by sending me an e-mail to change them. Make sure the period of time on the boat is shown and the YEAR of the holiday is correct. 

CHECK YOUR MOORING LOCATION. Is it correct? Is there a year shown against it? If you know now you will be at a different marina next year send in the details.

LOOK AT YOUR ADVERT (!)

Sounds daft but make sure it all reads OK, if you advert says your boat has a "New" cooker when in fact it was replace four years ago maybe it is time to tweak the wording slightly?

IS THE PRICE RIGHT?

Have a look how your price compares with other similar boats. You might want to tweak it? If you are selling in a managed scheme then you really need to be asking the same price as the management company are for your share. For the price remember the price is just that. I do not permit prices to show as "Reduced for quick sale" or ONO, all you can show is THE PRICE. (But see mail shot item below).

Remember if you drop the price and it does not work you can always put it back up! 

PICTURES

Nothing sells a share like some decent pictures. A lot of people buy shares "Blind" meaning all they have to go on are the pictures on your advert. Either take some decent new ones (especially of the inside) or maybe ask a fellow owner if they have any (or can take some) if you are not due on for a while. You can have up to TEN pictures on your advert.

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can, for free, advertise your share on social media, but to be honest putting it on Facebook Marketplace is not going to work unless you drop VERY lucky. One place you could try is the Shared Narrowboat Owners Group group on Facebook, that could work. (If you pay for it to go around my mailing list again I actually also post it here for you free of charge).

HAVE YOUR ADVERT SENT AROUND MY MAILING LIST AGAIN.

If you want I can send out an e-mail to my mailing list to draw attention to your share. Now, there really needs to be something to "hang" on such a mail shot. Something along the lines of "Mr Smith cannot use his weeks in his share in "Titanic" and as these are now only six weeks away he is prepared to reduce his asking price by £1,000 if somebody takes his share off him very quickly and uses the weeks". Remember you can always put the price back UP if you want to should this approach fail.

Now....to stop advertisers simply writing to me every week and asking me to re-circulate thier advert around my list I do make a charge of £10 for any extra mailshots I do. All you have to do it pay me by direct bank transfer to  HSBC, Ruislip, 40 39 13,  account number 91410466 in the name of P J Duerden or by PayPal from the link below. You then, of course, need to e-mail me and tell me what you want in your mailshot.

aBOUT YOUR E-MAIL TO ME...

If you wish to make changes along the lines of any of those suggestions above please note the following:-

Your e-mail can ONLY come from the address shown on your advert.

I do not allow comparisons with any other shares or schemes.

I do not allow any "patronising" language. e.g. The canal we are moored on is the best there is. Our mooring has a wonderful vibe etc.

You can ONLY add more weeks or remove weeks that have elapsed, you cannot "Change" existing shown weeks.

If you have a large share and wish to make it smaller (e.g. you are advertising a 1/16th share for sale and want to split it to a 1/12th) then a further fee to renew your advert is payable. See this page (Link opens new window)

Please e-mail admin@boatshare.co.uk should you wish to make any changes.

One of 44 shares sold in 2015

One of 41 shares sold in 2016

One of 49 shares sold in 2017

several sold already in 2018