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Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza's Blog Posts

UnThink Solar - May 31, 2013

Is Solar at Risk of Becoming as Trusted as a Used Car Salesman?

Just when I think we’re over negative Solyndra press, several bad solar marketing and business stories have come to my attention within the same week. If this trend continues, the entire...

UnThink Solar - May 21, 2013

3 Engagement Strategies for Solar Installers to Be “Liked” on Facebook with Graph Search

Facebook’s new Graph Search is still in a testing phase right now, but it will launch sitewide in the coming months. And when it does, your solar company had better be “liked” by your...

UnThink Solar - May 13, 2013

Solar Fred's Guide to Getting Positive Yelp Solar Installer Reviews

Whether you're in the solar business or any consumer-facing business, you can’t ignore Yelp today or in the foreseeable future. First of all, it won't ever go away, and it's only getting...

UnThink Solar - May 08, 2013

Solar Mosaic Fills the Gaps for Solar-Free Solar Industry People — Like Me

I know a lot of passionate people in the solar industry who don’t actually own a solar system, and I’m one of them. On the surface, that may appear hypocritical when you make a living...

UnThink Solar - April 22, 2013

A Solar Fred/"Spinal Tap" Solar Guerrilla Marketing Tip: 11

Perhaps the funniest moment of the classic mockumentary/rockumentary film This is Spinal Tap is when Nigel Tufnel, one of the band members, shows off the band’s amplifier. He explains...

UnThink Solar - April 15, 2013

Drip, Drip, Drip: How to Effortlessly Educate Solar Customers with a Few Mouse Clicks

One of the responses I received from my ongoing solar marketing survey was from an installer who said that they didn’t have enough time to educate all of their customers. That’s understandable...

UnThink Solar - April 08, 2013

4 Tactics for Converting Residential Solar Website Visitors

So you’ve done a lot of work blogging and using social media, plus paid web ads, to drive traffic to your website, but visitors don’t stay very long, and even when they do, most don’t...

UnThink Solar - April 01, 2013

Solar Fred's Guide to Getting DIY Customer Surveys and Feedback

I recently had some car battery trouble, which was taken care of by AAA. They did a good job, and after testing my battery and giving me a jump, the AAA service person gave me his card...

UnThink Solar - March 22, 2013

Puppy Dogs and Solar Quotes: An Example of Cause Marketing

Getting a free solar quote is probably the best way to open the door to a residential sale. People can finally see the numbers and get past their fear of solar being too expensive....

UnThink Solar - March 14, 2013

15, Count 'Em, 15 Must-Have's for Any Modern Residential Solar Website

  A lot of residential solar companies contact me about programs for them, and one of the first things I do is look at their websites. Some are okay, but often they’re outdated and...

Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza

Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza

Tor Valenza aka “Solar Fred” is the founder of UnThink Solar, a strategic communications firm dedicated to helping solar companies reach solar customers through innovative messaging, branding, and social media communications. Follow him...

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