As 2017 comes to an end, I am also wrapping up my 8th year using the Apple iPhone. Besides marketing services, I spend a lot of time helping and recommending apps and software to my painting clients that make them more productive in both the field and their office spaces.
Below you will find the ones I used the most in 2017 and why I liked them. Read More
I have been a fan of Base CRM ever since they came out with their first iPhone app, 6 or 7 years ago. I became an early adapter of Base CRM and focused on using it for my own business. They have done one of the best jobs since day one making their mobile apps act similar to their desktop version. This makes it much easier for the techie and non-techie to learn and use. Read More
I wrote about CompanyCam in more detail in the post: Is CompanyCam Good For Painters a few months back. In short, CompanyCam is a simple app used to take photos of projects, collaborate about the photos and have one place where all your photos can be stored and organized by job name. It is very easy to use. One of the key features of CompanyCam is how it helps to geo-target the location of the project. You can read more about that in my product review. Read More
Today’s post is more of a journal entry about my visit to Basecamp:
My customers know how big of a fan I am of the popular project management software, Basecamp. They know I use it and push them to use it all the time. It is simply an excellent tool for contractors to use to communicate with each other and for management and staff to check in on their teams. Read More
Facebook has been a game changer in many ways on how individuals and businesses connect with others. People all over the world can stay in touch so much more easily because of Facebook’s free social media network. Facebook introduced paid advertising a number of years ago which made total sense. They had to make money somehow, right? Those ads you, normally as the second post when you are scrolling through your feed, pays Facebook the big bucks. Read More
Tablets have come a long way since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010. Before then, estimators in the field all had to use a hybrid tablet which were basically a full computer that allowed you to write on the screen with a tablet pen. (example: Motion Computing or Toshibas).
When the iPad and Android tablets hit the market, it forced users to get used to built-in apps only. This was a real challenge if you were trying to communicate with your MS office servers or cloud programs like Google Apps, or even to save files to cloud services like Dropbox. Read More
Sunnyvale, TX –
After years of being told by his peers that he wasn’t using the “right paintbrush,” Sam Porter of Abstract Painting finally discovered the best paintbrush in the world. Read More
As you know, getting photos of your work is crucial. If the marketing budget allows for it, you can always hire a photographer to go around to job sites to get some nice action and finish shots. Yet it can get pretty expensive to have a photographer available on a regular basis. Read More
Humorous Post Warning
This is a little bit out of the ordinary post this week. It is a short humorous story about an estimator I once knew in the painting industry and his experience dealing with price objections!
I am keeping his name and company confidential! I am also not endorsing what he did. I just always get a kick out of his response to a prospect. Read More