Is it Worth Upgrading to the 6s or 6s Plus This Fall

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It is never a necessity of life to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone on the market, even if it is as flashy and cool as the Apple iPhone. 

Yet phone carriers and Apple themselves are making it easier than ever to get consumers to upgrade to their new 6s or the 6s Plus. They are doing this by allowing everyone to just make monthly payments. So that sounds enticing, right?  Read More

4 Ways To Increase Online Reviews

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4 Ways to Increase Reviews

Getting your customers to leave their feedback on some of the major search and online directories is a great way to help increase your online exposure for potential customers. Review sites like Yelp, Google+, and Houzz typically show up very high in search results when a consumer is looking for a service company. Read More

Don’t Forget Branding in Your Community

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I sometimes see contractors who are busy getting new business using a number of different methods, which tends to cost a lot of money: Google Adwords, Home Advisors, Yelp Advertising, Angie’s List, and so forth. Some of these methods can quickly get leads in the door if you really need them. Yet the one thing that is missing from using these forms of marketing is the consistent branding of your business in the areas you want to work. Read More

Should I Buy Apple Watches for My Field Employees

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To some of you reading this post, you might think this is a no brainer. Yet, I have been asked the question, hence the blog post.

Note: I am pretty certain Apple will be releasing the 2nd generation of the Apple Watch sooner than we think. So this post might get old real quick. On the other hand, my opinion might stay the same even after the next Apple Watch release. Read More

A Good Tool for Scheduling Painting or Remodeling Projects

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Managing the scheduling of painting or remodeling projects can be a real juggling act. When I was active in my family’s painting business, the schedule seemed to adjust and change daily. Sometimes, the headaches happened when a crew called last minute and said they were not finished on a Friday and needed 2 more hours on Monday morning to finish up, and they did not call their next project to let them know they would not be there Monday morning. Without the right technology, a home improvement schedule can be one of the most painful parts of running a business. Read More

What If I Only Want Uber-Wealthy Web Leads?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if most of the leads you received from your contracting website were from your target audience only? If your website already does well in the local search, chances are you are getting a pretty decent number of web inquiries during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, it is very likely that a good portion of the leads are not ones you were hoping for, especially ones from the uber-wealthy audience. Read More

Examples of Short Contractor Videos

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In this post, I am doing something a bit different. I have talked to many of my clients over the years on using video in their marketing. This can be a tough one for many of you reading this to swallow. So what I’ve done is tried to make this a bit easier for you. I have linked up a number of different types of videos used by others in the industry (and similar industries). Read More

Is Branding Only for Large Companies?

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brandadcIf you own a small to medium size contracting business, chances are you have heard marketing professionals tell you that you need to build your brand or invest in branding your company. Hearing that you need to “do” marketing to build your brand does not sound good to most of you, because you are thinking, “Yeah but I need my phone to ring today!” I am right there with you. Getting that phone to ring is the lifeblood of our businesses, right? If that phone is not ringing, my guys are not working! Read More

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