David Chism

My Resolution? Talk Less, Listen More, and Stay Positive!

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While reading the book “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan over the Christmas holiday season, I was reminded by the author of how easy it is for people (all of us) to be critical. Thanks to the power of digital technology, we can express our opinions more easily today than ever before. Social media in particular makes it a cinch to share a negative review, experience, or opinion for just about all areas of our lives: religion, politics, family, and so forth.

Francis Chan obviously pointed out ways Christians need to really be careful of how they express themselves online and in person.

This is not a book review, but it did make an impact and leave me with this takeaway: be more positive in 2019.
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Use Caution When Sharing Images on Social Media or Your Website

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It’s very easy these days to share images you find interesting on social media or your company blog. In fact, it can be a little TOO easy… If you are using images for business purposes, you just need to be especially careful about what you are sharing and make sure you have the proper license.

Unfortunately, I have my own cautionary tale from this past month to share… I hope this helps prevent you from any sort of photo licensing/usage headaches!

 

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That One Time When Researching a Prospect Turned Into a Six-Figure Job

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While working for my dad’s painting company in San Diego (many, many years ago), I once received an estimate request from a prospect through our website, and noticed that he had an unusual first name. I also noticed that he sent the request through his Blackberry, so I knew he was reasonably tech-savvy.

So, I did what any curious guy would do: I Googled him. And, it turned out he was the former CEO of several large, recognizable companies.
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Facebook Messenger Management

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Have you noticed that more and more companies are using Facebook Messenger to communicate? 

 

Larger corporations, including Verizon Wireless, Comcast, and Sonos, for example, use Facebook Messenger to offer support directly to their customers. I am definitely one of those guys who use this easy and convenient tool as often as possible. Most of the time, I get a quick response! Read More

“Things 3” For Getting Things Done

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Evernote, Remember the Milk, Google Tasks, Apple Reminders…

There are a plethora of productivity apps available on the market. In fact, just about all the big players out there have their own apps to help you get things done and remember the little details of life.

Over the years I have tried dozens of these options, always on the hunt for the ever-elusive “perfect app!”

Well, I have yet to find it.

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How Should You Respond To a Prospect You Just Can’t Serve?

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Responses, like vegetables, are always better fresh than canned.

 

Most quality home improvement contractors are running more leads than they can handle this time of the year. And, when your company gets an abundance of leads, offering a marketing tips for contractorstimely response to inquiries isn’t easy!

Consequently, I typically see an uptick in negative reviews this time of year as well. Consumers are more and more demanding, and expect faster responses than ever before.
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How Important Is “Seen Around Town” Marketing?

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How Signs and Trucks Can Help Grow a Businesslocal marketing tips for contractors

A few years ago, I started working with a painting contractor who got very few leads from his trucks and yard signs. He probably averaged a couple per month at most.

At the time, he had an annual revenue of just under $1.5 million. I believe his lack of Seen Around Town leads were really due to several reasons: his truck lettering and yard signs were hit-and-miss, his crews were not consistently putting up job signs, and his company vehicles had a boring logo that just didn’t stand out. It wasn’t memorable. Read More

A Word About Wearing Vendor-Branded Shirts

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When I was a kid, I loved it when my dad would come home from work and hand me a local paint supplier’s t-shirt. The back would usually have some Hawaiian-style cars, motorcycles, desert, beach, or surf design on it. Frazee Paint, Dunn-Edwards, and Vista Paints were all very popular when I was growing up in San Diego. The shirts were free, so not only did I enjoy wearing them, but my dad’s paint crew would also get in on the action. If they got too much paint or caulk on them, they’d go to the paint store and get another free shirt! Why not? It’s free, right?  Read More

2 Things To Do On Your LinkedIn Profile Now

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LinkedIn is a powerhouse for B2B connections. It is owned by Microsoft and is showing signs of growing stronger in the market.

I want you all reading this to do two things on your LinkedIn profile to help make you look more professional in your industry. These are best practices. There is a lot to learn about LinkedIn. I wanted to keep this short and make it easy for you all to commit to these two things. Read More

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