There is a HUGE labor shortage in the trades! We need to celebrate the trades more effectively, and offer a more diverse workforce as well…
Small Biz Talk
As you may already know, I literally grew up in the painting industry. Over the decades (including 20+ years as an adult working and observing behind the scenes), I have seen my fair share of salespeople selling millions upon millions in painting projects each year.
If you pay it, they will come… right?
I’ve seen many contractors over the years write hefty checks to print publications, specialized internet marketing vendors, and even me in the hopes that just by writing the check and stepping back, the leads will come and change their business.
In May of 2018, Adam Zobel wrote a blog explaining all about Google My Business. He also made it clear that it is not the same as Google+. Please take a moment to read his post from last year, and below I will give you a couple brief reminders on what to keep up on in 2019 when it comes to your Google My Business (aka GMB) site.
I recently got off the phone with a new client, and in the course of the call we discussed social media strategy, photos, and video content for his commercial painting company.
He raised an awesome question: “Can’t we just use stock images?”
The idea makes sense! Stock images are abundant, pretty cheap, and can be stunning. Conversely, getting photos from your team can be tough, especially when everyone is busy and focused on just getting through the day.
So, why wouldn’t you make life simpler and go stock?
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.
Well, we’ve hit that time of year…
People are doing more online shopping for gifts, toys, and holiday specials than they are for painting services. Nearly across the board our painting clients are feeling that seasonal dip in leads.
So, what can you do?
Here’s a snapshot of a few successful strategies.
David and I have been receiving more and more requests for help with hiring efforts. From California to New York, Alabama to Oregon, painting companies need quality applicants, and many needed them YESTERDAY.