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…
marketing tips for painters | A David Creation
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.
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!
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.
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.
Rose Hill, VA-
Joan Slotch hired Paul the Painter 7 weeks ago to paint four rooms in her Rose Hill home.
“I should’ve known it was too good to be true,” Joan says, referencing Paul’s special offer: Paint 1 Room, Get 3 Free. Looking back, Joan also says that the hand-written business card should have been a red flag, as well as the fact that Paul worked out of his sister’s minivan and seemed to only own one brush.