Author Archives: JoAnn Dunker
One of the most difficult tasks for many contractors is keeping track of bids, estimates, and projects. This is especially true for contractors who have many residential projects going on.
Residential construction software can make these duties a bit easier for contractors. There are many different types of software available, so you’ll have to review the options to determine which ones have everything you require.
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Starting a painting business with no experience is a lot easier than you might think. Unlike restaurants or retail shops, a painting business has several advantages that make success easy. First, you don’t need to be experienced because you can easily teach yourself the skills. Second, there will always be a demand for painting as most people don’t have the time or talent to paint themselves. Additionally, once you see growing success, a painting business is relatively easy to scale. And finally, it requires minimal start-up costs. In this guide, we walk you through how to start your own painting business.CONTINUE READING
Mobile apps make it easier for construction professionals to track their time, prepare estimates, and stay organized. With one of the best apps for contractors, you’ll save time on administrative activities, leaving you with more time to talk to potential customers and win more jobs. Check out the top apps for contractors to determine which one’s right for you.
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Search engine optimization (SEO) can be a major benefit for small business, but it’s about more than just visibility. Your brand needs the right kind of visibility. Having negative press or reviews online can alter how prospects view you and cause “improved” visibility to backfire, which is what makes online reputation management a crucial and often-overlooked aspect of SEO.
Reputation management is all about shaping and controlling the conversation around your brand. Here, we’ll talk about the potential impacts of your online reputation and how you can optimize it.CONTINUE READING
If you’ve recently built or updated your contractor website, you’ve probably heard an array of confusing marketing jargon. One of the most important questions you can ask yourself is “What is the sales funnel?” In this article, we’ll answer your sales process improvement questions, including “What is a sales funnel in marketing?” and “What does a sales funnel look like?” Read on to find out everything you need to know about attracting, converting, selling, and retaining your target audience.CONTINUE READING
Service-based businesses have long relied on word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) for growth. More than 90% of consumers trust recommendations from family and friends more than company advertising. WOMM reaches far beyond verbal referrals to the rapidly expanding digital marketplace. It’s essential to learn how word-of-mouth marketing works and harness its potential to maximize your online presence.
Digital WOMM includes reviews, testimonials, and other informal, user-generated content found on the internet. Without a proactive word-of-mouth marketing strategy, though, your business is at the mercy of whoever publishes an opinion about your service — good or bad. Fortunately, you can be intentional about influencing what current and prospective customers say about you through a variety of online platforms.CONTINUE READING
Getting a negative review of your business can be a frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to spell doom for your reputation. Learn how to respond to negative reviews in a way that can repair your relationship with that customer and boost your brand too.
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Craigslist and Nextdoor are both invaluable tools for contractors who want to reach a local audience, but how do you advertise effectively on Nextdoor and Craigslist? What’s the best way to attract attention without looking like a spammer? We’ve prepared some quick and easy Craigslist and Nextdoor marketing tips for you.
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For many social media users, Facebook isn’t just a place to chat with friends and family. It’s a source of news, entertainment, and even product and service information. Users can “look for recommendations” and receive suggestions from friends or fellow group members, then check out the profiles and reviews of those businesses.
Careful reputation management is essential for any contractor that wishes to maintain a presence on Facebook. How you spread the word about your page and how you respond to reviews, good and bad, makes a huge difference to how your business is perceived.CONTINUE READING
When you’re in the business of delivering solid results as a home improvement contractor, there’s nothing that displays the quality of your work more vividly than letting prospects see the outcome for themselves. For that reason, the art of before and after marketing is key. Here, we’ll talk about some of the do’s and don’ts of this kind of marketing and how you can make it into a powerful tool for selling your brand to the public.
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