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Trying to Figure out How to Blog Better?

Trying to Figure out How to Blog Better?

By on February 14, 2016 in Blogging Tips, Roadmap with 16 Comments

Are you still staring at that white screen waiting for inspiration to blog better? Blogging can be intimidating because you are trying to create content that brings people to your website and encourages them to do business with you. For online leads, this will be the first impression a new customer gets of your company. […]

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Where should I build my content?

Where should I build my content?

By on January 31, 2016 in Roadmap with 6 Comments

If you have been following along in our Roadmap series, you likely understand why you should be blogging and may now be wondering where and how to build your online property. One of the first things to consider is whether to build it (website/blog) yourself or hire part or all of it out. For an industry that […]

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Why are you Blogging?

Why are you Blogging?

By on January 23, 2016 in Roadmap, Websites and SEO with 1 Comment

As sales continue to be competitive for paint contractors, blogging has come back around as a hot topic. It is easier than ever to find helpful tips on how to set up a blog. Contractors are putting more energy into building nice looking sites with blog space, and conversations quickly move to “Ok, so, what […]

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Stanley Smart Measure – Pro or Not So?

Stanley Smart Measure – Pro or Not So?

Let me introduce you to the Stanley Smart Measure Pro. It attaches to the back of your phone with padded arms and connects over Bluetooth.

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Sherwin Williams Snap Dry

Sherwin Williams Snap Dry

By on July 31, 2016 in Product Feedback with 3 Comments

SnapDry™ Semi-Gloss Door and Trim Paint dries in as little as one hour of application and a door can be closed without sticking. SnapDry™ is resistant to dirt and fingerprints, UV and weathering. SnapDry™ can be used in both interior and exterior application. Source

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Tape Tool

Tape Tool

By on July 24, 2016 in Product Feedback with 1 Comment

  After carrying different types of tape up and down ladders and crawling along baseboards, residential painter and engineer, Bob Stenavich, discovered a need for a device to safely hold, carry, and dispense his tape. Needing a solution, he invented and engineered the TAPE TOOL.        

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Website and SEO

Better Display Ads For Your Painting Business

Better Display Ads For Your Painting Business

By on November 6, 2016 in Marketing, Websites and SEO, What We Do, What's New with 1 Comment

Display ads are a great way for painting contractors to boost their brand awareness and drive more online leads. They are very affordable, easy to set up, and the argument can be made that every contractor needs to be using retargeted display ads. For painting contractors already using display or retargeted ads, or considering setting […]

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How to Be Found On Google

How to Be Found On Google

As a website designer for painting contractors, the single biggest request that I receive when a client says they need a new website is that they need SEO. And it’s true: SEO is a fantastic way to generate more traffic to your website. It also is an asset – once you have a high ranking, […]

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5 Tips For Better Facebook Lead Ads

5 Tips For Better Facebook Lead Ads

By on October 16, 2016 in Marketing, Social Media, Websites and SEO with 2 Comments

Why Use Facebook Lead Ads? Of the 14 different types of Facebook ad campaigns, Facebook Lead Ads are the best choice for painting contractors looking to generate new clients. The reason they are the best choice is simple, Facebook Lead Ads collect customer information and deliver it directly to your painting business. Better yet, the […]

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Guest Posts

Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Defeat Twice as Many Problems in the Same Amount of Time! Solutions to paint business problems these days seem to be measured in 50 and 100% increments. Sometimes, reality works in different sized chunks than “twice as many” and “half as many”. While I love big picture thinking, when you are in the forest, you […]

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Hiring, Firing and Training

Hiring, Firing and Training

By on October 16, 2016 in Random Thoughts, What We Do with 2 Comments

There are several things to consider when you think about what type of work you want to do. Generally speaking, it’s better to do a few things well rather than trying to do it all. Consider what types of work are available in your area, what you are best equipped to do and what it […]

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Getting to Know You: Noah Winkles

Getting to Know You: Noah Winkles

By on October 12, 2016 in Random Thoughts, Reader Spotlight with 0 Comments

Noah, Nate and Chuck Winkles Noah Winkles was born and raised in Santa Maria, California and has lived his entire life in Santa Barbara County. Growing up, Noah had a passion for sports and played football, baseball, and basketball. When Noah wasn’t playing on a team or a pickup game with his brother, he was […]

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Pricing and Estimating

Understanding Project Manuals

Understanding Project Manuals

By on November 26, 2016 in Pricing and Estimating with 2 Comments

Project Manuals are the other tool that is provided, along with blueprints, to enable us to assemble an accurate bid. Whether you are bidding to general contractors or directly to the owner of a project, often you will be provided with an FTP site link where you can download the “Plans and Specs”. Once you […]

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The Bidding Process

The Bidding Process

By on August 16, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 2 Comments

 Putting it all together  The first step to any bid is of course to gather the quantities, whether you are measuring an existing structure or doing a takeoff from a set of plans. From there you must “extend” your numbers, either manually or by entering the information into an estimating program. There are many such […]

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Tracking Production Rates

Tracking Production Rates

By on April 19, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 3 Comments

Field budgets        Your field budget is generated from your bid. The total amount of time and materials that you have bid for each phase of the project makes up your field budget. This tells your superintendent and foreman on the job exactly how many hours and how many gallons of paint that […]

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Marketing Your Business

The 5 Pillars to a Successful Local Digital Marketing Campaign

The 5 Pillars to a Successful Local Digital Marketing Campaign

By on October 2, 2016 in Marketing, What We Do with 2 Comments

Every local digital marketing campaign requires a unique strategy. However, there are consistent “pillars” that together can work to help your local painting business increase online visibility, traffic, and sales. In this two-part post, I’m going to discuss what they are and why they matter. Pillar #1: Research Using the right tools and research methods […]

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Why Your Painting Customers Aren’t Loyal

Why Your Painting Customers Aren’t Loyal

By on September 25, 2016 in Marketing, What We Do with 0 Comments

Does it make you mad when a customer totally forgets about you? When a customer turns around and hires another painting contractor even though they sung your praises just a few short months ago? It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why would a customer make the risky decision to work with a total stranger […]

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Surprising Houzz Facts Painters Can’t Ignore

Surprising Houzz Facts Painters Can’t Ignore

By on September 20, 2016 in Marketing, What We Do with 0 Comments

If it has been a while since you last explored marketing your painting business on Houzz, it is probably time to take a second look. Their recently published report, Overview of U.S. Renovation in 2015, is packed with compelling information that demands giving it another chance. Here are 7 of the most important Houzz facts […]

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Work on your Business!

Painting Business Owner: Home Office Tax Deduction

Painting Business Owner: Home Office Tax Deduction

As a painting business owner, you likely conduct most of your business outside of your home (doing estimates, supervising job sites, etc). However, you can still claim the home office deduction if you are using an area in your home for your business. Claiming this deduction allows you to deduct a percentage of utilities, mortgage interest, […]

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There’s Never been a BETTER Time to Market a Painting Business

There’s Never been a BETTER Time to Market a Painting Business

By on September 3, 2016 in Business Practices, What We Do with 6 Comments

Never before has it been so easy for a painting contractor to connect with homeowners through social media and email marketing

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Save Big With A Little Known Tax Credit

Save Big With A Little Known Tax Credit

By on July 20, 2016 in Business Practices, What We Do with 0 Comments

What if I told you, your painting business could improve employee loyalty and save thousands of dollars on taxes with one action? Sounds like a crazy idea, right? Well, I’m here to tell you it is possible by claiming the Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit. Why The Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit? As you […]

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Color Tips

5 Ways To Update An Office Space

5 Ways To Update An Office Space

By on January 23, 2016 in How we use Color. with 1 Comment

 A simple paint job is one of the best ways to completely update an office building. It’s not all about the looks, either. The way you utilize colors can have a huge impact on emotions, creativity and even productivity. Nowadays, trends in office decor are based not only on making good impressions with clients and […]

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How do I help customers choose colors?

How do I help customers choose colors?

By on October 4, 2015 in How we use Color. with 2 Comments

Q: Are you about to make decisions about paint color? Q: Are you about to recommend paint colors for a client? Q: How can you make high quality color test samples to help your clients make color decisions? You’re a painting professional who has just been asked for the Thousandth time… “how will this color […]

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Matching Bathroom Colors with the Décor

Matching Bathroom Colors with the Décor

As an important room in your home, where you spend many intimate moments, your bathroom should be designed in such a way that it is both unquestionably functional but also relaxing and meditative. The latter can be achieved by matching choice of fabrics and fixtures, but more importantly, by using coordinating and complementing colors. These […]

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How do I?

How to Repaint a Metal Building

How to Repaint a Metal Building

By on October 25, 2015 in How do I? with 3 Comments

Painting a metal building improves aesthetics but, more importantly, it also improves its durability and longevity. Metal roofs and exterior panels are known for their strength and resilience, but they’re still vulnerable to rust and corrosion via exposure to moisture and environmental contaminants. The right protective coating will yield the long-lasting attributes you’re banking on. When to […]

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Painting a Swimming Pool

Painting a Swimming Pool

By on September 20, 2015 in How do I? with 1 Comment

How to Paint an Inground Swimming Pool If you wish your pool to last, it is important that you maintain it well. Maintenance of inground pools is a multilevel task and all phases are important, from regular cleaning to fixing cracks and changing filtering systems. A well-chosen and applied paint it is the very foundation […]

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How to Maintain Your Deck

How to Maintain Your Deck

By on September 7, 2015 in How do I? with 0 Comments

A Seasonal Checklist for Decks… Decks are a great outdoor living space to enjoy for both relaxing and entertaining during three seasons of the year. In addition to the general traffic wear and tear that decks endure, they are also exposed to the most brutal of outdoor elements. Rain, sun, snow and ice wreak havoc […]

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Press Releases

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS SELECTS ‘POISED TAUPE’ AS 2017 COLOR OF THE YEAR

By on September 4, 2016 in Press Releases with 0 Comments

Sherwin-Williams announces Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as the 2017 Color of the Year. A modern take on a timeless classic, Poised Taupe signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.

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Titan RX-80 Airless Spray Gun

Titan RX-80 Airless Spray Gun

By on August 21, 2016 in Press Releases with 0 Comments

Titan Introduces RX-80 Airless Spray Gun New Gun Offers Improved Durability and Performance MINNEAPOLIS — August 17, 2016 — Titan continues to redefine airless spraying with the introduction of the RX-80airless spray gun. The new RX-80 is a professional airless spray gun rated for 3,600 PSI, providing paint contractors with more durability and performance. For […]

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FieldPulse Software

FieldPulse Software

By on August 13, 2016 in Press Releases with 0 Comments

For a limited time, FieldPulse is offering 50% off for 6 months to bloggingpainters.com readers that schedule a free product demo and mention bloggingpainters.com! FieldPulse is an all-in-one business management application for your painting company – operating on iPhone, Android, and Computer WebApp. Schedule jobs for your team members, manage customer relationships, create estimates and […]

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More from the team.....

The More Things Change…

By on April 22, 2013 in Random Thoughts with 30 Comments
The More Things Change…

The more the internet kind of stays the same… The good news is that it is only getting easier to publish a professional blog. If you have any kind of computer and a smartphone, you are half way there. It’s the other half that makes the difference between a blog with substance and one that […]

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Improve Your Portfolio: Create Simple Project Spotlights

By on March 3, 2012 in Marketing with 20 Comments
Improve Your Portfolio: Create Simple Project Spotlights

I often find that contractors use photos to showcase their work to potential clients. They have albums (either online or off) of project photos they’ve completed, and often have a “portfolio” button on their website that presents some of their best work to visitors. Even though these photos are stunning, they don’t even come close […]

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Smart Ways to Use Paint for Home Staging

By on October 16, 2016 in Homeowner Resources with 0 Comments
Smart Ways to Use Paint for Home Staging

If there’s one thing that doesn’t require substantial funds, but can greatly contribute to the appeal of your home to prospective buyers, it has to be the careful selection of interior colors. You may be a fan of dark or very bright colors, but keep in mind that most buyers find them off-putting. Another thing […]

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