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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 8 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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Bottom Feeder

Bottom Feeder

By on January 16, 2017 in Product Feedback with 0 Comments

Don Searcy, the inventor of the Bottom Feeder has invented a product that he says: In the paint industry, time and resources are a valuable asset. Any time saved during the cleaning process, by making clean-up faster, enables you to get more work done and finish more jobs! With resources saved through the use of […]

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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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Website and SEO

Is Your Painting Business Using Call Only Ads On Google To Drive Immediate Leads?

Is Your Painting Business Using Call Only Ads On Google To Drive Immediate Leads?

By on January 8, 2017 in Marketing, Websites and SEO with 0 Comments

What are call only ads on Google? While the answer to this question seems self explanatory, there are key distinctions between call only ads on Google and text ads with call extensions. Checkout this picture of the Google search results for a mobile search on an iPhone for the keywords: Baltimore Commercial Painting Contractor The […]

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Local SEO for Paint Contractors

Local SEO for Paint Contractors

By on January 1, 2017 in Websites and SEO with 0 Comments

 What is this and How can it Benefit Contractors? If you want to successfully market your business and make it grow, you have probably heard that SEO is the way to go. Search Engine Optimization is beneficial no matter what type of contractor you are. Whenever it comes to SEO marketing, local SEO is the next best […]

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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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Guest Posts

4 Strategies for Maximizing Word of Mouth Painting Referrals

4 Strategies for Maximizing Word of Mouth Painting Referrals

In the service industry, existing customers are your bread and butter and you need to make sure they have an amazing experience. Yes, you might get additional business from them for add-on work, but that’s not how they are most valuable. According to a Nielsen survey, people are FOUR TIMES more likely to buy when […]

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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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Pricing and Estimating

Field Pulse

Field Pulse

By on January 16, 2017 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 Comments

Here at Blogging Painters, we often are contacted by inventors, software developers and industry representatives. They are very interested in the feedback from our readers on products and ideas. Recently the folks at Field Pulse contacted us, they want to refine their product to make it better suited to the painting industry. I posted in […]

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Understanding Project Manuals

Understanding Project Manuals

By on November 26, 2016 in Pricing and Estimating with 4 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 4 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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Marketing Your Business

Growing your business

Growing your business

By on January 1, 2017 in Marketing with 0 Comments

Running a successful painting business is not limited to simply working harder and giving the best output; it involves a lot more than that. Creating strong relations with your clients, spending on advertising and marketing, managing your costs and expenses as well as finding ways to make your way into the mainstream business community are […]

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Be Fully Engaged in Managing Your Reputation

Be Fully Engaged in Managing Your Reputation

Yelp. Google Reviews. Angie’s List. Ugh. Doesn’t it seem like everybody always has something to complain about? Studies have shown that, unfortunately, people are more likely to write a review of a negative experience than a positive one. So even if only one out of twenty jobs leaves a customer feeling unsatisfied, you might find […]

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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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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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Employee Classification – The 1099 Debate

By on January 1, 2017 in Accounting with 0 Comments
Employee Classification – The 1099 Debate

With the “sharing economy” and “gig economy” continuing to grow, the debate around employment classification rages on. Companies like Uber and Lyft are at the forefront with lawsuits being filed around the country. According to the Wall Street Journal, Uber recently agreed to pay $100 million dollars to resolve disputes in California and Massachusetts. We […]

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