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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 10 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 3 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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

  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

4 Important Google Adwords Extensions for Painting Contractors – Boost Click Thru Rates!

4 Important Google Adwords Extensions for Painting Contractors – Boost Click Thru Rates!

By on July 9, 2016 in Websites and SEO with 0 Comments

What do Ad Extensions do? Ad extensions do exactly what their name implies by “extending” your text ads to include additional information about your painting business. This additional information boosts ad visibility and prominence leading to increased click thru rates (CTR) on your ads. Ad extensions are a proven way to generate more clicks on […]

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Angie’s List Reviews: More Important Than Ever

Angie’s List Reviews: More Important Than Ever

Angie’s List reviews are now visible to anyone and everyone. In March the site announced it would no longer require paid memberships to access their online business listings and reviews. While this announcement was met with little fanfare, the potential impact on residential and commercial painting contractors is huge. Here is why this matters to […]

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Letting Data Drive the Decisions

Letting Data Drive the Decisions

By on June 12, 2016 in Websites and SEO with 7 Comments

As a digital marketing consultant, I rely heavily on clickstream analysis tools, like Google Analytics, to gain actionable insight for my clients. Data from these reports allows me to review which channels, devices, and campaigns are driving new leads, and where to best allocate time and marketing budget. While Google Analytics isn’t the only tool […]

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Guest Posts

Josh Abramson: Key Takeaways Learned Over 29 Years

Josh Abramson: Key Takeaways Learned Over 29 Years

Over the past 29 years, Josh has grown to become an industry leader through his nationwide speaking engagements, humanitarian efforts, and the innovative products he has developed for the painting industry as a whole.

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How to set up a Painting Business

How to set up a Painting Business

So, you have been working as a painter for some time now and you are looking to venture out on your own, find your own clients and manage your own projects. You have perhaps also competed a few jobs and are wondering “where to from here”? How do I find enough work to keep me busy and […]

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How to Market your Painting Business Online

How to Market your Painting Business Online

By on July 16, 2016 in Daily Pick, Random Thoughts, What's New with 0 Comments

Do you want to give your client list a boost without spending a fortune on marketing and advertising? Going digital is a great, low-cost way to turn idle hours into more work than you can handle. These tips will help you to successfully market your painting business online… 1. Create a Hub If you come […]

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Pricing and Estimating

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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What can an Estimating Program do for You?

What can an Estimating Program do for You?

By on April 4, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 19 Comments

“How much should I charge?” One of the most divisive topics in any contractors group is pricing. Ask that question, and watch the fireworks begin. May as well ask “How much is a bag of groceries?” There are several unfortunate methods like Despermating, WAG (wild ass guess) and RID (rent is due), or asking strangers […]

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Marketing Your Business

4 Ways to Generate Leads for Painters Using Social Media

4 Ways to Generate Leads for Painters Using Social Media

By on March 27, 2016 in Marketing, Social Media with 3 Comments

 After a long, hard day’s painting and decorating, hitting your marketing hard is not always the first thing painters are keen to do. But if you’re striving to keep the work flowing or to expand your business, taking some time out of your working week to promote what you do is essential. You may already […]

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Looking for Leads? Venture into Video!

Looking for Leads? Venture into Video!

By on March 27, 2016 in Marketing, What We Do with 1 Comment

Video marketing can bring in new leads to help you build your business.   Like most contractors, you probably have tools that you can count on for just about every job, but there’s always room to add new tools to your marketing toolbox. Email, print advertising and social media marketing are all reliable tactics, but […]

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What’s the deal with Pay Per Lead?

What’s the deal with Pay Per Lead?

By on March 27, 2016 in Marketing, Websites and SEO with 6 Comments

Pay per lead has been around for years, but it’s exploded more recently with the development of Thumbtack and Home Advisor. I offer a pay per lead program that is a cost-effective solution if you want to generate new leads through a free website I build for your business. This way, you don’t spend thousands […]

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Work on your Business!

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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If You Don’t Go Paperless Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

If You Don’t Go Paperless Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Do you have boxes of paper taking up space in your office? Receipts stacked up on your dashboard? Don’t wait until you are on the next episode of Hoarders. Go paperless. Eliminate the headache of messy file cabinets, lost receipts, unreadable mileage logs, and cluttered painting vehicle dashboards and home office desks. Reasons you need […]

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Do you need help finding quality painters?

Do you need help finding quality painters?

Our mission is a big undertaking To give every Paint Contractor in North America instant access to quality Painters in their local area. If you are a Painting Contractor or a company in need of hiring painters, you can register for free at Painter Job Hub Within minutes you can connect with available Painters in […]

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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 2 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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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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Tax Loophole – Save Big on Wages Paid To Employees

By on August 13, 2016 in Accounting, What We Do with 0 Comments
Tax Loophole – Save Big on Wages Paid To Employees

Have you hired an employee who belongs to one of the following groups between January 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016? Unemployed Veterans (including disabled veterans) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients Food Stamp (SNAP) Recipients Designated Community Residents (living in Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties) Vocational Rehabilitation Referred Individuals Ex-Felons Supplemental Security Income […]

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