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Where should I build my content?

Where should I build my content?

By on January 31, 2016 in Roadmap with 2 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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Is Blogging on your Roadmap?

Is Blogging on your Roadmap?

By on January 16, 2016 in Roadmap with 7 Comments

Blogging Now that most everyone has a built a platform to blog on and published several variations of “Why we are the best painters”, “Which Paint should you use” and a few “Before and After” posts it’s time to rethink content and why we are blogging. In 2016, contractors are ramping up their blogging efforts, […]

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Zibra Brushes

Zibra Brushes

By on December 26, 2015 in Product Feedback with 0 Comments

The folks at Zibra  have supplied several of our readers with their Palm Pro and Chiseled Wedge Brushes.                    

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Attamark Sash Brush

Attamark Sash Brush

By on December 13, 2015 in Product Feedback with 0 Comments

The folks at Attamark contacted Blogging Painters wanting to get opinions from our readers on this sash brush. They have been shipped out to our team, looks like they like them! Feel free to leave your own review! When it comes to cutting-in, having the proper tool is of paramount importance. Create sharp, well-defined lines fast […]

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‘SNOT Tape

‘SNOT Tape

By on September 27, 2015 in Product Feedback with 8 Comments

Which ‘SnotTape Do You Need? The key here is surface energy, which determines how well ‘SnotTape will stick to your surface. It’s hard for things to stick to a low-energy surface, and a lot easier for things to stick to a high-energy surface. Primed, Flat or Delicate Surfaces are high-energy surfaces in which things are […]

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Website and SEO

Do you need a website?

Do you need a website?

By on December 6, 2015 in Uncategorized, Websites and SEO with 0 Comments

I recently noticed Devyn (Owner of DE Web Designs) giving advice to members at a popular paint forum I visit and was impressed with his responses. He has created a website generator that can create a professional looking website for a minimal monthly cost and optimize it, a challenge for many paint contractors. I was […]

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How To Use Citations To Maximize Local SEO

How To Use Citations To Maximize Local SEO

By on October 26, 2015 in Websites and SEO with 4 Comments

How To Use Citations To Maximize Local SEO Local SEO is a hot topic as small businesses everywhere are trying to rank alongside national chains in local results. As a painter, being found on these listings will generate substantial new business, as more customers are able to find you. Recently, I published a piece regarding […]

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What’s this “NAP” all about?

What’s this “NAP” all about?

By on September 20, 2015 in Websites and SEO with 6 Comments

A Painter’s Guide to Local SEO and the Google 3 Pack A little over a year ago, Google launched an update to their algorithm known as “Pigeon” which affected search results from a local perspective. This is what led to Google produced search results, which were located above all organic results on the Search Engine […]

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Guest Posts

Finding your Niche

Finding your Niche

By on December 20, 2015 in Contractor Success Stories, Random Thoughts with 8 Comments

In The Beginning Most painters I know started out with a desire to be self-employed and have a decent set of painting skills. That was enough motivation for me to get going, too. Of course, I later found out that there is a whole lot more to running a painting business than I ever imagined! […]

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Paint it Forward

Paint it Forward

By on October 25, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 0 Comments

Painting is a rewarding job in and of itself. Working with clients to execute their visions and transform their homes is one of the most satisfying things I can imagine doing. This is why I started my business in 1987 and why I have worked so hard to grow ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING over the past 28 […]

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Getting Started With Floor Grinding

Getting Started With Floor Grinding

By on August 30, 2015 in Equipment, How do I?, Random Thoughts with 8 Comments

Where to Begin? Getting started in concrete coatings can be somewhat daunting, especially when considering the price of a floor grinder and vacuum system that can run $7,000 – $12,000.  If you are just starting out in concrete coatings, this startup expense can be a turn off. Thankfully, there are systems out there that will […]

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Pricing and Estimating

The Bidding Process

The Bidding Process

By on August 16, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 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

Equipment Essentials For Your Video Marketing

Equipment Essentials For Your Video Marketing

By on September 27, 2015 in Marketing, Social Media with 0 Comments

A while back we contributed an article on the importance of video in a painting company’s marketing strategy. Video is rapidly expanding on all social media platforms and our recent efforts to up our video marketing game have shown great promise. As a result of our last article, we know some companies are interested in […]

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If You’re Not Making Videos, You Should Be

If You’re Not Making Videos, You Should Be

By on September 4, 2015 in Blogging Tips, Marketing, Social Media with 1 Comment

The channels and content formats we use as a business to reach new customers is constantly evolving. To remain competitive, you have to stay with and ahead of digital marketing trends. One content format that has been around for years but keeps growing every year is video. The goal of this article is to explain […]

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The BIGGEST Mistake in Marketing for Painting Contractors – Do You Make It?

The BIGGEST Mistake in Marketing for Painting Contractors – Do You Make It?

By on August 9, 2015 in Marketing with 2 Comments

What if there was a hidden resource in your painting business that could dramatically increase the levels of reliability, predictability, and profitability in your painting company? What if this resource could also be used to increase the equity found in your business – making it so valuable that you could SELL your painting business for […]

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Customer Service

Where are your employees?

Where are your employees?

By on May 13, 2015 in Customer Service with 0 Comments

If you are a one man show, you probably have no problems being on time for estimates and jobs, and are able to communicate with clients if you are running behind. But for those running multiple jobs with several employees, often driving company vehicles, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone. The worst […]

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The Best Paint Products for Painting a House

The Best Paint Products for Painting a House

By on March 8, 2015 in Customer Service, Homeowner Resources with 10 Comments

When it comes to painting a house, the quality of the products used and their application can be the difference between a paint job that begins to crack and chip as soon as it’s done drying and one that can last decades. In fact, every step of the process of painting a house — the […]

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All Customers are Special

All Customers are Special

By on January 25, 2015 in Customer Service with 5 Comments

All of our customers are special Some customers may have needs that require some special attention. When they want painting and remodeling it’s our job to provide those services. At times it’s not clear they have special needs and in some cases they might not consider themselves to have any special needs. With all of […]

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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 0 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

Launch of a Superfine Imitation Goat Hair Paint Brush

Launch of a Superfine Imitation Goat Hair Paint Brush

By on December 22, 2015 in Press Releases with 2 Comments

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, December 14, 2015 – Attamark has introduced a Superfine imitation goat hair paint brush in 1″, 2″, 3″, and 6″ sizes to achieve a smooth painting experience while leaving no brush strokes.   Made with a proprietary blend of synthetic solid round tapered filaments and bristle, the Superfine paint brush encounters no drag, […]

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NAMES ALABASTER 2016 COLOR OF THE YEAR

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NAMES ALABASTER 2016 COLOR OF THE YEAR

By on November 22, 2015 in Press Releases with 1 Comment

A flattering, natural white, Alabaster sets the tone for harmony for nearly any space  CLEVELAND (Nov. 18, 2015) – Sherwin-Williams announced Alabaster (SW 7008), a hue symbolic of new beginnings, as the 2016 Color of the Year. “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure,” said Jackie Jordan, director […]

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield

Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield

By on October 28, 2015 in Press Releases with 1 Comment

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS LAUNCHES BREAKTHROUGH PAINT WITH THE POWER TO KILL BACTERIA Paint Shield™ becomes first EPA-registered paint that kills greater than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis), and Enterobacter aerogenes after two hours of exposure on a painted surface CLEVELAND (OCTOBER 28, 2015) – Sherwin-Williams today announced the launch of Paint Shield™, the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint […]

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More from the team.....

The More Things Change…

By on April 22, 2013 in Random Thoughts with 29 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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Is Networking on your Roadmap?

By on January 9, 2016 in Roadmap with 11 Comments
Is Networking on your Roadmap?

As a bunch of reformed internet forum junkies ourselves, we could not be happier than to have seen in 2015 the online evolution (some say revolution) that came with the emergence of the online social media group phenomenon. Members ourselves of some remarkable – and some private – assemblies of painters, we see painter to […]

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