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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Never before has it been so easy for a painting contractor to connect with homeowners through social media and email marketing
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]