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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 9 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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Paint Precise Estimating

Paint Precise Estimating

By on April 30, 2016 in Product Feedback with 0 Comments

Lynn Jackson has been in the paint contracting business for many years, and has recently published his own book, DVD and CD to help others to provide accurate estimating and proposal systems. Check out his site Paint Precise to learn more. If you have tried his methods, leave your thoughts below and let others know […]

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Swatchdeck

Swatchdeck

By on April 17, 2016 in Product Feedback with 2 Comments

Brad Bolinger of Swatchdeck was at PDCA Expo in New Orleans and I stopped by his booth to check out the app. I was impressed with the improvements he has made since I first saw it. The pdf it generates are ideal for keeping track of paint colors and orders. It had a very user friendly […]

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Brushapers

Brushapers

By on March 7, 2016 in Product Feedback with 0 Comments

Brushaper was developed to give painters a paint brush cover that protects, dries, and shapes your brush between uses. As a painter, you know that your paint brush is your most valuable tool. It’s your money maker. Taking good care of it is as important as putting gas in your car. To extend the life of […]

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Website and SEO

Using Images in your Social Media

Using Images in your Social Media

By on April 10, 2016 in Social Media, Websites and SEO with 2 Comments

Nowadays, people are spending more time on their phones than ever. In fact, marketers spent $8.3 billion on social media advertising in 2015 and 78% of companies say they have dedicated social media teams, according to Sprout Social. When it comes to social media marketing for painting contractors, it’s all about the visuals. While we […]

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8 Questions To Ask When Getting A New Website & Price Ranges

8 Questions To Ask When Getting A New Website & Price Ranges

By on March 27, 2016 in Websites and SEO, Wordpress with 0 Comments

In the article, I am going to cover several important questions when it comes to getting a new website such as basic questions you should ask and explaining the different price ranges. First, we’ll cover the basic questions of your new website. Here’s a list of questions you should always ask: Will I ever own my […]

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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 5 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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Guest Posts

Attributes of an Excellent Coach

Attributes of an Excellent Coach

Introduction Yes, you get to wear yet another hat! Most of your crew are probably highly motivated self-starters. Some people however, if left to themselves, will not rise very far above average. This is where the role of a coach can be a critical factor in tipping the scales of winning or losing. It may […]

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Vote for the Best Video

Vote for the Best Video

By on February 15, 2016 in Random Thoughts with 0 Comments

Contractors from around the nation have submitted their videos, and now it’s your turn to decide who will make it to the top ten! Voting ends February 18th and you can vote once a day from now until voting closes.

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Finding your Niche

Finding your Niche

By on December 20, 2015 in Contractor Success Stories, Random Thoughts with 10 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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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

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 0 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 0 Comments

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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How can you create a painting newsletter customers actually read?

How can you create a painting newsletter customers actually read?

By on February 8, 2016 in Marketing, Social Media with 5 Comments

Did you know that companies using email to nurture leads generate 50% more high-quality leads? (source: Hubspot) Thus, if your painting business isn’t leveraging newsletters in your marketing strategy, you’re missing a quantifiable amount of revenue. DK Marketing Group has developed the following 6 keys to help ensure your newsletter program is successful: Develop Newsletter GoalsUsing a […]

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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 15 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

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NEW EXTREME BONDTM PRIMER NOW AVAILABLE

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NEW EXTREME BONDTM PRIMER NOW AVAILABLE

By on May 1, 2016 in Press Releases with 2 Comments

Sherwin-Williams introduces Extreme BondTM Interior and Exterior Primer, a solution for surfaces that require a greater degree of adhesion than standard primers can offer. The primer is now available in Sherwin-Williams stores. “Extreme Bond Primer delivers outstanding painting results on surfaces that require a greater degree of adhesion than standard primers can offer,” said Jeff Winter, […]

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Titan Heavy Duty Heat Gun

Titan Heavy Duty Heat Gun

By on April 24, 2016 in Press Releases with 1 Comment

Titan Introduces Heavy Duty Heat Gun Kit: Pro V55 Versatile Tool for Paint and Trade Professionals MINNEAPOLIS — April 19, 2016 — Titan™ introduces the Pro V55 heavy duty electric heat gun – a versatile, low-cost tool that performs a multitude of tasks for paint contractors, as well as tradespeople in a variety of industries […]

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BRUSHAPER OFFERS NEW WAY TO STORE AND DRY PAINT BRUSHES

BRUSHAPER OFFERS NEW WAY TO STORE AND DRY PAINT BRUSHES

By on February 28, 2016 in Press Releases with 0 Comments

A paint brush cover made for painters by painters Traverse City, MI, February 27, 2016 – Painting contractors and do-it-yourselfers know all too well the frustrations of starting a project, not having time to finish, and ruining expensive paint brushes. A Northern Michigan company has developed the go-to product sure to make every painting project […]

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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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What Does “Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Mean for You?

What Does “Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Mean for You?

As a painting contractor, one of your main concerns is building trust with your clients. After all, you’ll be spending lots of time inside their homes. Making sure you are “licensed, bonded, and insured” is the first step in building that trust. But what exactly does it mean for you? Let’s break it down. Licensed […]

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