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Chris Haught

Chris Haught is the editor of Blogging Painters, the leading resource for paint contractors. Chris also works with contractors to improve their website and social media presence. When not blogging about the painting industry, she works in the educational sector as a media and technology mentor.

You had me at hello…

By on October 3, 2014 in Social Media with 0 Comments
You had me at hello…

The Art of Social Media I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Guy Kawasaki’s book, “The Art of Social Media” recently. The first thing I read  was this: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson That’s always […]

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Arborcoat Ups and Downs

By on August 17, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 3 Comments

Joshua from Allbright painting is always doing interesting projects when he is not traveling around the states providing educational seminars to paint contractors. His latest one was teaming up with Benjamin Moore to create the worlds largest YoYo. He wrote about the experience here. This is another great example of the evolution of the relationship building between contractors […]

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Design What Matters

By on August 3, 2014 in How we use Color. with 0 Comments
Design What Matters

Not just another color virtualizer! Benjamin Moore has just released a new tool to help homeowners, designers  and contractors explore color palettes. I have used several and often struggled to crop areas, then pick colors from a huge palette. This one is a bit different, it asks several questions that may seem odd at first, […]

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Better your Business!

Better your Business!

What are you doing to better your business today? This was a question asked on a forum recently. The answers were widely varied, from “stocking up on supplies” to “putting a plan on paper”. A lot of good ideas, but no real action plans. It’s hard work running a paint contracting business, especially if you […]

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Good news for Google+ Pages and Local!

By on June 7, 2014 in Websites and SEO with 9 Comments
Good news for Google+ Pages and Local!

Google+ Profiles-Google+ Pages and Google+ Local! Is your head spinning trying to keep it straight? I have spoken to several contractors that have their pages set up incorrectly, Google’s changes over the past two years have caused many to set up pages incorrectly. Let’s look at the different types first. Google+ Profiles If you are Facebook […]

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Removing Odors while Painting

By on June 1, 2014 in Products with 4 Comments
Removing Odors while Painting

My own  company’s experience with blocking odors comes from using products like KILZ to seal smoke odors during insurance renovations, this was a nasty job requiring respirators and ventilation, not something that you wanted to do in an occupied home. We never tried anything that would “remove” the odors, so I was intrigued when Vinnie […]

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Google Helpouts

By on May 25, 2014 in Google Hangouts, Marketing with 6 Comments
Google Helpouts

Do you have something to share? Visit any forum, blog or Social Media site and you will find a wealth of very experienced folks sharing their advice freely. These are great resources in many ways to get general information and advice. A lot of the ones I frequent tend to be peers sharing information, but […]

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Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Glass

By on April 13, 2014 in How we use Color. with 0 Comments

Choosing Color We have talked a lot about choosing color here, and I have had  success using the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer,  here is an example I wrote about in 2011.  Although nothing beats a color consultant, like these ladies, there are other ways consumers and contractors can explore color. Using Technology Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Glass is the […]

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How are you communicating with Customers?

By on March 19, 2014 in Customer Service with 4 Comments
How are you communicating with Customers?

It used to be a customer found us in the phone book, called and scheduled an appointment and from there on out everything was done verbally, whether in person or on the phones. These days, the availability of handheld technology has created an “on demand” type of mentality. We are all seemingly available 24/7 (I am not so sure that is a good thing!). How do we handle communication these days?

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What is happening at BP?

By on March 2, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 11 Comments
What is happening at BP?

It’s been a great ride so far! The Blogging Painters are an eclectic group of business owners whom are passionate about the painting industry. Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? Like a bunch of guys who like watching paint dry? But it is more than that! I wrote that in one of our first posts […]

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The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

In the past, the relationships between manufacturers and contractors has always been buffered by various vendors/middlemen. Painting Contractors who had a question or a problem with a product usually got no further than their paint store rep, very few had the time, tenacity or resources to to work their way up the chain to speak […]

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CorkCRM

By on November 17, 2013 in Product Feedback

For more information on CorkCRM, read this post. If you have used it, let others know what you think by filling out the form below!

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Being a Woman in a Man’s world

By on October 20, 2013 in Random Thoughts with 12 Comments
Being a Woman in a Man’s world

Is it really a man’s world anymore? It used to be that the painting trade was predominantly an occupation for men. There is a lot of physical labor involved that, in the past, was believed to be beyond the general capabilities of the women. I worked on new construction jobs with my husband 30 years […]

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The Affordable Health Care Act-What does it mean to you?

By on September 28, 2013 in Business Practices with 4 Comments
The Affordable Health Care Act-What does it mean to you?

There is a lot of information the sites listed above, and here. I encourage our readers to investigate for themselves how this will affect them. Some states will run their own program, some will follow the federal one, click here to see where your state stands.

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galaxG- Ergonomic Tools for Painters

By on September 28, 2013 in Product Feedback

Ergonomic Tools?! We recently posted this article about being ergonomically correct and GalaxG was kind enough to send some samples to the Blogging Painters Review Team.  Our team will post their opinions here, if any of our readers have tried them, please feel free to share your thoughts by filling out the form below. Thanks!

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