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    The Business We're Really In

    My business mentor shared a great story with me long ago…  “If you walk out of a house… and they say you did a great job, and gave a great presentation, and they really like your company… you’re in marketing. If you walk out of that same house with a signed contract… you’re in sales.”&nb... Read More

    by DamionR on April 23, 2013Comments (3)
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    The Importance of Facebook for Business

    The importance of Facebook as a marketing tool to grow your business just increased exponentially with the launch of Facebook's "Local Search" function. What Is Facebook Local Search? Late last year, Mark Zuckerburg and his minions rolled out a feature called "Facebook Nearby," which originally served as a feed of places its users' friends had... Read More

    by BenLanders on April 04, 2013Comments (5)
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    How Contractors Can Setup an Email Marketing Program

    Most people check their email every day. Some check it once a day; others check it hundreds of times in one day. Instant communication in mass form is the easiest way to get information to your current customers and potential customers on a widespread scale. The important points to remember when considering an email marketing program are: E... Read More

    by SebastianRodak on April 03, 2013Comments (0)
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    Granite and Its Geology

    Granite is the signature rock of the continents. More than that, granite is the signature rock of the planet Earth itself. The other rocky planets—Mercury, Venus and Mars—are covered with basalt, as is the ocean floor on Earth. But only Earth has this beautiful and interesting rock type in abundance. Granite Basics Three things dis... Read More

    by stone21 on April 03, 2013Comments (1)
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    The Elusive Employee Review

    Ahhh, the employee review. Everybody’s favorite time of the year. You get to sit down with your boss and your employees and have a little chat. It usually ends up being the most uncomfortable conversation you have all year, but also probably the most productive. For some of the construction companies I’ve worked for, employee review... Read More

    by constructonomics on April 02, 2013Comments (0)
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    How Client Testimonials Increase Sales for Contractors

    Word of mouth is how people find contractors they can trust. While you may advertise on the radio, television, billboards, flyers, or in newspapers, your satisfied client base is still your best advertisement. With companies like AngiesList.com and even Yelp.com becoming trusted sources for contractor reviews, it’s important to get your ... Read More

    by SebastianRodak on March 28, 2013Comments (3)
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    How to Avoid Getting Penalized by Google

    Recently, in one of the forums on this site, I warned folks that it might be a bad idea to include keyword-targeted links in your forum signature. My reasoning? Google specifically mentions it in their webmaster quality guidelines. Here's an excerpt: Unlike some of Google's other guidelines, this one doesn't leave much room for interpretatio... Read More

    by BenLanders on March 22, 2013Comments (3)
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    Contractors: How to Get Your Website Ranked

    As you’re well aware, we are deep into the era of instant information. You probably searched for a keyword to find this blog post. As a business owner, you want your potential clients to be able to do the same. The benefits of a business website is that it gives something for potential customers to find when they’re searching. And... Read More

    by SebastianRodak on March 19, 2013Comments (2)
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    The Garrison Brothers On Decks Done Right

    My brother Mark and I recently taped a TV show for PBS in the Bay Area, CA on decks. We discuss that there's a lot more to a deck than most people think. We also touch on foundations and drainage issues. If you're into this sort of thing, Mark and I have three more construction-related shows posted on my blog. Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on March 17, 2013Comments (0)
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    Green Framing - Our Poor Report Card

    Here's an article I just had published in Professional Builder Magazine (February, 2013) concerning green framing and how our industry is just not getting it done. Builder's Engineer On Green Framing Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on February 14, 2013Comments (4)
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