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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone, From 1980 - 2005, I owned and operated a licensed General Building Contracting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. My work included residential and light commercial remodeling and restoration projects. As the years passed, I spread out into the public work sector. By 2005...
  2. Remodeling
    Any advice or ideas are good, currently working on completing a few projects on my own/with my dad (head contractor), I have other trades i use plumbing/electrical etc, but i'm wanting advice on how I would move to run projects more? Any advice? Good books? Podcasts? Youtube videos/channels...
  3. Business
    Hi everyone, I'm a service provider on CT and interested in some insight if you'll share it. For those of you who run your own back office (insurance, WC, payroll, accounting, marketing, etc.), what are some of the struggles you face on a regular basis? Anything from having trouble with line...
  4. Marketing & Sales
    Hello I am a General Contractor, but mostly I do Roofing. I am looking for a good source for leads. I am Already using EstimateMyProject.com, i am really happy with their service and their prices are reasonable, however i want to use couple of sources not just one, so if anybody has...
  5. General Discussion
    I am putting together a website for homeowners planning a home remodel (www.sweetremodel.com) that will help them to be more educated clients. (If anyone has any feedback on the site, I'd love to hear it!) One of the tools I'd like to offer on the site is a template homeowners can give...
  6. Business
    This seemed to be the most appropriate area to post a link to the company Yext. It was a simple signup and free. http://www.yext.com/ They monitor a number of online review sites (seventeen in our case) and give you a report of what they find about your company. One tangential benefit is...
  7. Marketing & Sales
    No, I'm not going to tell you something about myself. My screen name says it all. I'll let my words do the talking. I will state that I have been helping contractors with marketing for over 30+ years. I see sooooooooooo much bad information here, it makes me cringe knowing some of you who...
  8. Online Leads Services
    Hi, We are a company specializing in stamped asphalt. We are able to transform regular asphalt into authentic looking brick, stone, or slate, but with additional benefits. We are looking to expand our business and enter new territory. What are some good online sources to advertise with? Free...
  9. Marketing & Sales
    Standing out in a Seemingly Identical Crowd.... Every contractor out there has had experience with the never-ending line up of continuous home shows that lump a large segment of the industry into one or two large, over-priced buildings in an effort to spam innocent bystanders to nigh death...
  10. Marketing & Sales
    Here's a YouTube video of a plumbing contractor I came across on the internet. They made a creative video and posted on YouTube and from the style of it, its a good fit. Contemporary style ad targeting generation Y prospective clients seeking to differentiate themselves from the stereotypical...
  11. Marketing & Sales
    I didn't find this list by myself; it was at the end of Seth Godin's book "Meatball Sundae". (the book was approachable, interesting and short) http://adage.com/power150/ Good stuff for your news reader. Given the readership of Advertising Age, I was surprised by the number of SEO feeds listed...
  12. Marketing & Sales
    Greetings. I am a new member to CT, and recently became Marketing Direcr for an air duct cleaning company. I've already found some interesting discussion on marketing, websites, etc. on this forum, but want to ask specifically about advertising. What has worked for you? ValPak - direct mail...
  13. Marketing & Sales
    I was wondering... Years ago our company did church roofs and steeples. He did it for about 10yrs. Back then it wasn't a cut-throat market for work and it was throughout a few surrounding counties in Central New York- where things were small and everyone talked.. the work fell on him for...
  14. Marketing & Sales
    Adage has an interesting article titled, "Is Luxury Dead". A lot of the article may apply more to the retail space than the contractor space, but I think some of the basic tenets are important.
  15. Business
    Help with new venture all opinions welcomed. Hello need your opinion with some tough decisions. Background; Former project manager/sales/ and installer. After 10 years of in remodeling doing sales, management, and project management I moved to a new state and opened a remodeling company...
  16. Marketing & Sales
    I try to do my advertising in-house, I have made up door hangers on Microsoft Publisher and I want some input on my latest campaign... Is this a worthless idea? For the next three months (ending 3/21/2010) I am offering customers free gas just for having work done. For every 100.00 spent on...
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