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25 04, 2012

What does it mean to me to be an advisor to NADRA?

By |2021-08-30T08:39:41-05:00April 25th, 2012|Categories: Building Codes, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

April 23, 2012 | It means I am here to help.  I am here to share insight into a different industry, the building code industry.  The code industry is going through some growing pains.  The electric code, energy and green codes, and fire sprinkler mandate, for example, have created some worry [...]

7 02, 2012

Ever Heard Of Him?

By |2021-08-30T08:40:22-05:00February 7th, 2012|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

February 6, 2012 | That is what you are hoping the neighbors are saying about you when they show off their new deck. The concept of “Keeping up with the Jones’” is the best pipeline for leads in this business. People are proud of their home improvement projects and they like [...]

17 01, 2012

Crew Size On The Job Site

By |2021-08-30T08:40:22-05:00January 17th, 2012|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Perfect Crew Size by David Elenbaum January 17, 2012 | Whatever the typical job size for a deck contractor is varies but all contractors deal with the same decision. How many guys should I send out? Running different size crews for different size jobs is usually in the cards but [...]

13 09, 2011

Business Tip: Accepting Change

By |2021-08-30T08:40:31-05:00September 13th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

    September 12, 2011 | When it comes to running their businesses, many business owners get in their own way. For example, they hire an assistant but don’t give the assistant anything to do. Or, the assistant suggests changes, which the business owner swore were welcome, only to be completely [...]

25 07, 2011

The Importance of Emotional Subtlety

By |2021-08-30T08:40:32-05:00July 25th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

    July 20, 2011 | A few days ago I was consulting by phone with a BroadsOnBusiness.com member. A husband and wife run a roofing business. After the last “meeting,” they had sent me examples of their direct mail pieces. It was left to me to tell them gently that [...]

12 07, 2011

Marketing Small

By |2021-08-30T08:40:32-05:00July 12th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

    July 12, 2011 | All too often I hear people say they don’t have the money to market. That’s because there’s an overwhelming marketplace perception that marketing and media advertising are the same thing. Not so. Advertising can be a part of your Marketing Plan, but marketing isn’t just [...]

5 07, 2011

Burdening People with Information They Don’t Need

By |2021-08-30T08:40:32-05:00July 5th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

    July 5, 2011 | If people buy from us based on the emotional considerations of confidence, comfort level and trust, why are we so eager to say things that will erode those qualities and our chances of ongoing relationships? Let’s start with your new hire. The first thing to [...]

30 06, 2011

Leveraging Your Client Base

By |2021-08-30T08:40:32-05:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

    June 29, 2011 | How much do you know about your clients? Their hobbies? The organizations they belong to? Their favorite sports or vacation spots? Over the years I’ve observed that business owners learn very little about their clients/customers. Oh sure, they know a bit about what they do, [...]

30 06, 2011

Coming Soon: Marketing Webinars For NADRA Members

By |2021-08-30T08:40:33-05:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

    June 29, 2011 | If someone were to ask you about your company's marketing, how would you answer?      "It works great!"      "I'm totally frustrated about the money we've wasted on marketing."      "I know I need to market, but I don't know where to begin!" Regardless of how you'd answer, [...]

21 06, 2011

An Easy Way to Generate Referrals

By |2021-08-30T08:40:33-05:00June 21st, 2011|Categories: Business Practices, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

    June 20, 2011 | As a deck builder or supplier, you probably receive a fair amount of calls asking for the name of a good roofer, plumber or someone else in some aspect of construction. You may take these calls in one of two ways:   1. as pains in [...]

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