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Why Solutions Are Better Than Products In Construction Marketing

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

The construction industry has been through a tough time. Although the bad news about redundancies, job losses and construction companies going bust is beginning to diminish, we are still hearing reports in the press of hard times for the industry.

Most construction business owners are waking up to the necessity to have a robust marketing strategy to meet the new demands they are facing. The competition is fierce, everyone chases the same job, finance is tight and the once lucrative construction market is being held back by government cuts.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! With the right construction marketing strategy in place, and with a little of the ‘thinking outside of the box’ attitude and a whole lot of nerve, the industry can become highly profitable again.

One of the keys to future growth is to grasp a simple truth. It’s not so much about the products we offer, it’s about the solutions we bring.

Think about the problems your potential clients come to you with. What does it REALLY take to solve their problems? By offering your client an attractive package of services that will offer solutions to their problems, you will be laying the foundation for keeping that client for life. And loyalty is priceless.

How can this work in practice?

Offer your clients a Pre-Construction / Pre-Project Service. This could include Land Survey, Project Feasibility Study, Planning Applications, Initial Design Stage and bringing together a Project Team. Any contractor, large or small, can get involved at this early stage and out-source if necessary. The important thing is that your client is relieved of the burden of trying to sort everything out – you can do it for them. You are offering SOLUTIONS.

If you are a Fit-Out Contractor or Remodeler, make sure you have all the up to date brochures from recommended suppliers and be ready to give professional advice at every stage of the project. If there are government restrictions, legislation to overcome or complicated forms to fill in – offer to help.

Value Engineering is also a way of offering solutions to your clients. This means you will be monitoring the project from start to finish and will be ready to recommend cost savings without loss of quality.

Construction Marketing – Blogs and Forums

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

In the world of construction, we need more things like blogs and forums where resources and tools are made available for contractors to use to improve their businesses.

Construction newsletters, articles, and books on construction marketing are too few and far between, at least compared to other industries which are commonly conceived to be more so-called “professional.”

But, like a good contractor buddy of mine says:

“A surgeon client complained about my prices and said, ‘I don’t make that much for my time, and I’m a surgeon.'”

To which the contractor responded:

“Neither did I when I was a surgeon.”

The public perception of lack of professionalism among general contractors is something I’ve ranted about many times in the past. It’s frustrating. But it can be overcome.

I guess the best defense against this perception is simply living a life of integrity. Eventually, where it counts, your integrity will rise to the top.

But in the mean time, we can use marketing practices that work to boost our sales and increase our clients satisfaction level.

Because, as many experienced contractors know, client satisfaction can often times be influenced by your client’s perception of reality. And your client’s perception of reality can often only be altered through effective marketing techniques.

And that’s where the importance of Construction Marketing Forums and Blogs comes in.

Stop Business Suicide Through Sensitive Construction Marketing

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Since the 2008 recession hit the construction industry hard, many construction companies have been struggling to break even, let alone make a profit. One of the major problems has been the way competitors under price and under value projects just to win the work and then, when they are on site, they suddenly reveal all the hidden extras. Alternatively, they turn out shoddy work because of false cost cutting exercises and value engineering, bringing the finished project to an unhappy conclusion for all concerned.

In today’s construction marketing climate, cash rich construction companies are often pricing contracts below profit margins, just to pick up the work leaving smaller companies struggling to win anything at all. In situations like this, the only way to win a contract over a lower priced competitor is to demonstrate to your potential client that you deliver a service that is far superior to that of your competitors.

In a time of economic difficulty, clients in all sections of the construction industry are looking, not just for value for money, but also a first class service. Cashflow is a problem for many developers and contractors and contractual terms are becoming too severe for some.

However, this kind of environment is not sustainable in the industry because more and more smaller contractors will go our of business and the standard of works completed will require remedial works down the line, costing the end user even more money.

So what is the smaller contractor to do? You can offer a service above and beyond the call of duty which will focus on a solutions based service that will bring huge added value for your client who is looking for a hassle free completion for their project. Offering low cost, high value services is a good way forward.

Sensitive construction marketing can steer your company through troubled times by focusing on some easy to adopt key principles:

Firstly, by building good relationships with people in related construction trades. The smaller company has an advantage here as larger companies can present a very impersonal face.

Secondly, by looking for strategic partnerships with like minded, related trades. This enables smaller specialist companies to offer more comprehensive services to clients who are looking for a completely managed solution to their building project covering all trades involved.

Thirdly, by overhauling the way your business prices tenders and enquiries in terms of the profit margins expected. Look for ways of bringing down margins by applying efficiency savings.

Fourthly, by making sure you are on as many Approved Lists as possible. This can be a time consuming business, but is essential if you want to grab opportunities with larger clients such as local government, public sector projects, medical projects, larger building contractors who need a reliable source of sub contractors for different aspects of work.

Turn Your Building Drawings Into a Construction Marketing Tool

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

One of the top priorities for every company is business growth. Construction startups compete for clients. Established companies search for new ways to expand their business. In the end, everyone is looking for new business.

Construction marketing requires a good marketing strategy designed for the construction industry. Organizations may also use different construction marketing tools. But they can be costly and time consuming.

Construction companies have a sales team reaching out to potential customers and qualifying leads. A marketing team creating presentations and promotional materials. And a website presenting their services and products.

So how do you stay ahead of your competition? Are you using your completed construction drawings to get more business?

When we ask that question, the answers are all along the same line. No, we’re not using building plans to win more work. We hear companies say, “we acquired a company and they handed us blueprints that we store in boxes and drawers in our storage facility.” Or “we have all our projects in digital format on a network drive we can all access.” Or “Some of our projects are saved as blueprints in our office, others in CAD format on hard-drives, and the newest ones on a network drive”.

So we ask the question again: are you using your construction drawings to win new or more business?

Use The National GIS of Building Plans to Showcase Your Building Plans on Search Engines

ABR put a solution in place that complements the work of your marketing and sales teams. A solution to showcase your project portfolio to the largest audience possible.

The National GIS of building plans is a database for construction drawings at national level. It features a public interface that lists documents by address and is indexed by search engines. The national GIS is a powerful tool to showcase your work on the most used search engines.

Step by step instructions to Do a Sales Pitch in Commercial Real Estate

March 15, 2017 Posted by kyu7

 

In business land, you will attempt an assortment of introductions, in an assortment of conditions. A large portion of them are professional in nature, concentrating on the requirements of the occupant, the property purchaser, or the property vender.

Get to the center issues

Each of these gatherings has extraordinary property prerequisites and purposes of core interest. It is their needs which must be recognized and unmistakably tended to in the attempt to sell something or introduction. Numerous effective advertisement land specialists will have a preparatory meeting with the customer or client so they can distinguish key issues and concerns. This permits the business specialist to come back to the customer or client in a couple days with a very much organized suggestion that addresses the necessities of the client or customer.

It’s about THEM, not YOU!

When you plan a speculation or business property proposition for introduction, the record ought to be 90% respects the property and the customer. Every now and again you see this lead slighted or broken with the proposition report being generally respects the organization and the work force.

Once in a while is the property exchange a basic matter of the property rental, the property cost, or the physical components of the property. By and large, it is the mix of these things which must fulfill a central condition of need that the client or customer has. In getting them to this basic need, you will distinguish a component of torment that the client or customer is encountering. This is the thing that you concentrate on.

They are Experienced

It is intriguing to note that numerous customers and clients in business land are sensibly agreeable in conditions of business transaction. This implies they may not reveal to you the aggregate enormous picture or every one of the components of an exchange until they are prepared. Discussion and association in the introduction procedure ought to be one-sided towards the customer or client utilizing very much chose questions which permit the specialist to decipher the non-verbal communication originating from the customer’s reaction.

When you trust you have recognized the component of customers torment identified with the property exchange, you begin to amplify the issue as far as today’s market, then offering steady and intelligent arrangements that your land organization business can give to the customer or client. Constantly, the business land exchange in today’s market focuses on money related matters, for example,

High opportunity variables

Other property decisions and chances are accessible

Failing to meet expectations leases

Precarious income

Precarious occupancy blend

Rented strife

Heightening building working expenses

A move in socioeconomics which opens the property to a flimsy future

Contract installment weights

Age of the advantage

Requirements for renovation or augmentation

Rivalry properties drawing in occupants far from the subject property

This sort of data and understanding requires your personal information of the nearby area. This is by both property sort and by area. This is the higher esteem that you convey to the client or customer.

Purchasing a Travel Trailer – The Pros and Cons of New and Used Travel Trailers

March 1, 2017 Posted by kyu7

 

Is it accurate to say that you are considering purchasing a travel trailer? There are such a large number of choices to make.

* Do you need another or utilized trailer?

* Is this going to be a money buy or financed?

* What are you willing to spend?

* Should you get a fifth wheel, toy hauler or tongue pull travel trailer?

* What producer would you say you are keen on?

* What floor plan is best for your necessities?

On the off chance that you are undecided, you ought to begin by considering the experts and the cons of purchasing utilized versus purchasing new. Take as much time as is needed when purchasing your travel trailer. Do your exploration and dodge unconstrained purchases.

Aces of Buying a Used Travel Trailer

* More Bang for Your Buck. An utilized travel trailer will hold it’s worth longer than another trailer. An utilized trailer is the approach on the off chance that you are on a hoping to spare cash or would prefer not to be screwed over thanks to making installments for a long time. You could get an utilized 252 with every one of the fancy odds and ends less expensive than a NEW 202 invisible girl travel trailer.

* Do Your Research. Visit travel trailer discussions and read what proprietors are saying in regards to specific travel trailers, both great and terrible, this data could spare you a bundle of future cerebral pains. Keep in mind most of travel trailers that are obtained new infrequently observe any outdoors activity, a lot of trailers are either placed away or stopped at people groups houses. Its not unregular to locate an utilized travel trailer in showroom condition, even more established travel trailers from the 70’s can be found in incredible condition.

* Second-hand travel trailers hold their esteem! In the event that you get a decent quality deal on an utilized travel trailer and choose to offer it a couple of years after the fact you have an incredible shot of recovering all your cash.

CONS of Purchasing a Used Travel

* Potential Problems. Purchasing an utilized travel trailer is somewhat of a bet, there could be minor issues or real issues and on the off chance that you are fortunate – no issues with the trailer. As a rule the guarantee will have long prior lapsed, so costs will be out of your pocket. Get your work done right so issues won’t be a shock.

* Elbow Grease. You should give your new utilized trailer a decent cleaning, regardless of what condition it’s in.

* Less choice of perfect floor arranges. Floor arrangements are restricted by what’s as of now available to be purchased.

Experts of Buying a New Travel Trailer

* Nice and Sparkling. It’s new, new and all yours!

* Warranty. In the event that there are issues, take the trailer back to your merchant and they’ll need to repair them for nothing!

* Maintenance Free. You don’t need to be annoyed with acquiring new tires, new battery, or whatever other part for no less than a year or until the guarantee has lapsed.

* Floor Plans. Loads of floor arrangements and inside hues to look over.

CONS of Buying a New Travel Trailer

* New Trailers Depreciate Fast. Another travel trailer loses it’s esteem the minute you haul out of the merchants parcel. On the off chance that you financed with close to nothing or nothing down, you will be “topsy turvy” owing increasingly that the trailer is worth, for a considerable length of time! On the off chance that you need to offer your travel trailer you will probably owe more than what it’s worth and need to concoct the distinction in real money.

* The Cost. On the off chance that you are spending plan disapproved of you probably would prefer not to be caught making regularly scheduled installments for the following 10 years on a travel trailer you will use and no more 8 months out of the year.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

February 23, 2017 Posted by kyu7

A standout amongst the most delighted in visitor put in Kuala Lumpur are the Golden triangle, China town and other Chinese shopping corners. These spots are stacked with all things you can most likely never at any point consider. Anything you wish to shop under the sky could be accessible there. To can buy keepsakes, blessing and tokens for your supervisor, or family and companions. Dissimilar to other visitor puts, these are simple on pocket. So on the off chance that you are a “shopaholic” it may not squeeze your pocket.

Spoil Floor in Starhill Gallery is committed to spas and magnificence focuses. The shopping center stands by J.W. Marriott Hotel on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Asianel Foot Reflexology Spa offers foot treatment with basic oils and a large group of extravagance medications to recuperate and restore the body, mind and soul through your feet. For an alleviating spa involvement in a Balinese setting, fly over to Donna Spa that spoils your five detects. Ayurvedium Medispa is outfitted with private/couple treatment rooms, spa shower and steam desk area, private shower and in-room ok for customers to appreciate a large group of wellbeing, excellence and stress-alleviating treatments.

Inside your inn room, you see this reflexive card offering an assortment of back rub administrations, extending from Shiatsu to Traditional Thai to what-not. The photo demonstrates a couple of lovely hands massaging at a customer’s back. Following a chaotic day of touring, you long for her fortifying touch, and book a room-benefit call. At the point when the “knead woman” arrives, she ends up being a visually impaired man or a forty-ish lady with the worked off a gorilla. As the legitimate saying goes – proviso emptor.

An imperative element that could influence your travel experience is the method of transportation that you pick. Utilizing open transportation, for example, transports or taxicabs will require a more drawn out time to achieve your goal. You will likewise need to think about the climate as Kuala Lumpur is commonly exceptionally hot and moist with rain now and again at night. Furthermore, a few cabbies can be exceptionally finicky about the goal they will drive to, and can be hesitant to utilize the meter (particularly amid pinnacle hours).

As you may have as of now speculated this piece of range is near the deal shopping in the city. For general you can walk and at stone’s cast off separation is Sungei Wang where you can discover everything and anything. For the Tech Geeks and Generation-Y inverse the Sungei Wang is the acclaimed Low Yat Plaza where you can discover five stories of Electronics, Computers, Phones, and Gadgets. You will be spoilt for decisions and deals are the standard. Minimal further far from the region is Times Square shopping center and Malaysia’s biggest indoor amusement stop for excitement.

Notwithstanding its extensive and rich environment, the Spa additionally offers an extensive variety of administrations, most particularly showers, back rubs, and medico-stylish medicines. They offer a broad bundle arrangement of back rubs, including foot and body cleaning and facials. For example, the Ancient Balinese rub utilizes a great deal of hand and thumb work procedures, including applying weight utilizing the palms and elbows. It resembles being massaged like batter, just to ease the a throbbing painfulness in one’s muscles.

Tips To Avoid Food Poisoning While Traveling In Nepal

January 23, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Tips To Avoid Food Poisoning While Traveling In Nepal

This, sadly, is not the slightest bit going to ensure that you don’t become ill in the event that you take after my proposals well ordered, yet it might prevent you from getting an awful instance of Dysentery or even a mellow yet humiliating instance of Diarrhea. I myself have been gotten out in Nepal a couple times before taking after the means underneath, and it wasn’t neighborhood nourishment that got me the first and the most exceedingly terrible time, it was my obsession for chocolate croissants that had me in bed for two days, and sick for the next week or thereabouts. Light cases have come at me when eating dried Buffalo meat, salted and hung in the open entryways, and sadly, it’s similarly as simple to build up a steamed tummy just from devouring off plates that have been washed in untreated water. Here are a couple tips to make the feared bug somewhat less intense and unquestionably helps me out when voyaging.

Water Worries: It’s extremely straightforward, simply don’t drink the stuff out of the tap at all in the event that you have a frail stomach or you’re quite recently stressed. Utilize treated or bubbled water to brush your teeth, and do whatever it takes not to get a lot in your mouth when scrubbing down. It might sound over intemperate yet the best safeguard is over doing it.

Trekker’s Miracle: When asking many prepared trekkers how they remain sound while trekking through the Himalaya and feasting at nearby teahouses and so on. They frequently say that having a jug of coke with all suppers is a decent approach to execute off any microorganisms that might slip past the radar and into your stomach.

Hand Sanitisers: Fabulous development, the hand sanitiser that does not require water, is an awesome approach to ensure those germs you have grabbed, from maybe praising an adorable puppy making a course for touching untreated water. Keep in mind in Nepal most canines will convey some type of parasite or another. As a rule nourishment harming occurs from basically eating with filthy hands.

Ice and Cold Food: Although nowadays most traveler eateries will utilize treated water for their ice, it’s presumably better to simply keep away from ice all together, even in your mixed refreshment. On the off chance that you need to drink, then drink packaged lager, or coke and your soul of decision, no ice. Icy nourishment in the city is practically a major no, if it’s not sizzling or cooking on the spot then don’t place it in your mouth! Additionally ensure your serving of mixed greens has been washed in treated water in case will eat it.

Peel ‘capable Fruit: Another astute decision for untreated water washed natural product, in the event that you can peel it, then you can be all the more beyond any doubt you are peeling the conceivable microscopic organisms off, things like bananas, winged serpent organic product, oranges and lychees, attempt to maintain a strategic distance from apples unless you wash them yourself with treated water or peel the skin.

Treatment when it’s past the point of no return: Most individuals bring something like Imodium with them. In established truth, this can obstruct microscopic organisms alongside your humiliating issue and procrastinate longer. Go and see your specialist and approach what’s best for you, most Doctors will give you a real anti-toxin that will get in and take care of the issue not trap it. Be that as it may, recall your Doctor is the best individual to choose what’s best for you and the above data in simply a manual for conceivable shirking to these undesirable travel nasties. Likewise, drink a great deal of treated water and boiling hot water, keep hydrated and wash it out in the meantime.

Dealing with Your Finances On Your Barcelona Holiday

December 23, 2016 Posted by kyu7

One of the principle stresses for some individuals when voyaging is financing the trek itself. Spending arranging can leave the window spontaneously or an exceptional treat, and in case you’re on a merited occasion, why not sprinkle out every so often, the length of it doesn’t burn up all available resources?

One of the main things to perceive in Barcelona is the money is the Euro, which is as of now getting a charge out of a solid period in contrast with the US Dollar or the English Pound Sterling, for instance. So gone are the times of figuring “pretty much one and a half” to treat yourself – consider it equivalent, and after that you won’t recover an unexpected home with your bank explanations! Paying in real money is acknowledged all over, and for sure certain foundations won’t acknowledge any type of card installment because of the high bank charges the seller needs to cause. It’s shrewd to dependably convey some money with you for the basic necessities you may require on a day out touring, yet as with any remote city, don’t convey it all! Your settlement will have a safe in your room or at gathering, or in case you’re remaining in a self-providing food occasion flat for instance, then guarantee you bolt away everything similarly as you would at home.

Backpedaling to the specify of cards, American Express Cards are not as broadly acknowledged as Visa and MasterCards, so in case you’re a voyager whose wallet is generally just Amex, you might need to get some information about taking out a Visa or MasterCard as a go down. Continuously keep cards partitioned, as well, and don’t bring everything out with you in your wallet. In case you’re sufficiently appalling to lose one or if a bank machine swallows your card, you have the go down.

Many places in Barcelona will request a photograph recognizable proof when paying for merchandise – even with the new chip and stick cards, give that broadly, it’s ordinary to demonstrate your national character card to distinguish yourself and the mark is once in a while examined as in different nations. On the off chance that you would prefer not to bear your travel permit as photograph distinguishing proof, make a photocopy of it already, and keep that with you on days you need to encounter the colossal Barcelona shopping!

Another notice when paying with a Mastercard: a few foundations will offer you the chance to pay for any merchandise in your own particular money, so in the event that they perceive the card as a UK based bank, they may inquire as to whether you need to pay in pounds. This regularly sounds more worthy, as you probably are aware your own cash superior to Euros, and feel that this will stay away from any charges of the swapping scale, and so forth. Be that as it may, the sellers can apply their own particular conversion scale to the machine, and this is quite often higher than the current distributed rate, and a shrewdness route for them to get the customer to pay for their bank bonuses. On the off chance that you end up in this circumstance, dependably decrease considerately – it’s ideal to know you have paid an indistinguishable sum from it says on the ticket than a pumped up trade cost.

ATM or trade machines are bottomless out the city, yet outside clients are frequently charged for taking out money – once by their own bank and some of the time by the Spanish bank, as well. Check before you travel if your own bank has any “sister” branches with a more great swapping scale – this frequently is the situation. Furthermore, attempt and spending plan for the end of the week or week as opposed to taking out little sums each day – and along these lines causing more charges – pull back a bigger sum so you are just charged once. Even better, guarantee you have changed cash before you arrive, and utilize your cards just as a move down. Explorers checks can help along these lines, yet are not generally acknowledged as installment and it can be a bother finding a place to change them out of managing an account hours which won’t charge a strong commission, so this can frequently be a false economy.