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More HVAC Contractors Creating Mobile Apps

Price, Return on Investment Make Mobile Applications Advantageous to Contractors
By Matt Bishop
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As contractors begin the process of a cost analysis, many are finding that mobile apps can be introduced without a significant investment.


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App Zone: July 28, 2014

Mobile Applications for the HVACR Professional
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As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest. 


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Contractors Services + Software: Tools to Make Contractors More Efficient

Mypointnow.com’s VenturePro Stands Above the Rest
By Angela D. Harris
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The NEWS honors the 2014 Dealer Design Award winners in the Contractor Services and Software category.


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Multitasking Contractors Share Expertise with Peers

Contractors Find Success in Consulting
By Matt Bishop
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No matter the means, there does seem to be a market for contractors who are interested in helping other contractors. 


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The Flat Rate Debate

Contractors Discuss Which Pricing Strategies Work for Them
By Joanna R. Turpin
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There are pros and cons to both pricing strategies, which is why many contractors have determined a combination of the two makes the most sense.


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Net Results: Mason Mechanical

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The NEWS and Ben Landers, president and CEO of Blue Corona, examine high-quality HVAC contractor websites and discern what makes them so successful.


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App Zone: June 30, 2014

Mobile Apps for the HVACR Professional
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As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. Here are a few of the latest. 


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Craigslist Classifieds and the Contractor

Online Forum Offering At-Your-Own-Risk Employment, Distribution Opportunities
By Angela D. Harris
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To help shine a light on Craigslist, The NEWS reached out to a number of contractors and distributors to determine, “What role does Craigslist have in the HVACR industry?” 


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Choose Your Advertising Metrics Wisely

Cost per Lead is Easy to Calculate, but Those Numbers May be Misleading
By Ben Landers
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Using data to make increasingly smarter marketing decisions goes beyond simply collecting a bunch of statistics and putting them into a pretty report. 


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Contrasting Classic and Contemporary Approaches to HVAC Marketing

What Works for Some Contractors Might Not Work for Others
By Matt Bishop
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What works and what doesn’t work in a small business seems to evolve on a daily basis. This mantra rings especially true in the realm of HVAC marketing. Although digital marketing is gaining steam and popularity with contractors, some aren’t convinced the traditional means of advertising are dead yet.


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NEWSMakers: Jeff Nusz

Jeff Nusz, president, Reitmeier HVAC Services, Tualatin, Oregon, joins the program to discuss how he modernized his website and gained new clients and more money because of it. We’ll go through the process of the change and much more.  Posted on Aug. 1.

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