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Contractors Services + Software: Tools to Make Contractors More Efficient

Mypointnow.com’s VenturePro Stands Above the Rest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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My Two Cents: Maximizing Your Trade Show Space

Approachability, Attitude, Posture, and Planning Keys to Success

We have been exhibiting in the home builders’ home shows here in the St. Louis area for more than 60 years. While so many things have changed in so many ways over the years, it amazes me that exhibits in shows like these haven’t really changed much at all.


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The Truth about Pricing, Profits, & Value

Discover What They Want; Give Them What They Need

Selling systems at a higher price point makes good sense, especially when the economy is growing, unemployment is low, and credit is readily available. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for several years. 


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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