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Contractors Services + Software: Tools to Make Contractors More Efficient

Mypointnow.com’s VenturePro Stands Above the Rest
July 21, 2014

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
July 21, 2014

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
July 7, 2014

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

July 7, 2014

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
June 30, 2014

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
June 23, 2014

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
June 23, 2014

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
May 26, 2014

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
May 26, 2014

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
May 12, 2014

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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2014 ACI Home Performance Conference

The 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show was held in Detroit.

Podcasts

Jeff Hutchinson, Energy Solutions Manager for mechanical contractor Bruner Corp., talks about the ductless market and how it can be profitable for a commercial contractor.

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R-22 PHASEOUT POLL

Some in the industry are calling for the EPA to halt production of R-22 as of 2015. What do you think?
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Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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