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Basics of Effective Electronic Communication

Email has become an irrefutably essential tool for swift and efficient communication in today’s highly digital society, especially for business owners. Time is entirely too limited and valuable. Using Email to communicate quickly while on the move or multi-tasking seems like a no-brainer. Messages regarding booking new jobs, connecting with old clients or conversing with employees can be sent and received in a matter of minutes. Utilizing Email for communication can help your business to run smoothly by saving you time and energy. However, if not approached and crafted properly, your Email correspondences could be sending out the wrong message …

Manage Your Leads

In order to increase revenue for your business and have a successful 2011, one of the most important things you can do is to get a handle on your lead management system. Leads are generated in a number of different ways through online marketing, word-of-mouth and advertising campaigns. Following up on leads that result from your marketing efforts is a key part of building a business and making the most of prospective customers. What do you do when you get a lead? Do you have a structured system in place for managing current and past leads? Studies have shown that …

Industry Buff?

eLocal INVITES YOU… to Be Our Next Blog-Off Expert The eLocal Blog-Off Series has taken the Home Improvement Industry by storm. Our first few Blog-Off threads generated an overwhelming number of responses from experts in many fields. We would like to invite you, our contractors, to join this industry-wide conversation. Participating in this new forum will provide you with an innovative, simple way to network and exchange ideas with consumers and fellow businesses. This network will break down professional barriers and create a fund of knowledge with a multi-industry consensus. In each bi-weekly Blog-Off we pose a question that is …

Blog-Off #3: The Limitations of Going Green

“Green” has been a buzz word for the past few years. As the concept increased in popularity, so did the prevalence of eco-conscious alternatives for everything: food, fashion, building materials, cleaners, etc. As a result, the green movement is appearing in our homes now more than ever. We discovered that many homeowners are pursuing green options already and that this will be a strong trend in 2011. But does going green mean making sacrifices? The Big Question Although there are more green options now than ever before, going green, by definition, rules out a large number of non-green choices. So, …

Blog-Off #3: Prevailing Thoughts from our Experts on Going Green’s Limitations

During our third Blog-Off, we asked over 50 home improvement experts the following question: does going green limit homeowners? Our experts talked about the specific limitations of going green and suggested the best ways to spend your money if you want to join the green movement. Interested in what they had to say? We pick our top 5 comments here. Blog-Off #3 Re-Cap For our third Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question: How do you think going green constrains homeowners in the design/remodeling process? Are there any …

Blog-Off #3: Does Going Green Limit Homeowners?

By now you’re familiar with our series uniting experts in the home improvement industry. If not, read our Blog-Off announcement. During our last Blog-Off, our experts predicted the 2011 home improvement trends. They outlined everything, from colors and design to materials and fixtures. However, one trend dominated the rest: going green. Thus, for this Blog-Off, we wanted to see how going green affects the homeowner. Why We’re Asking Over the past few years, Going Green has become an increasingly popular trend and it looks like it is here to stay. Sustainable materials, energy efficient appliances, re-purposed furniture, recycled artwork…the green …

Blog-Off #2: Prevailing Thoughts from Our Experts on 2011 Home Improvement Trends

Blog-Off participants came together in full force, providing an overwhelming response on what to expect in 2011! From eco-conscious decisions and natural materials to color choices and tech-savvy upgrades, we collected the best of the best, the must-know trends for the upcoming year. Which expert answers stood out? We highlight our top five choices here. Blog-Off #2 Re-Cap For our second Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question: What are the home improvement trends for 2011? Designers: what is hot right now in terms of design, color, styles, …

eLocal Blog-Off #2: What are the Home Improvement Trends for 2011?

Welcome to the 2nd Blog-Off article. If you missed reading about what the Blog-Off is and our mission to unite the home improvement industry, you can read more about it in our Blog-Off series announcement. For this second Blog-Off, we are asking experts to predict the home improvement trends for 2011. From design to fixtures and layout to construction, all of 2011’s trends can be found here directly from the source—the experts. Why We’re Asking Home improvement projects are finally on the rise as the American economy slowly gets better. This makes now a more exciting time than ever to …

eLocal Blog-Off #1: The Final Word from the Prevailing Home Improvement Experts

Our inaugural Blog-Off is over and the experts have answered: homeowners should make electrical and plumbing decisions first during a remodel. Blog-Off participants commented on each others’ answers in order to come to a final consensus on the “plumbing/electrical decisions vs. concept first” argument. There were a lot of great comments, but a few stood out from the rest. Blog-Off #1 Re-Cap In case you missed the first Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question, using a master bathroom remodel as a prime case study: During a major …

eLocal Blog-Off #1: When to Make Plumbing and Electrical Decisions in the Design Process

Welcome to eLocal’s inaugural Blog-Off article! If you missed reading about what the Blog-Off is and our mission to unite the home improvement industry, you can read more about it in our Blog-Off series announcement. For this first Blog-Off article, we asked the experts when in the design process homeowners should make plumbing and electrical decisions. If you are considering or starting a remodel, this is a must-read! The Big Question Thinking about a major remodel is an exciting time. There’s no doubt you’ve been imagining your perfect dream space, conceptualizing the ideal look and layout you’ve always wanted. During …