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Online marketing can be inherently difficult in certain industries, construction being one of them. Marketing the stellar work your construction company does may not be as sexy as unveiling the latest iPhone, but with the right approach, you can tell a story that is compelling and relevant to your target audience.

Pieper-Houston Wins Award Thumb

At our Connect 2015 Users’ Conference (our 19th annual) a few weeks ago, we honored three companies as finalists for our Innovator Awards: Houston, Texas-based Pieper-Houston Electric L.P.; Cameron, Texas-based EBCO General Contractors Ltd.; and Seattle, Washington based Unity Electric Contractors and Engineers. The Innovator Award recognizes the innovative uses of our Spectrum® Construction Software and technologies by contractors that allow them to take their company’s success to the next level.

Top Construction Software

Last week, we held our 19th annual Connect Users’ Conference. It’s a humbling experience to have hundreds of attendees converge at our Seattle venue. Many traveled from across the country to spend a few days with us learning about our software, so we worked hard to make the experience worth everyone’s time, effort and expense.

I had the opportunity to sit in on a recent webinar we presented with FMI. The webinar, “Understanding Today’s Workforce,” discussed some of the emerging trends and best practices with the ever-changing labor force in the construction industry. Jeremy Brown, the presenter and a longtime consultant with FMI, noted there was an underlying theme for the future of the construction industry workforce—millennials are moving in and that the construction industry had better be ready to meet their needs.

Construction Management Software

There are many reasons to take pride in being part of the construction industry. Ours is an industry that builds wealth and a better standard of living by actually creating something, not just through creative finance. We build and service tangible, practical, and necessary structures and infrastructure. A contractor and everyone working with them on a project can point to that project after completion and say “We did that.” And it is usually something that lasts.

An “Accidental” Technology Epiphany

Sometimes, even a bad situation can cast a positive light on just how far technology has helped us simplify our daily lives.

Technology gets a bad reputation at times with the constant connection to the Internet with smart phones, tablets and other devices. Some argue that technology has taken away the “personal touch” of communication. Since I am in the technology industry, I feel that I have to defend all these new technologies in the face of older, sometimes more trusted methods of communicating.

It’s that time of year again here at Dexter + Chaney. The dogwoods are blooming, the mountain snows (what little we had this year) are melting, training staff are giving practice presentations in our training room, account managers are calling through their client lists, and the marketing team is drinking extra coffee. It must be time for our annual Users’ Conference.

A special guest blog by Tyler Pare of FMI

Project managers often control in excess of $1 MM, $5 MM, even $ 10 MM in annual contract revenue and risk. However, project managers often do not view themselves as business managers. They view themselves as middle management—cogs in the wheel of a great machine that churns through backlog year-in and year-out—leaving the business issues up to division managers and executives. FMI Corporation has been on the consulting equivalent of a crusade for more than six decades, attempting to dispel the faulty notion that shrewd business acumen amongst project managers is anything less than essential for successful construction firms. If financial awareness and leadership capabilities are lacking at the project manager level in your organization, consider the tactics below to hone the focus of the most important management echelon in your organization.

Business is Booming, But How is Your Business?

It’s certainly been a busy start to 2015. The economy is growing. Construction business is booming again and everyone in our industry—from owners to contractors to vendors—is scrambling to try and keep up with significantly greater workloads. While being busy is generally good news, what we need to be careful of is losing business focus in the meantime—not seeing the forest for the trees.

Making Workflows Work for You - Construction Software Managment

Each year, at the end of April, we host our annual users’ conference. Folks from all over make the trek to beautiful Seattle, Washington to learn more about their Spectrum software, and also to see what new features and applications we have in store. It’s a great event. Though we love hosting the conference, it takes a great deal of planning and collaboration company-wide. Departments are tasked with organizing various activities and how they will get done. It’s a large undertaking with many moving parts. That’s why we establish workflows to make sure everything gets done efficiently. We each have a specific role to play in putting the event on, and we know who we need to work with most closely.

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