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INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-10-2012, 11:47 AM
Wondering how many of you are actively using Social Media to promote and communicate with your clients? I have found it to be a good source of new leads and an excellent way to keep your base up to date.

www.facebook.com/INTEGRAWorks (feel free to "Like" my page)

I don't have a lot of time or patience for twitter, so I have linked my twitter feed to my FB page. Same with LinkedIn, which appears to be growing quickly and becoming more relevant with the expansion of their discussion forums etc.

If you have a business facebook page, be sure to post the link on this thread. The more the merrier!

Lite4
11-10-2012, 12:46 PM
Here is mine. I need to be more diligent about posting new comments and projects.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lite-4-Indianapolis-Outdoor-Lighting-Design-Installation-Service/340554036032257

What are you doing with it to attract more leads? In other words, how are you attracting new visitors and friends to your page?

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-10-2012, 12:55 PM
I try to work the page at least a few times a week by posting links, info, notes, and images. Most of the fan growth has come from me promoting the page to my clients and personal FB friends. Once you have developed a decent fan base, then your posts and updates are being seen across a fairly vast social network. You will be amazed at how you slowly grow the base with people who just see your content through friends of friends. About 8% of our new leads this past year came from Facebook; not bad for free marketing.

Lite4
11-10-2012, 01:11 PM
8% !!!! Wow, now that made me sit up and take notice. Guess I'll be doing some promoting beginning with my client list for sure. I just have never really believed it was something that would actually pan out into anything solid. I figuired it as just more of a fad for ranting and raving about personal life and such.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-10-2012, 01:29 PM
There is good and bad in everything I suppose. I was a FB non-believer for some time, but once I started using it more, and for the right reasons (IMO), it became pretty clear how powerful it can be. It really does allow you to reach out far and wide and influence a much bigger demographic than you might have previously considered. Just be sure to post positive, relative, interesting and entertaining content rather than straight self promo stuff. By sharing and cross posting information you will attract a diverse fan base.

irrig8r
11-10-2012, 02:12 PM
Linked In is working for me, but the interface is clunky and they are slow to update changes.

Also, every time you turn around they want you to connect with someone you don't know... worse than FB in that regard.

irrig8r
11-10-2012, 02:16 PM
And another thing about Linked In: lately I notice that Linked In users profile data now shows up in my Gmail Contacts files. I probably opted in to connect the two, but don't recall doing it.

BrandonV
11-11-2012, 08:55 AM
Www.facebook.com/tomscreek

I've been active posting mostly pictures and the like on Facebook. It's hard to know if its working but I have no doubt some of my clients are engaged and at the minimum like looking at the pictures.

headz77
11-11-2012, 01:18 PM
I am still in the early stages of Facebook, further along with Twitter. Just discovered that LinkedIn company pages are extremely SEO friendly. They let you add services with a photo, link, video and keywords for each one. Very nice.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ross-NW-Watergardens/440376552660336

Classic Lighting
11-12-2012, 07:11 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Classic-Irrigation-and-Lighting/206419702716232?ref=hl

I have not received any referrals from it but people do mention that they see my page. Ever since FB made changes to status notifications, views have dramatically decreased.

irrig8r
11-12-2012, 07:58 PM
I don't see any value to Twittter, and I try to keep my Facebook presence more limited to friends and family. Though I have 'friended' some Lawnsite folks and other colleagues, I have not friended any customers on FB.

To me, FB is for posting photos, tell about a concert I've attended or a vacation I took, sharing opinions or recommendations for music, food, beer, films, etc. These are not usually things I share with clients, especially anything to do with politics or religion or otherwise controversial... I also don't want to expose them to a few of my friends who might not be as careful as I am about their use of language, etc.

I do connect with clients on Linked In, and some of them have written me some nice recommendations, and some of those have led to work.

Unlike Yelp or Angie's List, Linked In encourages you to solicit them, AND you can edit whether or not a recommendation appears on your profile.

steveparrott
11-12-2012, 08:15 PM
We also keep a presence in LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. One very useful feature is crosslinking across the three and your website blog and your press release service - post to one and a short version shows up on the others. Blogs are incredibly good for SEO.

I would love to see some landscape lighting pros make better use of Twitter. Twitter can create celebrity if someone makes frequent interesting posts. We all live in our own reality shows but few people get to see them. Twitter is a way to share our thoughts and experiences in a real and timely way. Even if one can only post before work, during lunch and after work - that could be interesting. Imagine posting things you might share with your buds at the bar - make it real. Could be big! Takes courage.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-12-2012, 08:40 PM
Gregg. It is prett good practise to keep your personal and biz FB pages completely separate. Mixing the two can be counter productive. Carry on as per usual on your personal account and create a new, separate business page for clients and colleagues.

Regards.
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Mark B
11-12-2012, 09:05 PM
I know it is not lighting related. But I use my FB page on a fairly regular basis, I will post new ideas, what expo we will be attended next, that kind of stuff. I have folks contact me asking about products, sizes, colors,etc.. I do not do a good a great job having everything on the site, cause we are selling at the expos. I see I get more likes the more I put into it. Like James said it is free advertisement.

irrig8r
11-14-2012, 12:23 AM
Gregg. It is prett good practise to keep your personal and biz FB pages completely separate. Mixing the two can be counter productive. Carry on as per usual on your personal account and create a new, separate business page for clients and colleagues.

Regards.
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Well, to each his own, but I can't see the value in adding to the commercial clutter, like the sponsored ads that seem to be occupying more and more of my newsfeed on FB.

And Twitter might be very useful for Steve, but to me it would be just one more think to have to check on regularly.

I like Instagram though.

JimLewis
11-19-2012, 05:13 AM
I strongly agree with James. Not wise to use a personal facebook page as your business page. For a lot of reasons. But probably the biggest reason is that it's a total violation of FB rules. And when they catch you, they shut down the page. Now all those "friends" you worked to acquire - all the people you were engaged with - are all gone. And they aren't nice about letting you get the page back to see who they were either. You start from scratch and they ignore your requests for help. Best to just play by the rules. You might think that I had this happen to me. Nope. Just read about someone it happened to when I started my business page.

I was always resistant to FB for the longest time as well. I don't FB personally. I think it's a total waste of time. If I wanted to keep in touch with old high school friends, people I worked with a decade ago, or long lost family members, I already would be. I don't need FB for that. But I finally realized that just because I found FB to be pretty senseless, there was a pretty huge % of the country who disagreed with me. Millions and millions of Americans use it every day, throughout the day. And it didn't make sense for our business to ignore that fact. So I finally jumped in like a year and a half ago.

First challenge is getting fans. That's been a whole lot harder than I ever figured it would be. I just figured all of our hundreds of customers would just automatically "like" our page, once they realized we had one. Nope. Most of them didn't. So I had to come up with really creative incentives to get our clients to become fans of our page. Then, after I got as many of our existing clients to be fans, my next goal was to get more regular homeowners from my area to be fans. You see, having huge numbers of fans only really counts for anything if the fans are local people who might one day be in the market for what you are selling. If you get 500 fans but 480 of them aren't in your area, then it's just fluff. I know this one showboat landscaper (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paradise-Restored-Landscape/285815518921) in my town who has over 20,000 fans on his company facebook page. But if you ever take a look at who his fans are, they're all people from different parts of the world. Just look at the "recommendations" section over to the right of the page. It's all people from other countries. This is because in his quest to make his FB page look really popular, he went to sites like Fiverr (http://fiverr.com/gigs/search?query=facebook&x=0&y=0) and purchased a whole ton of fans. Problem is, 99% of these people are not from his area. So his page looks really active. But it's all a big show. 99% of his fans aren't people who live in this area and will never buy his products or services. So he's just spinning his wheels in an attempt to look like a big shot. This is an example of what NOT to do on your Facebook page.

The real goal is to get as many local fans as you can. People that either ARE customers or are interested in becoming customers. Then the second goal is to keep them engaged.

You can get new fans like James did - just word of mouth. But that's really slow. You won't grow your fan base really fast that way. I've got a few little things I do that help drive a few new fans to our FB page here and there too. But the main thing that has increased our local fan base is Facebook Ads. You can actually place little ads on Facebook for fairly cheaply - compared to like Google AdWords. So every few months I let our ad run for a few weeks. Every time I do, I pick up 5-10 new fans per week. And the great thing about it is I get to set the parameters on who sees my ad. So I purposely chose people who are between 30-60, people who live in the areas I service, people who are homeowners, etc. You get to set the parameters for like a dozen different demographic choices. This allows you to make sure that your ad is only seen by people that would be your ideal client. It costs money. But it's a really effective way to pick up clients. I have noticed that after about 2 weeks, the number of new fans starts to go way down. Probably just got saturated with my ad. So I wait a month or two and run it again. Then I usually get a whole new crop of likes. This has helped a lot.

As far as have I seen results? Well, the good news is I don't really have to spend a whole ton of time on Facebook. I like to post something new (usually photos of a recent job) once or twice a week. But the reality is I'm usually far to busy to do it that often. So I sometimes just spend 10 or 20 minutes a week or less. Post a few photos, make a comment, get some likes, keep people engaged. But as far as results, it's been marginal.

We did actually get to do a design for a large project and the client totally found us on Facebook. Unfortunately, he hasn't ever hired us since we provided him with the design and proposal. I drove by later and it appeared that he never hired anyone. So who knows. Maybe he'll call next year. But otherwise, the real benefit I've seen from it is in two ways. First, I've noticed that a lot more of my clients seem to be more engaged with our company. Checking up on us more regularly. When I talk to repeat clients I often hear them comment about how they love seeing all the photos we post on Facebook. So it sort of keeps them in the loop more regularly and I think it sort of makes them feel like their part of our cheering squad. The second thing is I get a lot of our clients who had no idea we did certain things. I get comments like, "Hey. I've been watching your posts on facebook for a while. Holy cow! You guys do some really nice work! Whole outdoor living areas?? Paver Patios??? Night Lighting???? I never knew you guys were good at that! We've been really impressed with your work." And whenever I hear that I'm thinking, "Well, where have you been? We've been doing that kind of work for years. You never went to our website???" Apparently not. It's interesting that people who never really checked us out too much before are now finding out we do all sorts of stuff they never knew we did - just from seeing our Facebook posts. And we do get work from that too. Specifically, more lighting work. I always try to post lighting jobs on there when we do them. And that always leads to more requests for lighting, even if the call was for a paver patio. They'll say, "Oh. And I don't know if we can afford it. But we've been seeing photos of the lighting work you guys do. So in addition to the bid for the patio, can you also give us an idea of how much it would cost to get a nice outdoor lighting system installed in the back yard too?" And a lot of the time we end up doing the lighting as well.

So it helps. I wouldn't say that FB is a big % of leads by any means. If you're counting on FB to be a big source of new calls - you'll probably be disappointed. It won't be. Put your time and money and energy into figuring out how to make a great website and get it to be on page one of Google. That's where you get new calls from. I'd say Facebook is more a tool that just helps us keep our clients and potential clients engaged - so that they don't forget us. And also keeps them informed about what services we offer. A little better than our website does. Because I can make the best website in the world but my website doesn't reach out and post messages on people's FB pages. So they typically have no idea when I've changed something on the website. But on our company FB page, that's like a dynamic, always changing, website that keeps people informed all the time. It's almost better than a website in some ways. Website's good for new customers who are looking for you on the internet. Facebook is better for existing clients who you just want to stay engaged with.

Well, I've written a book again. Sorry for that. Our facebook page is here if anyone cares to look at it; http://www.facebook.com/lewislandscape

JimLewis
11-19-2012, 05:27 AM
BTW,

Tim - I really like the photo you used as the main photo on your Facebook page. That just pops when the page loads. Friggin' Awesome!

James, your page and main photo is nicely done as well.

Ben, since you're my competitor - just don't read what I wrote in that last post. Ignore everything I said there. :laugh: J.K. Good thing we met earlier this year, huh? That Hall job's going to be a nice collaboration!

Brandon, you got a nice FB page too! How'd you get so many fans? Are they all customers? Local people? I know it's taken me a ton of work just to break 300. So I'm impressed that you're well over the 400 mark.

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ringahding
11-19-2012, 07:26 AM
Wondering how many of you are actively using Social Media to promote and communicate with your clients? I have found it to be a good source of new leads and an excellent way to keep your base up to date.

I don't have a lot of time or patience for twitter, so I have linked my twitter feed to my FB page. Same with LinkedIn, which appears to be growing quickly and becoming more relevant with the expansion of their discussion forums etc.


Yes FB is a great way to connect with clients and find new ones. But I hate to tell you that Twitter is very beneficial for ALL businesses.

Twitter & Google + are very beneficial for your website rankings. Search engines(like Google)read(crawl) your website to see how many times your pages have been shared. Your website is not displaying either of these ICONS.

Just like LinkedIn & FB, you need to be a part of the conversation for them to work, right? In other words invite interest to your page or profile...and what do you always include in your profile? Your company website, which will=traffic.

I highly suggest you make the time for both of these outlets, for your business sake. And I would also suggest not to connect FB & Twitter, because there may be info you do not want to be displayed at the same time.

NightScenes
11-30-2012, 11:10 AM
I have found that social networking is AWESOME! We have built some great relationships which have led to many referrals. I would say that about 10% of our business is coming from connections that we have made in social networks. It's also led to several write ups in magazines and papers which gives us cred, so to speak. www.facebook.com/nightscenes . Right now our facebook page has over 2000 fans!

ClipXE Software
11-30-2012, 12:01 PM
FACEBOOK (http://www.facebook.com/clipxe)

TWITTER (http://www.twitter.com/clipxe)

JHFMX
11-30-2012, 05:22 PM
Social networking, when used right can be a huge but more importantly FREE source of new clients. Even if you don't think anyone sees ( no replies ect) They do. The only downside is figuring out how to always maintain political correctness over the interweb. People can twist your words around ect. I also encourage you to NEVER post pricing on the internet. A people can use that against you even if material cost goes up or your labor cost changes. and B it gives people a reason to call you ( then you can offer a demo or your usual pitch to seal the deal) The most important reason to use social media is because any really great photo has the potential to go viral. How many of you have done a lighting job and taken an amazing photo afterward that could be in a magazine? Thought so. POST THEM ON FACEBOOK. People see your post. I promise. The trick is to capture the right audience. Even though most facebookers IMO are teenagers age 15-30 I would say there is still plenty of reason to invest time into advertising there. A great way to get business from facebook is offer discounts for people who reference something from your facebook page. Then if you do a job you can post the pictures with a quote " Sally saved 15% on her lighting job just by liking us on facebook" Your growth will happen exponentially. TAG YOUR CUSTOMERS. I can't explain how important this is. It all goes back to the quality of the picture you post, but the more people that see it the better. That same customer you offered a discount to for liking your page is now part of your expential growth and exposure. EVERY FRIEND THEY HAVE will see the pictures of their well lit home. Hopefully some live in the same neighborhood and drive by it. This tells potential customers you ae local , reasonable and you do a good job without you ever having to demo. The other important thing is to leave customers your card. When their friends ask who took care of the lighting they will be able to contact you! Sorry for the long post , but I am a firm believer.

JimLewis
11-30-2012, 05:47 PM
Social networking, when used right can be a huge but more importantly FREE source of new clients. Even if you don't think anyone sees ( no replies ect) They do. The only downside is figuring out how to always maintain political correctness over the interweb. People can twist your words around ect. I also encourage you to NEVER post pricing on the internet. A people can use that against you even if material cost goes up or your labor cost changes. and B it gives people a reason to call you ( then you can offer a demo or your usual pitch to seal the deal) The most important reason to use social media is because any really great photo has the potential to go viral. How many of you have done a lighting job and taken an amazing photo afterward that could be in a magazine? Thought so. POST THEM ON FACEBOOK. People see your post. I promise. The trick is to capture the right audience. Even though most facebookers IMO are teenagers age 15-30 I would say there is still plenty of reason to invest time into advertising there. A great way to get business from facebook is offer discounts for people who reference something from your facebook page. Then if you do a job you can post the pictures with a quote " Sally saved 15% on her lighting job just by liking us on facebook" Your growth will happen exponentially. TAG YOUR CUSTOMERS. I can't explain how important this is. It all goes back to the quality of the picture you post, but the more people that see it the better. That same customer you offered a discount to for liking your page is now part of your expential growth and exposure. EVERY FRIEND THEY HAVE will see the pictures of their well lit home. Hopefully some live in the same neighborhood and drive by it. This tells potential customers you ae local , reasonable and you do a good job without you ever having to demo. The other important thing is to leave customers your card. When their friends ask who took care of the lighting they will be able to contact you! Sorry for the long post , but I am a firm believer.

Exponential growth just by offering discounts on Facebook? I beg to differ. That's a gross exaggeration. I'm sorry. But you're misleading people here. Nobody's going to see EXPONENTIAL growth from facebook. You might get a little business out of it. But the word "exponential" is a huge exaggeration. Compared to the calls we get from our website, Angie's List, word of mouth, referrals, previous customers, and our trucks, the amount we get from Facebook is a very small percentage. And we have a great facebook page, a pretty solid fan base and run a pretty good facebook campaign. We haven't seen anything that I would call exponential growth. I'd call it "minor" growth. The bigger benefit I've seen is just in keeping customers engaged.

Also, your comment about tagging customers is off as well. If you have a Facebook Business page, you cannot tag your clients. It does not allow you. Unless your facebook customers also happen to be your "friends" on your personal facebook page (which is a really bad idea, by the way). So the tagging, unfortunately, does not work on the business end of facebook. I've tried. Just tried it again just now to make sure. It doesn't allow me to tag photos unless I'm friends with that person. Just because they are FANS of your facebook company page, doesn't mean you can tag them.

Also, I take issue with offering 15% off. Are you freaking crazy? I'm going to give someone what would amount to being a $500 or $1000 discount just because they posted something on my facebook page? Hey, I'm all for promotions on Facebook. You want to offer a $100 off coupon or something sure. We do that. But I'm not knocking 15% off any job for any reason. That's just bad business.

JHFMX
11-30-2012, 06:01 PM
Exponential growth just by offering discounts on Facebook? I beg to differ. That's a gross exaggeration. I'm sorry. But you're misleading people here. Nobody's going to see EXPONENTIAL growth from facebook. You might get a little business out of it. But the word "exponential" is a huge exaggeration. Compared to the calls we get from our website, Angie's List, word of mouth, referrals, previous customers, and our trucks, the amount we get from Facebook is a very small percentage. And we have a great facebook page, a pretty solid fan base and run a pretty good facebook campaign. We haven't seen anything that I would call exponential growth. I'd call it "minor" growth. The bigger benefit I've seen is just in keeping customers engaged.

Also, your comment about tagging customers is off as well. If you have a Facebook Business page, you cannot tag your clients. It does not allow you. Unless your facebook customers also happen to be your "friends" on your personal facebook page (which is a really bad idea, by the way). So the tagging, unfortunately, does not work on the business end of facebook. I've tried. Just tried it again just now to make sure. It doesn't allow me to tag photos unless I'm friends with that person. Just because they are FANS of your facebook company page, doesn't mean you can tag them.

Also, I take issue with offering 15% off. Are you freaking crazy? I'm going to give someone what would amount to being a $500 or $1000 discount just because they posted something on my facebook page? Hey, I'm all for promotions on Facebook. You want to offer a $100 off coupon or something sure. We do that. But I'm not knocking 15% off any job for any reason. That's just bad business.



Trust me I am not trying trying to mislead anyone, but I do believe if used right you can gain a lot of business. I always have the friend page separately and a fan page. ( not with my personal account) never had an issue so far. As for the percentage it's just an example. ANY discount offered from free advertisement will help. Again. The main thing is MEDIA. Pictures sell the job IMO

JimLewis
11-30-2012, 06:17 PM
Is all of this from personal experience? Do you mind sharing with us your Facebook page?

JHFMX
11-30-2012, 06:27 PM
Is all of this from personal experience? Do you mind sharing with us your Facebook page?

Personal experience yes, but I no longer work for the business ( motosports industry) so I don't see how that's relevant. I am here for the same reason you are. To learn and grow in the landscape lighting industry. At least I hope that's why anyone is here. I am not trying to start a forum fight. Just give my 2 cents. Social media does work. Maybe it isn't for everyone, but the time you put into it isn't wasted.

irrig8r
12-01-2012, 10:23 PM
Couple of thinks about the clucnky interfac e with Linked In that bug me...

Seems like every time I log in it wants me to share my email contacts... and acts as though I've never provided them before.

I have it on my Android phone, my Nexus 7 and my laptop... when I change something on one, like responding to a message or writing one, it doesn't update the others for several hours.

It's just not very user-friendly.

My son-in-law is involved in a startup company called www.identified.com. They hope to provide a friendlier, more intuitive interface (they get users to voluntarily offer up Facebook profile info) but it seems like they're mostly focused on employers looking for qualified job seekers, and people looking for jobs.

Someone ought to come up with a better user experience for businesses trying to network with clients and prospects.

JimLewis
12-01-2012, 10:58 PM
I don't know. I like LinkedIn. They've made some great changes in just the past few months. And EVERYONE in the business world uses it. It doesn't seem to be too bothersome to me. I haven't noticed it asking me for anything except to recommend skills for others, lately. And I am happy to do it. A lot of people have done it for me. So I'm happy to recommend them for things I know they're good at. Otherwise, it seems to be just a simple place to keep all your business networking contacts in one place. I like it. Very simple and professional.

I wish your son the best. But trying to get people away from LinkedIn will be an immense undertaking. People have been trying to invent a better eBay, Facebook, Google for years. Spent billions of dollars doing so. But once someone gets that much market share, it's hard to get people away from it. People seem to stick with what they are familiar with, whether or not there's something better available.

headz77
12-02-2012, 02:57 AM
I think most all of the large social networks have at least some value. At the very least they provide a citation for your website- even if you are never active. My experiences-

Facebook- I am relatively new to it. I do very little except push my tweets here and the occasional photo. This probably explains the low "like" count...

Twitter- I use it a lot. I post my blog updates as well as any guest articles or interviews I do. I network mainly with other landscapers and green industry media here. I have also connected with a few local bloggers this way and am arranging promotions/reviews with them. I sprinkle a small amount of non business tweets in too. I think a big part of the value is being able to convey the personality of your company.

LinkedIn- I love the interface. The updated business pages are great. You will find very few places that let you post so much detail about your companies services- with links to pages on your site. I am actually connected with more clients here than anywhere else, and a number of green industry folks as well.

Google+ I actually like it. The interface is very SEO friendly. Mostly connect with SEO folks here. I mainly do this because Google likes it. There is some evidence that articles you link to on posts get indexed very quickly. So I post blog updates here, even though no one will ever read them- but spiders will!

Don't worry Jim, I have already forgotten everything you said. Plus, I have an aversion to paid advertising.

How much does 20K Facebook fans cost anyways? ;-)
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JimLewis
12-02-2012, 05:07 PM
Don't worry Jim, I have already forgotten everything you said. Plus, I have an aversion to paid advertising.

How much does 20K Facebook fans cost anyways? ;-)
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LOL. Good. Yah, just ignore my posts. I don't need to be helping my competition. ;)

20K fans? On fiverr.com you can buy up to 1000 fans for $5. So I guess you could get 20K fans for as little as $100, if you wanted. LOL. Just as long as you don't mind them being from foreign countries, half of them not even being real people, not most of them not living anywhere close to your target audience, and lots of them commenting in other languages. If you don't mind spinning your wheels and conversing with people who really aren't your customers and never will be....and if your main goal is to just look like a big shot, then 20K fans might be your thing..... LOL.

We need to have lunch again soon, now that things are a little less crazy. Email me with some dates that your free for lunch. I'd love to get together again.

starry night
12-02-2012, 07:45 PM
Hey, how are you guys doing in the NW? Any problems with the storm?

JimLewis
12-02-2012, 09:37 PM
Nah. Just regular winter weather up here. The rain did come down pretty heavy at times on Friday, Saturday and today. But nothing too crazy. I'm sure there's a little flooding around certain parts of town. But all this is pretty normal for this time of year. Nothing too abnormal.

I heard California was going to get it worse than us this weekend. But I haven't really been watching the news to see if that happened.

headz77
12-02-2012, 09:49 PM
Hey, how are you guys doing in the NW? Any problems with the storm?

Just a normal rainy night here :) I think the big storm is Northern California.
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Lite4
12-03-2012, 09:27 AM
70 today in Indy. Too bad it won't last. Back to the 40's and 50's for the rest of the week. :-(

The Lighting Geek
12-03-2012, 04:02 PM
Here in Sacramento, it was a strong set of storms, we got 25% of out annual rainfall in a weekend. Plus some steady 25 mph gusting to 40-50 mph. Not as bad some people get but when the area doesn't usually get that combo, lots of stuff goes down.
Many rivers and creeks ended up near flood level, but it nice today :-)

Steve Atkinson
12-04-2012, 02:36 PM
Here in the foothills East of Sacramento, we received only about 6" of rain over the past several days.

Nice day yesterday, but I was up in Grass Valley, NE of Sac, and the local contractors said they got hammered by the storms. Downtown GV was flooded, and their rain gauges recorded over 15 INCHES.

JimLewis
12-04-2012, 03:55 PM
I don't know how much we got last night. But it was a LOT. It was pounding our roof so much and for so long that I could barely sleep. We got a downpour last night.

Sorry I didn't get to say goodbye the other day at that class, Steve. Learned a lot of good stuff. But I had a 11:30 appt. that I could not be late to. So I had to jet right at 11:00, even though you weren't totally finished.....

Steve Atkinson
12-04-2012, 05:01 PM
No worries, Jim. I knew it was going to be a tight fit to get everything Simply Automated into that one hour per OLCA's guidelines. A couple of others had to leave as well, but now everyone has seen the system and knows what it is capable of.

Thanks for coming. Will be back up in your area in January. Talk to you soon.

JimLewis
12-04-2012, 05:37 PM
We're pitching that Simply Automated system to a customer we're doing a big job for right now. I'll let you know if he decides to go with it.

Lite4
12-04-2012, 06:45 PM
Steve, will you or a rep be offering that seminar in our area at some point in the future?
I've used it a few times but would like to be more familiar with it.

Thnx
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Steve Atkinson
12-04-2012, 07:50 PM
Possibly, Tim. I am trying to bring more distribution on board, to effectively cover the middle of the US. Unfortunately Simply Automated does not sell direct to the installer.

What distributors do you use in your territory? Anyone in particular I should approach about selling this product?

Lite4
12-05-2012, 08:32 AM
No distributors are available in my area that I am aware of. I always have to order online to get product.

Steve Atkinson
12-05-2012, 10:40 AM
Nationally, John Deere and Ewing are set up to buy. If you have a local green or electrical distributor that you use for other purchases, I can talk to them about setting up to sell SAI.

Let me know what you have there. Thanks.

BrandonV
12-05-2012, 10:44 AM
I'm ready for the distributor network to be taken apart. They're all nice enough (except JDL) but I. This economy I don't think the margins are there for a middle man anymore.
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