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How Tech. Savvy is Your Company (Part II)

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimLewis, Feb 20, 2011.

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Which of the Following Does Your Company Use?

Poll closed Apr 21, 2011.
  1. GPS For Company Vehicles

    22 vote(s)
    44.9%
  2. Cell Phone

    48 vote(s)
    98.0%
  3. Website

    44 vote(s)
    89.8%
  4. Email to Clients, Employees, Suppliers

    46 vote(s)
    93.9%
  5. Mobile Laptop, Printer

    17 vote(s)
    34.7%
  6. Mobile Internet

    30 vote(s)
    61.2%
  7. Text Messaging to Clients, Employees, Suppliers

    39 vote(s)
    79.6%
  8. Online Based Lead Generation Services (Angie's List, Service Magic, etc.)

    11 vote(s)
    22.4%
  9. Custom Typed & Printed Estimates / Quotes / Proposals

    42 vote(s)
    85.7%
  10. Social Networking (Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, etc.)

    38 vote(s)
    77.6%
  11. SEO Tactics

    16 vote(s)
    32.7%
  12. Pay-Per-Click Advertising Online

    12 vote(s)
    24.5%
  13. Other Online Advertising

    16 vote(s)
    32.7%
  14. YouTube / Videos of Your Company or Work

    4 vote(s)
    8.2%
  15. Smart Phone Apps for Business

    21 vote(s)
    42.9%
  16. Online Property Measuring Service

    13 vote(s)
    26.5%
  17. Electronic Bookkeeping (e.g. Quickbooks)

    42 vote(s)
    85.7%
  18. Electronic Calendar for Appointments

    29 vote(s)
    59.2%
  19. Online Newsletters (e.g. Constant Contact) to Your Clients

    7 vote(s)
    14.3%
  20. Blogging or Podcasts

    9 vote(s)
    18.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    Where is the bed and kitchenette? The downfall of having a standard cab is no extra room.
     
  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,830

    Yah, I agree. That's why we never buy standard cabs for any of us in Mgmt. anymore. Actually, I'm buying mostly ext. cab trucks across the board now - even for crews. It's just nice to have that extra storage / seating behind the seats.

    You can do it in a standard cab too. Just very tight quarters. They make some that will allow you to do it all from your passenger's seat - like this one;

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  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    I have an organizer simular to this one but I don't use a bettery operated printer, I have an inverter that I use to power the printer and charge the laptop. The only problem that I have is I'm a lefty so these tables don't help me much when writing anything up the old fashin way with pen and paper like when I'm drawing up irrigation plans. I usually have to switch over to the passenger side so that the console is on my writing side. I need a right side drive truck

    But like Jim said, being able to print up the estimate right on site is a huge advantage, it gives you a chance to get hard numbers in the customers hand before they start to consider a cometitor. When the customer says it's a go, you can give them a printed contract right then and their when they are still excited about your pitch. You can be the best sales guy and offer the best services, but alot of that can fly out the window as soon as you drive away, then it is just the customer stareing at the quotes and trying to decide which is the best bang for their buck. Giving them an option to sign right then and their only adds to your success rate.
     
  4. vtscaper

    vtscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    great thread. i have thought for a couple of years now about using my laptop with a printer right in the truck for the smaller jobs. aside from it being a good sales tool for firming things up on the spot, i can see it being a huge time saver.

    jim- thanks for the printer reviews..
     
  5. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    This is why I love this part of the forums (Hardscaping). Real information people can use and not just the back and forth bickering about useless information. Great info and that would be easier than having to run back and forth to have forms signed, etc... I'll have to look into one of those printers/laptop stands. I have a website that I have done myself with a limited program so it is limited a bit and many of yours are much better, but at least there is one for now. I also use Facebook with a business page. Probably wont work as well in a web search like a website will but its a good way to spread information. I had a few people that did not know I have a business and asked for some work. The more your name is out there the better, as long as its good info people are sharing.
     
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    these are deffinetly the best threads. I don't use a battery operated printer, I just bought the smallest color one available from staples. I think I paid about $130 for it. The biggest investments were the power inverter, be sure to get a good one because you will find a million uses for it. Mine is large enough to run a hammer drill, recipicating saw. Or when we tailgate I can run a blender off of it. The stand was under $200
     
  7. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 467

    i like the look of that organizer, any ideas on model/ online retailer? etc.
     
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,830

  9. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    I'm looking at it, and I think mine is the same exact one, I was able to order mine, the base and printer stand as one peice. They came in seperate boxes but was one part number. I ordered it from Stylinconcepts.com. I just looked they still sell it but without the printer stand. You can go to their site and go to "interior" then "mobile office/computer stands"
     
  10. matt spinniken

    matt spinniken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Any recommendations on a good power inverter? Ive never used an inverter for a laptop, it makes me nervous??
     

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