End of Quarter Questions for Commercial Service Companies

Think back three months ago to the start of the year - did you set goals for your business? Of course you did. But how do you know your goals are focused on the right things?  That you are monitoring the right numbers? To help make…
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Mapping Your Customer's Journey

Do you have ambition to become the leading service contractor in your market? Does it feel like operational and administrative inefficiencies are holding you back? We get it. It's not easy to lead the market when it feels like you can't…

The All-in-one Software Fairy Tale

  There is no such thing as an "all in one" software application for anything.  Like a unicorn, it is a neat idea (who wouldn't want a friendly horse with a horn) that is nothing more than a fairy tale. Yet it is probably the most…

Growth Benchmarks for Service Contractors

At ServiceTrade we know that you want to be the best commercial service contractor in your market. It's difficult, however, to be the best if you don't know what the "best" is. You could only guess about how your peers were performing, until…
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Building Your Brand through Storytelling

Do you want your customers to feel good about your brand? Try telling a great story. Research shows that storytelling has immense power to make us feel emotions as if we are a part of the story. The Nike marketing department sure figured…
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5 Questions to Help Service Contractors Build More Valuable Businesses

Much of the popular culture in management consulting today is focused on the customer experience. Matt Dixon, the author of one of my favorite management books, The Challenger Sale, is spending many of his cycles promoting another of his…

The Data Gut Punch

January 14th marked the start of the AHR Expo in Atlanta at the 1.4-million sq. ft. Georgia World Congress Center. With 50-thousand attendees, that place was a madhouse. I, along with the rest of the ServiceTrade team, was engaged in back-to-back…
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How much information is too much?

Check out this image from an Amazon notification that I received during the holiday season.  It included imagery of the product (some black pajamas), a map of my neighborhood that indicates the location of my house, the current location…
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5 Reasons Why Hiring Millennials No Different Than Hiring Previous Generations

For the last decade, my career has been centered around recruiting and managing millennials. Plus, I am one. When we talk about recruiting and retaining millennials, I know what a lot of people are thinking: I don’t want to. Millennials…