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13 Aug

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New Features Released in MaxCon Pro’s Roofing and Construction Software

August 13, 2012 | By |

Orlando, Aug. 13, 2012:   MaxCon Software is happy to announce some new features that have been added to MaxCon Pro. As an on going effort to continue to provide the best construction management software in the construction industry for roofing, contractors, home re-modelers, builders and all specialty trades we are integrating new features weekly to keep up with the demand for new tools and resources to help run companies more efficiently.

New Features:

  •  On Page Help Videos: Added feature that will allow us to link video to interactive video options per page. When a video or videos are linked to a page then a Video Help tab will appear on the right margin next to the scroll bar. Clicking the tab will activate a sliding window with the video and written explanation of the page. Clicking the tab again will hide the window. The video can be opened into a new window or expanded to full screen. If no video is linked to the page the tab will not appear.
  • Eased restrictions on Manufacturer entry. Now only a Manufacturer name is required for entry of products in admin pages.
  • Outbound Email change:  Link added to outbound email for new job assigned to salesperson or reassigned to salesperson that will direct rep straight to customer file.

14 Jul

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New Features Released in MaxCon Pro’s Roofing and Construction Software

July 14, 2012 | By |

MaxCon Software is happy to announce some new features that have been added to MaxCon Pro. As an on going effort to continue to provide the best construction management software in the construction industry for roofing, contractors, home re-modelers, builders and all specialty trades we are integrating new features weekly to keep up with the demand for new tools and resources to help run companies more efficiently.

Today we are announcing that we have added:

1. Weather Forecasting

2. Theme admin and controls. We have two new Themes that can be changed a the company level, sales office level or based on user preference.

3. Create lead directly as contingency or new bid skipping lead process.

4. We have added the ability to order satellite roofing measurement reports from Aerialogics directly through MaxCon Pro. Now you can enter your existing account information or create a new account from MaxCon Pro and orders can be submitted from within the job file and will be automatically populated in the job file when it’s ready.

We will have more feature release every week this year to continue to stay on top of the industry and to provide solutions for contractors.

30 May

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MaxCon Construction Software Forecasts 2012 Upturn in Housing Starts

May 30, 2012 | By |

MaxCon is now forecasting a breakout upturn in housing starts reversing a four-year sideways
no-growth consolidation.

  • Based on our analysis we’re forecasting that housing starts will follow the May 2012 upside breakout in builder confidence as calculated by the NAHB.
  • The net forecast: In Q3 2012, housing starts will begin a strong upside trend, taking US housing starts to the 800,000 to 900,000 in the October-November target time frame.

Implications for Residential Contractors:

  • Prepare now for upturn with infrastructure investment (systems, marketing, software, etc)
  • Maintaining or increasing market share will go to those who prepare now so that resources are in place when growth spurt occurs in the 3-6 month target.

Details and Background:

The National Association of Home Builders [NAHB] publishes monthly its measure of builder confidence.  Based on a survey of builders nationwide, the Housing Market Index [HMI] tracks the ups and downs of how builders see the prospects in the coming months.  Using several survey questions, they’ve developed a formula to calculate the HMI; it can range from between 0 and 100.
Why is the Housing Market Index important to contractors?

  • Based on the analysis we’ve done at MaxCon Construction Management Software, we’ve found that this HMI index of builder confidence usually leads actual housing starts by three to six months.
  • It’s housing starts that we’re all interested in because it reflects the real status of the residential construction market.   The higher housing starts, the better business is overall.  We recognize that when housing starts drops, the remodel, refurbish, and repair business can get stronger; but overall the more residential new construction starts, the better it is for contractors of all types: home builders, roofers, decks and fencing, siding and other specialty construction companies.

What it means for contractor business investment and growth plans.

Simply put, if we can predict an upturn in the builder economy,  contractors can have greater confidence that investments in growth will have a real payoff.   For those contractors that can get organized for growth in the economy faster than competitors, you’ll have a leg up in building your market share.    We’re talking about investments in marketing, and construction company infrastructure such as SaaS CRM software.

Here’s our summary forecast chart based on the May 2012 HMI results.

roofing sales crm

29 May

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Maxcon is happy to announce the ability for members to upload EagleView Reports

May 29, 2012 | By |

MaxCon Software understands the importance of accurate and timely aerial roof measurements and want to make it an integral part of your business practices.  EagleView not only offers very accurate reports with extensive coverage, but also offer ongoing training for the use of this technology in your business.  As part of our membership benefits, MaxCon members will receive Gold Pricing and individual consultations with EagleView to determine the best processes for building your business using aerial roof measurements.  Please contact us at MaxCon to arrange for your special pricing and consultation.

09 May

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MaxCon Software and Aerialogics Establish Strategic Partnership

May 9, 2012 | By |

Integration of Roof Contracting Support Technologies, Combined with Discount Affiliate Marketing Program, Offers New Level of Estimating Efficiency for Roofing Contractors

Orlando, FL, (May 9, 2012) – Fortuna Logistics, developer of “MaxCon Construction Management Software,” (www.maxconsoftware.com), and Aerialogics, a premier provider of aerial measurement reporting services for roofing contractors, (www.aerialogics.com), announced today a strategic partnership that establishes compatibility between their respective technologies along with vast improvement in the economics is achieved for their mutual roofing contractor clients.  Technology compatibility will enable web-based, ‘point-and-click’ ordering of Aerialogics’ aerial measurement reports from the “MaxCon Pro” tool-set and utilize reported data across the software’s feature set.   The two companies will also offer vast improvement in the economics is achieved on aerial measurement reports and MaxCon Software licensing when contractors purchase the companion services from either Aerialogics or Fortuna Logistics.

“Our technology compatibility and affiliate pricing agreement with Aerialogics offers our mutual clients better estimating productivity, where speed and accuracy with an ‘on target’ quote is a real competitive advantage in the roofing industry,” said Joe Radcliff, CEO of Fortuna Logistics. “In the race to earn a new project, the combination of aerial measurements and MaxCon Pro  is an innovative harnessing of internet-based tools contractors can use to get more done in less time.”

Aerialogics’ aerial measurement reports are delivered in 24 hours from online order and are accurate to within 1-2% of actual roof dimensions.  Reports reduce estimating costs associated with making a site trip for measurements. “Compatibility with “MaxCon Sketch” further empowers contractors to produce finished estimates at a lower cost–we are pleased to partner with Fortuna Logistics to expand the boundaries of estimating efficiency,” said Sean Green, President/CEO of Aerialogics.

Aerialogics, an innovator in aerial measurement reporting for the roofing, insurance and solar industries, utilizes aerial images of building structures as the raw data for generating diagrammed roof measurement reports that reduce estimating costs and improve business results.  To learn more about Aerialogics and its services, visit www.aerialogics.com or call toll-free 877-623-7425.

Fortuna Logistics is an Orlando, FL-based software developer of the “MaxCon” line of web-based construction management software.  The MaxCon ‘Pro’ and ‘MaxCon Sketch’ suite of business management tools enables roofing contractors to go to an organized, paperless business, maximize resources, and energize staff with real-time access to all business data from internet-connected desktop and mobile devices.  For more information about Fortuna Logistics and Maxcon Construction Management Software, visit the company’s website at: www.maxconsoftware.com or call  toll-free 855-922-8546.

20 Feb

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5 Questions for your construction business strategy

February 20, 2012 | By |

Why ask the big questions of your construction business?

It’s simple, really, how asking yourself a few key questions can move you forward as you look to grow your contracting business.  Since we’re in the business of helping contractors grow their business and improve profits, we think about this a lot.  In fact, improving profits and operations efficiency is why we’re in the construction software business.

roofing sales process

Question #1:  What are our critical business decisions?

Reviewing and reflecting on the important decisions you need to make to grow your construction business is the first step.   Perhaps you are not satisfied with your sales and sales lead process, for example, so here the decision might be, first, to make a commitment to improve sales lead generation and sales lead conversion rates.   There is power in merely identifying the decision area. You might not have all the answers yet, but writing it down on your list, your decision agenda, can be powerful and motivating.

Question #2:  What are the best options to grow my business?

So, from question #1, you might make a decision to grow sales as a step to improve profits. But that decision, while important, doesn’t energize action.  This is where coming up with actual options leads to action.  Using our “improving sales” decision example, options are the possible choices you have to improve sales.   Use some creativity here, and look ahead to the other questions on the list.  As an example, options to the “improving construction sales” decision might be…

  1. Hire more sales people.
  2. Conduct sales training for the people you have.
  3. Better organize your sales process and improve lead conversion.
  4. Revise your sales compensation program.
  5. Consider the effectiveness of your advertising.

See the power of generating options or choices?  You may decide to take action on more than one.  The magic comes from taking a deep look from with inside to harvest your construction business experience and knowledge.

Question #3:  What management tools can give us advantage?

Keeping an eye on the management tools and process that are available stimulates thinking. What are the possibilities?  What are the opportunities to use the latest construction management tools?   What services are available to help?  Reviewing these can help refine your options or choices.

Question #4: What are successful contractors doing?

Talking to colleagues is valuable: ask yourself, “What are the winners doing?”  What management tools are they using?  What processes, procedures, and policies do they use? And back to our example, how do the best have a humming sales engine?

Question #5: What is our ultimate business goal?

This last question, gets to the bottom line.  Take time to think about your most imporltant business goals.   What is your ultimate goal?   In our example of growing sales, you may not want to grow sales volume, but rather, you may wish to instead maximize the profitability fromm the sales you already generate.

The point is to get to the basics of your ultimate business goals given your track record, experience, and your construction company’s capacities.

Conclusion:

There you have it.   Five basic questions to ask yourself to improve your construction profits.  You may have other questions to add to the list.  Keep asking yourself these questions, and your colleagues in the business, and your employees.  The result will be a more focused and clear business strategy for your construction business.

To explore more tools to grow your contracting business…

16 Feb

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Technology Imaging for Roofers and Roofing Management Software all in one.

February 16, 2012 | By |

MaxCon Forms a Strategic Partnership with SkyTekImaging.com for Accurate Satellite Roofing Imagery and State-Of-The-Art Roofing Management Software.

Orlando, Fl. February 16, 2011- MaxCon a division of Fortuna Logistics LLC., a supplier of web-based Roofing/Construction Management Software and SkyTekImaging.com a division of New Millennium Consulting Group, LLC. a satellite imaging company that acquires detailed images and converts those images into data that is then used to precisely measure a roof have joined forces to form a strategic partnership to provide roofing industry customers nationwide a cost and time saving way to manage their construction projects.

“Just imagine the time and expense that you could save if you could review the specs of your client’s roof BEFORE you get there, “ said  Nelson Morales, VP of Sales  with SkyTekImaging.com “SkyTek’s drawings and reports include items such as perimeter, drip edge, flashing, valleys, ridges, multiple slope areas, pitch measurements, total squares, recommended waste and more,”  said  Nelson Morales

“Time is money, so why waste it driving to measure a roof?  You can access your MaxCon account and have the SkyTek data integrated into your account and have a roof project bid prepared immediately after you receive the initial customer call,” said Nelson Morales.

About MaxCon
MaxCon is truly one-of-a-kind and will help you take control of your business like never before by providing the best cutting-edge-web based Roofing Software / Construction Management Software on the market. The MaxCon software will assist its customers with managing clients, create diagrams, managing production, enhance company communications regarding job files and provides reports on your sales, marketing and accounts receivables. Whether you are on your smart phone, laptop, or PC you have access to all of your company’s job files anywhere at any time. Never be without the important document or information you need again.

About Skytek Imaging:
SkyTek Imaging is your source for residential and commercial roofing diagrams using state of the art satellite and aerial technology. Save time…. Save money…. One building or many… count on SkyTek Imaging to provide precise resolution roof measurements and data anytime, anywhere.

01 Feb

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A Profit Improvement Memo to Roofing Contractors: Be Positive!

February 1, 2012 | By |

Improve Profits with this idea…

There’s another side to business aside from having well oiled management operations running on elegant construction management software.  You see, we at MaxCon strive to help roofing and other contractors in any way we can, so here’s a profit improvement idea that’s simple, no cost, and easy to implement.

Roofing Profits

Choose your attitude!

This doesn’t mean to put on a fake smile of follow suit because someone says you have to. Choose your attitude means to actually feel positive and convey that to your co-workers and clients.

What to watch for…

People have the misconception that outside influence will always directly affect your emotions and attitude.

Now, these outside influences can certainly spark or trigger your unhappy attitude “button”, remember its your button.  You control them. So why is it that people will sometimes let others “push their buttons” in a negative way but not a positive?   Someone, maybe you or someone in your construction office, might say, “Stop making me angry!”  Yet, in truth, it is you who are in charge. it’s your choice!

Thoughts to Stay Positive

To change or choose your attitude you really need to understand the way you will affect others. Now once you are aware that you can influence others, you should be making it your goal to only rub off positive thoughts.

You can start everyday by telling yourself, “I will have a great day” and “I will make sure everyone I interact with has a great day after they talk with me”.

Construction management can be fun.

That’s right. A useful state of mind we’ve seen at play is that while there are many tough things about the construction business, it can be fun, and you can play a part for making it so.

A suggestion to think about: go into everyday with a positive attitude and be rest assured others will notice and it will spread like wildfire throughout your office!