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11 Jan

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New Features Available in our Roofing Software by MaxCon

January 11, 2013 | By |

Roofing Software

MaxCon Software has added many new features to continue to improve our user interface of our top shelf Roofing software and Construction Management Software.

MaxCon Pro is a versatile and user friendly Saas Roofing Software designed to Organize a company process in to a paperless mobile platform, Energize your team in to the future with technology to simplify the daily tasks and to Maximize company profits by lessening overhead burdens.

Take a look at some of our newest features available to our members in MaxCon Pro.

  • Member Profile Picture: The member profile picture will be used beside all activity or review notes made by the user. It can be uploaded into MaxCon Pro in two places.

1. On the top right of the screen you will see your name. i.e. Welcome: your name. click on your name and a pop up will appear asking you to load your profile picture. This file must be a jpeg file for uploading.

2. In the user admin. If you go to the user list and click on the pencil which is the edit action for a user information. Once the pages opens go to the bottom of the page. You will see an area name User profile. Upload the jpeg file and after it is done uploading click save at the bottom of the page.

  • Sales Managers, Production Managers and Owners can now be assigned as the sales rep on customer files:
  • Job Info Page Upgrades and Improvements for QB Integration:
  • Multiple Pictures can now be Emailed, Printed, Edited and Deleted from within MaxCon Pro.
  • Leads Entered in by Sales Reps have Auto Assign logic.
  • Canvassers can now Assign Leads to Sales Reps they are teamed with.
  • You can now click save in all search areas
  • Company Minimum Profit Tracking Additions for Customer Files
  • Under direct support we have a customer download for manual download of Help Assist for customers who cannot use the auto load side.
  • Password Admin under HO user admin. Password admin allows Users with HO rights to set password intervals, force reset passwords and force reset on next login. Password changes require email verification.
  • New user passwords are now randomly generated and emailed to new user.
  • Goal Admin for Team and Individuals per SO. Allows HO user to assign goals to Individuals or to Sales existing Sales Teams per sales manager. Sales goals display on SO home page.
  1. For salesperson role individual goal and assigned sales team goal are displayed on thermometer along with SO annual goal. Thermometer goals are toggled buy radial orbs above the thermometer for salesman user role.
  2. Below the thermometer exists a lint to all sales goals which will display a table style view of all sales goals for the SO logged into.
  3. Sales manager has thermometer view for annual goal and His Team goal assigned along with link to see table of all goals. All other users will on see thermometer and table style goals list for SO.
  4. All goals set in SO can be deactivated.
  5. Goals are displayed on SO page when the current date is within the start and completed dates of a specific goal.
  6. Future goals can be entered and will not track until current date is with date ranges selected in goal admin.
  7. Upon expiration of ending goal date the final numbers achieved and goal set are archived for future review and will not change.
  • We have added extra character for Zip Code option for NON USA companies on company setup.
  • 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.
  • Added country drop down selection to user admin. When users are created a country can now be selected for the user.
  • We have reconfigured the Roofing and Siding work orders error check process. We have eliminated the pop-up boxes that would notify user of field errors one error at a time. User is now notified of all missing data on page in a single submit process and is indicated with a red box around the offended field.
  • The data requirements for User Creation have been relaxed. We added an asterisk behind the title of the fields that are required.
  • Canadian Zip Code formatting has been added to HO and SO where Canada is selected as country. The zip code field will require the “Letter Number Letter space Number Letter Number” format of the Canadian system be entered with auto capitalizing case.
  • Ability to assign customer files to Owner, Sales Manager and Production Manager roles have been added. From the user admin page an edit icon now exists next to owner role selection. This icon allows access to control if roles can be assigned to jobs. If the box is checked then user name of owner role will appear in drop down selection for assign jobs. When owner is assigned to customer file then user will affect alerts and actions reserved for assignee to customer file. User of owner role will not be limited by salesperson restrictions based on this assignment. We have NOT added commission functionality to owner role when assigned to jobs. Again we can NOT calculate sales commissions for roles when assigned to customer file.
  • Bill tracking page now allows filter by Accounts Specialist.
  • SO Demo is up and running
  • Online statement reformatted to fit screen and track additional information.
  • HO alerts Notes changed. Additional reporting notes have been added to record in HO alerts pertaining to bills generated, submitted and paid.
  • We have now add short cuts on the customers all page to review activity history notes and review notes on a customer file

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

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!