The Perfect Supplier Tool For Viridian: The Most Specified Glass Brand In The Industry

As a market leading supplier, and the most specified glass brand in the industry, keeping on top of active projects is imperative. EstimateOne gives Viridian the ability to make sure nothing slips through the cracks, so they can cover every specified product with a quote, every time.

Viridian knows what their sweet spot projects are. EstimateOne shows them where they are.

“EstimateOne enables us to act at the right time so that we’re part of the discussion to provide the right solution, rather than trying to act at the wrong time.”

Marketing and Industry Manager, Anthony Gunther, has been in building construction for 30 years. These days, he starts every morning with EstimateOne.

  • The daily Specifinder email is a shopping list of projects he can act on right now
  • Filtering the noticeboard by keywords reveals relevant and active projects
  • Spec search allows him to benchmark Viridian against the competition 
  • Data mining projects delivers high-level, strategic insights

5 ways Viridian use EstimateOne to superpower their business:

  1. Visibility

As a supplier, it’s critical that you know where your products are being specified so you can be proactive at the tender stage.

Prior to using EstimateOne, tracking down projects that Viridian had been specified on then keeping track of those projects, was convoluted, fragmented and at times impossible.

“We use it as a tool to make sure that we know where our products are being specified, so we can cover those products with quotes. Because if you don’t quote you can’t win.”

  1. Proactive Problem Solving

Viridian sells a technical product that solves problems for the building industry. But like every business, they are not immune to human error and issues that happen outside of their control. 

“I can look at the specification, I can look at the Section J Report, and I can look at the plans. If there’s a technical issue with the product, we can address it at the tender stage, rather than the supply stage.” 

This is exactly how Anthony spotted a red flag on a hospital project Viridian was specified on. There was a question mark around their product on one out of the three buildings on the project. Viewing the project in EstimateOne, he could immediately spot the issue and was able to pick up the phone, ring the architect and clarify the requirements for the project, way before it became a problem.

  1. Streamline Your Sales Team

EstimateOne helps your sales team map relationships between builders, customers and projects by having all the data right there in front of them.

Before EstimateOne, Viridian would often find out about projects they were specified on after they had been awarded. Now, they can keep their competitive edge and set their prices at the tender stage, helping them win more work.

“It’s like an alarm clock that goes off every day and says; “hey, did you know you had ‘X’ projects out there? And here are the products in them.”

  1. Benchmark Your Competition

EstimateOne’s directory gives you access to over 6,000 architects and consultant profiles. You can see all the jobs they’re working on and see if they’re specifying you, or specifying your competition.

Viridian keeps track of how often they are being specified in certain markets, compared to their competitors’ equivalent products. They know when they’re being specified two, or three, or four times more often than their lead competitor. 

  1. Inform Your Marketing Strategy

Viridian can gather data around the markets and customer sets they are being specified in. They can track trends, find gaps, and look for opportunities to align their marketing activities around priority segments. 

Get Set For Success

Three ways suppliers can leverage EstimateOne today

  1. Start by narrowing down your search in Specifinder to focus on key products
  2. Set activities around those projects for your sales team to action
  3. Work backwards from keyword searches to find more value for your business. Identity which markets your products get specified in, then align your sales and marketing activities around those specific pockets of the market.

If Viridian’s success story is what you want, create an account & start your EstimateOne journey today. Or if you’re still not convinced, watch what other suppliers say about us.

Being able to see the tendering and awarded builders has always been an important piece of information for Suppliers as they track the progress of projects through the tender phase. 

If you’re a business whose brands and products are specified by Architects, Engineers and other consultants, our Professional Bundle includes invaluable insights into who is making these decisions. In this article we run through how it works, and some practical use cases for how you can get it driving results in your team. 

Let’s imagine a few different scenarios where you might be looking to answer different types of questions. 

Which consultants are specifying my products?

For this you’ll need to have Speci-Finder already set up on your account with some of your products. 

In our Professional Bundle , you’ll see an Insights tab.

Choose the type of consultant (eg Architect or Engineer), then select the products you want to view and build a report. You can see for the last full calendar month, the total number of specifications we found, and all the consultancies associated with those specifications. Here’s a quick sample:

Which consultants are specifying competitor products?

Same as above, but you’ll need to have a competitor brand in your Speci-Finder set. Our Professional plan gives you an additional 10 keywords on top of the Standard subscription so you can monitor more of the market. 

Which consultants are working on this project I’m specified in?

Let’s assume we’ve already alerted you to a project where you’re specified. For every project, you can quickly see the consultant team associated with it directly in the project slider by scrolling down past the tendering builders. 

Which projects are consultants in my portfolio working on?

Each architect, engineer and builder has their own profile with all the jobs they’ve worked on in our database. Currently our Consultant Details Directory has over 6,000 architect and engineer profiles.

Head to the Consultants Directory and type in the name of the consultancy you’re interested in. If you work with them often, you might even like to mark them as a ‘Favorite’ to make this task faster for you in the future. 

Click through to their profile and you can view all open, awarded and closed tenders for that firm. You can even go one step further and search within the profile to narrow down that list to onl projects that contain any given keyword. 

What other work does a consultant have on right now?

Let’s say you were keen to see the potential work you could do with an architect. Head to their profile, type in some key words – be it your brand, product or a competitors brand – and we’ll give you a list of all the projects that the architect is involved in with those keywords. ‘Open’ gives you the most recent, live projects, while ‘Awarded’ and ‘Closed’ gives you a more historical view. 

What is my specification share with a consultant?

Head into a consultant’s profile, and look at awarded projects to get a more historical view (open tenders only tend to stay on our noticeboard for around a month before they ‘close’ or are ‘awarded’). Take note of the total number of projects. 

Type in a brand or product you supply, and we’ll quickly show you how many projects included that keyword – a quick and easy way to get an indication of your share of specification.

There’s lots more questions our consultant directory and insights can help you answer, these are just a starting point! What are you wanting to understand about what drives your specifications?

Book a demo and consult with Omar Alcharid on 0480 036 891 to see if this could help your business. 

So you’ve created an account and you’re looking for new projects, but you’re not finding as many as you had hoped for using filters, what now?

This guide is going to show you how you can find more projects that’s relevant to you by making the most out of EstimateOne tender noticeboard search.

 Search, don’t filter

Generally most people will be using a filter called ‘trades’ to pick their trades – however, for those who don’t have a listed trade you can use the search function at the top of the noticeboard to find projects that might require your help.

This search doesn’t just search in the project’s name and description, but it will search through the documents of every project – and under each result you’ll be able to click on ‘found in this project’s documents’ to get an excerpt of where in the documents it’s mentioned for a quick peek!

Searching inside a package

Similar to how our previous search function works, you can also search directly in a package of documents with keywords. 

All you need to do is ‘view’ the documents rather than download them – viewing them lets you take advantage of the EstimateOne document viewer, which helps keep everything organized.

In the top left corner of the document viewer is a search bar – type your phrase in here and we’ll show you wherever in the documents your keyword is mentioned. This is handy for tracking down mentions of your trade in the overall plans of a project!

Recent searches save time

After you’ve begun using our search function it can seem a little tedious to keep re-entering relevant keywords, however we have a way that you can revisit previous searches!

Click ‘Recent Searches’ to the right of the search bar to access your search history. Just click on the keywords to revisit the results!

Check the listed trades

It might be disheartening to open a project and see that dreaded message – that the trade list on a project includes 0 of your trades. 

Don’t despair! Click on that ‘Show all trades’ button. The project trade list isn’t always made up of just what we have listed in our trade filter – you might find that your trade – or another phrasing of it – is listed here.

This is because builders can add their own additional trade lists so it’s worth checking this section as a part of your normal EstimateOne routine.

Keep your info accurate

Make sure your account information is accurate! If you submit a quote you will want the builder to be able to easily contact you if they need to – this includes keeping your company name accurate to your business so the builder can look you up if they need more context on the sort of work you do.

You can update your details by going to ‘settings’

Reach out

Communication is key!

Every project on EstimateOne will have the listed builders preferred contact details on them – so use them! Do you need clarity on whether they require your service? Have they mentioned it, but not provided enough information in the documents? Ask.

You can also use our directory which will show you all the builders on EstimateOne – along with their contact information.

Let us help you

Unsure how best to use EstimateOne to help your business succeed?

We have free 30 minute training sessions available where we can talk through your business goals and teach you methods to find suitable projects.

The session will be tailor made to be as unique as you are!

Book a session here

Is being specified important to you? Are you chasing specs on EstimateOne? 

We’ve created a special tool for suppliers called Specifinder, which lets you save the key words you search for frequently, so you receive new leads straight to your inbox. 

Too good to be true? It’s really not. 

Our Specifinder report mimics how you can search for specifications on the noticeboard – by searching through the documentation in newly listed projects, and sending these key projects to your inbox. This means you can start tracking these projects as they are listed.

You can choose what types of projects you want to see – similar to how you filter projects on the noticeboard. Only interested in Aged Care projects over $5 million within Victoria? We can do that. 

The Workflow

Depending on the time you can allocate to EstimateOne, you can set up your Specifinder report to send you leads every day, or every week. A typical workflow would look like this:

Receive the leads in your inbox, and click in. 

Once you open the email, you’ll see a list of projects sorted by your keywords. Specifinder will cover the last 7 days or 24 hours, depending on the frequency you’ve set the report. You’ll see a list of projects sorted by keywords, and you’ll also know which builders have your keyword in their documents. 

Just click on the project you’re interested in, and you’ll be taken into the project’s slider in your EstimateOne account. From here, you might see an option to View or Download the documents. If you select View, you’ll be taken to our document viewer where you can view and search for your keywords – which will get you to the pages you’re after in a matter of seconds. Here’s a great video on how our document viewer works, coming in from the noticeboard. 

Searching on EstimateOne

From there, you can mark projects to your Watchlist so you get notified as the project progresses. This is especially handy if you have a paid subscription because you’ll get notified as soon as these projects become Awarded, so you can reach out to the winning builder straight away. 

Specifinder on the Noticeboard

We’ve just upped the ante on Specifinder, so you know when your keywords are mentioned in projects on the noticeboard. 

When you see the Specifinder tick, that means that your keywords are in the documentation for the project. Better yet, roll over the tick to see which keywords you expect to find! It’s as easy as that. 

We’ve created Specifinder, because we understand that your time is valuable and want your sales teams to get to work on leads as soon as they appear on EstimateOne.

Every supplier account gets the opportunity to track key terms – if you’re on the free account, you get three per user. On any of our state or national license options – you get ten.

If faster lead generation is something that will benefit your team – book a demo with our “National Sales Consultant: Supplier – Omar Alrachid” today. Call 0480-036-891.

Are you a supplier thinking about creating an account, or do you already have an account and you’re not sure what to do with it? This guide will show you the ropes, and ultimately take you through the best first steps to setting yourself up for success on EstimateOne. 

  1. Team work makes the dream work. 

EstimateOne doesn’t charge for seats for any of our account types, so go ahead and add your team members through the Team tab. Having your team on the same account means that you can keep track of the projects everyone is managing. 

You can choose to have visibility over your team, or just your own projects when they get marked to the Watchlist (more about the Watchlist later). Just head to Settings where you’ll find the rest of your email preferences, and next to the Watchlist frequency select either ‘Watched by me’, or ‘Watched by anyone’. 

Adjusting your filters on the noticeboard also means that they get retained every time you login. Once everyone on your team has been set up with their own login, they can set their own filters – super helpful if you have users working across different regions and sectors!

  1. What sets us apart – search for brands, products, and get visibility on your competitors

You can find and follow specifications by searching for key terms in the search bar on the noticeboard, and further drill down on areas or categories using the filters. This spec-search tool allows you to actively hunt through all of the documentation on EstimateOne for the products, brands, and competitors you would typically look for in the documents. 

If I’m an office furniture supplier, I might think about searching the following key terms:

  • Abby’s Office Furniture: my brand
  • Streamline office desk: my product
  • Office desks: a product I sell
  • Gabby’s Office Supplies: my competitor
  1. Set and forget – activate your Specifinder report to get leads sent to you.

Once you’ve figured out the keywords you’ll use consistently, you can save these in your Specifnder report. Once it’s activated, you’ll receive email notifications when new projects show up on EstimateOne that have the keywords you care about. 

The email will let you know all the projects where your keywords are mentioned and which builders have your specification in their document set. Just click on the project name in your email, and it’ll take you straight to that project in your account!

  1. Create smart work habits – qualify a project by using the document viewer tool. 

Don’t waste hours and computer memory downloading files from EstimateOne. Instead, preview project documentation by selecting the ‘View Docs’ option to launch the doc viewer, which has a search tool to help you zero in on what you need to qualify the project. You can also pull out the files that you need by marking them as you go, and downloading them all at once using the Download Documents button. 

  1. Communicate – tag interested projects, so you get notified as they progress.

Like the look of a project and want to save it for later? You can always leave a note in the Notes section of the project slider, and add the project to your Watchlist by marking it as Interested, Quoting, or Quoted. 

The Watchlist and Notes are shared amongst the team to keep everyone up to speed and prevent any double handling. Better still, projects in your Watchlist trigger notification emails, so you’ll get notified as soon as anything with that project changes – allowing you to get onto the right people at the right time. With an upgraded account, you also get the benefit of getting access to the projects after they get marked as Awarded.

So there you have it! If you’ve followed these steps and are keen to learn the finer details, you can always book a free training session with our support team – we’ d love to hear from you!

Commercial construction projects take a long time, so it’s pretty reasonable to worry about how you measure a sales funnel that takes years to complete.

From the first pencil line from the architect, through to practical completion  – which could be 3 or 4 years later – chances are, people in your business have moved on and the way you approach your work has changed. 

To make sure you are changing for the better and taking full advantage of all your opportunities, it’s key that you keep an eye on (and look to improve) your spec rate and your spec-to-sales rate. 

Measuring your spec-rate:

Your spec-rate is the amount of times you have been specified in the types of projects you are targeting. Measuring your spec-rate is a pretty straight forward formula.

To get these numbers, you’ll need to do a bit of research.

1) Define and measure your segment

First you’ll need to workout your target segment and find the total amount of projects in that segment. Perhaps there are some project types that really benefit from your product range, or a competitive edge you are looking to gain in a certain geography. There’s no hard and fast rules about a segment – but some good constraints to consider would be…

Time period: e.g. Last 12 months

Location: e.g. all Australia, NSW etc. 

Project category: Education, Commercial, etc.

Once you’ve defined your target segment, you can use a tool like EstimateOne to find how many projects are in that segment. (you can learn how to use the filters here to create your segments). 

2) Find how many projects you’ve been spec’d on

There are a couple ways you can do this – you could go through your leads records and count the amount of projects you’ve been spec’d in. Alternatively, you could use EstimateOne’s Spec Search to find the project’s you’ve been spec’d in. You can learn how that all works here.

If you’re keen to get all the projects you’ve been spec’d in emailed to your inbox – have a go at our Speci-Finder feature. Just pop in the key words that are of interest to you (a product, a brand, etc) and we’ll email you all the projects they feature in. 

3) Use the formula:

Now you have your two numbers, just divide one by the other and you have your spec-rate. Your spec-rate might be different from your market share – remembering that market share is best measured through actual sales, and there are many steps between specification and sale. 

You can use this number to determine how successful your pre-tender business development is. As with all key metrics, the higher this is, the better we’re going. You might also compare your specification rate to your market share to get an indication of how well your post tender teams are performing. 

Measuring your Spec-to-Sales rate:

Your Spec-to-Sales rate helps you work out if you’re taking full advantage of all your opportunities. At its simplest, it’s a measurement of how many projects you’re specified on during the tender time you end up converting to sales. 

When put together you start to see the makings of a very basic marketing funnel, where you’ve got two key check in points to routinely check on the health of your sales funnel. . 

We hope you’ve found this useful. If you’re on EstimateOne and you need a hand setting yourself up to take advantage of the data available, or set yourself up with Speci-Finder we’d love to hear from you. If you’re yet to start using EstimateOne, but think this could help your business, sign up for a free account with us and check out our features.

So you’re keen to get on the government’s construction books?

It’s a pretty popular choice, particularly as construction is often used as a lever to boost the economy.

Most of the time it’s head contractors who take on the big government commercial construction projects. Through the tender process they’ll engage with subbies and suppliers to help get an idea of how much it’s all going to cost.

Usually through the construction tender process, you, as a subbie, may be required to submit a construction quote to the Head Contractor. However, you can still get on the government’s radar as a subbie directly. 

Government commercial construction jobs can be a challenge to win, but once you’ve got the experience and foot in the door (formally through their processes too) you’ll be loving your job even more!

We’ll take you through some of the state level registers and the federal government to help you get that foot in the door. 

Australian Federal Government

First cab off the rank is the Australian suppliers register. This register promotes different products and services to buyers from overseas through the Austrade website. 

Applying for the Austrade register itself is relatively straight forward for the first touch point. 

The federal government’s criteria is quite specific. Before you apply, ask yourself the below. 

  • Do I have an Australian Business Number (ABN)?
  • Is Australia my main place of business?
  • Are management committed to becoming an exporter and willing to develop our exportation business?
  • Do we have the financial resources or ability to source specifically for expiration? 
  • Do we have the budget to potentially travel to international markets?
  • Do we have a growth strategy?
  • Do we have marketing materials such as a website, and the ability to customise for markets?
  • Do we have the capacity to build supply capability?

If you think you tick all of these boxes and are confident, we recommend applying to the Australian Suppliers Directory

Once you’ve applied, your application will be reviewed and someone will likely be in touch to gather more information to help them make a decision.

Victoria Government

The Victorian Government has a Construction Supplier Register for commercial construction projects. The Constructions Supplier Register is a pre-qualification scheme, open to anyone who offers construction work and/or services. If you want government jobs, you need to be on this register!

Each supplier on the register has been classified as having the necessary skills and expertise, as well as financial capabilities and management systems needed to be involved in a Victorian Government construction project. 

In Victoria, there are two main categories:

  • Suppliers of construction work – builders
  • Suppliers of construction related services – engineers, architects etc.

There is also now a third category to allow smaller businesses to get in the door. This category is for low value works of under $500,000 including GST. 

The application process can be lengthy, but luckily the Victorian Government has given you pretty much everything you could possibly need to know before applying, including things like eligibility criteria. 

You can check out the pre-application process here.

Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has a few different methods of procurement. 

They use several methods such as:

  • Ad hoc purchasing
  • Open tender
  • Selective tender
  • Limited tender
  • List of preferred suppliers
  • Standing offer arrangements (SOAs).

We won’t go through all of these, but you can check them out on the Business Queensland website. 

It’s a little more difficult to track down the exact information you want on the Queensland Government website (it’s the government though, so are we surprised?). Your first bet is to check out the supply to Queensland Government page.

Usually there will be some form of tender process to complete to get the bigger jobs. You can also check out the supplying for buying categories and make sure you fulfil all the ethical requirements for supplying to the government before you take any further steps.

Once you’ve got all the information you need through exploration of their site, we recommend applying to the Queensland Government Supplier list.

New South Wales Government

In NSW, their process is a little more laid out in terms of what they expect. 

The NSW Government have five procurement objectives:

  • Value for money
  • Promoting competition
  • Easy to do business
  • Innovation
  • Economic development, social outcomes and sustainability.

These objectives allow a diverse range of suppliers to get in front of the government regardless of their size. 

There are also particular obligations and responsibilities that you need to meet to become a supplier (as you would expect).

The NSW Government purchases a range of contracts and schemes either as a whole-of-government or agency-specific. 

They also look at supporting small to medium businesses, including regional businesses. There’s also a focus on buying from Aboriginal business and Australian disability enterprises as well to ensure equal opportunity. 

Before you sign up, it’s worth checking out the information the NSW Government has on supplying to government

To get on the supplier list, you need to sign up here.  Once you’re on the supplier list, anyone will be able to search you on the supplier list, which is accessible to the public as well. 

Western Australia Government

The Western Australia Government makes purchases a few different ways:

  • Direct purchase
  • Verbal quotation
  • Written quotation
  • Open tender.

The method is usually selected by the particular agency looking to source the supplier. There are a few different rules to each method of purchase, for example, verbal quotes can be requested for works up to $50,000 including GST.

Due to the high Aboriginal and Indignous population in WA, the Western Australia Government

has a big focus on working with Aboriginal business, as well as businesses who employ Aboriginal and Indigenous workers. 

Businesses can supply either goods and services, community services and works-related services to the Western Australia Government. 

The Western Australia Government has put a short, brief guide together for suppliers who wish to supply goods and services here.

The go-to point if you wish to get in front of them is to register your business as a supplier through Tenders WA. Tenders WA is used to source all suppliers for government works. 

Occasionally they may use newspapers and websites, however your best bet is to get yourself onto Tenders WA.

Hopefully these insights and resources help you to figure out next steps. It can be a bit daunting navigating the government sites when it comes to procurement so have a dig and don’t hesitate to reach out to them when you have queries. 

Don’t forget to check out our other articles as well. It can’t hurt to brush up on how to choose construction tenders and how to bid on commercial construction tenders either!

As Australia’s leading tender platform, we thought we’d start 2021 by looking back at how the Australian construction industry tendered in 2020.

It’s fair to say that 2020 didn’t pan out as expected. At the start of the year, no one could predict the changes we would eventually make to the way we work, the way we socialise and essentially, the way we live. 

Although a global pandemic threw the mother of all spanners in the works – as a whole, Australia and the Australian construction industry managed to steer a steady ship throughout the year. 

While it’s always great to see a lift in tender numbers, a survey we commissioned mid last year told us that the year wasn’t always smooth sailing.

As we can see in the graph above, tendering dipped and continued to stay low around March – June. However, in the back half of the year where tendering made a strong recovery.

In 2020 we saw an increase in projects added to the noticeboard across all categories. Along with this increase in tendering, we also saw an increase in competitiveness. Compared to 2019, tender panels tended to have more builders.

Anecdotally, we were hearing that market uncertainty was leading to increased competition. Builders were seen to have tendered on jobs that they wouldn’t have usually tendered on in order to sure up a pipeline of work.

If you’re not on already, we’d recommend creating a free EstimateOne account. It’s the best place to access and quote on upcoming construction projects in Australia.

Things move quickly in commercial construction.

While an outsider might claim that a construction site opposite their house is moving at a glacial pace – those who need to be spec’d or spend their days defending their spec know that things move quickly. 

We’ve been lucky enough to talk to a range of characters in the construction industry over the last 10 years. One thing that’s been constant is the need for timely and accurate information.

That’s why we’ve launched our Consultant Details add-on. We give all the information a company who lives and dies by the spec could need. 

So how does it work?

Let’s say I supply CCTV cameras. One thing that would be part of my daily routine would be to type “CCTV” and a few different brand names into the EstimateOne search bar. This will search all the documents on EstimateOne for any mention of this phrase. 

The search isn’t just limited to products and brands. You can also try searching niche trades, materials, or even a competitor’s brand name. 

The list you’ll be shown is a list of all the projects that have architectural documents that contain the keyword you searched for. 

You can drill down into a project and check out the architects, engineers and the tendering builders. 

Each architect, engineer and builder have their own profile with all the jobs they’ve worked on. Currently our Consultant Details Directory has over 6,000 architect and engineer profiles.

Let’s say you were keen to see the potential work you could do with an architect. Head to their profile, type in some key words – be it your brand, product or a competitors brand – and we’ll give you a list of all the projects that the architect is involved in with those keywords. 

The Consultant Details add on is something we’ve worked on with the soul purpose on helping your sales and promotions team thrive. So if this sounds like the kind of info you and your team need – book a demo with us today.

Book a demo and consult with Omar Alcharid on 0480 036 891 to see if this could help your business. 

We’ve all heard it a thousand times before — “technology is turning us into the anti-social generation”.

If we were to take all the newspaper column inches dedicated to this topic, we’d be able to re-clad the Eureka Tower and have enough left over to do the Opera House.

Like most opinion articles, these aren’t worth the paper (or pixels) they’re on. While we might not mingle with strangers on the bus anymore (which is probably a good thing), tech has given us the opportunity to reach out to thousands of previously unknown people.

But what does this all have to do with the construction industry?

There is no denying that construction is a game of relationships. And while saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” might be an oversimplification, being able to get in touch with the right people will get you moving in the right direction.

There are three ways you should be using tech to make sure you are both getting in front of the right people and have enough time to build a working relationship with them —

— Networking, prioritisation and automation (don’t worry — it’s a hell of a lot easier than it sounds).

1) Networking:

Getting in touch with new leads is no longer as laborious as jotting down names into a little black book from the tenders section of a newspaper. There’s also no more need to sleuth around multiple sources to work out who all the tendering builders are on a job.

And while you can now access all these details so easily, so can everyone else. If you’re calling into the builder cold, you are missing out on a great opportunity to get a head start on building that working relationship.

Every builder is online in some form or another these days. And it’s not just a matter of jumping on the EstimateOne address book and jotting down a few names or numbers. Try a couple of these tricks to get your networking to the next level:

  • Before you call to enquire about a project, note the estimators name and have a quick look on their LinkedIn. Estimators are notorious for being on the move a bit, you might just find a couple of mutual connections from jobs you’ve worked on in the past.
  • Have a squiz at the builders listing in the EstimateOne address book and see what other jobs they are working on. If there’s more than one you can help them out with, let them know you’re keen.
  • If you’re on a paid plan, have a look at some of the jobs they’ve won recently — a nice congratulations can go a long way, and they might even need your help to get it built!
  • Jump to their website. Many of the websites have a “News” or “About” section where you can mine heaps of useful information to drop in conversation.

There is a wealth of knowledge that is so easily accessible. Taking the time to find this knowledge can be worth its weight in gold.

Knowledge is power, and we all know people love it when you take the time to talk about them.

2) Prioritisation:

With all these new contacts comes an influx of invitations to put in a quote. But how do you work out the ones that are actually worth your time?

No one’s getting paid to put in a quote — so it’s important that you’re only quoting the jobs that will most likely to lead to a pay day.

In the marketing world there’s a thing known as lead scoring — putting a number against a lead so you know where to direct your efforts. This kind of system is perfect for many construction businesses.

All you need to do is work out and then codify how important aspects of a job are for you. For example if I was a supplier of glass, I’d be looking to see if my product was spec’d, if I had a prior relationship with the builder and how much of the product I could actually supply.

Then you need to put a percentage rating against those criteria to dictate how important they are. So say:

  • Product Spec’d = 45%
  • Relationship with the builder = 30%
  • Product amount = 25%

Next, put a score between 1–10 for each of the criteria against the job. You just need to multiply your score with the percentage you assigned to it, then add them all up. You can see from the example below that I should be prioritising the St Kilda Trophy Cabinet job:

To get started, Google ‘lead scoring template’ — there are plenty of free options out there you could be taking advantage of.

Once you’ve got yourself into this kind of mindset, you can also start actively searching for jobs that will give you a high lead score.

Tools like EstimateOne’s spec search allow you to find jobs where you can put a 10 next to “product spec’d” straight away by only showing jobs where your product has actually been specified.

3) Automation:

Automation seems to be one of those buzz words floating around at the moment that you just can’t shake.

It tends to conjure up images of computer experts writing 1000’s of lines of code just so they can get their time sheets to fill themselves out.

The reality is that you’re probably taking advantage of a few automation techniques in your day to day already. You might have a direct debit set up for your phone bill, or have a recurring slot in your calendar for meetings with a colleague.

If you’re utilising the EstimateOne Watchlist, you are already automating notifications about projects so you don’t need to constantly keep checking on them.

What other day to day tasks you’re doing repeatedly that a computer could be doing for you? Think of doing things like:

  • Set up google alerts for keywords that are of interest to your business (your products, your competitors, builders you have relationships with) so you can be alerted every time it’s written about.
  • Create a digital signature so you don’t need to print, sign, scan, send every time.
  • If your company uses Google sheets or Google docs to collaborate, ensure you’ve got notifications turned on so you don’t miss anything important.

While ‘automation’ does sound intimidating, it really is a matter of working out what you are doing too much of, and finding out if there’s a way a computer could be doing it for you.

And the more you automate the tedious, the more time you have to build those relationships and ultimately, the more time you can be working on winning work.

And if you’re looking for your next construction job right now, see how we can help here.