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I'm curious,
Does anyone here in the Trade do any or get any business online?
Ever use any RFP or Sales Lead Services?
(Submit requests for Bids on Services or Materials etc.) Anyone ever get any calls for work or estimates?

I'm just curious what the web is doing for you.

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I do much e-mail biz. Especially popular with out of state customers. The on-line catalogs save a lot of trees too!

When i finally get around to a site, i'm sure it will follow suit.

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Sparky,

Do I take it that it's not trade related?

Are you that Viagra Guy? [Linked Image]

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Bill that was funny, viagra.

Word of mouth is the only thing that worked for me. If you want to go international maybe the web is the place to go?

Other than that, just do a good job so you avoid recalls. If they have to call you back they will lkely disrespect you. If that happens, it has to me in my younger daze.

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Resistor,

I'm wondering how many use it to advertise their business locally or go online for leads, buying supplies etc.
The web can be very effective for local advertising if people decide to use it for that. Look at the Fax machine! One of it's biggest uses around here is for placing lunch orders at the local Deli!

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We place material orders over the net, and e-mail everything we can rather than send it by FAX or snail mail. It saves quite a bit of Fedex $ when you can exchange blueprints in Autocad files rather than paper, and it's instant!

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electure,

Do you ever submit a list of materials to get the best price? Or do you just deal with the same suppliers?

Do you print out the blueprints (Big stuff) or have it done at the printers? Awhile back we were trying to figure out a good program to use for this that would understand the most different formats.

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There are lots of on-line suppliers, i do submit parts lists for quotes e-mail, it's great! [Linked Image]
I do prints, but nothing fancy, fancy programs take time to learn or at least for me they do The prob is that the recieving end must be up on this also....
So far no Viagra sales, but an on-line pixwould be fun to send to those suppliers who have trouble keeping up thier end of the deal [Linked Image]

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Sparky,

Do you submit your lists to individual suppliers or to a common service like we have here?
Do you only deal with local suppliers?

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I do almost all CAD distribution / receiving on-line, via E-Mail attachments, or secure server sites upload/downloads.

Still mail out Blackline hard copies of finish plots [typical distribution to PMs, client's sites, plancheck and Contractors], but of course, these are [hopefully [Linked Image]] the working sets. As-Builts are mostly Blackline copies of finished set vellums I plot, and only 2 contacts receive CAD files plus Blackline sets. The CAD sets get E-Mailed [until I FINALLY buy a CD burner!].
Blacklines vs Bluelines is just a personal preference.
Of course, I send the typical request for CAD set to the Architect[s] for As-Builts, as would for any other project.

I like the E-Mail/online CAD file transfers, since it's much simpler to obtain revision baseplans and such this way - plus Cc'ing RFIs with CAD file attached to multi vendors, or suppliers, is great!

Outside the EE aspect, transferring information between the GC's office and me via E-Mail attachments has great benifits. This way we can retain application formats, which eliminates redundant manual data entry!

Our largest Client wants all their GC's to create password protected websites for each project, which is multi vendor/supplier/consultant/architect/engineer/contractor/platform usable [thru passwords].
It's for project status [photos being used with text] and the usual RFI/SK revisions, 10,000 questions all in a common area.
This, of course, is my project for our company.
Question: Who do I send a request for a 9 day week, 42 hour day, in place of the current 24/7 format??? [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

So, I guess this might fit the subject to some degree.

Any suggestions for applications to view/print CAD files [plans] as Bill mentioned???

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