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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted: February 6, 2014 in Carports
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The word efficiency is defined on as:  “Accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort”.  To be efficient with metal carport installation or steel garage building, it is important to work together as a team and communicate well.  Business efficiency would also involve having and maintaining a well-functioning, comprehensive website that provides the customer the tools necessary in order to find what structure they want and have it built for them, without wasting precious time.  This is where GPB, Inc. comes in as a family-owned and operated business with the experience to get the job done…efficiently.

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Posted: January 30, 2014 in Company
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I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions; I think a person can set a goal, make up their mind and achieve it.  With that in mind, it is my goal to write more as of this date regarding our metal carports blog. Some potential goals of a business owner could include becoming familiar with your product, to get down in the trenches with employees, care about people and have a good work ethic.   This is the start of 2014 and there will perhaps be changes this year that some people did not see coming but we can all set and achieve goals that make our business better!

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There is a demand for German products which stay true to form and close to home. Despite what we hear from China regarding the steel industry, now we hear something from Germany and the steel industry, as one steel plant shows.

“…Beams and uprights being coaxed into form from steel coils, passing through automated metal forming and punching systems before being maneuvered by robot…” read more here.

The plant is impressive, with beams and uprights being coaxed into form from steel coils, passing through automated metal forming and punching systems.

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When in the business for a steel structure, it pays to be updated on the latest information. One way to do this is with RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, which deliver to you.

An RSS feed you may find helpful is Steel fabrication industry news (International sheet steel & metal industry news and fabrication sector reports).

An example of staying in touch with the steel industry is highlighted by the article in this Reuters steel and metal Update: “Japan’s third-biggest steel maker, and its Taiwanese partner China Steel Corp said they plan to form a joint venture to produce steel plate in Vietnam.”

As you can see, keeping up on steel industry news means you are a more educated consumer and you can therefore make better choices regarding your steel product of choice.

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What should a company testimonials page say? Do you read company testimonials? To me, this is as important as the “about us” page on a business website.

If a company wants you know know about their background and their products, their overall reputation, would you now want to go back and talk to their previous customers?

Your customer reviews, or testimonials, should be placed or linked to your home page.  Maybe a few could be lead from or teased from your home page.  Then potential customers could be drawn to a specific testimonials page where they could read honest reviews.

A testimonial page is a nice way to let the potential customer see what the previous customer had to say. It lets a shopper feel at ease when they see that other buyers felt comfortable with their experience. Some may say they liked shopping on a particular website due to its ease of use and that may be a good thing to add to a testimonials page. Others may say they liked the company for their product, support team, staff, or any number of reasons.

Testimonials are effective because they lay things out honestly so that potential customers can read what previous customers have to say, then determine whether or not they like what those previous customers wrote. Many potential customers base decisions on what previous customers have to say. Some, however, do not. It is a matter of personal opinion, as with much on the web. But testimonial pages allow choices and they show opinion and thoughts – feedback. These are important things in business today.

Testimonial pages should be kept honest, unbiased and succinct. In other words, they should not go on and on in a rave review about a company and they should not slam a company. Testimonials should be honest and tell what a customer really thinks.

Before a review or testimonial is placed online, it should be tastefully edited as to content and then overviewed, possibly by a non-biased outside or third-party entity. If such a third-party does not exist, consider asking a person who has no interest in what is written one way or another to organize the content and make sure there is not too much in any one testimonial (not too much content in person “a” or “b’s” statement). That way each testimonial is fair and unbiased. It is not too difficult to do and any size company with shopper or customer feedback can begin to build a testimonial feedback to be proud of.

TIP: Try not to get too over-the-top or obsessive about your customer testimonials; it may become habitual to check on the page or see what shoppers are saying. Try to keep a level head. If you are a good business person, you will have good shoppers in your business and they will say good things about your company – no worries here.

In a nutshell, testimonial pages can be an asset to a company. They can be tasteful, honest, and tell a true tale of a good business. Build a good testimonial you can be proud of for a long time to come.

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There is a need for security guardhouses more and more in today’s society. More companies, commercial locations and industries are in need of guardhouses and security buildings for their locations.

News reports have told of violence on school grounds and school campuses that make us all wonder about security in general. Secure check-points and armed security guards are becoming more common place. Secure parking lots and cameras are popping up everywhere. The use of security buildings and security in general is reaching a much higher level than before.

Individuals and companies looking for information on how security buildings are designed to suit their needs need to know how to have a secure structure that will have the best design and the best features for their them. It is important to find a company that knows the needs of the shopper and how best to help.

Make sure you get the specifics answered (Purchase Order questions, etc.) There could be requirements in your area and you want to know about all of these things in advance. For a good experience, a shopper should feel free to ask a salesperson plenty of questions. If you by chance forgot to ask anything, email or call back and ask again. Your salesperson might be busy but they should be willing and able to help you and be able to answer your questions.

It is always a good idea to do your homework; ask around and see what people in your field have to say. Check into the what you are interested in; find out if it is the right product for you and your business. Consider if the business you are shopping with is the right fit for your company. Asking questions will bring you answers that you will be much more satisfied to know in advance. You may have to do more legwork than you first set out to do, but you may end up with a higher quality product if you do, one that will likely pay off – and pay for itself – in the end.

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The following is information to help you understand more about steel buildings. Before you spend money on a steel building or invest time in going out to look at one in person, you would like to find out as much information as you can. Fact-gathering is smart and it makes sense. Many people have questions regarding steel buildings. With that in mind, here are some common questions that you may have thought of in regard to steel buildings:

  • Can I Install My Own Steel Building Kit? Is It Cheaper To Install A Steel Building Kit Myself?*
  • What Gauge Steel Should My Steel Building Be?
  • Do I Want A Vertical Roof? How Would I Know? What Is The Advantage The Vertical Roof On The Steel Building?
  • Will I Need A Certified Steel Building?
  • How Long Until My Steel Building Is Installed? How Long Does Installation Of A New Steel Building Take?

Strong Steel Buildings: A good, sturdy steel building should last a long time and should not leak. It should do what it was built for, and it should be worth the money that was put into it. It should be strong, well-made, and not take too long to put up. It should look neat and match its surroundings. You would not want to do anything to undermine the structural integrity of a steel building. Again, fact-gathering means you will find a strong steel building and determine which is the most economical structure for you.

Help With Steel Buildings: If you have asked yourself any of these questions and/or others, you may want to visit this steel buildings page. When you look for steel building resources online, you may find information about commercial steel buildings or home garages. Truth be told, you may find what you are looking for or you may not. But in order to get more information, it is important to feel that you can ask questions and get them answered. Many times we may feel we reach a dead end today, which is frustrating of course. We should get the answers that we reach out for, right? Each of us can have a proactive part in that but if you just want to find a steel building online, read on.

Searching For Steel Buildings: So many times, we type in a phrase in a search and we expect to get the page we are looking for in a list. Many times I have typed in a word or two and not gotten what I was looking for. If you can be specific, this helps. Many times, I can narrow a search by using the – symbol to subtract a word I do not want from a search. Let’s say you do not want to include commercial applications in your search (if you are not a business for example) then you may try using the -business and just searching for steel buildings. Try this in your search and see what happens. (i. e. “steel buildings -business”) and search without the quotation marks or parenthesis. Or try the reverse if you are a business and you do not want to include residential applications, so you would minus the home or residence type garage or steel buildings from your query or search. The search results may be something as simple as this and you may find just what you are looking for to reach your desired result. If a steel building company wants to be found, they will do their best to meet the needs of their customer base.

Your Voice: It has been said you should be able to get to what you need on a website by 7 clicks or less. If you cannot find what you want, if you like what you see, if you want more, you have the ability to do something about it. Actually – you should. Contact the website through their ‘contact us’ page. Tell them what you think. If you have questions, let the company know. If you do not prefer to speak to anyone, fill out the form to contact the company directly. Let the company know if they were easy to contact or not. Use the testimonial concept for other steel building shoppers out there. You may not be finished shopping yet, and you may want to ‘bookmark’ the website you shopped on; or you may want to tell someone about a steel building website you saw. You can also go to online rating websites and tell others what you thought of a shopping experience. You have a voice – feel free to use it.


*For the answers to these questions and more right away, please see the tutorial section with steel building FAQs

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