Entries by Dan Podell

The Skilled Worker Shortage

Out of the many homebuilders our team works with, the vast majority call worker shortage their top problem when it comes to delivering projects on budget and on time. As we see the market recover, the greatest problem we face is the trade shortage. Simply put, those who worked in the market prior to the […]

Using Search Terms in Survey Explorer

By Melissa Shipler Whether you are viewing surveys as they come in or for a specified time, Respondent Comments can tell you more of the story. You may want to see if anyone has commented about a specific item. Did you know you can use the Filter section in Survey Explorer to find those specific […]

What’s Your Core Competitive Strategy?

by Mark Hodges, Senior Avid Advisor There’s no one-size-fits-all-markets game plan for builders that want to grow, but guiding principles can offer direction. In his seminal 1980 book, Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, Michael Porter proposed that all companies must compete through one of three core competitive strategic approaches. Be the low-cost […]

How to Create Report Links

By Melissa Shipler Do you ever find yourself running the same report, month after month, quarter after quarter? Are you accessing it from the reports menu and unsure where to go each time? Try using Report Links!  By sending yourself a link, you can be taken directly to your favorite report each time. Here’s how […]

Solving Construction Workflow Pain Points

by Clark Ellis, Senior Avid Advisor Collaboration has become a buzzword in that lots of companies talk about it but few do it right. That’s unfortunate because knowing how to collaborate is critical for today’s builders, as a shrinking labor and management pool forces them to squeeze more productivity from fewer people. Those who do […]

Don’t Fall Victim to “Review Gating” Services

by Paul Cardis Google is now the hammer for those companies wishing to mask their true star ratings in public websites. Google explicitly states that if you are suppressing or gating (filtering) your negative customers away from taking a survey with your company, you can be banned entirely from Google My Business. This threat is […]

A Road Map for Strategic Growth

by Mark Hodges, Senior Avid Advisor I overheard two builders commiserating the other day. It went like this: “This market is really tough. I’m having trouble sleeping.” “Not me. I sleep like a baby.” “Really?” “Yep. I wake up every two hours and cry.” While recently talking with some other builders, I asked each to […]