Best of 2018: Top 5 Raken Blogs Worth a Second Read
As 2018 comes to an end, we want to quickly look back and remember a few of our favorite blogs for 2018. We selected the blogs that we feel are worth a second read because they will prepare you for having a successful 2019. The blogs we selected discuss the latest trends in construction technology and give you tips for standing out in the new year.
1. Best Construction Apps of 2019
As we start the new year, it’s a perfect opportunity to reevaluate your construction tech stack to make sure you have the tools to succeed. As we all know, the market is becoming more competitive by the day, and the proper software tools can make or break the difference between winning that next bid or making a positive profit margin on your next project.
Our Best Construction Apps of 2019 blog outlines the apps that we feel should be part of every contractor’s tech stack in 2019. These apps span a variety of workflows including blueprints, safety, daily reporting, and more. We specifically cover mobile apps, instead of desktop-based construction management software, because of recent surge and success of many mobile-based applications on the market. We’ve found that mobile-first apps have a variety of benefits which have resulted in their quick adoption, including: * Ease-of-use * Mobility (can be used in the field) * Voice-to-text functionality * Reminders and notifications * Simple deployment across multiple projects * Intuitive (low training requirements)
Take a look and see which construction software apps you should add in 2019.
2. How to Generate Repeat Business in Construction
Winning new business is one of the hardest things to do in construction. Because of that, it’s critical to make a good impression on your clients so you have a chance to drive repeat business. By generating repeat business, you’re able to continue to generate new revenue even if you’re having trouble finding new clients.
Our blog, How to Generate Repeat Business in Construction, describes how you can use clear, accurate, and timely field reporting to improve client relationships and get repeat business. This blog looks at multiple examples of how the simple act of using daily reporting software helped construction companies find new projects.
For example, Josiah Hepworth from Construction Solutions Company says, "our owners love the effective communication that the daily report offers. I personally love how easy it is for our team to use. The #1 reason I love Raken is the repeat business it helps us generate."
Similarly, one owner reflected on their experience working with Alta Construction because of the daily reporting software they used. "We had a completely different experience with Alta. They sent us Raken daily reports every single day of the project, and the detailed data they provided helped us build trust and stay up-to-date with project updates. We felt like we were on site.”
3. Protecting Yourself from Construction Litigation
This next blog is important to read if you’re curious to learn new ways to protect yourself and your company from litigation. Our blog, Protecting Yourself from Construction Litigation, discussed how daily reporting can save your company millions in future litigation costs.
In 2013, 71% of large companies were spending more than $1 million on construction litigation. And the number one reason for litigation? Failure to administer the contract.
We’ve seen time and time again that the party with the most accurate reporting will win in court. Simply by using a mobile daily reporting solution such as Raken, you can sleep well at night knowing that you’re protecting yourself from future legal trouble.
4. Improving the Lives of Field Workers with Raken
Since this list is of the top blogs that will help you in the competitive construction environment of 2019, it’s important to discuss ways to improve the lives of your field workers.
The happiness of your crew is critical because of the difficulty of finding skilled workers. There continues to be a construction labor shortage, and by providing an efficient, stress-reduced environment, you’ll be able to acquire, engage, and retain workers.
Improving the Lives of Field Workers looks at Sundt Construction and how introducing daily reporting saved their employees time, removed frustration, and made them happier at work. According to Alta Superintendent, Dave Storvis, “As far as time savings, it's better than 50% of my time. The logistics of a daily report are done in five or six clicks. I can then put it down and go out in the field doing what I do best.”
5. Construction Field Management: The Ultimate Guide
An impending trend we see coming in 2019 is a refocus on the field. New mobile technologies are enabling field workers to produce more data with more accuracy than ever before. This enables the field to be more efficient and make better decisions, while also providing the office with live data of the all happenings on their projects. In fact, we think field data collection will be so important in 2019, we dedicated an entire ebook to it: Construction Trends in 2019: Field Data Collection.
Our blog, Construction Field Management: The Ultimate Guide, looks at the roles of project managers, superintendents, and technology in field management. This blog is perfect for those who want to understand the shifts occurring in field management in 2019.
As we wrap up 2018, we love to reflect on all of the amazing feats we’ve helped our clients accomplish. As our content shows, we’re dedicated to being a partner to our customers, and truly help them accomplish their goals in any way we can. If you’re looking for a new partner to help you accomplish your goals in 2019, request a demo to get in touch with our team and learn how we can help.