Closing the Loop- Post Job Continuous Improvement

November 6, 2012

Without a process for reviewing a job after completion, our shops are doomed to make the same mistakes the next time…

Does your shop have a regular interdepartmental post job review meeting to eliminate issues and drive continuous improvement?

One of the best aspects of social media- blogging and LinkedIn- is the follow up and connections  in response to what is posted.

I continue to be impressed by the quality of the comments and conversations on LinkedIn as a result of my posts.

My recent post regarding quoting- Two Most Important Aspects of Quoting elicited this  comment from Michael Unmann  in the Wire-Net LinkedIn group:

“And how about closing the loop? You need to have a post job review with the estimating dept to make sure the quote was accurate and if it wasn’t why wasn’t it and what will you do next quote so it doesn’t happen again.”

Thank you Michael, we couldn’t agree more.

Does YOUR SHOP have an interdepartmental  post job review process to address issues with the process and improve it going forward?

Is it real or just proforma?

What are the best lessons you have learned from your post job review debriefing?

Thanks again to Michael Unmann for taking the conversation to the next level.

Thanks to Potomac Testing for the photo of an interdepartmental meeting.

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Putting A Blog Into Your Marketing Plan Free Webinar!

September 10, 2012

PMPA is teaming up with Sonnhalter, the leading B2B agency behind Tradesmen Insights Blog to offer you a free webinar on the “why” and “how” to blog.

Join us on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. EDT for the free one-hour webinar.

You can register here PMPA FREE BLOGGING WEBINAR.

We have seen the value of blogging and want to help you capture this too.

Free Webinar: Should a Blog Be a Part of Your Marketing Plan?

  • Blogging can be a valuable marketing tool that gives your organization a way to prove its expertise.
  • Blogging can help you standout as an expert in your area of expertise.
  • Blogging can help you be found by search engines.

In order to tap into the values that blogs offer, manufacturers need to ask themselves certain questions and make several decisions before their blog goes live.

This webinar will help participants explore the idea of blogging  to help find out if a blog should be a part of their marketing plans- and we will review what all is involved in starting one.

We are certain that this free introduction to the world of blogging will help you put the fear behind you and help start you on the path to greater engagement online with your market.

Please join us on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. EDT for the free one-hour webinar.

You can register here PMPA FREE BLOGGING WEBINAR.

When: Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m.

What: Free webinar about company blogs for manufacturers

                The webinar covers:

  • What blogs are
  • Pros and cons of starting a blog
  • Which questions to answer before starting a company blog
  • What is involved in starting a blog
  • Some steps to take to get started

You can register here PMPA FREE BLOGGING WEBINAR.

Hope to catch you on the 25th!

 Great photo

 


Why Haven’t You Started Your Blog?

July 12, 2012

I can give you 271,574 reasons why you probably ought to make it a priority.

Sorry for the moire pattern, but how about those views?

That is the number of views to posts this blog all time since we went live in the summer of 2010.

You are missing hundreds of thousands of opportunities to connect with people who are looking for what you can provide if you don’t blog about how you can help them.

Need more reasons?

Over 240,000 potential viewers get to see our blog name and title 3 times a week on the various linked groups to which I and my colleague belong. We post our blog to our linked in groups each day if it is appropriate to that group.

Even if the group members don’t click through, just seeing the title of the post and our blog name raises our visibilty and gets our idea (the title!) out.

You could be doing this too.

Yes it’s a commitment. Anything worth doing requires a commitment. But the numbers show that we have had a lot of interest in what we have chosen to post.

271,754 interests to be precise.

You could generate similar interest, I’m sure.

So here’s a gentle post from my mentor and friend, John Sonnhalter,  to help you see that this “Blog Thing” is doable-  and worthwhile.

Afraid of starting your blog?

John’s blog Tradesmens Insights  covers the business to business and business to tradesman market sectors.

At PMPASpeakingofprecision.com we try to publish three posts a week. We don’t seem to have a problem finding original content to write about- if you count publishing standard industry information or lessons we’ve learned along the way as ‘original content.’

But the proof is in the pudding, as my grandmother used to say, and 271, 574 servings say our pudding is worth the time.

Proof is in the pudding!

I’ll bet yours is too.

PS, If 271,574 views isn’t good enough, how about having over 100 items show up on Google page 1?

Want to talk about this further? Leave a comment and we’ll connect.

Pudding courtesy of Stephanie Meyer at Fresh Tart Blog. thanks Stephanie!