We, as a company, try to make sure our blog isn’t too self-promotional, too much about us. But every so often there’s something big enough that it crosses the line into relevance beyond being about just iSqFt. This is one of those.
First let me explain, since this is my first blog post here, that I’m the Product Manager for the general contractor experience. It’s my job to understand what my customers–GCs–want from an online application like ours, and figure out a way to make it happen. So that’s my perspective, and it’s uniquely focused on the needs of my GC customers.
The world of commercial construction is unlike any other industry, with its own challenges. One of the biggest challenges is finding the right people for the job, and that’s something iSqFt has been working on improving with some pretty nifty new tools. Well, two are new. The other one is still nifty though.
1. Online bidder selection
Let’s start with the feature we’ve had for a while. It may not be new, but it’s still revolutionary.
Every general contractor has a database of subcontractors and vendors it has relationships with–people and companies they’ve worked with before. But what if the GC can’t get the coverage it needs, or it’s a new market, or there’s a specialty trade not done by any of the subs they know? Or, and this is likely to happen more as activity in construction increases, what if not enough subs bid because they’re all busy? This is where iSqFt comes in.
We have hundreds of thousands of registered users, from all across the country. When our GCs go to invite bidders by trade, they can invite bidders from the list of vendors they have relationships with, but they can also select bidders from iSqFt’s database, helping to fill any coverage gaps and get the right people for the jobs.
2. Submit to iSqFt Plan Room
When you have a private project you want to get a little more attention for, there are a few ways to do that. You can invite bidders you have relationships with, and even explore new ones through iSqFt–always a good thought. But what if you could make that private job a bit more public by posting it on iSqFt for everyone to see?
And then–and this is where things get really cool–what if you could track the level of interest of those looking at the project and invite bids from those who have interacted with the project the most?
All of this functionality is a part of the new Submit to iSqFt Plan Room feature, and I think you’re really going to like it.
3. Project Plan Room
Last one, I promise. Projects created on iSqFt aren’t stuck in iSqFt. We’ve created a simple way to display your bidding projects on both iSqFt and your company’s website. This means that any visitor to your website will be able to view your projects and all details and documents, no iSqFt account required.
And hey, if you’re tired of reading but you want to learn more, I explain more about this feature here, in an explanatory video. (Popcorn not included.)
These days, everyone needs a competitive edge. iSqFt has been hard at work, serving up features and capabilities you won’t find anywhere else, and giving you some pretty important advantages. I’ve listed three of those advantages here, all of which are designed to help you get the word out about your projects, but this really is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
If you’re already an iSqFt customer, and you’d like to learn more, call your Account Manager or just call 800-364-2059800-364-2059. If you’re not yet an iSqFt customer, we should talk about that too.
About Tom Switzer
Tom began his work with iSqFt in 2005, helping GCs begin using the platform and offering support and training. In 2007, Tom was chosen to be the dedicated Product Manager for the general contractor experience. Since then, Tom has worked with thousands of iSqFt users, keeping his finger on the pulse of his customers’ needs, and helping him create new and innovative tools that help them work more efficiently.
 Uniquely focused, but not exclusively. Every day I work with two other Product Managers and people throughout the industry to balance the needs of all of our customers.
 Yeah, our Marketing Department made me put that in here, but it’s still a good idea.