11 Holiday Gifts for Construction Workers

There’s so much pressure over the holidays to give gifts that are both thoughtful and actually useful. That’s why we’ve made it easy to shop for your favorite construction worker by putting together 11 holiday gifts for construction workers. Continue reading “11 Holiday Gifts for Construction Workers”

13 Tips for Avoiding Scams when Buying Online

As the leading online marketplace for buying and selling heavy machinery, Equipment Trader understands just how useful the Internet can be in finding your next piece of construction, agriculture, or lifting equipment. However, it is essential that online shoppers always be on the lookout for scams. Spikes in scams occur around the holidays in retail, and at the beginning and peak of the busy season in heavy machinery – but scams can happen all year round. Because we always want our customers to be safe, we’ve put together a list of 13 tips for avoiding scams when buying online. Continue reading “13 Tips for Avoiding Scams when Buying Online”

9 Things to Look for When Buying a Construction Drone

Drones are revolutionizing the construction industry, helping building firms cut costs, save time, minimize risks, ensure accuracy, improve communication, and work more efficiently. In fact, drones can improve construction at every phase of the project lifecycle, from preconstruction mapping to worksite inspections to promotional photography1. The rapid growth of drones in construction – a spike of 239% from 2017 to 20182 – means that building companies and equipment managers need to know what to consider when making a drone purchase. That’s why we’re breaking down 9 things to look for when buying a construction drone Continue reading “9 Things to Look for When Buying a Construction Drone”

8 Ways Drones Are Changing Construction

Drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, are now prominently featured across a number of professional fields. Today, delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances1, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and ag-drones engage in precision farming2. More than any other industry, however, drones are being put to use on construction worksites, with drone use surging by 239% from 2017 to 20183. Infrastructure work now makes up 35.5% of professional drone-use, far ahead of the next two biggest drone-using industries, agriculture (25.5%) and transportation (10.2%)4.

Typically operated by project managers, technology managers, and superintendents, construction drones have many functions, as they can be used in every phase of the project lifecycle3. Equipped with GPS technology, as well as cameras and sensors that can capture images, video, thermal readings, and infrared data, drones can help improve project conceptualization, planning, measurement, building, management, reporting, monitoring, inspection, safety, security, and even marketing. Drones are revolutionizing construction at a breakneck pace, which is why today we’re breaking down 8 Ways Drones are Changing Construction Continue reading “8 Ways Drones Are Changing Construction”

6 Tips for Owning & Operating an Ag Drone

Drones are quickly revolutionizing agriculture, effectively taking photographs, tracking field health and irrigation, and engaging in precision seed planting and crop spraying. If you don’t yet have an ag drone, there’s a good chance you might in the future. We’ve previously outlined why ag drones are becoming a major farming tool, as well as what to consider when buying an ag drone. But while it’s great to know the benefits and what to look for when making a purchase, none of that does you any good if you don’t know how to use and maintain the drone once you have one. So today we’re breaking down a few important tips and best practices for owning and operating an ag drone:  Continue reading “6 Tips for Owning & Operating an Ag Drone”

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Evaluating Email Campaign Success

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence

In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime — or at least, spending very few dimes!

It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 2 of our Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Grow Social Media Influence!! Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence”

Construction’s Explosive, Trillion-Dollar Growth Potential

“Construction is one of the least digitized industries…”

That’s according to Michael Wholey, an intelligence analyst for CB Insights, a firm that specializes in machine learning. Speaking to Curbed.com, Wholey describes how “many startups are seizing the opportunity to build technology that would increase efficiency within this market… As a result, funding and deal activity in the construction technology space has been increasing steadily over the past few years.” In fact, CB Insights estimates that $1.4 billion has already been invested in the global industry in 2018 alone! That’s an eye-popping number, so today we’re examining the explosive growth potential in the construction industry!! Continue reading “Construction’s Explosive, Trillion-Dollar Growth Potential”

8 Things to Consider When Buying an Ag Drone

It’s very likely that you’ve noticed that drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, have become major tools across a number of industries. Today, construction drones survey and map job sites, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances. And now drones are even found on our agricultural farms!

Ag drones not only capture photographs, but can also use sensors to track factors like crop health, the presence of insects, and irrigation levels. Some ag pros even use drones to engage in “precision farming,” where the drones accurately and efficiently plant seeds and spray crops, saving time and money, and reducing waste. The global market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is already estimated to be at $32.4 billion, with 74% of U.S. farmers currently using or considering adopting drone technology to assess, monitor, and manage their farms.

The growing popularity of ag drones is why Equipment Trader has now opened up our online marketplace to include drones as an option for buying and selling. We’re so excited that today on our blog, we’re reviewing 8 things to consider when buying an ag drone!! Continue reading “8 Things to Consider When Buying an Ag Drone”

Ag Drones Become a Major Tool for Farmers

It’s very likely you’ve noticed that drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, have become major tools across a number of industries. Today, construction drones survey and map job sites, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances. And now drones are even found on our agricultural farms!

The global market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is already estimated to be at $32.4 billion, while 74% of U.S. farmers are currently using or considering adopting drone technology to assess, monitor, and manage their farms. The growing popularity of ag drones is why Equipment Trader has now opened up our online marketplace to include drones as an option for buying and selling, and why today on our blog we’re quickly breaking down how ag drones have become a major tool for farmers!! Continue reading “Ag Drones Become a Major Tool for Farmers”

Technology Trends: How to Get Employees to Buy-In

Whether it be social media, websites, or online listings, there is a plethora of ways that dealerships can use technology nowadays to elevate their business to the next level. Is your dealership taking advantage of technology to run a more efficient and ultimately successful business?

Welcome to Part 2 of our commercial dealership Technology Trends blog series produced through a partnership between Commercial Web Services, Commercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers.

To that end, we’ve previously discussed how to take advantage of helpful technology available to commercial dealerships (you can read that post HERE). Today we’re talking about how to get dealership employees to buy-in to new technology solutions!! Continue reading “Technology Trends: How to Get Employees to Buy-In”