Two New CDCNews Features Let Contractors “Do More” with Proprietary Project Data

(Vero Beach, Fla. – February 8, 2013) — To help its commercial construction users turn warm leads into signed contracts, commercial construction leads provider CDCNews has upgraded its popular Lead Manger™ tool with two new applications — My Data Export™ and Invitation To Bid Pro™. Both features allow for the integration of CDCNews’ data with its users’ own technology and information.

With My Data Export, contractors can easily add proprietary CDCNews project data to their own software systems. A second new application, Invitation To Bid Pro, lets users share CDCNews project data with the subcontractors and suppliers in their own market area — even if those subs and suppliers are not current CDCNews subscribers.

“Our company was built on the principle of open access, and we’ve carried that philosophy through to the creation of our newest features,” said CDCNews President Bill Black. “Ultimately, we want our users to get the job, and that means they need to have all the crucial information for their project estimates before submitting a bid. To better help with this process, we designed our new Lead Manager applications to proactively get the latest, most relevant project data immediately into the hands of everyone who needs it.”

My Data Export offers users the ability to export project data from Lead Manager and import into their own Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools. Project information can automatically be exported from Lead Manager to a user’s FTP site or email account in XML or field delimited formats. Within Project Tracker, My Data Export enables users to initially select projects to export project information manually, then to receive updates automatically on those projects as they occur. All update exports include a link to the project detail in Lead Manager so users can immediately access the most current and up-to-date project data.

“With My Data Export, CDCNews’ users avoid a cumbersome copy-and-paste process to work with the most comprehensive, up-to-date, verified bid information available on local commercial construction projects,” said Black. “This application is specifically designed to enable our users to do more with their leads, without a lot of manual interaction, saving them time and headaches.”

Invitation To Bid Pro enables users to quickly and easily invite subcontractors, suppliers and other vendors to view project details, plans and specifications and to submit bids directly to them. The feature allows subscribed users to import contacts from their own address books, utilize CDCNews’ directory or to access a combination of both. Users can utilize these lists to send personalized email project or personal invitations to view projects or to send Requests for Quotes (RFQs).

Invite recipients do not have to be current CDCNews subscribers to follow through on the email invite. Non-subscribers can gain access to view detailed information for the project they were invited to bid on, as well as all other projects occurring in the same county as the project, for 24 hours after an invitation has been issued.

Invitations sent through Invitation To Bid Pro are branded with a user’s company profile and contact details. A “reply-back” feature is built into the invitations so email recipients can easily and immediately send back an “I Am Interested” or “I Am Not Interested” response.

Black views the Invitation To Bid Pro feature as more than a communications or efficiency tool; he also sees it as a way for CDCNews’ users to grow their market footprint. “By utilizing the CDC directory of contractors, suppliers and vendors, our users can more easily expand into new territories without needing extensive professional networks in place. By simply clicking on specific criteria, users can search our database and receive contact information instantly.”

CDCNews currently offers its Lead Manager tool, including the My Data Export and Invitation To Bid Pro applications, to users in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Black anticipates new markets will become available to users in 2013.

 

About CDCNews

CDCNews (Construction Data Company) is the industry’s leading regional provider of public and private commercial construction leads. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, CDCNews has provided timely, accurate, and detailed commercial construction leads to general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, and manufacturer representatives for more than 35 years. For more information, visit www.cdcnews.com

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