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17th October 2016
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  

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Last week's survey results...

How long, on average do you normally wait for an answer to a quote?:
  • I used to follow up after all quotes but found that I would typically get the job
    within a week or so of quoting them and the ones that were follow ups,
    generally were tyre kicking. I dont often follow up anymore.... 
  • We usually wait a good year or so as we have found that very rarely customers
    will randomly call up and say that they'd like to go ahead with a job you
    quoted 8 months ago. We do however, move jobs that have passed a 1-2 month
    window into a area which is classified as jobs/quotes that are 99% dead,
    but you never know.
  • Brian, - Good question - may I suggest the old adage - he/she who "waits" is lost!
    I learnt many years ago IF the quote is qualified and I am going to submit
    the quote then it is MY responsibility follow it up. i.e. only quote
    project we really want in the first place. With that being the case we
    would only submit say 50% of the projects we had been offered preferring to
    refer projects not in our best interest to friends who suited their type of
    work. Then responding typically in an appropriate to time frame depending
    on circumstances, size of quote or the like. Therefore in some cases in 24
    - 48 hours I would call and just ask " Hey I sent though the quote, are 
    there any areas needing clarification or explanation. We know quotes are
    often open to differing views and methodologies and we like to ensure our
    clients have all the facts they need." Funny thing is more often that not
    the reply would be, we don't have any others submitted their quotes yet. A
    chat develops which can often build trust and YES, typically the client
    would give you the order - like they say " the early bird gets the worm"
    and importantly increasing the ratio of projects we really want while
    passing on those we don't. If you have ever heard my "FHT" seminar it is
    really all about doing the work you choose from the customers you best
    profile to suit your business.
    (John, Controlzone)
  • Sometimes we get immediate notice and some customer can take up to 3 month
    - on all our quotes its stated that the price is only valid for 30 days -
  • Basic Signs (ie. 900x600mm flat or decals on 2 car doors) quote during enquiry or
    within an hour. Fabricated with neon/LED, top-of-building, crane install,
    with possible engineering requirements 2-3 weeks, but the client is
    informed (and usually expects) it to take time to work out.
  • 6 hours 
  • Depending on the complexity of the project, from a few hours to a few days.
    However, I will call for up to three quotes for a large project but may
    proceed early if an acceptable price has been reached with a prompt
    supplier. Sometimes I think the willingness to provide a prompt quote
    translates to a production team that is interested getting the job done
    quickly too.
    (Michael, Test Lab Software) 

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(Sorry, this is a repeat of last week's)

New Mexico Chilli Cook-off
This is an actual account as relayed to paramedics at a chilli cook-off in New Mexico.    
If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better.
For those of you who have lived in New Mexico, you know how true this is.
They actually have a Chilli Cook-off about the time Halloween comes around.
It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Santa Fe Plaza. Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chilli taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.
Frank: "Recently, I was honoured to be selected as a judge at a chilli cook-off.
The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in.
I was assured by the other two judges ( Native New Mexicans ) that the chilli wouldn't be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge #3"

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick. 
Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavour.  Very mild. 
Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out.
I hope that's the worst one. 
These New Mexicans are crazy.

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang. 
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavour, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. 
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children.
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain.
I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre. 
They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chilli Great kick. 
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of peppers. 
Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA.  I've located a uranium spill.  My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. The Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting sh*t-faced from all of the beer.

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chilli with almost no spice. Disappointing. 
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chilli. 
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? 
Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills.
This 300 lb. woman is starting to look HOT. 
Just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chilli an aphrodisiac?

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chilli. Jalapeno peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive. 
Judge # 2 -- Chilli using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the jalapeno peppers make a strong statement. 
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes.
I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics.
The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chilli had given me brain damage.
Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.
I wonder if I'm burning my lips off.
It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.

Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chilli. Good balance of spices and peppers. 
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic. Superb. 
Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulphuric flames.
I crapped myself when I farted, and I'm worried it will eat through the chair.
No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally.
Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chilli with too much reliance on canned peppers. 
Judge # 2 -- Oh hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chilli peppers at the last moment.
**I should take note that I am worried about Judge #3. 
He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably. 
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing.
I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water.
My shirt is covered with chilli, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth.
My pants are full of lava to match my shirt.
At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me.
I've decided to stop breathing. It's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway.
If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chilli. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. 
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chilli. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chilli pot down on top of himself.
Not sure if he's going to make it.
Poor fella, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chilli?
Judge # 3 -- No report

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