Introducing OHD Anywhere™ Garage Door Opener App

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Imagine the peace of mind and convenience that comes with being able to open or close your garage door from anywhere in the world. We’re excited to introduce Overhead Door’s new smart device enabled garage door controller: OHD Anywhere. Never worry again about giving your garage passcode to anyone. With the use of OHD Anywhere, it’s as simple as opening the app on your smart device.

OHD Anywhere allows users to operate up to three garage doors from any location. The app is compatible with most Android and Apple mobile devices. The ability to monitor your garage from afar is not only convenient, but also safer than traditional monitoring methods. Door-mounted sensors monitor the position of the garage door rather than the operation of a garage door opener. Users will be alerted to any change in position of the garage door even if it’s been disengaged from the opener.

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OHD Anywhereworks through the use of your home Wi-Fi® connection, and can be programmed for use on up to three doors per module (additional sensors are required if you have more than one door). The door module incorporates the low-power SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 wireless MCU from Texas Instruments (TI)* which allows for users to securely operate their garage doors. OHD Anywhere can be used with most garage door openers produced after 1993 (click here to see if your opener is compatible).

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OHD Anywhereoperates via a free app that can be downloaded from your device’s app store (iPhone users click here, and Android users click here for quick access to download).

What would you use your app-controlled garage door for? Comment below and tell us!

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*SimpleLink is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated

 

Part II: Love and Garage Doors- Growing Families and Businesses Since 1921

We’re continuing the love fest with Part II of our Love and Garage Doors series. Meet four more of our amazing distributors in today’s blog. If you missed Love and Garage Doors Part I, read it here http://bit.ly/1WidJgZ!

The McGraws

Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield

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In 1986, Gordon McGraw bought Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield to build a flexible life for his young family. In 2007, when he was ready to retire and enjoy his hobbies, the next generation was ready to step in. His daughters and their husbands, Katie and Chris Schnider and Sara and Paul Burrell, were ready to take on the very successful distributorship that Gordon had built. Katie and Paul took over day-to-day operations, while Chris eventually began to manage the commercial sales department and Sara continued her work in the community as a registered nurse. The group went on to win the Eagle Award from 2012-2014.

We asked them a few of their favorite things about working as Overhead Door Distributors:

“Seeing the impact we’ve been able to achieve in the community, not just from providing and installing garage doors, but helping others in the community. Whether it is through donating to a charitable cause, or donating materials and services for auctions and raffles, we’re blessed and fortunate to be able to give back. It has been as rewarding as any other element of being involved with this business,” said Chris.

“It is always memorable when we get to spend continuing our garage door education at conferences and meetings as well as socializing with other distributors,” said Katie.

Chris said he enjoys the business side of things, “Getting to see the whole picture of running a business. Instead of just one aspect, we get to delve into and make decisions regarding every part of our livelihood,” he explained.

The group sees changes toward viewing the garage door as a statement piece as an upcoming trend for their business. Being in a microbrewery capital, many are now showing interest in Full Vision doors. In addition, the group has seen a trend toward proactive safety measures, particularly when it comes to fire doors.

The Ross’s

Overhead Door Company of South Central Texas

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When Jeff Ross lost his job to an organizational restructure almost 15 years ago he had to make a choice:  start working for somebody else or become his own boss. Now, he owns and manages three distributorships along with the help and support of his family.

His wife Lauri, whom he knew growing up, started out in inside sales and evolved to purchasing and inventory control. Mike, Jeff and Lauri’s oldest son, joined the family business almost 12 years ago and has worked in inside sales, estimating and now works as an operations supervisor. Danny, Jeff and Lauri’s youngest son, worked as a door tech while attending college and eventually moved to outside sales, branch manager, and now works in the material handling division of the company. Lauri and Jeff’s daughter-in-law Erica also started working in the business while in college, and now manages the company’s e-commerce and websites.

Owning a distributorship allowed the family to hire on Jeff’s father part-time making sales calls. These led to some of the most cherished memories the family has. Mike and Danny had the opportunity to work along-side and learn from their grandfather, who was very mindful of schedules, arriving early to sales calls and always being prepared.

“A family business is not without its challenges. One of the challenges is to make sure you treat all of your employees as family.  As long as people understand the rules and you treat everyone fairly and with respect, it’s not an issue,” said Jeff.

The Parmelys

Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander

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Chuck and Cynthia Parmely met in 1981, when Cynthia began work as a bookkeeper for Chuck’s dad who owned the distributorship before Chuck and Cynthia took over in 1998. The two were married just six months later on April 3, 1982 and will be spending their 34th wedding anniversary at Overhead Door’s 95th National Ribbon Distributor Meeting!

Chuck has been in the garage door business since he was 10 years old, spending the past 37 years with Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander, “I was born into this business and I love the job,” said Chuck.

Chuck and Cynthia’s daughter, Ashley, followed in her family’s footsteps. This year will mark her tenth year with Overhead Door! “Even though we aren’t all related, it’s like we are all family here. We joke around with each other and the atmosphere is always light, fun and carefree,” said Ashley.

Some of their favorite memories revolve around that family bond with the entire distributorship. Chuck remembers an unexpected gift, the metal art with the Overhead Door logo in the pictures above, that meant a lot to him and Cynthia. The art was given to the couple by the employees at a company Christmas party a few years ago. This bond has transformed the distributorship from a one man shop to a 16-person business that has thrived for the past 37 years.

The Christophersons

Overhead Door Company of Bountiful

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James and Ilona Christopherson were high school sweethearts. They’ve been in the business for 29 years and their son, David, also works as an integral part of the distributorship. This family has worked hard, and due to this hard work they have grown their business in 12 of the last 13 years, a milestone they’re particularly proud of.

“I wouldn’t be here today without my families’ help,” said James.

When asked about some of their favorite personal memories from working as an Overhead Door Distributor, they pointed to the people they have met at the company as well as other distributorships, who have become their friends and people they look up to.

We want to thank these special distributors for taking the time to share their stories with us. We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with all of our wonderful distributors.

Did you enjoy reading our Love and Garage Door series? Comment below and tell us!

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A Walk through the DoorView® Design Center

Selecting a garage door that complements the style of your home can be daunting, especially with so many options to choose from. To help make things easier, Overhead Door offers DoorView®, an online visualization tool that allows you to select various garage door options and see how they will look on your actual home. In today’s post, we walk you through the simple process of using this tool so that you can begin the search for the perfect garage door.

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One of the highlights of the DoorView® Design Center is the ability to upload and alter a photo of your actual home. This allows you to match any of our options, including collection, color and panel design, to your home’s architectural style. If you don’t have a photo of your home to upload, no problem! You can always browse our photo gallery and select a photo with a similar design and garage door opening. If your garage door is visible on Google Maps Street View, you can always pull a photo from there, too. Continue reading

Overhead Door Goes Mobile

We recently launched our mobile website. This new site makes it easier for customers to view product information, images, videos, and call a local distributor on their mobile devices.

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Key features:

• Large Click to Call buttons
• Simplified navigation with large buttons
• Faster loading
• Optimized to fit the mobile screen size; decreasing the need to scroll and zoom

 

Why mobile websites are important?

According to Google, mobile searches have grown by 400% since 2010 and more users are accessing the internet via their mobile devices compared to traditional personal computers. Today, traditional websites are filled with vivid images and videos that look great on a pc monitor but can be slow to download on a mobile device. In contrast, mobile sites take the most pertinent information and deliver it to customers in a compact and quick-loading format.  Mobile websites also make it easier for customers to contact local businesses. In fact, SEO Horizon reports,  “55% of consumers use their mobile device to buy local products/services”.

Other articles to help you learn more about mobile websites:

Test Your Site
Mobile Website vs. Mobile App (Application)

Top Three Residential Garage Door Trends

Keeping up with the latest trends in home building and curb appeal is one of our mostO-RD-Carriage-House1- small important jobs. We want to ensure that the garage doors we craft and sell are going to make an impact on the overall look of your home and bring you as much value as possible if you ever decide to sell your home.

That’s why we continue to develop new residential options to our garage door, garage door opener and accessory lines. Several of our latest additions are based on top homeowner needs. The first is the Battery Back-up garage door opener accessory, which keeps your garage door operating during a power outage. We’ve also enhanced our Durafirm Collection®, Thermacore Collection® and Traditional Steel lines to include panel options and window inserts that meet the demands of today’s homeowners, complement a home’s architecture and increase curb appeal. Continue reading

4 Simple Ways to Improve Communication with Customers

One of the simplest ways to improve customer satisfaction is having your contact information readily available and accurate. Here are 4 simple ways to make sure your customers can always contact you.

1. Make sure every email you send has a signature, even those sent from your cell phone. Signatures should contain pertinent contact information. Spice up your signature with your company’s logo or motto. This is a great way to reinforce your brand hundreds of times a day.

2. Keep your contact information updated on your website

3. Include your website’s URL on all flyers and print advertising

4. Set up general email addresses in addition to personalized ones for your employees. It is a good practice to have general email addresses for specific departments or functions. This ensures that if a person leaves your company, your contact information is not inaccurate.

Sample Email Address

10 Ways to Winterize Your Garage

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The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean your garage has to be as well. Just like other areas of your home, your garage needs regularly scheduled maintenance to match seasonal conditions. Because your garage door is probably the largest entry point to your home, it can be one of the greatest sources of air leaks. As you prepare for months of colder weather, take steps to ensure that both your garage and garage door are ready for the wrath of old man winter.

To make your garage more energy efficient and organized, consider these ten tips for winterizing your garage: Continue reading