As a general contractor using BuildingConnected, there are several things you can do to maximize subcontractor engagement when bidding out your projects, including:
- Adding a company logo to your company’s BuildingConnected account
- Adding a personal headshot to your profile
- Filling out the project “Information” tab
- Utilizing the “Messages” tool
- Providing subcontractors with helpful resources
Adding a company logo to your company’s BuildingConnected account
Adding a company logo will give your company additional credibility and will allow your bid invites to stand out on subcontractors’ Bid Boards. Company logos can be added to your account by clicking on your company name in the menu on the left-hand side then clicking on the “Company Profile” tab.
For a more detailed walkthrough of how to add a company logo, please reference the article, “How to add a logo to your company account.”
Adding a personal headshot to your profile
Adding a personal headshot to your profile will also make your bid invites stand out to subcontractors to help increase response rates. Profile pictures can be added to your account by clicking on your name or picture in the menu on the left-hand side then clicking on the “Profile” tab.
For a more detailed walkthrough of how to add a personal headshot to your profile, please reference the article, “How to update your personal profile on BuildingConnected.”
Filling out the project “Information” tab
When creating your project, we recommend filling out as much as you can about the project in the “Information” tab. The “Information” tab is the first thing subcontractors will see when they receive your invitation to bid, so it is important to include as many details as possible.
Including bid, job walk, and RFI dates, a detailed “description,” and adding a note in the description that bids should be submitted through BuildingConnected will help you receive the highest response rates and maximize the amount of bids that are sent through BuildingConnected.
Below is an example of an “Information” tab that includes the important details mentioned above.
To utilize the “Messages” tool
Once your project is published and subcontractors have been invited to bid, utilizing the “Messages” tool on both the project and bid package level is important to keep communication channels open between your company and the subcontractors invited to bid.
Here are some ways you can utilize the “Messages” tool to increase subcontractor engagement in BuildingConnected:
- Send messages to subcontractors who are “Undecided” to remind them to select “Bidding” or “Not Bidding.”
- Send messages to all bidders within a project or bid package to let them know new drawings have been uploaded, if applicable.
- Send messages to all bidders who have not yet submitted proposals to remind them to submit bids through BuildingConnected.
For a detailed walkthrough of the “Messages” tool, please reference the article, “How general contractors can send messages.”
To provide subcontractors with helpful resources
Some subcontractors may not submit bids through BuildingConnected because they are unfamiliar with how to use the software. If subcontractors you work with are having trouble accessing their account or submitting their bid form, here are some other helpful resources you can send them:
- How to create an account in BuildingConnected from a bid invitation
- Online training: How to submit a bid through BuildingConnected
If subcontractors you work with continue to experience issues or have further questions, please have the subcontractor contact BuildingConnected support so we can directly assist.