B2B Vendors

10 Trade Show Tips That Speak for Themselves

Be in the Know Before the Show   When you’ve been in the building products industry for long enough, you learn some valuable lessons about attending a trade show and making the most of your time there. That’s how I know that every year, January marks more than just the start of the new year—it’s…

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What Comes After Sales Enablement?

Take B2B Marketing to the Next Step with In-Person Meetings As building products marketers, it’s amazing to think of the amount of time and energy we spend planning out the perfect marketing tools and strategies. Sales enablement is one such tool that is becoming increasingly prevalent and effective. Done right, sales enablement can provide your…

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Don’t Be Too Cool for “Old School”

Building Products Marketers Should Remember Direct Mail   As B2B building products marketers, it’s hard to resist the allure of the new and shiny. After all, it’s our job to push the envelope, develop new and exciting creative, and experiment with marketing tactics that drive results. But it’s also our job to use tried and…

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2015’s Top 5 Building Product Dealers and Lumberyards to Follow on Pinterest

Stick a Pin in These Ones—You’ll Want to Come Back to Them Later   Just as social media has taken the B2C world by storm, it is already impacting the B2B world—especially in building products marketing, which offers countless content possibilities such as home renovation, inspiration pictures, DIY information, and more. In previous posts (here…

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Building Products Trade Show Tips Roundup!

What You Need to Prepare for This Year’s Trade Shows It’s official: trade show season is in full swing. As someone who attends his fair share of them, I can attest to it. This week, I will be attending the DeckExpo and Remodeling Show, where I will visit booths from many companies in the building…

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2015’s Top 10 Building Product Dealers and Lumberyards to Follow on Twitter (Part 1)

Prepare to Click Follow—A Lot.   You’ll hear a lot of people in the building products industry make the claim that social media isn’t important to their marketing strategies. But the truth is that generational dynamics are shifting, putting Millennials and other social media users in new buying positions. It’s not something that’s coming down…

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Building Products Marketers Need Sales to Survive

Sales and Strategy Go Hand In Hand   What if I told you that all the effort you put into marketing your building products was absolutely useless? What if I told you that no matter how great the creative, how brilliant the strategy, and how alluring the incentive, your approach was doomed to fail? Because…

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Not Ready to Speak? Try Listening.

With Building Products Social Media Marketing, Start by Listening I hear constantly from building product marketers that social media doesn’t apply to their business—that it’s “a B2C thing” or that it’s “for Millennials” and has no use when it comes to generating marketing qualified leads and closing sales. But when someone says this, what they’re…

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I Want B2B Marketers to Talk Dirty

Why Now Is the Time for B2B E-Commerce     There’s a dirty word in the world of B2B marketing. A word that strikes fear in the hearts of B2B marketers and sales people everywhere. It’s a word many are afraid to say, but not me. I’m talking about e-commerce. (See? Told you—not afraid.) Many…

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B2B Marketing: What’s Easy Isn’t Necessarily What’s Right

Is Your Marketing Making Life Easier for You or Your Prospects? There’s a saying that doing the easy thing is not the same as doing the right thing. It’s definitely true for B2B marketers—what’s easy for us to produce might not be what is right for our audience to consume. But we like easy; as children,…

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