Construction Trends

10 IBS Insights You Need to Know (Part 2/2)

Part Two: 5 Design Trends from IBS 2016   Every year, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the best place for marketers to keep a finger on the pulse of where the building products industry is going. The ER Marketing team and I attended this year, and we were able to learn everything from the…

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10 IBS Insights You Need to Know (Part 1/2)

Part One: 5 Building Products Marketing Lessons from IBS 2016   This year, several members of the ER Marketing team and I attended the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS) and KBIS in Las Vegas, NV. As anyone who has ever attended can attest to, this is a big event that can be overwhelming. We’re not…

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Say It With a Whisper

What the 2016 Color Forecast Means for Building Industry Marketers Guest Contributor: Stephanie Voss, Art Director My favorite bedtime story to read to my daughter is about a whispering rabbit who has to make a very quiet noise to wake up a bumblebee. Because bumblebees, of course, are small creatures that do not pay attention…

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6 of My Favorite Building Products Manufacturer Apps

Are You Using All the Sales Tools Available to You?   As of July 2015, there are 1.6 million Google Play apps, 1.5 million Apple App Store apps, and 400,000 Amazon App Store apps*. The building products industry is beginning to take notice of this phenomenon with apps of their own—apps that can be used…

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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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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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Is Housing Really Back?

Why That Question Might Be More Complicated Than You Think   As anyone who works in building products can attest, this is not an industry for the weak of heart. The last few years have required everyone—from the manufacturers to the distributors to the dealers to the pros—to weather a lot of ups and downs.…

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Renovation ROI = Marketing ROI

The top home renovation values for marketers to capitalize on in 2015. As building products marketers, it’s easy to get swept up in the features and benefits—or even just the aesthetics—of a new product. Beauty shots, clever copy and more all combine together to market a new product. But it’s important to remember the financial…

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The Next Big Trend for Building Products Marketing

…And How It Can Boost Your Sales Having worked in building products marketing for close to 30 years, I’ve seen firsthand how changes in the economy and homeowner mentality can affect trends in the building industry, design, and more. As the economy bounces back and a new generation of homeowners enters the market (and others…

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Using Mobile in the Building Industry and Beyond

Tablets and smartphones enable people to text, send photos, use mobile apps and communicate faster then before. The key to utilizing mobile technology in the building industry is to make sure we have communication flowing; giving the right information to the right people so they make the best decisions on the job. Some stats to consider:…

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