The undergraduate degree has undergone a great deal of scrutiny in recent years. Many job experts believe that most degrees that come from traditional liberal arts schools are too generic. Employers are looking for day one skills, and universities/colleges are teaching abstractions that only apply well if they are continued into a Master’s degree or…Read More
Marketing and sales must work as a team in order for your revenues to keep pace with your competition. Just as your sales team has the responsibility of finishing the job on the front lines, your marketing team has the responsibility of making the initial lead acquisition and journey through the sales funnel as…Read More
Guest Contributor: Matt Hillman, Creative Director If you’ve been a building products marketer for long, chances are you’ve worked with “creatives,” those writers and designers—and even developers and programmers—who make the marketing materials that help sell your products. And if you’ve worked with them, that means you’ve likely had to review work and provide…Read More
3 Suggestions for New Grads Guest Contributor: Matt Hillman, Creative Director As I approach a quarter century working in the marketing & advertising field, I’ve begun exercising my hard-earned right to be a curmudgeon. And a recent article in AdWeek offered some interesting reflections on the latest batch of graduates headed out to “conquer”…Read More
4 Steps to Find and Develop “Freds” in Your Organization I recently wrote a blog post on Mark Sanborn’s book, The Fred Factor. While that post focused on explaining what a Fred is (long story short: a passionate employee who delivers an extraordinary customer/client experience) and how to identify one, this blog post will…Read More
4 Lessons Anyone Can Learn from Fred’s Example in Customer Service I was at an event recently and had a chance to visit with different people with varied backgrounds and professional pursuits. Someone asked the group, “are you a Fred?” and maybe more importantly, “do you have any Freds in your organization?” That intrigued…Read More
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…Read More
Lip Service Ain’t Gonna Cut It Last week, my business partner wrote about the changes coming to the building products industry as more and more Millennials step into a new role as homebuyer. It’s important for building products marketers to plan and adapt their marketing accordingly, but it’s equally important to consider how Millennials will…Read More
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