Manufacturers

Chinese Manufacturing Moving to the US – More Competition or More Opportunity?

  A reversal of fortunes for the US economy over the Christmas holidays: Chinese manufacturing billionaire Cao Dewang publicly declared that he would be moving operations from China into the US. This would be interesting in and of itself, but the reasoning behind the move is the true attention grab. Dewang is actually moving to the US …

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When Selling Building Products, Opt for Simple

Lessons Learned from the 2016 ISC West Show   As building products marketers, are we overcomplicating things? Do we consult with people down the channel—including customers and even our own sales teams—to make sure we are delivering the best information in ways that are easy to consume? Most importantly, who can we look to for …

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IBS 2016: Innovation Starts at the End of the Channel

Why I’m Demanding a Disruption in Building Products Development   It seems like every meeting I have been in over the last few months has the same common theme. When asking any building materials manufacturer what they want to be famous for, the one word I hear over and over is “innovation,” or being an …

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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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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 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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