Manufacturers

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

By Renae Gonner / March 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

  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

By Renae Gonner / April 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

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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Lessons From The Builders' Show

By Renae Gonner / February 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

An Open Letter To Trade Show Exhibitors Dear Friends, According to the Convention Industry Council, trade shows added more than $280 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, drawing more than 225 million participants. That’s a staggering set of figures and it underscores the importance these shows play. As marketers, we all know exhibiting at…

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IBS 2016: Innovation Starts at the End of the Channel

By Renae Gonner / February 4, 2016 / 0 Comments

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

By Renae Gonner / January 28, 2016 / 0 Comments

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)

By Renae Gonner / January 27, 2016 / 0 Comments

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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10 Trade Show Tips That Speak for Themselves

By Renae Gonner / December 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

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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Say It With a Whisper

By Renae Gonner / December 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

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

By Renae Gonner / December 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

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)

By Renae Gonner / September 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

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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