Research

Fellow B2B Marketers, We Have a Problem…

…And It’s Called ROI. SalesStaff put out a great article highlighting a recent report that surveyed more than 600 United States digital marketers in both the B2B and B2C space. If you haven’t already, give the report a read. It’s filled with excellent nuggets of information, like: Lead generation is still cited by B2B marketing…

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Mobile App Development Process: Part One

Launching a mobile application is becoming easier with the development of online tools. This is an overview of things to consider when launching a mobile app. Goals and Research: Before you start designing and coding, you need to understand the purpose and mission of your new mobile app.  What is the problem your app is…

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The Baby Boomer Opportunity: What Building Product Marketers Can Do

NAHB’s CAPS program can be valuable for building product marketers We all know the marketplace is constantly evolving. Our “Gray Hairs are Everywhere” blog post from earlier this year introduced us to the Millenial generation which is a term used to describe those born between 1980 and 2000. Also known as “Generation Y”, Millennials are…

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Why We Need to Focus on Purpose in Building Products Marketing

Asking Your Company ‘Why Do We do This?’ Recently we heard Eduardo Conrado, the SVP and CMO of Motorola Solutions, talk about the process their company went through as they split Motorola into two companies; the B2C mobile company (Mobility) and the B2B organization (Solutions) Conrado helps to lead. The decision to focus on Purpose…

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What "The Ultimate Question 2.0" Means for Building Product Marketers

What a Net Promoter Score is and how it could be useful for you I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 International Business Marketing Association Conference in Chicago early this month. One keynote speaker was Fred Reichheld with Bain & Company and the author of “ The Ultimate Question 2.0.” The book title refers…

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3 Keys for Using Social Media to Generate Leads in the Building Industry

  Use Social Media to Fill the Sales Funnel At last week’s Business Marketing Association International GROW! Conference in Chicago, I heard from Kipp Bodnar, an inbound marketing strategist at HubSpot, and Jeffrey Cohen, a social strategist for Radian6. Over the course of an hour, these two showed us the value of social media in…

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Which Presentation Tool is Right for You?

A Building Product Marketers’ Guide to PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi [This is the first in a series of posts by guest-blogger Matt Hillman, ER Marketing’s creative director.] In the nonstop effort to organize our thoughts and get noticed during sales calls or pitch meetings, we have all turned to at least one of them: presentation…

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Where does Innovation come from for Building Product Industry Marketers?

How can you drive creative thinking, which leads to innovation, in your organization? As building product marketers, most of us are hard-core product marketers that have seen flashes of innovation over the years either in products, service offerings or unique marketing programs. But, how do you translate innovation and innovative thinking into everything? First off,…

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The Shift in Technology Spending for Building Product Marketers

Dollars are being spent by the CMO, instead of the CIO – why? Every day we are faced with more technology in marketing. Websites, text messaging, mobile apps, phone tracking, analytics dashboards, database marketing and the list goes on.  It seems everything we do as building material marketers involves some technology. So who spends all…

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Are 20% of Building Product Customers Getting Left Behind?

A recent Pew Study shows 1 in 5 adults don’t use the Internet. 20% of U.S. adults think the Internet isn’t relevant for them, the majority of whom are retirees. For anyone with an aging parent, it probably isn’t all that surprising. Those raised to search through phone books to find businesses, who eagerly await…

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