Trade Show Marketing

6 Trade Shows Building Products Manufactures Must Attend

Trade shows are an optimal platform from which to introduce a captive audience to the latest innovative product or service you have to offer. The following trade shows are ones that should be on your short list for 2017 and ones to keep on your radar for 2018.    1 . National Hardware Show Held each…

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Trade shows: What’s the real ROI?

  On the way home from the Remodeling Show and Deck Expo earlier this month, I found myself wondering if trade shows still matter. Let’s face it: Trade shows are expensive. You build booths Create collateral Give away tchotchkes Travel Entertain clients But the trade show budget spreadsheet doesn’t tell the whole story. Trade shows…

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Our Take From Cleveland: #CMWorld Day Two

Corey and Kate spent two days at #CMWorld in Cleveland. This is the second of two posts sharing their quick takeaways from the event. If you haven’t seen the first, check it out.  Our second and final day at #CMWorld. And, like day one, it was a whirlwind of fresh ideas, new friends and awesome…

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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: “The New Big Thing” Is…

My Key IBS Takeaway for Building Products Marketers We’ve talked a lot about the 2016 International Builders’ Show (IBS) throughout the course of the last few weeks. You might even say we’re a little obsessed. But the reason why is that, for building products marketers, trade shows are a big deal. And there is perhaps…

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Lessons From The Builders’ Show

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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6 Trade Show Marketing Do’s & Don’ts

Building Products Marketers, Take Note. In the world of building products marketing, trade shows are a big deal. (Don’t believe me? My business partner and I have only been blogging about it here, here, here, here, and oh yeah, here.) There is perhaps no more important trade show for building products marketers than the International…

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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 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 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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