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The Baby Boomer Opportunity: What Building Product Marketers Can Do

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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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Google Fiber in KC: What it Means for Building Product Marketers

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Google’s Ultra-Fast Internet Will Change How People Do Business In case you haven’t heard, Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Google Fiber opened up the bid process in February of 2010 – inviting cities to apply for […]

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Why We Need to Focus on Purpose in Building Products Marketing

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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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The Top Ten Ways Building Product Marketers Can Achieve Enchantment, Part 2

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Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Keys to Enchantment, Success In a recent post, I introduced you to Guy Kawasaki and his first 3 pillars for achieving enchantment. As promised, here are steps 4-10 on how to influence your people and make a difference for your entire company:  4. Launch – tell a story, a personal story Once […]

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The Top Ten Ways Building Product Marketers Can Achieve Enchantment, Part 1

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Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Keys to Enchantment, Success I recently had the opportunity to hear Guy Kawasaki speak. If you haven’t heard of Guy, you need to look him up. He is known as the former chief evangelist of Apple and is the author of ten books, including Reality Check, The Art of the Start and the new Enchantment: The Art of […]

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

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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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The New Role of the Building Products CMO

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10 Lessons from Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions Recently I heard Greg Brown, the CEO of Motorola Solutions, speak at the Business Marketing Association International GROW! Conference. He spoke about his role as a CEO, which he defined as deploying capital and developing people, but spent most of the time talking about Eduardo Conrado, […]

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

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  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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Social Media Isn't Going Anywhere for Building Products Marketers

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Learnings from the BMA International Conference While a lot of arguments were made at last week’s Business Marketing Association International GROW! Conference in Chicago – one thing was clear and repeated often: social media is here to stay. It was something nearly every speaker hit on and the keynote speaker, Guy Kawasaki, proclaimed that all […]

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Top 8 Ways to Onboard Rookies to the Building Products Industry

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Last week, I talked about the aging workforce of the building products industry and the personality differences of the milennial generation that is the future of our business. Beyond those things, however, there’s another fundamental challenge: getting to know the ins and outs of this business. They’re a generation that does less work with their […]

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