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Tesla: Innovation in the Driver’s Seat

The Building Materials Industry Can and Must Continue to Innovate   I recently attended the inaugural Housing Innovation Vision Economics (HIVE) conference in LA. Kudos to Hanley Wood for a successful first-time event. The opening keynote was JB Straubel, co-founder of Tesla. Arguably one of the more innovative companies right now, Tesla is doing more …

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Millennials Want an Internal Communications Renovation

Effective B2B Marketing Starts from Within Guest Contributor: Whitney Riker, Account Executive Let’s face it: the building industry is in a rebuild phase. A shift in workforce demographics and the housing market is forcing even the largest corporations to take a second look at their business strategies to adjust. Marketing is a major player in your …

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3 Tips for Using Video to Market Building Materials

  Video can be a highly effective element in your digital marketing efforts. Why try to tell your customers about your building products when you can show them? Technology is also driving the trend in video. With more and more customers accessing the web through mobile, video has become increasingly important. To get the best results, keep …

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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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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 2/2)

Prepare to Click Follow—Even More   Increasingly, building products marketers are taking advantage of social media to promote their business, products, and services—and with good reason. After all, the building products industry is still about people, and as generational dynamics continue to shift, social media provides a simple and affordable method to communicate directly with …

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Plan Towards Innovation

Create a New Future with Innovation-Focused Strategy As most marketers navigating the building supply channel know, strategy and innovation go hand in hand. I’ve discussed in past articles how creativity can play an important role in innovation, but often overlooked is the strategy that goes into actually implementing the changes necessary to make a creative …

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What the Pro Should Want From a Building Materials Manufacturer

Know the pro and separate yourself from the competition As a manufacturer of building products you provide solutions for the home owner that get delivered, installed, and most importantly sold by someone you don’t know. Oh sure, you ‘know’ who the builder or remodelers are. You read the trade publications, you go to conferences, you …

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