Business Advice5 min

How Dealers Can Work With Brand Partners to Bolster Marketing Efforts

As the housing market continues on an upswing, industry professionals should develop a sound marketing plan to ensure they can tackle as much of the market share as possible. In last week’s blog, we shared some tips for builders on how to market their business. This week we’re looking at how dealers can market their business by leveraging the brands that they carry.

Host Educational Sessions and Product Demos

Although there is a ton of online information at a builder’s fingertips, in this particular industry it’s valuable for a builder to see and feel a product firsthand, understand how it’s installed, and get face-to-face time with a product expert. Companies like LP Building Products will often host product demonstrations that can be paired with an educational event on relevant topics. These demonstrations are a great way to attract new customers to your business through the manufacturer’s network.

Social Media Engagement

By now, most dealers understand that a social media presence is an important component to any marketing plan. Leverage your product suppliers by tagging them on social media or requesting customized social media graphics to promote new products. LP often shares customers’ social media posts in order to increase the reach, engagement and overall awareness for the dealer’s business. 

Case Studies

When it comes to trying new products or discovering new building solutions, builders often look to their peers to learn what’s proven effective. Case studies can be written for multiple purposes—to demonstrate a building solution, highlight a strong dealer/builder relationship, or  showcase a homeowner’s satisfaction, to name a few. If you’re aware of a project that garners attention, consider sharing it with the manufacturer. At LP, we create case studies that spotlight our customers—both builders and dealers—in order to create positive brand awareness for all parties involved.

Ultimately, we are all in the same business of providing quality building solutions for the customer. As a partner, we want your business to succeed as much as you do. When planning your 2018 marketing strategy, consider incorporating joint efforts like the ideas mentioned above. Contact your local LP sales representative to learn more about the ways that LP Building Products is able to serve as a valuable partner in promoting your business.

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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

Business Advice6 min
Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”