News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Craig Webb / ProSales / August 13, 2014
Think of your LBM life for the past seven years as like being in a triathlon.
The housing crash tossed you into the swimming part of the race, forcing you to focus on not drowning. When at last you stagger onto dry land, you can see blue skies, but you know the race isn’t over. For this leg, you climb onto a bicycle and continue the race in a new way. But unlike the swimming or running sections of the event, this leg won’t be decided solely based on how hard you work. It also will hinge on how good your bicycle is.
In the building material supply triathlon, data is that bicycle, and it’s already helpingRead More
Brian Anderson / Demand Gen Report / September 17, 2014
While the role of content continues to mature, many marketers are just beginning to discover its true value — primarily in the data they can obtain through prospects’ interactions with content and its ability to enhance engagement through multiple channels.
At Marketo’s Marketers First virtual event, roughly 20,000 marketing professionals attended sessions throughout the day, highlighting best practices for content marketing, data analytics and social media. A recurring theme was that content needs to build trust and should not be used primarily as a sales tool.
Sunil Gupta / Social Media Today / August 28, 2014
An interactive infographic is not just a pretty way of displaying data. The social share results you see for some of the infographics made by brands are just astonishing!
There is a simple reason why people like infographics and do not mind sharing them with friends. Sixty five percent of people are visual learners, which means that it is easier for them to digest information visually. Infographics have a strong emotional power, since they show you an idea – or how something works in a simple and quick way. Infographics surprise readers and somehow make them want to scroll down and read the wholeRead More
John Kearney / Sales Benchmark Index / October 3, 2013
Planning for 2014 requires a fresh look at the metrics that will determine success. As noted by my colleague Vince Koehler, Marketing has adopted new capabilities. These capabilities force Marketing to transition to new metrics for determining effectiveness. Similarly, sales reps and managers require a new set of capabilities. Sales Operations must transform its reporting to track these key capabilities.
These are either in addition to, or in place of, your standard metrics tracked. They are all leading indicators that can help you forecast success in 2014. In this post weRead More