Marketing 101

Recommendations for specified construction product marketing - for the sales and marketing manager wanting to increase specifications (and sales) of their products through their website.

This section of 4specs is intended to help the marketing and sales manager of a construction product manufacturer increase their knowledge of how to get their products specified by architects, engineers and specifiers. Most of our newsletters are listed here, categorized by the information they contain.

About 4specs - and some information about how to better optimize your web performance. We use these slides to explain about 4specs and to show screen shots of Google Analytics and basic search engine optimization

Our 2014-2015 Newsletters

Our 2013-2014 Series on Web Design

Our 2012-2013 Series on Questions to Ask Your Web Designer

 

Our 2009-2011 Series on Website Design for Building Product Manufacturers

This series of newsletters is based on "What I would do if I were your employee" providing step by step actions to bring your website under control and make it easy to maintain in the future.

Starting to Think About Your 2010 Website? - August 2009

Five Tools to Diagnose Your Website - September 2009

People and Tools to Use - October 2009

First Steps to Take in Your Website Redesign - November 2009

Favicon Images - December 2009

Using the Google Sitemap Program to Improve Your Website - March 2010

What Are Your Actual Key Words? - May 2010

Speed, Speed, Speed and more Speed - June 2010

Server Setup - September 2010

Move Your Business Email to Google Aps - February 2011

Can a Website Be Too Simple - April 2011

Start Tracking and Optimizing Your Business Today! - August 2011

 

Related Newsletters

Influencing Specifications: The 5 Costliest Manufacturer Mistakes - December 2011

Local Product Shows – More Than a Sales Opportunity (January 2011)

The Construction Market Landscape (November 2011)

 

Your Website Is Up. What's Next?

A summary of our talk at the CSI Convention in 2004. It sums up what we think a marketing manager needs to know to effectively use the Internet in marketing to architects, engineers and specifiers.

Are you planning a major revision or update to your site? I look at a 1,000 websites a month and see lots of websites that could be easily improved.

What Should You be Planning for 2008 Web Site Revisions?

Our 2008/2009 Website Updating Newsletter Series

 

Website Analytics (Statistics)

If you do not know how your visitors got to your website, how can you increase the number? Otherwise stated, unless you know your website stats, you are shooting in the dark and probably wasting your advertising dollars.

How to Understand Your Web Site Activity

Set up Google Analytics in 20 minutes or less

Tracking Website Stats - another newsletter article

Your Website Is Up. What's Next? Our perspective about using the Internet for marketing to architects and engineers. These articles formed the basis for my talk at the CSI Convention at Chicago in April 2004.

Site Maps - an easy way to get more search engine visitors

How Does a Specifier Use Your Website?

 

Making Your Website an Effective Tool in Getting Specified

What is the Purpose of Your Website?

What Does an Architect or Engineer Want to Find on Your Website?

Get Specified - Information for manufacturers wanting to get their products specified by architects and engineers.

Getting Your Products Specified on LEED Projects

Glossy Brochure or 3-Ring Binder - which does your user want?

WebFormat™ - our suggested website design.

Marketing in the Future - The Next 5-10 Years (2005)

Winning Through Faster Website Updating

 

Complete List of 4specs Newsletters and Articles

 

Get all the Free Referrals You Can From the Search Engines

Paid advertising can be expensive. Through effective design (or redesign) of your website, you can substantially increase the number of free visitors. For one advertiser, several simple changes (costing perhaps $500) increased the number of free referrals from Google from 100 per month to 100 per day!

Google Webmaster Guidelines

 

Get What You are Paying For in Internet Advertising

What is a Referral?

 

Resources I Use

High Rankings Advisor

Jakob Nielsen - UseIt Column - 3 or so newsletters a month and a great archive of past newsletters.

Bruce Clay

Search Engine Watch - a free website covering the search engines

SearchEngineNews - Subscription based newsletter covering the latest in Search Engine News. $97 for 6 months.

WebmasterWorld - A good general resource

Web Page Analyzer - Web Page Speed Analysis

 

Additional Thoughts and Papers

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards - This is a great monograph on specifications, written as continuing education to help architect understand specs including their formatting. The opening line is: "Everyone knows that nobody looks at a spec until there is a problem in the field, right? The contractor is doing something questionable, the harried architect opens the spec, hoping that the spec writer has written the language they need to back them up, and voila, there it is!"