Latest Articles in Strategies & Practices

  • Having been a guest speaker at window and door tradeshows several times, including at Window & Door Dealer Days, I’m greatly looking forward to attending this year’s event in Las Vegas next week, October 19-21. At previous events, I’ve spoken at length about internet marketing techniques that work best for W&D businesses, such as website conversions, pay-per-click... more »
  • Editor’s Note: Marcus Sheridan, “The Sales Lion,” is One of Inc. Magazine's 25 Top Social Media Speakers and will present the keynote address at this year’s Window & Door Dealer Days event, held at GlassBuild America. Sheridan will provide Dealer Days attendees with actionable ideas to grow their own businesses during his keynote on October 19 at 10:30 a.m. For more on... more »
  • If you’re a typical dealer of windows and doors, you need a $1.5 million line of credit for every $10 million in business. Accordingly, if your revenues are $5 million, a $750,000 LOC is what’s required. This level of funding assures you’re not chronically cash hungry and have funds for early-pay discounts, inventory, strategic investments or even a recession. Finding a bank is... more »
  • Bring your true purpose to light
    Once an organization defines its leadership statements, it’s important to continually reinforce the message. For example, ProVia uses this flyer as a paycheck stuffer to put one of the statements in front of its employees. (Image courtesy of ProVia; pictured: Pam Ott.) My company recently took all of its employees on an eye-opening journey over the past several years. It began in... more »
  • Avoid antitrust exposure with conscientious competition
    Tradeshows are wonderful opportunities to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn something new. They also put companies into close contact with their market competitors. And, where market competitors come together, the specter of antitrust violations is present. Before eyes glaze over at the thought of an article addressing antitrust laws, recall that competition laws in the United... more »
  • This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my 35th high school reunion. Since graduating in 1981, my 75 classmates and I have managed to come together every five years—truly a testament to the bonds of our friendship.  During the evening, we learned whose parents have passed on, whose children have married and had babies of their own, whose jobs have changed, and who has retired... more »
  • Window & Door is now accepting nominations for the Dealer of the Year Awards through Friday, August 19. Why should you care? This awards program, sponsored by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, offers residential window and door retails the opportunity to be recognized in front of a national audience of their colleagues for overall leadership and efforts toward excellence in the areas of... more »
  • Your website’s page load speed is critically important to the effectiveness of your business website in two major ways: it contributes directly to visitors’ experiences and affects search engine optimization. Many visitors won't wait around for even an extra couple of seconds for a page to finish loading. Page speed matters to Google because it matters to visitors. Plus, how well your... more »
  • We all know that social media is massively popular, but is it the best marketing option for your business? Do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat users browse window and door options when on their social media site of choice? For many years, getting likes and shares and adding friends or followers to your company’s social media pages was a popular tactic. But getting homeowners to... more »
  • In order to stay relevant, it seems companies have to be willing to go digital, especially given the younger generations roaming around with Apple products in hand, expecting accessible information at the swipe of a finger. But, the window and door industry seems to be lagging behind in some areas. For one, there are still many steps within the selling process that rely heavily on handwritten... more »