Latest Articles in Strategies & Practices

  • Can pay-per-click ads affect organic search results?
    Pay-per-click advertising campaigns—in particular, Google’s PPC ads—offer a lot of benefits to window and door retailers. Many love the cost-effectiveness, as well as how PPC ads display the company prominently at the top of search engine results pages. The fact that PPC advertisers can tweak ad copy on the fly and make it go live almost immediately is also a plus. But a... more »
  • The relationship between manufacturers and dealers is vitally important to both segments of our supply chain. A strong, healthy partnership can translate into a stronger business for both parties, leading to increased sales and an improved bottom line. Creating and maintaining that business partnership requires commitment from both sides. We want to hear insights on the topic from manufacturers... more »
  • Improve your organic search results in 2018
    Regular readers know I remain a strong proponent of doing everything possible to make your window and door website rank as highly as possible in organic (unpaid) local search results. While pay-per-click advertising and other internet marketing techniques have gained traction in recent years, local businesses still get the bulk of online lead generation, conversions and revenue from ranking... more »
  • How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue
    Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. In the former case, the National Association of Home Builders reported in a 2017 Eye on Housing blog that the percentage of its surveyed builders who indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem skyrocketed from 13 percent of builders... more »
  • Click the links below to see our data threat resources.   Warning: Fake shipping company scam Fraudelent ordering scams have plagued the industry. Many owners caught the scam in time. Others were not so lucky. The best way, and seemingly the only way, to beat a scam is to stop it before it happens. Know their tactics. Know the red flags.   Is Your Company Safe from Data Loss and... more »
  • Recently, an employee of one of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance member companies received the following email message: Hi. I would like to know if you have 59.5 in. x 47.5 in. Right-Hand Sliding Low-E Argon Glass Vinyl Windows In Stock ?If Not Can It be Ordered ? I will like to know the price and will make payment with my Credit Card.Please advise so we can proceed.Have a nice day. Regards... more »
  • LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, was a topic of two workshops I gave at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 National Fall Conference. Even if you’re not currently job-hunting, you should care about the state of your current LinkedIn profile. It’s always good to see what’s happening in your industry, how companies and roles are changing and... more »
  • For many, social media is a means to stay in touch with industry updates, along with learning about what colleagues are up to, product changes and more. There are a variety of social media tools available, each with a little different approach. In an upcoming issue of Window & Door magazine, we will explore the impact of social media on the fenestration industry, and how it’s being... more »
  • Regular readers of my articles know I have a one-word answer for any small business looking to improve search engine optimization: content. It's really that simple. Yes, you can do many other things to improve your window and door website's SEO, but nothing matters more than content. Many say content is king—I think it's the entire royal court. Nothing makes the search engine "spiders... more »
  • According to James Mulvey, senior social media strategist, Hootsuite, there are three main challenges for businesses utilizing social media in 2018. They are: the continuing decline of unpaid, organic reach; keeping pace with social network innovation; and validating the worth of existing strategies. Here are five trends to implement in 2018, according to Amber Naslund, senior director, industry... more »