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10 Building Product Lumberyards You Should Follow on Twitter – Part 2

10 Apr

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Even more local lumberyards on Twitter 

Like I mentioned in Part I of my Top 10 Building Product Lumberyards You Should Follow on Twitter list, for many Twitter users, the hardest part is knowing who to follow so I’ve created a list. Here are the rest of my Top 10:

 6. Luedtke Lumber – @LuedtkeLumber

This Wisconsin-based lumberyard and hardware store not only has nearly 900 tweets, but utilizes text-based offers as well. While definitely more DIY than some, this lumberyard has grown to add more products and services beyond the traditional yard.

7. Bliffert Lumber – @BliffertLumber

Bliffert Lumber is another Wisconsin lumberyard that has millwork, hardware, decking as well as K&B. With over 800 followers and nearly 2,000 tweets, this company has integrated Facebook and Twitter to help promote specials and other customer information.

8. Mobile Lumber – @MobileLumber

While many yards are using Twitter for promotions and products, this Mobile, AL-based yard also utilizes it to recruit employees for all their locations in the Gulf Coast area. They have over 700 followers and are growing.

9. Star Lumber & Supply – @StarLumber

Closing in on 1,000 followers, this Wichita-based family owned yard utilizes many of its tweets to help educate and promote product knowledge and availability. In addition, they utilize their blog (blog.starlumber.com) for more in-depth product information.

10. Issaquah Lumber – @CedarExpert

As their Twitter handle implies, this Issaquah, WA yard focuses on cedar. As a family-owned Cedar Mill, they have nearly 2,000 followers looking for their insights on cedar products from decking to fencing and everything in between.

For even more lumberyards, check out my Twitter list at https://twitter.com/EltonMayfield/lumberyards. For a daily update from this list of lumberyards, subscribe to my daily paper: http://paper.li/EltonMayfield/1335936730.

10 Building Product Lumberyards You Should Follow on Twitter – Part 1

8 Apr

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Even the local lumberyard is on Twitter

While most of the ‘big companies’ are on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, etc. you may be surprised to find many of the local lumberyards are on Twitter; and quite active as well.

For many Twitter users, the hardest part is knowing who to follow – with over 500 million people on the platform, cutting through the clutter is a challenge, so I’ve created a list: the Top 10 Lumberyard Follows Worth Your Time, and here are the first 5:

1. Dunn Lumber – @DunnLumber

With over 8,000 followers and over 15,000 tweets, this Washington lumberyard is very active on Twitter with tips, product updates, promotions, and more. Most importantly they are very responsive on Twitter. They get it and use it.

2. Parr Lumber – @parrlumber

This Pacific Northwest family-run chain of yards is an industry leader in its marketing efforts. Parr has been active for many years on Twitter. They use it well to update their followers on products and relevant news.

3. National Lumber – @NationalLumber

With nearly 3,000 followers and over 1,500 tweets, this large NE group of yards have been very active in social media well beyond Twitter – utilizing Google+, Facebook and more. They use Twitter for customer events and updates on everything from products to training.

4. Turkstra Lumber – @TurkstraLumber

This Canadian lumberyard and manufacturer uses updates and hashtag (#) contests to engage and inform their customers.

5. J & W Lumber – @JWLumber

You can find weekly specials, product introductions and more at this Southern California lumberyard Twitter account. They have nearly 800 followers and have had several hundred updates over the past couple of years.

Be sure to check out Part 2 of the list for the rest of my 10 lumberyards you should follow on Twitter.

Top 10 Building Products Industry Follows Worth Your Time

18 Nov

Experience the Value of Expanding Your Funnel with Twitter

It’s hard to believe Twitter has been around for over five years now, and for at least the past 3, it could definitely be called a mainstream channel.

For those who still aren’t using it, the best way to summarize the value of it is this:

In 30 minutes or less per day, you can get through the latest news about whatever subject you’re interested in, whether it’s Ashton & Demi’s divorce or market projections for the building industry.

For many Twitter users, the hardest part is knowing who to follow – with over 200 million people on the platform, cutting through the clutter is a challenge, so I’ve created a list: the Top 10 Building Products Industry Follows Worth Your Time, and here they are:

1. NAHB – @nahbhome

Though there’s not much interaction from them with any of their followers, they share the latest research and data, which, as we all know, is critical to our industry.

2. Parr Lumber – @parrlumber 

This Pacific Northwest family-run chain of yards is an industry leader in its marketing efforts. When many dealers are still figuring out what Twitter is, Parr’s been at it for over 2 years and is moving into additional tactics like Foursquare. Great example of how to provide value to your customers at the dealer level.

3. Leah Thayer – @leahthayer

The former editor of Remodeling magazine, Leah now runs Daily5Remodel, an online resource for remodelers and others involved in the industry, with content posted daily. Leah shares the latest and additional insights via Twitter.

4. Rob Bivens – @rbiv 

Rob is a sales guy for Golden State Lumber and shares insights from a salesperson’s perspective via Twitter, as well as his blog.

5. Kirsty Hammond – @kirhammond 

Kirsty is from across the pond in Surrey, England and works for a publisher of architectural and building design publications; on Twitter, she shares lots of great content from her followers as well as from her publications. Great industry info from a non-US perspective.

6. ProSales – @prosalesonline

One of the two leading publications for dealers, ProSales uses Twitter to break stories and news before you see in their excellent email newsletter or on their website.

7. Lauren Hunter – @laurenhunter_hw 

Lauren is the products editor for Remodeling magazine; her Twitter profile blends new product info with other remodeling industry info and some fun personal touches as well.

8. Behr Paint – @behrpaint

Behr is one of the leading consumer brands in our industry, and their Twitter profile is a great example of how a manufacturer can blend customer service, tricks/tips and a personal touch all at once.

9. Architectural Record – @archrecord

With almost 300,000 followers, Architectural Record magazine might have a bigger following than anyone else in this industry. They share great information on our industry from the architecture side of things.

10. Jetson Green – @jetsongreen 

This Twitter profile is focused on green home design and offers great information, all from a design perspective.

These are just 10 of the countless interesting people and companies to follow on Twitter – let us know who some of your favorites are in the comments below.

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