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BuilderLink Forms Partnership with Residential Building Products & Technology Magazine

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BuilderLink has entered into a new partnership with Lebhar-Friedman’s digital magazine, Residential Building Products & Technology. As part of the new arrangement, BuilderLink will offer its members access to RBPT’s web content, monthly digital magazine and twice weekly newsletter filled with new product introductions, cutting-edge home technology, Q+As with industry professionals, trade show coverage and weekly innovative residential projects.  

“This new relationship will be beneficial to both parties,” says Jack Brannigan, vice president at Lebhar-Friedman and publisher of RBP&T. “We think BuilderLink’s members will get access to great content, and we get an opportunity to continue expanding our reach into the construction industry.” 

About Lebhar-Friedman: Founded in 1925, Lebhar-Friedman is a media and marketing company serving the retail and construction industries and targeted consumer markets. In 2013, the company launched Residential Building Products & Technology, the first all-digital publication that’s solely dedicated to delivering cutting-edge content about building products and home technology. For more information, visit resbuildmag.com, Facebook: facebook.com/resbuildmag, Twitter: twitter.com/resbuildmag

 

Industy insight from Deb Carpenter Beck:

Five Trends in Construction Industry IT Usage

This is the third year in a row that I’ve been involved in conducting the Sage Construction IT Survey. Each year we reach out to construction companies to understand their expectations, concerns, and plans regarding information technology (IT). This year 800 construction professionals responded, our highest response ever. The main purpose of the survey is to help contractors benchmark their own IT efforts with that of their peers. And now after three years, we’re starting to see some interesting trends:

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  • Not surprising, optimism about the economy has increased. In 2012, only 23% of survey respondents felt that the economy would have a positive impact on their business. That number doubled in 2014 to 46% of contractors indicating a positive impact.
  • As optimism has increased, so has the interest in new information technology. Yet construction firms are still operating with limited IT resources. According to the survey, 35% of contractors do not have an employee on staff dedicated to IT.
  • The importance of mobile technology remains strong for construction companies. Back when contractors where looking forward to 2012, 77% of survey respondents ranked mobile technology as important. In this year’s study that number rose slightly to 82%. 
  • The importance of cloud computing for contractors had the most significant increase, rising from 16% in 2012 to 35% of respondents in 2014 saying it is important to their construction business.
  • Contractors are not only realizing the importance of mobile and cloud computing, they are becoming more cautious about potential security risks. In 2013, 60% of construction firms did not have a mobile security plan in place. One year later that number has dropped to 49%. Still many contractors need to take steps to protect themselves against malicious software threats aimed at mobile device usage.

 

To download the full survey summary click here: SAGE 2014 IT CONSTRUCTION SURVEY

 



BuilderLink: Helping LBM Dealers Add Value through Systems Integration

BuilderLink™ enables pro-dealers to provide pro-contractors on-demand access to the accounting, product cost estimating and informational resources they need to effectively and efficiently run their business in the modern 24-7 business cycle.

BuilderLink™ is a subscription based software product dedicated to helping LBM suppliers and their sales people, improve their service platform and add value to the relationships they have with pro-contractors. The product has been designed to help the pro-contractor tackle the non-stop demands placed on them and help them run their business efficiently, in order to stay competitive and differentiate themselves to the clients they serve.

In addition to providing the professional contractor with online access to the information they need from their supplier, BuilderLink™ also provides sales representatives from the subscribing pro-dealer with the online tools they need to stay in front of and in tune with their customers, to continue to add value to these relationships.