WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Closets Conference & Expo 2021 opened Tuesday, June 8 with a large crowd of registered closet, home storage and remodeling professionals.
Keynoter Rich Harshaw, CEO of Level 10 Contractor, encouraged attendees to identify what differentiates them from competitors and focus on that in their marketing messages.
“People think you’re the same because all they have to on is what you show them and what you show them is the same as your competitors,” he noted.
Most marketing is rife with platitudes and puffery, he said. In that scenario, the company that wins the messaging war is the company with the largest advertising budget. In order for smaller companies to compete and reach revenue ranges over $10 million, they have to discover who they are, what they do differently, why they are better, and continuously point that out to potential customers at every point of contact.
Harshaw also told the attentive audience that marketing is essentially storytelling, but the key is “what story are you telling?” It needs to be compelling and in your brand voice.
After the keynote, Harshaw kicked off the all-day conference with a business workshop delving deeper into the previously discussed topics – how to identify what you do better than anyone else and how to market it to clients.
Additional Closets Conference sessions:
Jeff Bruzzesi, owner of Closet Factory of Virginia Beach; Tami Sullivan, sales manager, Closet Factory of Virginia Beach and Carolina Gutierrez, marketing director, Italkraft discussed design trends they are seeing post-Covid, how they dealt with the pandemic, and new areas of opportunity in retail, wholesale and the builder market.
Eric Marshall, owner of Kitchens and Closets by DEA and president of the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP) shared the 5Ts of Installation on how to improve efficiency while installing and keeping customers happy.
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Closets Conference & Expo runs until Thursday, June 10. View the full three-day schedule.
About the 2021 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Florida
The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Florida (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-billing event is scheduled for June 8-10, 2021, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Palm Beach, Fla.
For information about exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities at future trade shows, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For inquiries about WPE, contact Harry Urban, publisher of Woodworking Network.
Additional 2021 Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct.14-15, 2021, Warehouse at the Nook, Lancaster County, Pa. -- Annual woodworking trade show and conference
Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) Sept. 8-10, 2021, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Annual forecast of economic, technology and design trends for the North American woodworking industry.
Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 4-6, 2021, International Centre, MIssissauga, Ontario -- Canada's national woodworking show.
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