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AEC Influencer Marketing

Identify, Recruit, & Empower Influencers in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction for Effective Sales
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What Is AEC Influencer Marketing?

Big-box dealers and distributors are just one piece of your distribution network as a manufacturer. Especially in building supplies and industries like millwork, individual contractors and small contracting businesses are also valuable members of your network. Contractors work closely with your end customers, so their knowledge and skill with your products is vital to making those individual consumer sales and building brand trust.

AEC influencer marketing is the process of identifying, recruiting, onboarding, and supporting individual contractors in the architecture, engineering, and construction spaces to market and sell your products directly to end users. Because these people are hands-on with your products and closest to your customers, their understanding of your products and your value proposition is critical.

At a glance, contractor marketing materials might appear similar to distributor marketing: co-branded content, guided solutions selling materials, and program onboarding and ongoing certification. But all of these materials are geared to an individual or small company and likely include more whys and hows of marketing, as a busy, skill-specialized individual might need more nudging to see the value.

Why You Need AEC Influencer Marketing

AEC contractors are the people most likely handling installation or set up of your products, and they’re on the front lines of customer support and satisfaction. Ignoring or undersupporting your contracts can quickly spell disaster for your products and your brand. Contractors who don’t have the information or support they need from you are less likely to push for your products and favor your competitors instead.

Campaigns for Marketing

 

Leverage your INFLUENCER

Learn how to get architects, engineers, and construction influencer to spec and recommend your products

 

 

Resources for Growth 

 

Building Your AEC Contractor Program

Contractors are individuals, so their needs are different from those of a big distributor even if they need the same formats of marketing and sales support. Your contactor program should encompass everything from recruitment and onboarding to support and continuing education. 

Offering a distinction for being a part of the program and being a certified contractor of your products is an important selling point as well. Tying their name to a selective program helps build business on its own.

 

Step One: Identify

Develop a buyer persona for your ideal contractor. Answer basic demographic questions, but also answer questions like:

  • What is their specialty?
  • What is the customer budget they generally handle?
  • How many projects do they average per year?

A contractor persona is important to make sure you’re spending time and resources with the people who will be most successful with your products and are closest to your ideal buyer personas. Once you have an idea of who your ideal contractor is, identify who these people are.

Step Two: Recruit

Reach out to the individuals you identified and start recruiting. Start conversations and focus on how they’ll benefit from a partnership with your company. Targeted advertising on social media like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram can help in demand generation efforts.

Step Three: Onboard

Contractors will need a little more onboarding than a distributor, especially if they’ll be doing installation or customer support. Onboarding videos on product use as well as product positioning and value proposition is important at this stage to help contractors understand all the ins and outs of your product and its value to their customers.

Step Four: Support

Support will be big for contractors. Support can come in the form of marketing materials or ongoing training for more certifications or new product launches. Support could also be discounts or gift cards for achieving certain goals, like finishing a continuing education program, attending a conference, or meeting a sales goal.

What You Need For Your Contractor Program

Contractor Portal

A separate portal for your contractors is important since they’ll be logging different activities and looking for different information and materials. A discussion board inside your contractor portal is also helpful to build a community and help with support and collaborate on new ideas to service customers. Discussion boards can also help identify extra knowledgeable power users in your program.

 

Contractor Directory

A contractor directory on your website can help an end user who’s come to you find the right person in their area to do the job for them. A directory is helpful for end users and contractors alike and is an easy form of lead distribution.

 

Contractor Rewards

Contractors need incentives, too. While distributors like bigger opportunities like co-branded campaigns, a contractor is more likely to opt for a simpler reward, like a discount or gift card. A point system for contractors can include certain rewards for completing activities that add up in points.

 

Contractor Marketing Program Checklist

Comprehensive Onboarding

Customer-facing Marketing

Online Portal

Rewards Program

Contractor Support

Customer-facing Directory

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