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The Hunley Group Blog: #WFH – Lessons from a 100% Virtual Company

#WFH - Lessons from a 100% Virtual Company The rising threat of the novel coronavirus has forced businesses to scramble to move their teams to home offices. It’s disruptive upheaval; it all feels shockingly different. #WFH (Working From Home) is the new normal. Yet as our country starts practicing Social Distancing, The Hunley Group team members are having a surreal experience. Because there is no change for us. We’re a fully virtual company; have been for the ten years we’ve been in business. Maybe we can share some tips and tricks to help you and your team transition smoothly to our virtual working world. Get a routine in place.  Start your day off the same way you would if you were heading to the office. Get up, dressed and ready, and get to your desk the same time you would in your normal routine. Maintain your regular hours if possible. Relish the fact that you have no stressful commute! Watch the hours! No, not working too few - working too many! One of the benefits of working from home is flexible hours, but you can often get lost in your work because the distance between the mouse and the dinner table blurs. You don’t have to work 9 to 5 but keep the number of hours you work as normal [...]

By |2020-03-23T00:13:54-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, General|Tags: |0 Comments

The Hunley Group Blog: Clean Data. What a concept.

Clean Data. What a concept. Well, There's really no such thing as a pristinely clean database is there? We’ve never seen one. How about CRM databases? A CRM is open-access for a lot of users, many of whom may ... let’s say ... not have too much discipline about what they put in. And you’re loading up website leads, trade show leads, list purchases, prospect databases, and countless other sources. So CRM databases over time can get really dirty. Let’s define “dirty“because that can mean a lot of things. Here are the usual suspects: Duplication. Big one. Companies, contacts, leads, etc. Non-standardized data, such as all-caps FIRST NAME or all lower-case, phone numbers without hyphens, Inc. and Incorporated, MA and Massachusetts, ZIPs in the Northeast US without a leading zero, etc. Missing data fields, such as blank phone numbers, ZIP but no City/State, no website, blank email address, etc. Incorrect data fields, such as invalid phone, ZIP, or email address, wrong company on contact, and on. Missing data records, such as incomplete lists of prospect companies or companies with no contacts. Mis-targeted data records, such a database full of prospects that are poor fits for your business. We’ve seen all ends of the spectrum here in terms of poor data hygiene, and many different mindsets for dealing with it. Clients [...]

By |2020-03-08T20:05:14-04:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog, CRM, General|Tags: |0 Comments

The Hunley Group Blog: Building Products Manufacturers – Put your Dealer (Contractor) Locator on steroids

  Building Products Manufacturers - Put your Dealer (Contractor) Locator on steroids   If there’s anything ubiquitous about a building materials company’s website, it’s a dealer locator. (Or contractor locator. Or both. How about we just call it a “Locator” for this post?) Now, what would you like your Locator to do for you? Well, if you put in a postal code, you’d like it to return a list of the closest dealers or contractors closest? What else would you like? Let’s think about that for a minute; hmm ... Well, first you’d like that list to be current and accurate. You’d like to maintain the underlying database that gets polled to be easy. Or maybe even zero effort on your website. You’d like to be able to prioritize your best (or preferred) dealers & contractors so they show up first You’d like to rotate through those favorites so everyone gets a shot at the top You’d probably like to be able to let your contractors and dealers choose which ZIPs they show up in, not just which they’re closest to, since their shop might be pretty far from the chichi neighborhoods most likely to make big purchases. You’d like to let your customers connect directly with your partners, but have some control over knowing that they did You’d like [...]

By |2020-02-23T19:41:12-05:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Building Products, CRM, General|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Hunley Group Blog: Building Product Manufacturers – Put yourself in the master spec with the right architects

Put yourself in the master spec with the right architects Chasing specifications is an elbow-grease necessary part of the game in the world of commercial construction.  But it is tres laborious and time-consuming. And if you’ve got to try to get into a spec from the start, or flip a competitor’s spec, it’s pretty inefficient. So how do you get in there, to begin with?  Ah, right. The master specification. Now maybe you can get listed in MasterSpec or SpecLink and hope to pick up a whole slew of projects.  But a great many shops - particularly the big houses like Gensler, HKS, SOM, and HOK - don’t use a third party; they write their own. Well, You can boil the ocean and go after every architect out there and seek to get listed.  There are only 20,000 architectural firms in the US; you should be able to knock that out by next quarter, right? If only there were a better way.   First, let’s start by doing some manual targeting  You could use an ENR list to pick the biggest, or SpecShare to pick the architects who are listing the most specs that list your product.   Get those firms loaded to the CRM, and flag them as top priority firms.  Assign them to the appropriate territory manager, then track [...]

By |2020-02-12T10:36:45-05:00February 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Building Products, CRM|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Hunley Group Blog: Building Product Manufacturers: Part 2: Finish Winning the Game of Specifications

The Great Game of Specifications, Continued ... In a previous post, we started to layout how you could leverage a CRM like Salesforce to raise your game in pursuit of specifications market success.  We discussed how to Capture, Conserve, and Flip. Now we continue with: 4. Maximize 5. Hold 6. Bid 7. Close 4. Maximize:  Find cross-sell & upsell opportunities for other products in your catalog Last time we talked about how to capture, qualify, and flip a spec your way with efficiency gains delivered by Salesforce.  Now let’s move into growing your share of wallet on a given project. Do you manage multiple product lines?  Have different business units that leverage independent sales teams? What better way to grow your business than by seeking to maximize your share of wallet?  Train your reps to look for corollary products on a project they’re chasing, and toss a bone to their colleagues. Make it worth their while by using the CRM to track those lead creations by paying them a spiff on the cross-sell!   5. Hold:  Defend your own specs So you’re in the spec now, one way or another.  But it could be months or years until the subs are ready to bid your product category.  And that offers the bad guys (and aggressive GCs) plenty of windows to [...]

By |2020-02-04T10:48:09-05:00January 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Building Products, CRM|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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