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    Marketing mastery: The best social media platforms for business

Marketing mastery: The best social media platforms for business

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   I sometimes hear busy flooring dealers make comments such as, “I keep hearing about the different social media platforms I should be using to market my business, but there are so many. I just can’t keep up.” It’s understandable for dealers to feel this way because there are a ton of options available. If you’re struggling to choose

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Add email marketing to your digital strategy

Lisbiz Strategies: Add email marketing to your digital strategy

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Digital marketing uses online channels and methods that allow you to analyze what is and isn’t working. Because we’re talking about electronic media, this analysis can be done immediately. You can make changes on the spot if something isn’t working, which is not always possible with every marketing channel. When I was in the retail business, I used weekly

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    Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime  Achievement Award

Thabet receives FCNews’ Lifetime Achievement Award

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9   St. Georges, Quebec, Canada—Pierre Thabet, owner of Boa-Franc, makers of the Mirage prefinished hardwood flooring brand, was honored Sept. 14 with Floor Covering News’ sixth annual Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Thabet by publisher and editorial director Steven Feldman, associate publisher Dustin Aaronson and sales associate Nadia Ramlakhan at Boa-Franc’s headquarters here. Floor Covering News established the

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    Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 12 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below. Each team pledged $5,000 for a total of $60,000, which will be divided as follows: $10,000 to the winner’s charity $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause $5,000 to the third-place team $4,000 to the fourth-place

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My take: Make no mistake—The future of retail is here

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   What does Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods mean to you? Probably nothing. Possibly everything. At the very least, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, you are going to see lower prices. Gone are the days of referring to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck.” It happened immediately after the $13.7 billion deal closed Aug. 28. Shoppers realized an instantaneous

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    Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Lanning to stay on as Haines senior CEO advisor

Glen Burnie, Md.—Haines’ Hoy Lanning has agreed to stay with the company as senior CEO advisor. Lanning originally planned to retire at the end of 2017. After working with the new leadership team at Haines there was mutual agreement for Lanning to remain as part of the executive leadership team for the foreseeable future. “We have worked very hard the last three years integrating Haines and CMH,” Lanning said. “The

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    FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

FCLC holds strategic planning meeting, funds installation research

Orlando, Fla.—The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) held its annual fall meeting Aug. 16, here, in conjunction with the Second Annual Installation Summit. The primary focus of the FCLC meeting was to hold a facilitated strategic planning session designed to prioritize objectives and confirm a plan of action for the coming year. Volunteer leaders and executive staff from 11 flooring associations participated in the meeting. The FCLC noted it cannot

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Al’s Column: Turning good leaders into great ones

August 14/21, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lisbeth Calandrino Does your retail flooring store have an effective sales manager? The most important ‘product’ a company owns is its employees. Unfortunately, many store owners spend more time worrying about the merchandise they’re buying than their employees. With TISE on the horizon, this is the perfect time to engage your sales managers into learning new skills and get them motivated and

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Emser Tile expands East Coast, Midwest operations

Suffolk, Va.–Emser Tile has opened its third distribution center in North America. This Suffolk, Va., location will service the growing East Coast and Midwest markets. The distribution center expands the company’s resources to account for a growing product portfolio and increased customer demand. The new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, with the capacity to expand to 850,000 square feet, stems from Emser Tile’s considerable growth and increased inventory, and supports Emser Tile’s

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Crossville launches new porcelain tile collection

Crossville, Tenn.–Crossville has announced its latest porcelain tile collection, Notorious. The line is created with warm, neutral tones in the sophisticated look of concrete, delivering high impact design style and offering the strong technical performance expected of porcelain tile. Complimentary samples of the new product may be ordered on crossvilleinc.com. “This line is all about inviting designers to mix and match to create their own surfacing solutions,” said Lindsey Waldrep,

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Karndean Designflooring introduces Vantage program

Export, Pa.–Karndean Designflooring has announced the introduction of its online retailer platform, Karndean Vantage. The program, a new support system for continued growth, is designed to provide its retail partners with access to qualified sales leads, a more detailed “Find A Retailer” store profile, online ordering and marketing materials. All aspects of the Vantage program will be live in early 2018. Karndean Vantage gives retailers the tools they need to

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    Bostik unveils winner of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest

Bostik unveils winner of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest

Wauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik has named Jennifer Sheets, interior designer at Studio R Interiors based in Colorado, the winner of its Signature Spaces design competition: The Art of Hardwood Flooring Design Contest. Sheets’ winning design will be installed this month in a new steakhouse within Las Vegas’ new Park MGM Resort, currently under development by MGM Resorts International and Sydell Group. Additionally, she will receive a trip for two to Paris, France,

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    Distributor’s perspective: Online marketing in flooring distribution

Distributor’s perspective: Online marketing in flooring distribution

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Steve McKenna   In this modern technology age, no one can dispute the importance of developing and maintaining a viable online marketing strategy. Problem is, many of us are not utilizing our websites to their full potential. As I look around the industry, I’m noticing our websites are vastly different from our day-to-day customer interactions. In the flooring distribution world, many distributors

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    Trendspotting: Green design dictates style direction at NeoCon ’17

Trendspotting: Green design dictates style direction at NeoCon ’17

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Rebecca Blasdel   Chicago—NeoCon 2017 can be viewed as a success based on traffic alone. Show organizers put attendance just north of 50,000, a 7% uptick over the prior year (FCNews, July 3/10). But brisk traffic and sold-out showroom space weren’t the only major takeaways from the show. Exhibitors and attendees alike were equally impressed with the vast array of new products,

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    Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

Resilient: State of the industry—LVT, WPC remain primary drivers of category growth

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lindsay Baillie The resilient category continues to follow its blazing path from 2016 with aggressive growth just six months into 2017. Industry observers attribute this activity once again to the industry’s “darlings”—LVT, WPC and rigid core. Based on FCNews research, LVT and its subcategories accounted for 42.3% of residential volume and 67.6% of residential dollars in 2016. Observers expect numbers in 2017

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Carpet One reveals 2017 pink ribbon welcome mat

Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home released its 2017 collection of pink ribbon welcome mats to support breast cancer research, with 18 new mats that are stylish, humorous or whimsical to

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Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has announced that all 12 AirBase Carpet and Tile superstore locations have achieved Elite Retailer status. The retailers serve markets in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Jersey and

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Galleher, 3M provide support for fire relief

San Francisco—Galleher and 3M are partnering to help those impacted by the fires in California. Both companies are sending food, clothing and supplies to people in need in Napa, Solano

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