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In Focus

Through its subject-matter experts and years of expertise in the fenestration industry, Quanex brings you InFocus – the premier industry blog for the latest market insights, marketing trends, association news and legislation updates.

200 Carrie Scheetz

Carrie Scheetz is Marketing Project Manager for Quanex Building Products. She has more than 10 years of experience in the fenestration industry, planning and executing robust, modern tradeshow and event strategies. Carrie is an expert at bringing value to both customers and sales representatives.

Contact Carrie Scheetz directly at Carrie.Scheetz@quanex.com

200 Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson is a National Account Manager for Quanex Building Products with more than 15 years of experience specializing in vinyl window and door profiles. Eric’s high level of expertise and close relationships with customers will bring you the most relevant trends in vinyl.

Contact Eric Thompson directly at Eric.Thompson@quanex.com

200 Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Director of Marketing at Quanex Building Products. She has more than 20 years of experience in the fenestration industry and leads the global marketing and branding efforts for all of Quanex’s business units. She’ll keep you up to speed on marketing trends to help maximize your business.

Contact Erin Johnson directly at Erin.Johnson@quanex.com

200 Joe Erb

Joe Erb is a Commercial Sales Specialist for Quanex Building Products. With more than 20 years of experience, Joe drives awareness and use of high-performance glazing and framing in the commercial market through education and technical support. His technical background brings into focus the challenges and the opportunities in today’s industry.

Contact Joe Erb directly at Joe.Erb@quanex.com

200 Natalia Bubis

Natalia Bubis is the Corporate HR Manager at Quanex Building Products. She has over eight years of experience in human resources and career development, and will help you keep the pulse on today’s evolving HR and talent landscape.

Contact Natalia Bubis directly at Natalia.Bubis@quanex.com

(Multi)Family Matters

Multifamily housing has led the housing recovery out of recession. The headline data has been great. Over the past year, multifamily starts are up 28 percent compared to single-family starts which are up a mere 12 percent. The original forecast at the end of 2014 was for single-family starts to rise 25 to 30 percent in 2015 while multifamily starts were projected to grow 15 percent. Thus on a (SAAR) seasonally adjusted annual rate, single-family starts were projected to grow from 728,000 starts to 946,000 starts, while multifamily starts were projected to grow from 361,000 starts to 415,000 starts in 2015.

Posted: February 29, 2016 by Anthony Wright

Filed under: analytics, energy, multifamily, trends

Content Marketing: What it’s Really All About

We’ve covered the basics of marketing automation and how to effectively utilize email communication, but there is an overarching component to your marketing program that must be thoughtfully planned out before ever implementing these tactics – or any, for that matter. It’s your content marketing strategy.

Posted: February 18, 2016 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: communication, marketing, tradeshows

Maximize Your Efforts with Marketing Automation

Carrie Scheetz, tradeshow and event specialist, is taking over the marketing blog this week! Carrie is responsible for managing Quanex’s marketing automation system and aligning with the sales team on lead management.
 
Marketing automation is a hot industry buzzword right now. And with it come a lot of complexities and questions. What is it? Do I need to implement it in my company? How do I get started? Better yet, how do I do it right?

Posted: February 10, 2016 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: automation, e-blast, marketing

5 Fenestration Advocacy Sites to Follow

Over the last several years I have dedicated my professional life to following government initiatives, legislation and regulations at the state and federal levels. I’ve advocated for the fenestration industry at meetings, conferences and on Capitol Hill. I’ve summarized my findings for DWM in the View From Here blog and now on Quanex’s InFocus blog.

 

Posted: February 03, 2016 by Ric Jackson

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Industry Awards: A Credible Part of Your Marketing Strategy

In today’s business climate, especially in our particular industry, awards provide the external validation of how your company measures up—against industry standards and its competitors. Awards and recognition, especially industry-specific awards, are a way to add credibility and value to your products, services or company.

Posted: January 21, 2016 by Erin Johnson

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Coming Tailwinds for Solar and Renewable Energy Products

The tailwinds for the adoption of solar energy have shifted. As a trend watcher, there are a few key insights I’d like to share. In spite of cheap gas prices and lack of an economic incentive to move away from fossil fuels, developments over the past year have seemingly established an inflection point for significant tailwinds in solar energy. This shift marks a move away from economic drivers to regulatory drivers as the prime mover for the adoption of solar and other renewable energy technologies.

Posted: January 18, 2016 by Anthony Wright

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Let’s Work Smarter, Not Harder, in 2016

The beginning of a new year signifies a fresh start for everyone—both personally and professionally. It’s a time to not only set goals but make sure your team is taking steps to make them happen. So where do you start? Chances are you already made plans for 2016, but here are some considerations to take into account.

Posted: January 11, 2016 by Erin Johnson

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25C Could Spark Renewed Interest in ENERGY STAR® Products

In case you missed it over the holiday break, Congress made a surprising announcement that it enacted the PATH Act (H.R. 2029) into law. Since the 25C tax credit and other energy-saving incentives were not part of previous versions of the bill, it caught me – and I’m sure many others –by surprise that the federal tax credits were reinstated for 2015 and 2016.

Posted: January 07, 2016 by Ric Jackson

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Three Trends to Watch in 2016

This past year, we spent month after month waiting for single-family housing to take off, multifamily housing to stall, and a net-positive economic impact for oil- and gas-dependent housing economies. Instead what we got was tepid growth in single-family housing starts, volatile multifamily housing growth, recession-like job losses and sluggish home sales.

Posted: January 04, 2016 by Anthony Wright

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Tradeshow Communications: An Often Overlooked Opportunity

Tradeshows are busy. There are so many moving pieces: the booth graphics, schedules, customer visits, printed collateral, dinner reservations; the list goes on. An element that often goes overlooked but holds a lot of value is the communications surrounding the show. 

Posted: January 04, 2016 by Erin Johnson

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