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May 16 at #KBtribechat – Selling Kitchens and Baths

an industry discussion


1.) How do you generate leads and differentiate yourself from the competition? Is being active on social media part of the mix?

2.) Do you offer free price quotes or do you charge for the initial consultation? What is your thinking on this?

3.) At what point do you execute plans? Is this part of generating a quote or done only after you have been awarded the project?

4.) Do you use Computer-aided Design (CAD) for your drawings? What program(s) do you use? Are there improvements or additional features you’d like to have available to you?

5.) Do you use Augmented Reality (AR) as a sales tool? Why or why not? If so, let us know what you have found to be helpful!

6.) Have you used any Virtual Reality (VR) tools to help your clients visualize your design? What hardware to you like?

7.) How can our brand partners help you? Please share your ideas and success stories.


Join this Twitter discussion

on Wednesday, May 16

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s a link to view the transcript for this discussion.



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Technology for Designers

We are excited to announce that  Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD is hosting our next kbtribechat on the latest technologies  for the kitchen and bath industry. Join our Twitter discussion by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from two to three pm eastern time.

Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD

Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD

Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD is the founder of SketchThis.net.  Eric has utilized 3D technology throughout his career.  He has taken pencil and paper operations and converted them to 3D, worked with Google on Sketchup’s development, created 3D content for companies large and small, and taught Sketchup to countless students all over the country.

SketchThis also launched a kitchen design plugin for Sketchup.  This plugin is a cloud service that plugs directly into Sketchup and provides a rich catalog of cabinetry and interior components for designers to design even faster with Sketchup.  What use to take hours takes minutes now with this plugin.

He is also an active columnist in Kitchen & Bath Design News, is often hired to teach Sketchup  and speak on emerging technologies for the design field.  He is currently touring the country on a three year teaching tour with Ellen Cheever and Kitchen & Bath Design News.

Eric also runs the social media efforts for  Kesseböhmer (Branded Clever Storage) in the United States, promoting the brand on many different social media platforms.

Here is the transcript for this chat.

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