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BUILDING UNITY INTO DESIGN: THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS

February 21 at #KBtribechat

Hosted by Laura Muller, Allied ASID of Four Point Design Build Inc.

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What is Unity in Design? Unity for us is a result of an organized, transparent collaboration of moving parts working together with a shared objective. Creating elements that support each other to serve a common goal. True collaboration comes when all independent parties (from the designer to the installer, the specialist, and the consultant) work together, with roles clearly defined from the first meeting through project completion. The concept rings true especially in kitchen and bath design and build. It’s critical to the project success to understand who and how their roles affect the decisions made. For collaboration to work, the lead project manager must create an inclusive project environment, while maintaining balance and authority and it is critical to include the experts; the product manufacturers; the specialists; the installers; and contractors…every step of the way.

 

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The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. What does unity and collaboration in design mean to you?

Q2. How has collaboration shifted your process now that the internet makes costs and comparisons so transparent?

Q3. How do you retain your mystique as a designer while working in full collaboration and transparency?

Q4. What are some of the benefits that you can share as a result of collaboration?

Q5. How do you balance full inclusive collaboration while maintaining authority as the designer/project manager?

Q6. What trends have you seen lately that are influencing collaboration in the design industry, that weren’t happening 10 years ago? Share pics.

Q7. When building a successful team, communication and collaboration is vital. What are some tips for communicating with numerous team members?

Q8. How important is your relationship with your suppliers and manufacturers and how do you optimize communication and collaboration?

Q9. What are some top brand collaborations today, and why is it so important to the design industry?

Q10. As designers, what’s the most important thing about your relationship with your manufacturers/suppliers and vice versa?

Q11. When it comes to kitchen and bath design, what are some top tips to creating a unified cohesive space? Share pics.

Q12. Is social media an important element in collaborating with your favorite manufacturers?

Q13. Has social media helped you build your brand’s relationships with product manufacturers? Why is this relationship so important?

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January 31 at #KBtribechat – Designing for Manufacturing and Bringing Product to Market

Hosted by Toni Sabatino and Kim Vance.

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Baden Haus – Retro Collection

What does it take to design a product line? How do you bring it to market? Do you find yourself dreaming up product to suit a market niche and wonder where to get started? Join cohosts Toni Sabatino of Toni Sabatino Style, designer of the Retro Collection for Baden Haus and Kim Vance, designer and mastermind behind the Whyte and Company line of colored sinks, and founder of Thistle, a marketing agency dedicated to the interior design industry, to chat realities and misconceptions. Using your resources to create product is a dream but what is a realistic return for residual income?

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Whyte and Company sink

 

The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. Do you find yourself designing one offs due to lack of available product to suit your design project needs?

 

Q2. As a designer, how big of a factor is social media and personal branding on your attractiveness to  manufacturers for licensing?

 

Q3. Timing is everything! How important is networking for being in the right place at the right time?

 

Q4. People tend to think designers get rich with product design.  What is your conception of percentage of earning in product design?

 

Q5. Manufacturers: What attracts you to designers for product collaboration?

Designers: Do you look at company culture when considering alignment with a manufacturer?

 

Q6. What role does marketing play, and how can you be sure your product is represented the way you want it to be?

 

Q7. White-labeling  your own line versus licensing with an existing brand, which do you think is the most beneficial route to take?

 

Q8. Do you think that having in-depth product knowledge of the type of product you want to design is necessary before trying to design product for that industry?

 

Q9. Do you see mainly see designing product as more of a way to make additional income, an interesting artistic project or a way to bolster your brand?

 

Q10. What are the first steps you need to take in order to reach out to brands that you want to be aligned with?

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August 31st at #KBtribechat – Social Media and it’s Benefits for the Design Community

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Impromptu KBtribechat community photo at KBIS 2016

Our KBtribechat questions:

The big question! ( 1.) How has social media participation benefited your business?

2.) What advice do you have for the design pro who is skeptic about social media?

3.) What social platforms are musts? For what reasons?

Twitter is not just for news.  Twitter chat participation creates real connections and friendships. Most of us know each other through KBtribechat.

4.) Is Twitter useful to you beyond KBtribechat? How?

We’ve noticed a proliferation of “likes” on Twitter versus retweets. We prefer retweets!

5.) Do you have a strategy for when to like a tweet and when to retweet? Explain!

SnapChat is getting a lot of attention lately!

6.) Are you on SnapChat? Why? What tips do you have for sharing there?

Instagramable is now part of our vernacular when describing a beautiful spot worthy of a photograph. Most of us share there. 

7.) How are you using the new Instagram stories?

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April 13 at #KBtribechat – Social Media Tips for K+B Industry Pros

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1) What sites do you recommend for K+B industry pros who want to be active in social media? Why?

Q2) What is your strategy for managing social media accounts? This can be time consuming! Tips?

Q3a.) Instagram –  a popular site for sharing. Are you active there? Please share a links to your account(s) so we can make sure to follow.

Q3b.) Please share Instagram tips and pet peeves. How often do you share? What are best practices to gain followers?

Q4a.) Houzz – Do you have an account here? Share a link to your profile so we can make sure to follow!

Q4b.) Please share about your Houzz experience including tips and pet peeves.

Q5.) Facebook – Please share your FB page and share tips that you have found helpful for managing sharing here.

Q6.) LinkedIn – Do you share here?  Please share a link to your profile.  How often do you post? What is your objective for this site? Please share tips!

Q7.) Pinterest – Are you (still) active here?  Share a link so we can make sure to follow! Please share tips for best practices on this site.

Q8.) Google Plus – Do you share here? Please tweet links to your account(s). What do you find this site is best for? Is it still vibrant? Tips?

 

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August 12, 2015 at #KBtribechat: Instagram

A social media discussion for kitchen and bath industry professionals INSTAGRAM-logo-large Our discussion questions:

Instagram is currently a top place to share images and video! The format is perfect for sharing beautiful kitchen and bath design related pictures and ideas.

Q1.) Where can we find you on Instagram? Please share a link so we all can follow!

Q2.) What Instagram advice do you have to encourage good engagement?

Q3.) What tools do you use to make instagram more manageable?

Q4.) How often do you share on Instagram? Does it matter? Why?

Q5.) What tips do you have to get more likes? Do you reciprocate likes for likes?

Q6.) Do you have any Instagram pet peeves? Please share!

Q7.) Do you follow any hashtags on Instagram? Please share those you have found interesting!

Q8.) KBtribechat is new on Instagram and would like your feedback! What would you like to see us share?

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on Wednesday, August 12th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Hashtags and Community

We wholeheartedly agree with this!

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Words of wisdom from Hashtracking:

“When is a hashtag more than a hashtag? When it’s the rallying call of a community!

Community hashtags have been around since the dawn of Twitter. Some of them evolved out of weekly special interest chats, some are the result of a compelling cause, and still others have taken root because of a charismatic individual, whose following has fueled ongoing discussion.

Community hashtags may spring from different sources but they have much in common including:

  • A sense of camaraderie and like-mindedness. Community hashtag participants often share similar goals and challenges and are quick to help each other out.
  • A desire and willingness to share openly and earnestly, and learn from one another.
  • A range of users/skills, from relative newbie to expert.
  • An ongoing conversation. Community hashtags, unlike campaign or event hashtags, have no specific end date. While conversations may be scheduled and moderated (as with chats) at a regular hour each week, the conversations spill beyond this time slot and the hashtag remains an open line for comment 24/7
  • A non marketing bent. Community hashtags, while not necessarily devoid of marketing messages, serve the community first, and brands second. One of the reasons why it is challenging for brands to establish true community is because the agenda of generating sales often conflicts with the more altruistic goals of community.”

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Social Media Management for K+B Pros

With so many sites to choose from, social media can be time consuming and a maze to figure out!  We must have a strategy to manage our business accounts.  It is fortunate that the KBtribechat community has a wealth of information to share on the topic to help those who are just starting out.

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A  social media tip from us – if you are a kitchen and bath industry pro who is active on Twitter (or wants to be), we recommend our KBtribechat discussions as a must! Participating with us on Wednesdays insures your Twitter time is well spent.

Our discussion questions: 

What are the must places to be online? These are the places we focus our attention on!

What are the secondary places to be online? These are sites where you recommend setting up a profile but rarely update.

What strategies help manage your social media accounts successfully?

Share tips to save time managing social media.

What are your SoMe pet peeves? Understanding the things that irritate people online helps us know what not to do!

Join our Twitter discussion on April 23rd from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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