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January 25th at #KBtribechat – How Our Industry is Evolving

A kitchen and bath industry business management discussion!

Hosted by Susie Feia.

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie’s KBtribechat Questions:

1.) The K&B industry is evolving. What new practices & trends do you see that help you be successful?

2.) What are your biggest challenges that still need to be solved?

3.) How does smart technology play a role in your business?

4.) Share your favorite apps that help you run your business!

5.) Clients now have access to all things design on the web. How do you harness this in a beneficial way?

6.) Video is the next big thing in SoMe. Do you use it yet for business? What feedback do you get? #kbtribechat

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on Wednesday, January 25

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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SHOWROOMS: Heaven or H*ll

Having great trade partners can make a huge difference in helping your business run smoothly and create ecstatic, loyal clients. Showrooms are a key piece of this network! Vendors must not only showcase excellent quality goods, but must communicate well, offer meaningful trade discounts, and ship quickly. Plus, they must be able to efficiently resolve any problems when they arise (and you know they always do!)
On the flip side of this coin, a bad experience with a showroom can make your life a living h*ll! No one likes the stress of dealing with an angry, unhappy client. Not to mention, a botched order has the potential to erode your profit margins. Based on the many spirited discussions found on Social Media, this is obviously a hot topic for many.
On September 30, Susie Feia of Feia Construction will be hosting #KBTribeChat on “Showrooms: Heaven or H*ll”. If you manage a showroom, or your product is offered in a showroom, join us to get valuable insight from those who order from you. And if you’re a designer who uses showrooms, now is your chance to offer your feedback knowing many brands will be listening!!

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Here are our discussion questions:

• What factors make you loyal to a showroom?

• How important is trade pricing and exclusivity to you?

• If there’s a problem, how can the showroom best help?

• How would you like showrooms to improve?

• How best can a showroom support you in closing the sale with your clients?

• How likely are you to order from a brand that only has an on-line presence (no physical location)?

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie Feia

About Susie Feia
Susie is part of the husband/wife team that owns Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design-build firm in Wisconsin. This family-run firm has been transforming homes and delighting clients for 29 years. Susie serves on the Milwaukee NARI board, leads WINN (Women in NARI Networking) and will be a VFTI speaker for her fourth time at KBIS2016. In addition, she volunteers her time with other local community organizations. You can find her on the web, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

On Wednesday, September 30th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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2014 Kitchen Trends

There is nothing more exciting than starting off a new year. Fresh and full of possibilities, it is always fun to see what is emerging, especially in the world of design. And with KBIS 2014 just around the corner, what better way to start the year then with a discussion on ….Trends in Kitchen Design!

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Join us on January 8 to contribute your expertise and observations. We want to know what YOU are seeing in the marketplace and at industry shows. What new features, colors and materials are trending this year? Which ones are destined to become classics? Which ones will your clients actually live with? What in the kitchen marketplace are you lusting after?

Here’s what we’ll discuss:

  1. What trends are you seeing in kitchen cabinetry? New design options, materials, finishes, hardware?
  2. What countertop materials/colors are most popular?
  3. What color palettes and design elements are trending?
  4. What’s new in kitchen appliances and fixtures?
  5. What’s exciting in other kitchen products like lighting or flooring?
  6. Is “aging-in-place” playing a role in kitchen design trends?
  7. How important is luxury in 2014 kitchen design?
  8. What is your personal favorite kitchen trend and why?

P.S. I know an hour is not enough time to talk trends, but we’ll do our best to squeeze it all in!

As a little food for thought, here are some forecast trends from a few in the industry:

Elle Décor: Bejeweled Kitchens and lighter woods

Huff Post Homes reports the 3 biggest trends are black countertops, open shelving and dark paints:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/kitchen-trends_n_4442420.html

This survey by Houzz in October 2013 highlights what’s trending in actual kitchen remodels.

**If you’ve done a blog post on 2014 trends, tweet links to share them with the group! Use the hashtag #kbtribechat.

**Also, join us on Pinterest with our #kbtribechat board: http://www.pinterest.com/kbtribechat/2014-kitchen- trends/ Share examples of kitchen trends that will be popular in 2014.

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie Feia is the host for this week’s chat. Susie is owner of Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design/build firm in Waukesha, WI. Together with her husband, this family team has been delighting clients for 28 years. Originally specializing in historic restoration, they have evolved into a full-service remodeling firm where they handle projects from design concept to completion and also occasionally build high-end custom homes. Whether a single room (like a kitchen) or an entire home renovation, they are known for their creative design solutions, very personal, collaborative relationships, and the highest quality craftsmanship. Their philosophy is to enhance the client’s unique lifestyle with functional, timeless designs, while capturing the client’s personality with style.

Passionate about what she does, Susie stays on the cutting edge of what’s new in design and remodeling. She is a board member of Milwaukee NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), founder of a women’s networking group, and is a member of Powerhouse Smart, a regional organization for the luxury market. She also volunteers her time with local community chambers, the Salvation Army and Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee. Susie is a speaker at KBIS2014 and other industry events, a frequent contributor to the press and radio programs, and is active on social media. Find her at Twitter, Pinterest , Facebook , G+ and LinkedIn.

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