Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Home & Garden Shows Great Place to meet & greet

Home & Garden Shows are a great venue for both consumers and service providers to meet & greet.Almost any home product or service that you can imagine will be represented at a show. You'll meet contractors landscapers, architects and interior designers. You'll also have a chance to see sampling of products such as the newest in flooring and walkways to transform your home and add to its appeal. View displays of kitchens, baths, windows, doors, appliances, furnishings, spas, pools, fireplaces, sunrooms and so much more. Come with ideas and an open mind. You'll leave with inspiration.

• You can meet hundreds of exhibitors under one roof.
• Discover new, interesting products and services.
• Find the best resources in remodeling, landscaping and design services.
• Compare and save.
• Speak with experts.

Special offers and show pricing will be some of the best you can get on desired products and services. Vendors invest a lot when they participate in shows and they want to recoup costs by offer pricing that you may not get elsewhere.

Tips: If you are going with a specific project in mind, do a bit of research before. Establish if the information and offer you get from show vendors are truly good. Be ready to act fast. In the current economical environment vendors are very motivated to make a deal at close to cost.
Enjoy yourself! Going to a Home show is fun and low cost entertainment. Kids are normally free and discount coupons can be found on the show websites. Shows have something for the entire family with meeting a celebrity personality to seeing unusual exhibits. If you aren't in the market for home improvements services now, as a homeowner, it's inevitable that you will. Being informed of various services and products will come in handy!

Home Shows bring you closer to consumers: Home Remodeling is flourishing and is expected to see continual growth in the coming years. Money will be spent on kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, expanded living spaces, exteriors and landscaping.

Capture your fair share!

The Home Show consistently attracts a large, quality audience, ready to buy and eager to learn about the latest products and services for their homes.

• Build relationships.
• Create and build brand awareness.
• Demonstrate the latest products and services to a motivated, targeted audience who can see, touch and buy your product.
Get a return on your investment. Attending shows are an investment and you will want to get a return. By setting goals and creating a plan, you can easily determine the outcome of your participation.

Here are a few suggestions to get the most out of a show.
Collect contact information: Consumers who may only want information now may be a sale in the coming months. By collecting contact information and sending emails periodically about your services, you will stay in their minds when they are ready to buy.
Strike while the iron is hot! If you promise to send more information, a sample or to call to set an appointment, don't put it off.
You have a small window of opportunity while the show is fresh in your prospects' minds.
Don't lose a potential sale with bad follow up.
Share the cost - Consider inviting another service provider that complements your product or service to join you and help defer some of the expense of participation. This can be very productive as you may attract consumers that otherwise may not have considered you.

Come by and see us: Instone will be present at the:Maryland Garden and Home Show(March 13-15, 2009)Home Builders Association of Maryland Builder Mart Show (March 25, 2009)Atlantic Builders Convention(April 22-24, 2009)

We will be available to show you product samples, provide catalogs and to give out general information about the Instone product lines. Please visit our website to view the design gallery and to request information on home improvement, product distribution and to find dealers and masons. See you at the show!

Instone is the largest distributor of Owens Corning Cultured Stone®, Prostone® in the country. Instone product line includes Nappa Valley Cast Stone, Semco Thin Cut Natural Stone, Arcast – Architectural Pre-Cast Products and FireRock. Instone has been in business over 25 years serving Maine to Virginia, with distribution centers in Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia. Contact Instone today for product information, dealerships, and to become a Select Installer.

The Instone Team

Phone: (888) 467-8250Email: C.Williams@instoneco.com