Developing training skills, using tools to enhance business practices, and getting a leg up on the competition with siding tips are always top-of-mind for building professionals. Participating in ongoing training and keeping up with industry best practices lead to better builds—and happier clients.
In today’s landscape of high competition and new ways of interacting with clients, easy-to-access virtual resources have become even more important. That’s why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is committed to providing you the tools you need to keep up with the changing landscape. Here’s a look at our offerings:
One Click Contractor
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is in partnership with the One Click Contractor to offer a fully virtual sales experience. Providing pros with the resources they need to complete the job without ever having to set foot in the customer’s home, this solution is as important as ever in the age of social distancing. The digital platform allows pros to keep their entire workflow—from creating estimates to receiving payment—in one system with real-time automated updates to create a faster, more efficient and transparent sales process. As a bonus, LP® BuildSmart™ program pros receive exclusive pricing and can use their BuildSmart points to purchase seats for One Click Contractor.
This summer, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding launched a free comprehensive online training portal filled with education and training resources for building. An interactive portal featuring quick and simple siding installation how-to videos, in-home selling tips and more, LP SkillBuilder provides 24/7 hands-on learning to assist pros every step of the way. To check out the program and unlock access, click here and simply enter your contact information to unlock the resources.
Virtual Training Events for Remodelers
Of course, getting your hands on the product and learning how to install it in person is crucial for development. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding has always been dedicated to offering construction training opportunities for remodelers—even in times when in-person events are no longer possible.
During COVID-19, we have adapted how we approach our training to host virtual events led by The Kruse Brothers to cover product installation, selling tips and more. With polls, chats and sessions tailored to customers’ locations, the virtual events are designed to provide tailored guidance according to geographic region. Due to the success of the virtual training events, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding plans to continue offering them (in addition to in-person trainings) to meet the diverse needs of contractors. Remodeling pros interested in attending can reach out to their local LP SmartSide sales representative for details.
LP SmartSide Home Visualizer and Other Online Tools
LP also works to provide digital resources on LPCorp.com, such as detailed product pages, installation documents, LP SmartSide limited warranty information and more. Case studies provide project inspiration and highlight best practices, while LP’s professionally focused blog and social media are designed to inform builders and distributors about best practices and to provide installation tips. Whether professionals dig in for the latest technical advice or show a client the gallery section for inspiration, LP’s digital presence serves as a great ongoing resource.
Investment in Technology to Build a Better World
From exclusive construction training opportunities to marketing support and a streamlined contractor sales process, with LP’s help professionals have all they need to grow their businesses and connect with more clients. Check out more information about building with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding here.
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