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Employee turnover vs. retention — which one costs you more?
By Harry J. Friedman
Almost every retail business owner knows employee turnover is a fact of life, as it is in most any kind of business. It's just multiplied by about 10 zillion in retail. The number of employees leaving their jobs may have dropped during the recent recession, but turnover is already starting to increase again as the economy heals. The typical view on employee turnover is that it's costly in terms of the time and money to find and train someone new. Another important consideration that's often overlooked is the cost in terms of customer loyalty.
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NARI NEWS


Tips to gain traffic at your next home show
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Benjamin Plumbing uses touchable products to draw homeowners into its home show booth.
As you prepare for home show season, make sure you’re making the most of the investment in terms of traffic. Incorporate some of these tips — including sending personal invites to your prospect list and providing memorable swag, such as a calendar featuring your award-winning or most interesting projects.

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NARI supports Design and Construction Week
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI is proud to be part of Design & Construction Week, starting Feb. 4, in Las Vegas. NARI National Members also are participating. See what activities are going on during IBS, KBIS and the International Window Coverings Expo.
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NARI BENEFITS CORNER


Have you received your 2 percent rebate?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI members are privy to some rebates and discounts from stores such as The Home Depot. Make sure you’ve registered for The Home Depot’s rebate program to receive 2 percent back on all purchases you make at The Home Depot throughout the year. On average, NARI members have received a rebate of $728.
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CHAPTER NEWS


NARI of Minnesota
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Are you making the most of your NARI membership? Join NARI of Minnesota, Tuesday, Feb. 11, and find out. Take part in this lively discussion from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and provide feedback to the chapter. There will be a catered dinner. The cost for members is $35 if you register by Feb. 6. Non-members are $50. Find out more and register at the chapter’s website.
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NARI of Silicon Valley
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you were not able to attend the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in January, NARI of Silicon Valley has you covered. The chapter will host a lunch and learn Tuesday, Feb. 4, to provide you with new ideas on the latest TVs and installation techniques, TV mounting hardware, futureproofing audio/video, internet wiring, disappearing speaker options, outdoor video / sound, and guidance on designing technology-friendly cabinetry. A box lunch from Panera will be served. The cost to attend is $10. Find out more and register on the chapter’s website.
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San Francisco Bay Area NARI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The February chapter meeting topic for the San Francisco Bay Area NARI chapter is “Three Tools to put your Business on the Fast Track to Profitability.” The meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Takeaways from this meeting include: a how-to on creating a marketing plan, record lead history and measuring conversion, best practices for developing and maintaining an annual budget and how to develop meaningful client experiences. The cost to attend this meeting is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Find out more and register on the chapter’s website.
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SALES AND MARKETING INTEL


Has HR become the marketer of the employer brand?
Business 2 Community
One of the biggest trends in marketing may not even be happening in the marketing department at all. As millennials enter the workforce, they are placing tough expectations on employers. They are looking for the latest and greatest technology. They are looking for brands that will develop their skills and help them reach their potential as business professionals.
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How to choose the right digital marketing model
strategy+business
Look at virtually any consumer industry and you’ll see how changes in digital technology are fundamentally altering the way that consumers engage with brands before, during and after a purchase. Consumers today expect to browse, research, solicit feedback, evaluate and push the “buy” button at their own pace, and at the time and place — and via the platform — of their choosing.
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Residential Construction and Remodeling Expo kicks off in Atlanta
Woodworking Network
The Residential Construction and Remodeling Expo, a new meeting place for the international building industry, premieres at the Georgia World Congress Center on Oct. 7 – 9. Established by the U.S. subsidiary NürnbergMesse, the expo focuses on new building and remodeling of private houses and is intended for the broad target group of building planners and contractors.
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4 ways to crowdsource your marketing success
The Huffington Post
Crowd sourcing as a viable business model has existed for years. Lending Tree has done this for bank loans. Priceline has done it for discount travel. However, when you're a marketer, you need to deploy marketing campaigns quickly, easily and inexpensively with at least a somewhat reliable outcome.
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BY THE NUMBERS


Homeowners expected to spend more on remodeling
Market Watch
Researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies think there will a fresh crop of homeowners, finally going forward with postponed remodeling plans in 2014. In fact, they are expecting 10 percent to 15 percent growth in remodeling spending through the third quarter of this year, compared with the same period a year ago — which would add up to a, “Very good year for the industry,” said Abbe Will, the research analyst who puts together Harvard’s Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity.
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Energy-efficient trend is here to stay
News Tribune
Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you’re talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Upgrading a few key systems can help homeowners involved in remodeling projects improve their homes’ energy efficiency and operate their households in a more environmentally conscious way.
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Most popular remodeling projects
Market Watch
Remodeling spending is expected to jump this year, as homeowners begin to feel more comfortable about their home’s value — and have improved access to home-equity funds that will help them pay for the jobs. The following are five key areas where homeowners are expected to spend their remodeling dollars this year, identified by those who follow the industry closely.
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SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE


Homeowners follow trends in remodeling
Seacoast Online
Over the past few years, the design world has been blending different aspects from all building styles — modern, classic, antique and contemporary — and Seacoast is seeing that trend continuing to evolve. New England designers, builders and homeowners are not being held back by one particular style, but instead are having fun and being bold in their designs, and it has yielded some very interesting and fun projects.
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Stress is overlooked in health and safety occupations
Professional Remodeler
The 2014 MySafetySign Health and Safety Industry Survey revealed that stress is the most overlooked workplace concern. MySafetySign's first annual survey explores the issues and changes currently facing the health and safety industry. Of surveyed professionals, 24 percent mention stress and 20 percent mention overworking as the main safety hazards that go unnoticed.
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Retirement plans for small business owners
USA Today
Americans ages 55 to 64 are fast becoming entrepreneurs. In fact, the share of new entrepreneurs in that age group grew from 14.3 percent to 23.4 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to the 2013 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. And if you're among that group of entrepreneurs who are trying to save for retirement while building your business, there's a plethora of plans from which to choose, including SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE-IRAs, SIMPLE 401(k)s, small-business owner 401(k)s, traditional 401(k)s, money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans and defined benefit plans.
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TECHNOLOGY NEWS


The best back-office software for small businesses
Venture Beat
Businesses are fundamentally about money: making money, managing money, and paying money to employees or other businesses. Every business — even those “billion dollar” startups that don’t make a cent — needs to stay on top of its finances. Back in the day, actual humans using actual pieces of paper took care of accounting, payroll, benefit enrollment, expenses, reporting and all the other nitty-gritty, tedious, yet critical elements of running a business.
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New thinking and technology helps small businesses adapt dynamic pricing strategies
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Many business owners struggle with pricing. Should their first concern be covering costs or figuring out what the market will bear? How do they determine what the market will pay without raising prices high enough that some customers flee? And can they offer discounts without damaging their price brand?
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