Tag: Twitter

Jun 03 2013

SpecifiedBy goes to public Beta

Since November 2012, I’ve been tracking the early development of construction product specification start-up SpecifiedBy, which CEO Darren Lester launched in private Beta mode at Ecobuild in March (in the meantime, he also launched a Twitter-based specification service, @SocialSpec). This week SpecifiedBy is being launched in public Beta mode. Edinburgh, UK-based SpecifiedBy aims to take …

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May 24 2013

Construction, CRM and social media

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‘Enterprise social networks’ and ‘enterprise collaboration’ are terms being increasingly associated with customer relationship management (CRM), and may change face of construction sales, marketing and customer service. On Tuesday, I attended a London seminar organised by m-hance concerning its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and related tools. As a construction PR and marketing …

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May 01 2013

Two elements of BIM marketing for product manufacturers

The BIM bandwagon is not slowing down. Instead, it appears to be accelerating as we head towards the UK Government’s initial target of “Level 2″ adoption by 2016, and with more specifiers likely to seek BIM information, product manufacturers need to be thinking about how they will respond. There are two elements to content creation …

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Apr 26 2013

RICS members: Twitter’s not about “what I had for breakfast”!

[Warning: rant] If RICS wants to help building surveyors use social media effectively, they should invite conference speakers who know what they are talking about. I attended the RICS Building Surveying conference in London yesterday* and sat through a couple of break-out sessions that took my fancy. The afternoon one was on BIM for building …

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Apr 23 2013

Specifiedby.com pushing “social specification”

I’ve written about SpecifiedBy several times (eg: November 2012, January 2013), impressed by CEO Darren Lester’s energy and enthusiasm to use social media to facilitate the construction specification process. Having launched his site at Ecobuild and started two blogs last month (post), Darren is now aiming to use Twitter to help people get recommendations of …

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Apr 03 2013

Top 100 real estate blogs

I’m not sure if appearing in a ranking of top Tweeters, bloggers, Facebook users, etc makes the slightest difference (see my thoughts on PeerIndex for example), but this blog appears – at number 86 – in an infographic of the “Top 100 real estate blogs to follow in 2013”.   Tweet

Nov 18 2012

AEC design specification market hotting up

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As a construction technology blogger with a strong interest in PR and marketing across architecture, engineering and construction, I see and hear about a lot of web-based ventures targeting the sector. With building information modelling looming increasingly large, many long-standing practices and processes are going to change quite radically, and design specification is one area …

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Nov 16 2012

CIOB-backed Designing Buildings Wiki

Some coincidences…. First, the Chartered Institute of Building magazine, Construction Manager, recently published an article by me looking at some of the latest examples of construction-specific social media tools (see It’s Social, but it’s still media). Next, on Wednesday evening, I travelled to Chelmsford to talk to the Essex branch of the CIOB about social …

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Nov 02 2012

Find me a photographer! – The power of Twitter

After a mix-up in communications ahead of a major client event yesterday, I suddenly found myself without a professional photographer to cover the visit of a government minister and a carefully planned photo-opportunity at the launch of the Association of Engineering Doctorates (AEngD). As you might expect, I called a couple of my usual contacts …

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Aug 14 2012

Announcing the Be2Awards 2012

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In January 2011 I wrote about the inaugural Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (of which I am organiser). These are being held again, and remain distinctly social. Nominations for the BeAwards 2012 (which opened yesterday) are being crowd-sourced, and will be voted upon by the same crowd. The intention …

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