First, we’d just like to give a quick nod to the team at Specbooks. They’ve built a nice basic tool for plumbing showrooms, and if you’re here because you’re evaluating SPEX Builder by Bravo Business Media or looking for a strong alternative to Specbooks, then you’re already doing the right thing by looking at our premium solutions that will help you earn more for your business and grow in many ways.
SPEX Builder vs Specbooks
Sure, both technology-driven products assist businesses and showrooms to produce a variety of specification documents and presentations for their clients, however, there are differences between the two product selection and presentation tools (which we get into further down this page if you’re interested).
But the biggest difference between SPEX Builder and Specbooks is our content management philosophy, which establishes direct relationships with over 1,100 manufacturers – assuring the highest data quality, timeliness, and accuracy. That’s something they can’t claim.
Bravo Business Media continues to build upon the past success and future opportunities within the markets we serve with a network and business model designed specifically for independent plumbing distributors, appliance dealers, hearth and home businesses, and lighting showrooms, while the folks at Specbooks continue to operate with programs that were developed with limited scope and an unclear charter for their clients.
So, long story short: If you’re in the decorative, commercial, or wholesale plumbing, hardware, and lighting business and looking for product content and sales solutions that leverage the power of the Internet with tools to help your sales associates efficiently select and present products, then you’re in the right place.
Come on in. The water’s warm.
Need more convincing?
We get it. So, the rest of this page is for you. We sat down with a few of our clients to help write this page and asked each of them: “Hey…if you had to put a page up on our website breaking down the top reasons why people pick Bravo Business Media’s SPEX Builder vs. Specbooks, what would you say?” Here’s what they said:
Judy Kimble of Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath division of First Supply (and former Specbooks client) speaks to Bravo Business Media on the benefits of SPEX Builder and her company’s experience in their first year of implementation
Cara Clayton, VP of Showrooms for the WPSCO and Capital Supply organization, described their decision to move forward with Bravo Business Media on this project. “We were looking to update our existing website,” she said, “and did our due-diligence in researching who we wanted to partner with on this new path. We had a pre-arranged call with Glenda McCarthy, one of the company’s salespeople, who took several hours to walk us through a demo. She was so genuinely nice and gave us the confidence to partner with Bravo. We’re grateful for the patience Glenda and the Bravo team had during each step — before we even signed on the dotted line.” Read the entire story here
Dawn Taylor of Keenan Supply described the ease of working with Bravo Business Media on her project: “Business as we have always known it is changing, and we have to step into the future. Bravo’s solution makes it possible for us to provide a professional site that is easy for everyone to use, which is a must in today’s world of e-commerce. Giving the team at Bravo Business Media the information they needed to create our site was simple and took very little time on our part. They had our site was up and running very quickly. And an even greater benefit is that the maintenance is totally done by Bravo! I never have to give it a second thought.” Read the entire story here
Emil Neufeld, Executive Vice President at Crescent Supply notes, “This solution also helps our sales team put together high-quality look books for customers. With our previous solution, the pictures and descriptions weren’t nearly as precise and consistent. Now, our sales team can quickly and easily produce very clean, appealing visual presentations that knock the socks off of what we did in the past. It also saves them a lot of time because everything is right there in one location — they don’t have to search through multiple manufacturers’ websites to download images and copy descriptions.” Read the entire story here
Boston Bath, the showroom division of Economy Plumbing & Heating Supply was looking for a partner that “could offer us a turnkey solution that would not only expand our showroom product offering into the virtual world and help shorten the sales cycle,” explained Showroom Sales Professional, Steven Conneen. “We were really quite impressed with the number of features offered, including SPEX Builder and Hang Tags, which we believe will help our showroom staff tighten the sales loop and keep our customers from ‘shopping’ us.” Read the entire story here
General Plumbing Supply’s Showroom Manager shares her perspective on what makes Bravo Business Media different.