|Architectural Specification Program
What do RBA’s representatives do when they visit a
design professional’s office?
representatives will present the unique benefits of your
product to the spec writer, project architect, or decision
maker early in the project design process, during pre-design,
and at times during the conceptual stage of a project.
We try to get a proprietary specification for your product,
which will have enormous "holding power." Our
representatives are reliable and will answer questions,
solve problems, or
assist with specifications. We order catalogs, specifications,
samples, and request box lunch presentations from you on
behalf of the design professionals to assist them in product
selection and for writing their project specifications
Why should I hire RBA to make specification calls instead
of hiring someone to directly work for our company?
RBA has access to "hard
to see" architectural firms and spec writers because
they know us. They see us because we will not waste their
time when we are educating them about your product technology.
We can help you establish better communications with design
professionals and spec writers with whom you are having difficulty.
Many times architects are reluctant to tell product reps
about problems, but they will tell us. We can find out what
the problems are and how they can be corrected.
|RBA saves your staff and
reps valuable time by calling on design professionals, so they
can be selling in the field. Are your reps paid to call on
architects or to move product? Are they evaluated on the number
of architects they visit? Reps are busy solving field problems,
calling on customers and putting together bids. Often they
are unable to find the needed time to call on the design professionals
in their territory.
|Hiring a full time rep to make architectural specification
calls is very expensive due to salary, benefits, and travel expenses.
Our specification program lowers your personnel costs. Current
estimates are that the average direct company rep costs the company
$90,000 to $100,000 per year. Do you really want to add another
company rep to your payroll to concentrate on design professionals?
We identify your local rep or distributor in the area to the
design professional. Your representative will get the results
of our face-to-face meetings and can make follow-up calls, as
requested by the design professionals.
How do I determine the success of the architectural specifications
|The success of the program
can be determined by three criteria: company and product recognition,
education, and specification. Our representatives have three
goals when they walk into a design professional’s office.
First, we build name recognition for your company and product
line. After our initial visit, your reps and marketing team
should feel confident that the design professional recognizes
your brand and is aware of your company.
|During our presentation,
our representatives will educate the design professional about
the basic benefits of your product. Educating the design professional
is crucial in getting your product specified. Finally, we ask
that the design professional include your product’s in
their office master specifications.
|"Hot leads" are
emailed daily to your company. A spec writer will not wait
long to receive help from a manufacturer. RBA’s communications
will inform you who to contact and what urgent requests are
concerning. Often, this occurs when a spec is being finalized
and we have an excellent chance to get your products in the
specification. Reports are written for all calls we make and
are submitted to you at the end of each call period. You can
then send these call reports to the appropriate rep or distributor
for sales follow up.
How much does the Architectural Specification Program cost?
|RBA is paid no commissions.
We work on a monthly retainer basis. This fee includes our
representatives salary, travel expenses (airfare, hotel,
rental car, etc.), and all administrative costs. There are
fees. We have several programs to fit your company’s
budget. We can create a national program for you to maximize
the 50+ markets that we visit or we can develop a regional
What is the most important aspect of the Architectural Specification
|Follow up! Once our
representatives begin making architectural specification presentations
to design professionals, there needs to be a point person in
your office to perform the follow up. Follow up might be as
simple as sending product literature or guide specs. "Hot
leads" and weekly call reports are emailed to your company
every week. A spec writer will not wait long to receive help
from a manufacturer. Therefore, someone on your staff must
be able to quickly respond to guide spec and product literature
requests, technical and pricing questions, and anything else
that the design professional asks for. The point person might
also send the “hot leads” to reps in the field
to follow up on. This helps establish a relationship between
your company and the design professional after our initial
What is continuing education for design professionals?
|All architects who are
AIA members must complete 18 Learning Units (LU’s)
annually to retain their membership. Architects in most U.S.
states and Canadian provinces must meet Mandatory
Continuing Education (MCE) requirements for licensure. Eventually
all states will require MCE. A learning unit represents approximately
one hour of study time. Eight of those LU’s must be of
Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) designation, which is a quality
standard set by the Architectural Record Examiners board, (ARE).
AIA also requires four hours of Sustainable Design (SD) education.
SD courses are hosted at www.GreenCE.com provided by GreenCE,
Inc. HSW and SD LUs are the most sought after credits by design
Inc. and GreenCE, Inc. can
host, manage, and market courses for your company
that have the HSW or SD designation.
How much does a CE course cost to develop and host with RBA?
|The cost to sponsor and
host a CE course is much cheaper compared to other marketing
You get the most “bang for
your buck” educating design professionals through a CE
program. To determine the cost, we will have you fill out a
course development form. The form will list all of the materials
have available to develop a CE course with such as digital
photos, CAD details, video clips, case studies, as well as
The more material you can provide to us, the less expensive
the development costs. For example, you may already have a
presentation that can be incorporated into a course.
|After receiving the course
development form and reviewing your materials, our continuing
education department will provide you
with a free estimate for the development and registration of
the course. The monthly hosting fee is determined by how many
CE courses you currently have sponsored. Many manufacturers
sponsor both face-to-face and online courses. We discount
monthly hosting fee for all additional CE courses after the
development of the first course you sponsor.