We may be living in one of the greatest eras of opportunity in recent history. It may look grim right now, and we have fond memories of the early 2000s, when sometimes all it took to win was just to show up. But the good news is the current economy presents an opportunity to rethink and reinvent our industry.
If you want to make your mark from here on out, you’re going to have to put it all on the line: your finances, your intellect and your guts.
So, are there any risk-takers out there still with me?
Think hard about it. We are part of an industry that is ripe for innovation. The recent market conditions have taken away the proverbial low hanging fruit, but the need for shelter will grow as we continue to have babies and keep our doors open to immigration.
What will it take?
If you’re an architect, is it time to design differently? Will it be more sensible size designed to minimize impact on energy and environment going forward? Is it time to explore the creation of denser clusters, and perhaps introduce community in places you have never thought about community before?
If you’re a builder, is it time to get over stick built? Does anyone want a “stick built” car? Toaster? Are you ready to rethink how you put a home together? Push the envelope on efficiency. Open up new markets with amazing affordability. Get local governments to get in on the game of creating more housing and less “mitigation”?
Can we learn to market more efficiently? How long are we going to depend on the newspapers? Whine about how much we spend on monthly new home glossy magazines? And then complain about how poorly all of it works, while we come back for more of the same, year-after-year?
Today, Fusionhappens pushed the reset button. We’ve moved ourselves back to the waterfront home where we began this adventure a number of years ago, co-located with our friends Mithun in Seattle Pier 56.
Business for Fusionhappens has actually been pretty good lately.
Why? Because we’re finding new ways to help our clients reach their customers. We’ve taken the plunge and made our investments in social media. We are teaching our clients how to build websites that empower them to do their own updates. We’re creating new tools to track leads and to radically improve the Search Engine performance for our clients’ websites. We’re finding new and more efficient ways to create marketing materials. And we are insisting that everyone we work with (especially clients) adhere to the mantra “waste nothing; measure everything.”
Sorry that today’s blog is a commercial, but today is a big day for us as we settle in our new work space.
Please accept our invitation and our challenge to take what the market has handed us and make something truly new, fresh and IMPORTANT.
Lives are shaped in the homes we design, build and market. Let’s do more than our best. Let’s do something new.
1201 Alaskan Way, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98101