Why 1-to-1 Events are an Unbeatable Sales Tool for Building Product Manufacturers

In the ultra-competitive world of the building product manufacturer, one-to-one events are emerging as the standout sales tool that can give you an edge. As technology and consumer preferences continue to shift, the impact and significance of face-to-face, personal interactions is nothing short of profound, especially if you're talking to the true project influencers in your sector. One-to-one events allow you to sit down with those senior architects, designers and specifiers, giving you time and space to engage and educate these potential clients, showcase new technologies, develop and tailor your products and ultimately build relationships and trust.

In this article, we reveal why one-to-one events are an unbeatable strategy for building product manufacturers looking to increase meaningful, long-term business in an increasingly competitive industry. If you’re not yet familiar with one-to-one events, there’s more on the format here.

1. Personalization and Connection

You can’t beat meeting people in the flesh. The best business deserves it: The handshake, the look in the eye and all the subtleties and feelings that heighten the experience, making it more impactful, memorable and real. And, as interactions are increasingly relegated to virtual meetings, one-on-one interaction romps ahead for building rapport and establishing trust. It also demonstrates a commitment and intent on both sides which gets things off to the best start possible.

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2. Tailored Solutions

A one-size-fits-all approach is fast becoming obsolete in the era of personalized experiences. One-to-one events allow you to get to know your clients better so you get a truer feel for what they need, so you can tailor solutions accordingly. Such ‘personalisation’ makes your customers happier because they feel they are being treated as the uniquely needful individuals that they are and it shows that you care about what they need and are minded to deliver it.

3. Demonstrating Expertise

One-to-one events give you a platform to showcase your expertise and specialist knowledge within your industry. They give you an opportunity to be generous with your knowledge, sharing insights, offering advice and providing solutions which position you as a trusted authority and go-to expert and the one they will call when a need arises.

4. Addressing Concerns Directly

Every client will have concerns about using a new product in a particular project. One-to-one events provide a space where they can level with you about these concerns, helping to alleviate frustrations and provide clarity. Quality, one-on-one time brings openness which helps to identify and overcome barriers to purchase.


5. Shorter Sales Cycle

One-to-one events allow you to nurture relationships in a more personalized manner which can significantly shorten the sales cycle. You can also spot high-potential leads quickly and focus your efforts on those prospects, making sales much more likely and making better use of your time and energies. Being able to have meaningful discussions allows you to address concerns, provide solutions, and guide potential clients toward making informed decisions, translating into quicker conversions, increased revenue and a bigger smile on your face.

6. Showcasing Product Value

One-to-one interactions help you to communicate the unique value propositions of your products. This personalized pitch ensures that potential clients fully understand how your products align with their needs and give a clearer picture of how they can enhance current and future projects.

7. Gathering Insights for Product Development

High-level conversations at one-to-one events not only feed sales but also give you invaluable insights and feedback about your products, helping to inform product improvements, future offerings and your whole regional strategy.


8. Know your Customer

The depth of conversation you’re afforded at one-to-one events enables you to get to know your customers in a way that simply isn't possible anywhere else. Conversations get beyond the sales pitch, becoming more relaxed, meaningful and open, allowing you to really get to know your customers. Who are they and what really matters to them? Deepening that connection gives you a better foundation for your business relationship. Understanding your customers’ pain points and preferences is the stuff that will keep you ahead of the competition.

9. Stand out from the Competition

One-to-one events set you apart and distinguish your brand as one that values individualised attention above impersonal, mass marketing efforts. The personal touch is essential to understanding your clients’ needs and will help to elevate you as a bona-fide partner in their eyes rather than just another vendor.


10. Showcase Innovation

In an industry driven by innovation, one-to-one events provide a stage to showcase your latest products and technologies. And, if your audience happens to consist of leaders and innovators in architecture and design, it’s a chance to appeal to their sensibilities.

Conveying the unique features of your products to those who can see them featured in the most prestigious projects on the planet will help to position your brand at the forefront of innovation and design.

11. Make a Lasting Impression

Meaningful one-to-one interactions leave a lasting impression on attendees. Clients and partners are more likely to remember a good conversation and a shared moment than a generic advertisement or a rushed sales pitch at a trade show booth. The impression you make can drive word-of-mouth referrals and generate a suitably positive buzz around you and your brand.

12. Build Trust and Relationships

In a competitive market, trust and relationships are paramount. Successful one-to-one events help you build meaningful business relationships that last. They provide a platform to establish genuine connections with potential clients, architects, designers, specifiers, contractors and other stakeholders. These interactions help build trust by having time and space to showcase your expertise, willingness to listen, eagerness to collaborate and how you can make your clients’ lives easier and better.

Clients who experience personal care and attention are far more likely to return for future projects and to recommend you to their network. Such relationships tend to extend beyond a single sale, ensuring ongoing business, which is the best business of all.



One-to-one events which get you in the right company have never been more relevant than they are today. They offer all the things that only personal, authentic interaction can provide. They give you time and space to get beyond the sales pitch so you can get to know the people who are sitting opposite you, or next to you over dinner or at the bar. They bring people with needs and solutions together and help each to find the other. This can be very good for business in the short term, but it’s the trust and relationship aspects that thrive here that give attending manufacturers the real long-term competitive advantage.

If one-to-one meetings sound like your thing, you’re in the right place. BOND are the originator of the One-to-one Meetings Forum for the global A&D community and have been the number one choice for industry-leading manufacturers since 2004. View the 202/25 Event Schedule here. The format is proven but it’s who comes that really counts. Get the confirmed attendee lists and any other info. you need: enquiries@bondevents.com or tel +44 20 8432 3466 (UK) +1 704 248 7945 (US).

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Mike McCaffrey