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Construction

One of the key focus segments of USP Marketing Consultancy is the construction industry. In order to conduct proper market research in this segment, you need to have market knowledge. This is where USP has its unique selling point. For more than three decades, we have been the go-to specialized market research agency for the construction industry, assisting our clients with dedicated, tailor-made market research and off-the-shelf reports.

Market expertise

Over 30 years of market experience conducting market research in the construction industry.

Insights driven

With our market knowledge, we are able to transform data into insights and advice.

Worldwide coverage

We can conduct market research in the construction industry worldwide, targeting any stakeholder in any type of segment.

Track record

USP has a proven 30-year track record of conducting market research in the construction industry. We supply off-the-shelf reports and tailor-made market research.

Clients we have worked for

What our clients say about us

Anne Marie O’Toole-Deviller

Head of Marketing West at Kingspan

The USP Architectural barometer research has been a great asset for us in this regard and a solid basis for conducting further in-depth research.

Anton Haller

Head of Precast Marketing at Allplan

USP’s architectural reports helps us understand the mood in the market which is really valuable. Also it helps us verify the key topics our customers are dealing with.

Catrin Klein

Head of Customer & Market Insights at Hilti

The Contractor monitor reports that we receive from USP provide insights that are fact-based and highly relevant. The reports are easy to assimilate with our internal audience and set foundation for deeper discussions.

Daniel Angelovski

Group insights manager at Velux

Their specialized insights through the European contractor monitor and European architectural barometer provide a level of industry knowledge that is otherwise challenging to obtain.

Gordon Murray-Smith

Market Intelligence and Insight Manager at BMI

USP is a trusted supplier of BMI as they understand our business, are professionals, and are pleasant to communicate with.

Jan Coerts

European Owens Corning

We use the European architectural barometer reports from USP to get architectural input on items relevant for the building and construction industry in Europe, helping us to set priorities in our innovation agenda.

Katrine Bruun Nielsen

Group insights manager at Velux

USP always works very structurally and professionally, and we always feel in good hands.

Marina Wall

Manager Customer Research & Insights at DAW SE

USP has extensive international construction industry experience, and their Monitors provide valuable insights, supporting our marketers in their marketing strategies.

Mila Valjentova

Strategy & Market Intelligence Director & Saint-Gobain

The European contractor monitor reports we receive from USP are of a great interest in our company. The reports’ insight are completing our analysis and contribute to strategic decision making.

Miryam Salvador

Global Channel Director, Schneider Electric

Their specialized insights on construction and installation markets allow us to make go-to-market decisions based on factual data. Their customer-centric approach helps us put customer needs at the centre of our decisions.

Rina van Heck

Head of marketing and communication Netherlands at Reynears Aluminium

The project managers of USP understand our needs and helped us optimize what questions to ask to get the best results.

Zsolt Kovacs

CEE Market Research Analyst at Velux

We needed an agency that speaks the same language as our target groups and found this in USP.

Construction

The construction industry is a very broad segment with many stakeholders and trends impacting the business value chain. With our decades-long market research activities in this segment, we have gained profound market knowledge that we use to the benefit of our clients. We are able to conduct market research in this challenging segment world-wide, B2B and B2C, using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Whether it’s through our extensive portfolio of ready-made, off-the-shelf reports or through dedicated and tailor-made market research, our aim is to help you achieve your business objectives through solid, data-driven insights and advice.


  1. Are you able to conduct market research in Asia or the America’s?

Yes, USP has the capabilities and experience to conduct market research projects in the America’s, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

  1. How do you ensure that strategic information doesn’t leak into the market?

Our integrity and trustworthiness are our biggest assets. USP will always ensure that any sensitive information you share with us will not be made public.

  1. Can you target a specific target group like roofers?

Yes, USP can target any stakeholder in the construction business value chain. Not only roofers, but also flooring companies, insulation installers, architects, engineers, and even end-users like building owners and project developers. Your business objective will dictate who we interview and how.

  1. Can USP facilitate focus groups amongst architects?

Yes, within the business value chain of the construction industry, we can target any relevant stakeholder. USP has extensive expertise in conducting both quantitative and qualitative (including focus groups) research worldwide.

  1. Can USP conduct a customer satisfaction research amongst facade installers?

Yes, USP can conduct any type of market research, including but not limited to customer satisfaction studies, amongst any stakeholder active in the construction industry.

construction

Subsectors

Adhesives & Sealants

Building materials

Civil and infrastructure

Doors and windows

Facade

Flooring

Insulation

Paint and coatings

Roofing

Security

Tools

Trade

Walls & ceilings

Adhesives & Sealants

There are many trends impacting the adhesives and sealants market, like the push towards more sustainability and bio-based formulas, new product requirements due to developments like prefabrication, and changes in material preferences (more wood-based construction). Furthermore, changes in distribution and increased digitalization are shaping the future of these segments. USP has assisted a wide variety of clients with both tailor-made research and off-the-shelf reports.

Building materials

Building materials are the foundation of every construction project. At USP, we have several decades of experience researching the markets for bricks, concrete, steel, wood products, and many more building materials. There are many trends that impact this otherwise traditional segment, for example, BIM, prefab, sustainability, labor shortages, and many more. We have conducted many tailor-made, dedicated research studies as well as supplied off-the-shelf reports to our customers in this segment.

Civil and infrastructure

Civil engineering and infrastructure are very broad fields. It encompasses anything from the road outside our front door to the dykes and canals that keep our feet dry to the electrical and waste water networks. USP has 30 years of experience conducting market research in these fields, ranging from market sizing projects to branding and new product development.

Doors and windows

Doors and windows are an essential part of every construction project. Given the ever-changing demand of customers, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends like sustainability, BIM, prefabrication, and many more. USP has over 30 years of experience researching the door and window markets for the leading brands, both by supplying off-the-shelf reports as well as dedicated or ad hoc market research.

Facade

The facade of the building is one of the most important and visual building elements. It does not only have a decisive impact on the esthetical value of the entire building, but it also plays a crucial role when it comes to the energy and insulative performance of the building. USP has over 30 years of experience in conducting tailor-made or dedicated market research in this segment, as well as many off-the-shelf reports focusing on the key trends impacting the facade market, like BIM, prefabrication, material usage, and sustainability.

Flooring

USP has been conducting market research projects in the flooring market for over 30 years. Focusing both on B2B and B2C target groups, USP can target all of the key decision-makers in the flooring business value chain. Whether it’s architects, flooring companies, interior designers, or consumers, USP can target them in any segment worldwide. Due to our 30 years of experience, USP can provide insights and advice in this segment.

Insulation

Insulation plays an integral role in the performance of the buildings we work and live in. Understanding this market can be quite challenging due to the complex and diffuse decision-making and key trends like sustainability and new material technologies. Furthermore, insulation will play a crucial role in our energy transition. USP has over 30 years of experience conducting market research in this segment, providing insights and advice to manufacturers, wholesalers, investors, and branch organizations.

Paint and coatings

Paint and coatings are the finishing touches for every construction project, but a lot has changed over the years. Just like paint and coatings are covering every construction project, USP has been covering major trends and changes in their market with research for several decades. Not only for paint, but also related products like tapes, brushes and rollers. We helped many manufacturers deal with and play into the demands that changed due to a greater focus on sustainability and environment friendliness.

Roofing

The roofing industry is yet another industry that is quite traditional with a complex decision making process, involving many stakeholders. For many decades USP has been investigating this market segment for the key manufacturers of roofing materials. The importance of the roof is ever increasing as the roof is used more and more for energy generation, sustainability impact, rain collection and so on, not just as a literal roof over our heads. USP can assist you in conducting world wide market research in this segment.

Security

Security products are about granting people safe, easy and comfortable access as much as they are aimed at keeping people out. The market consists of anything from automatic doors in hospitals to the mechanical lock of your front door, and from a single security camera to entire smart home security systems. USP has been researching all players in this market for decades, both B2B and B2B

Tools

USP has decades of experience in conducting both dedicated and multi-client research in the tools market worldwide. Both in the B2B and B2C market segments, USP has provided insights and advice on the tools market to manufacturers, wholesalers, DIY chains and sector organizations alike. Whether it’s power tools or hand tools, corded or battery powered, electrical or non-electrical or accessories and fixings, USP can assist you in getting the insights you need

Trade

Even Though direct supply and online players have impacted the construction trade business, it still remains very traditional. Many construction professionals prefer buying at the specialized wholesale, not just for the convenience and added value they bring, but also for the social aspects. In recent years, DIY stores also moved slowly but steadily into the professional trade segment. USP has been conducting market research and advising our clients operating in this segment for decades

Walls & ceilings

Wall and ceiling finishing products have the power to change a house into a home, or a bare building into a pleasant and productive office. These products are more than mere coverings, as they can provide better acoustics, (sound) insulation, fire safety, healthier indoor climates and pleasant design, depending on the demand of clients and end users. Meanwhile, this market is constantly evolving due to trends like sustainability, labor shortages and prefabrication. USP has been researching the walls and ceilings sector for over 30 years, making us an excellent partner to provide you with the knowledge, insights and advice that will be the foundation for your success.

Who benefits?

Marketing director

Product development manager

Marketing communications manager

I need more insights on our brand performance and market position in order to roll out our marketing and sales strategy for the upcoming years.

USP can conduct a branding research to establish your brand awareness, usage and preference. Furthermore, we can identify key brand associations, how you are positioned compared towards your competitors and what brand elements are of most importance. We will not just deliver the data, but will transform these into insights and advice based on our three decades of experience in this field.

I need to test my prototype product before moving it into production. I need the insights to ensure that the product we will start producing has all the right product features and reassure my internal stakeholders that the product fits the market demand.

USP has assisted many manufacturers in their product development journey, from first concepts to prototypes and final production ready models. We can assist with quantitative research or qualitative research including hands-on product tests and reviews by construction professionals. We can provide insights and place them into the broader perspective due to our decades long experience in this field.

I need input to maximise and optimise our marketing communication strategy for the upcoming years and I need hard data and facts.

USP is well versed in conducting orientation studies amongst all relevant stakeholders in the construction industry. What do they read, how important is social media for professional purposes and should you still invest in printed documentation. Moreover, how do all of the orientation sources rank and for what type of information they use, now and in the future. Because of our decades long experience in the construction industry, we can provide insights and advice.

Services

How can we help you?

Customer Satisfaction

How content and pleased are your customers with a product, service, or overall experience, reflecting their perception of its quality and meeting their expectations. And how does this compare to your competitors?

Branding

How do your customers and potential customers view your brand’s image, reputation and attributes? To what degree do they know, work with/prescribe and prefer your brand? And how do you stack up to the competitors?

Customer Journey

What is the path a customer takes when interacting with a brand? We can map out all of the relevant touchpoints for your customers or customers of competitive brands, including but not limited to the orientation, purchase and after sales phases. What are the key pain points and moments of truth to capitalize on?

Product Development

Whether it’s a concept, prototype or production ready product, USP can assist in getting the feedback from your key users on the product features, ease of use and overall level of interest. This can include live hands-on products tests, but also a validation of key product features and elements amongst a larger sample size of stakeholders in the construction business value chain.

Market Exploration

Gain insight on new market segments or geographies in the construction business value chain, through thoroughly researching and analyzing a specific market to gain insights into its size, trends, competitors, and potential opportunities, helping businesses make informed decisions and strategies for market entry or expansion.

Pricing

Systematic investigation into determining the optimal pricing strategy for a product or service, which involves analyzing market dynamics, customer preferences, and cost structures to set prices that maximize profitability and competitiveness in the construction business value chain

Segmentation

Dividing markets, segments and target groups in the construction business value chain into distinct groups based on shared characteristics, such as demographics, behaviors, needs, or preferences, to tailor marketing strategies and offerings more effectively to each specific segment's requirements and preferences.

Market Size

Establish the total value or volume of a specific market, segment or product range in the construction business value chain, including the future developments of the market size.

Driver Analysis

Driver analysis can provide insights into the relevance and most important drivers for they key stakeholder in the construction business value chain. Our customers often use this information to develop new products and services.

newest reports

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Sustainability Q1 2024

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Delve into sustainability trends in the home improvement sector in Q1 2024. Discover consumer preferences and the shift towards eco-friendly home improvement solutions.

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BIM Q1 2024

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Trends in material usage Q1 2024

2024 102 pages

Explore the evolving trends in material usage among European architects in Q1 2024. Delve into the factors driving material preferences and the impact on construction aesthetics and sustainability.

FAQ

  1. What target groups in the construction business value chain can USP target?

We can target any target group in the construction industry, ranging from architects, contractors, sub-contractors to end-users/building owners.

  1. Which countries or regions can USP cover?

USP can conduct market research in the America’s, Europe, Afrika, Asia and Australia.

  1. What types of researches can USP conduct in the construction industry?

USP offers a select set of off-the-shelves market reports, covering key topics and target groups in the construction business value chain. Furthermore, USP offers dedicated, tailor-made market research. Within the construction industry, USP can target any country and stakeholders, for a wide variety of research topics like Branding, Market sizing, New Product development, market explorations and many more.

  1. What is the added value of working with USP?

We are leading industry experts for the construction industry. We have decades of experiences conducting market research in this industry, supplying major manufacturers, distributors and investors with insights and advice to build on.

  1. Can USP conduct focus groups?

Yes, within the business value chain of the construction industry we can target any relevant stakeholder. USP has extensive expertise in conducting both quantitative and qualitative (including focus groups) research worldwide.

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