Smith & Fong featured in Scientific American Earth 3.0

September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

From the June 2009 Special Editions | 8 comments

Bamboo Boom: Is This Material for You?

It’s not just for tiki torches anymore, but does this wood substitute really make for greener floors, clothing and other products?

By Michelle Nijhuis



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Daniel Smith remembers when he first tried to sell a bamboo floor. The San Francisco entrepreneur thought his woodlike product was attractive and durable, but when he took samples to a Dallas trade show in 1994, the reaction wasn’t quite what he had hoped for. No one believed the plant’s round stalks—then most familiar in the U.S. as the stuff of backyard torches—could be turned into a smooth, lasting floor.

“One architect said to me, ‘I appreciate that you’re at the cutting edge of design and development, but I don’t want to be cut by that edge,” Smith says.

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Plyboo.com selected by BtoB Magazine as one of “10 great BtoB websites”

September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

BtoB Magazine, a marketing magazine owned by New York business periodical publisher Crain Communications, has selected Plyboo.com as one of this year’s 10 best BtoB websites. Smith & Fong’s site shares this designation in 2009 with such notable names as Office Depot, ADP and Getty Images. An excerpt of the story follows.

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URL: www.plyboo.com

Target audience: Interior designers, architectural community, homeowners

Key Web executives: Dan Smith, president and founder; John McIsaac, public relations counsel for Smith & Fong at McIsaac Communications

No. of employees working on the site: 8

Last major redesign: First-quarter 2009

No. of pages on site: 215 pages

Web developer: In-house, as well as Pinch, a strategic design and brand development agency

As recently as six months ago, visitors arriving at the Plyboo.com Web site were directed to a press release. Those visitors were likely looking for product and installation specifications, and until recently, that information was often difficult to locate.

“One of the concerns we heard from architects and designers was that they couldn’t find information fast enough,” said company President Dan Smith. “I remember you had to go to flooring and within flooring select a surface and within that section you had to choose a color. It was a five-step process to land in the place you were looking for. That was a very big deal.”

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