If youâ€™re a furniture retailer, manufacturer or designer, youâ€™ll want to join some LinkedIn Groups.
LinkedIn Groups are a great place to have conversations with other professionals in your industry. With LinkedIn Groups you can:
- Expand your business
- Make industry contacts
- Network with industry insiders
- Stay abreast of industry news
If you donâ€™t belong to any groups, you should.Â Youâ€™ll instantly have access to daily information that will help you become better at your profession. Youâ€™ll also discover opportunities to expand your business.
Itâ€™s simple to join in.Â Go to any of these group pages on LinkedIn and click on the â€śjoinâ€ť button.Â Here are some of the top industry groups.
AHFA â€“ American Home Furnishings Alliance: 465 members. The American Home Furnishings Alliance is one of the largest and most influential organizations in the industry. The AHFA LinkedIn Group is dedicated to promoting the growth and well being of its member companies. There are lots of informative discussions in this group.
Furniture Manufacturing: 2,071 members. This is a great networking group to connect with others to make your business better. From custom shops to small and large plants, everyone has a place in this group. Itâ€™s a great place to get your questions answered.
Outdoor and Casual Living: 2,151 members. This is specifically for professionals in the outdoor living/casual living industries. It includes manufacturers and suppliers as well as retailers large and small. Popular discussion topics include exterior design and landscaping as well as casual furniture, patio, BBQ, pool, garden and gazebo.
International Casual Furnishings Association: 26 members. The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA), is a group of furniture retailers, sales representatives and other professionals in the outdoor and casual furnishing industries. This LinkedIn Group is a great place to connect with members of this association.
The International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market: 693 members. When you join this LinkedIn Group, youâ€™ll stay up to date on the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. This event showcases some of the top products in the outdoor furniture industry. Products come from around the world. Youâ€™ll see the latest trends and product designs at this event.
Furniture World: 1,522 members. This group works to connect North American home furnishing retailers and importers. This LinkedIn Group is part of Furniture World Magazine, a leading provider of furniture industry news. The publication was founded in 1870. Over 100 years later, they founded this LinkedIn Group.
Home Furnishings Industry Professional: 13,339 members. This group is specifically for professionals in home furnishings, furniture, decor, decorative accessories, tabletop, housewares, textiles and giftware. Itâ€™s a place to meet, network, share industry news and information. In this group, youâ€™ll expand your business connections and opportunities.
National Home Furnishings Association: 1,526 members. The National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) has a strong following on LinkedIn. This group represents one of the largest U.S. non-profit organizations dedicated to home furnishings retailers.
Outdoor Furniture: 628 Members. If youâ€™re interested in discussing outdoor furniture, this is the group for you. Youâ€™ll get helpful patio and gardening tips in this group. Itâ€™s a great place to share ideas on how to decorate and renovate your patio or backyard.
Western Home Furnishings Association: 475 members. The WHFA is an association that provides essential resources to help furniture retailers simplify their business to achieve success. The LinkedIn group is a great spot to talk with other WHFA members. Itâ€™s an excellent resource to find support and get those tough questions answered.
Garden and Deck Patio Professionals: 803 members. As the name suggests, this group focuses on the garden, deck and patio industries. There are great discussions in this group. If youâ€™re a retailer with a focus on outdoor products such as decking, outdoor furniture, BBQs, pools or spas, this is the group for you.
ISDA Furniture Section: 580 members. This is an excellent spot to discuss furniture design. The ISDA LinkedIn Group looks to help connect professionals in the furniture industry through meaningful discussion and the sharing of blog posts and articles.
IIDA: 22,573 members.Â The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) LinkedIn Group is very popular. Itâ€™s a fantastic group to talk shop. The IIDA is an association of more than 13,000 members that works to enhance the quality of life through excellence in interior design.
Outdoor Living Style: 321 members. If youâ€™re looking to discuss trends with other furniture manufacturers, you need to become a member of this group. Youâ€™ll find out about the latest trends in furniture design, materials and more.
ASID: 12,396 members. This LinkedIn Group is dedicated to the American Society of Interior Designers. This is a professional organization of more than 36,000 interior design professionals. This group is open to anyone that is interested in discussing interior design.
ASID Industry Partners: 1,924 members. This group focuses on the ASID Industry Partners program, which is meant to provide a place to connect professional designers with the interior furnishings industry.
Furniture Design: 2,962 members. Donâ€™t let the name fool you, itâ€™s a group about all things furniture design. If you want to talk about design changes, ideas and other design topics, become a member of this group. It has an active membership that shares lots of great information.
These are some of our favorite LinkedIn Groups for furniture industry professionals. For great furniture marketing tips, read the Right On â€“ No Bull Furniture Marketing Blog. There you can sign up for our industry leading newsletter.
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