Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Ron Garikes Student Scholarship

The SMPS Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from eligible students majoring in marketing, communications, or public relations who are planning a career in professional services marketing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. One outstanding scholar will be selected this summer to receive a $2,500 scholarship award to be used toward academic expenses.

In order to complete the application, students will need to submit a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and their student transcript. Learn more.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on May 31, 2016.

A/E/C Firms and the Web: The Buyer's Perspective

The SMPS Foundation invites buyers of A/E/C services (clients of A/E/C firms) to participate in a short survey on how websites are utilized during the selection process. Survey results will be included in the SMPS Foundation’s upcoming Informed Strategies Report that provides an overview of A/E/C firms and how websites are utilized from both the seller’s and buyer’s perspectives.

SMPS members: please ask your clients to participate in this survey by May 23.

SMPS and the SMPS Foundation Release Report on Business Development

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the SMPS Foundation announce the publication of “Sell. Do. Win Business. A Report on How A/E/C Firms Are Using Staff to Win More Work.” Available for download on the SMPS website, this report is the culmination of 2015 survey-based research, which provides the latest insight in how firms engage clients and attempt to win work. Learn more

Newly published Project Delivery Systems SmartMarket Report is now available.

View latest research from the McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report, which examines a variety of delivery systems such as design-build-build, design-build, and construction management at risk. The study also looks at the benefits of emerging delivery systems. Research in the report indicates that choice of a delivery system can have potentially powerful implications for the ability of a project to be delivered satisfactorily, on schedule, and on budget.

Project Delivery Systems: How They Impact Efficiency and Profitability in the Buildings Sector SmartMarket Report was produced by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with MMC Contractors, the American Institute of Architects, the Design-Build Institute of America and SMPS, with the support of Bentley Systems.  Download the full report by logging on to the web site and you will see the link on the welcome page under News.

Foundation Shares Research on A/E/C Business Development

Following a year-long research effort including interviews with more than 100 industry stakeholders, the SMPS Foundation has released its book A/E/C Business Development – The Decade Ahead. Available for purchase on both Amazon and in the SMPS Shop (pdf download), the book examines the changing dynamic in the buyer/seller relationship relative to A/E/C services. This information is invaluable to professional services firms seeking to build profitable long-term relationships with clients. Read more to learn where SMPS Foundation Trustees will presenting the research findings.

Future Plans of the SMPS Foundation

In the video below, 2014-15 Foundation President Scott Butcher on What’s Next for the SMPS Foundation

The Research Behind A/E/C Business Development – The Decade Ahead

In the video below, project co-chair Scott Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM, and contributor Barbara Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM, discuss the project's benefit to the design and construction community.


Summary Reports from the Foundation's Think Tanks

Executive summaries of past Foundation Think Tanks are available in the SMPS Shop

Thought Leadership Series White Papers 

The Foundation's White Papers are available free of charge to SMPS members and may be purchased for a nominal fee by nonmembers. Learn how to download the PDF versions of over 20 White Papers.  

About the Foundation

The SMPS Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by the Society, has a mission to discover, in an ever-changing marketplace, what makes A/E/C organizations successful in marketing and business development. Its purpose is to deliver research, marketing intelligence and expert analysis to inspire success and improve bottom-line results for Foundation stakeholders.

For More Information

Contact Molly Dall'Erta, SMPS Foundation Staff Liaison, at 1.800.292.7677, x231, or