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Industrial Marketing Company Celebrates 25 Years in Business

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launched this blog in 2008 and have written more than 160 posts about industrial and manufacturing marketing. April 2012 marks a milestone for my industrial marketing company Tiecas, Inc. We are celebrating 25 years in business! It has been an incredible journey so far. Come along with me as I take a trip down memory lane…. Magazine about a coming revolution called “desktop publishing.”

Top 10 Industrial Marketing Posts of 2011

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Not all the posts were written in 2011, one was way back from 2008. As we wind down 2011, this is a good time to review all the industrial marketing posts that I have published here and been viewed by you, my readers, during the year. If there is one important takeaway from this exercise, it is that blog posts live forever and continue to attract traffic long after they have been posted. That’s the power of inbound marketing with content. Unlike David Letterman’s Top Ten list; my industrial marketing blog posts are listed in decreasing order of popularity.

Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing Content to Engage and Sell by Achinta Mitra on July 6, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies Marketing 101 teaches you “Customers buy benefits and not product features.” I’m not disputing that nor am I making a new revelation.

Content Marketing: Think Like a Publisher, Act Like an Investor

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Nobody cares about your products and services (except you)” was the title of a blog post written by David Meerman Scott (Author of the wildly successful book The New Rules of Marketing & PR and his new book Real-Time Marketing & PR ) back in 2008. Thriving in today’s content-driven online marketing world, demands that you think like a publisher. That’s the battle cry among content marketers. Just as publishers start by learning everything about their target audience and what information they want, content marketers must realize it is not about them but about their customers.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

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Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the.

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Social media among IT and business buyers of technology rose 50% over last year and finally pushed to majority status; 55% said they use social media as part of the technology buying process in 2009 versus just 37% in 2008. In this post, I’m going to focus on content for the early stages of the buy cycle. Scoring or qualifying your site visitors is largely dependent on their behavior.

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Can Industrial and B2B Marketers Learn Creative Problem Solving.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Can Industrial and B2B Marketers Learn Creative Problem Solving from Fifth Graders? Consultative selling is one of the recommended ways and that requires us to sharpen our listening and creative problem solving skills. That is why the headline “The Creativity Crisis” in a recent article from Newsweek caught my attention.

B2B Websites: To Publish Prices, Or Not To Publish…That Is The.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website B2B Websites: To Publish Prices, Or Not To Publish…That Is The Question by Achinta Mitra on June 12, 2010 in Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies , Website Design & Development Do you show prices on your B2B website? Have you struggled to answer that question? Why do we need prices on B2B websites?

Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle by Achinta Mitra on September 3, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing These days it is popular to say “Content is marketing currency.” What is effective content marketing? of Tiecas, Inc.

5 Things Industrial Marketers Must Do to Attract Engineers and.

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Sure, they are human beings like the rest of us but they have very different emotional triggers and needs when it comes to making work-related decisions. should know — I am an engineer too. So I’m not only familiar with an industrial marketer’s target audience, I am the audience or at least a member of it. Having a search function on your website is no longer an option, it is a requirement. Don’t!

Using Content to Move Prospects Forward in the Sales Cycle

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Using Content to Move Prospects Forward in the Sales Cycle by Achinta Mitra on May 5, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies We often think of online content as the text on a web or blog page. white paper would fit the bill nicely here.

High-Performance Email Marketing for Attracting and Engaging.

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According to SirrusDecisions research, the B2B buyer receives 20.3 email campaigns per week, up from 15.4 per week in 2006. And that reality of the flooded inbox is very evident from steadily dropping response rates of only 1% to 3% range for traditional email marketing. The old email marketing strategy of batch and blast or spray and pray is no longer effective. Share your ideas here. Resources

The Twofold Benefit of Optimizing Marketing Content

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website The Twofold Benefit of Optimizing Marketing Content by Achinta Mitra on August 17, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Online optimization is usually associated with natural or organic search engine optimization (SEO). Resources

Optimizing Your WordPress Business Blog

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However, none of that can happen until you drive lots of interested traffic to your business blog. Optimizing (SEO) your business blog is critical because it allows your target audience to find you in search engines and attract traffic. An invisible blog doesn’t draw a crowd and neither will you have the opportunity to engage with them. However, you can do it too with some help. of Tiecas, Inc.

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Have Digital Marketing and Social Media Killed the Industrial.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Have Digital Marketing and Social Media Killed the Industrial Sales Job? by Achinta Mitra on September 27, 2010 in Industrial Marketing Strategies , Industrial Websites , Sales Strategies , Social Media Marketing Remember the very first music video ever played on MTV? Solution: Curate content and make it easily searchable.

Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card?

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card? Why should you care about your company’s website? Probably the best reason I’ve read is by Linda Rigano, Executive Director of Strategic Services at ThomasNet. She said, “Treat your website as if you were hiring a six-figure salesperson. Audit your existing content.

Industrial and B2B Customer Engagement Simplified

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However, accurately defining and measuring customer engagement in complex business or industrial sales is still elusive. The most simplistic approach to evaluating customer engagement is to measure conversion rates. For an eCommerce site that is easy, it is typically the value of transaction per visit. These metrics are all linked to 10 stages in Sopheon’s sales process. All Rights Reserved.

The Disconnect Between B2B Content Marketing and Customer Engagement

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The majority of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) consider customer engagement as their top priority according to a recent study done by Forbes Insights and George P. Johnson (GPJ). The New Rules of Engagement: CMOs Rethink Their Marketing Mix is based on a survey of 314 marketing executives at companies with more than $500 million in annual revenue. Robert G. Vallee Jr., All Rights Reserved.

Social Media with Email Marketing – is it the Super Combo?

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Social Media with Email Marketing – is it the Super Combo? This long time staple has become the Rodney “No Respect&# Dangerfield of B2B and industrial marketing. I’ve read several articles about the impending death of email marketing because of the steady decline in open and click-through rates (CTR). See charts below).

Creating Relevant B2B Marketing Content: Walk the Talk

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That is pretty much the mantra of B2B content marketing. Transforming that concept into an actionable reality is a very different story. Nothing happens until your site visitors and blog readers take some kind of an action after reading your content. In other words, it is time to walk the talk! And they use different sources to get their information. Get Engineers Can Sell white paper now.

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Is Content Curation an Easy Way for Content Marketers to Do More.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Is Content Curation an Easy Way for Content Marketers to Do More With Less? Heck, even MS Word kept flagging curation as a misspelled word. Google News, aggregating content via RSS feeds and social bookmarking sites have been around for a while. So curated content is not something new. What is content curation? of Tiecas, Inc.

Successful Industrial Websites Require Part DiY and Part.

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Is that a good thing? My opinion is somewhat biased because I am an industrial and B2B marketing consultant. make my living providing marketing services including designing and marketing industrial websites. However, I think it is a new and permanent reality of the current economy and have learned to adjust my business model accordingly. After that, we turned it over to the client’s IT department.

Top 10 Clichés to Avoid in B2B Marketing Content

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Top 10 Clichés to Avoid in B2B Marketing Content by Achinta Mitra on May 18, 2010 in B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies You can find plenty of clichés used (overused?) in B2B marketing content. The use of buzzwords or clichés in B2B marketing content is not a new trend. Resources

Don't Count on Marketing Automation to Solve All Your Lead.

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Of course, Marketing Automation alone cannot live up to those hyped up expectations and has to take the brunt of the blame. That is unfortunate because Marketing Automation software is a very useful tool and in my opinion, a necessity these days. However, B2B and/or industrial marketers must learn to use it correctly in order to harness its true power. Or do we need to show a verifiable ROI?

What Not To Do For Better B2B Customer Relationships

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It helps a great deal if you first learn what turns off your B2B customers in order to avoid making simple mistakes that can damage a customer relationship. There is a big difference between what B2B customers say they want and what really drives their purchasing decision. Buyers of technical products and services do look to vendors for providing relevant information for solving their problems.

How Relevant Marketing Content Helps B2B Branding

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website How Relevant Marketing Content Helps B2B Branding by Achinta Mitra on June 29, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing Branding is usually not a popular topic in B2B marketing, especially in the industrial sector.

5 Rules of Website Redesign for Engaging Engineers and Industrial.

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Today, technical buyers and engineers expect suppliers to have a substantial online presence with a website packed with relevant content in a variety of formats and easily searchable. Is your site ready for this shift in expectations or do you need a website redesign? I’m sure you’ve read many times that engineers hate marketing/marketers and they want only the facts. And yes, it does cost money.

A Blogging Style to Call Your Own

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website A Blogging Style to Call Your Own by Achinta Mitra on April 28, 2010 in Industrial Marketing Blog , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Social Media Marketing Creating a blog is not too difficult but building an active community around it is. Not everyone is a natural born blogger. Get Engineers Can Sell white paper now.

The Distribution Trap – How Innovations Become Commodities

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website The Distribution Trap – How Innovations Become Commodities by Achinta Mitra on April 22, 2010 in Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies I read an eye-opening article by Andrew R. He has outlined what is wrong with the theory of mass marketing. Non-core functions such as sales and distribution should be outsourced.

Generating More “Educated Leads” on a Small Budget

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Generating More “Educated Leads” on a Small Budget by Achinta Mitra on April 21, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing Doing more with less is pretty much the mantra du jour in industrial and B2B marketing these days.

Social Media and B2B Marketing Do Pair Well

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Social Media and B2B Marketing Do Pair Well by Achinta Mitra on April 20, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Social Media Marketing , Social Networking For a while, it was difficult to find hardcore data to make a business case for social media. I’m happy to see that’s no longer the case.

Focus on Content in B2B Marketing

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Focus on Content in B2B Marketing by Achinta Mitra on April 26, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Social Media Marketing Lately all the talk in B2B marketing has centered on social media. Don’t sell.

Shortening the Industrial Buy Cycle in 5 Simple Steps

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Even though her article is about the B2B buy cycle in general, it is a perfect follow up to my earlier post “Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle.” The most frequent complaint that I have heard in the past year from my industrial clients is that their sales cycle has become longer, more complex and increasingly difficult to get on the buyer’s radar screen until it is too late.

Survey Finds Growth in Pipelines and Sales Cycles for B2B Lead.

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Some of the findings match what I am hearing from my industrial clients and one really surprising result. The top findings I got out of the release were: 47% of the sales professionals reported a slight increase in the size of their B2B pipelines this year as compared to last year. However, the sales cycles have also become longer, making it much harder to close deals. All Rights Reserved.

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The Role of B2B Marketing is Shifting from Lead Generation to.

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website The Role of B2B Marketing is Shifting from Lead Generation to Revenue Generation by Achinta Mitra on May 7, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Strategies For as long as I can remember, B2B marketers have considered lead generation as their primary focus. All Rights Reserved.

B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog by Achinta Mitra on September 20, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Marketing Blog In B2B lead generation, quantity versus quality is probably the biggest challenge faced by industrial marketers. The focus here is definitely on quantity. How do you drive more traffic? Resource

How to Use a B2B Blog to Win Customers and Influence Prospects

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website How to Use a B2B Blog to Win Customers and Influence Prospects by Achinta Mitra on May 21, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Blog , Industrial Marketing Strategies I admit my headline is a play on Dale Carnegie’s bestseller, “ How to Win Friends and Influence People.” All Rights Reserved.

How Lack of Marketing Content Can Derail Your Website Redesign Project

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website How Lack of Marketing Content Can Derail Your Website Redesign Project by Achinta Mitra on June 3, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Websites , Search Engine Optimization (SEO) , Website Design & Development What comes first – site content or site design? If so, you know the frustration. We can do it ourselves.

Do-it-Yourself Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Your WordPress.

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have listed some easy, do-it-yourself (DiY) SEO tactics to optimize your WordPress blogs for search engines. Just building a business blog is not going to help you drive traffic or generate leads. You need to optimize it for search engines in order for your target audience to find your B2B blog (see my earlier post, “How to Use a B2B Blog to Win Customers and Influence Prospects” ). of Tiecas, Inc.

How to Make Your Business Blog Be All It Can Be

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Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website How to Make Your Business Blog Be All It Can Be by Achinta Mitra on May 3, 2010 in Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Industrial Marketing Blog Remember the U.S. army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign? An incredibly successful and popular recruiting slogan was used for over 20 years until it was retired in 2006.