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2012 Content Marketing Trends for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

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What is encouraging though is the fact that 68% of companies with 10 – 99 employees maintain a blog as compared to only 55% for larger companies that employ this content marketing tactic. That’s not the only good news for blogs. Blog posts written by internal experts establish thought leadership and help to differentiate you from your competition.

Content Marketing for Engineers

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From One Engineer to Another® blogs from Indium Corporation. is the driving force behind this effort where 14 in-house engineers write 73 different blogs. This trend is consistent and was reported in 2010, 2011 and in 2012. I’ll go out on a limb and state that content marketing for engineers is different. Yes, I do get it that the lines between work and personal lives have blurred thanks to today’s hyper-connected world where everybody is always “On.” And I agree that at the end of the day, marketing to engineers is still all about communicating with people.

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3 Business Blogs with Proven ROI from Industrial Companies

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A business blog is an important and integral component of inbound marketing. While there are plenty of business blogs from B2B marketing consultants (including this one), industry portals and vertical search engines, there aren’t too many from manufacturers and industrial companies. Exhibit #2: Indium Corporation Blogs. times increase in blog traffic; 6.0 Results: 2.7

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 Strategy for Marketing

One of your teams successfully released a blog. Web Content (New Riders Dec 2010), which is a. Content. Strategy for. Marketing: Sustainable, Scalable, and Sale-able As the web weaves into every aspect of your customers’ lives, they expect the. right content in the right place at the right time. Content as an afterthought or. even as a one-time campaign no longer works. Content to.

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? Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. Why do we need prices on B2B websites?

Deconstructing the Four Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle

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B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card? Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. Typically, that means understanding the prospect’s pain and then offering a solution for relief. All Rights Reserved.

Industrial Blog Sites Revisited

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The idea of combining a website with the benefits of a blog is very appealing to many industrial marketers. In my conversations over the past few months, I have noticed a growing acceptance of blog sites among manufacturers, industrial distributors and engineering services companies. Blog sites as inbound marketing hubs. If you are still not convinced about the power of industrial blogs and inbound marketing, let me highlight some of the facts and findings that I have written about in the past. Read my post Don’t Let Lack of Content Stop You from Blogging.

Industrial Blogs for Lead Generation Using Inbound Marketing

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There are three key ideas in the headline of my post – 1) Industrial blogs, 2) Lead generation and 3) Inbound marketing. study of over 1,400 small and mid-sized businesses found that marketers with blogs generated 67% more leads. Industrial marketers who don’t use a blog are missing a key component of feeding the top of their sales funnels. Does your company use a blog?

Where Industrial Websites are Falling Short

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First the good news – 76 percent of small and medium sized manufacturers and industrial companies reported that their websites made a contribution to their growth during the second half of 2010. Outperformers are defined as manufacturers, custom manufacturers and wholesalers/distributors that experienced growth in the last half of 2010 and expect further growth by June 2011.

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. Do you have or need a lead generating business blog?

Why More Engineers Ought to be in Sales and Marketing

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Here’s a video on an engineer’s scorn for marketing (from productmarketing.com, a blog by Pragmatic Marketing ). In his article “Engineers—re-engineer yourself,” published in the March/April 2010 issue of InTech, he wrote , “Engineering is a detail-orientated job. In most manufacturing and industrial companies, engineering, sales and marketing operate in their own silos, barely acknowledging each other’s existence. The disconnect is strong and distinct. As clichéd as this may sound, it seems Engineers are from Mars, Marketers are from Venus. Click here to view the embedded video.

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

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They are: Get found in search engines by prospects who use broad search phrases to describe their problem or type of solution sought Get the site visitors to take an action so you can score and qualify them for future content marketing The first goal is usually accomplished by organic or natural search engine optimization (SEO) of your web site and/or business blog. All Rights Reserved.

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Can Industrial and B2B Marketers Learn Creative Problem Solving.

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by Achinta Mitra on July 20, 2010 in B2B Marketing Collateral , Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Integrated Industrial Marketing , Sales Strategies To be successful in industrial and B2B marketing, one has to engage with prospects and customers in a meaningful manner. Achinta Mitra July 23, 2010 at 11:39 am Jack, Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment.

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.” Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc.

Marketing Automation vs. Inbound Marketing

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Quality of leads delivered” was considered as most important by 464 respondents from the manufacturing sector as reported in Trends in Industrial Marketing 2010 released by GlobalSpec. Social media: When others tweet about your blog post or content, it becomes more trustworthy versus you pushing it out which is usually looked at with suspicion. If you believe everything you read (and lately there’s been a lot) about marketing automation, you’d think it is the killer app to solve all your lead generation problems. Let’s take a closer look at both. So where do we go from here?

More Manufacturers Are Using Videos For Content Marketing

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Social media (excluding blogs): 21% effectiveness (73% usage). You can download the full report, “ B2B Content Marketing 2010: Manufacturing Report” from here. According to a new report released by the Content Marketing Institute, manufacturers have some of the highest adoption rates for content marketing tactics as compared to other industries. Videos (48%) are the preferred content format over other digital tactics (podcasts, virtual conferences and e-books) by a wide margin. This dependence on site traffic is even more pronounced among small and mid-sized manufacturers.

Digital Marketing for Control Engineers, Machine Builders and Designers

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In 2011, 33% of the respondents chose this option which is a five point jump over 2010. Social media continues to show low adoption and usage among these control and automation professionals – Twitter and Facebook garnered only 1% each for weekly work related usage and as high as 62% of the people said they never use them (personal or work), LinkedIn faired a little better at 4% weekly work related usage, Blogs and Podcasts also suffered from poor showing at 4% and 5% respectively for weekly work related usage, those that did use Podcasts, preferred the on-demand kind.

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. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc.

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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. All Rights Reserved. Resources

5 Things Industrial Marketers Must Do to Attract Engineers and.

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B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card? Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. should know — I am an engineer too. You need to move beyond the free Google Custom Search tool for websites. Don’t!

5 Most Popular Industrial Marketing Blog Posts from 2010

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2010 has been another tough year for the industrial sector but I’m encouraged by all the good news that I’ve heard throughout the year about a modest rebound in U.S. In keeping with that spirit, here are my five most popular industrial marketing blog posts from 2010. I’ve compiled these based on a combination of the traffic, time spent on the page etc. Three Business Blogs with Proven ROI from Industrial Companies. As a result, many of them either ignore blogging as a marketing strategy or wait until their competition launches one. Congratulations!

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).

High-Performance Email Marketing for Attracting and Engaging.

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B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card? Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. According to SirrusDecisions research, the B2B buyer receives 20.3 email campaigns per week, up from 15.4 Resources

Industrial and B2B Customer Engagement Simplified

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You can read his entire blog post here. Involvement : Measured by tracking traffic to your site or your blog, Pageviews, bounce rates, New vs. Returning visitors and time on site. If you have a blog, look at the number of comments left by your readers. This is a little more involved than I can explain in this blog post. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc.

The Disconnect Between B2B Content Marketing and Customer Engagement

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That was one of the key findings of the “2010 Lead Generation Marketing ROI Study” by the Lenskold Group. B2B Lead Generation Using a Business Blog Variety of Content is the Key in the Early Stages of the Industrial Buy Cycle Content Auditing and Mapping it to the Industrial Buy Cycle Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card? Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc.

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. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. Get Engineers Can Sell white paper now.

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. Resources

?Tis the Season for Website Redesigns: 7 Lessons Learned from Redesigning Industrial Websites

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This post is a summary of lessons learned from my 10+ years of experience in redesigning many industrial websites. I’ve also provided links to my other articles from this blog that talk about the key elements of a successful website redesign. A New Year and a new website mean new leads and sales opportunities. That’s what most businesses wish for during the Holiday Season. website redesign is a common marketing kick off in Q1 for many manufacturers, industrial and engineering companies. Job 1 for industrial websites is generating high-quality leads and driving sales.

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. How do you turn your business blog into a powerful sales tool? I’ve listed six business blogging tips here to get you started. 1.

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. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. of Tiecas, Inc.

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

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by Achinta Mitra on June 24, 2010 in B2B E-Mail Marketing , Industrial Marketing & Web 2.0 , Social Media Marketing , Social Networking Lately, social media seems to garner all the attention in the media and blog posts with very little mention about email marketing. paid a visit to GlobalSpec and downloaded their Trends in Industrial Marketing 2010 report. of Tiecas, Inc.

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” ).

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.

Have Digital Marketing and Social Media Killed the Industrial.

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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? Provide online access to your in-house subject matter experts via a blog or live chat. Achinta Mitra September 28, 2010 at 11:31 am @RogerW, Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

Is Your Industrial Website Still Just a Business Card?

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by Achinta Mitra on August 24, 2010 in B2B Lead Generation , Industrial Websites , Website Design & Development Unless you’ve been on a very long sabbatical from industrial and manufacturing marketing, you very well know that your website should be the hub of your online marketing. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc. Why should you care about your company’s website? of Tiecas, Inc.