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Unique Challenges of Manufacturing Content Marketing in 2019

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I just finished reading the Manufacturing Content Marketing 2019—Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and sponsored by IEEE GlobalSpec.

Industrial Blogging – An Underutilized Content Marketing Tactic

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Industrial blogging is usually not a favorite subject of discussion with my manufacturing and engineering clients. Probably the most common complaint I hear is, “We’ve been blogging for a while but haven’t seen any tangible results (leads, sales opportunities etc.).”

Making Email the Cornerstone of Industrial Content Marketing

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You may think email marketing is dead or passé with all the talk about social media. However, that is far from the reality that I see every day, working with manufacturers and engineering companies, especially when it comes to industrial content marketing.

Industrial Content Marketing that Engages Engineers

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When it comes to effective industrial content marketing, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “One-size-fits-all content” just doesn’t cut it.

Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

Proving ROI of Industrial Content Marketing is Still a Big Challenge

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Congratulations if your 2018 industrial content marketing budget increased or at least didn’t get cut. You are in good company. 38% of respondents from the 2018 Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America survey expect their manufacturing content marketing spending to increase this year and another 46% expect it to remain the same as last year.

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Industrial Email Marketing for Targeting Engineers in Long and Complex Sales Cycles

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Industrial email marketing doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves. I’ve read articles where people have claimed that email marketing is dead thanks to social media. That is simply not true when it comes to industrial marketing.

Effective Industrial Content Marketing Requires Working Closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

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If you are responsible for industrial content marketing at your company, you know it is a challenge and can be a daunting task to engage with engineers and technical buyers.

Digital Marketing for Manufacturers: Making a Business Case

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Imagine this all too common scenario if you are a manufacturer, distributor or an engineering company. Sales are slow; you need to do something right now to make the phones ring.

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Content Marketing to Engineers is Tough. And Getting Tougher

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Every industrial marketer should sit up and take notice of some of the preliminary findings from a recent survey called the Engineering Marketers 2017 Survey conducted by ENGINEERING.COM.

BANT May Not Work in Qualifying Leads for Industrial Sales

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Sales people have been using BANT (Budget, Authority, Needs, and Timing/Timeframe) criteria to qualify leads and prospects for a long time ever since IBM first coined that acronym.

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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

Content Marketing for Industrial Companies – Is There Content Overload?

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There was a time not too long ago when manufacturers and industrial companies were blamed for being slow adopters of content marketing. Have we progressed from that to too much content in just a few short years?

Overcoming the Challenge of Marketing to Busy Engineers

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Engineers from different fields probably make up a large part of your target audience if you are a manufacturer, distributor or an engineering company. As an industrial marketer, you know it is a challenge marketing to engineers.

Technology is Not a Substitute for Good Industrial Content

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Some of the people I talk to about industrial content marketing seem to be hung up on adding more technology to solve their lead generation problems. The thinking behind it is that technology will cover up the many holes in their strategy, content and help speed up the process.

Stop Your Industrial Website Redesign from Derailment

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What does industrial website redesign have to do with a train derailment? I’m not trying to be funny here by using this image of the Montparnasse derailment that happened on October 22, 1895. The action of a train leaving its tracks accidentally can have catastrophic consequences.

Lead Generation for Industrial Companies is a Process not a Campaign

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I hear too many manufacturers and industrial companies talking about creating campaigns because they want to pump up their lead generation. That mode of thinking is outdated and simply doesn’t work today where you are dealing with mostly invisible and self-directed industrial buyers.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

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Email marketing often gets a bad rap because most people are fed up with the deluge of promotional emails they receive every day. That is the same reaction I got from a client who is an industrial distributor when I spoke to him about email marketing.

Industrial Content Marketing for Engineers to Make a Buy Decision

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Manufacturers want their industrial content marketing for engineers to generate Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs) and not just Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) from content downloads. There is a big challenge faced by manufacturers of components targeting Design Engineers.

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Industrial Website Redesign for Marketing to Engineers

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An industrial website redesign for manufacturers, system integrators and distributors that market to engineers, requires a different approach because marketing to engineers is different. This becomes a challenge if the outside web development company or your in-house marketing department doesn’t have a clear understanding of marketing to engineers and industrial professionals.

Most Industrial Websites Miss the Mark

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I don’t know of any manufacturer or industrial company that doesn’t want their website to generate more leads and grow sales. Do you? Yet, most supplier websites are failing to meet the buyer’s expectations. And that has nothing to do with industrial website design.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

Industrial Email Marketing for Engaging Engineers and Technical Professionals

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Do you think industrial email marketing is dead? It would be easy to jump to that conclusion given the declining click rates and the difficulties in getting past the sophisticated email spam-filtering methods. Engineers and technical professionals know how to opt out and have much higher expectations from vendor emails.

Industrial Marketing – Budgets, Challenges and Performance

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Curious about how your peers and competition are spending their industrial marketing dollars? You are in the right place at the right time. I just finished reading the research report, 2018 Budget Trends in Industrial & Technology Marketing published by engineering.com. To put their findings in the right perspective, the top three segments of their […] The post Industrial Marketing – Budgets, Challenges and Performance by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

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Content Industrial Buyers Want from Supplier Websites

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Manufacturers and industrial companies have shifted more of their marketing dollars to digital marketing channels for a very good reason.

Use industrial content marketing to enable sales

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Industrial content marketing plays an important role in driving sales for manufacturers and engineering companies. Of course, going from publishing content to growing sales is not as easy as going from point A to point B. If you are a manufacturer of custom-engineered systems, you know that it is nearly impossible to generate Sales Qualified […] The post Use industrial content marketing to enable sales by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

Why Industrial Content Must Be More Customer-Centric

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Industrial content on websites of most manufacturers and industrial companies tends to be heavy on product specifications.

How do Engineers Use Content in Their Buying Decision?

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Of course, you know that engineers use content in making work-related decisions, i.e. buying decisions. Datasheets, case studies and how-to videos have always been popular with this target audience. However, have you ever asked yourself the question, “how do engineers use content?” The answer to that question is fundamental in developing an effective industrial content marketing […] The post How do Engineers Use Content in Their Buying Decision?

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Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends and Challenges

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For the past four years, I have downloaded and read research reports on Manufacturing Content Marketing in North America published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).

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Industrial Marketing Plan: A 3-Phase Approach

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As we go deeper into Q4 with the holidays right around the corner, most industrial companies start to think about their industrial marketing plan for next year. As an industrial marketing consultant, I’m often asked by clients the best way to approach this important planning task.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Webinar: Digital Marketing Road Map for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

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I will be co-hosting a webinar with John Hayes of ENGINEERING.com on August 5 at 10am PST / 1pm EST. The webinar is called Success with Digital Marketing – a Road Map for Manufacturers.

Industrial Content Marketing: Product Centric vs. Customer Centric Content

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Recently, I had an interesting conversation about industrial content marketing with the President and the Marketing Manager of a manufacturing company. They design and make engineered systems used in the Metalworking and the Pulp & Paper industries.

Industrial Content Marketing – Selling the Problem not Just Solutions

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Manufacturers, distributors and engineering companies want to jump into industrial content marketing because they’ve read the buzz about its effectiveness in generating high quality leads for selling solutions.

Content Marketing Strategy Must Drive Your Industrial Website Redesign

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An industrial website redesign shouldn’t be a quick decision because your site is the very foundation of your online presence. Why is it such an important decision?

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

How Industrial Content Marketing Increases Awareness and Creates True Differentiation

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Industrial content marketing can be very effective in solving two common problems that many manufacturers and distributors face.

How Industrial Marketing Influences Buyers

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Industrial marketing precedes industrial sales. That is the reality today. I understand manufacturers, distributors and engineering service providers may find it hard to accept that fact.

Content Marketing for Manufacturers: Overcoming Writer’s Block

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82% of manufacturers said they are using content marketing according to findings from the 2015 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America published by CMI. More than half (59%) also said one of their top challenges is “Producing Content Consistently.”

Industrial Content Marketing: Awareness to Conversion Takes Time and Hard Work

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Industrial content marketing success for most manufacturers and other industrial companies is usually measured by an increase in the number of RFQs/RFPs.

Your Recipe for Inbound Success

Speaker: Jen Spencer, VP Sales and Marketing, SmartBug Media

Recent studies have shown what a lot of B2B marketers already know - it’s hard to build a successful inbound marketing program. Join Jen Spencer, VP of Smartbug Media, as she discusses how to grow an inbound strategy and framework in your organization to attract leads and establish your brand. And the best part is, it can apply to content for all stages of your funnel! Jen will dive in deep how she did this at a fast-growing SaaS company that shows, among many other things, how you can use buyer personas and establish a cadence to ensure that your content is seen at the right stage of the buyer's journey. And while a good inbound program gets started with the marketing department, a great inbound program gets other departments involved. Your marketing team may build perfect personas and have excellent research, but if the sales and operations team aren’t aligned, you're missing out on opportunities to move potential buyers to the next stage of the funnel.