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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 Email Marketing for Manufacturers, Distributors and Engineering Companies

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Industrial email marketing is alive and well in 2017 despite what you may heard or read to the contrary. To quote Mark Twain with a slight modification, “The reports of my its death have been greatly exaggerated.” Here are some stats from the 2016 State of Marketing Report from Salesforce.com.

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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.

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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.

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Industrial Content Marketing Fails to Engage with Target Audience

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Industrial content marketing used by manufacturers, distributors and engineering companies is failing to engage the target audience – engineers, technical professionals and industrial buyers. This is not a new problem.

No Digital Marketing for Manufacturers = Marketing in the Past

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Most manufacturers including precision CNC machine shops and fabricators have difficulty understanding the true value of digital marketing for manufacturers. Some that have implemented it, struggle to produce tangible results, meaning a boost in sales that they can attribute to marketing.

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 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?

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Why Manufacturers Need a Multichannel Industrial Marketing Strategy

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Multichannel industrial marketing strategy doesn’t get that much attention or buzz. It should, because it is a closer reflection of how manufacturing and engineering companies are marketing these days.

In Industrial Lead Generation, a Lead is a Lead, Right?

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Every discussion I’ve had with manufacturers and industrial companies starts with “we need more leads” or ends with “we need results.” I understand and accept the fact that the main goal of industrial marketing is to generate leads.

How Manufacturing Content Marketing Sets the Table for Sales

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I recently received two emails from two different manufacturers. They both inquired about using manufacturing content marketing to help their sales efforts.

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.

Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales

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You’ve probably read all the buzz surrounding industrial content marketing. You are in good company if you are already doing it.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

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.

Content Marketing for Manufacturers: What’s real and what’s hype?

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If you are a manufacturing marketer, I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz and the hype surrounding content marketing for manufacturers. It is a fact that today more manufacturers are using content marketing for increasing awareness (Branding), lead generation and sales.

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Marketing Engineering Services with Content

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Marketing engineering services is very different from marketing industrial products. The biggest difference is that you are selling an intangible concept as versus a physical product.

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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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

Industrial Content Marketing — Goals are Misunderstood and Misaligned

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Industrial content marketing is used by an overwhelming majority of manufacturers. It stands at 85% according to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2017 survey. According to ENGINEERING.COM’s 2017 survey, 87% of engineering marketers use content marketing.

Marketing to Engineers Requires Accurate and Truthful Content Presented Logically

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Marketing to engineers is challenging, but manufacturers, distributors and engineering services companies cannot shy away from it because engineers make up the bulk of their target audience.

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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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.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

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 — Different Strokes for Different Folks

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Any industrial content marketing strategy that is based on “one size fits all” content is likely to fail. That statement may seem like an overgeneralization but I have seen it happen one too many times to ignore. Sure, there are many common types of content assets used by manufacturers and industrial companies but how they [.] The post Industrial Content Marketing — Different Strokes for Different Folks by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

Industrial Content Marketing Boosts Sales for Distributors

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My conversations with distributors about industrial content marketing almost always start with them needing help in growing their sales. That should come as no surprise. The real problem however lies in the definition of the problem itself. Most distributors define their problem as “lack of sales.”

Content Marketing for Industrial Companies – Authenticity is Mission Critical

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Marketing sometimes gets a bad rap of being deceptive. There is a fine line between persuasion and deception. Stretching the truth, exaggerating the positives and putting a positive spin on the negatives have been staples of marketing for a long time. Today’s industrial buyers are far better informed and using deceptive marketing practices won’t get [.]

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Content Marketing for Manufacturers Isn’t Just Publishing More Content

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Content marketing for manufacturers has become a staple of industrial marketing with 61 percent using it as a marketing tactic and 54 percent planning to increase their spending on content creation (Source: IHS GlobalSpec Research Report). However, the same study also found that only nine percent can demonstrate how content marketing contributes to sales (ROI) [.]

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?

Content Marketing for Manufacturers Must Go Deeper than ToFu

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Many manufacturers are using content marketing but few consider it effective in generating leads that turn into sales opportunities. According to the 2014 study done by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 86% of manufacturing marketers use content marketing but only 30% of manufacturing marketers say they are effective at it. Here’s another finding, according to [.]

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.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.