Manufacturing Blog

Sales and Marketing Alignment

One of the single largest opportunities that you have for improving performance in the modern business environment involves aligning marketing and sales. This is a decision that brings with it a host of different benefits that can't be ignored, from dramatically improving your marketing return on investment to an increase in sales productivity. Misalignment between sales and marketing technologies and processes cost B2B companies 10% of revenue or more a year according to HubSpot, and they found that when smarketing occurs (sales and marketing alignment) companies see 38% higher sales win rate.

Topics: Marketing Powered By Data

How To Use Content to Attract Your Target Clients

No matter how big or small your sales force, your website can be working around the clock to attract leads. To do it, however, your B2B site needs great content and an effective content strategy with messaging that connects to your target clientele.

Topics: Content Marketing Increase Lead Generation

Specialized Construction Marketing Plan Pt. 4: Drive Profits

This is the final part of our 4-part series on specialized construction marketing plans. Particularly when it comes to content marketing, you have 4 steps to see success:

Topics: Increase Lead Generation Content Marketing Marketing Strategy

Focus on the Buyer Part 2: Why Manufacturing Needs Sales Enablement

Earlier this week, I wrote about why inbound marketing works for manufacturing. I walked through the buyer’s journey, from discovery, to consideration, to making a decision about a solution for a problem they’re facing. In the case of manufacturing, the buyer always feels an acute need for the solution prior to purchasing; buying a huge piece of machinery is not a week-long decision. The process could take months, with input from many other decision-makers in the company.

Once a potential solution has been identified, the buyer is ready to talk to a sales professional at your manufacturing business. Here’s how a sales team enabled through inbound succeeds more often.

Topics: Marketing for B2B Manufacturing Blogs Sales Enablement

What is SEO, & How the Internet Works [VIDEO]

How the Internet Works 

 

The Internet exists for one purpose: Videos of people being scared by other people - or, apes.   

 

Ok...that’s not the real reason obviously. The internet actually exists to get the best, most relevant information to people searching for it.

Topics: SEO Content Marketing Blogging ROI Marketing Strategy

Focus on the Buyer: Why Choose Inbound Marketing for Manufacturing

Marketing for manufacturing companies is not an easy job. Traditional marketing methods focuses on the seller - what you have in stock, what you need to move, what’s been popular most recently, and where you think the buyers ought to be. While that method may work for some companies, manufacturing companies are a different case.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Marketing for B2B Manufacturing Blogs

Marketing Plan Pt. 3: Attract & Retain a Defined Audience [VIDEO]

This is part 3 of our series for marketers creating a marketing plan. Check out part 1: create a defined strategy and part 2: create relevant content.

Topics: Commercial Construction Marketing Construction Buyer Personas

Why Does My Manufacturing Company Need to Blog?

Blogging: that time-consuming writing practice of innermost thoughts flowing onto a digital forum to be read by strangers you’ll never meet. Or is it?

Blogging as a practice has transformed over the years from an anonymous online journaling endeavor to one that helps establish individuals - or businesses - as thought leaders and influencers through providing much-needed insight into their expertise. 

Topics: Blogging ROI Manufacturing Blogs

5 Reasons Why Premium Content is Invaluable to Your Sales Strategy

High-value publications and ebooks are (or, should be) the bread-and-butter of an inbound sales strategy for your B2B business. Not sure why? From a prospect's point of view, you're empowering them - the buyer - to learn more about your solution or product in a low-pressure way, while they research and educate themselves (read more about this inbound method for manufacturing marketing).

From your sales point of view, you're gathering information about the prospect's interests and pain points based on what they download, as well as receiving their contact information and more for additional communication.

Topics: Inbound Smarketing Marketing for B2B Improving Close Ratio Sales Enablement

7 Easy Social Media Tips for Food Equipment Manufacturing Companies

For some of you I can understand how you might scoff at the words “social media” and “easy” in the same sentence.  It can easily feel like a young man’s game. (Or woman’s game – didn’t mean to exclude – its just an expression.) You have to keep up with the trends and the lingo… tweeting, sending snappers, likes, pokes, bitmojis, blocking, hide from newsfeed, stop sending me game invites, I don’t want to play Farm Heroes so STOP ASKING!

Topics: Manufacturing Blogs Social Media