Manufacturing Blog

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

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

Myth: Content Marketing Is Only for B2C Brands, Not Manufacturers

Sure, inbound marketing can be great for B2C companies. Creating interesting content for those companies is a great way to increase leads with consumers. But it’s just a waste of marketing dollars for your B2B manufacturing company… you’re looking to connect with other businesses, not people. Right?

Wrong. You know nothing, Jon Snow.

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

Do You Need a New B2B Marketing Strategy? 10 Questions to Ask

As a business leader for a B2B company, you have responsibilities company-wide: caring for your employees, making sure customers are happy, ensuring that sales are up and losses are down, and possibly most importantly, working toward a high return on all investments. In your budget, marketing most likely has one of the highest-cost line items - but it should also have one of the highest returns. Contrary to popular belief, you can have faith in your marketing department's ability to produce high, measurable returns on your investments through a successful marketing strategy.

But how do you know if it’s working?

Topics: Marketing for B2B Increase Lead Generation Content Marketing

Need Measurable Marketing Strategy Results? Create Relevant Content

Marketing teams are under increased scrutiny today thanks to the advent of Big Data. Executives can analyze everything from overtime cost/benefits and depreciating machinery assets to the return on investment of a single employee to the advantage of healthy vending machine options versus junk food choices. It’s no wonder that business leaders are looking for better, more exact return analysis for their marketing budgets, as well.

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing

The Inbound Marketing Survival Guide

Summer in Wisconsin means spending the three warmest (and least likely to have snow) months outdoors taking advantage of the beautiful weather. As a kid, one of my favorite activities was my family’s annual camping trip to Door County. 

Complete with a four-hour road trip in an eight-passenger van, a massive tent, nightly campfires, and plenty of gear, the trip was quite the undertaking. There were lists (thanks, Mom!), weeks of organizing and packing, and lots of planning.

Like those camping trips, creating successful inbound strategy for B2B businesses also requires a number of essential elements. I’ve assembled the essentials here in the form of an Inbound Survival Guide, just like we created for our summer camping trips.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Social Media Marketing for B2B Content Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

Convert More Automated Manufacturing Systems Leads With Your Website

B2B marketers know that marketing a complex product like an automated manufacturing system - whether it’s integrating already-built solutions, building a new solution from scratch, or recommending a solution to meet a machinery need - is a constant challenge. It’s not as easy as a Pinterest post or a tweet with a relevant hashtag. Instead, you’re marketing to a specific set of buyers. These buyers do months of research, make decisions with a team of people, and want to know the exact reasons why your automated system is better than any other on the market - in extreme detail.

Topics: Marketing for B2B Content Marketing Get Higher Conversions

Myth #3: Manufacturers Don't Need YouTube Videos on Their Website

Myth Debunked: As the #1 content marketing tactic for manufacturers, 87% of manufacturing brands create videos and put them on their website and YouTube. (Source: Content Marketing Institute)

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, but imagine if it was a video; how much more you could say? One minute of video equates to 1.8 million words. (Source: Forrester Research). Resonating with a visitor: priceless.

Topics: Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

How Can Buyer Personas Improve My Business?

When you're creating your marketing materials, do you know for whom you are creating them? Your audience should be a defined group - or groups - of people. These are commonly called "buyer personas." HubSpot defined this term as “a semi-fictional representation of your ideal customer based on market research and real data about your existing customers.” 

The concept behind buyer personas is simple: a persona is a defined audience member where you have identified the persona's role, concerns, questions, and search patterns. Basically, the concept shows how your “perfect customer” would behave if he or she existed and made buying decisions. A buyer persona is an imperative part of your marketing strategy—the secret sauce as you put together a recipe for success.

Topics: Buyer Personas Content Marketing Inbound Marketing