Manufacturing Blog

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

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

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

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

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

How To Align Your Manufacturing Sales & Marketing Teams In 5 Steps

SMarketing, sales and marketing alignment, is critical to your manufacturing organization’s success. Both teams are responsible for your company’s growth and success. Both can now be held accountable for their contributions to revenue, and the gap between the teams has closed. With sales and marketing working close together, it’s critical that they work well together.

Topics: Sales Enablement Inbound Smarketing Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs

How PACK EXPO Manufacturers Should Leverage A Highly Targeted Marketing Strategy

Your manufacturing business has a very specific audience. Perhaps your industry is incredibly specialized, and you only create your product for one specific purpose. Or maybe you’ve determined that your product has the most influence at enterprise-level companies where there is already a demand. Whatever the audience looks like, they have some demands of you; are you meeting them in your marketing?

Topics: Inbound Marketing Manufacturing Blogs Marketing for B2B

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

Why Accountable Manufacturing Marketing Requires An Inbound Approach

One of the biggest frustrations I hear from business leaders and CEOs about marketing is the inability to draw a direct line from any one marketing line item to a lead or closed sale. Part of the reason for this frustration is because, in the past, it’s been really difficult for marketing to do this with traditional marketing methods. The other part is that there is a lack of transparency between marketing and sales, so tracking and closed-loop reporting have been all but nonexistent.

Topics: Inbound Marketing Marketing for B2B Manufacturing Blogs

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