Author: Nels Jensen




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Why Manufacturers Should Do a Competitive Analysis

What can you learn from the competition? Here are some questions to ask and some tools to use.

Many small and medium manufacturers struggle with committing time to work “on” the business, whether it’s for market research, sales enablement, scouting for opportunities with product enhancements or supply chain management. A competitive analysis can be a great opportunity to focus the company on a key aspect of the business. In many ways, it is… Read more »

Why Manufacturers Need to Know a Thing or Two About CRMs

Gone are the days when sales could be left to tribal knowledge. It's time to put a system in place.

The transfer of tribal knowledge has been a dilemma for years for manufacturers. The context usually is around the difficulty in finding, hiring, training and retaining replacements for key machine operators who are aging out. The skilled worker shortage still exists, though in many cases it is for new skill sets as Industry 4.0 demands… Read more »

Demystifying Sales Enablement for Industrials

You don't have to be a salesperson to support the sales process. Here's how everyone can contribute.

The cliche about how “everyone in our company is in sales” is not accurate, but in many ways just about everyone in your industrial company can help with sales enablement. Effective sales enablement does more than align the marketing and sales teams. It ensures that a cohesive, persuasive message is presented to industrial buyers at… Read more »

The ROI of Industrial Marketing

Faced with long buying cycles that make ROI difficult to track? Start with these suggestions.

The ROI of industrial marketing begins with understanding the difference between data and analytics. It’s great that your company collected 50 leads in the past month, but are they good leads? Where did they come from? The next month, when you have 35 leads, is that a bad thing? The essentials for determining your ROI… Read more »

Industrial Website Development Do’s & Don’t’s

Not every site is perfect. But if you do these things (and avoid the others), you'll be in pretty good shape.

How seriously do you need to take industrial website development? Well, a professional website that focuses on customer solutions is now a cost of doing business for industrial companies. Ideally, your content will be at the intersection of what you want to convey and the questions prospects ask about how to solve their pain points…. Read more »

Industrial Branding Begins with Consistency

Consistency is important on the shop floor. Shouldn't that carry over to your company image?

The industrial sector is unique in so many ways, and one of them is branding. It’s always been difficult for manufacturers, distributors and logistics companies to communicate what they do through their name and branding. That’s why we chose to focus the latest episode of the Industrial Marketer podcast around the idea of industrial branding…. Read more »

Marketing to Manufacturers Depends on Relationships

So how do you establish rapport digitally — with people you don't even know?

Technology continues to drive innovations, and expectations, in manufacturing. Customers are demanding higher-quality, longer lasting parts, and they want them turned around more quickly and for less money. Better, faster, cheaper. The dynamic is similar in many ways in marketing to manufacturers. Despite the fragmented, impersonal nature of digital marketing, manufacturers must know their buyers… Read more »

Top Industrial Marketing Trends in 2021

Digital sales and e-commerce top the list, of course. But what other trends are on the rise?

This week, the Industrial Marketer podcast takes a look industrial marketing trends in 2021 and the opportunities they present for industrial marketers, particularly in the field of digital sales. Digital sales and e-commerce top the list of industrial marketing trends for 2021. Manufacturing as a sector has been slower than its B2B peers in adopting… Read more »