STRATEGY

Choose Industrial Marketing Support Wisely

Remember the movie scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where he had to choose from the grails wisely to avoid death? Like Indy choosing drinkware, decisions regarding marketing help can make or break you. My 30-year career has been devoted to helping industrial companies strategically market their products and services, build revenue, and, in many cases, improve the valuation of these firms for a better “cash out.” Industrial companies that depend on business-to-business (B2B) relationships have a few options for marketing: 1. Do it yourself 2. An “everyman” agency that will work for you . . . and Read More

A CRM Can Improve Your Selling Performance

CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software is more accessible and affordable now more than ever. Popular services such as Salesforce, HubSpot and Dynamics365 offer immense leverage over big data for manufacturing businesses of all sizes. Most companies are adopting inbound marketing strategies that are yielding a higher volume of qualified leads. Purchasing and implementing a CRM system can greatly enhance the ability to capture and act on this higher volume of leads, automate follow-up and task reminders and ultimately lead to growth in sales and customer satisfaction. Let’s break down how you can get the most utility from a CRM system Read More

Build Brand Perception Surveys to Enhance Customer Loyalty and Grow Sales

Do you know with certainty what your target audience truly thinks, feels, or believes regarding your brand, products, and/or services? Would the truth about these things change the way your products are promoted, or would you even modify the products you make and sell? Surveying your customers and prospects will yield specific data and critical insights that can be used to build and grow brand awareness, perception, and customer loyalty, thus positively impacting the bottom line. First, let’s unpack what exactly a brand perception survey is. These surveys include polling your customers and prospects with open-ended questions regarding what they Read More

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Industrial Marketing Team

Many industrial companies outsource their marketing efforts. A primary reason to contract with an industrial marketing firm is the overhead to maintain an internal marketing team that can keep up with strategic planning and the demands of ever-changing best practices of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), social media marketing, paid digital advertising (AdWords, Pay-per-click), print ads, media reps, maintaining the company website and more. It is critical to select a team that understands your business goals and is agile, responsive and experienced enough to build your brand both online and off. Below are a few tips to help you make a Read More

How E-commerce Can Increase Sales for your Industrial Company

Does your company sell industrial products to other businesses? Here in the digital age, there are many compelling reasons to add to your company’s sales channels using e-commerce. Let’s explore whether or not e-commerce is right for your industrial company and how adding online selling can not only increase your sales growth but also your overall digital footprint through enhanced search ranking, referring links, content and validity.  E-commerce is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. This gives your target audience or market ultimate flexibility to purchase your goods anywhere and anytime. A well-executed e-commerce website gives businesses the perfect opportunity Read More

How Foreign Manufacturing Companies Benefit from a U.S. Marketing Agency

Expanding into North America Many foreign businesses recognize the importance of a physical presence in the North American market. The world’s largest economy won’t wait for delivery delays or communication breakdowns that can occur ordering products from overseas. Lean manufacturing demands that products and support be readily accessible. Once a North American based satellite is established and staffed, it needs to be properly promoted for success. Gotham has worked with companies in both Europe and Asia to reorganize and adapt the messaging of their marketing communication for the North American marketplace. In every instance, product inquiries have increased exponentially as Read More

Smarter Marketing: Leveraging Google Analytics

Ever wondered why your leads are thin, or your close rate isn’t happening for the leads you do receive?  Google Analytics is a free website resource that monitors websites, allowing you to gain valuable insight into your audience.  Discover traffic sources, visitors’ demographics, which pages they visit and which cause them to exit. With this marketing intelligence, you’re able to improve areas of the site that are weak. Products and services on pages that are trending upward can be relayed to the sales force to act upon. By monitoring the traffic and the audience location, a more accurate connection can Read More

Pay-Per-Click Advertising: Low Risk, High Reward for Industrial Manufacturers

If you’re not getting enough organic traffic to your industrial website, it may be time to invest in pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, an effective online marketing strategy for manufacturers. Pay-per-click advertising is considered “buying your way to the top” of search engines. It is effectively an auction for key phrases. The higher the bid, the higher your ad appears. Nothing is charged until the ad is “clicked through” to a landing page or website. There are three choices of paid ads: 1. Text ads on the top and bottom of Google, Yahoo and Bing 2. Display, or visual, ads shown on Read More

10 Common Marketing Mistakes

1- WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? One of the biggest mistakes in industrial product marketing is not identifying or describing your products or services to the customer. Keep your descriptions simple and understandable for the greatest marketing success. 2- A GENERIC POSITION! Rather than trying to be all things to all people, find your niche. To get ahead, focus on your strengths, what you do best, and how you are different from the competition. 3- APPEALING TO EVERYONE. Find your target audience and gear your marketing plan to that audience. Marketing to a defined group allows you to better control how your message is Read More

The Importance of Case Studies in Manufacturing

While client testimonials can be powerful, they can sometimes be taken with a grain of salt. Case studies, however, provide a step by step demonstration of your capabilities, and more importantly, how they benefited a specific client. Well constructed and properly written case studies don’t just state that a customer was satisfied, it shows how you satisfied them. They are equally as effective for B2B and B2C manufacturers. Here are some tips and tricks for creating compelling case studies for manufacturers. Start with Client Goals.  This demonstrates you were listening and understood what the client wanted to accomplish. Make sure Read More

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