Posts Categorized: Commentary

Marketing Goals Make for Better Marketing

Don't be afraid to get specific with what, when, and where. Make your needs known!

Why set marketing goals? Well, let’s start by making this personal. What’s the last goal you set in your life? Maybe it was to lose five pounds before summer so you could fit into last year’s bathing suit. Or maybe it was to start calling your mom every Sunday so she stops cranking about how you… Read more »

Industrial University, Part 2

How will today's technology affect industry? Look for answers in the familiar dynamics of the past.

In our first installment of Industrial University (IU), Industrial Strength Marketing Founder and CEO James Soto took us back to the industrial world’s origins with the Industrial Revolution. For IU Part 2, he takes a closer look at a dynamic that feels a little more contemporary: the role of technology in industrial development. As the… Read more »

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: Applying Scrum to B2B Web Development

To build a complex website, you need a flexible process. Ready to lock arms and do this together?

Say you have a particularly complex B2B web development project. How will you approach it? This is an important question to ask because any B2B website really needs to be done right. B2B websites consistently play pivotal roles in purchasing and decision-making processes. Current and potential customers are constantly being funneled to websites through channels such as social media,… Read more »

Proposal Writing Tips That Close Deals

Best practices that will book more business and — gasp! — may even make proposal writing fun.

Let’s admit it. Most people hate writing proposals. To avoid the hard work of creating this all-important deliverable, we fall into the trap of cutting and pasting from previous documents, dumping in pages of data in an attempt to overwhelm the prospect, talking about ourselves and what we know best, or selling an easy deal… Read more »

10 Negotiating Tips to Get the Most from Vendors

Ever wondered if you could have gotten a better deal? Use these tips and stop second guessing.

We could all learn a thing or two about negotiation from Princess Leia. And JFK, too. Actress Carrie Fisher once wisely remarked: “Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.” Negotiating with vendors is something of an art form, something of a science. And indeed, it’s almost always a testing… Read more »

The 10 Best Industrial Websites

There's a lot to learn from these industrial leaders and their online presences.

A strong industrial website is important for setting the tone with your customers, regardless of your industry vertical. Long gone are the days when you could get by with a sub-par industrial website. Everything from the look of the site to the messaging to — most importantly — the site’s ability to convert your visitors into prospects… Read more »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Marketing Agency

What you get depends a lot on what you give. Here's how to maximize your agency relationship.

You’re in love. You met over coffee and you’ve progressed from lunch meetings to quality time spent at each other’s places. You’ve learned about each other’s past. You’ve shared your goals. Rose colored glasses firmly in place, you commit, sign some paperwork, and together take that leap of faith that signals both parties’ mutual commitment… Read more »

Why Star Wars Is Industrial

Ask yourself: Would the Force be so pervasive without plastic injection molding?

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much that’s industrial about Star Wars. The story takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and we rarely see anyone — or anything — producing anything or worrying about how to move goods through the supply chain (other than perhaps Han Solo’s smuggling… Read more »