Industrial University, Part 1

For the first Industrial University seminar, ISM CEO James Soto tackles the Industrial Revolution.

At Industrial Strength Marketing, we’ve just kicked off a series of seminars we’re collectively calling “Industrial University.” The goal of this “trade school” is to create a culture of learning where we educate one another about the industrial sector and discuss ways that innovation, marketing, and technology affect industrial business — particularly in the areas of… 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 »

How and When B2Bs Should Use Online Press Releases

With little SEO value, press release success hinges on knowing your audience and what's real news.

Some B2B marketers are big fans of online press releases. They’re relatively easy to write and can be distributed to thousands of news outlets with the click of a button thanks to online distribution services such as PRNewswire and Cision (which are in the process of becoming one company, by the way — you can… Read more »

Why Good Marketing Photos Are So Important for Industrials

Customers often encounter a business through photographs. Why not make a good impression?

One day last week, I was starving and trying to find a place to eat. I stepped into a local diner I’d never been in before and looked over their laminated menu populated with blurred, unappetizing photos of their entrees, most likely shot by the owner on his iPhone. It felt lazy, uninspired, and careless. Next… Read more »

The 10 Best Industrial Logos

These companies all have marks that follow the six guidelines that make a logo great.

Industrial logos are all around us. Every day, these logos impact us somehow, whether it’s when we drive down a busy street and are surrounded by company and business identities or when we surf the Internet, viewing various industrial websites or advertisements. By definition, a logo is a symbol or other design adopted by an organization… Read more »

E-Commerce Platforms for Industrial Supply

Which e-commerce solution is best for B2B online catalogs and stores? Here are 5 contenders.

There are a lot of e-commerce platforms available and it can be hard for business owners in the industrial sector to figure out what’s right for them. Many industrials are B2B, whereas most e-commerce platforms are tailored specifically for the needs of B2C retailers and fail to provide support for the needs of B2Bs —… Read more »

5 Ways to Improve Your Online Industrial Supply Catalog

B2B online sales are heating up. Help your e-commerce site compete with these suggestions.

If you take the idea of online industrial supply seriously and have made an investment in an e-commerce website, you definitely want to get the most for your money. There’s a lot of potential, but it’s also incredibly competitive. For one, many smaller industrial distributors and OEMs that have decided to take the plunge have… Read more »

Industrial Digital Marketing Roundup

Ford uses VR for assembly. Facial recognition promises personalized ads. And email won't die.

“The inventor gives to the world creations which are palpable, which live and work.” —Nikola Tesla We talk about technology a lot in the Industrial Digital Marketing Roundup — and with good reason. When it comes to advancements in how we do business as industrials, inventions and the merging of life with technology take center… Read more »