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 »

Why B2B Marketers Should Focus on Inbound Calls

Do you really want leads that convert? Try something a little old fashioned: the telephone.

In the brave new world of B2B digital marketing, the idea of focusing on inbound calls may seem antiquated. Not only do phone calls seem to make use of outdated technology (the phone sounds so twentieth century), but the idea of maintaining a call center to receive inbound calls seems like a relic of the… Read more »

There’s No Such Thing as a Microsite

That is, there is no “tiny website." The term "microsite" refers to a site's focus and function.

It’s a common misperception that the “micro” in microsite is related to the size of a site or the effort it took to build it. “Micro” actually refers to the focus of a website. A microsite, in other words, is about a very specific topic. Don’t let executives, clients, stakeholders, or dumb developers tell you… Read more »

Our Favorite PPC Tools

Feel like you aren't getting your money's worth with digital advertising? These tools can help.

Of all the marketing channels available to your business, pay-per-click advertising (PPC) can easily seem like the most technical and confusing, which is why it really helps to have some good PPC tools at your disposal for managing these sorts of campaigns. Without a good platform operated by staff trained in digital media, PPC can… Read more »

Proposal Software That Will Improve Your Sales Process

A comparison of the latest technology products to make your proposals a breeze (and better!).

In the industrial sales process, there are two critical components to writing a winning proposal: knowing how to structure it and then using the right proposal software. I hate to tell you, Microsoft lovers, but opening Word and creating a file on your desktop no longer cuts it. In the first post in this two-part… Read more »

The Best Website Analytics Tools for B2B Marketing

To drive business, use one of these platforms to measure and monitor your site's performance.

Online B2B marketing is fraught with questions, but when it comes to website analytics, there’s really only one that matters: “So what?” The old saying, “If it’s not worth measuring, it’s not worth doing” sums up our view of website analytics pretty perfectly and if we had to, we’d hazard a guess that you feel… Read more »

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 »