Posts Categorized: Commentary

B2B Marketing Jargon, Demystified

Overwhelmed when marketing buzzwords take over? Here's your secret decoder ring.

Do you ever feel lost when industrial marketers start talking in marketing jargon? Do statements like “Our inbound marketing strategy really made a difference in bringing in some warm leads and advocates this year” make you feel like you’ve stepped off a plane into a foreign country? Fortunately, it’s not as complicated as it sounds…. Read more »

Finding the Right Industrial Marketing Agency

An agency partnership is a big commitment. You don't want to get this one wrong.

Finding an industrial marketing agency that understands your specific industry challenges can be a daunting task — especially if you’ve never worked with an agency before. Before you start your search, you may want to compile a list of questions to test any potential partner’s ability to address your pain points, such as: Do they… Read more »

The Neglected Value of Marketing for Manufacturers

Marketing drives growth but most manufacturers won't fund it. What are you going to do about it?

Why is marketing for manufacturers so undervalued — and what can industrial marketers do about it? According to the 2018 CMO survey, a survey that assimilated information from almost 3,000 marketing executives in various industries throughout the U.S., marketing spending across all industries averages 11 percent of total company budgets. This average accounts for 6.9… Read more »

6 Customer Engagement Trends Industrial Brands Can’t Ignore

Industrial audiences want more from your marketing. How do you keep up? Try these tips.

Customer engagement online is changing. Content is becoming highly interactive and is distributed in ways that allow people to access it from wherever they are via their laptops or other portable devices such as smartphones. Industrial brands can’t ignore this shift toward greater interactivity across numerous kinds of devices; they have to adjust to these… Read more »

Industrial Marketing and Consumer Marketing: Is There a Difference?

There definitely is. Don't ignore these 5 fundamental ways the disciplines differ.

One of the questions industrial marketers often have to grapple with is: How is industrial marketing different from consumer marketing? Does it really make that much of a difference? The answer is “Yes.” The differences between industrial marketing and consumer marketing are subtle but significant. Consumer marketing focuses on individuals using demographic research and other… Read more »

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 »

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 »