Posts Categorized: Strategy

Tools of the Trade: Email Marketing

With such great ROI, every industrial needs email marketing. Choose your tool.

“What’s important is that you have faith in people . . . and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” — Steve Jobs If you work in the industrial sector (and even if you don’t), you know how important it is to equip the right people with the right tools to… Read more »

Profit-Driven Marketing for Industrials

Stop thinking about marketing as an expense. Start using it to drive profits.

Earlier this year, Google began publishing content about profit-driven marketing on its “think with Google” site. For Google, recasting marketing in terms of profit is specifically about changing how marketers think about their search advertising spend. While it’s important to take heed of the world’s leading search engine’s official position on search marketing spending strategy,… Read more »

Tips for Developing Responsive Websites

A few suggestions and tools to help with responsive web development.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve visited a responsive website in the last week while surfing the wonderful World Wide Web. And even if you don’t know what a responsive website is, you’ve probably heard people throwing around the “responsive” buzzword for some time now. If you need to get up to speed, or… Read more »

5 Marketing Automation Mistakes to Avoid

Minding the gap between best intentions and practical applications.

We’ve all seen the stats and heard the grandiose claims. Indeed, marketing automation is much more than a trend or buzzword; it’s a bonafide technology solution and business strategy that will continue to redefine the future of marketing. SiriusDecisions estimates that nearly 50 percent of B2B companies will have purchased and implemented marketing automation by… Read more »

Why Manufacturing Day Needed Responsive Design

Using a responsive website to connect with multiple audiences.

Last year, I worked on a marketing campaign to promote Manufacturing Day, which is an annual occasion in October when manufacturers across the United States open their doors and show people in their communities what modern manufacturing really looks like. This year (2014), Manufacturing Day falls on October 3. One of the key projects for… Read more »

Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design for B2Bs

Most of the time, responsive is best for B2B. But sometimes adaptive wins.

There are two main strategies for making a website mobile-ready: adaptive design and responsive design. In most cases, a responsive website will the best fit for B2B businesses. But for those who want to create mobile experiences that are significantly different than those provided by standard desktop websites, or for those who have a client… Read more »

Budgeting for a Responsive Website

By spending a little more, you can reach a lot more customers.

Industrial clients often ask us, “Is a responsive website worth the extra development cost?” We remind them their website isn’t just for them, it’s for their customers — and customers often start the buying process on tablets or smartphones. Note: If you’re unfamiliar with responsive web design and how it works, please check out Don’t… Read more »

Lead Nurturing for Industrials: A Perfect Fit

Why lead nurturing and the industrial buying cycle were made for each other.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the B2B marketing world about lead nurturing. The basic idea is to develop communications programs that issue content addressing customers’ informational needs at key moments during their journeys toward making purchases. Essentially, lead nurturing is an evolution of permission-based marketing that rigorously maps out personas and… Read more »