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What Industrial Manufacturers Don’t Get about B2B Marketing

Posted by Bob Grant on Feb 9, 2017 9:56AM

B2B Marketing Plan Myths and Realities

The mission for industrial manufacturers in general focuses on making a quality product for a fair price that has demand enough to support the growth of their company with a reasonable profit. Marketing often takes a back seat to product development, production, and sales. What are the myths and what is the reality when it comes to the need for and creation of a viable marketing plan?

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Industrial Marketing, Industrial Manufacturers

SBANE's Matching Grant Program Receives Another $250,000 for Industrial Manufacturers

Posted by Bob Grant on Jul 21, 2016 1:6PM

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has once again appropriated $250,000 for the Smaller Business Association of New England’s (SBANE) Matching Grant Program for industrial manufacturers. The Massachusetts State Legislature has appropriated these funds for the purpose of providing high-powered consulting expertise to small and medium-sized Massachusetts-based manufacturers undergoing a business transition.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Industrial Marketing, Industrial Manufacturing Companies, Industrial Manufacturers

Spring Manufacturer Celebrates 4th of July and 150 Years in Business

Posted by Bob Grant on Jul 1, 2016 2:8PM

Manufacturing in Massachusetts is alive and well at 150 year old company!

As an industrial marketing agency for more than 25 years, I have the privilege of working with some of the finest manufacturing companies and individuals in New England. I was pleased to be invited to Hardware Products Company 150th year breakfast buffet on Thursday, by Ted White, president of Hardware Product Company. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also visited the company. 

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Topics: Industrial Marketing, Industrial Manufacturers

Industrial Marketing Is a Key Solution to Business Growth for Manufacturers

Posted by Bob Grant on Feb 17, 2016 4:36PM

New Business Development for Massachusetts Manufacturers Helps Everyone

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), recently released their “Blueprint for the Next Century” plan. The discussion focuses on 4 top challenges for manufacturing in MA:

  • Workforce development
  • Uniformly strong business climate
  • Efficient regulation
  • Health insurance & energy costs
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Topics: Industrial Marketing, Business Development Marketing Strategies

How Important Is a Logo for Your Brand Development Process?

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Aug 13, 2015 10:57AM

Your Logo Represents Your Company Brand

Nike’s swoosh, McDonald’s golden arches, and Apple’s semi-eaten apple. What do these three have in common? They are all widely recognized logos. When you see the swoosh, you know what it symbolizes. You might think that industrial brand strategy for your company doesn’t need to include a logo. But just how important is a logo for your industrial manufacturing company? The short answer is: a logo is very important.

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Topics: Industrial Branding, Industrial Marketing, brand development process

Video Marketing and Your Industrial Marketing Strategy

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jul 28, 2015 10:53AM

Lights, Camera, Action!

We all love a good story, and what better way to tell a story than through video. When it comes to video marketing, facts tell, but stories sell. Video is an integral tool in your industrial marketing arsenal, as it expands your reach and has a positive impact on your brand. With 75% of executives watching work-related videos at least once per week, it is no wonder that video is the preferred form of marketing content. Videos are quick and interactive ways to connect with leads and customers, so there is no reason to not use video marketing as a strategy. The bottom line: video marketing does have a place in industrial manufacturing.

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Topics: Industrial Marketing, Industrial Content Marketing, Industrial Manufacturing Companies

Matching Grant Funds for Industrial Manufacturers in Massachusetts

Posted by Bob Grant on Jul 27, 2015 11:30AM

Industrial Manufacturers Can Apply for Money!

Charlie Baker and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want to help pay for your marketing consulting, or other consultative project.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Industrial Marketing, Industrial Manufacturing Companies, Industrial Manufacturers

How to Make the Most of Your Trade Show Attendance

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jul 14, 2015 3:40PM

Promote Your Product to Potential Customers

Let’s be upfront: industrial manufacturing trade shows are expensive. According to Exhibits USA, the going rate for purchasing a portable trade show display is approximately $100 to $150 per square foot. Combine this cost with the price of planning and promoting and before you know it, tens of thousands of dollars are out of your industrial marketing budget. The good news, you may ask? While expensive, trade shows are incredibly beneficial to your business. In fact, 81% of trade show attendees have buying authority. In other words, 81% of attendees are your potential customers. Trade shows are a great way to leverage your business by making meaningful, solid connections with potential buyers and current customers. When it comes to trade shows, one thing is certain: they are definitely worth your money.

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Topics: Industrial Marketing, Industrial Manufacturing Companies

How to Reach, Teach, and Retain Your Customers through Effective Brand Strategy

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jul 7, 2015 10:13AM

Branding Basics

Forbes.com contributor Scott Davis puts it best: a brand must inspire how people feel, influence how they behave, and compel them to act. How do you achieve this? Through the successful implementation of a solid and focused brand strategy, of course! This applies across industries and business models—from B2C to B2B. It’s just as relevant for industrial manufacturers. A strong industrial branding strategy is the most important aspect of your marketing efforts. Indeed, it is the foundation that supports and informs all of your marketing messaging. Without an integral brand, your company will blend in with the competition. Use brand development to differentiate yourself from competitors and to communicate your promise to customers. Not only is it your brand’s job to deliver your brand promise, but it should also be directly connected to consumer needs, emotions, and competitive environments. After all, you want your brand to be distinctive to create value and connection among customers.

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Topics: Branding, Industrial Branding, Industrial Marketing, brand development, brand promise

What Role Do Employees Play in Brand Development and Brand Strategy?

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jul 1, 2015 2:32PM

Emphasize Employee Awareness of Your Brand

Brand Development encompasses a complex and multi-tiered approach to showing the world who you are. It defines what your business stands for and explains how your products get delivered to and are experienced by customers. It also involves the “why” behind your customers’ purchasing decisions. More importantly, brand development backed by brand strategy helps you differentiate yourself from your competitors, which creates recognizable brand loyalty in customers’ lives. In industrial branding, it is important to keep your customers in mind. But, it is also crucial to get your employees involved.

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Topics: Industrial Branding, Industrial Marketing, brand development

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