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Why Social Media Needs to Be Part of Your Brand Development Strategy 

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Sep 3, 2015 8:22PM

Connect with Consumers Through Your Brand Essence

Social media plays an important role in how consumers discover, research, and share information about industrial manufacturing brands. If social media is not a part of your brand development strategy, learn to embrace Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and the likes because it will only lead to heightened company success. According to Nielsen, Sixty percent of consumers researching products learned about a specific brand through social networking sites. Additionally, Nielsen found that 53% of social networkers follow brands. It is cycle that feeds itself—and it’s evident that a social media presence is critical for communicating your brand essence. If you haven’t adopted a social media strategy, the time is now to do so.

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Topics: Branding, brand essence, Brand Consultant, Brand Loyalty

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

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

Crafting the Perfect Social Media Post for Industrial Marketing

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jun 16, 2015 1:48PM

Write a Post to Boast About

Social media posts are an essential part of any industrial marketing strategy for manufacturers. You read that right. Yes, social media is an intrinsically viable channel for you to get new customers and retain customer loyalty. Not only do these posts connect your business with the appropriate audience, but they also attract visitors to your website and can eventually turn strangers into customers and customers who align with your brand identity into evangelists for your products.

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Topics: Social Media, Industrial Marketing, B2B marketing strategy, Industrial Marketing Strategy

The 4 Marks to Hit when Targeting Content in Industrial Marketing

Posted by Samantha Hunter on Jun 11, 2015 1:29PM

How to Ensure Prospects Are Content with Your Content

Competition is only getting fiercer. The interwebs, more crowded. And people’s attention spans, much shorter. In today’s ever-changing marketing culture, it’s crucial to be one step ahead of the competition. You want your business to be the one catering to your buyer personas’ needs—not your competitors. If you are an industrial manufacturer, you need to structure your marketing content in the way that most effectively relays the message that your inbound marketing strategy delivers.

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Topics: B2B Marketing, Industrial Marketing, Industrial Content Marketing, B2B marketing agency, Industrial Marketing Strategy

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