Lead Generation for Manufacturers: Understanding the Alphabet Soup

Lead Generation for Manufacturers: Understanding the Alphabet Soup

[This post was originally published in December 2010. I have rewritten and updated it recently. Last Modified Date: 09/26/2022] Lead generation for manufacturers is not easy, and it takes time and effort. A lead is a lead, right? Depends – are you in Marketing or in Sales? Industrial lead generation for sales is complicated. On…

Why Industrial Websites Shouldn’t be an Afterthought for Manufacturers

Why Industrial Websites Shouldn’t be an Afterthought for Manufacturers

Industrial websites and manufacturers’ expectations are not always in sync. I say that from my regular conversations with manufacturers from various industries and from around the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common–generate more leads by targeting industrial buyers in North America. Industrial website goals and usage…

Marketing to Engineers—Why Digital is the Dominant Strategy

Marketing to Engineers—Why Digital is the Dominant Strategy

Digital marketing to engineers works for several reasons. And you can’t argue against the results. I’ve been a big believer and a practitioner of digital marketing strategies and tactics for my industrial marketing and consultancy clients for several years now. Let’s look at the big picture first – B2B sales. After all, engineering services and…

The Industrial Buyer’s Journey—What Manufacturing Marketers Need to Know

The Industrial Buyer’s Journey—What Manufacturing Marketers Need to Know

The Industrial buyer’s journey can be complex and typically involves a committee of decision-makers. Sometimes the sales cycles may be as long as 12 to 18 months, for example, custom-engineered systems. Of course, not all industrial sales take that long. You may want to read my earlier post on the industrial customer journey. The industrial…

Content Marketing for Manufacturers is filling the Trade Show Void

Content Marketing for Manufacturers is filling the Trade Show Void

Trade shows have always been a big part of manufacturing marketing for generating new leads that convert into sales opportunities. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has made in-person trade shows almost non-existent. It is not surprising then that manufacturing marketers have turned to content marketing strategies and tactics in a big way. Hard data tell…

How Industrial Marketing Strategy Must Change to Fill Pipelines Again

How Industrial Marketing Strategy Must Change to Fill Pipelines Again

Your industrial marketing strategy may have changed recently because of the coronavirus. I don’t think manufacturers have much of a choice because the pandemic has negatively impacted their sales pipelines. There is no getting around that fact. Some of these changes may be permanent, while others have become necessities at least for the foreseeable future….