Make Sure Your B2B Communication is Still Human

By Rachel Kerstetter, PR Architect, Sonnhalter When it comes to B2B communication, sometimes we get a little too caught up in the 2 Bs (business and business) that we forget about the Hs, Humans. Your organization is made up of human beings and the businesses that make up your target audience are also made up of human beings. When you recognize that your audience is made up of humans, you're already one step toward more effective communications. Communicating with humans means you need to take into account emotions as well as logic and make an effort to connect on a personal level. Be Human Mike McDougall gave a presentation at the PRSA International Conference on using the HUMAN method to connect with B2B audiences. Here's the model: 11132read more >

How to Create Distributor Plans that Incent Growth [FREE TEMPLATE]

Many manufacturers treat their distributors equally. They offer everyone the same discounts, the same promotions, and the same training programs. However—not all distributors work equally hard for your more >

What is a creative brief?

Do you use a creative brief to guide your marketing plan? In the most recent Marketing Minute video from Sonnhalter, Matt explains what this useful marketing tool is and the 11 elements that Sonnhalter's creative briefs include. To view other videos from Sonnhalter, visit our YouTube channel more >

Are Your Employees Brand Ambassadors? Why Not?

Do your employees know where your products are used? Do they know the applications the parts they make make possible? Are they aware of the history and critical nature of your company? There are many simple, cost effective ways to increase productivity and morale by implementing a program that lets them more >

B2B Social Media Marketing: 5 Reasons Companies Skip Social Media And Why They’re Wrong

Social media marketing is becoming common across all types of industries, but some B2B companies are still hesitant to jump on the social media bandwagon. B2B companies have many reasons for believing they should not be on social media, but they are misinformed. Keep reading to find out more >

Are You Missing out on Mobile Marketing Opportunities to the Professional Tradesman?

We've talked many times about the importance of having a mobile strategy when wanting to reach the professional contractors. Their office is a jobsite and they need to be and stay connected. Mobile is changing the way we reach these important more >

Content Marketing: Have a Strategy and Be Relevant

Today we have a guest blog post from Rosemarie Ascherl, PR Foreman at Sonnhalter, discussing content marketing. Content marketing should be part of all B2B [and B2T] business’s overall marketing strategy. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous week of learning and motivation when I attended the 2013 Content Marketing World Summit at the Cleveland Convention more >

How Manufacturers are Managing Content Marketing: 7 B2B Insights

Today we have a guest blog post from Lisa Murton Beets director of CMI Books, from the Content Marketing Institute. The Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs recently published research on B2B and B2C Content Marketing in our 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends reports. While the findings give us insight into how B2B and B2C marketers are managing content marketing, we were still curious about the state of content marketing in specific key industries, and how content efforts in vertical markets were differing from those of their peers in other industries. We decided to first look at marketers who work for B2B manufacturing organizations in North America. This group has adopted content marketing at a slightly higher rate (94 percent) than their North American B2B peers across all industries (91 percent). Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences: Manufacturing marketers have similar goals for content marketing Marketers in the manufacturing industry have the same top three objectives for content marketing as their peers across all B2B industries: brand awareness, lead generation, and customer acquisition. However, manufacturing marketers place less emphasis on thought leadership (47 percent versus 64 percent) and website traffic (47 percent versus 60 percent) as organizational goals, which indicates a disconnect, as they also cite website traffic as the primary way they measure content effectiveness. This fundamental disconnect between goals and measurement was present with B2B manufacturers when CMI surveyed them two years ago, but it has shown some improvement. Manufacturing marketers use video and print magazines more often Manufacturing marketers cite video as their top content marketing tactic (it was ranked seventh by this group two years ago). Their overall use of tactics is fairly similar to that of the overall population of marketers; however, they place far less emphasis on blogs (54 percent…read more >

Viega and Sonnhalter Receive Award of Excellence for Product Launch

BEREA, Ohio – October 2012 – The Viega ProPress® for stainless product launch received a B2 Award of Excellence from the Business Marketing Association in the Multi-Channel Lead Generation category. The B2 Awards are an international business-to-business marketing and communications contest that recognizes excellence among top agencies and corporate marketers. Sonnhalter, a communication firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, enters award-worthy work, such as the Viega ProPress for stainless product launch, in marketing communication contests. Viega ProPress for stainless steel is a pipe-joining system that uses press fittings to make air- and water-tight connections in the piping. The system is comprised of stainless steel pipe, valves and fittings in sizes up to 4 inches and makes secure connections in as few as seven seconds compared to more than an hour for some traditional pipe joining methods. For the product launch, Sonnhalter and Viega created a plan for promoting the system as the future in pipe joining and developed several elements including print and electronic communication in trade publications, brochures, direct mail, a micro site and a comprehensive public relations plan. “We were thrilled to receive the B2 Award of Excellence,” said Adina Barnes, director of market intelligence for Viega. “We’re proud to be recognized amongst the ranks of so many excellent campaigns.” “We enjoyed working on this campaign,” said Matt Sonnhalter, vision architect at Sonnhalter. “Not only was it a fun project, the results of the product launch proved that it was award-winning caliber.” A panel of senior-level marketers judged more than 800 entries for the 2012 B2 Awards and selected the Viega ProPress for stainless product launch to receive an Award of Excellence. About Viega Founded in 1899, Viega manufactures and distributes the highest quality plumbing, heating and pipe joining products in…read more >

Sonnhalter Announces Addition of Three New Clients

BEREA, Ohio – March 2011 – Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, announces the addition of three new clients, Air King, Calculated Industries, and Viega. Located in West Chester, Pa., Air King is a U.S.-based manufacturer of exhaust fans and range hoods as well as commercial and industrial grade high velocity air circulators and other residential building products. Sonnhalter will be assisting Air King with public relations and social media services. Based in Carson City, Nev., Calculated Industries is the maker of the construction master pro construction calculator and offers specialty calculators and electronic measuring tools for professionals in the construction, industrial, measuring and estimating, real estate and financial markets, as well as specialty products and home and hobby products. Sonnhalter will be assisting Calculated Industries with social media services. Based in Wichita, Kan., Viega is a family-owned and operated manufacturer, distributor and marketer of highly engineered and innovative plumbing systems for the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Sonnhalter will be helping Viega with a full range of marketing communications services. “The addition of these three new clients is a great way to start off 2011. We are excited to have such a diversified client base in the business-to-tradesmen realm,” said Matt Sonnhalter, vision architect at Sonnhalter. Established in 1976, Sonnhalter is the leading B2T marketing communications firm to companies that target professional tradesmen in construction, industrial and MRO markets. Sonnhalter’s brand identity highlights its expertise in marketing to the professional tradesmen. Its tagline, “Not Afraid To Get Our Hands Dirty,” promotes the employees’ willingness to roll up their sleeves and dig deep into clients’ businesses, also, it refers to the market we target: the tradesmen who work with – and dirty – their hands every day. Sonnhalter developed the…read more >

Trade Shows: Are They Worth It?

Most of our clients have trade show schedules and are reluctant to give them up. The costs for most shows are in the tens of thousands per show which doesn't include your sales people more >