Managing Price Overrides: 4-Step Process

While common, overrides can be dangerous. They train your sales team and customers that price is negotiable and interferes with one of your primary goals: sticking to your pricing strategy. If that doesn’t worry you, consider this: companies that grant high numbers of ad hoc price exceptions are more likely to experience price erosion across all customers.read more >

2014 Report on B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing in North America

By Matt Sonnhalter, Vision Architect The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs recently released their fourth annual report on the content marketing practices of business-to-business (B2B) marketers working in the manufacturing industry. In this report you’ll find answers to questions such as: What percentage of manufacturing marketers have adopted content marketing? What tactics are they using? How does their approach to content marketing differ from that taken by other B2B marketers? This report also looks at how manufacturing marketers approach content marketing when compared with a wider group of B2B North American marketers representing a range of industry segments. Here are some key highlights from this most recent study on manufacturing marketers and their content marketing efforts: 86% have adopted content marketing Only 30% say they are effective at content marketing Use the same number of tactics (13) as other B2B marketers 81% use YouTube to distribute content and rate it as the most effective social media platform Cite different goals for content marketing when compared with other B2B marketers Top challenges faced for their content marketing programs: 1. Lack of time, 2. Producing the kind of content that engages and 3. Producing enough content 46% plan to increase their content marketing budget over the next 12 months Click here to read more details and download the full report.read more >

Webcast: Mobile Marketing

Our vision architect, Matt Sonnhalter, will be presenting on CFE Media’s webcast, “Mobile Marketing: What Impression Are You Making and How Will You Measure It?” Matt, along with Kim Dushinski author of The Mobile Marketing Handbook, will discuss how B2B marketers can make a good mobile impression. Whether you’re ready for mobile, or not, it’s here. If you have a website, you’re already being viewed on mobile devices. Join Matt on Tuesday, June 19 at 2 PM EST for this free, informative presentation. You can register here.read more >

5 Tips to Make Your B-to-B Blog Successful

If you want to be a serious blogger, there are some things you need to follow to be successful. It's not as easy as it might appear, and here are some tips I've learned over the last year in doing my blog. Be Committed - Committed to write 2 or 3 posts a week no matter what. You need to read and research and plan you editorial. You need to be persistent in that you won't become an overnight success. It takes time to build an audience, and once you do, it takes more time to develop a relationship. Be Focused - Choose a topic or niche and stick to it. Be consistent in your voice and approach. Also be consistent in the number of times a week you post. Be Concise - You've got between 2-5 seconds to get their attention, and once you have it, make sure you deliver content that's on the mark. Be Analytical - You need you watch which posts are drawing attention. This will help when developing topics for future posts. Where are your readers coming from - other sites, search engines? What search terms are the engines picking up? Never Stop Learning - Stay ahead of the curve in your area of expertise. This is especially true in social  media where things seem to change daily. Just think, a few months ago, mobile marketing certainly wouldn't have been on the top of my radar screen, but today it's a hot topic. Those are my suggestions. I'd like to hear from you and have you add to the list. If you like this post, please pass it on. Here are some other posts you might find interesting: 5 Quick tips to promote your posts Posts should be like missles:powerful and to the pointread more >

Building a B-to-B Social Media Lead Generation Program Targeting the Professional Tradesmen

B-to-B marketers, especially those in the manufacturing sector who are targeting the professional tradesmen, are slow to adapt to new things and social media is one of them. I've seen it in our business that clients (manufacturers) are aware of social media but don't know how to use it to get business. Yes, social isn't about getting business (short term), it's about branding and thought leadership roles. But in the real world, and especially in this economic climate, companies are also identifying new potential customers and taking them through the selling cycle to see if they can be converted to a sale. If B2B folks would have a better understanding of how to use social, then it would be easier for them to incorporate it into their other marketing efforts.read more >