Content Marketing

As we see recovery in manufacturing industry SMEs are busy but sales/marketing opportunities have reduced – exhibitions have gone virtual and so have sales calls, so what can we do to ensure sales after the recovery? It might be tempting to think we have to follow all the complex online advice we are offered, but actually, it is simpler than that. The principles are the same as they ever were so maybe this is a good time to go back to basics.

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Recovery and growth are in the air again, with estimates being ever more optimistic, so now is the time to plan a marketing program – unlike a one-time bulk investment in a machine where it starts producing quickly after set up – a marketing program always takes time to initiate and time to nurture. So if you want results now then start six months ago.
Don’t know where to start? – obviously, contact me at The Industrial Marketing Agency or ask your favourite friendly trade/tech editor for advice.

We are advised today by the “gurus” of the internet to focus on benefits, but in the industrial arena they are always the same – better, faster, cheaper, greener and so on – these are givens – so let us put ourselves in the place of a technical audience of intelligent problem solvers. Let us consider how does our product solve their problem, or how does it fit into a bigger solution?

This will inevitable lead us to a detailed description of product features – and more to the point we are addressing an audience of people who are interested in features because they understand them and need to know how a component fits into their own product and process.

This is the valuable information our technical media can pass on to its readers – and we can reach them through PR.

As we move into economic recovery let’s remember that business is personal even in lockdown. So let’s not forget how to convey important product knowledge to potential customers, and remember that industrial marketing is different from the one size fits all internet theories derived from B2C techniques developed in the US, to sell non-technical products en mass to non-technical people.

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