industrial marketing

I was interested to see recently that the number of notified redundancies is well down – and I have also seen that recruitment is well up. What a turnaround – so what can SMEs do to support this recovery in our manufacturing industries? Maybe it is time to look at marketing again? Contact us to discuss your marketing for recovery.

Websites have moved on so much in recent years, so it’s likely you’ll have upgraded or relaunched at least once. If not, you’re probably considering doing so.

The process is no easy task and it will represent an investment of thousands of pounds financially, and it will cost a fair amount of emotional and physical energy.

But the work can’t stop there. You need to raise awareness of your business and promote your website at minimum cost, and here are four low-cost options.

Directories

On-line trade directories will get your url in front of the right people and often at no cost.

Trade directories are also likely to have some form of editorial output to complement the bare bones of the site, so contact the web admin to alert them to your website relaunch and offer to provide a few paragraphs of copy and some images.

Make sure you provide urls to the relevant pages so the admin can make your story and images clickable.

Blogging

You know your products inside-out, so generating a couple of hundred words every other week should prove straightforward, and regular updates provide value in terms of Search Engine Optimisation for your site, pushing it high up the rankings.

If you can’t think what to write about, brainstorm topics with your team. A great place to start is with the questions already being posed by customers or potential buyers. If they’re asking questions, chances are others will want to hear the answers.

Social media

You have a social media presence and you’re always wondering what to talk about on the various platforms. An upgrade to your website provides the perfect opportunity to generate exciting content. Make it rich in visuals and light on words. Social media is all about show and tell.

E-Mailing

You have a list of previous buyers and previous enquirers, so a great starting point is to tell them about your new website in an e-mail.

Don’t be lazy, though. The words ‘Check out our new website’ are not going to excite any interest, because nobody is going to visit your website out of the goodness of their heart. They need one question answered, and it is this – ‘What’s in it for me?’

So spell it out with specific promises you know you can deliver, making it impossible for the reader to ignore your invitation to click through.

One crucial thing to add regarding email marketing – if you are considering building an e-mail list and sending regular updates to people on it, there are strict regulations covering such activity. One key element is to tell people how they came to be receiving an email from you, and giving them the opportunity to opt out of hearing from you again. Regulations are different for mailing to individuals and for sending to companies.

Full details found here.

Outsource it

Most companies find that is an awful lot of work for a small company – which is where we can come in and do it for you. The chances are that most of your competitors will be doing very little of the above and we can put together a package that is appropriate to your business and won’t involve a corporate mega-budget – after all, what we do is to specialise in growing small companies into big ones – by working smarter.

For more inspiration on promoting your website read Ian Deavin’s white paper entitled ‘How small companies are competing successfully and punching above their weight’

or

  • Speak to us on 01462 850040 or 07860 218334.

Have you ever laid down and let people walk all over you? Course not. You’re a planner, a prepper, and when you face challenges you’re a scrambler, a person who keeps going and somehow finds that by striving to meet challenges head-on there’s always a new opportunity presenting itself.

That’s the secret of successful Press Relations for industrial SMEs operating in the industrial marketplace. To keep going. To battle, and put yourself out there so that more people notice you.

Trouble is, you know how to research, develop and produce the products that engineers and technicians want to use – you’ve been serving the industrial marketplace for years – but to you, pushing out news or press releases is a tiresome task, a hit or miss activity that doesn’t bring the rewards it should, given the time and effort you put into them.

Notice we say Press Relations and not Public Relations. The distinction is crucial to you in the industrial marketplace.

Public Relations is more likely associated with the promotion and self-promotion of celebrities, politicians or B2Cs who want to generate hits for their website. The practice is, frankly, becoming a bore to many people as they realise their emotions are being manipulated and that they’ve been baited for a highly prized click.

Press Relations, on the other hand, is the vital interaction between you, your products and services, and the trade press and trade customers. This is a much more meaningful relationship and one you know is worth developing.

The benefits and rewards of doing it properly are immense, but the process of achieving those results can be challenging.

You might have dabbled in Press Relations or delegated it to someone in your organisation who you think has the time and talent to do it.

But could you be doing more? If you’re answering ‘yes, but I don’t have the time, the staff or the money to do it’ then we have a ‘Guide to Press Relations for Industrial SMEs’ that you should see.

In it, we outline how you can achieve maximum results for a minimum investment.

So to answer the question ‘How can we do industrial PR – and how can we do it cheaply?’ see this link and read Ian Deavin’s guide.

• The Industrial Marketing Agency has been providing Press Relations for Industrial SMEs for more than two decades. Some of our clients go back over 20 years with us so you’ve probably sussed that we’re pretty good at what we do and provide value to those clients.
Interestingly, those clients don’t question the level of investment required, instead choosing to focus on the benefits.
Speak to Ian, Lesley or Sue on 01462 850040 or call Ian on 07860 218334 or Lesley on 07799 642863 to arrange a 40-minute meeting with you.

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