How Much Should Manufacturers Spend on Marketing?

As the owner of a marketing firm that specializes in growing manufacturing companies, I often get asked, “How much should my manufacturing firm spend on marketing?” My typical response is, “Well, it depends.” As you can imagine, this isn’t the answer most people are looking for. The challenge for many small- to middle-market industrial companies is that they have never budgeted for marketing. For them, the budget is zero. I often hear, “I don’t have a formal marketing budget, but if you can make me money, I will spend money to make money.” I always like a challenge, but I’m always left asking the same questions: “How much marketing budget is enough to garner the results the manufacturer demands and how much is too much?” It’s a chicken or egg scenario. One that plays out every day at my company.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing Expert Knowledge Metrics & ROI

5 Lead-Generating Marketing Solutions Every Manufacturer Needs

Marketing budgets are always a sensitive topic—particularly for manufacturers who depend on a pipeline of projects that can ebb and flow throughout the seasons. During revenue downturns, it seems as though marketing is always the first budget to be cut when in reality it should be the last, especially when you want to continue pipeline growth.

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Topics: Manufacturing Lead Generation

We Manufacture CLE Summer Showcase: Delta Systems

Almost two years ago, SyncShow created the We Manufacture CLE initiative to highlight the large community of manufacturers in the Cleveland area and the important work they do. Cleveland manufactures help create everything us Clevelanders—and people around the world—see every day, from the infrastructure we rely upon, to the products we use. 

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Topics: Manufacturing

5 Reasons You Need to Update Your Manufacturing Website

Today’s manufacturing buyer is much more internet savvy than his or her predecessors, and, as a result, websites are becoming paramount to the decision-making process. Your website should be acting as a salesman for your business and a redesign of your website can result in a much needed boost for the performance of your business. You stand to gain improved search engine optimization (SEO), new web exposure and the ability to generate leads to diversify from your existing pipeline. Outlined below are five of the most common signs a website redesign is overdue.
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Topics: Website Design & Development

Don't Think You Need Social Media for Your Manufacturing Business? Think Again.

Today, all you hear about is the importance of maintaining a strong presence on social media to promote your brand. You might be thinking to yourself, “Our business has never generated leads this way so why would using a social media platform work for us now?” Before we explore why having a presence on social media sites is necessary for your company’s success, we must first examine why using social media for business is a misunderstood marketing strategy in the first place.

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Topics: Social Media

Finding Your Differentiated Value Proposition and Why It Matters

Cost, quality, customer service and timing:

The four pillars of your value proposition, right? Perhaps not. These are the four things that great industrial companies get right. The problem is that customers expect you to get these things right, each time, all the time. Your customers and your customer’s customers are very demanding. So, what happens when the cost of goods goes up or your delivery is off schedule? Your customers start looking for a new supplier unless you offer something more, something that they can’t get anywhere else. This “something” is called a differentiated value proposition.

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Topics: Online Brand Strategy Expert Knowledge

The Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Cleveland, Ohio

As the CEO and founder of SyncShow, a digital marketing agency in Cleveland, Ohio, I meet with hundreds of manufacturing and industrial companies each year. As prospective clients weigh their options when choosing a partner for their marketing, I often get asked who are our greatest competitors and who do I respect in the region.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing General Expert Knowledge SyncShow

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