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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
SyncShow is excited to announce that we have achieved the Platinum tier of HubSpot’s Partner Program. This distinction places SyncShow in the top 2% of over 2,900 HubSpot Agency Partners. The HubSpot Partner Program acknowledges Agency Partners who have not only brought the inbound marketing methodology to the most clients, but also those who have executed inbound marketing services to the highest standards.Read More
People are different. Engineers are different and purchasing agents are different. They each have distinct ways of doing things and they prefer to conduct research and make buying decisions in their own unique ways. Yet many sales and marketing strategies fail to consider that in order to reach prospective customers, you need to be where your prospects prefer to consume information.
In our marketing and sales alignment guide, The Ultimate Guide to ROI-Based Marketing & Sales Alignment for Manufacturers, I outline the top five most important components for companies looking for ROI and overall success. This article dives deeper into the second step: A Multi-Channel Plan.Read More