There's no doubt about it. The U.S. manufacturing sector has faced and overcome huge challenges over the past few years and 2024 is holding true to the trend with its own set of headaches for your prospects in manufacturing. So what challenges and pain points are manufacturers facing right now and how might that impact your strategy? Explore the these ten major manufacturing pain points for 2024 to help you cement your relationship with your current clients and find new clients most in need of your products and services.
Welcome to our weekly rundown of the most in-demand industrial products and services in the U.S. right now. At MNI, as well as providing comprehensive profiles of 460,000 industrial business in the U.S., we also keep track of what equipment, parts, services millions of industrial buyers are searching for across 11,000 distinct product and service categories on our industrial marketplace IndustryNet.
As 2024 unfolds, industrial sales and marketing continues to evolve, driven by groundbreaking technological advancements, changing consumer behaviors, and regulatory changes. Ready to kick your strategy into high gear? Today we're unpacking the latest trends and challenges for sales and marketing professionals who do business in the industrial sector to watch in 2024--including specific pain points faced by their valued clientele: U.S. manufacturers. First let's take a look at some of the specific trends, challenges, and opportunities facing sales and marketing teams in 2024.
The southeast industrial air compressor distributor, the star of this story, stands out in the market with their reliable and proven product and service offerings, which has garnered them a loyal customer base over the years. With a professional tone, it is evident that whenever they have the opportunity to present their solutions to a prospect, more often than not, they succeed in converting them into new customers; whether that is new equipment sales, preventative maintenance plans, or current service needs. But that wasn't often enough. The challenge was this: How could the field sales engineering team grow their sales, get in the door and in front of potential industrial customers in their territories--often?
Trade shows and live events are tremendous opportunities for marketers to learn more about industry providers. Not only are key personnel from large enterprises presenting, but you can actually see the products and services different companies offer firsthand. For marketing and sales professionals, this level of immersion allows you to speak with authority when working with these companies.
The new year is a time of renewal, reflection and resolution, but let�s not forget it�s also a time of opportunity�especially for B2B marketers who want to generate more leads and grow their business. But how can you capture the attention of your prospects and customers in the crowded inbox? How can you stand out from the generic "Happy New Year" messages and offer something valuable and relevant?
As an industrial sales and marketing leader, you may find yourself and your team frustrated with the responsibilities that come with constantly filling the sales funnel and pipeline. From prospecting and sales lead generation to nurturing and helping to close deals, it can be challenging to keep up with it all. This is where prospecting expertise in the industrial market can make a significant difference in your teams� sales success. Together, we will explore the benefits of adding a dedicated team of hunters to the mix and help you determine if it's the right move for your business.
If you are a sales, marketing or business development professional in the B2B sector, you know how important email marketing is for your success. Email marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach and engage with your prospects, customers and partners�but also is among the most challenging and time-consuming tasks.
That's where AI comes in. AI can help you automate and optimize many aspects of your email marketing campaigns, saving you time and money, while increasing your conversions and revenue. AI can also help you create more relevant and personalized content for your audience, based on their behavior, preferences and needs. AI can even generate images for your emails that match your brand and message.
It is common business knowledge that it costs your company more time and money to attract new customers than it does to keep your current customers returning. Industry experts estimate that it is five times more expensive to chase new customers, which is borne out by customer retention statistics.
This article will provide you with some suggestions for your company�s customer retention efforts, which will improve your bottom line.
Are you currently working with the U.S. manufacturing market? If not, why not?
Manufacturing is an often-overlooked sector. That oversight could cost your company significant sales. The nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies in the United States have tremendous buying power.
Year-end marketing strategies play a pivotal role in driving sales, engaging customers, and setting the stage for the upcoming year. As the year draws to a close, businesses have the opportunity to capitalize on a variety of factors, from seasonal holidays to customer expectations. But how do you launch a holiday campaign that really fits in with your B2B business and doesn�t stick out like an off-brand thumb? What steps can you take to ensure success? In this article, we will share some strategies, tactics, and even some unique campaign ideas that can help you make the most of your year-end marketing efforts.
In the industrial sector, appointment setting plays a crucial role in generating sales leads and driving revenue. It is a powerful strategy that helps businesses connect with potential customers, build relationships, and ensure an efficient sales process. However, appointment setting in the industrial sector can be a resource-intensive task. To optimize this process and achieve profitable results, businesses can implement highly-effective tactics and strategies. In this article, we will explore some appointment setting tactics that can help sales teams enhance their sales pipeline and maximize success.
In the retail world, we all know Black Friday as an iconic day where shoppers storm stores and websites in pursuit of the year's best deals. But what about B2B marketers who primarily cater to manufacturers and suppliers? No longer just the domain of big box stores on the day after Thanksgiving, the Black Friday "season" provides a strategic opportunity for all marketers�even those in industrial B2B. Applying the right strategies, however, it crucial to attaining real results from your campaign. Our in-depth guide provides everything you need, from winning strategies and timing your campaign to exclusive campaign ideas to get your prospects gobbling up your best deals this season.�
In industrial sales and marketing, you know the stakes are high and competition fierce, and understanding your clients' unique needs and priorities is paramount. As the year draws to a close, many businesses zero in on the crucial process of budget planning for the upcoming year. For industrial sales and marketing professionals, the ability to secure a share of these budgets hinges on more than just offering valuable solutions; it requires aligning those offerings precisely with the budgets and priorities of your target clients. In this article, we'll explore how data analytics can be a game-changer in achieving this alignment, ultimately boosting your chances of winning contracts and fostering long-lasting client relationships.
Customer feedback is one of the most valuable sources of information for any business. It can help you understand your customers' needs, preferences, expectations, and satisfaction levels. It can also help you identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the market. By gathering and using customer feedback effectively, you can improve your marketing strategy and achieve better results. In this article, we'll explore how to gather and effectively use customer feedback to boost your marketing efforts.
The arrival of fall presents a perfect opportunity to give your data a much-needed refresh. This cleanup will involve reviewing and updating your market database, but you�ll ensure it�s accurate and free of �dead wood.� By refreshing your information, you will target your prospects better, add more personalization to marketing campaigns, and strengthen customer relationships.
As the year marches steadily toward its close, industrial B2B salespeople find themselves at a critical juncture. The calendar may suggest summer's grasp lingers, but in reality, the fourth quarter looms large on the horizon. This final stretch of the year brings with it unique challenges and opportunities, making it a season of immense significance for those in the sales arena. Success in Q4 hinges on preparedness, adaptability, and a keen understanding of the shifting dynamics that define this period.
Fall is a time of change, renewal, and reflection. It's also a perfect time to re-engage with your B2B prospects who may have lost touch with your company over the summer (or longer!). Whether they were busy with vacations, projects, or other priorities, you want to remind them of the value you offer and the benefits of staying connected.
For selling business-to-business (B2B), you require a unique set of skills. While business-to-consumer (B2C) sales can hinge on a catchy slogan or intriguing packaging, you must present a convincing pitch because it�s how you address your customers' specific pain points and explain how your product or service brings relief.
While you are making your way past gatekeepers to decision-makers, competing sales reps are pursuing similar paths. To prevail, you need every advantage you can get. Ongoing education for B2B sales professionals provides the edge to seal the deal.
You've heard the saying, "It takes a village." That's the case when Vice President of Sales & Marketing, John Rabon came to MNI and SalesLeads to help turn around their sluggish sales. Fluid Systems, an equipment provider for mining, industrial operations, and oil & gas, had begun to experience a downturn in business. The company turned to Mr. Rabon to lead them back on the right track.
With minimal resources, informing your audience of your company's name and superior solutions takes time and effort. But you can do B2B marketing on a budget if you define your costs, leverage email marketing and social media, collaborate with influencers, and harness user-generated content (UGC). We'll tell you how to do that below.
If you are a sales or marketing professional in the B2B industrial world, you know how challenging it can be to generate and nurture leads. The manufacturing industry is complex, competitive and constantly evolving, and your prospects may have long and unpredictable buying cycles.
But what about the leads that you already have in your database? The ones that showed some interest in your products or services, but never converted into customers? Are they still worth pursuing, or should you focus on finding new leads?
The answer is: it depends. Some old leads may have gone cold and lost interest in your offerings, while others may still be open to hearing from you and learning more about how you can help them solve their pain points. The key is to identify which old leads are worth re-engaging, and how to do it effectively.
In this blog post, we will share some key ways to re-engage old leads in B2B manufacturing.
A low conversion rate can spell disaster for your industrial company's appointment setting strategy. You may reach out to hundreds of prospects in a given month, only to land few or no appointments. The conversion rate, represents the percentage of prospects with whom you actually speak with who agrees to book a meeting. You'll still need to follow up to ensure the appointment is confirmed, especially if it is out more than 7 days. Take a look at the conversion rate for yourself or the team. If your appointment setting strategy is suffering from a low conversion rate, it may be attributed to one or more of the following reasons. Let's take a look at the top four.
Selling B2B products and services to the U.S. manufacturing industry has become increasingly challenging due to the presence of multiple decision-makers within organizations and the numerous hurtles that this dynamic sector is currently facing. Today, we'll explore effective strategies for B2B sales professionals to navigate the complexities of engaging with multiple decision-makers and increase their chances of success in the U.S. manufacturing sector.
Here's the bottom line: selling B2B products and services - in any market - is more challenging than ever before. The manufacturing industry is no exception. Today, we'll be covering how salespeople and marketers in the manufacturing industry can effectively handle buying groups with multiple decision-makers.
Most people think of the warming months of Q2 as a special and unique time. However, spring brings several seasonal obstacles to sales, such as holidays inviting both retrospection and celebration, distracting from business, prospects often choosing Q2 to take personal time off (PTO), making it difficult to close sales, and the uncertainty of tax season making companies more hesitant to commit funds to purchase. While your closings may temporarily plummet, you can lay the foundation for future success by honing your Q3 sales strategies for B2B.
You've finally made it past the gatekeeper. Now you're in a room with the people who will decide whether to sign on the bottom line or politely thank you for coming in. This presentation will have to make your case. What are the elements that will spell success?
As the economy continues to show signs of slowing down, companies rely on two solutions to get through the economic hard times: reduce employee headcount and/or find a way to increase sales. This means sales teams will work on high priority prospect opportunities that are already in the sales funnel to close deals. How long will that take before the funnel shows signs of weakness? Can marketing produce enough qualified sales leads at your ideal accounts to be placed into the funnel for the entire sales team? What can be done to help support one or both teams?
With the cost of materials still rising, finding effective pricing strategies for B2B is crucial for keeping manufacturers afloat. As interest rates increase along with production costs, your pricing window narrows. Competition for reluctant purchasers is an additional complication to your price-setting dilemma. So how do you set prices in this challenging environment?
Today's marketing tools are evolving at a rapid pace to keep up with the growing demand for automation. With that in mind, your digital marketing tactics should similarly be kept up to date. Here's how you can improve B2B email click-through rates in your campaigns.
In sales, a good starting point is often to understand what your industrial prospects' needs are. By asking the right questions, you can establish a dialogue and recommend the best solution for a shorter sales cycle and a better B2B buying experience.