The industrial sector, comprised of general manufacturing, electric utility power generation, pulp and paper, water and wastewater, plastics, rubber, mining, and a host of other market segments, has been hit hardest by the most recent recession.
Many of these firms have had to make difficult decisions–scaling back operations, closing facilities, or laying off staff. Still, others have incorporated lean manufacturing and supply chain management techniques to more efficiently run their operations.
Despite such efforts, most organizations are still finding the pace of economic recovery too slow. Instead, savvy manufacturers are turning to one of the most powerful business-to-business marketing tools available to them to improve their ability to compete domestically and internationally and (hopefully) outpace their rivals: marketing publicity.
When choosing a marketing public relations firm for industrial marketing, here are some things to keep in mind:
Don’t stop there if you find a company that claims to be an industrial specialist.
You may have a winner if the marketing firm can prove its expertise in your industrial sector. If not, you may have a firm that only claims to be an industrial specialist but doesn’t have the background to back up that statement.
The pace of development in the industrial sector is as staggering – and technical – as anything in the hardware or software industry. As microprocessor and software technology get smaller, faster, and more powerful, it is immediately applied to industrial computers, process controls, test and measurement equipment, quality control devices, etc.
PR or marketing product publicity firms that work in this industry must be able to deal with “high-tech” products and services to create and run an effective promotional campaign.
Your newly hired account representative shouldn’t respond with a blank stare when you mention variable frequency drives, PLCs, actuators, or SCADA systems. They should already be familiar with organizations and standards such as OSHA, EPA, AWWA, and ISO 9001; concepts such as lean manufacturing, the supply chain, and just-in-time manufacturing; or sales channels such as dealers, distributors, and manufacturers reps.
At first glance, the words “Industrial” and “marketing” taken separately seem to go together like oil and water. A recent survey conducted by Power PR showed that most prospects envisioned marketing and public relations professionals as fast-talkers with slicked-back hair.
This starkly contrasts the industrial crowd – engineers, support personnel, and executives that prefer straight talk, not to mention denim shirts and jeans over suit and tie any day of the week.
Most of our clients in the industrial sector are staffed by extremely talented and innovative personnel who are also down-to-earth and often conservative by nature. They aren’t interested in ‘glitz and glamour.’
When selecting a company responsible for communicating your core messages to your prospects, working with a firm that shares your attitude and sensibilities is better.
At Power PR, we have pioneered business-to-business marketing and product publicity within the industrial sector. At any given time, 85% or more of our client roster comprises industrial clients who’ve benefited from the lion’s share of the 30,000 published articles we placed, and the tens of thousands of qualified sales leads they generated.
Give us a call today and reap the benefit of a targeted industrial marketing and product publicity program.