Tradeshows were thought to be dead circa 2002 yet nobody told the thousands of manufacturers and distributors that continue to invest in exhibit space. In fact, tradeshow attendance has been impressively strong for years. But it struck me as rather odd that some of the industrial marketing professionals who make sure to budget handsomely to exhibit at a few key tradeshows every year bristle at the idea of advertising in the key trade magazines that reach the exact same people they're trying to reach at the tradeshows.
An effective public relations program integrating feature articles, press releases, videos and other content delivers quantifiable returns as sales leads, clicks and social media engagement. But its more powerful abilities have a hard time fitting into a metric that can be neatly measured like clicks. Among these abilities are buzz, brand recognition, positioning for leadership and more.
When you get a phone call or email out of the blue from someone you don’t know from a company you don’t know selling something you’ve never heard of it isn’t very likely you’re going to give it much attention – you’re certainly not likely to buy anything. Wouldn’t it put you, the salesperson, in a stronger position if you could get the prospect to call you first?
A review of exhibitor trade show profile pages and corresponding Google Analytics accounts for several manufacturers reveals companies uploading news, articles, spec sheets and other content marketing to their trade show profile pages attract more Website traffic and sales leads from show attendees than those that do not stock their profile pages with quality content. What a shocking surprise! Yet from a review of the online exhibitor lists of most industry trade shows, many companies do not take full advantage of their exhibitor profile pages. If you plan to exhibit at an industrial trade show, take a look at these opportunities to stand out from the competition, get noticed on the Web and even boost organic search results using your online profile page or showroom:
Manufacturers that deliver sales messages via multiple channels at the same time, all the time, enjoy higher name brand awareness, more leads and Website traffic, and greater sales opportunities than competitors. Retailer Tahoe Dave's serves a potent lesson in how to launch an integrated marketing program.
I'm often asked how much money to budget for B2B marketing - usually towards the end of the year when annual budgets are being developed. Most people already have a ballpark number in mind. And they wonder what other people with companies of a similar size are budgeting – isn't there a basic starting point? As a starting point or rule of thumb, budgeting two percent of sales has a long tradition but from a review of several different companies, it doesn't really work for many companies at all.
Paul Entin’s Marketing In Real Life explores every facet of marketing from advertising, PR and lead generation to content marketing, direct response and the latest in marketing automation – and more. Paul Entin’s Marketing In Real Life provides real-life insight into the relationship among sales, marketing, and customer service – and the customer – plus quick commentary from epr founder, Paul Entin.