The Kula Ring

A podcast for manufacturing marketers

B2B Selling Episodes

Episode 140

Getting Started With ABM: Gain Early Wins and Avoid Missteps

Featuring Floyd Blaikie, Senior Strategist at Kula Partners

In another showcase of the Kula Partners team, Floyd Blaikie, Senior Strategist, explains how manufacturing marketers can benefit from developing a strategy with multi-year goals before getting started with ABM. Then with this roadmap, they can better align with sales to gain early wins. Floyd also provides tips on avoiding common ABM missteps.

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Episode 138

How a Manufacturing Marketer Leverages HubSpot to Unite Teams

Featuring Yazz Krdzalic, VP of Marketing at Trenton Systems

How can manufacturing marketers apply inbound methodology to the point where multiple departments rely on it? In this episode of The Kula Ring, Yazz Krdzalic, VP of Marketing at Trenton Systems, who is a self-described Hubspot fanatic, talks about how HubSpot has helped align the marketing, sales, and service teams at his organization to grow their customer pipeline, and serve customers better.

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Episode 137

The Power of Storytelling in Manufacturing Marketing

Featuring David Gerson, Director of Marketing at TK Elevator

How do you inform customers what makes your company special in a way that they will actually care about? In this episode of The Kula Ring, David Gerson, Director of Marketing for TK Elevator, talks about how storytelling in manufacturing can create content that connects with customers, and shows them why your solution personally makes sense for them compared to the competition.

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Episode 136

Being Helpful to B2B Prospects Through Marketing

Featuring Tracy Swartzendruber, Marketing Leader, Power Generation and Oil & Gas, GE Digital

In order to understand the needs of B2B prospects and reach them through marketing, how can you provide a helpful experience? In this episode of The Kula Ring, Tracy Swartzendruber, the Marketing Leader of the Power Generation and Oil & Gas division at GE Digital, talks about how UX, cultural language, and feedback can help align your marketing with the ever-evolving needs of customers.

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Episode 135

Bringing ABM to Every B2B Marketing Campaign

Featuring Gladys Fernandez, Marketing Director, Demand Generation at Hitachi ABB Power Grids.

How can B2B manufacturers scale their account-based marketing (ABM) campaigns? In this episode of The Kula Ring, Gladys Fernandez, the Director of Marketing and Demand Generation at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, talks about how she helped establish ABM at the manufacturer, from initial pilot campaigns to having every marketing campaign designed with an account-based approach. She shares best practices for creating pilot ABM campaigns and scaling efforts to larger accounts.

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Episode 134

How a B2B Manufacturer Successfully Sells on Amazon

Featuring Melissa Monteith, former Channel Marketing Leader, Retail Channel Lead for Fluke Corporation.

Should B2B manufacturers sell on Amazon, or do the challenges of maintaining control over branding and pricing outweigh the benefits? In this episode of The Kula Ring, Melissa Monteith, the former Channel Marketing Leader, Retail Channel Lead for Fluke Corporation, shares how the company successfully sells on Amazon. She talks about leveraging product content and integrating it with the Amazon experience and shares advice for maintaining brand control and meeting other common challenges that arise when hosting a B2B channel on Amazon.

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Episode 133

How Engineers Contribute to a Successful B2B Content Strategy

Featuring Joana Rodrigues, Marketing Manager at Times Microwave Systems.

Manufacturing marketers are skilled translators, often facilitating conversations between a buyer or engineer for another company. In this episode of The Kula Ring, Joana Rodrigues, Marketing Manager at Times Microwave Systems, talks about how her engineering background has helped her create successful marketing content that bridges the gap between the internal engineering team and the end customer. She provides advice for how to create content from engineering expertise and how to approach engineers, who are typically skeptical of marketers, with your strategy.

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Episode 127

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships that Lead to Business

Featuring Robert Johnson, General Manager and Business Development at MAC Prefab.

How do you cut through the noise on LinkedIn? Robert Johnson, General Manager and Business Development at MAC Prefab has close to 45,000 contacts on LinkedIn and has discovered how to keep them engaged. Building relationships on the business-focused social media platform has led to several successful business opportunities for Robert and MAC Prefab—especially since he started spreading positivity on a daily basis.

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Episode 126

How Distributors Can Support Manufacturers’ Digital Growth

Featuring Sean Donovan, Digital Channel Manager for the Americas at MSA – The Safety Company.

As manufacturers adapt to a digital-first product experience, how can industrial distribution channels evolve to add value to the chain? In this episode of The Kula Ring, Sean Donovan, Digital Channel Manager for the Americas at MSA – The Safety Company, says most manufacturers are interested in investing in distribution channels that want to grow their brand versus commoditize their products. He shares examples of how distribution channels can help manufacturing brands come to life and provide value beyond the spec sheet.

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Episode 124

Using Video Prospecting to Sell to Engineers

Featuring Brian Wellhouse, Supplier Marketing Manager for Sensor Products at TTI.

Manufacturers who offer a broad range of solutions rely on face-to-face conversations with prospects in order to find the best fit, but the pandemic has reshaped the sales relationship into a virtual experience. In this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Brian Wellhouse, Supplier Marketing Manager for Sensor Products at TTI, talks about how virtual prospecting drives the conversation to be more action-oriented sooner. He talks about how his company conducts virtual prospecting with engineering teams, how they use LinkedIn to find new prospects, and what kind of marketing materials they develop to find engineers on LinkedIn.

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