The Kula Ring

A podcast for manufacturing marketers

Digital Transformation Episodes

Episode 50

Customer-Centric B2B Channel Management in the Age of Amazon

Featuring D. Bruce Merrifield, President of Merrifield Consulting Group Ltd. and partner at Waypoint Analytics

D. Bruce Merrifield of the Merrifield Consulting Group and Waypoint Analytics brings over 40 years of B2B insight to this episode, in which he talks about how Amazon Business applied learnings from their overwhelming success in online consumer sales to take on legacy B2B distribution channels. Bruce says manufacturers need to radically transform their relationships with distributors—and distributors must reinvent their business models—not only to succeed, but to survive in the Age of Amazon.

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Episode 49

Embracing Industry 4.0: Technology Adoption in Manufacturing

Featuring Paul Wellener, Vice Chairman, Deloitte LLP, and U.S. Industrial Products and Construction Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Paul Wellener—Vice Chairman, Deloitte LLP, and U.S. Industrial Products and Construction Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP—provides early insights into Deloitte and MAPI’s collaborative research on technology adoption in manufacturing, being released at the ManufacturED Summit happening September 16-18 in Chicago. He shares which factors are critical to success in digital transformation, along with different approaches to implementing digital practices in the context of Industry 4.0—offering manufacturers a way forward regardless of adoption level.

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Episode 48

Accelerating Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Featuring Stephen Gold, President & CEO of MAPI

In the lead up to the 2019 ManufacturED Summit happening in Chicago September 16-18, Stephen Gold, President and CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), shares his outlook on digital transformation in manufacturing. He discusses the dynamics shaping digital transformation in the industry—including its implications for marketing and sales—along with the highlights attendees can look forward to at this year’s conference.

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Episode 46

Using Earned Media as a Source of Content Marketing

Featuring David Ward, Director of Public Affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers

David Ward, Director of Public Affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, brings his public relations perspective to The Kula Ring, sharing insights on how manufacturing marketers can use earned media as a source of content marketing, the importance of internal communications, and how virtual reality (VR) is being used in marketing and public affairs.

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Episode 44

Redefining Goals While Managing the Digital Transformation of Sales & Marketing

Featuring Kellie De Pooter, Global Marketing Manager at G&W Electric

Kellie De Pooter, Global Marketing Manager at G&W Electric, discusses her approach to redefining G&W Electric’s goals on this episode of The Kula Ring. To stay competitive in the marketplace, her new manufacturing marketing department supports product development and sales and manages new digital marketing initiatives.

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Episode 18

Millennials Leading Digital Transformation

Featuring Zach Garrett, Director, CX Programs & Communities at Belden Inc.

Carman and Jeff welcome Zach Garrett, Director, CX Programs & Communities at Belden Inc., in this episode of The Kula Ring. Zach’s aggressive career path has lead him to a director role in transforming Belden’s digital experience just a few years after his graduation from university. They discuss the opportunities presented by manufacturing marketing, how to get a traditional sales team to play a critical role in digital transformation, the importance of human-to-human marketing, and why large manufacturing companies must embrace Millennials to thrive in today’s market.

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