The Kula Ring

A podcast for manufacturing marketers

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Episode 204

Why Empathy is the Secret to High-Performing B2B Technical Content

Featuring Greg Paulsen, Director of Applications Engineering and Marketing at Xometry

On this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Greg Paulsen, Director of Applications Engineering and Marketing at Xometry, gives insight into his formula for success when it comes to creating technical content for a B2B audience. Rather than focusing on the question of ‘what is,’ high-quality technical content that resonates should be centered around the question of ‘why’—why it benefits the customer, or why it matters to the industry at large. Listen to the episode to hear Greg talk about how understanding the ‘why’ comes through having been there himself; or in other words, through having empathy.

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Episode 202

Humanizing Your Manufacturing Marketing Strategy

Featuring Cindy Deekitwong, the Global Head of Marketing, Incubator Business, Henkel Adhesive Technologies.

Understand your customers better by humanizing your marketing approach. This is what Cindy Deekitwong, the Global Head of Marketing, Incubator Business, at Henkel Adhesive Technologies believes. In this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Cindy talks about how she and her team use a customer-first marketing approach, which she calls B4E – Business for Everyone.

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Episode 199

Overcoming Cold Feet When Developing B2B Video Content

Featuring Jeff Long, Owner of True Focus Media

The stats around video consumption grow exponentially each year. To what extent should manufacturing marketers care about that? Everyone seems to agree that producing video content should happen and is easier than ever, but taking the plunge feels overwhelming to the point where it doesn’t get done. On this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff Long, Owner of True Focus Media, shares his approach to developing and distributing industrial marketing video content.

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Episode 198

Predictions on How Manufacturing Marketers Will Adapt to the Changing Economy

Featuring Carman Pirie and Jeff White, Principals at Kula Partners

We don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future, but we can foresee a wave of economic changes. From inflationary pressures and workforce shortages to living with COVID and a looming recession, these factors all have an impact on how manufacturing marketers are approaching their strategy. In this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman predict how marketers in the manufacturing industry will adapt.

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Episode 197

Peter Piper Picked A Pack Of Phucked Up Personas

Featuring Carman Pirie and Jeff White, Principals at Kula Partners

Are personas too popular? In this edition of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman examine the evolution of buyer personas and their usefulness to B2B manufacturers. How helpful are they anyway? How could they be better? What other approaches might manufacturing marketers use instead? All this and more in Episode 197. We think you’re going to love it.

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Episode 196

3 Ways to Improve Your B2B Sustainability Messaging

Featuring Carman Pirie and Jeff White, Principals at Kula Partners

Sustainability is a corporate-led initiative, but marketers are often the ones refining the messaging to resonate with customers. In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman discuss the common pitfalls of sustainability messaging that will either get it lost in the competitive shuffle or be ignored by the sales team. We also explore how to overcome those challenges so that internal and external stakeholders understand how your sustainability initiatives impact them.

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Episode 192

A Funnel Approach to Refining Innovative Products

Featuring Chris Witt, Vice President and General Manager of Portfolio Solutions at Tektronix

Solving your customers’ problems and creating a product they’ll want to purchase is at the forefront of all research and development departments. In today’s episode, Chris Witt, Vice President and General Manager of Portfolio Solutions at Tektronix, sits down with us to review his funnel approach to innovation and how it drives the process of developing the right products for his market. He explores how they understand their customers’ problems to approach the launch of their refined disruptive products.

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Episode 191

Bridging the Organizational Data Gap to Build Better Decision-Making Tools

Featuring Ryan Knox, Co-founder of Bridge Digital

Digging into data and exploring technology to undercover insights in your organization is vital to operations efficiency. Ryan Knox, Co-founder of Bridge Digital explores the use of digital tools to create efficiency in all areas of an organization from IT, Marketing, Sales, and more. He discusses the benefits of extracting data vs. using specific tools to help organizations get results that helps them do their job better and the importance of creating excitement for internal change when implementing new technologies.

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Episode 189

Developing a Third-Party and Distribution Channel Ecommerce Strategy

Featuring Jacki Lutz, Global Head of Communication, Training and E-commerce, Aftermarket, at Sensata Technologies

Paying attention to how your product is sold online is only the starting point to creating a positive customer experience for E-commerce shoppers. Jacki Lutz, Head of Communications, Training and E-commerce, Aftermarket, at Sensata Technologies, explores the marketing strategy her team uses to develop messaging that resonates with customers across all E-commerce platforms. She reveals why helping customers sell Sensata products and upholding Sensata’s reputation for customer experience is important to her team.

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