The Kula Ring

A podcast for manufacturing marketers

The Kula Ring podcast is essential listening for manufacturing marketers who want to grow their digital presence and compete online.

Sponsored by Kula Partners—an agency committed to helping leading B2B manufacturers craft digital experiences that transform how they engage buyers, serve customers, and outpace their competition—The Kula Ring podcast features conversations about marketing, sales, and technology with top manufacturing executives from across North America.

The Kula Ring podcast is co-hosted by Kula Partners principals, Carman Pirie and Jeff W. White, both of whom are frequently sought after for their digitally-focused B2B expertise. They regularly share their insights with audiences including conferences like B2B Online and HubSpot’s INBOUND, the Gardner Manufacturing Marketer blog, and other podcasts focused on B2B marketing and technology.

Episode 167

Building Trust with Manufacturing Prospects Using Video and Text

Featuring John Weiler, Sales Development Representative (SDR) Manager at Path Robotics.

In this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, we talk to John Weiler, SDR Manager at Path Robotics. John talks to us about the fast-paced world of growth, experimentation, and innovation in the VC (Venture Capital) world. This episode dives into how Path Robotics has seen shifts and changes in its operations over the pandemic and how they have overcome those challenges, with a particular focus on their marketing and sales departments.

John shares his unique approach to how Path Robotics approaches and builds relationships with prospects and customers using texting and video communication. Dive into this episode and learn how Path Robotics is making waves in the artificial intelligence and the industrial automation sector today.

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Episode 166

Best Practices for Globally-Coordinated Manufacturing Marketing and Sales

Featuring Ashley Riley, the Director of Global Marketing Campaigns and Content at Nilfisk.

It’s all about understanding and respecting the nuances between local and global markets to stay agile, shares our latest guest, Ashley Riley, the Director of Global Marketing Campaigns and Content at Nilfisk. In this week’s episode of The Kula Ring, Ashley talks about the power of process and alignment, specifically referencing the RACI setup to keep team members informed and accountable on where they fit into the organization. She dives deeper to talk about how she’s keeping her workforce connected through the power of technology, process automation, and systems to give her team the tools they need to thrive.

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Episode 165

Manufacturers Need to Integrate Digital Marketing Strategies to Grow

Featuring Brian Baker, the founder at DoDecaHedron Design

Brian Baker, the founder of DoDecaHedron Design is our most recent guest on The Kula Ring podcast. He’s worked in the travel industry, spending time at Travelocity, owned an agency, and now has found his way into the building materials industry.
In this episode, Brian shares how manufacturers should integrate digital marketing solutions into their business. He suggests they align their traditional marketing channels with digital strategies to optimize their brand’s reach which will, in turn, expand their customer base and increase their selling opportunities. Listen in as Brian dives deeper with specific examples of how he’s accomplished it in the past.

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Episode 164

The Dynamics of Recruiting in an Evolving Marketing Industry

Featuring Jerry Bernhart, Principal of Bernhart Associates Executive Search

Jerry Bernhart, the Principal of Bernhart Associates Executive Search, is our latest guest on The Kula Ring Podcast. Jerry started recruiting in the marketing space in the late ’80s, but when the internet interrupted and changed the world, Jerry knew there would be a huge need for marketers so he jumped all-in and focused more on recruiting, working with organizations like HotJobs, and Monster.

Listen in to our conversation with Jerry, as he shares this 30+ years of knowledge and advice on the best recruiting practices for attracting and retaining top talent, his opinions on remote/hybrid work, and his point of view on the future evolution of the marketing industry.

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Episode 163

OKR Alignment is Critical for Successful Marketing Strategies

Featuring Matt Canter, the Director of Marketing at Greenfield Global.

Matt Canter, our latest guest on The Kula Ring, dives into the objectives and key results methodology he and his team are applying to their marketing strategies to target and grow Greenfield Global’s four main pillars: customer experience, retention, acquisition, and brand positioning. Matt has a diverse work background with unique experiences in several industries including sports marketing, cannabis, and luxury travel. He’s currently the Director of Marketing at one of America’s largest ethanol producers, packagers, and distributors—Greenfield Global. Listeners will learn how Matt uses automation and efficient systems paired with a deep organizational alignment to achieve Greenfield Globals’s marketing objectives.

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Episode 162

Niching Down is a Necessity for Manufacturing Marketers

Featuring Joseph Lewin, the Marketing Manager at CADENAS PARTsolutions & Podcast Host of The Strategic Marketer

Joseph Lewin, the Marketing Manager at CADENAS PARTsolutions, the latest guest on The Kula Ring, shares that niching down is a necessity for manufacturing marketers. He describes his unique process called The Brand Compass, which helps companies align their brand messaging company-wide. Learn from Joseph as he shares his knowledge on brand positioning and his success using highly targeted niche marketing strategies.

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Episode 161

Get Intentional With the MOVE Go-To-Market Framework

Featuring Sangram Vajre, the co-founder of Terminus.

This week on the Kula Ring podcast we sat down with return guest Sangram Vajre, the co-founder of Terminus. He chats us through his latest book, ‘MOVE: The 4-question Go-to-Market Framework,’ which was created to propel businesses forward in their go-to-market process. Sangram pulls excerpts from this book and shares his knowledge with Jeff and Carman on how marketers can approach their go-to-market to be more intentional and make better decisions for their companies.

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Episode 160

Using Niche Marketing Tactics to Build Brand Awareness

Featuring Liz Shovlin, Director of Sales & Marketing for Americas at Nicomatic.

In this episode, Liz Shovlin, the Director of Sales & Marketing for Americas at Nicomatic talks about how niche marketing and traditional sales have helped her build and expand the Nicomatic brand in the Americas. She goes into detail describing the multi-faceted marketing approach she uses that incorporates a mix of social media, content, and traditional sales to deliver the right messages to specific companies and people at the right time. Hear more from Liz on her team’s focused approach to helping customers to discover, buy, and find solutions with Nicomatic’s products.

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Episode 159

How Manufacturing Marketers Can Cut the BS

Featuring Sander Arts, CMO, Advisor, and Author of “Cut the Bullsh*t Marketing"

Hello, manufacturing marketers! Today, I’m pleased to present you with another fine episode from the Kula Ring vault. This conversation with Sander Arts, founder of Orange Tulip Consulting, author, and former VP/CMO with NXP semiconductors gets to the heart of how to tell a better narrative and stay away from the ‘speeds and feeds’ style of marketing that plagues so many B2B industrial organizations. Sander also shares how listening to customers sometimes illuminates a hinge that can be used by salespeople in telling a product’s story in a way that truly differentiates. I hope you enjoy the episode.

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Episode 158

Finding The Right Martech Mix For Manufacturers

Featuring Brittney Zeller, Marketing Technology and Analytics Manager at AAF International

Hello, manufacturing marketers! We’re excited to bring you a fresh episode from the Kula Ring vault today with a 2019 interview we conducted with Brittney Zeller, formerly the Marketing Technology and Analytics Manager at American Air Filter. Brittney is now the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Americas, and the lessons she shared are no less relevant today. Learn how AAF chooses marketing technology, how the CRM drives most of their technology selection, not the CMS platform. We’ll also dive into the important symbiotic relationship IT and Marketing need to have given that marketing and sales drive some of the most significant technology spends in most modern B2B manufacturing organizations. Please enjoy Brittney’s episode, I’m certain you will be able to relate no matter where you are in the marketing tech stack continuum.

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