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 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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Episode 157

Why Manufacturing Marketers Need to Focus On Customer Experience (CX)

Featuring Augie Ray, Senior Research Analyst and Executive Advisor of Customer Experience at Gartner

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us for another episode from The Kula Ring archives. Today, we’re excited to bring you a conversation with Augie Ray, Senior Research Analyst & Executive Advisor of Customer Experience at Gartner, Inc.

Augie talks to us about CX or Customer Experience and why it’s of such a massive importance for manufacturing marketers. You’ll learn about how understanding the overall experience of the people that buy from you can help to innovate and shape a program that improves customer satisfaction, increases referrals and ultimately results in a higher lifetime value of your customers. I hope you enjoy the episode, there’s a lot of great learning to unlock.

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Episode 156

RIP to the Marketing ‘Project’

Featuring Monique Elliott, formerly CMO at ABB Electrification Products, Industrial Solutions, now SVP Global Marketing, Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric

Hi everyone! With the Kula Ring audience growing so much over the past while, chances are Dear Listener that you might be new here! With that in mind, we are going to be periodically sharing with you some brilliant insights manufacturing marketers need now that come from Kula Ring episodes you probably haven’t heard yet.

So let’s get right to it – here’s a fabulous episode on why Products, not Projects are the future for marketing featuring Monique Elliott … formerly of ABB and now SVP Global Marketing, Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric. Enjoy the episode!

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Episode 155

Build a Manufacturing Brand Through Social Media

Featuring Jim Cahill, Chief Blogger and Head of Social Marketing at Emerson Automation Solutions

On the Kula Ring podcast this week, we had the opportunity to speak with Jim Cahill, the Chief Blogger and the Head of Social Marketing at Emerson Automation Solutions. Since 2006, Jim has been cultivating Emerson’s social media presence and digital brand. Over his 33-year career at the company, Jim has witnessed a lot of change in marketing, starting with the introduction of internet marketing in the mid-90s, ‘Web 2.0’, and most recently how the pandemic shook up the marketing industry as a whole. Listen to Jim as he shares his industry knowledge on the best social media tactics that manufacturing marketers can implement to build connections with their audience and create social media content that drives sales.

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Episode 154

Stay Competitive with Asymmetric Marketing Strategies

Featuring David Koerner, VP of Global Marketing for 75F

Using asymmetric marketing can help you stay agile in a highly competitive market, says David Koerner, the VP of Global Marketing for 75F. He and his team have found success by applying an asymmetric lens to their marketing efforts to attract and convert their customers. David believes that marketers need to think outside the box—he talks about examples from Burger King, Five Guys, and Southwest Airlines, where they targeted their audiences in unconventional ways to stay ahead of the competition. Hear more from David Koerner on this episode of The Kula Ring.

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Episode 153

Refine Your Manufacturing Marketing Strategy to Better Target Engineers

Featuring Sannah Vinding, Executive Director of Product Development and Marketing at VCC.

“You have to talk to engineers to get the right information,” says Sannah Vinding, the Executive Director of Product Development and Marketing at VCC, our latest guest on this week’s episode of The Kula Ring podcast. Sannah has a unique mix of skills with a background in mechanical engineering, and a passion for marketing, she shares her tips and advice on how to better engage and target engineers to get them looking at your products and service offerings online. This episode also dives into the impact the pandemic has had on the manufacturing industry. Learn from Sannah how she believes organisations can rethink their marketing strategy to pivot to this new way of working.

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