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 29

B2B Marketing When Your Customers are in a Rapidly Changing Industry

Featuring John Perry, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Power Digital within GE Power

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk to John Perry, the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Power Digital within GE Power. John talks about the challenges of marketing to customers who are in an industry that’s in the middle of rapid and fundamental changes to their business model.

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Episode 28

How to Collaborate Effectively with Former Competitors

Featuring Cori Walsh, Marketing Specialist and Jake Jeffords, Director of Marketing and Global Account at Vermeer MV Solutions

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman chat with Cori Walsh and Jake Jeffords—two marketers who worked for competing manufacturers that have recently both been acquired by Vermeer. They discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with learning to collaborate with a former competitor.

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Episode 23

Breaking Down the Brand Barrier

Featuring Christina Fuges and Tony Demakis, hosts of the Manufacturing Alliance podcast

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Christina Fuges, Editorial Director at MoldMaking Technology, and Tony Demakis, Sales and Marketing Specialist at Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales. Christina and Tony are the hosts of the Manufacturing Alliance podcast, and they chat with Jeff and Carman about using stories and personal connections to break down the brand barrier.

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Episode 19

Starting with the End in Mind

Featuring Sean Rossi, Senior Marketing Director - Demand Generation at Samsung Electronics America

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Sean Rossi. Currently the Senior Marketing Director – Demand Generation with Samsung Electronics America, Sean was at RB at the time of this recording. Sean shares insights about the importance of agility in manufacturing marketing, not getting lost in the data, and doing your planning with the end goal in mind.

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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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