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 11

Content and Community for Manufacturing Marketers

Featuring Nick Goellner, Marketing Director of Advanced Machine & Engineering

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Nick Goellner, Marketing Director of Advanced Machine & Engineering and Partner and Managing Director of MakingChips podcast. Nick shares his experience selling modern marketing techniques to a third generation manufacturing business, how authenticity (or the lack thereof) contributes to the success of content marketing, and how manufacturers can benefit from offering unique kinds of content.

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Episode 10

Opportunities for Marketers in the Manufacturing Industry

Featuring Susan Towers, Marketing Director at Miller Fabrication Services

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Susan Towers, Marketing Director at Miller Fabrication Solutions. Susan shares her experience in moving between marketing roles in manufacturing and SaaS industries, rebranding a decades old family company, and why the manufacturing field is such an exciting place to work for marketers.

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Episode 9

Driving Results: Practical Lessons For Mid-Sized Manufacturing Marketers

Featuring Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager at Computrols, Inc.

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Scott Holstein of Computrols, a New Orleans-Based hardware manufacturer and software company. They discuss how to drive results by aligning the sales and marketing teams, the value of social selling, the challenges of marketing two different business units, and what it takes to go up against goliath competitors.

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Episode 7

5 Steps to Successfully Protect Your Brand Through Online Seller Enforcement

Featuring Daren Garcia, Managing Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman get some valuable strategic advice on brand protection through online seller enforcement with topic expert Daren Garcia, managing partner of the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm. During the podcast, Daren walks listeners through five steps to successfully grow your B2B brand in a protected way in ecommerce and online marketplaces.

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Episode 6

Why Mid-Market Manufacturers Must Change Their Mindset for Long-Term Growth in Industry 4.0

Featuring Andrea Olson, podcast host at Women and Manufacturing and CEO at Prag'madik

During this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Andrea Olson, podcast host of Women and Manufacturing and CEO of Prag’madik, a Customer-Centric Operations Consultancy. They chat about the customer-driven changes mid-market manufacturers must adopt in order to achieve long-term growth in Industry 4.0.

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Episode 4

Business Professionals Are Human, Too—The Best Way to Engage B2B Prospects Online

Featuring Ross Simmonds, Digital Marketer, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman chat with Ross Simmonds, Digital Marketer, Speaker, and Entrepreneur who specializes in B2B. They discuss B2B topics including the heartbeat of SEO, the viability of Facebook for B2B, and the threat of Amazon. They also talk about how providing value is key to engaging your B2B prospects online, no matter what the platform.

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Episode 3

Modern Marketing for Traditional and Technical Organizations

Featuring Jeff Smeltzer, Marketing and Communications Lead at MetOcean Telematics

Carman and Jeff talk to Jeff Smeltzer, Marketing and Communications Lead at MetOcean Telematics, in this episode of The Kula Ring. They discuss how to get buy-in for digital initiatives at traditional organizations, the role of trade shows in the marketing mix, and how to approach content creation in a way that’s driven by technical resources yet curated by marketing.

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Episode 2

RIP to the Marketing ‘Project’

Featuring Monique Elliott, CMO at ABB Electrification Products, Industrial Solutions

In this episode of The Kula Ring, Jeff and Carman talk with Monique Elliott, Chief Marketing Officer at ABB Electrification Products, Industrial Solutions. They discuss the positive effects of addressing marketing ‘projects’ as marketing ‘products’, the changing skill sets required of marketing teams, and working with sales and IT to measure the success of marketing activities.

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