Digital Marketing for Engineers Blog

Awareness Marketing for Industrial Companies

Posted by Achinta Mitra

Jun 14, 2017 4:33:03 PM

Awareness marketing doesn’t get much attention from manufacturers and engineering companies because it is usually associated with branding in B2C marketing. If you Google brand awareness, it will return 14,700,000 results and the top hit is Wikipedia (no surprise there) which defines it as…

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Branding and awareness, content strategy, Content Promotion

Four Internet Mega-Trends that Matter to Engineering Marketers

Posted by John Hayes

Jun 7, 2017 3:30:53 PM

As marketers, we care about how engineers get information. We need to know whether they use email or Facebook, smartphones or laptops, so that we know where to put our messages and how to format them.

And here to the rescue, as she is every year, is Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins. Her latest Internet Trends report was published last week, all 355 pages of it.

In case you are wondering why we should pay attention, here are a few of her forecasts from 2010, seven years ago…

  1. Smartphone sales are growing so fast that they will soon become the primary way for many people to access the internet. (yup)
  2. Digital advertising expenditures will grow rapidly, mostly at the expense of print advertising (ditto)
  3. Digital advertising will be concentrated in Google, Yahoo and Facebook (got 2 out of 3 on that one. Sorry Yahoo.)
  4. Social networking will become a more powerful medium for sharing than email (remember your Dad’s email chains?)
  5. Cloud computing will be a big thing (also true)

If you are curious about how the 2017 mega-trends will impact engineering marketers, read on for my take.

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, content strategy, Content Promotion, mobile marketing

More Content, but Lower Quality from Engineering Marketers

Posted by John Hayes

May 25, 2017 9:09:37 AM

Most engineering marketers are creating more content in 2017, according to our 2017 survey of engineering marketers research report.

All this rush to create content is, not surprisingly, leading to an abundance of poor quality content. This flood of content increases the competition for every post you publish, and the fight for each search term becomes more intense.

The response from some marketers and publishers is to write fewer, longer and more thoroughly researched pieces of content, ones that will be shared on social media, and that will rise to the top of search engines. If your approach is to write more short posts while your competition is writing longer and more detailed posts, you are unlikely to succeed.

As the chart above shows, the top-rated challenge for engineering content marketers is creating engaging content. This concern was also the top concern last year, with 50% of marketers citing it. However, in 2017 it was named a top concern by 62% of engineering marketers.

A related challenge was finding resources for creating content.

The struggle is real my friends. And it can lead to some disappointing short-term outcomes.

What does poor conversion content look like? And how can you avoid it?

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Branding and awareness, content strategy, content reach, Content Promotion

Marketing to Engineering Decision Makers – Dos and Don’ts

Posted by John Hayes

May 18, 2017 10:22:12 AM

Engineering marketers frequently say, “We need to reach decision makers with this campaign’” often because their sales teams tell them, “Whenever we get in front of a decision maker, we have a great shot at the sale, so let’s only talk to decision makers.”

As anyone who has run a campaign that targets decision makers knows, this is no easy road.  We recently surveyed over 100 Director and CXO level engineers about their information consumption habits. This research shows how you can reach those decision makers.

Take email, for example. Do you think they read it? Well, they do.

98% of engineering directors, VPs and C-level respondents say that they at least scan the subject line of every email they receive. 98%!  That’s huge. And 39% actually open most or all of the emails that you send. So that may leave you wondering why they don’t engage with your content and become active leads.

That has more to do with them than you.

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Topics: Content marketing for engineers, Branding and awareness, Email marketing to engineers, content strategy, content reach, Content Promotion

Account Based Marketing for the Engineering Marketer

Posted by John Hayes

Apr 6, 2017 1:59:54 PM

 

Is it time for you, as an engineering / industrial marketer, to consider Account Based Marketing (ABM)?

A lot of engineering marketers are now asking about whether we, as a publisher, can support their ABM efforts. The requests are coming from our largest accounts, the ones who have thousands of accounts themselves. These marketers are often first to test out new marketing technology.

The “Flipped Funnel” of Account Based Marketing - Slideshare by ABM vendor Terminus

The premise of Account Based Marketing is that marketers are wasting resources by trying to engage prospects who will never become customers. The argument goes that if those marketers were to instead  identify and focus on the very best prospects, they would convert a much higher number of the right sorts of customers at a lower cost. This idea is described in the “flipped funnel” graphic set out above.

ABM isn’t an either/or proposition. It can be conducted along with your traditional marketing efforts. There is a lot for engineering marketers to learn from this concept.

For those of you who are early in your education about ABM, this post will set out:

  • The marketing problem that ABM is designed to solve
  • Four steps to ABM for engineering and industrial marketers
  • Why ABM is different than having a very good sales person
  • How publishers like ENGINEERING.com can participate in your ABM efforts
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Topics: Branding and awareness, Marketing to engineers, content strategy

Should Engineering Marketers Join the Google Ad Boycott?

Posted by John Hayes

Mar 29, 2017 4:36:08 PM

 

The Times of London reported on March 21st that over 250 brands have pulled their advertising budget from Google and Youtube because of the placement  of their advertisements alongside extremist content.

These are not small, neophyte advertisers who are leading the boycott. Large advertisers such as Volkswagen and Toyota have pulled their ads after finding that they were running in front of the wrong sorts of videos. Some of the offending videos were posted by people who had been banned from Britain for extremist speech, such as fomenting terrorism or promoting homophobia.

This week, Wall Street analysts at Nomura Instinet forecast that the spreading boycott could reduce Youtube’s advertising revenue by $755M or 7.5% this year.  Wow!

In this post, I’ll review what the fuss is about, show an example of how ad placements can go horribly wrong, and suggest how engineering marketers can protect their brands and their jobs.

 

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Topics: Branding and awareness, Marketing to engineers, content strategy

The Changing Challenges of Engineering Marketers

Posted by Andrew McWhaw

Mar 2, 2017 10:18:24 AM

Lots of things are set to 4 year cycles: presidential elections, undergraduate degrees, actors playing Spiderman (sorry Andrew Garfield).  Four years ago, we started asking engineering marketers about their annual marketing budgets.  Just last week we released our findings for 2017 in an eBook that you can download HERE

Running this survey for four years has highlighted a dramatic shift in the major challenges these marketers face. 

A few years ago marketers consistently said that their biggest challenge was “Not enough budget.” Today its “Not enough leads.” Why has that changed?

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Topics: Lead Generation, Industry trends and research, Marketing to engineers, content strategy

How to Rock Your Next Webinar for Engineers

Posted by John Hayes

Feb 22, 2017 5:53:26 PM


2016 saw marketers buy 50% more webinars at ENGINEERING.com compared to 2015. Other media companies have reported increases in webinars as well. What’s going on?

It seems that marketers love webinars because engineers love webinars.

In this post we’ll explore why that is so, and how to make sure that you rock your next webinar for engineers. First, we’ll examine why in a recent survey marketers ranked webinars as the most effective revenue generating marketing tactic. Then we’ll look at five key things engineers look for to get value from a webinar.

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Topics: Industry trends and research, Marketing to engineers, content strategy

Mobile Engineering Marketing – the Biggest Missed Opportunity of 2017?

Posted by John Hayes

Jan 26, 2017 10:06:18 AM

There is a huge gap between how engineers consume content and how marketers reach them. This spells opportunity with a capital O.

What if I told you that there was a place where you could find your target market of engineers, where they were engaged all day long, and where none of your competitors were present? And what if I told you that it was yours for the taking, sort of like Google Adwords in 2005, or Facebook ads in 2012, when the price was low and the response was high?

In 2017, that happy hunting ground is in mobile advertising. It isn’t easy to access, but it’s real.

In this post I will prove it with data that shows:

  1. Advertisers are slow to take advantage of the time that people spend on their devices
  2. Engineers are using their mobile devices to access engineering information
  3. Engineering marketers are not planning to spend on mobile in 2017

 Then we’ll talk about three ways to take advantage of mobile to reach engineers.

Btw – mobile advertising is just one of the tactics we’ll explore in our upcoming webinar on Engineering Marketers Budgets for 2017, coming on Thursday, Feb 2nd.  Please join us.

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Topics: Industry trends and research, Marketing to engineers, content strategy

An Engineering Marketers Guide to Lead Nurturing

Posted by Andrew McWhaw

Jan 19, 2017 11:25:40 AM

What makes engineering so special?  Many would answer it’s because engineering is a discipline that betters the world by pushing the boundaries of innovation.  But as we heap praise on engineers for pushing the boundaries of innovation, I’m left asking where is the love for the engineering marketers who innovate in the marketing space? 

I’m always incredibly impressed with how curious many marketers are with nascent marketing tactics.  Regrettably, while many express curiosity, at the end of the day (or quarter) they get so worried about hitting their lead gen goals that they forego experimenting with something new. Instead, they default to  the tactics that are well understood and “good enough”. 

This isn’t the story of marketers playing it safe – It’s the story of a few brave marketers who said, “let’s shake it up and do something new” with a Lead Nurturing Campaign and reaped the rewards.  But don’t take my word for it, take a look at the numbers themselves: 

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Topics: Lead Generation, Industry trends and research, Marketing to engineers, Marketing/sales funnel, content strategy, Lead Validation

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