Industrial

What B2B Marketing Looks Like Today

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In the world of marketing and communications, Business-to-Business and Industrial has always been the ugly stepsister of Consumer Package Goods marketing.  Madman Donald Draper would never waste his creative energy to try and sell a pressure vessel to a petrochemical plant.  And engineering-driven manufacturers have always been suspicious of marketing’s return on investment, and more focused on sales.  But that ...

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ESOMAR’s First B2B Research Forum Comes to Atlanta, GA

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What’s different about B2B? The first ESOMAR B2B symposium focused exclusively on B2B market research was held in Atlanta on October 14, 2014.  Geo Strategy Partners participated from both the audience and the podium. KEY TAKEAWAYS B2B industrial is a fraction of a fraction: B2B market research firms comprise approximately 8% of all market research firms and those with an industrial ...

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You thought SEC football was competitive?

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There’s another contest in the offing.  In the race to commission the first nuclear plant in this century, Tennessee Valley Authority is whomping Southern Company’s Georgia Power.  According to Forbes [http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/09/17/first-american-nuke-plant-in-21st-century-to-open-soon/], TVA’s Watts Bar 2 is “now over 90% completed, after the fully assembled reactor vessel was installed in August.”  WB2 got Westinghouse’s AP1000: the same model slated for Georgia ...

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The value of process innovation

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Does a focus on product improvement (incremental or disruptive) come at a cost to process innovation?  It shouldn’t.  Companies should do both. Product innovation done right drives sales.  Process innovation done right has the potential to do more: reduce defects (increasing customer satisfaction), increase throughput without capacity expansion, reduce unit cost, decrease energy costs, reduce inventory (raw materials/finished goods), and ...

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A Tale of Two Companies…

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Early last year, two studies brought us face to face with Petrobras and PEMEX.   Both market opportunity projects were commissioned by global OEMs interested in selling product into the oil & gas industry.  In Brazil, we green-lighted the opportunity and highlighted strategies most likely to result in sales success with Petrobras (unique and differentiated product, an understanding of local content ...

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Re-shoring advanced manufacturing

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Featured speaker William L. Strang, senior vice president of operations, TOTO USA told a crowd at MODEX in Atlanta that TOTO has substantially moved manufacturing of products destined for the US market from Asia to the US. “Seventy percent of the products sold in the US today are made in the US.  As few as seven years ago, 63% of ...

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