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How Manufacturers Can Forge a Winning Relationship with Their Distributors

Manufacturers often don't have direct relationships with the end customer, and instead use a distribution network to sell their products. However, there is a huge communication gap between what marketing thinks the end customer wants and what the distributor knows they want. This week's episode is all about learning and listening from your manufacturing distributors. 


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This week I was joined by Tom Paul, CEO of BAM!, a mobile distributor portal. I wanted to have him on to give manufacturing marketers a different point of view on how our content can benefit or be reworked to serve our valuable network of distributors. We talked about the common miscommunications between the manufacturer and the distributor and how simply asking the right questions and listening to the people on the front lines can dramatically impact the usefulness of our enablement materials.

We discuss topics like training, the best way to access distributor materials, and the difference between the needs of veteran distributors and new, entry-level salespeople. 


Wendy Covey

Wendy Covey is a CEO, a technical marketing leader, author of Content Marketing, Engineered, one of The Wall Street Journal’s 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in America, and she holds a Texas fishing record. She resides in a small Hill Country town southwest of Austin, Texas, where she enjoys outdoor adventures with her family.

About TREW Marketing

TREW Marketing is a strategy-first content marketing agency serving B2B companies that target highly technical buyers. With deep experience in the design, embedded, measurement and automation, and software industries, TREW Marketing provides branding, marketing strategy, content development, and digital marketing services to help customers efficiently and effectively achieve business goals.