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How Do Engineers Search For Content Online?

Oftentimes, marketers targeting technical audiences grapple with how to best implement online and content marketing to attract skeptical engineers, scientists and technology professionals. To shed light on this, we recently partnered with ENGINEERING.com for a survey, Smart Marketing for EngineersTM: Content and Online Marketing. The survey of 580 engineering professionals reveals insightful findings about engineers’ preferences for online content marketing and channels such as the types of content engineers most value and trust, and where they look for that content online.

Lots of Qualified Leads, Now What

A recent customer conversation epitomized the power (and potential pitfall) of effective inbound marketing. One of the more marketing-savvy business owners I contacted said that he only reaches out to customers that “raise their hand.” This is certainly the ideal state - customers telling you they are interested in your products and services instead of the other way around. Besides, cold calling isn't fun and can be especially ineffective when your sales model requires highly technical engineers and scientists to sell sophisticated solutions to other highly technical engineers and scientists.

Social Media for Engineers: Best Practices

Social media is an easy and strategic method to promoting your content from blog posts to case studies.  However, to successfully create a social buzz, you must center social media to your target audience.  Catering social media posts to engineers is much different than promoting content targeted towards millennials.  This post will discuss the best practices for reaching engineers through social media and what platforms are most effective.

Growth-Driven Design vs. Traditional Web Design

A well-designed website is essential to online success. According to a recent HubSpot survey, 94% of respondents cited poor design as a reason they do not trust a website. On the flip side, an intuitive, well-designed website positively impacts how visitors view your company, it also improves lead conversion through easy-to-see calls to action driving conversions to your technical content. Before you decide how to redesign your website, let’s look at the current model of traditional website design and compare it to the new Growth-Driven Design approach. 

3 Inbound Marketing Proof Points

You may be tired of hearing us preach the importance of inbound marketing when it comes to reaching B2B technical audiences. Or maybe you think developing content and maintaining a website is too much work. Whether you doubt the inbound marketing methodology or believe it's too time-consuming to implement, here are some data points that may serve as a catalyst to spark your interest in implementing an inbound marketing approach for your business. 

4 Tips for Achieving a Strong Market Positioning Statement

What is Market Positioning?

Create Target Personas—Define Who, and Who Not, to Target

In Rebecca Geier’s book, Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences, she explains how to customize your marketing approach by creating buyer personas. Creating personas is a straightforward process and will allow you to customize your messaging and marketing to your target customers’ specific concerns and needs. 

Case Study: Hallam-ICS Makes Culture a Key Differentiator

Brand positioning and messaging is critical to your business and marketing strategy because it defines what you do and how you stand apart from your competition. Some companies differentiate themselves with technical expertise, while others use their culture as a competitive advantage. Last year, TREW-client, Hallam ICS called on TREW to revamp their brand positioning and messaging so they would stand out from their competition.  

Video: Basics of Lead Scoring

As your inbound marketing efforts gain traction and you start to capture a steady stream of leads, you will likely encounter new issues. The surplus leads may bottleneck in the marketing > sales lead handoff, aging while waiting for review and follow up, or a drop in sales productivity as your high-value resources spend too much time evaluating leads instead of working qualified prospects. At the same time, you have a significant opportunity to monitor signs that a potential qualified buyer is ready to engage with sales.

Make Sure Your Ad Passes the 2-Second Test

The shift in marketing dollars to online advertising has changed advertising, but there is still a place for traditional print advertising. But it has to pass the 2-second test - the time a user will give to your ad before scrolling past it. 

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