Industrial Marketing is Real People & Real Relationships making Reality. You’re not selling lip stick.
The Certified Professional Services Marketer exam will make you an excellent resource for your company and your career. It brings together a rock solid methods for understanding your company’s strengths and getting new work in new industries. It’s not hard to continue to get work similar to your current expertise. All you need to do is very high quality work, on time and on budget.
It’s much more difficult to enter new markets that you don’t have experience in and no body knows you. The CPSM Domains of practice show you how you start with your people and their talents and grow from there. The case study uses a firm that has designed schools and illustrates how they used industrial marketing research to successfully grew into a similar building type, high end retirement homes.
The last case study activity gives an excellent overview of the entire process for studying for the exam.
I’ve been studying for the Certified Proffessional Services Marketer exam ever since I joined SMPS in 2004. I wanted to grow the agency in the building industry and on the advice of Pete Strange, the president of Messer Construction, I joined SMPS. He said it was the best way to get into marketing into the AEC space.
I joined and was accepted quickly into the group by a great bunch of marketers for local architectural, construction and engineering companies. Served on the board under Alison Tepe Guy and Jason Ulmenstine for a few terms. It was going well, and I was learning a lot until the market crashed in 2008. Nearly 50 percent of the professionals in the industry were out of a job.
I put studying for the exam on the back burner in lew of passing the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional exam and getting my office awarded LEED Platinum in 2011.
This type of marketing is much more closely aligned with the type of industrial marketing Lohre & Associates has been doing my entire 40-year career; large, expensive mining, chemical, electrical and mechanical machinery. Selling the design and construction of a building is very similar.
After several failed attempts to properly study for the exam, this year the local chapter, led by Melissa Lutz of Champlin Architecture, developed a study group and incentives to pass the exam by the end of the year. It’s crunch time and I’m working hard to re-read and absorb all the materials to pass the exam. The building industry has finally recovered and there are excellent opportunities to do more work in this industry.
The exam is broken up into six different domains: Marketing Research, Marketing Planning, Client & Business Development, Proposals, Promotional Activity, and Management. It was after the last page of the last book that the whole field came into focus for me. I’m going to use that case study as a jumping off point to write about the entire Markendium as SMPS calls it and hopefully hard wire the knowledge in my brain to pass the exam.
The epiphany came when I realized that all of industrial marketing comes down to people. Marketers are the ones that research other people, plan to reach other people, learn to engage with other people, make proposals for people, plan activities and manage people.
Everything about industrial marketing revolves around this simple case study that follows the path of a successful young college graduate that gets recognized and becomes a leader. That’s what I want to do. Just goes to show you are never too old, 64, to learn something.
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Last week our office was on top of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Greenest Projects in the Tri-State for the third year in a row. I wish I were not leading this list.
Let me explain.
We LEED Certified our office Platinum for less than $12 per square foot. We did all of the work, LEED documentation and I was the LEED AP on the project. But very few businesses are doing it. It doesn’t take money; it takes time and common sense.
(We sure have come a long way from the 30% cut in manufacturing in 2008. Finally construction equipment and green building marketing can get back on it’s feet and soap box. This editorial by Mike Eby, Editor-in-Chief, EC&M, sums up the good news. We’re looking forward to promoting our clients’ solar energy offerings, sustainable building certifications and Green Building marketing home tours. They launched last year and we’re alreaady booking them up this year. Learn more and register for the tours if you like. )
Cincinnati Ohio has one of the most concentrated LEED building collections in the world. A quick one hour tour will show you who’s a part of this movement.
The tour starts at the Fire Station No. 9 in Avondale. After your breakfast at Sugar N Spice, step out side and notice the gleaming white concrete blocks that keep the building cool in the summer. The solar shades on the south side also help along with the concrete parking areas. The grounds have native and adaptive landscaping. The polished concrete floors are stained blue in the living quarters. We have used the community room for classes to pass the LEED AP exam. The only problem is that you have to evacuate if the house gets a call requiring all the trucks to leave! Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy hosted an educational event for the opening of the station. Mayor Mark Mallory came and addressed the attendees.
As we travel south on Reading Road to the North Avondale Cincinnati Public School we’ll discuss how Ginny Frazier, a teacher at CPS who couldn’t catch a breath in the new schools CPS was building, partnered with Joel Stout, president of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, to convince CPS to build to LEED standards and along the way got legislation passed in Ohio to require all educational funds reach LEED standards. North Avondale has an active after school green mentoring program run by Ginny Frazier and her Alliance for Interconnection and Connectivity non-profit enviromental advocacy organization. Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline,“Ohio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable school design, with more than 300 total schools either registered or certified through LEED. On average, Ohio’s first 100 certified schools have been designed to use 35 percent less energy and an average of 37 percent less water than comparable buildings constructed and operated to traditional standards. In addition, these schools provide healthier indoor environments conducive to learning.”
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We all know that a vested interest in the future is what keeps businesses operating. What better way to showcase your investment than working in a green building? Not to mention, the employee perks associated with green building: cleaner indoor environmental quality, more natural lighting, green cleaning products, etc., all of these components contribute to the wellness, health, and productivity of your employees. Helping them stay happier and productive longer.
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