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How can I convince my boss to send me to training? Process Equipment Marketing Best Practice

Thanks to Balluff, Sensortech 

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trainingWith responsibilities expanding, resources declining, and margins narrowing, companies today must scrutinize every dollar spent. Bad decisions are often based on bad data. An informed decision, on the other hand, can be defended in the light of the facts. In this article, we examine three misconceptions –  misconceptions which too often lead to poor decisions about training.

  1. If I train my people, they will leave.

In today’s companies where people change positions frequently, training is seen as a risky investment.  The correct perspective is seeing the risk involved in NOT training your people.  Do you really want your people making costly mistakes by the trial-and-error method of on-the-job training? Lack of training does not just affect the untrained person. Those that have been trained and are doing the job correctly often get pulled aside to explain procedures to the untrained. The bottom line is that people are going to be trained one way or another. What is the most efficient way to do this?

  1. I can’t afford the downtime to send my people to training.

Tools need to be sharpened.  This means they can’t be “productive” 100% of the time.  “Productivity” needs to be seen as a totally different thing from being “busy.”   Once a tool is sharpened, it is far more productive.  A dull tool can be “busy” 100 % of the time accomplishing nothing of value.  The correct perspective then is that you can’t afford the loss of productivity caused by a lack of training.

  1. All training offered out there is basically the same, so just take the cheapest one.

Training is not a one-way dump of information.  Training means that a change has taken place in a cognitive domain, an affective domain, or a psychomotor domain.  For automation companies, these three domains are intricately linked.  For example, it is not enough to just sit through a safety presentation:  you need to know the safety regulations (cognitive), you need to be passionate about why these are important (affective), and you need the skill necessary to implement these regulations by specifying, configuring, and integrating systems (psychomotor).

The best way to train in the psychomotor domain is through hands-on training.  Students learn skills best by practicing those skills.  For many companies who offer training, training is just a presentation of ideas without the necessary opportunity for participants to try anything for themselves. At Balluff, we have made a substantial investment in equipment, an investment in writing courseware properly, and an investment in training those who conduct the training with platform skills, adult learning skills, and teaching skills.  These investments make world-class, performance-based training available to our customers.

To see all that Balluff has to offer in Automation Training, click on our training web page link:  http://www.balluff.com/balluff/MUS/en/service/standard-training.jsp

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Best Practices in Process Equipment Marketing – Short Courses for the Bulk Materials Handling Industry

(We love educational material. It’s getting rarer and rarer for universities to offer classes on industrial processes. They are usually left to teach theory and let the greenhorn learn on the job. We’re writing a size reduction systems article for ROCK PRODUCTS. If you have any resources we can use, please send them on.)

From the Bulk Inside newsletter Dec 7, 2015

Short-Courses-for-the-Bulk-Materials-Handling-Industry-300-1.jpgCHATHAM, KENT – A range of very popular and useful short courses designed specifically for the powder and
 bulk materials handling industry.

Our range of short courses is designed to equip delegates with the means to identify and overcome difficulties that may arise, saving time and increasing productivity.

Our experts’ in-depth knowledge as specialists in powders and bulk solids is complemented by their experience across all industries including, but not limited to, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, process and chemical engineering, recycling, food processing and mining.

In order to meet Industry’s changing needs, we continually update the range of courses to reflect current trends, hence the introduction of 3 new courses this year.

The courses are all held at our site in Kent, on the University of Greenwich campus.

2016 Course calendar
2 – 3 Feb:    Advanced Course: Pneumatic Conveying System Design
4 Feb:    Rotary Valves; Design Selection and Operational Issues
10 Feb:    Electrostatics in Powder Handling
24 Feb:    Powder and Dust Containment in the Process Industry
9 March:    Network Security of Industrial Control Systems in the Process Industry  – ** new course
15 – 17 March:    Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials; includes optional practical session
6 April:    Dust Explosions – How to Demonstrate DSEAR/ATEX Compliance
13 April:    Caking and Lump Formation in Powders and Bulk Solids
26 – 27 April:    Advanced Course: Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials
10 – 12 May:    Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials; includes optional practical session
24 May:    Undesired De-blending and Separation in Processes and Equipment
7 – 8 June:    Introduction to the Processing of Dry Solid Materials  – **new course
28 – 29 June:    Measurement of the Properties and Bulk Behaviour of Particulate Materials
5 July:    Handling and Storage of Waste and Recycled Bulk Materials – **new course
11 – 13 Oct:    Overview of Particulate Handling Technology; includes optional practical session
22 – 24 Nov:    Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials; includes optional practical session
13 – 14 Dec:   Biomass Handling, Feeding and Storage

For full course details, course fees and terms and conditions, please visit www.bulksolids.com Discounts are available for group bookings and repeat attendances.

Enquiries and Bookings

• + 44 20 8331 8646

© The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology

This article is published by The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
“Providing Cost-Effective Solutions to Industrial Problems”

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology is part of the School of Engineering at The University of Greenwich at Medway, Kent, UK and has specialised in solving materials handling problems since 1973.  

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What is the State of Industrial Marketing? The State of Inbound Report.

Welcome to the seventh annual State of Inbound report. We’re glad you’re here.

Whether this is your first time reading this report, your seventh time, or you just arrived here on a whim, you’re bound to have some questions.

“What is State of Inbound ?”

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What does Hubspot’s State of Inbound” report have to do with industrial marketing?”

A lot. We totally agree that “salespeople struggle with a lack of information about their leads and manual data entry.” That’s why we got into Hubspot, 65% of their users are B2B.

Is Hubspot industrial marketing? 2015 Inbound Report.

Inbound for us wasn’t a new concept. Industrial marketing has always been about educating the prospect until it hurt! Engineers are our salespersons, and test trials are our free consultation. We’ve found that Hubspot clearly speaks our language and provides a great educational platform for everyone in the organization from client to an agency. It encourages public relations and product publicity. In industry, our blogs have always been articles in the technical trade journals. Application presentations at conferences. And patents. A little overkill for selling lipstick but the day to day for us.

The other thing that Hubspot and inbound marketing, in general, has given us is a solution to the first sentence. Today, you can track a hummingbird flying around your site. And when it comes back after migration. When it finally does take a sip, you’ve connected a face with a history. Slowly, they self-qualify themselves and sales engineers just might warm up to contacting them. Or at least they’ll have a much easier call when they are following up with a request. It’s light years out of the stone age with the new tracking tools.

Is Hubspot industrial marketing? 2015 Inbound Report.

Calculating ROI is still a problem with our clients and us. But the tools are there, and they are getting easier every day. At the most recent Inbound 2015, we learned that a typical ROI for an industrial lead was 50%. Now you’ve only recovered $500 from your $1000 investment in marketing but the lifetime value of that customer could be millions. The time is now. The tools are available. And free with Hubspot!

One thing we don’t agree with the report is that traditional display advertising in the technical trade journals is a waste. They are for most companies because they don’t realize that your investment is also an invitation to contribute editorial material to the publication. Over 50% of the companies that purchase expensive display ads never send in new product news releases or contribute an article. That’s a waste to the 32-37% that say it is. Those technical articles should be the foundation of your content.

One other thing we disagreed with is that you can hire an outside writer to develop the content. We bring over 35 years of industry knowledge to the table, and the best you can expect an outside writer to do is edit the work of an engineer that can’t put a period at the end of a sentence. 41% of inbound is written by staff the report says. When we asked one of the writing services, at Inbound, to find us an author for “die casting lubricants,” we got zero results.

One interesting thing about the report is that 83% of marketing budgets around $25,000 use inbound versus only 45% for budgets of five million. For small budgets they only use outbound 15% versus 55% for large budgets. And this is proven out by the new companies that successfully enter a market with a very low cost educational marketing plan. They write, they speak, and they become the answer guys for their industry. You can’t stand on the sidelines anymore, information is too accessible.

Something that won’t come as a surprise is that Sales thinks Marketing isn’t relevant, and Marketing thinks Sales isn’t looking for new markets. It’s still true. You can’t have a successful marketing department without some of the most experienced, insightful and visionary people in your company. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. They have to predict the future, and that’s very hard. Sales have and always will have their hands full dealing with applications and customers. What’s new is that the software has gotten to the point that it can help predict the future and sales training methods encourage market innovation. Mainly because it teaches sales to listen to the customer, verify their satisfaction and share their needs. It just makes good business sense that sales and marketing start rowing together. Hubspot’s training tools do that. They are designed for marketers, but they teach marketers how to make the sale, keep the customer and grow their opportunities. In one word it’s, Delight!

It’s so refreshing to have a tool that get’s it! Download the full report by clicking the image below or here.

Download, The State of Inbound 2015

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Water Efficiency: Reader Survey, Industrial Marketing Review


Verizon – Very good ad with a real life photo of truckers. The message is a classic Call-To-Action with an eBook to download. Very well done.


Another great ad. Very clear headline, good photo and the copy gets right to the point about the guarantee. Directs folks to their booth and even social sharing buttons.


Starts out great with a clear metaphor of the dual nature of their business but then the copy says nothing except for a few buzz words. Sure it’s pretty much impossible to actually use a testimonial but I would like to have one. At least an actual problem solution that demonstrates their capabilities would be better. With real numbers and real results.


It’s very hard to have an attention getting ad without a human or an animal in it. It would have been better to put a fish in the glass. What is chlorsulfonated polyethylene? It’s an honest question this ad should answer.

 
I take it back what I said about Burke. This ad is informative and doesn’t have an animal in it. Good invitation to the product launch and a convincing story. A lot packed into a small package but it works. Good job, Crane.


Oh boy, “Settle the Fuck Down!” It’s not even a metaphor for their process. Or so complicated I don’t get it. Great photo and an easy to understand process that replaces flocculant. Why not explain it? They start in the fine print.


A branding ad with the name in the headline. Why waste the space? What does Aerostrip mean? Air-O-Strip? Strip-O-Air would be better. The copy begs for some actual detail about how it saves money and time. Is the floor mounting patented? 


If you can’t say anything but your name at least show some projects. Some capacities or details of the photos would be nice.


Everything works great. I’d just like to know the guy’s name and contact info, I’m ready to learn more. The promised application examples aren’t on their web site.


Good information for applications. I guess the ad is dual purpose for manufacturing ideas and for membership. Pick one or the other, if you can.


What’s the use of such a milk toast ad? Like logos on a Nascar? At least BASF had a slogan, “We don’t make the products, we make them better.” Better off using the cost of this ad to sponsor industry association meetings. They could use it. At least their local rep could get up and say a few words.


Nice informative ad. I like the story they tell and the clear product definition and illustration.


Good basic product ad. Begs to be online with the video link. I thought I was going to get a good demonstration but instead I got a long funky web page. Still don’t understand how it eliminates a welded flange.

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Lohre & Assoc. Welcomes Noted Artist and Web Designer Myke Amend to its Team

Web Design and Web Development Guru, Grphic Artist and Graphic Designer, Myke AmendCincinnati native Myke Amend recently joined Lohre & Associates, the Over-the-Rhine-based marketing communications agency, fulltime as Web Design & Internet Development creative officer. Amend has worked with Lohre for the past 10 years as a web designer and web developer on a freelance basis from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Amend, who returns to Cincinnati for the new position, brings two decades experience as a graphic designer, web designer, programmer, and Internet developer, working on a variety of business-to-business and consumer accounts. Additionally, Amend is an illustrator, engraver and painter, whose work has been commissioned by other artists in film, music and literature.

“We’re very excited to have Myke working with us,” says Chuck Lohre, president, “He brings the creativity and skills of a fine artist, with his vast digital expertise. It’s a perfect combination for our agency, which is known for creative solutions to the wide variety of branding, strategy and digital implementation projects we handle for our clients.”

Adds Amend, “It’s gratifying to know Chuck and his team of designers, writers, strategists and brand experts welcome the years of experience I bring from fine arts with the in-demand digital know-how. I’m excited to develop ways we can continue to solve challenges for the companies who have looked to Lohre for ways to set them apart from their competitors.”

Amend’s illustrations have been featured in “Weird Tales” magazine, “Beneath Ceaseless Skies,” “Gatehouse Gazette,” “Kilter” magazine, “Gothic Beauty” magazine, the art collection “Gothic Art Now,” the art collection “Vampire Art Now,” the “Airship Pirates RPG” and many more print publications as well as popular online resources such as “IO9,” “Elfwood,” “Dark Roasted Blend,” “Fantasy Art” magazine, “Lines and Colors,” “Brass Goggles,” “Gawker, “BoingBoing.” His work has also been featured on the sites of literary creatives including Warren Ellis, Thomas Ligotti, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker.

Additionally Dexter Palmer, Cherie Priest, The Pickled Brothers Sideshow, Vernian Process, Veronique Chevalier, the Borgia Popes, Automaton, Abney Park and others have commissioned Amend for works. He is often a special guest of art, horror and steampunk conventions. He also works in sculpture and kinetic art, most notably having created a 4000-lb. solar and wind-powered rotating mural and 3D work called “the Infernal Device,” which was displayed at the Gerald R. Ford Museum for ArtPrize 2011.

In between Myke has filled his time working on ModelARestorers.org, as sole designer, webmaster, and server admin of a site serving 180 chapters Worldwide, creating advertising art for Disney Fine Art Gallery, and of course working for Lohre and Associates, for whom he now works full time.

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12 Changes That Will Impact Your SEO Strategy (Or not.)

May 25, 2015 // 7:00 AM, From a Hubspot Post with commentary by Chuck Lohre for the industrial search.

Written by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) | @

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SEO is a moving target that can really affect your business. This means that as a startup founder, you need to be prepared to make your strategy work no matter what Google enforces.

(Industrial search doesn’t move that much. Sites we have done for hugh water pumps ten years ago are working perfectly well today. There product hasn’t changed in 50 years. Why should their site? They just keep getting orders from around the world because we wrote the site for people looking for that very unique pump. If we had anything new to say we would, but we don’t)

We asked 12 entrepreneurs what trends they have noticed in the past year and how they have prepared their business. Here’s what they have noticed:

1) Increasing Attention to the User

In the past, SEO was all about manipulating data and keywords to gain search engine rankings. However with the leak of Google’s Quality Rating Guide back in August, it has become crystal clear that modern SEO is all about adding quality rather than quantity. We shifted our entire content marketing strategy to be about the user, creating engaging content that compels our audience to take action.

– Phil LaboonEyeflow Internet Marketing

(Still, you have to use the words that your visitor is searching for. Search engines can’t guess what you are thinking.)

2) Optimizing for Mobile Traffic

Google recently started including a ‘mobile-friendly’ notion next to website for mobile search results. Making sure you have this next your site increases the CTR for your website and the over amount of traffic. I suggest you test your site with this Google tool.

– Yossi FishlerAndy OS, inc.

(It’s all the rage but the jury is still out on this when it comes to multi-million dollar machine tools. A very large percentage of those searches are on a desktop and not a tablet or cell phone.)

3) Emphasizing the Importance of Social

Whether it’s social sharing from your site or traffic coming from social media, the importance of social engagements is really affecting SEO. It’s part of SEO’s way of measuring interactions with your pages and content, which are proving to be more and more important. If no one is interacting, it reflects poorly on your page quality and hurts your chances of ranking.

– Brooke BergmanAllied Business Network Inc.

(The largest social feedback we get is when we misspell a word! Of course we were explaining the energy involved in a process and the preventive maintenance procedures.)

4) Identifying Negative SEO

With penalty algorithms, negative SEO can now impact businesses that are not carefully watching their backlinks and other metrics. There have even been studies of sites hit by negative SEOs that sent bogus traffic and negatively impacted bounce rate and CTR from Google SERPs. Watch your link profile, analytics, and be on the lookout for misuse.

– Marcela DeVivo, Gryffin Media

(The only backlinks we have are from industry directories we like and our customers use.)

5) Focusing on Storytelling

Keyword stuffing is a thing of the past. Now, artful storytelling is the only way publishers will get visibility in the SERPs. Our business focuses on helping brands create compelling content with YouTube creators, so updates to the Google algorithm have been immensely helpful in improving our value proposition to clients and the long-term value brands get from their Grapevine campaigns.

– Danny WongGrapevine

(Keyword stuffing doesn’t mean not using you keyword in the URL, title, headline and body. That’s just common courtesy to the visitor. And to the search engines.)

6) Introducing More Penalties

Our daily tests from 5,000+ sites prove that you will get penalized for both on-site and off-site issues that you may not be aware of. Look closely at the quality of pages you’re indexing in Google, eradicate duplicate content, improve your user experience, and ensure you’re monitoring your incoming links, disavowing those that are working against your assets. It matters more now than ever before.

– Alex Miller, PosiRank LLC

(We’re not sure if this is duplicate content. But it would be if this was a much more popular blog.)

7) Looking for a Google+ Page

If you are a local business, having a website isn’t enough to rank well in Google’s local search listings. If you want to rank well you need to unlock, verify, and optimize a Google+ Business Page (referred to more recently as a Google My Business Page). If you want to maximize your search traffic from Google, treat your Google Business Page as you would your website, and optimize accordingly.

– Kristopher JonesLSEO.com

(It’s fun to update your Google + page. Not sure if it effects much yet.)

8) Aggressively Targeting Blog Networks

At the beginning of 2014, Matt Cutts, head of webspam at Google, announced that the idea of “guest post networks,” which had been effective in the past, were on their way out. In the middle of 2014, Google took action against several large networks, including MyBlogGuest, and penalized many high-ranking sites that had participated in linking schemes. Guest bloggers need to rethink their strategy.

– Sathvik TantryFormSwift

(This is the practice of making a post to your blog with a URL to the site they are promoting. They are done by robots and sounc goofy.)

9) Optimizing for User Experience

Where do take your SEO strategy when you’ve got links, titles, and content covered? Recently we’ve revamped our site to offer a better user experience. Within three months of rolling out the changes, time on site is up 30% and our bounce rate is down 9%, all while our search traffic is up almost 110%. Google is looking for quality indicators. Make sure your user experience isn’t sending the wrong ones.

– Nick ReeseBroadbandNow

(What is a better user experience? Making it easy to find what they are looking for with out looking too busy.)

10) Becoming More Predictable

SEO is now easier than it has ever been thanks to big data. The key to successful SEO is having a strategy in place that records your previous efforts, compares those efforts to your current results, and then predicts which activities will provide the most value in the future. SEO was an art before big data. Now it is a science.

– Roger BryanEnfusen Digital Marketing

(Determine the keywords that are important to your business. Write your content to educate the visitor about those topics. If you don’t rank, buy AdWords, but never stop trying to rank free naturally. We have retired AdWord programs after the client’s site was ranking naturally for all the important phrases.)

11) Using Location as a Source

Since we are a global identity verification company, it’s important to understand how changes in Pigeon’s algorithm would affect the visibility of our website in local listings.

– Stephen UffordTrulioo

(Even un-local purchasing is effected by location. Local offices and sales reps are the cause.)

12) Optimizing for Entity Search

We’re always looking for opportunities to increase our footprint in Google’s search results. With more search queries ‘answered’ directly in Google’s search results, we only need to spend a few hours of development to be eligible for inclusion. As semantic markup expands to identify more entities, our business will be relevant for more complex and user-specific queries.

– Andrew SaladinoKitchen Cabinet Kings

(What he means is, if the visitor can get their answer by never clicking on your link, Google has succeeded. But a tree does make a sound even is no one is there to hear it.)

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Industrial Marketing Review 3-2015 Foundry Management & Technology Ads

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Very good ad with four excellent testimonials. Good information but they didn’t have to go negative with “Competition relies on hype, bogus claims and negative scare tactics.”
 
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Advancing Information Sharing Through Digital Industrial Marketing

National Association of Electrical DistributorsThroughout the entire three days at NAED AdVenture, there were several panel discussions and break-out sessions specifically designed for electrical manufacturers and distributors to discuss their relationship together; outside the realm of marketing. They were designed to help each sector better understand the other and to address key issues or topics that each had. Bringing the industry together in this fashion is extremely helpful to both parties and gives each party something to strive for in bettering relationships and processes with one another.

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