Manufacturing Skills Gap: Self Inflicted Or Not?

I regularly  interview our staff of lead development representatives who spend their days on the phone with the people on the front lines of manufacturing and this is what they hear over and over again: supply chain managers have to buy cheaper products overseas. They wish they could buy American, but the cost-reduction pressures on the US supply chain force companies to purchase manufactured goods overseas even though American manufacturing quality is still the best.  

So, it got me really thinking about how this relates to the skills gap we all keep reading about  all over the news.  Go to any publication, industry news, business insider and they all say the same thing, "The US has a major problem with skilled workers to fill the ever-growing number of jobs in manufacturing." They blame education, manufacturing automation, a global supply chain, and the politics of the time. They're all right, but my question is, "What came first: the skills gap or the government policies"

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What I Learned From Designing a New Website

If you'd asked me four months about my knowledge of industrial website design, I most likely wouldn't have had much to say.  I had experience in B2C web design, and I thought that it would be similar, but I realized quickly that B2B websites were an entirely different breed. Here I've put together 8 tips I learned from designing Acadia's new website and what you can do to ensure that your project runs smoothly.

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Buying a CRM? Don't Go It Alone.

You want to increase sales, and you understand that strengthening and managing your professional relationships with customers is the key to your success. So, it's likely you're looking to adopt a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Adopting a software like this isn't as easy as flipping a switch.  It takes multiple steps and requires a detailed and organized process. At Acadia, having adopted several software applications for internal use, so we understand what goes into a change like this, and have become quite good at it.  Our advice: don't go it alone. 

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Be Fierce but Graceful - and do Great Things

 If you are involved in complex or considered purchase sales, you understand the challenges associated with them: 

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How to Evaluate a B2B Marketing Agency

You’ve come to terms with the fact that you don’t have the bandwidth or capabilities to take on some of your company’s necessary marketing work.  So now what?  There are many marketing agencies that will claim to have the skills to help your company, but it's important to not just pick the first one you find. In this blog post, I'll expand on the most vital factors to keep in mind as you go through the marketing agency evaluation process.

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Take Advantage of the Summer Shutdown to Boost Your Lead Generation

Is your manufacturing plant's summer shutdown looming? Take this opportunity to evaluate and boost your  marketing plan. For many manufacturers, focus on production, cost reduction and human resource issues often leave little time for lead generation. Use the next few weeks to evaluate and hone your sales process, ensuring enough new business to keep those newly-maintained machines running.
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The Holiday is Over and So is Canada's Anti-Spam Law Grace Period

What You Need to Know About Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) has been in effect for over three years, but if you haven't addressed any of the required changes, you'd better get to work. The grace period for implied consent ended almost a week ago and companies can be held liable for non-compliance.

According to the CASL website, this legislation is designed "to help protect consumers and businesses alike by deterring the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam from occurring in Canada, creating a more secure online environment." The law requires that companies gain a consumer's consent in order to send them email. This law applies to all companies doing business in Canada regardless of origin.

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Teach Your Manufacturing Organization Inbound Marketing - Part Four

Now that we've talked about the what, why and how of inbound marketing, it's time to learn the playbook, the many tools you can use to attract prospects to your company and convert them to customers. Following these steps and techniques, you'll get content in front of your prospects and nurture them to become your customers when they're ready to buy. In honor of my professional baseball-playing son, Sean, I'll use a baseball analogy of running the bases. With inbound, just like baseball, you need to know when to act and when to hold back. This playbook will help you know when to apply certain techniques to get the run.

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Teach Your Manufacturing Organization Inbound Marketing - Part Three

So, if you've been reading this series, you have an understanding of what inbound marketing is, and you maybe even understand why you need to ramp up your efforts to attract new buyers. In this post, I delve a little deeper into how to put this philosophy in action using marketing automation. 

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Teach Your Organization Inbound Marketing - Part Two

In my last blog post, I focused on why inbound marketing is so necessary to attract new customers. In part two of this series, I focus on why inbound works and why manufacturing companies need to get in the game.

Why is Everyone Talking About Inbound Marketing?

Basically it comes down to this: Consumers buy differently today than they did even 10 years ago. Before the full adoption of the internet, buyers typically didn't have access to the amount of information they have at their fingertips today. Their journey from initial contact to sale was linear and predictable, and marketing strategies focused mainly on interruptive methods like cold calling, advertising and direct mail.

Today, it's a different story altogether. While the methods mentioned above are still viable and important, especially in the industrial space, today's buyers are well informed. The glut of information can be overwhelming, but by doing inbound marketing right and focusing on freely sharing information, your company will rise to the top of the search window. The buyer journey is no longer a straight line. It's fluid and random, and if a potential buyer doesn't see your company name often enough, it won't be "top of mind.".

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