Manufacturing Blog

How to Build a Sales-Driven Culture

When CEOs hear the word “culture,” most think about internal metrics such as productivity, morale, communication, teamwork and performance. As important as these metrics are, none on their own can go toe-to-toe with the metric of improving sales. For the growth-minded manufacturer, building a sales-driven culture is, was, and always will be the priority of…


Everything A Brand Endures In the Sales Process

Customer Purchase Journey Infographic

Assume for a moment you need to make a major purchase in the next several months. Perhaps a new machine, piece of equipment, or even a new CRM system. In your decision-making process, your mind would likely fast-forward to thoughts of one or two brands you would consider purchasing, and perhaps brands you would never…


The Most Important Step In The Brand Development Process

It’s 5:56 am when the CEO of a manufacturing firm opens his email. His attention is immediately drawn to the “Urgent” message from the President of his advertising agency, time-stamped at 5:03 am, to call ASAP. When the CEO calls the President’s cell phone, it’s answered before the first ring is heard, and the President…


A Proven Method for Building a Continuous Improvement Culture

Toyota receives more than one million operational improvement ideas from its employees each year and implements 90 percent of them. There are two powerful messages in this short statement worth noting: 1) One million ideas submitted each year tells us that Toyota, a company revered for setting the standard in manufacturing, is always looking for…


What Glassdoor Ratings Tell Customers About Your Brand

At one of my recent brand strategy retreats, I asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they were aware of glassdoor.com. Less than half lifted their hands. For those of you who are unfamiliar, glassdoor.com is one of the fastest growing job and recruiting sites, and it includes a database of millions…


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