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News Highlight

New Suppliers on Thomasnet.com for May 2021

This month we have a lot of exciting and noteworthy companies added onto Thomasnet.com®. From cutting-edge advanced manufacturing technologies, such as robotics that leverage neuroscience and movement science research, to operational technologies for manufacturing security, such as quantum security products and platforms, we hope you’ll enjoy browsing our featured list of new companies added to our platform this month.

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News Highlight

New and Noteworthy Categories on Thomasnet.com for May 2021

As North American supply chains are still recovering from the impacts of pandemic-induced disruptions, we are seeing surges of sourcing demands in advanced manufacturing services. To help the 1.6 industrial professionals who use our platform monthly find what they need, this month's categories of note include everything from aluminum PCBs to digital safety standard training, all curated to ensure you can find exactly what you need.

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Marketing Strategy

What Manufacturers Need To Know About Chatbots

When it comes to digital marketing, capturing leads is the ultimate goal. Always has been, always will be. How those leads are being captured, however, is changing right before our eyes. Landing pages with forms have another friend in the lead generation toolbox to help book meetings, qualify visitors, and provide information more easily.

You may have experienced them before. It’s midnight, and there you are, minding your own business, checking out a website, and hunting for information. A chat box pops up — bloop! — and asks you if you need help. This surprises you because you figured you were the only one awake at this hour. Surely their customer support isn’t available now, right?

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Business Tips

How To Meet The Needs Of B2B & Industrial Buyers In 2021

No matter your role — sales, marketing, operations, or leadership — you have a lot to accomplish.

So do the buyers of your company's products or services. 

By understanding what your buyers have on their plates, you can more easily accomplish one of the most important things on yours — generating more leads and contributing to your bottom line. Here’s what you should know to meet their needs and create more meaningful connections to win more business.

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Business Tips

How To Improve Your Supplier-Distributor Relationship

A prospect that you’ve been chasing for months has been researching you as well, checking out your product catalog on a distributor’s website and downloading your CAD models. They’ve narrowed down their shortlist to you and a couple of your competitors, and now they’re visiting your website to gather additional details.

But when they arrive on your site, what they see doesn’t quite match what they saw on the distributor’s site. Part numbers are off, and specs aren’t aligning 100%. Plus, basic company information doesn’t match with what they read before and content looks outdated.

Reconciling the differences would take way too long, so instead they just cross you off their list. And you never even knew they were interested in the first place.

Unfortunately, this scenario plays out all too frequently and prevents the supplier and distributor from meeting their goals. In some cases, the scenario results in a dropped key customer and the existing customer base begins to diminish.

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Email Marketing

Email Marketing Do’s And Don’ts For Manufacturers

In today’s increasingly digital landscape, email marketing is one of the best ways to remain top-of-mind with existing customers while gaining traction with potential leads. HubSpot's State Of Marketing Report states that promotional emails are still the number one type of email used by marketers. Smart email marketing tactics not only allow you to grow brand awareness, they also help spread the word about your content offerings and company news. When combined with other inbound marketing efforts, you can engage high-quality leads.

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SEO

Understanding the Different Traffic Sources To Your Manufacturing Website

For manufacturers, every website visit means there’s a chance a prospect could evaluate you as a potential supplier, sign up to learn more about your services, or reach out with a request for quote. If you’re taking efforts to grow your brand awareness and generate new traffic, it’s important to understand these different website traffic sources and how to grow each of them.

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Can Your Company Help Provide Critical Supplies?

We are using the power of our platform to aid in the mass shortage of critical supplies. If your company can help provide supplies, capabilities, or materials for products such as N-95 Masks and Tyvek SuitsPlease let us know.

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