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Date posted: January 30, 2013

This Electronics Industry Outlook podcast appears on the Manufacturing-Geek.com blog.

We discuss Julie’s outlook on the issues and opportunities for Electronics Manufacturing in 2013. The podcast includes Julie’s commentary on: Emerging trends for Electronics Manufacturing in 2013 Growth and profitability in the face of constant change.

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Date posted: January 28, 2013

The Coca-Cola logo is an example of a widely-r...(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my
favorite quotes about branding comes from the designer and branding pioneer Walter Landor: “Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind.” Landor, perhaps best known for designing the Coca-Cola script, applied his genius far beyond the world of consumer-packaged goods, serving companies as diverse as General Electric, Japan Airlines, and Shell Oil.

Landor’s quote came to mind recently when reading a post by Ann Hadley on mpdailyfix.com. She speaks to the cogency of using brand journalists to meet content marketing needs, and as someone who has plied this trade for decades, I couldn’t agree more.

Her opening paragraph really hits home:

Brands now have the ability to bypass the traditional press and tell their own story in their own voice in a unique and compelling way. As I see it, good content isn’t about storytelling; it’s about telling a true story well.

This should be particularly salient for business-to-business marketers, who, in this real-time digital age, increasingly find creating compelling content a challenging task.

Hadley points to seven reasons working with a brand journalist makes sense in a marketplace where the quest for attention is increasingly competitive, complex and often muddled.

  • They know how to tell a story
  • They put the audience first
  • They know how to simplify
  • They approach content with an open mind
  • They tell the truth
  • They quote sources
  • They bring a journalist’s sensibility to building a brand

While Hadley speaks to hiring brand journalists as part of a corporate team, I think there are compelling reasons to outsource this work to independent journalists. Among them: better ability to control costs (i.e., applying the journalistic asset to a specific project or goal and not incurring the overhead of having it on staff), seeing things from a perspective outside the four walls of the enterprise, and speed to execution.

Our clients can speak to this.

There’s a plethora of information within your company that can be leveraged into blog posts, podcasts, videos, e-books, feature articles and more. Many times retaining an outside journalist can facilitate transforming your local knowledge into copy that creates value and moves minds.

And that’s something we can all raise a glass to.

Date posted: January 16, 2013

The outlook for the semiconductor industry in 2013 is the topic the latest podcast episode in the series that I host and produce for the Manufacturing Geek blog. My guest is Julie Fraser, principal at Iyno Advisors. Our discussion coveres a wide range of issues, including what semiconductor companies can do to stay competitive in 2013 to how the automotive industry will impact demand for semiconductors this year.





Date posted: January 12, 2013

J. A Skinner at the Best Book Review wrote a highly complimentary review of my book Jumping Off The Page.

In the review Skinner wrote, "This book is a quick read but a very interesting one…I have no problem recommending this as a good read…"

Date posted: January 4, 2013

My article, Food Logistics Taps into Tech Solutions, appeared in the December issue of Inbound Logistics. The feature discusses how smart technology helps cold chain shippers prevent product spoilage and loss.