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How to Use Product CAD Models to Radically Increase Manufacturing Sales – Part 1

Executive Summary

In this 6 part series of blog posts we’ll present an up-to-date overview of how to use product CAD models to radically increase manufacturing sales.

The 6 parts are:

Below is Part 1 – the other parts will follow sequentially in the coming weeks.

Part 1: Changing Sales and Marketing Trends Create High Impact Opportunity for Industrial Suppliers

As an Industrial Supplier (Manufacturer or Distributor) are you experiencing any of these 3 new Sales and Marketing Trends?

1. The sales process has changed dramatically in the last few years and not in a way that has made it easier for your sales people to get in front of prospects! Prospects think they no longer need sales people for product info because they can find it online so they ignore sales people. Selling the old way is dying out.

2. The marketing process has changed dramatically too. Prospects ignore ads, some even block ads, and they research solutions themselves online, so marketing the old way is dying out.

3. Content Marketing is supposed to be the new panacea but it’s not yet working well enough for you! You may be producing the wrong content – not what your targets are looking for? Or maybe your content isn’t being found – great content that isn’t being found may as well not be there!

Are you? If so here’s the fix!

Your Sales and Marketing teams need to work together creating and using content that truly helps prospects do their jobs better. Content based on what your target customers are actually looking for. Fortunately, in the manufacturing sector, there is a unique type of content that achieves this right at the top of the prospect funnel and generates leads that convert to sales at rates up to 50%!

It’s called ‘Product CAD models’ – 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) models of your products are made available for download from the part detail pages of your website.

Here’s the user scenario;

  • A designer working in their CAD system is designing a new product for their company – for example a new type of gearbox. According to CAD Trends 2015, 81% of manufacturing companies now use 3D CAD modelling to design products and that number continues to rise – it’s forecast to be 83% in 2016!
  • For that new gearbox design they need many parts e.g. gears, bearings, springs, shafts, connectors, seals and many more. Most of these parts will be existing components available from component suppliers. If possible, they save time and cost by using purchasable ‘standard’ components rather than custom build every component of a new design.
  • They search online for those components. If they find and select your component, let them download the 3D CAD model right into their CAD design instead of redrawing it. For them the saved time makes them more productive. For you, your product just got ‘designed-in’ (inclusive of its part number) so that if and when the parts are sourced your product will be ordered. By the way, the typical manufacturing design engineer now downloads more than 50 CAD models/year!

That’s the beef, but as always, the devil’s in the detail! This series of Blog posts will explain the detail that will enable you to modernize your content marketing strategy and successfully use Product CAD Models to drive revenue. Play the video above to hear DelTron’s views and view other videos here.

Also see written case studies and testimonials, but in the case of Stock Drive/Sterling Products, Herb Arum, Marketing Manager said, “Overall this online marketing strategy has been so successful in increasing product sales that we have largely stopped attending trade shows”. For Gates Corporation, Todd Mueller, Manager, Business Development said,“CDS Visual has provided Gates customer base with 24 hours a day access to 1,536 Coupling CAD models and 1,060 Adapter CAD models of our products via an online catalog and downloads are already running at 400 a month. In addition, the enhanced product information and part attributes available via CDS’s advanced search functionality allow customer engineers to quickly find parts, confirm selection through CAD interrogation or via download into their own system, resulting in reduced overall design cycle time.”

The other parts of this Blog post series will follow sequentially. In the meantime please feel free to comment below, call us to discuss any questions you have or click either button below…

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