“BrandMuscle has found that channel partners with the highest year-over-year revenue growth invest their own dollars on marketing at a level that is on par with the small business industry average, and have access to a corporate provided program that offers co-op funds,” states Lori Alba, BrandMuscle’s Vice President of Marketing. “Partners that have access to a corporate provided marketing program, but no co-op funds, achieve a lot less regardless of their spending level. Both channel partners and brands should have skin in the game.”
A considerable number of channel partners say that the marketing programs provided to them by manufacturers are missing core components and tactics. Furthermore, they feel marketing programs are scattered, and rarely integrated.
“Whether perception or reality, our findings indicate a reduction in partner spend due to inadequate corporate provided marketing programs,” states Jason Tabeling, EVP of Product Strategy at BrandMuscle. “Only one-third of channel partners invest more than 1% of their revenue on marketing, compared to the cross-industry average of 2% to 4%. This anemic spend negatively impacts their ability to properly create awareness and represent your brand at the local point of sale."
Key Findings from The State of Local Marketing in Manufacturing Report
Only one-third of channel partners invest more than 1% of their revenue on marketing, compared to a cross-industry average of 2% to 4%.
Channel partners and dealers put significant emphasis on websites and landing pages and less on direct mail as compared to other industries.
Channel partners and dealers use traditional media more often than the benchmark with TV and radio ranking as a top three priorities. Yet, on average, they tend to use digital channels slightly more than other industries.
60% have claimed their online business listing on Google, slightly higher than other industries, but they put far less emphasis on Yelp than the benchmark.