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145: How to Break Through the Noise and Build Trust with Storytelling in Manufacturing with James Soto
Episode 14518th July 2023 • Manufacturing Happy Hour • Chris Luecke
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More and more voices are being heard as the manufacturing community grows online. And while this can only be a good thing, it does make it tougher for individuals to be heard above the noise. 

In this episode, we welcomed James Soto, CEO of Industrial Strength Marketing, to talk about his tactics for getting his message across and building trust in the community.  

James explains why storytelling is so important, how different types of “noise” can hold manufacturers back, and why you need to fully understand channels to get the most out of them. He also shares his tips for succeeding with video content and discusses other ways to break through the noise online.  

In this episode, find out: 

  • The early days of James’ career  
  • The marketing problem in manufacturing 
  • What trust in storytelling looks like  
  • Why you should leverage the power of stories  
  • The different types of noise in the industry  
  • Why you need to “scrape the guardrails” 
  • How to capture audience attention without video 

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Tweetable Quotes: 

  • “If you can be yourself and really get good at it, that’s what people relate to, you know? Just be you.” 
  • “I believe a lot in channel mastery. There's real science around both the structure of what you're creating and how you format it.”  
  • “Fighting for the audience is so important because if they get what they want, your creative juices are flowing.”  

Links & mentions: 

  • Industrial Strength Marketing, a full-service B2B industrial marketing agency, offering digital marketing solutions from web design to advertising 
  • Rolf And Daughters, an industrial-chic restaurant with clever New American dishes, communal tables & inventive cocktails in Nashville, TN 
  • Monday Night Brewing, a relaxed brewhouse offering craft beer, cocktails & snacks, including hummus & cheese platters 
  • Bearded Iris Brewing, a taproom serving rotating, old-world style beer infused with Southern  
  • flavors in comfy digs…also Chris’ favorite brewery in Nashville 
  • The 5 Spot, an East Nashville neighborhood music venue with snacks & a full bar served in a relaxed hangout that hosts live bands & weekly dance parties 
  • The Basement East, a casual hangout for live music by nationally touring acts where you might run into Jack White 
  • Old Glory, a subterranean bar in Nashville, TN offering elevated cocktails served in a historic boiler room with iron & concrete 

Make sure to visit for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 




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