Melissa Junge, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Animatics Corporation in Santa Clara, CA, is passionate about her company and their communication strategy. Check out an archive of the "SmartNews" email campaigns she sends using Emma, and read below for her thoughtful answers to five questions.
Describe what your company does and what makes you stand out in your industry.
Animatics manufactures motion control systems including servo motors, table top robots, gear heads, controllers, shunts and power supplies. We are best known for the creation of the SmartMotor, an integrated servo motor that encompasses an encoder, controller, amplifier and drive all in one, and can be programmed directly from any laptop in a million different ways for any industry application. Our products are used in multiple industries including aerospace, food, semiconductor, automotive, entertainment, etc. SmartMotors can pretty much be used in any machine that moves.
How do you use Emma to communicate with your audience? Which features are your favorite?
Our marketing efforts, and the way we use Emma, is dual purpose. One audience is our value-added distributors: independent resellers such as Minarik, Onexia, Bertelkamp Automation and others that sell our products to end customers. We communicate with them, and they pass along whatever gets their attention and will be useful as sales tools. The other audience is our end users: primarily machine builders, design engineers and manufacturing specialists who build our motors into their larger machine designs. We use the email campaigns as the primary B2B marketing channel to both of these groups as it's the quickest and most efficient way to get both groups the information they need.
Favorite features would have to be social media buttons and the tech support. I love the social media share buttons and use the campaigns for most of my Twitter and LinkedIn news. Originally we were using a home-coded mail merge program that didn't have response tracking or social media capabilities, but now we've increased our emails from one every three months to one every two weeks with Emma's help. Emma tech support is also great. Any questions I have are answered immediately, and I have yet to have a problem that hasn't been solved.
You send email campaigns every two weeks. How do you keep your content fresh?
We use the email campaigns for a number of things: product announcements, company news, case studies, new marketing collateral and more. Being able to send out content in multiple categories as well as pushing to always innovate and improve our products usually gives us a lot to talk about.
Let's say your friend from out of town has four hours to spend in Santa Clara. What's on the must-do list?
Come visit our office, first of all! Get the tour of the training rooms, production (where the magic happens) and some of our new "toys" like the mini mill and SmartMotor powered artwork. We are right across the street from California's Great America theme park (close enough to hear people scream from the tops of roller coasters during our lunch) so I would say that's at the top as well. Then, go to a San Jose Sharks game!
What's the last song that was playing on your iPod?
"Ding" or "Music Monks" by Seeed. It's reggae musical sound with German rap lyrics. Sounds ridiculous but after you hear it, it becomes addicting.