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Smart Pathways Joins Madison Electric Products!

Exciting week here in Cleveland! We recently added Smart Pathways LLC – a leading manufacturer and distributor of Smart LB telecommunications conduit bodies – to the Madison Electric Products family. Conduit bodies have long been part of the installers’ toolbox, but Smart Pathways offers a more advanced solution that solves numerous problems we face on a daily basis. [...]

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Meet Our Sparks Inventors: Greg Herth

As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity. We’re proud to introduce, [...]

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Best Practices: Are You Treating Your Employees as Well as Your Customers?

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“Great things happen when you empower your entire team to make customer-centric decisions.” Last month, when we published our Top 10 list of “tweetable” customer service tips, the 89 characters above were perhaps the most important piece of advice we included. I was reminded of their importance when I came across this quote from New [...]

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My Favorite Things: Business & Leadership Books (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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Lately, it seems like new business and leadership books are coming out every day. I’ve read quite a few of them and wanted to take a second to share a few favorites: Smart Business, Social Business, Michael Brito: This is one of my favorite business books. Trust me, just read it. (I like it so [...]

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Election 2012: How Will It Impact the Electrical Industry?

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It’s hard to believe but Election Day is just around the corner! We all know the importance of voting, so let’s take a quick look at a few of the key issues that may impact our industry in this election. Economy: Both candidates say they’ll ease the burden of businesses and help create jobs. Obama’s [...]

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20 Short & Simple Tips to Help You Network Like A Pro

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One of our philosophies here at Madison is that strong relationships are the key ingredient to loyal partnerships. The first step in building those relationships? Networking. Whether at an industry conference or lunch meeting with peers, networking opportunities are abundant — you just have to find them. And when you do, follow these 20 simple [...]

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Must-Have Apps for Businesses

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Today’s guest post is from the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ Linda Thurman, marketing manager, and Afton Spriggs, electronic media content specialist. You can connect with NAED on Facebook and Twitter. Today, we’d like to present you with a few apps that have helped us in the marketing and technology world to not only move [...]

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11 Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

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With Christmas just around the corner and a new year on the horizon, it’s easy to show appreciation for employees through office holiday parties and gift exchanges, end-of-year bonuses and, of course, a couple of much-needed days of R&R. But, employee appreciation shouldn’t be a seasonal activity; instead, it’s something that should be practiced throughout [...]

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Five B2B Marketing Tips for Manufacturers & Distributors

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It’s not a secret that marketing is critical to driving brand awareness and sales, and essentially a company’s success. But when it’s all said and done, is your company actually making the most of its marketing efforts? Below we offer five tips – tips that we can personally attest to driving success! – for effectively [...]

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Madison Spike People's Choice Award

Reminder: Vote for Madison!

Madison Spike People's Choice Award

There’s only one day left to vote for the 2011 Spike Awards People’s Choice! We’re so thrilled by our nomination, plus our chance to showcase the Sparks Innovation Center on a national level. We appreciate your support so far, but now it’s crunch time … If you haven’t already (or if you love us so [...]

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