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Bottoms Up Marketing Strategy for High Performance Pumps

A marketing strategy focusing on the specific needs of each customer can double EBITA for suppliers of high performance pumps and improve operations for pump purchasers.

7500 companies will each spend more than $1 million for pumps this year.  Sixty percent of the purchases will be based on performance and not just price and delivery. These pumps will be used in hundreds of unique applications. 

Decisions will be based on dozens of total cost of ownership (TCO) factors. Some are unique to an application. Others such as electricity are unique to a location. There are  many different pump types with hundreds of unique features offered by manufacturers. As a result there are many competitors and many analyses needed of the unique pump features of each. The bottoms up strategy has to iterate all of these factors.

A bottoms up marketing strategy can double EBITA from the average of less than 15% to more than 30%. In one respect it is simple. Just determine cost of ownership factors for each plant and application and then supply the best pump for that specific need.

In another respect this program requires a huge amount of knowledge. Fortunately this knowledge is being made accessible

The starting point is the 272,000 forecasts in the pump report

This report also has the forecast of purchases by the top 100 companies. More effort is then needed to calculate the market for others and to determine the TCO factors.

One hundred thirty-three companies will each spend more than $50 million for pumps this year. This warrants a special direct effort for each one of them.


Seven hundred thirty three companies will spend more than $10 million on pumps this year. A direct effort or at least careful tracking of the success at each of these plants is warranted.


One thousand seven hundred thirty-three companies will spend  $5-10 million for pumps. It is recommended that these companies at least be identified individually and decisions then made as to how to approach them.

Four thousand seven hundred thirty-three companies will spend $1-10 million for pumps this year. At the very least the cumulative projected purchases of these companies should be determined for each sales territory.


For the largest pump companies it will be advantageous to pursue a large portion of these opportunities. However, the 30% EBITA is more readily attainable by focusing on special niches. An example is IDEX. Here is the example for a dozen Japanese prospects for IDEX

The potential EBITA from any specific application at any plant can best be determined  by a cost of ownership analysis taking into account the unique aspects of the industry, plant, and application.

The bottoms up strategy is successful to the extent that it improves the operations of the pump purchasers. So both pump supplier and customer will benefit from this approach.

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions. You can reach him at 847 226 2391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.