E-Steel Selects Stein Rogan & Partners for B2B Brand Campaign

E-Steel, a business-to-business site serving the steel industry, has revealed its chose of Stein Rogan & Partners to craft its first integrated brand campaign.

The campaign will feature the tagline, “The Steel Commerce Solution,” and will appear in trade print, in national business newspaper, in local market newspaper, online, and outdoors.

Direct marketing will also be part of the mix, with both snail mail and email components. The campaign launches next week and spending is estimated at $3 million.

As business-to-business has become the hot new sector in the Internet industry as a whole, the effect is spilling over into the advertising biz, especially considering the big bucks that venture capitalists are pouring into these new companies. E-Steel, for example, just banked $66 million in third-round funding, an investment led by Goldman Sachs.

The company’s new ad campaign is meant to send the message that a global steel exchange can empower players at all levels.

“Our job is to make the steel industry and business world aware of the magnitude of its potential — to save significant time, capital, errors and IT resources,” says Tom Stein, president of Stein Rogan.

The campaign will feature full-page print ads that play on the “e” in e-Steel, with one page dominated by a phrase like “expand your market,” the next page saying “enhance your business efficiency,” and the final payoff coming on the third page, which will be emblazoned with the e-Steel logo and tagline. The “e”s in the words expand and enhance will be blue, the color of the company’s logo.

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