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Beer & Blog: Constant Learning in an Innovative Optics Industry, with Josh Cobb

Josh Cobb, Senior Optical Engineer with Corning (Tropel), has spent years in the optics industry learning, teaching, and learning more. We sat down with him to hear more about his work in the classroom and in the field with the Advanced Optics division of Corning.

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Topics: Optics, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Creative Designs & Adventures with Dogs: Meet Madi

Madi Musilli  | Graphic Designer 

While at work, you will most likely find Madi working through every last detail of a project in Photoshop. When she's not at work, Madi is most likely off adventuring with her dogs.

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Topics: meet the team

Implementing your CRM: Sales Process & Stage Alignment

Considering all the decisions you have to make in setting up a CRM, closely aligning your sales process with your stages should be at the top of your priority list. In a healthy pipeline, the two will work together to help your entire team communicate effectively. Alignment also helps sales managers efficiently oversee the sales process, pipeline and staff.

Regardless of which CRM application you use, some denotation of deal status will exist. You may just need to dig your way through the jargon to get there. For example, Hubspot CRM calls this “Deal Stage,” while Salesforce.com just calls it “Stage”. Either way, it's important not only to understanding the role of a stage, but also to make sure it's clearly defined.

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Topics: CRM implementation

How HubSpot and Technical Content increased marketing ROI by 10x

Lumetrics: A Case Study in Content Success

Not too long ago, Lumetrics, a Rochester N.Y. based company who makes high-precision thickness measurement and gauging systems, was spending around $3,000 per month on Google AdWords. The clicks were there but the leads weren’t. With only 2-3 new leads per week, Lumetrics’ leadership knew that their marketing strategy had to change. At the advice of Launch Team, Lumetrics began using the HubSpot Marketing Platform for an inbound rather than outbound marketing approach. Lumetrics’ engineering team began developing technical application notes meant to drive not just web visits but new leads as well.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Content Development

Head Up Displays: Product Development from an Engineer’s Perspective

With the rapid advancements in head up display (HUD) technology in the automotive industry, the futuristic Hollywood depictions of holographic windshield screens are quickly becoming reality. Augmented reality (AR) windshield HUDs are becoming a large focus for mainstream automakers and suppliers to the point where it is expected that the market for HUD components market is expected to grow more than $5 billion in the next four years, becoming an $8 billion industry.

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Topics: Business Insights, Product Launch

Marketing Your B2B Tech Company from Startup to Exit

 

Whether you’re launching your first product or expanding internationally, a strong marketing plan is essential. Ensuring continued growth requires new perspectives and new strategies in many areas of the business. We’ve created a guide with sales and marketing best practices for five different stages of growth. Here are some highlights:

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy, Change and Innovation, Product Launch

Luminate Demo Day: The Latest in Optics and Photonics Development

 

Join us on Demo Day during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

 

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Topics: Optics, Business Insights, Company News

A Guide to Quick Product Launch: What to do When You Don't Have Enough Time

Though it would be ideal to have a full six months to prepare for a product launch, this is not always a reality. Delays in funding, licensing, or product development challenges can put a product manager into a challenging situation where the window between product viability and revenue expectations is extremely narrow.

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Topics: Product Launch

Emerging Market Outlook: UAV

Report from XPONENTIAL 2018

With more than 8500 attendees, the AUVSI XPONENTIAL show is the largest event worldwide for drones, robotics, and unmanned systems spanning over 20 different industries. In our second year of attendance at the show, we noticed significant shifts in the market makeup, exhibitor’s strategy, and the unmanned industry as a whole.

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Topics: Business Insights, Change and Innovation, Trade Show Strategy

Bringing Technical Expertise (and dogs) to Our Team - Meet Damon Diehl

Damon Diehl | Technical Writer / Science writer

When at work, you will most likely find Damon at his standing desk, writing. When he’s not in the office, Damon is likely still writing, usually for his blog, “The Very Least You Need to Know about Optics.”

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Topics: Content Development, meet the team