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Trends in the Medical Device Market: Accelerating Product Launch, Managing Risk

As we do each year, Launch Team has paired up with Novatek to take a close look at the current trends, changes and technologies that are impacting the medical device industry. From product launches to new sales models, we're examining the 2018 outlook and sharing our insights.

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Topics: Business Insights, Medical Device

Product Launch & Inbound Strategy: Is the Blog Dead?

Is the blog dead? Marketing gurus have predicted the death of blogging on and off since 2009. In niche industries like optics and photonics, advanced manufacturing, and medical devices, many companies were slow to adopt a content-driven strategy because they believed their customers didn’t read blogs. Now that they’ve seen the ROI of blogging, we question how long it will remain viable. Let’s explore.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Product Launch

Reaching Your Customers' Customers: Market Outlook in Additive Manufacturing & Automation

FABTECH in Chicago represents some of the fastest growing segments in U.S. manufacturing today, including laser marking and automation. Attendees are the ultimate users of many of the technologies we work in: laser diodes, optical assemblies, laser steering systems, coating technology, and capital equipment. Yet many of these companies know little about the end application and the users’ needs.

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Topics: Business Insights, Positioning

Marketing Metrics Play a Role in Marketing & Sales Alignment

I often hear from companies that their marketing team collects data for data's sake—that they are mired in the minutia of marketing analytics, which have little to no impact on the sales team. The marketing team in turn complains that the sales team doesn't take the time to put the data into the CRM, nor do they learn to use the CRM well enough to make use of the available data. The finger pointing is cyclical and can leave leadership in a quandary. In this case, I believe it is up to the marketer to prove the value of the data to the sales team.

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Topics: Marketing Metrics, Sales, Marketing and Sales Alignment

7 Tips on Crisis Communication Every Business Should Know

Lessons from Upstate Social Sessions 2017

Last month I attended Upstate Social Sessions, a day-long conference in Rochester, NY focused on social media. The event, now in its third year, included presentations by national and local professionals who have used social media successfully in their fields. A favorite session among attendees was “Don’t @ Me: Navigate Controversy, Conversation and Comments.” Rochester media legend Tom Proietti moderated the panel discussion, which featured three speakers:

  • Tianna Mañón, editor in chief at Open Mic Rochester and reporter at WXXI
  • John Mackowiak, public relations practitioner for Martin Davison PR, an affiliate of The Martin Group
  • Arien Rozelle, assistant professor of communication at St. John Fisher College

The panelists discussed how companies can respond to online criticism and navigate complex issues in a way that best serves their audience. Here are seven important tips:

 

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Topics: Social Media, Internal Communication, Branding and Identity

Organization and a Little Chaos: Ingredients for Success in Work and Life ― Meet Aimee Schenck

Aimee Schenck | Project Manager

While at work, you are most likely to find Aimee bouncing between projects, organizing different client activities, or writing content―all while listening to music so loudly it takes 5 minutes to get her attention. When she's not at work, Aimee might be doing a DIY project, hiking, or playing basketball. She also plays the role of #1 Aunt to her niece.

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Topics: meet the team

Maximizing 2017 in the 4Q: Tips to Optimize Your Revenue and Profits

Quick Wins for the Last Quarter

Welcome to 4Q, where we’re planning for 2018 while trying to close out 2017 strong. Especially in sales and marketing for manufacturing, where we’re balancing capacity, booked revenue and shipped revenue targets, it’s a challenging time. For better sales and marketing alignment and a stronger close to the year, here are some key questions to ask your team:

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Topics: Sales, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Alignment

INBOUND 2017: Marketing Strategies that Keep Up with Changing Customer Behaviors

Members of the Launch team trekked to Boston recently for INBOUND 2017, HubSpot's annual conference on inbound marketing best practices. It was a few team members’ first time attending, but it was a learning experience for all, as well as a chance to visit local Boston clients.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Inspiring Innovation: Lessons from Light and Sound Interactive

Earlier this month I attended the Light and Sound Interactive (LSI) conference and expo, co-sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester. The conference highlighted light and sound-based technologies and their applications in emerging fields such as virtual and augmented reality, gaming, cinema, and music.

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Topics: Business Insights, Company News

We're Hiring! Business Development / Project Manager

We have an immediate opening for a full-time Business Development / Project Manager.

3+ years business development and project management experience required. Experience in the B2B / technology sector is preferred.

Work with prospective customers to explore solutions for product launch or market growth, and plan and oversee execution of marketing activities.

Join a strong, collaborative team that's focused on client results. We offer flexibility and great benefits. 

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Topics: Company News, Careers