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Michele Nichols

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How to Use Internal Communication to Avoid Common Product Launch Traps

New product launch is risky, even for established companies with a defined product development and product launch process. In our work with high tech B2B companies, we’ve noticed a few places where companies often stumble.

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Topics: Internal Communication, Product Launch

Photonics West 2017 Survey: Back to Trade Show Basics, Focus on Business Connections

It was all business at Photonics West 2017. The atmosphere was more serious and disciplined, with companies laser-focused on achieving specific marketing and sales goals and getting the most out of their trade show strategy. Our annual survey provides a look at these companies’ lead generation and follow-up success—check out the results to benchmark your own trade show performance.  [Take this year's survey!]

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy

Launch Team Inc. Establishes New Leadership Roles

Position changes reflect focus on coordinated marketing strategy

Launch Team Inc. is pleased to announce that three members of the team have taken on new roles within the company as it expands. Sarah Campagna has been named vice president of account services; Beth Shope, vice president of digital marketing; and Katie Steelman, content director.

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Topics: Company News, Careers

Photonics West 2017: Marketing Wins for Optics Companies

Our team had the honor to teach a course called “The New Sales Model” during this year’s Photonics West industry track. We shared sales and marketing “wins” from our clients in the industry and asked participants to do the same.

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Topics: Optics, Marketing Strategy

Beer & Blog: Data-Driven Decisions in B2B Sales, with Tom McManus

Tom McManus, CEO of KegWorks, has worked to build a global, multi-channel, multi-brand corporation committed to “everything in the bar except the alcohol,” including their Line Logic and Behind the Bar brands.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Metrics, Sales, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Photonics West 2017: Inbound Marketing for Optics Companies Q&A

Photonics West brings together more than 20,000 optics and photonics leaders from all over the world. SPIE’s industry track of courses is gaining momentum, and this year our team had the honor to teach “The New Sales Model.” There were some exceptional discussions among myself, Launch Team VP of Account Services Sarah Campagna, and sales and marketing professionals the industry. Couldn’t make the session? These attendee questions might provide some insight.

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Topics: Optics, Marketing Strategy, Sales

Define Your Strategic Plan in One Word


A Word to the “Whys”

You’re starting 2017 with a whole bunch of New Year’s resolutions for your business, gung-ho about your strategic plan. (Don’t have one yet? Download the one-page business plan.) A great plan has a clear vision and mission, a unique value proposition, measurable goals, and actions with accountabilities.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy

Global Sales Growth: Consider Video for More Meaningful Customer Engagement


Inbound marketing will inevitably expand your company’s geographic reach—the internet is global, after all. It’s important to qualify leads from countries that represent a good fit based on:

  • Industry clusters
  • Competitive pricing
  • Cultural fit
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Topics: Client Relations, Sales

Creating a B2B Marketing Plan that Works


Elements of a Strong Marketing Strategy

In our work over the years, we’ve created many marketing plans and inherited dozens more. Most address the same basic components of a strategic marketing plan:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning

Better Internal Communication Prevents Product Launch Failure


According to a recent study of new product development, 39% of new product launches failed. Often these failures occur when companies don’t have a clear marketing plan, but there are other reasons, too. Improved internal communications can head off a number of these causes.

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Topics: Internal Communication, Product Launch