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Michele Nichols

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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

Building Better Customer Relationships: INBOUND Takeaways Part 2

 

Last week we reported some of our findings from Hubspot’s INBOUND 2016 conference, including how to succeed using today’s sales model and how to overcome common inbound marketing challenges. This week we dive deeper into our favorite presentations and explore ways to improve email marketing, social selling, and conversations for a better customer experience.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Client Relations

12 Content Marketing & Sales Lessons Learned at HubSpot's INBOUND 2016

 

It was Michele, Aimee and Mandy’s turn to attend HubSpot’s INBOUND conference this year in Boston. Each year we send part of our team while the rest hold down the fort at the office. While every member has been through HubSpot’s extensive training and certification, the conference offers the chance to interact with thousands of HubSpot agency partners and customers and to hear their experience with inbound marketing. Here’s what we learned:

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Content Development, Sales

Effective Marketing for Manufacturers: The New Sales Model

 

You asked—we answered.

Last week, we presented at an event for High Tech Rochester (HTR) and their manufacturing community, and at Optifest, Optipro’s annual manufacturing open house. Many companies like these, faced with overseas competitive price pressures and increasingly complex customer demands, struggle with what an effective sales model looks like now.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Sales

Is Voicemail Dead? Helping Your Sales Team Reach Today’s Customers

 

How many times have you said “I saw you left a voicemail. Haven’t listened to it, but I’m calling you back.”? I have to admit there are a number of unheard voicemails on my phone, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested or have not responded.

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Topics: Client Relations, Sales

Getting Early Wins from Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

 

Many business leaders, particularly in manufacturing and high tech companies, are skeptical of inbound marketing; they think it’s “squishy” and question its value to the business. While it does take time to see significant growth, even those just starting to implement inbound strategies can achieve some wins relatively quickly.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Strategy