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

It was all business at this year’s Photonics West. 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.

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy

Want to Maximize Trade Show ROI? Nail Your Pre-Show Strategy

Occasionally we hear companies say that attending or exhibiting at trade shows brought them little ROI. The first question we ask is, “How many appointments with prospects did you have set up beforehand?” Frequently the answer is none. Hoping that prospects with a need will drop by your booth during the show, whether or not they are familiar with your company beforehand, is simply not enough.

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy, Sales

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

The Best and Worst of Photonics West 2017

Booth design isn’t the only thing that can make or break a company’s trade show presence. Engaged, knowledgeable staff members who are eager to share their expertise are a must-have. A cool demo doesn’t hurt either. Check out the companies and events we thought shined at this year’s SPIE Photonics West, and what could have been better.

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy

Packing the Perfect Trade Show Shoe

We all have our favorite pair of shoes. They might be the ones that look great but don’t feel as great, the shoes that match everything, or the shoes that are surprisingly comfortable. We have favorites for work, going out—any number of occasions. But what about trade shows?

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Topics: Trade Show Strategy

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

2016 in Review: Marketing Tips that Mattered to You

Most-Viewed Blog Posts

The data geeks in us love reviewing the year by the numbers. We identify what content was popular and useful to our audience so that we can continue to provide value in the new year. By views, here are the top 5 posts from 2016:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy