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Seen & Heard at FABTECH: The Latest in Advanced Manufacturing

FABTECH 2018, which spanned 3 exhibit halls and attracted over 30,000 attendees, is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event—and offered a fascinating and forward-looking view at advanced manufacturing.

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Topics: Business Insights

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

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: Company News, Optics, Business Insights

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: Trade Show Strategy, Change and Innovation, Business Insights

5 Biggest Marketing & Sales Challenges for Engineers

Customer Experience Sells

ideasWe’ve spent over 30 years helping tech companies create marketing and sales strategies that reach new customers. Although the word “sales” typically conjures images of overzealous, comb-over-sporting used car salesmen, sales are a necessary part of your business’s profitability and growth. Sales funds innovation, which in turn fuels more sales.

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Topics: Optics, Business Insights

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: Medical Device, Business Insights

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: Positioning, Business Insights

Coping with Q4 Pressures: Sell More, Spend Less


It's the fourth quarter, and everyone is under pressure to close the year strong. For most companies, that means a mandate to cut spending and close more deals. However, one of those instructions often undermines the other. Marketing budgets are often the first to experience cuts, and these cuts can feel self-defeating. Marketing creates sales, and a healthy marketing and sales pipeline is key to sustainable growth.

Making this argument may not change your Q4 reality, though. Instead, we offer some practical suggestions of marketing and sales activities to stop, and some to start, to meet your budget and sales targets. 

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy

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: Company News, Business Insights