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Gaining Traction in Emerging Markets: 10 Keys to Early Sales

Marketing Strategies for UAV, LIDAR, and Emerging Automation Markets

AUVSI Xponential 2017, the conference for unmanned technologies, drones, and robotics will be held May 8-11 in Dallas, TX. This year’s conference will feature more than 650 exhibitors and more than 200 courses covering the future of unmanned systems in energy, defense, automotive, wireless communications, and other industries.

Exhibitors and attendees, from optoelectronic component manufacturers to lasers and system integrators, have many common questions:

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy

If You’re Treating Strategic Planning as an Event, You’re Doing It Wrong [Infographic]

Effective strategic planning clearly establishes company goals and how you will meet them. It’s not something you discuss once in a meeting and then set aside; it’s an ongoing process with many moving parts. From regular budget checks to sales and marketing alignment to branding, you and your team should periodically revisit the different aspects of your strategic plan.

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Topics: Business Insights, Strategic Planning

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

Marketing a Medical Device 101

 

With rising trends in the medical device market such as 3D imaging and telemedicine, the consumer need for information is higher than ever. This article explains the basics of medical device classification and how to make sure your marketing adheres to FDA regulation.

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Topics: Business Insights, Medical Device

Internal Communication for Product Launch: What Info Matters Most?

 

Selling to Internal Audiences

Preparing to introduce a new product or service is a significant undertaking for any business. You have invested considerable time, money, and resources in developing a great product, honing your message, and planning your marketing activities, and you want those efforts to pay off. Although the ultimate goal is to engage your external audience (potential customers) and get them to buy the product, it’s also important to get buy-in from your team.

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Topics: Business Insights, Internal Communication, Product Launch

Beer & Blog: Achieving Exceptional Industrial Product Photography, with Randy Tagg

 

High quality product photos are an important asset to your business. Randy Tagg, owner of Tagg Photography, recently gave us a snapshot into his life as a photographer. Randy has 35+ years experience with advertising and industrial photography in a variety of markets. From classy wine glasses to sleek optical lenses, Randy has an eye for elegance among challenging subjects. Launch Team Account Manager Sarah Campagna, a wedding photographer herself, discussed with Randy the artistic and technical experience of capturing images in high tech industries.

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Topics: Business Insights, Branding and Identity, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Beer & Blog: Medical Device Branding, with Tom McCall

 

This beer and blog was no hardship; Michele met with Tom McCall in beautiful Laguna Beach, near Tom’s home base at ICU Medical. Tom is the VP and General Manager, and has led marketing for medical device companies like Welch Allyn and Masimo. Over a beer (Stone Liberty Cliché Blonde Ale, to be exact), he shared some insights on medical device marketing, sales, and company branding.

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Topics: Business Insights, Medical Device, Beer & Blog (interviews)

Family-Owned Business: 3 Keys to Successful Change Management

 

The dream of any entrepreneur is to build a successful, profitable business that can survive long after he or she retires. Often the goal is to pass the business down to children or close relatives, as evidenced by the fact that 80% of businesses worldwide are family-owned. In the U.S., family-owned companies are responsible for 60% of all employment and 78% of new jobs.

Despite their prevalence, 70% of family businesses last just one generation before they either fail or are sold. Some common pitfalls can cause problems in transitioning the company down the road.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy, Change and Innovation

Beer & Blog: Leading Successful Business Development in Technical Companies, with Lisa Belodoff

 

For today’s Beer & Blog, we spoke with Lisa Belodoff, vice president of business development at Rochester Precision Optics. Lisa has worked in sales and marketing throughout the optics and photonics industry, helping to build LightWorks Optics for successful exit, working in fiber infrastructure at CABLExpress and in medical devices at Masimo. She is a driver of change and growth, and we’re honored to collaborate with her.

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Topics: Optics, Business Insights, Change and Innovation, Internal Communication, Beer & Blog (interviews)

NYS Grant Opportunities to Stimulate Profitable Growth in High Tech

Achieve Your Business and Sales Goals

Do you want to expand your marketing outreach? Are you looking to attract more potential customers and improve sales? While the answer may be an obvious yes, cost can often limit these aspirations. However, new grant funding opportunities may soon help high tech and advanced manufacturing companies achieve their growth goals.

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Topics: Optics, Business Insights