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Moving Forward: Fall 2020 Update

By Michele Nichols on Wed, Aug 26, 2020

For a company who hires for ability to deal with ambiguity, 2020 has really put us to the test. I am incredibly grateful to work with clients and colleagues who put people first and move forward despite such unusual times.

Topics: Business Insights Company News Strategic Planning
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Resetting Your 2020 Priorities in B2B Markets

By Michele Nichols on Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Now that we’ve entered the second half of a challenging and unpredictable year, it’s time to re-look at 2020 goals, and begin the planning and budget cycles for 2021. But how? Maybe it’s the unknowns, maybe it’s concern for the impact goals can have on your team’s morale and motivation—this feels particularly hard this time.

Topics: Marketing Strategy Change and Innovation Product Launch Strategic Planning
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Internal Communications: What Your Team Needs Right Now

By Michele Nichols on Fri, Mar 20, 2020

In the best of times, employees report “better communications” as their top suggestion for improvement on nearly every leader’s 360° survey. It has become a trope…and the scourge of every leader.

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Photonics Market Outlook: What's to Come in 2020

By Michele Nichols on Fri, Mar 06, 2020

This February, I was honored to present at SPIE Photonics West with other photonics industry experts. With business development (BD) and marketing tied up on the exhibition floor, sessions like our AR/VR Market Outlook, Photonics Outlook, and LFW’s Laser Marketplace, tended to attract C-level thinkers. Their strategies, experiences, and questions revealed some trends:

Topics: Optics Business Insights Strategic Planning Tariff China USA Manufacturing
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The Next Gen Salesperson: How to Master the Demo

By Michele Nichols on Fri, Oct 11, 2019

The New Sales Process & The End of the Test Drive

Sales, at its worst, is exemplified by the stereotypical used car sales process. The high pressure, lack of pricing transparency, the awkward test drive, peering under the hood pretending you know what you’re looking for, and the hand-offs from department to department... it’s a game no one seems to enjoy.

Topics: Sales Marketing and Sales Alignment
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Product Launch Guide & Communication Plan

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Product Launch is Controlled Chaos

Whether you're a newby or a veteran of product launch planning, there's no denying the anticipation of opportunity and the stress of accomplishing all of the necessary tasks. As the launch date approaches, the flurry of activity increases, making it easy to overlook something or cut corners. Keeping track of who is responsible for what and when challenges even the most organized professionals. Many business leaders find it is in their best interest to seek external support to help organize and execute key activities.

Topics: Business Insights Marketing Strategy Internal Communication Product Launch