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Market Outlook: How to Maximize Results this Year and Prepare for 2022

By Michele Nichols on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

What’s next for the markets your technologies serve? It’s hard to get a clear read. There’s a dichotomy right now that is challenging for C-level leadership to interpret and declare a clear direction. With a broad perspective on markets like biotech, biopharma, diagnostics, instrumentation, medical device, aerospace, and industrial, we notice:

Topics: Business Insights Strategic Planning
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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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5 Ways to Get Smart With Your Marketing in 2021

By Sarah Holland on Tue, Jun 23, 2020

According to McKinsey, marketing’s holy grail is digital personalization at scale because “personalization can reduce acquisition costs by as much as 50%, lift revenues by 5-15%, and increase the efficiency of marketing spend by 10-30%.”

Topics: Business Insights Inbound Marketing Marketing Mix Email Marketing Digital Advertising
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Pandemics and Product Launches: How to Effectively Go to Market in a Changing World

By Aimee Schenck on Fri, May 08, 2020

Effective product launches and rebrands are thoroughly planned out according to specific timelines – the best time to announce the name, events with the biggest audiences, tactics that get the most traffic. It's rare that product launch planning has a contingency plan for a global pandemic.

Topics: Business Insights Marketing Strategy Product Launch Positioning Branding and Identity
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Mergers & Acquisitions: Communication Strategy for a Smooth Transition

By Alison Arnold on Mon, May 04, 2020

Mergers and acquisitions present challenges to even the most seasoned leadership teams. Executing a strong and organized communications planone that delivers the right messages to the right constituents at the right time—can help a merger or acquisition go smoothly and establish unity and profitability. Yet, despite the best laid plans, change management is hard and you’re sure to encounter challenges along the way.

Topics: Business Insights Internal Communication Positioning Sales Strategic Planning Marketing and Sales Alignment Change Management Digital Transformation
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Innovation in Medical Device Manufacturing: AR/VR

By Alison Arnold on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

As augmented reality and virtual reality tools continue to edge into health care, it’s easy to see the advantages. Color overlays and 3D renderings help surgeons make more informed decisions during a sensitive operation. Medical students practice procedures in a safe, immersive setting. An ultrasound technician conducts a hands-free examination at the patient’s bedside with a lightweight, portable display. In the end, digital realities such as these are aimed at improving patient outcomes. AR and VR will become more commonplace in the health care industry and it’s up to the medical device manufacturers to help push innovations into this sector.

Topics: Business Insights Medical Device Tech
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Extended Reality: An Overview of Augmented, Virtual, & Mixed Reality

By Matthew O'Donnell on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Extended reality is the umbrella term for all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology. Over the last 20 years, augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies have seen mass adoption for consumer use due to new innovations in the semiconductor and photonics industries. While these extended reality (XR) technologies are heavily implemented in a creative economy, it’s predicted that ER technology will spread into more diverse industries with extensive near-term growth potential. As worldwide spending on XR products and services is predicted to be $18.8 billion in 2020, it is useful to understand this complicated market to better position your brand in the market.

Topics: Business Insights Positioning Tech
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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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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): What Your Business Needs

By Jordan Gipson on Tue, Jan 21, 2020

The CCPA was created with the goal of enhancing the privacy rights of California residents. Going into effect on January 2020, the CCPA requires businesses to take several steps to be compliant. The law is comparable to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but takes certain measures even further, like having a broader definition of what constitutes private data.

Topics: Business Insights Lead Generation Change and Innovation Client Relations Sales Tech Digital Advertising
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Networking and Trade Show Tips For Introverts and Engineers

By Nate Fuller on Mon, Nov 04, 2019

Sandy Sloane | Solutions by Sloane

For this post we talked with Sandy Sloane, the President of Solutions by Sloane. Her business serves as an extension of her clients’ existing internal training, employee engagement, special events, and public relations teams, complementing and enhancing what they are already doing or what they simply don’t have time to do. Sandy works closely with Nextcorps Luminate, a 6-month intensive accelerator program located in Rochester, NY, the imaging capital of the world.

Topics: Business Insights Lead Generation Trade Show Strategy Beer & Blog (interviews)
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2019 Second Half Outlook for the Photonics & Manufacturing Markets

By Mike Holihan on Fri, Aug 09, 2019

With more than half of 2019 behind us, we wanted to take pause and perform a status check on the markets we serve. It's important to understand the state of the market before we begin to plan for 2020 internally and for our clients. Here's a summary at a glance.

Topics: Business Insights
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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