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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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2020 Standout Successes: Product Launch and Brand Transition

By Alison Arnold on Wed, Jan 06, 2021



Welcome to 2021! We’re rested, recharged, and ready for a fresh start. While last year didn’t go quite as planned, as we look back, by and large, clients we work with met or outperformed their targets. We can’t help but notice some standout successes. Let’s take a closer look at how some of our clients managed to thrive despite less-than-ideal conditions.

Topics: Lead Generation Product Launch Strategic Planning
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3 Ways to Approach 2021 Strategic Planning

By Michele Nichols on Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Well, 2020 didn’t go quite as planned. Even for those in essential businesses with products and services in high demand, some basic assumptions changed. WHAT you do may be a constant, but consider if the HOW, WHO, WHERE and WHY are now new variables.

Topics: Strategic Planning Transformation
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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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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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COVID-19: Resources For Small & Medium Sized Businesses

By Sarah Holland on Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), is a $2.2 trillion package to address the coronavirus crisis. There are many programs available to help small and medium sized businesses (SMB) adjust and survive during this time. The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has put together a guide to the CARES act, which you can download here. Some of the resources available for small businesses include:

Topics: Strategic Planning
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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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20 Sales Stats to Boost Your 2020 Sales Game

By Nate Fuller on Mon, Dec 23, 2019

In our planning and strategy sessions we always center the conversation around data-driven decision making. So, we decided to dig up 20 sales stats to help you build your sales plan in 2020. Want to talk to an expert about hitting your sales goals in the new year? Contact us for a free consultation.

Topics: Sales Strategic Planning Marketing and Sales Alignment
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Tariffs and Other Troubles: How to Craft a Response Strategy for Tough News

By Meghan Maloney on Wed, May 15, 2019

Talk of a full-scale trade war between the US and China may sound dramatic, but the latest tariff applied to Chinese goods will have a major impact on the costs of materials coming to the US. The full list of affected goods, available here, includes fresh food and dry goods, consumer goods like hats and handbags, as well as a large list of manufacturing materials such as glass, aluminum, gold, electrical parts, and machinery.

Topics: Company News Internal Communication Strategic Planning Tariff
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5 Tips for Better Business Meetings

By Aimee Schenck on Mon, Apr 08, 2019

Whether virtual or in person, we’re spending our work lives in meetings that aren’t working. Research shows that 67% of meetings are ‘failures’, and have lost their primary reason–getting things done.

Where have our meetings gone wrong? Over time, the amount of time spent in meetings and number of meetings held has increased significantly. Daily, upwards of 11 million meetings are held in American businesses, averaging a time frame of 31-60 minutes. These longer meetings have led to a 10% increase in the time employees spend in meetings since 2000.

Topics: Business Insights Internal Communication Branding and Identity Strategic Planning
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Reviewing Q1: What Metrics Matter to Your Marketing Plan?

By Aimee Schenck on Mon, Mar 18, 2019

You kicked off 2019 with a well-developed and detailed marketing plan, but now that Q1 is over and revenue numbers are in, it's time to take a look at performance. Your first quarter marketing metrics are essential to answering the questions that will help you have a successful Q2. Key questions to ask include:

Topics: Marketing Metrics Strategic Planning