An infographic with some key questions to consider when developing a new product. Originally suggested in “Breakthrough Thinking From Inside the Box” by Coyne, Clifford, and Dye in HBR December 2007.
“Leads–The Fuel for Your Sales Machine” is now a registered trademark of SKMurphy, Inc. Please contact us to learn more about our lead generation services.
We are mixing it up in 2017 with our email newsletter: we are going back to a monthly publication schedule but will dedicate one issue a quarter to a roundup of events and activities we have planned for the coming months and some key milestones our clients have achieved.
Let’s face it, finding customers can be quite a challenge. In this interactive workshop, we will cover a variety of proven marketing techniques for growing your business: attendees will select one or two that fit their style and develop a plan to implement them in their business in the next 90 days.
Jeff Allison – Program Manager
Jeff has 30 years of experience in the high technology computing and networking industries. He has held various roles in Hardware Engineering, Marketing and Engineering management. He has a proven track record of developing high power cross functional teams to solve complex engineering issues and drive methodology changes throughout the organization. At Cisco he built and managed global engineering development and services teams to deliver next generation routing solutions. He was also responsible for driving and implementing many continuous improvement and product quality initiatives to improve overall customer satisfaction.
Candis Lipe – Event Manager & Executive Assistant
Candis owns and operates Adminologist.com, a service company that provides onsite or offsite contract administrative support. Her business is dedicated to helping individuals, entrepreneurs start-ups and small businesses get the office support needed without adding additional resources. Candis brings 25 years’ experience as a corporate Executive Assistant in high tech and biomedical industries where she cultivated a wide range of skills and experience enabling her to support areas of Corporate Development, Merger and Acquisitions, Marketing, Sales, Services, Materials, Operations, Manufacturing, Engineering, Purchasing, Finance and Human Resources.
Recently, we worked with a startup on team building as they wrangled with the rapid growth of their business. They needed bring on new team members and wanted them to be productive and effective as quickly as possible. Working with the leadership team we reviewed Bruce Tuckman’s four stages of team development.
As entrepreneurs we need to pay attention to the details that matter but to achieve even modest growth or scaling we also need to use delegation. We need to allow other team members to contribute their own strengths, experiences, and insights to the project at hand.
Here is a recent email I got from Walt Maclay, an SKMurphy, Inc. client since 2008. It includes an email from one of Voler’s partners congratulating him on the February newsletter. As our partner Peter Cohan often says, “Warning: shameless self-promotion.”
Are you a boss or a leader? Here is a short list outlining the difference.
We are as excited by eMOBUS’ recent acquisition by Asentinel, a leading provider of lifecycle Technology and Telecom Expense Management (TEM) solutions. It is wonderful to see all their hard work payoff. Congratulations team!
If you missed The Nitty Gritty of Setting Up Customer Discovery Meetings by David Telleen-Lawton at The Lean Startup Conference 2015, he shared the down and dirty details of setting up meetings for Customer Discovery. Having set hundreds of B2B and B2C discovery meetings over the years, Telleen-Lawton tells how to reach out and set these meetings.
I for one love fireworks and look forward to them every year. I love watching them exploding overhead after a picnic in the park. Happy 4th of July.
Press Release Leads to Local Coverage. Covers why, how and how often to help you “bring on the leads.”
During the last couple of years while most companies were down or flat, Voler Systems has been steadily growing, some years they have even doubled year over year revenue. As a result they have recently expanded into new offices and made some new hires for key personnel including VP of Engineering and Director of Business Development.
Theresa Shafer recently assisted Henna Inam with a survey for her new book “Wired for Authenticity.”
David Telleen-Lawton – Sales Executive & Lean Expert
David learned in the late 1980s the value of “getting out of the building” and bringing your team along with you. Both as a consultant and a early employee, David has worked with startup companies across the spectrum from hardware to software to services and in industries as diverse as financial services to network security to integrated circuits. His specialty is the process of setting the meetings to get the team out in the field, especially at the earliest stages before the product is defined. David holds a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University as well as being a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems was featured as a thought leader on wearable and IoT devices in the latest issue of Medical Design Technology. He explains how wearable devices are now driving the definition of low-power and provides techniques for overcoming battery limitations.
“Theresa does an excellent job with the marketing for my company. Because of her technical background, she is able to write an article from a brief interview, and I usually only need to do minor editing. She is creative in the collateral material she has developed. She does what has to be done in order to meet deadlines and provide excellent service. I’ve never heard her say she can’t do something. I will continue to use her services and those of SKMurphy.” Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems
This weekend I attended the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015. New this year was a Startup Pavilion with about 20 companies selling their products and looking for early adopters. Through out the show, I also found many startups looking for support for their kickstarter campaigns.