Features

Independent editorial coverage on the latest hot topics in managed print.

Packaged Solutions Define the SMB Office Technology Landscape

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by The Imaging Channel | 10/05/2015

by Robert Palmer

The office printing market is as competitive as it has ever been, and nowhere is this more evident than in the ever-growing SMB space. Nearly every vendor these days is rolling out full-blown marketing strategies aimed specifically at the SMB customer. No matter how you slice it, the overall opportunity for office document technology in the SMB segment is huge.

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Speakeasy: IT From the Outside — Q&A With Mona Abutaleb

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/30/2015

by Patricia Ames

The Imaging Channel had the chance recently to meet with Mona Abutaleb, president and CEO of mindSHIFT Technologies, and discuss that firm’s integration into the Ricoh Americas family. Of course there were a few surprises. Join me in the SpeakEasy.

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Demystifying the Design of a Document Strategy

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by The Imaging Channel | 09/30/2015

by Kevin Craine

How well we manage documents and information has a great deal to do with how well we manage our businesses and organizations. And as the line between traditional printed documents and modern digital information continues to become less and less distinct, the challenge of designing effective document strategies has become even more difficult. The evolving role of documents, the complications of technology, and changing business demands all conspire to make the task seem overwhelming.

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Channel Chat: Best Practices in Sales and Marketing

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

What do the experts find to be sales and marketing best practices? We decided to find out by asking a few questions of some industry leaders, giving them the opportunity to answer some or all of the questions. The answers, like our panelists, are diverse, surprising and informative. Our panel this month:

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HP Printers Enter the IoT, but What Does it All Mean?

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Jim Lyons

Our industry has seen some major developments this year under the umbrella of “the Internet of Things” (IoT). Incorporating If This Then That (IFTTT) services, Hewlett-Packard has worked diligently to offer its hardcopy customers a breakthrough in what I like to call the area of automated printing. In its big reveal, a blog post by HP’s Phil McCoog recently announced, “HP Launches the HP Print Channel on IFTTT Creating Over 40M IoT Printers.”

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What Does a Top Sales Professional Look Like?

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Steven Branstetter, Crawford Thomas

In business and in life we set goals; goals that determine the choices we make and the directions we go. One common practice for reaching these goals, popular with top athletes, is visualizing what you want to achieve. In my opinion visualization is one of the great keys to success in life, but it is a useless technique if you do not know what to visualize.

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Finding Your Perfect Mate With A Service Call

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Martin De Martini, Y Soft

Managed print services, when you think about it, is becoming less and less about print management and more about service. Customers are looking to extract additional value out of their existing fleet investment with improved workflows. The channel is looking to offer value-added solutions alongside hardware as a way to expand their businesses. It sounds like a match made in heaven; however selling software and services requires a different approach.

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What Does Your Training Regimen Look Like?

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Brad Roderick, Tonercycle/Inkcycle

What is the top sales challenge in 2015? According to a recent report by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP), “training and development” once again gets the nod as the biggest challenge. “Competencies around solution selling, communications, virtual presentations, negotiating, closing and the like … training to these skills remains the number one priority,” states the report. This is why I and several hundred other sales leaders recently took a couple of days out of our business to work on our business. 

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Matching Market and Customer to Find Sales and Marketing Success

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Jordan Darragh, PrintReleaf

It’s tough to impart any current best practices for sales and marketing without first providing a refresher on the foundations that are timeless and essential for any sales rep or marketer. For a product to be successful it has to find market fit. For a solution to be successful it has to fit the customer’s need, specifically meeting their goals. It’s the job and responsibility for sales management and marketing leadership to ensure they develop best practices to match products and solutions with market and customer. Failure to do so can only mean reduced sales and lost market share. The ability to do so means more sales and increased market share.

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The Channel Evolution: Times, Strategies & Devices Are Changing

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Toni Clayton Hine, Xerox

When it comes to serving up business printing solutions, solution providers need to remember that hardcopy has a soft side, too. The channel is evolving. Partners are selling and delivering more complex software and services – in addition to hardware – to maintain their status as a trusted IT partner and to grow revenue. 

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Speakeasy: Blazing Trails and Taming Dragons — Q&A With Dennis Amorosano

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by The Imaging Channel | 05/28/2015

by Patricia Ames

The Imaging Channel had the chance recently to meet with Dennis Amorosano, Vice President and General Manager Marketing and Professional Services, Canon USA, and discuss how the imaging channel is evolving. Together we contemplate speed, big bets, workflow and taming the dragon. Join me in the SpeakEasy.

 

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Channel Chat: What Does Channel Evolution Look Like?

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

What does channel evolution look like to those from within? We decided to find out by asking a few questions of some industry leaders, giving them the opportunity to answer some or all of the questions. The answers, like our panelists, are diverse, surprising and informative. 

 

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Collaboration and Services Take Center Stage at Ricoh Convergence 2015

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Robert Palmer

Each spring marks the beginning of the annual dealer meetings for many printer/MFP manufacturers, and Ricoh was one of those, welcoming its dealers to the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for Convergence 2015 March 2-4. Convergence 2015 offered several noticeable differences compared with previous Ricoh dealer events. 

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Using LinkedIn to Gain Trust and Attract Leads

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Lindsay Kelley, Dealer Marketing

In our last article, we focused on your prospects and their preferred new language — digital. To begin with, we gave tips and insights into building your profile up in the right way so that you look like the Wolf of Wall Street (only trustworthy!) on your LinkedIn profile, not The Dude from the Big Lebowski. Now, let’s discover how to take that freshly polished LinkedIn profile and successfully generate qualified leads. 

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Channel Evolution in Action: Trade Shows Represent the Changing Industry

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Amy Weiss

It seemed timely that our “channel evolution” issue was scheduled to go into production as we were returning home from the ITEX conference. A frequent comment regarding trade shows is that they are a microcosm of the industries they represent. That has commonly been the case in the imaging channel, as trade shows have evolved along with the trends in the industry. Large OEM presences, a plethora of Chinese supplies companies, a focus on managed IT services – you name it and industry trade shows have been exemplary of the trend.

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Of Zombies and Butterflies: The Need for Channel Diversification

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by West McDonald, Print Audit

Anybody who watches “The Walking Dead” understands that transformations aren’t always fun, nor do they always result in something better than the original product. Zombies are evidence that unwanted change can result in some not-so-positive results. You start your day drinking orange juice and whisking the kids off to school only to be bitten by some grey-skinned member of the zombie apocalypse. Next thing you know you’re drooling, walking with a limp, and looking for some juicy brains to snack on. Talk about a bad way to start the first day of the rest of your undead life. 

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Retail Shopping Provides Great Disservice for Printers

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Larry Jamieson

Online shopping has grown by astronomical proportions over the past decade, and it sometimes seems a little mind boggling what we can now purchase with a click of the computer keyboard. It is the old mail-order paradigm on steroids as we can find what we need today and have it on our doorstep tomorrow if we are willing to pay for overnight shipping.

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Channel Evolution, Channel Opportunities: A Guide to Going Paperless

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Christopher Zybert, New England Document Systems

Going paperless
is far from a novel idea. In fact, the concept of going paperless has been around for quite some time. The origins of the paperless society can be traced back to 1978, when Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster, a British-American information scientist, first envisioned a future in which all paper is replaced by electronic documents and storage. He understood that technology would eventually eliminate the need to handle print documents, and that record keepers would instead become information specialists.

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HP Rolls Out Complete Laser Printer Redesign Featuring JetIntelligence Technology

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Robert Palmer

At a press and analyst event in New York City, HP unveiled its latest laser printers aimed at SMBs and small workgroups. The one-day event began with a press conference led by Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of HP’s LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions business, followed by a hands-on product showcase featuring HP’s newest technology. The showcase allowed time for in-depth review of the new machines and provided attendees with direct access to many of the engineers and product managers behind HP’s latest products. Attending this event brought back fond memories of the good old days in the printing market, when hardware announcements used to matter. 

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Executive Corner With Kurt Schmelz, President, U.S. Channels Group, Xerox

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by The Imaging Channel | 03/31/2015

by Amy Weiss

Kurt Schmelz was appointed president of the newly formed U.S. Channel Group (USCG) within Xerox’s Channel Partner Operations in January. We sat down with him to learn exactly what that means, where he came from, and where he and the USCG are headed.

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