Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

Your Big Idea

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 13:05 PM

Let's say you've got a big idea but you're not sure what's next for it. Recently, I had the privilege to deliver a presentation at InPrint USA about this topic. This is the kind of strategic thinking I think you'll really enjoy.

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Topics: Business Development, Printing Business, Printer's Edge Podcast

Guest Post - Your Questions Answered

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 13:05 PM

I want to share some great information from our friend and colleague, Vince Mallardi, of  The Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association International. Vince and I often collaborate on answering reader questions and this batch deserves some sharing with the LaManna Alliance audience.

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Topics: Business Development, Printing Industry, Business Valuation

How to Get a Patent

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 18:04 PM

Do you have an idea that you think might be worth pursuing as a patent? Recently, I was honored to a part of ICE USA Expo and InPrint USA, where I gave two presentations. One was to manufacturers and it was all about patents. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly about the patent process. 

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Topics: Business Development, Printer's Edge Podcast, patent

Ready to Change Your Business?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Apr 7, 2019 @ 18:04 PM

I'm guessing that while you're ready to change your business, you may need help getting started. Whether it's growth plans, succession, or selling your business, you know some sort of change is needed. And yet, you're stuck and that important task soon becomes something you always want to get around to. 

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Topics: Printing Industry

Changes to the Printing Industry: Part 2

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Mar 9, 2019 @ 14:03 PM

We had such a great response to part one of the Changes to the Printing Industry that I thought it would be good to continue the discussion. It's from a webinar I recently put on for the members of The Great Lakes Graphics Association

In order to make strategic decisions about the future of your business, you must understand the ongoing changes to the printing industry. So let's talk about how the game has changed. 

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business, Printer's Edge Podcast

Selling Your Printing Business: Got the Time?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 17:03 PM

When it comes to selling your business, your estimate of the length of the process is like a flip of a coin. It's highly random. And I'm willing to bet that most of you will guess wrong. Sound like a costly mistake for a successful business owner.

Most businesses take 1-2 years to sell. Minimum.

No matter how desperate you want to sell, there are no buyers who will speed through a closing just to get you the cash you want. You’re better off liquidating and closing the doors than thinking you’re just going to turn something around in 2-3 months.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Sales Strategy

Changes to the Printing Industry

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Feb 9, 2019 @ 15:02 PM

In order to make strategic decisions about the future of your business, you need to understand the ongoing changes in the printing industry. Recently, I hosted a webinar with The Great Lakes Graphics Association about how the game has changed. I'm sharing some of that content with you.

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business, Printer's Edge Podcast

2019 Hot Markets for Printing

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 @ 17:02 PM

When you know the hot markets for printing, you're able to aim at a target. Otherwise, you may feel like your business is playing pin the tail on the donkey

Our longtime friend, Vince Mallardi of The Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association International, has come to the rescue with a great resource to help you focus on the right markets. It's the Top 25 Hot Market Forecast of Print Demand for 2019-20.

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Topics: Business Development, Sales Strategy

Printing Industry Predictions and Trends 2019 - Part Two

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 @ 19:01 PM

Why stop a good thing? So let's continue our Printing Industry Predictions and Trends article. Welcome to part two. I'm so grateful for the collective wisdom we've received from our experts. If you want to catch up on part one, click here

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Topics: Business Development, Printing Industry, Printing Business

Printing Industry Predictions and Trends 2019

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 @ 19:01 PM

The LaManna Alliance is proud to once again offer our Printing Industry Predictions and Trends article. I'm so grateful for the powerful thoughts we've received from our experts.

This year, we've divided out predictions into two parts (part 2 can be found here). See you in the Marketplace!

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Topics: Business Development, Printing Industry, Printing Business, News Release