James Stephany

James Stephany is the Director of Sales here at IcareLabs with an in-depth knowledge of all things optical that can only be gained by decades in the industry in both the lab and retail. He loves educating everyone on the latest and greatest technologies in the optical industry as well as helping practices big and small increase their bottom lines without sacrificing anything for their patients.

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What Is Your Optical Capture Rate And Why Is It Important?

Posted by James Stephany on Jun 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In January of this year, I posted a blog hoping to draw your attention to 3 important drivers of your business to focus on in 2020. These were capture rate, retention, and increase your average sales price (ASP) per sale.

Who could have foreseen the events that have transpired in our world over the last 5 months? The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken all of us to the core. Most non-essentialbusinesses were closed down for some period of time; many for months.

The optical industry was hit as hard as any. Most offices closed to all but emergency services. Opticals were shuttered or left to just do repairs and adjustments. Overall the industry saw up to an 85% reduction in sales. We are coming back strong but still learning to live in the new normal. While we could debate whether all of this caution was warranted or not, the facts remain, we all lost sales. Increasing your optical capture rate has never been more important than now.

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Topics: Optical Sales Coach

Kodak Lens Custom Prints For Your Optical Dispensary Now Available!

Posted by James Stephany on Jun 18, 2020 1:25:17 PM

Kodak Lens now has several fantastic custom printed options that your optical dispensary can take advantage of. These tailored options allow you to remind patients about your practice and the multiple options provided by Kodak Lens. Let's take a look at a few of these choices to get a better idea of how they can help your optical business.

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Topics: ECP Marketing

Focusing On Your Optical Dispensary And It's Success

Posted by James Stephany on May 27, 2020 3:15:31 PM

Thankfully, many of you have reopened and have started doing business in this new normal Covid-19 world we find ourselves in now. We are strong and resilient and will recover from this, but things have changed. As 2019 closed out our economy was booming. We were seeing some of the lowest unemployment levels in history, consumer confidence was high, and all was good. Then along came this virus and everything has changed.

 

Unemployment is at 15% and many believe it is closer to 20% with those on temporary furlough included. The consumer confidence index crashed in April to its lowest point in 6 years. We are starting to hear from a sizable group of economists that we have already entered a recession. In this politically polarized world we live in I am not sure just what to believe. I do think we all can agree that our consumers have to be shaken. Even those not affected by lay-offs or decreases in business will be a bit more conservative with their money.

 

How can you keep your focus on the success of your optical dispensary?

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Topics: Optical Sales Coach

How To Re-Open Your Optical Business After Covid-19

Posted by James Stephany on Apr 29, 2020 2:45:06 PM

Many practices shut down due to state and federal guidelines that helped us flatten the curve for the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, some practices are still closed but look to be opening soon. Many have recently opened back up. Here are the American Optometric Associations suggestions for re-opening your practice while still practicing safety and social distancing guidelines.

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Topics: ECP Marketing, Optical Sales Coach

How To Understand Compensated Prescriptions For Patient's Lenses

Posted by James Stephany on Apr 9, 2020 10:45:00 AM

 

Lens technology continues to grow along with the needs and wants of our patients.  More of them are seeking the best vision possible out of their lenses. While high end, compensated lenses more than fill their needs. They have also become viewed by many as a necessary evil. I believe with better understanding, almost all will see them as a necessary good with a few minor drawbacks.

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Topics: Lens Designs

How To Get Less Remakes From Your Wholesale Optical Lab

Posted by James Stephany on Mar 30, 2020 3:49:21 PM



In the relationship between the lab and the optician, nothing is more agreed on than the aggravation of redoes and remakes. No one wins when a job has to go back to the lab to be redone.


Above all else, the patient has to experience a delay in receiving their new glasses. Often these delays can harm your reputation as an eye care professional. When the delay goes on long enough it could cost you return business and even force a refund and lost sale.

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Topics: Optical Sales Coach

8 Best Practices For Improving Optical Customer Retention

Posted by James Stephany on Mar 27, 2020 1:53:11 PM

The hard part has been done. Your marketing efforts paid off and you have a new patient. Now comes the next step, what do you to keep them coming back year after year?

 

Retaining your patient base might be the most important job you have. Your goal should always be to turn a first-time buyer into a stark raving mad fan of you and your business. The good news with this is that it will not cost much. You will not need an expensive marketing program to accomplish this.

 

It all starts with you and your staff. Make a few changes and focus on a few tasks and you will see your retention numbers grow.

 

Here are 8 keys to improving your customer retention.

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Topics: ECP Marketing

Transitions GEN 8 Launch Completion and the NEW Varilux Comfort Max

Posted by James Stephany on Feb 24, 2020 9:03:00 AM

Essilor has announced the release of the third wave of Transition Signature GEN 8 lenses. This follows the first 2 waves of GEN 8 released in July and October of 2019. This is great news as the roll out for GEN 8 is now complete.

 

We also have a sneak peek of the new Varilux Comfort Max progressive lens that you won't find anywhere else!

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Topics: Lens Designs, Lens Add-Ons

The Power Of Kodak Lens

Posted by James Stephany on Feb 7, 2020 4:25:45 PM

 

The power of a brand name cannot be underestimated. You see it every day in what sells with your frame selection. Companies and corporations fight for brand name recognition as they understand the value.

 

A global survey found that 59% of respondents prefer to buy new products with a brand that they know. No other product in our lens industry has a more recognized name than Kodak Lens. While Kodak cameras are no longer hot sellers thanks to the smartphone, the name continues to hold on.

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Topics: ECP Marketing

What's Your 2020 Optical Sales Vision?

Posted by James Stephany on Jan 13, 2020 2:13:43 PM

2020 is undoubtedly the year of all things optical. IcareLabs wants to make sure you not only meet your optical sales goals for the year, but we want this to be the best year you have ever had!

 

You, like many others, use the new year to make resolutions and/or promises to make changes in your life. Making a resolution is the easy part, sticking with it is another thing altogether. This is why there is a waiting line at the gym in January and by June you would be surprised if you had to wait for a machine. The number one reason that resolutions fail is that we treat them like a sprint and not a marathon.

 

We try and make too many or too big of changes that are just too hard to stick with. Let's focus on some small doable goals for 2020. Keep it simple and have some fun. 

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Topics: Optical Sales Coach

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