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Stress-Out Your Buyers For More Effective Product Positioning

Effective product positioning comes in many forms. But there’s only one outcome you’re looking for: An emotional reaction. Do it consistently and your pipeline will be chock full of qualified leads. Reminding your buyers of their biggest stressors before serving up the solutions is one way to evoke the emotional reaction that ultimately engages your salespeople with decision-makers.

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August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Why Every Product Strategy Needs a Strong Narrative

Want to give your product strategy the best odds of succeeding? Then consider the “hashtag” world we live in these days: People and companies don’t create plans. They create movements to ignite passion and energize others to jump on their bandwagon.

Your product strategy doesn’t need hashtags. But you do need to think about how to create impassioned momentum, both inside and outside the organization, to push your strategy over the countless hurdles and detours it’ll encounter along the way. Create a movement — starting with a strong narrative — and you’ll have an army of supporters that take the weight of the world off your shoulders.  […]

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Product Launch Success: Five Can’t-Miss Ingredients

Let’s assume you’ve clearly defined your target markets, identified high-value business needs and created a unique solution to meet those needs. You’re off to a great start. But don’t take your foot off the gas pedal yet. Market success can be elusive unless you invest just as much effort into executing the launch as you did into identifying the needs and building the solution.

Product launch success comes down to good old-fashioned blocking and tackling in the trenches. It’s hard work. It’s a grind. It’s not fun. It’s not sexy. But there’s a direct correlation between your launch efforts and market success.

Here are five can’t-miss ingredients that all but guarantee product launch success.

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June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

From Engineering To Product Management – The Two-Step Career Move

The transition from engineering to product management is one of the most difficult. Why? Of all roles that touch the product, engineers are the furthest removed from the market and the customers. It can be done successfully however, as many engineers have already proven. If you’re an engineer with product manager aspirations, make the move in two smaller steps instead of one big leap. It makes the transition easier, keeps you in your comfort zone and positions you for a wider variety of career options over the long term.

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June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

The State of Product Management and Agile Development: An Interview

Jim Gallant, Event Marketing for the Boston Product Management Association, interviews John Mansour, Managing Partner at Proficientz on the state of product management and Agile development. Jim and John discuss the following topics:

 

  • Why product management teams struggle with Agile.
  • Unique aspects of B2B product management and their impact on Agile.
  • The growing importance of buyer personas and why they matter more.
  • The best ways to align executives and product management.
  • Clarifying the product manager and product owner roles.
  • The value of product management associations and ProductCamp conferences.

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June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

How Much Strategic Value Do Your Products Deliver to Executive Buyers?

Selling strategic value to the C-suite is the Holy Grail for B2B product and service companies. But a huge chasm still exists between the goal and the reality. Why? It comes down to two things. […]

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments
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