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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. […]

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.  […]

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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In the Trenches FAQs

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Closing the Gap Between Strategic Priorities and Product Priorities

There’s Always a Big Gap Between the Priorities of Our Strategy Team and Product Management’s Priorities. What’s the Best Way to Close That Gap? […]

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Selling Product Plans

What Are The Most Effective Techniques for Selling Product Plans and Getting Them Funded? […]

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Product Management Playbook

  • Using Customer Focus Groups for Multiple Purposes

Using Customer Focus Groups: How to Get a “TwoFer”

How are you using customer focus groups? They’re typically one-dimensional. They guide teams on prioritizing product enhancements, and to a lesser extent, may be used to validate product designs. If you’re going to use customer focus groups, be sure to utilize them to the fullest extent during the upstream planning phases as well as the downstream launch phases. The Playbook: […]

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Market Speak Versus Product Speak: Become a Magnate and a Magnet

You’ve heard the phrases “product speak” and “market speak.” If you’re in a product management, product marketing or product strategy role, market-speak is your default language. When you hone the skill of talking from the perspective of “the customer,” everything  you say makes sense because market and business conversations are simple to understand. Technical product conversations aren’t! The Playbook: […]

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