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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: […]

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. […]

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Situational Competitive Analysis – Time to Get Rid of The Feature Comparison Spreadsheet

Ask any product, marketing or sales person for a competitive comparison and there’s a good chance you’ll get a feature comparison matrix. If you subscribe to the belief that features represent “how” a product works, consider a more insightful approach — situational competitive analysis — comparisons of customer business situations and the impact or results your products deliver versus the competition. […]

2016 Resolutions for Product Management & Marketing

Happy 2016! Here are two New Year's resolutions that can make 2016 more prosperous for product management, marketing, and sales teams. 1. Get to Know Your Target Customers Better If you can make this resolution stick, every aspect of product management, product marketing and sales enablement gets easier. Why? The deeper your customer insights, the [...]

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Conversational Marketing & Selling: What Language Are You Speaking?

Think back to the last really engaging conversation you had. You were speaking the same language and it just clicked. What if you could develop that same chemistry through your positioning and sales conversations? Your pipeline would have more qualified prospects and you’d close more deals. Buyer-Speak vs. Seller-Speak Here’s the problem: organizations that sell [...]

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Selling Vision to Customers

How Do You Sell Your Vision to Customers? […]

October 22nd, 2015|Categories: In The Trenches|Tags: |Comments Off on Selling Vision to Customers

Selling Things We Don’t Have

How can we stop our salespeople from selling things we don’t have? […]

July 21st, 2015|Categories: In The Trenches|Tags: |0 Comments

Voice of the Customer or Voice of the Sales Pipeline?

How cautious should we be with “voice of the customer” input when it’s really “voice of the sales pipeline?” […]

June 17th, 2015|Categories: In The Trenches|Tags: |0 Comments

Positioning Unique Technical Capabilities

Our product is very unique technically, but we’re having trouble articulating that uniqueness in non-technical terms and we sound just like everyone else. Any suggestions? […]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: In The Trenches|Tags: |0 Comments

Business Requirements and Value Propositions – Using the Same Content for Different Purposes

Business requirements usually refer to customer needs that your products currently don’t satisfy while value propositions refer to customer needs your products can satisfy. The Playbook: Define customer needs in a manner that doesn’t require your product marketing team to reinvent the wheel to position your solutions effectively once they’re available. […]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Product Management Playbook|Tags: |0 Comments