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Connecting Strategic Plans to Product, Marketing & Sales Execution Plans in 3 Steps

Most organizations have strategic plans that include goals for revenue growth, new customers, market share and other quantifiable metrics.  All good! But a huge disconnect often exists between the corporate strategic plan and tactical product, marketing and sales plans. When that’s the case, the organization loses tremendous momentum because all disciplines are going in different directions, focused on different goals with competing and often conflicting priorities. Good news: the fix is straight forward and makes life easier for everyone. […]

April 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Selling Around Deficiencies, Rock Star Product Managers & The Functional Designer Role

The B2B Product Manager Magazine April 2017 is now available. In this issue we cover everything from selling value in spite of your product’s deficiencies to what makes a rock star product manager to the criticality of the functional designer role. Plus tips for hiring the right product manager and getting unbiased customer feedback. View the April 2017 Issue. […]

Hiring the Right Product Manager

When it comes to hiring the right product manager, there’s no foolproof technique. Treat it like you’re shopping for a product. You have a set of needs. There are obstacles to meeting those needs, and you’re going to shop for a person who can best remove those obstacles. The situational interview will quickly separate the contenders from the pretenders. […]

March 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Functional Product Designer Role: It Makes Everything Click

Product usability is the new currency for differentiation. That makes the role of the functional product designer, a.k.a. business analyst, subject matter expert (SME) or agile product owner more critical than it has ever been. Yet many organizations still insist on combining it with the product manager role.  If you want high-value products with superior usability, here are three good reasons for making the functional product designer a separate role. […]

March 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Product Management Is a Contact Sport – What’s Your Injury Risk?

There’s a good reason why athletes in contact sports wear protective pads.  Over time, statistics have shown where injuries are most likely to occur, hence the placement of the pads. If product management is a contact sport, what’s your organization’s risk of injury? What types of pads do you need and where is their optimal placement? […]

March 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Differentiation and Innovation: Your Ticket to Surviving Product Commoditization

As the barriers to entry continue to get lower, technology product lifecycles are becoming increasingly shorter. If you don’t want price to become the single biggest buying driver, you’ve got to find your way out of the commodity rat race.  Differentiation and innovation are your two best options! […]

March 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Product Demos: Selling Value in Spite of Product Deficiencies

Sales revenue would come easier if your products had every capability that prospects thought they needed during the buying cycle. Unfortunately, it will never be reality. Your products will always be deficient in someone’s opinion.  Don’t sweat it. Here’s how to respond to  product deficiencies while still selling value. […]

March 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Imagine What a Rock Star Product Manager Could Do With Healthcare Reform

Put all your political leanings aside. This is about pure, practical, common-sense, good old-fashioned problem solving skills and how they lead to great solutions! The famous words of Charles Kettering, “a problem well stated is half solved,” have never rang truer! […]

Obsessing Over Customer Success, Demo Techniques and Web Lead Generation: The B2B Product Manager Magazine, March 2017

The B2B Product Manager Magazine March 2017 is now available. In this issue we cover everything from obsessing over customer success to demo techniques to improving your website lead generation and conversion. We also throw in a few tips for improving feature adoption, product demos, product planning and win-loss analysis. View the March 2017 Issue. […]

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Three Unexpected Data Points That Will Boost Your Website Lead Generation

A recent lead generation study, The Critical Importance of Lead Validation in Internet Marketing, revealed three important data points that most people don’t expect — bits of information that can have a major impact on your website lead production if you know what to do with the data. Here they are. […]

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments