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Creating a “Customer Value” Culture, Powered by Product Management & Product Marketing

A customer value culture exists when your entire organization is driven by the strategic goals of your target customers. When that culture becomes your modus operandi, you’re consistently rewarded with predictable growth. What’s the key to creating such a culture? Answer one simple question that becomes the battle cry for your entire organization. There’s a big difference between delivering [...]

Top 3 Culprits of Underperforming Products

Any number of factors can contribute to underperforming products, but the root causes are usually tied to a combination of the following three issues:  […]

May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

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. […]

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

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! […]

Obsess Over Customer Success and Product Success is All But Guaranteed

If you obsess over customer success, product success is all but guaranteed. Applying that concept in a B2B environment however, requires a broader definition of “the customer.” The good news: when you redefine “the customer” to encompass the entire customer organization, success comes faster and with fewer speed bumps. Put your customer success manifesto into practice with one overarching goal and three supporting pillars. […]

Removing Speed Bumps in Your Product Planning Process

Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one when it comes to your product planning process. Just like noses, no two opinions are alike, making it difficult to garner broad support for any product plan. The speed bumps pop up every time you’re asked for more information leading up to the approval process. The Playbook: […]

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Product Management Playbook|Tags: |0 Comments

Answering the “Product Vision” Questions With Something…Visionary

“What’s on our strategic roadmap?” “What’s our product vision?” If you’re the head of products or strategy in a B2B organization, you’re constantly fielding the “product vision and strategic roadmap” questions. A different approach to answering these questions will help you articulate a vision that energizes everyone and simplifies the execution of your product, marketing and sales plans. The Playbook: […]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Product Management Playbook|Tags: |0 Comments

The Universal Product Management Framework: 3 Questions and an Org Chart

There’s a universal product management framework that takes product management, product marketing and sales enablement down to the lowest common denominator. Regardless of what you’re doing in any of these functions, it all starts here. The Playbook: […]