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Diego is a seasoned product marketer who has taken UiPath from an early stage startup, through IPO, to now a nearly $36 billion automation company. In this episode, we’ll hear about his journey guiding his team of 20 PMMs through each stage leading up to (and following) the IPO, from scaling processes to evolving the business narrative to match each growth stage. You won’t want to miss this season finale!
Building a Customer-Centric Narrative with Alex Gammelgard, Sr. Director Go-To-Market Strategy at ActiveCampaign
Since Alex joined ActiveCampaign as their Senior Director of Go-To-Market, the hypergrowth company has gained 50,000 new customers. At this point, the product story they told their early adopters will not resonate with this new, late-stage majority in the same way. Like any company, even if the product hasn’t changed, the messaging needs to evolve as the customer base evolves. In this episode, Alex will break down how they’ve adapted their customer-centric narrative to keep up with and fuel their continued growth.
Knowing your competitors is not only important for selling more effectively, but it allows you to verify if you’re achieving differentiation in the market. In this episode, Leah lays out how her team effectively handles the 3 different competitive intelligence programs running at Gusto. She’ll also cover how to enable your internal teams with the information you’re gathering. Because it’s one thing to know the competition, but it’s another thing to actually use that info to implement change within your company.
Partnering with Product with Becky Trevino, Vice President Product Marketing and Operations at Snow Software
Whether your team reports to Marketing or Product Management, it’s important to maintain a balance between your focus on the product and the customer. Too much time on the former and the voice of the customer gets neglected. Too much focus on the latter and you may risk a lack of alignment with the product team. Here to enlighten us on how and when to keep your focus on the right areas, Becky will share her strategy for successful partnership between product management and product marketing.
Who should own pricing? Some argue it’s product marketing while others claim it should sit with product or sales. It differs from company-to-company, but with PMMs sitting at the heart of the organization, Axel says it’s a no brainer. After 25 years in the pricing game, he knows a thing or two about how to do it right and what to know before slapping a dollar sign on your company’s product. Tune into this episode to hear what key elements go into pricing from the expert himself.
Being an individual contributor versus leading a team entails very different responsibilities. As you grow from one role into the other, what are the things you should be thinking about? Getting in the driver’s seat means having to set attainable goals for your team, help them develop individual skills, and make sure you’re aligned with other parts of the business all at the same time. It may sound like a lot, but Kavya is here to explain how she’s managed the balancing act during her time at Sprinklr.
Building out the product marketing function can be a daunting task. You have to consider the company’s goals, the needs of your cross functional teams, and the needs of the individuals on your team. Where do you start? How do you ensure you’re continuously empowering your team members while also driving adoption across all parts of the organization? Tune into this episode to hear Gregg break it down for us using what he’s learned while establishing the function at Zapier.
Product marketers are the quarterback of the product launch, but even the best PMMs can’t throw the ball and catch it themselves; it takes a team effort and lots of planning. In this week’s episode, we’ll touch upon the specifics of product launch strategy- how to keep your cross functional teams informed, prioritize over the long term, and bundle launches all while keeping your customer’s perspective at the forefront.
As your company evolves, so does your role as product marketer. At an early stage startup, your goal is to find product-market fit and distribution channels that will help reach target customers in a sustainable manner. At a late-stage company, your focus steers towards expanding into new markets. And then it varies widely for every stage in between. Tune into this episode where Francis uses his experience to break it down for us and help identify your potential sweet spot.
Managing Stakeholder Relationships with Jasmine Jaume, Director of Product Marketing, Support & Platform at Intercom
Managing people from different teams seems like an impossible task when they don’t even report to you in the first place, but it’s a core requirement for being a successful PMM, and leader. Building trust with internal stakeholders takes time and effort. As an expert in the area, Jasmine says there are a few things to consider that will help get your cross functional teams on the same page (Hint: it takes more than a few coffee-side chats).
Just like a professional violinist playing in a NYC subway station, you could have a million dollar product that receives minimal returns because it’s been presented in the wrong context. Centered around the teachings of her book, "Obviously Awesome", April is here to set the record straight on the power of positioning and what methods you should use to do it right. Tune in to hear her expert advice, plus input on who should own positioning, how to navigate today’s overwhelming amount of data, and how you can found a successful company without reinventing the wheel.
Spotify fits the B2C category when it comes to their 345 million listeners, but it’s a whole other category when it comes to the creators pumping out their content. Sam operates on this B2B side, handling a large variety of personas for their brand and product marketing. Today he’s here to talk about how operations at Spotify are a little different than your typical B2B, as well as his 4 quadrant framework for successfully positioning new products and features.
Many product marketers have learned the hard way that there’s a difference between creating a great positioning statement and actually getting your internal teams to use it. In this episode, Daniel guides us through his approach to sales enablement, sharing the key tricks he uses for getting your sales team on script. Sometimes it starts with a single sales rep! We also touch upon various aspects of product portfolio management, including the pros and cons of consulting an outside agency.
When it comes to “training” vs. “learning”, which do you prefer? Lindsay noticed customers’ common answer was the latter, and her team pivoted Pluralsight's positioning as a “tech learning platform”. She was fulfilling the first of 4 pillars for positioning: Intelligence, or continuous research that informs all positioning decisions at the company. Tune in to hear about the other 3 pillars of positioning, as well as the 3 tier framework and the importance of establishing different customer personas.
Shopify has a wide range of customers, from people with no management experience starting up a business from their basement, to companies with hundreds of employees working across the globe. Couple that with a rapidly growing, constantly evolving market and you’ve got yourself quite the positioning challenge. In this episode, Tamara uses her experience helping launch Shopify Plus for enterprises to advise us on how to tackle this positioning beast. Tune in to hear her insider knowledge on what frameworks to follow, including remaining “merchant obsessed” and finding the “why” behind a less than successful product launch.
Christy is knee-deep in a positioning sprint at Airtable, making her the perfect person to learn from when it comes to shaping how your company’s product is perceived in the market. Good positioning is the merging of your company’s aspirations with what is possible today – easier said than done for PMMs trying to strike that balance. Daniel and Christy also discuss the confusion around the difference between positioning, messaging, and copy. Tune into this first episode of the mini-series to hear Christy correct common product positioning blunders and break down a positioning sprint from beginning to end.
PMMs might not be able to own KPIs like leads, revenue or churn but we do own one critical component that has an enormous impact on every business metric: positioning. Great positioning isn’t just a key ingredient for marketing success, but the business itself. And yet we've found that there are very few resources to help B2B product marketers start sharp on positioning. Over the next 6 weeks Dan is taking over the podcast to interview 6 product marketing leaders about how they approach positioning, answering your burning questions surrounding best frameworks to use, testing positioning, and measuring impact.
Marketing has become democratized in many ways. We are all working with similar (good) playbooks, and as a result every category has millions of technology solutions all shouting that they have the best product. So how does a company break free from the status quo and avoid drowning in the sea of lookalike solutions? In this episode, DG walks us through what he’s found to be a key element in overcoming this issue- compelling storytelling.
We say segmentation, you think buyer persona. But how do we move away from this traditional flawed tactic and take a more data-driven, inclusive approach to customer insights? After all, we use these insights to help align each aspect of the business around the customer. In this episode, Tamara walks us through her model for optimal segmentation, including where to start, what kind of data to gather, and how to put it to use with tangible examples from her experience.
Given the cross functional nature of product marketing, there is no straight line when it comes to the career path to PMM. So how does one typically break into product marketing? What roles make for good product marketers? And what skills will be important to develop along the way? In this episode, Lauren uses her experience to break it all down for us.
For the last year or so we’ve all been part of this massive experiment where suddenly we’ve found ourselves working 100% remote. It's likely when things get back to "normal" a lot of this will stick. This week’s expert, Sara, shares how we can remain productive, communicate effectively, and maybe even thrive in a distributed remote world.. We also talk about building a long-term culture and maintaining psychological safety amidst our remote environments.
In this week’s episode we’re continuing to explore the question - what is the role of product marketing in a company who focuses on PLG and self-service? It’s very likely that PLG will be the future of how we do business and I think it’s a huge learning opportunity for the craft of PMM. Tune in to hear more about what this means and how your team can adapt to this new go-to-market model.
New go-to-market models are disrupting B2B right now. Will PLG and self service replace you? Or is it an opportunity to take advantage of? Self serve products allow the customer to discover, try, and use your product without any human interaction. People love this, but what is the role of marketing at this type of company? How does it differ or face unique challenges? This week's expert, Christy of Airtable, breaks it down for us.
In this week’s episode, we’re discussing PMM onboarding in the first 90 days. What does the PMM 30/60/90 look like? It’s a time of learning, absorbing new knowledge and a time that when well utilized, sets up a foundation for success. The first 90 days are an opportunity to start deeply understanding the product, the market and the customer. Tune in to hear what you should be doing and thinking about to make the most of this time.
"I write almost entirely to find out what I'm thinking" -Joan Didion Have you ever thought of product marketers as translators? You are creating a narrative that is being translated from the product organization to the sales team, and eventually to the outside audience. So how do you simplify the complex? This week’s expert, Meghan, challenges PMMs to see writing not just as a bonus, but as an essential part of the PMM role.
Product marketing is an exciting and emerging career, but isn't always a role that is included early on in companies. This week’s expert, Thomas, is currently working on building out his PMM team and shares his perspective on the steps he's taking to make this happen. Tune in to hear what he is doing to build a strong team that will focus on GTM strategy, positioning, messaging, content, sales enablement, and product launches.
Pricing for Growth and Profitability with Yannick Kpodar, Global Director, Product Marketing at PayFit
In this episode we’re diving deep into pricing and packaging on a global scale. PMM’s are so well positioned to own pricing and packaging and when you have a strong point of view combined with the tools to figure out profitability, that is a huge value add to your arsenal of skills and your company.
The market and your product are core to being successful as a PMM. When you're good at this, you really command knowledge and power. No one in the company is better situated to know that intersection of where the product, customer, and market meet. This week's expert, Agustina Sacerdote of Square is personally invested in her work. In this interview you’ll hear her passion for research and the hands-on approach that she takes.
I like to say that a great product marketer is a cross-functional momentum maker. We align groups, ideas, and enable separate teams with different goals to get energized and focused on the product. To make cross-functional work possible, we have to build strong relationships across the company. You have to know how the machine works to invoke, influence, and motivate others, but how? Tune in to hear this week’s expert, Natalie Louie of Zuora, break it down for us.
"Too often we are fixated in product marketing on getting the next launch out the door, but how can we get off the launch treadmill and actually drive revenue for the business?" - This week's guest summed up this episode really well! Tune into talk money money money.