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Price Is ALWAYS the issue. Price Is NEVER the issue.

Pragmatic Marketing

Price is awesome. It is part of every sale. Every customer wants to buy at a lower price. Every company (or most at least) wants to sell at higher prices. It’s a universal truth. Recently, while teaching, I asked: “What are the reasons sales gives for losing deals?”

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Strong Engineering Culture, Strong Product Culture by Andrew Martinez-Fonts

Mind the Product

What does culture have to do with building great products? In my opinion, everything. I’m a group product manager at Yelp, and in this presentation from MTP Engage, I look at why it’s so important to create a supportive culture where product people and engineers collaborate and trust each other.

Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner? Part 2

bpma ProductHub

By Ellen Gottesdiener Part 2: 5 Ways to Untangle the Mess In part 1 of this blog, I outlined the confusion between what a Product Manager does and what a Product Owner does. The difference and overlaps between product management and product ownership work illustrated how activities span both strategic and tactical product management. With… Product Strategy

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Owning Agile by Jeff Patton

Mind the Product

Bashing agile is in vogue at the moment, so when veteran product manager and product design evangelist Jeff Patton suggested it as a topic for his keynote talk at MTP Engage I jumped at it. If the audience was expecting a speech which shot down agile methodologies, they were wrong.

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A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

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In Celebration of the First Ever World Product Day

Mind the Product

On 23 May 2010, Martin Eriksson organised the first ProductTank meetup in the back room of a bar in London’s West End. Twenty-five interested people attended this first meetup…. Fast forward to last Wednesday, 23 May 2018, when we celebrated the first ever World Product Day.

Women in Product Management: Megan Schmidt, VP Product Management at CompuGroup Medical

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Megan Schmidt, VP Product Management at CompuGroup Medical. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. I started out working in more of the technical side. I was working in laboratories and the biology field and ended up moving from research into industry.

When Customers Won't Pay

Under10 Playbook

What do you do when customers love your content but won't pay for it? It’s time to consider advertising. Frederic Filloux. editor of the Monday Note , writes, "Publishers can’t have both ways; people paying for content should be spared advertising, period.".

Product Managers Learn How To Deal With A Close Shave

The Accidental Product Manager

Gillette product managers are having to change their focus Image Credit: Naotake Murayama. All right, how about a quick show of hands out there. Who has spent any time today thinking about the razer that they use to shave with? I’m suspecting that I’m not seeing very many hands up.

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Value-Based Pricing and Everyday Low Prices (EDLP)

Pragmatic Marketing

Here’s a challenging question from a reader: “Value-based pricing” has made a buzz in the dialogues of pricing practitioners and academics. Should all companies change their pricing strategy to value-based pricing? What about companies with an everyday low price (EDLP) strategy?

Passing the GDPR test; or how we learned to stop worrying and love the EU

Inside Intercom

The EU was kind enough to provide a stress test for our email delivery pipeline during the GDPR surge on a scale that I doubt our engineering team as a whole would have agreed to, and we passed.

You Have 8 Seconds

Under10 Playbook

I can't recall where I found this—I thought it was in yesterday's email digests but now I can't find it. Happily, the graphic sources Nathan Bernard of The Next Web who shares this insight about attention spans. Our attention span is now shorter than a goldfish. A goldfish.

2018 State of Digital Product: Tesla, Google, IBM and 1000+ Brands Discuss Digital Challenges

The Accidental Product Manager

2018 State of Digital Product. Product managers understand that the number of connected devices that consumers use has increased and now includes a wide spectrum of devices. Consumers are more informed than ever before with more available options and want a seamless connected experience across their customer journey. Incite Group just published an in-depth, research-led report on the state of digital product, based on feedback from over 1000 product, UX design and engagement executives.

The Top 5 Most Common Rapid Prototyping Mistakes

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk

When you think of "rapid prototyping", what comes to mind? If you work in digital products, you might think wireframes and mockups as a quick way to get user feedback on our designs. Rapid prototyping is quickly becoming ubiquitous, and with good reason. It is a powerful tool for thinking through different aspects of your product and answering questions to all sorts of design questions. They're also a great way to externalize what lessons you learn about your product along the way.

Why I Quit Amazon Prime … and It’s Not Their Price Increase

Pragmatic Marketing

Amazon Prime has been amazing in my life. For a measly $100 per year, I get free shipping on almost everything I order. But the funny thing is I don’t really care about free shipping itself. I love the fact that I can just buy on Amazon and not have to shop around for free shipping.

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The Incredible Speakers for #mtpcon London 2018

Mind the Product

Mind the Product London 2018 on October 18-19 will be better than ever, with more workshops, more networking, and more fun than ever.

Retention, cohorts and visualizations

Inside Intercom

There are few issues more important than customer retention when running software-as-a-service businesses. It’s no good acquiring customers for $10, if they only stick around for a month or two.

Well played, Netflix!

Under10 Playbook

An excellent example of Newsjacking from Netflix. Sanofi, which makes Ambien, weighed in with this: Newsjacking is the technique of leveraging a real-time situation to make a relevant product claim. And, in this case, it's funny too

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Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers Instead

Speaker: Steve Johnson, Founder and CEO, Under10 Playbook

Yet many product managers and most product owners are too busy with tactical issues that they never come close to addressing these issues. Is product management primarily supporting the tactics of other departments? Or is it a strategic role that is grounded in market facts? Personal experience with customers is the source of product management insights. Product managers need to look beyond UX to the entire customer experience through every step of the product life cycle.

Why Do Google and Apple Want You to Use Your Phone Less?

Nir Eyal

This week Apple follows Google by announcing features to help people cut back on their tech use. Why would the companies that make your phone want you to use it less? If tech is “hijacking your brain” with their “irresistible” products, as some tech critics claim, why are these companies now acting against their own […]. The post Why Do Google and Apple Want You to Use Your Phone Less? appeared first on Nir and Far. Digital Distraction

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Who Should Own Product Positioning?

Pragmatic Marketing

Product positioning is a key element of product management. Positioning documents will define your product category, the problems it solves and the personas it serves. Whenever I work with a new team, I always begin with roles and responsibilities. Who owns what? Lately I’ve been thinking and talking about a new binary model for role definition: Product leaders (that is, product managers and product marketing managers) own problems; development and marketing teams own solutions.

#mtpcon San Francisco in Your Words

Mind the Product

Last July Mind the Product returned to the epic Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for yet another day of learning, sharing, and appreciation of the craft of product management.

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How to make product improvements

Inside Intercom

Kaizen is the philosophy of continuous improvement. Web businesses searching for product market fit think they can follow this philosophy just by shipping code. But shipping code doesn’t mean that you’re making any significant product improvements.

Interpreting your Qualitative & Quantitative Data through Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Coach, Kromatic

Storyboarding is a simple way to integrate Qualitative and Quantitative perspectives into a complete picture of how the user experience impacts the business model. Qualitative vs. Quantitative is an argument that shouldn't happen. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

Evaluating Product Refinements

Under10 Playbook

Most product teams have adopted the practice of periodic retrospectives. These leverage the experience of your team to identify areas for improvement of our product and processes. When considering enhancement requests, think product refinement, not just enhancement.

How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing

Andrew Chen

[Originally tweetstormed at @andrewchen , Follow me for more!]. Many of the biggest implosions in recent history – especially ecommerce – have been due to startups getting addicted to paid marketing while fooling themselves on Customer Acqusition Costs.

June BOM: Positioning

Pragmatic Marketing

June’s Box of the Month is positioning. Throughout the month we’ll highlight articles, webinars, podcasts and blog posts that help you better describe your product by its ability to solve market problems. Then you can create internal positioning documents for developing external messages that focus on each key buyer or persona.

How to Improve Your Team’s Conflict Competence by Julia Whitney

Mind the Product

Conflict can be a productive way to collaborate as a team, ensuring a variety of perspectives are brought into a solution. It can also push teams apart, when it is focused on personal attacks rather than ideological disagreements.

Product Analytics, Prioritization, and Decision-Making - What We Can Learn from Einstein and Drucker

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

As a Product Manager, a big part of your job will always be to balance which features to develop, and which to scrap. Even when faced with many seemingly great requests, there is only so much time to develop what’s necessary. What makes matters more complex is that users doesn’t always know what they want or need (as Nils says “You can’t trust what users say”). And sometimes the most important feature for selling your product is one that customers never end up using.

Close.io CEO Steli Efti on the rights and wrongs of lead qualification

Inside Intercom

To build a great product, you have to intimately understand the problem it’s built to solve. To build a great business, as Steli Efti has learned, your customers must feel the pain of that problem too. Steli is the CEO of Close.io , an inside sales CRM that helps startups and SMBs generate high-quality leads and close more deals. When he’s not building software, Steli’s sharing content with the wider sales community through the Close.io

Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics

First Round Review

Reboot.io founder and professional coach Khalid Halim has guided the leadership at Coinbase, Lyft and Checkr through some of the steepest parts of their growth curve. Here, he shares the two promises every founder must make before hypergrowth. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Product Launch: Reducing the Product Manager’s Workload

Proficientz – Product Management University

When do most Product Managers start thinking about the product launch? Many wait until the development process is nearing the end before bringing other departments into the fold. Sure, you copy them on project updates and milestone progress (which they probably never read). But you’re too busy writing requirements, tracking development progress, reviewing designs and answering questions.

Why Digital Transformation Starts With Product Management

Pragmatic Marketing

I recently spoke with a product executive at a major networking equipment manufacturer. The topic? Digital transformation. The product management team there was being reorganized and tasked with helping the company bring solutions to market that were better aligned with what customers actually needed. The team was referring to the changes internally as a digital transformation, even though I knew it was a lot more.

How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.