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Product Manager Writing Skills to Grow Your Influence

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How important are good writing skills for product managers? The short answer is, really, really important. You’ve written an MRD that (in your own mind) is a masterpiece, but no one’s reading it! You have to explain the gist of it in every meeting. There are two primary reasons.

Transition Into Product Management From a Technical Role

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The transition into product management from a technical role is one of the most difficult. Of all roles that touch the product, technical roles are the furthest removed from the market and the customers. It can be done successfully however, as many engineers have already proven.

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Value-Based Product Roadmaps: They Should Mirror a Customer Org Chart (Video)

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Value based product roadmaps should be structured like a customer org chart so that the business value of your product investment priorities is clear to executives, senior managers and users.

The Simple Definition of Product Portfolio Management

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Your product portfolio has more strategic value than the sum of its parts, especially from the customers’ point of view.

The Ultimate Embedded Analytics Guide

In today’s ambitious business environment, many companies are taking an embedded analytics approach to capitalizing on the value of their information. Learn all about embedded analytics in this guide by Sisense, including a general overview of embedded analytics, the different approaches to embedding BI and analytics, and the benefits and challenges of the most popular BI solution technologies.

Product Business Case: Three Steps to Keeping It Grounded in Reality

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Have you ever seen a product business case, especially for a new product, that didn’t look like a blockbuster? They’re rare. And how often do the revenue projections match reality? It’s hard to say. No one ever compares projections to actuals after the product hits the market.

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Powerful Product Positioning: Follow These Three Rules

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Powerful product positioning usually boils down to the best story, which is not always the best product. Adhere to these three guidelines and marketing and selling value will be a lot easier. The Playbook: Make It More About the Buyer – Way More!

When Your CEO is Really the Product Manager

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What do you do as a product manager when your CEO is really the product manager? It’s a common occurrence in many companies where the CEO is the one calling the shots on all things product. It’s not limited to small companies either. Steve Jobs comes to mind!

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Product Manager Job Description for B2B

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This product manager job description is written specifically for B2B. What makes the product manager role unique in B2B? There are two key differences between a traditional text book product manager and a B2B product manager. A traditional product manager focuses primarily on the needs of users and the success of product itself.

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Pursuing a Product Management Career: The #1 Skill

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There are many skills that are important for success in a product management career, but there’s one that stands head and shoulders above all the rest. Apply a little deductive reasoning to get there. Let’s start with the ultimate goal of a product manager.

6 Styles of Data Analysis and Visualizations

Get inspiration for your next dashboard update in this guide to the six styles of analytics and data visualizations.

Building a Stronger Product Management Organization: A Different Take on “Team”

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As product management goes, so goes the rest of the organization. Here’s a different take on the team aspect of product management and how it strengthens the product management organization along with marketing, sales and customer on-boarding teams. Like the video?

Best Growth Strategy for Mature Products

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What’s the best growth strategy for a mature product portfolio? The best growth strategy depends on your current market position. Here are two considerations. Market Penetration Strategy.

How to Get More Product Management From Your Product Managers

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If you’ve ever wondered why some athletes are great with one team but not so great with another, the difference is usually in their supporting cast. The same philosophy applies to the product management function.

B2B Product Manager Magazine November 2018

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The B2B Product Manager Magazine November 2018 is now available. Over the past 17 years we’ve had the privilege of working with many successful organizations. The top 1% all have one thing in common. Their top priority is measurable customer success. It drives everything they do.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

B2B Product Manager Magazine December 2018

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The B2B Product Manager Magazine December 2018 is now available. We close out the year with a familiar theme: create solutions that make customers measurably better at their business and then deliver, market and sell them in a manner that drives consistent and profitable growth for your organization.

How Buyers Sell Themselves, Product Usability & Revenue, and Two Types of Demos

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The B2B Product Manager Magazine October 2017 is now available. In this issue we discuss the value of listening as one of the most overlooked sales skills, and the value of business conversations. We also examine product usability and its impact on revenue, plus sales demo tips. Be sure to check out our brand new lineup of advanced training programs. Learn how to accelerate your growth by delivering, marketing and selling solutions that make customers measurably better at what they do.

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When You Know Your Customers As Well As They Know Themselves…3 Things

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When you know your customers as well as they know themselves, three things will happen. Your solutions deliver value that’s indispensable. Your marketing messages speak directly to the agendas of influencers and decision-makers. Your salespeople are treated as trusted advisors.

Avoiding Reactive Product Decisions | Creating Your Product Vision | Three Ways to Sell More Existing Products

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The B2B Product Manager Magazine September 2018 is now available. A product vision is just as valuable to product, marketing and sales teams as it is to customers because it keeps the focus on customer value.

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Buyer’s Guide for Embedded Analytics

Selecting the right embedded analytics technology in a crowded market filled with sub-categories can be a daunting task. This eBook discusses the top evaluation criteria buyers of embedded analytics need to consider.

Sales, Positioning and the Nobody Zone

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There’s an old saying: “buyers are liars!” ” Good sales positioning and discovery techniques can help you understand true buyer motivations so you don’t end up in the Nobody Zone.

Sales Presentations: Calculating Your Buyer Relevance Quotient (BRQ)

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Nothing accelerates the sales process more than a presentation that simply “nails it.” ” Here’s a quick test to determine the B uyer R elevance Q uotient (BRQ) of your sales presentations. The Playbook: Go find a sales presentation you’d consider to be one of the best.

Overcoming Bad Product PR

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What suggestions do you have for overcoming bad product PR? I have a product that has a poor reputation based on legacy quality issues that have since been resolved. Rebuilding product credibility continues to be difficult internally and externally. Overcoming bad product PR comes down to generating enough positive product PR, both internally and externally, to drown out the bad. Follow these six steps.

Three Ways to Get Better At Selling Products You Have

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It’s easier to sell products that don’t exist because they can do anything buyers want. Unfortunately, no one makes money selling products you don’t have. Here are three ways to get better at selling products you have and grow revenue faster.

Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

Creating Your Product Vision: Two Parts Customer, One Part Product

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Creating your product vision can be difficult when you focus too much on the product. Legendary Harvard Business School marketing professor Theodore Levitt famously said, “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!”

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The Value of Product Feature Comparisons

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How valuable are product feature comparisons? Product feature comparisons are highly overrated in B2B. They only tell you HOW a competitive product works. They don’t tell you WHY buyers do or don’t prefer it. Whether verbalized or not, most buyers want an explicit answer to the question, “Why should I buy from you?” ” Solution providers typically answer with product capabilities but never answer the real question.

Product Management Priorities When Top Line Growth Hits a Wall

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What should product management’s priorities be when your company’s growth hits the wall? Here are five key initiatives that product management should lead the charge on to generate more short-term revenue and drive more long-term growth.

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Shifting Markets, Shifting Strategy: Three Considerations

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Shifting markets usually constitute a shift in product strategy for most organizations. For some, the current market climate presents a world of opportunity and for others it’s an exercise in survival. In either case, there are three key aspects of product strategy that matter most.

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

Who’s Minding Your Product Portfolio…Other Than Your Customers?

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You build products, you market products, you sell products and you implement products. That’s how you make money. Your customers on the other hand, want to…. Improve employee retention by investing more heavily to develop talent within the organization and create more attractive career paths. every industry). Improve patient-care quality scores so they can qualify for higher Medicare reimbursements to offset declining margins. healthcare providers).

Positioning Technical Features to Sound Simple

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Our product is very unique technically, but we’re having trouble positioning technical features in non-technical terms. No one understands our unique value. Any suggestions? The biggest mistake most people make when they try to position technical features is that they try to explain HOW they work. Positioning is 80% about WHO, WHAT & WHY.

Product Management Responsibilities: Eventually, It’s About Products

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Product management responsibilities look completely different if you view them through the lens of the customer. For solution providers though, products are the basis for all things revenue and that can cloud the true objective of a product management function and how it operates. Success in product management and product marketing is first and foremost about understanding what your target customers want to accomplish and why it’s a priority. Then and only then are products relevant.

The Value of a Product Marketing Roadmap: It’s Like Deep-Sea Fishing for Sales

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A product marketing roadmap for sales is like a popular technique used in deep sea fishing. The captain turns on the sonar to locate schools of fish, you put the appropriate bait on your line, drop it and start reeling in fish. Has product marketing taken your salesforce deep sea fishing this year? Your product marketing roadmap is the equivalent to sonar on a fishing boat.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Agile Software Development: We’ve Come Full Circle

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Remember when the internet was going to eliminate the middle man? How’d that turn out? When Agile software development took the software world by storm, it was like many other paradigm shifts before it. Agile promised to be the next panacea for whatever ailed software companies. And just like the internet, we didn’t know what we didn’t know, but now we’re in a much better place.

Product Presentations & Demos: How Credibility Boosts Your Win Rate

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Product presentations and demos can be the determining factor in winning or losing a sale. In many cases, it comes down to the credibility of the presenter more than the capabilities of the product. From a buyer’s perspective, the psychology goes something like this: “If you can articulate my issues in the exact manner I do, your product must be great at handling them.”

Curiosity: The Key to a Great Sales Discovery Meeting

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Sometime is pays to just be curious. You’re about to go into a sales discovery meeting with a new prospect. Is your mindset more like salesperson with a quota, or someone that’s looking to create new relationships in your professional network? Results suggests that you’re better off playing the role of someone that’s looking to build his or her network. Most business people enjoy conversations where they get to talk about things that are important to their success.

Writing Customer Success Stories Before You Build the Solution

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The greatest athletes in every sport have one thing in common – the innate ability to see plays before they happen. If you’re a product manager, imagine how great it would be to envision the ultimate customer success stories before you build the product. If you aspire to be the Michael Jordan, Serena Williams or Wayne Gretzky of product managers, you just have to step outside the metaphorical product box and see the game through the eyes of the customer.

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Top 5 Analytics Features to Reach More Users with Valuable Data Insights

Ready to expand the benefits of your BI and analytics? This eBook describes the key capabilities that product, IT, and business owners must consider when charting a plan to scale up business benefits from data and analytics.