Three Differentiators That Come From Achieving Founder-Market Fit


We're all familiar with the concept of product-market fit, but what about founder-market fit

Differentiation improves marketing and sales effectiveness

Messages that Matter

Do you wonder why your latest marketing campaign didn’t generate enough good leads? A big part of the problem is likely to be lack of differentiation, but it shouldn’t be. After all, marketing is done in public. Or why too many sales opportunities stall or result in no decision? All you have to do is […

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How to differentiate when you aren’t different

Messages that Matter

In the early days of B2B software, it was common for companies to have functionality no one else had in their market. Differentiation was relatively easy. However, in today’s Software as a Service (Saas) world, differentiation […].

Differentiation and Innovation: Your Ticket to Surviving Product Commoditization

Proficientz – Product Management University

Differentiation and innovation are your two best options! Differentiation. Differentiation boils down to unique positioning in your sales and marketing efforts with your products and company reputation serving up the proof points. Use that theme as the umbrella message in all of your marketing and sales communications. Innovation and differentiation often go hand-in-hand.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

applications, and they’re pushing for faster time to market. salespeople or navigating the often-confusing BI market, which is full of competitors. Fortunately for BI buyers, the market has never been. Time to market can even affect revenue: The 2017 State.

The Problem With Lack of Differentiation

Messages that Matter

You and your competitor have the same position What happens when your position doesn’t differentiate you from the competition? What affect does it have on marketing? Lack of differentiation is one of several common, costly symptoms of poor positioning. It creates market confusion, which means your marketing isn’t noticed. Surprise! And what about sales? It […

People Don’t Buy Capabilities, They Buy Knowledge

The Secret PM Handbook

It’s not an accident that all of these examples are market-leading or paradigm changing. So a little bit of embedded knowledge can create a lot of differentiation. The other piece of good news is that defaults and knowledge provide differentiation in two ways.

Mental Models Applied: Using A 2×2 Chart For Handling Competitive Objections

The Secret PM Handbook

As an exercise for myself, I decided to take a mental model that’s usually used for decision making – a 2×2 matrix – and apply it to marketing. One thing we have to do in the go-to-market portion of our jobs is come up with good ways to talk about our product versus our competitors. To use it, you have to be clear on your differentiators – what your product does better than your competitors.

What is a “market-driven” Product?


As a Product Manager I love the words “market-driven” They have purpose and connotations of real market intelligence (“customer-centric” sits in the same bucket). What is a “market-driven” Product? A two-tier definition of market-driven Product.

How to Avoid Market Feedback Traps

Mind the Product

If you were to ask me whether you, as a product manager , should you always listen to market feedback? Henry Ford is famously quoted as eschewing market feedback by saying that if he’d listened to his customers, they’d have asked for faster horses.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Revenue 71% 60% 62% 52% 57% 49% 53% 42% Differentiate Your. differentiate their products, boost revenue, win new customers, and retain. nearly impossible to monetize late-to-market capabilities. Updating your application’s dashboards and reporting features.

The Seven-Part Guide to Portfolio Product Management & Marketing

Proficientz – Product Management University

This guide to portfolio product management and marketing answers the following seven questions. How Does Portfolio Product Management Impact Product Marketing? Structure product management/marketing so that their market knowledge is stronger than all other disciplines combined.

People Don’t Buy Capabilities, They Buy Knowledge

The Secret PM Handbook

It’s not an accident that all of these examples are market-leading or paradigm changing. So a little bit of embedded knowledge can create a lot of differentiation. The other piece of good news is that defaults and knowledge provide differentiation in two ways.

Strategic Product Marketing: One Small Move, Three Big Benefits

Proficientz – Product Management University

A strategic product marketing function can be created with one simple move that pays three big dividends to the organization. Many product marketing professionals in B2B have long felt like the sales tools on-demand department and rightfully so. and In With Product Marketing 2.0.

How To Differentiate Your Product When Competitors Solve the Same Problems

Proficientz – Product Management University

There were competitive products that solved the same exact problems, and then there were competitive products that didn’t even come close, but their marketing or sales teams did something to convince buyers otherwise. Buyer perceptions are a dangerous thing.

How we’re building a marketing engine to move upmarket

Inside Intercom

But as they pick up steam, offering more products to multiple target markets, it’s easy for the message to get a little fuzzy. Imagine trying to maintain a unified message and overall brand vision across those time zones and organizations – it’s a big challenge for any marketer.

Is product marketing the same as marketing? (I say no)

Under10 Playbook

I’m often asked to differentiate product marketing from marketing (or marketing communications, if you prefer). This effort gets confusing for most because of the term “marketing.” ” For many of us, marketing is a philosophy.

Mastering the Problem Space for Product/Market Fit by Dan Olsen

Mind the Product

The term Product/Market Fit was coined by Marc Andreesen back in 2007 and it’s been a key goal for any new product or startup ever since. The Product/Market Fit Pyramid. Taken together, the first two layers – target customer and underserved needs – are the market.

Creating and Marketing Cybersecurity Products by Richard Reiner

Mind the Product

In this ProductTank Toronto talk, Richard Reiner , Executive Chairman at dfuse , takes us through various case studies and lessons learned from his experience building and marketing products in the cybersecurity space. Surviving in a maturing market at Enomaly.

MRDs – How Much “Market” Is In Your Market Requirements Documents?

Proficientz – Product Management University

Most B2B organizations use a M arket R equirements D ocument (MRD) for driving new solutions to market. How much of the content in those MRDs should be pure market requirements versus product requirements? A good rule of thumb — 100% market and 0% product. If MRD’s are supposed to reflect the needs of the market, they should be market specific not product specific. What’s wrong with this sample market requirement?

Market Problems — Blinders. Customer Goals — Wide-Angle Market Lens.

Proficientz – Product Management University

If you’re in a product management, product marketing or sales enablement role, consider replacing the phrase market problems with customer goals. It will open your eyes to a whole new narrative, and it will help you deliver, market and sell solutions with more strategic customer value. How Much “Market” Is In Your (MRD) Market Requirements Document? . The post Market Problems — Blinders. Customer Goals — Wide-Angle Market Lens.

How Startups can compete in the Online Dating Market

The Product Coalition

The global online dating market was valued at $6,400.0 It’s a huge and fast-growing market and this factor is probably responsible for the gigantic amount of companies that arise in this segment year after year. How to deal with Winner Takes All Dynamic in Dating Market?

How to Break into Product Marketing Management (PMM)

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

Product marketing is one of the newest and most impactful roles within an organization. As a product marketing manager (PMM), you influence most areas of the organization including product, design, sales, support, and, of course, marketing. Product Marketing Management

Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Diane Levin, VP of Marketing and Product Development at New York Power Authority

280 Group

Product Management is the perfect role, because we look at what does the market need, how can we fill that need and how do we get it out there in the market. It was a great training ground and I learned how to work with manufacturing, engineering, and marketing multi-functional teams. You need to be strategic and get two years ahead of the market, but why are we funding you for the next six months? What is our differentiation and how can we address the problem?

Market Problem Framing Example

Tyner Blain

Understanding how problems are framed in your market is critical to developing a successful product strategy. I’ve written about how to frame market problems using Ted Levitt’s whole product model, and referenced a workshop framing problems. And Moore’s work builds on ideas from several others (“turtles all the way down”), including Levitt’s Marketing Myopia. Differentiation – Remote monitoring of glucose levels.

Start your marketing with why: Getting your story right

Inside Intercom

No matter how good your product is, if you can’t tell a cohesive, compelling story about it, you’re going to have a very hard time getting people’s attention when you actually do take it to market. For decades software was sold using feature-based marketing: start with what the company wants to sell, and then tell people why they need it. It’s easier than ever to build a product, which means the market landscape is increasingly competitive. The problem was marketing.

The Ideal Product Marketing Candidate for B2B

Proficientz – Product Management University

This sample product marketing job description just might ruffle a few feathers. Second, there may be people in product marketing roles that don’t meet the requirements. B2B Product Marketing Job Description. Add these criteria to your next product marketing job posting and see what happens. A lot of people aren’t cut out for the quota pressures of direct sales but make fine product marketing managers! Related Articles on the Product Marketing Role.

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The Product Market Fit Engine | Rahul Vohra, CEO, Superhuman | BoS USA 2018

Business of Software Conference

This will change the way that a lot of people think about product market fit, BS metrics, understanding the needs of the people that really matter. Jared Spool’s excoriation of the use of NPS by marketing departments had struck a chord earlier in the week.

The Best of Both Worlds: Vertical Marketing and Horizontal Products

Proficientz – Product Management University

The lint roller manufacturers have figured out that they can generate more revenue by marketing the same product to a whole new segment — pet owners — under a clever new name. Take that same concept into the B2B world and you have vertical market messaging for products and services that have value across many industries. Vertical Marketing & Sales. On the marketing and sales front, it’s no secret that the best (most relevant) story wins the majority of the time.

How working as a Product Marketer can help you become a better Product Manager


Having spent several years playing both Marketing and Product Management roles, I can confidently suggest that every Product Manager who wants to make a significant impact on the overall success of the business should switch to Product Marketing roles several times in his career.

TEI 264: How product managers can make better use of marketing – with Jill Soley

Product Innovation Educators

How marketing and product management work together. Turns out if you ask 50 different people what marketing is, you’ll hear 50 different answers. That is what our guest did to investigate what people think about marketing and how it fits into the work product managers do.

Establishing a market-led culture with a Product Management framework


SnapComms is a medium-sized New Zealand software company who wanted to evolve its sales-led culture into a market-led culture. Facilitating a market-driven way of thinking. customer service, engineering, marketing and sales, etc).

Perfect Your Value Proposition – B2B Marketing Rules

280 Group

Most market failures don’t result from poor marketing tactics. They result from going to the market with a poor marketing message, i.e.: not Relevant , Differentiated , or Credible to the target market. Relevant, Differentiated, Credible.

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Product Priorities vs. Marketing Priorities: Two Simple Questions

Proficientz – Product Management University

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to product priorities and marketing priorities. Product and marketing priorities have to be influenced by external forces if the desired result is a single set of top-down initiatives that won’t change with the wind. In most B2B organizations, multiple products target the exact same markets. When those products are managed, marketed and sold as separate entities, it fosters many differing views of the same markets.

How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing

Andrew Chen

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. Marketing spend increases, it’s profitable!