Webflow

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Website: webflow.com
Employees: 150
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2012
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Webflow is a web-based drag and drop tool for building responsive websites.
Insights from the Webflow Product Marketing Team
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 13
Great question! I think it all starts with how you approach the conversation with that internal group. Building out a "walking deck" that explains my goals, intentions and the potential program is a great way to lower the fear of other teams. It also helps to bring those stakeholders along the journey as you build out that deck - ask them questions - what do they wish they knew about their customers, what could be improved across product, marketing, sales, etc. Once you can identify the stakeholder group's goals, you can build that into your plan and show an opportunity.
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 13
It really depends on the current understanding of that competitive positioning within my sales team. I usually work with Sales Enablement or frontline Sales Managers to create a bill of materials that would help inform the team on competitive positioning.  Usually this includes but it varies on who I'm tryin to enable (Account executives, leadership, customer success, technical sales engineers, etc..) * Competitive battlecards * Why we win/why we lose messaging + customer stories * Product differentiation deep dive (in partnership with a Sales/Solutions Engineer) * A competitive ...
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 12
I use a pretty simple framework for messaging - namely, the messaging house. I typically focus on the following sections of the house (top to bottom): Brand prop, product description, customer context (the problem), Needs and wants, 3-5 value props, Benefits & features that address needs and wants(How does it work?) Competitive positioning is a great foundation for supporting messaging. FInding the intersection of the unfair advantages of your product/service and the items your customers' value (I.e. speed, flexibility, security, etc) is a great way to build lasting messaging. 
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 11
There are a number of ways to approach customer research pre-launch. At Webflow, we spend a lot of time with our community members to better understand their needs and wants as it relates to our product roadmap and their business needs. Really understanding specific audience segments and the why really helps our product marketing team with better messaging that resonates in the market. I've also been part of organizations where leveraging a cross-functional product beta program with sales, product, and product marketing creates a strong repository of not only customer feedback for product b...
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 11
"Competitor aware, customer obsessed" is something that I've internalized when thinking about competitors. Competitors are a good thing - it validates your space, your product-market fit and the market opportunity. The key is balancing the focus on competitors and the focus on customers. It can be really easy to go down competitive rabbit holes and chase every organization in your space but the best way to prioritize top competitors Is by looking at the impact they are having on your organization's growth (I.e. sales growth, win/loss rates, etc.). I've found attributing dollar amounts of co...
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 11
For me, positioning is the statement about why/how your product is unique and why it is better than the competition. Messaging, on the other hand, is how you articulate (the words) the positioning to a specific audience/persona. The positioning your create for your product is really the foundation the messaging is built on.  To get buy-in with stakeholders, I really focus on starting wtih the positioning and getting sign-off from leadership on those key statements. Once there is alignment there, the messaging becomes an exercise in iteration and testing.  Here is one example of Slack'...
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 11
Great question and one that really hits home for me since I used to do competitive intel while sitting in the sales organization at Medallia. The best approach I've seen is first identifying the top content needed by the sales team by actually sitting in sales meetings and in front of customers. It's a great way to see where the gaps are in the messaging and content bill of materials that PMM needs to produce for Sales.  After getting some first hand knowledge, I typically work with Sales Engineers and Account Executives to build and test the content (1-pagers, demo videos, competitive b...
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing, WebflowJuly 11
This is a fantastic question! In my experience, for competitive research/marketing, it is critical to spend time with your customers and frontline sales teams. In my previous roles, I've built voice of customer programs to help support quant and qual research. This has come in a number of formats - a win/loss VoC program for enterprise sales deals, an annual customer survey and a churn surey. I've typically used survey tools like Medallia, Qualtrics and Gainsight. The key is being able to build a repository of these insights and operationalize them across the organization so people take act...
Webflow Product Marketing Leaders
Vikas Bhagat
Vikas Bhagat
Director, Head of Product Marketing