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Catlyn Origitano
Senior Director Product Marketing, FivetranApril 12

Our PMM intern - who is now a full-time Associate PMM - has this exact background! And we will be hiring another such intern in a month or so! :) 

If you don't have the PMM experience per se, try to do activities associated with PMM work - like creating sales enablement, doing customer interviews, creating sales materials. At a smaller company, many marketing folks have to do it all - so you can start at a place like that and lean into projects that are more PMM-y.

Becky Trevino
Executive Vice President Product (fmr VP PMM), Snow SoftwareMay 20

This answer depends on what your experiencer was prior to your MBA. If you were in Marketing and/or Product Management prior, you can make the pitch that there i overlap in your past history to connect you to PMM. Or if you are about to start an MBA program, you could look to secure an internship in Product Marketing.

Overall, in general, managers will prefer someone with experience. That said, at some point someone has to get their first product marketing job. The key to that first job in which you have no experience is to network, network, network. Also, there are certifications you can get and being part of communitie like this one and meetups can help.

James Huddleston
Head of Product Marketing, CheckrDecember 16

To be completely transparent, I think it's really difficult for people just graduating to come in as an entry level PMM. If that is your goal, I'd think about what responsibilities that typically lie with PMM you could excel at including things like owning competitive intelligence and research or sales enablement. These would be two responsibilities I could see someone without as much or potentially any prior PMM experience being able to contribute to. I'd also consider going into consulting first as this often provides the skillset required to be a really effective PMM. 

Kristen Ribero
Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Handshake
Insights are extremely important and should always be an input into your messaging architecture or recommendation. Market and customer insights are one of the best ways to make a case for your recommendation, in fact.  So you don't get stuck in an analysis paralysis state, I'd do a quick audit to understand the current state of data and insights as it pertains to your product/market/etc. Find out: * What research is complete and available? This could be something like a survey to your database that was run in the past, research you paid for, data and analysis from things like a T...
Sarah Lambert
SVP, Marketing, Buckzy Payments
There are a lot of messaging frameworks out there to choose from, but I take a bottom up approach: I start with the differentiators and proof points and then build my elevator pitch, value prop statements and long descriptions from those foundational components. I also use the rule of 3 for my differentiators and proof points. If you find yourself with a laundry list of differentiators or proof points, start looking for similiarities among those components to create larger "buckets" so that your audience has an easier time remembering your message.
Diana Smith
Director of Brand and Product Marketing, Twilio.org, Twilio
These are all interrelated. Messaging: Includes value propositions, your story, and pitch. Also includes things like naming, alternatives, and taglines. Value Proposition: These are the top benefits you want to focus on for your product based on customer and competitive unput Pitch & Story: These should be the same. Your pitch about the world before your product, the current approach, why it’s bad, the business consequences, and the new world with your product should tell a story. This story should hit on your main messaging points and value propositions. Hope that helps!
Derek Frome
Vice President Marketing, Ouster.io
Painted door tests are your friend here (google it). You could create two or three landing pages with different message variants, each of which leads to a "request access" form. Depending on what your campaign is for, your message testing could be as simple as running it by product managers or account managers. Or you could grab a few web visitors through a Qualaroo survey and interview them. You could grab people and buy them a coffee at a conference. Basically, there's no big trick to this - you just have to do it. If you're getting feedback on your messaging from your target audience or ...
Priya Gill
Vice President, Product Marketing, Momentive
As counterintuitive as this may sound, simple messaging isn’t always the way to go. It really comes down to your target buyer(s) and the set of messages that resonate with them, which may need to be simple for a line of business buyer like Marketing or HR or more complex/technical for an IT/Developer buyer. But it always comes back to understanding your target audience and their pain points, and ensuring you're tailoring your messaging for them. Also, depending on the channel/medium where your messaging is shared, it may necessitate varying altitudes. For example, Social Media is a clear c...
Matt Hodges
Head of Product Marketing Craft, Atlassian
I'm out of time, but real quick, Patagonia and Apple are favorites of mine. They both have brands that stand for something, and they continually demonstrate their commitment to their vision in their actions. On top of that, they both have high-quality products.   I  believe that product and marketing are two sides of the same coin–you can't be a successful, sustainable business without one or the other.