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Stacey Wang
Director of PMM at Ironclad
- Anchor on the highest priority for the company, versus any one team. One of the hardest but also most liberating things about product marketing is that we are an inherently flexible function. Our skillsets are diverse, so we can quickly get into formation behind whatever is most important and strategic to the company at any given point in time. This is our greatest strength (and, if handled poorly, our greatest weakness; see below response), so don't let it go to waste! If the most important initiative at the company is revenue, make yourself indispensable to sales by holding your team to...more
Julian Clarke
Head of Product Marketing at Lattice
It’s a useful exercise to determine first what the company’s most important objectives are rather than any one team’s. PMM, being as cross-functional as it is, acts as sort of a layer of utility business athletes within the organization, pushing for whatever the most important outcomes are that the business needs to achieve in that specific period of time. Once you clearly understand what the company’s goals are, you can push for alignment between these three groups and prioritize which voice needs to be heard the most at that moment. You can also usually find common ground between these te...more
Priya Gill
Vice President, Product Marketing at Momentive
Not sure I completely answer the question. Typically when I ask candidates to give a presentation, it's less about the specific products they're presenting, but rather HOW they present it. Can the candidate articulate how they effectively approached their GTM strategy, from ideation to execution and beyond. Can they effectively launch a product/feature and properly engage the right cross-functional partners to make that launch a success? Are they outcome-oriented and think about the metrics they're trying to drive with a given launch? Those are just a few things that I would be looking for ...more
Brianne Shally
Head of Product Marketing at Nextdoor
Sharing the product roadmap externally is a great way to share the company's vision, investment in innovation, and upcoming features to get prospects and customers excited about the potential. It can be a strong selling tool to get prospects on board and a resource to get current customers to invest more. What's important is that the roadmap isn't standing on it own, but partnered with an overall vision to show how product efforts later up to a great vision. This is where Product Marketing can play a strong role in storytelling and positioning to bring it all together. I've seen this execut...more
Laura Jones
Head of Marketing at Instacart

 

To establish credibility with a new team, the first step is understanding the team's need, laying out a vision for how you can best add value, and aligning around expectations. It is important to know the user, the market, and the product so that you can engage with the cross-functional team in a meaningful way from day one. With a clear set of objectives and foundational understanding of the space, you can quickly begin to make an impact on the team.

 

Gregg Miller
VP of Product Marketing at Oyster®
It's all about doing great work that matters to the business, matters to your partner, and fits into the context of the relationship! The playbook below can help get the ball rolling. Sorry for the long answer, but it's a complex question with big implications for your ability to add value as a PMM. 1) It's essential to understand your business — the market you play in, the strengths/weaknesses of the competition, how customers feel about you, etc. — better than just about anyone else in the company. Your level of fluency (or lack thereof!) will be visible in how you show up: the insight...more
Jeffrey Vocell
Head of Product Marketing at Narvar | Formerly Iterable, HubSpot, IBM
Great question. Building relationships with Product is paramount to our success. I think this comes down to a few things... 1. Establish a personal relationship with your product stakeholders. Get to know them and what drives them (beyond just work). I had one PM I used to work with who is a musician and plays guitar when he's not working, and we always talked about music and connected much deeper than just the latest project. Beyond that, make sure you have regular 1:1s with your product stakeholders and connect on the projects they're working on, but also that yo...more
Robin Pam
Product Marketing Lead at Stripe
Become an expert in a data set that's close to revenue. Knowing as much as you can about how market interest turns into revenue (i.e. your entire marketing & sales funnel) is the easiest way to make yourself indispensible to both product and company strategy.  When you know more than anyone else in the company about how leads turn into pipeline turn into closed business for your product line or area of ownership, product will start to seek you out for your insights.  Also, be a good editor. They will inevitably write a blog post or PRD or some kind of document that requires some criti...more