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What advice could you share for people marketing to developers?

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April Rassa
April Rassa
Aventi Group Product Marketing ConsultantSeptember 30

Developers don't want to be marketed to. Developers are a sharp, no-nonsense group. They work under deadlines and stress that comes from being asked to deliver on the (next to) impossible. They can smell jargon and insincere messaging from a mile away. Since they play a critical role in choosing tools and solutions, it’s essential that to approach developers with thoughtful, engaging, and helpful content. So, with that in mind, developers want to know just what you can do for them and understand how the whole thing was built and why it will work. Therefore, get on their level. Approach content in a way that adds value to them vs trying to push jargon down their throat. And, meet them where they are. 

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Catlyn Origitano
Catlyn Origitano
Fivetran VP Product & Portfolio MarketingApril 14

Start with the facts. Then add in what actual customers or prospects have said. Or if you don't have that yet - a respected third party - like a Gartner. And only then try to make it clever. I think too often marketing folks start with the clever and work backwards - but especially developers, they want to know it works, they want to get into the weeds right away, and they will be put off or blow past any overly clever, overly fluffy marketing. 

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Vishal Naik
Vishal Naik
Google Product Marketing LeadJuly 15

My biggest piece of advice is to not forget about decision makers and end-users. Developers are a hugely important persona that has a unique set of needs, but they are ultimately not the sole decision maker in most organizations and they build for users. So if you can know about who the developer is building for and who else the developer is going to interact with to make a decision, you can build a pretty sound developer marketing strategy. Oh and do persona work and potentially external research on all of these audiences. Developers don't like being marketed to and will see through any fluff, so how you nuance your message to resonate with this group is important, you’ll want to be more sure of your message than with other audiences so you may need to do some extra validation. 

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Indy Sen
Indy Sen
Canva Ecosystem Marketing LeaderMay 19

Lol, yes, marketing to developers and technical audiences like data scientists is not for the faint of heart. 

They are naturallly suspicious of glitzy marketing, and have very low tolerance for buzz words (e.g. "business transformation", "collaborative intelligence", etc). Wining and dining them will only take you so far (to this day, engineers are the only employees who get a free meal at Apple). And when you ask for feedback, boy will they give you feedback. Brutal. Honest. Feedback.

But here's the thing. The minute you win them over with the quality of your solution/tool, they will evangelize the f out of it. Because your solution (dev tool, API, client, platform) if it works well, gives them the ability to do something faster, better and/or in ways that saves them tons of time and headaches from a support, maintenance or non-recurring work standpoint. Better yet, you'll make them look like geniuses for implementing and betting on your tool.

So my main advice is focus on winning their hearts, not wallets, by striving for a great developer acquisition experience, a company brand that simply shows that you care, content that's written for them, ideally by them. 

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William Chia
William Chia
Styra VP of MarketingFebruary 1

Marketing and Product have the same job - to delight their users. Product teams delight users with features and marketing teams delight users with content. Like any segment or persona, developers want to engage with content that is helpful and entertaining. Technical how-to guides, top-notch documentation, and interesting "weekend project" coding tutorials don't often feel like marketing because they are helpful and fun. 

The key is credibility. Solid developer content needs to be created by developers. If you're not a dev, consider attending a coding BootCamp or taking some online coding tutorials to build empathy for your customer and keep a tight relationship with developer advocates and community marketers that have a software engineering background. 

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