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Zachary Reiss-Davis
Head of Industry/Audience Marketing; Director of Product Marketing, Procore TechnologiesJuly 14

I've tackled this question a bit in other answers already, and I encourage you to check those out as well, but in essence -- industry marketing is one specialization in a mature product marketing organization, focused on key value propositions and message by industry. It's required when your ideal customer profile's needs, challenges, and the value that you can bring to their problems varies enough by industry that it's difficult to have "universal" positioning apply to each of your target industries.

Julie Vasquez
Product Marketing Leader, Procore TechnologiesJune 22

Industry Marketing is useful when a company has a wide portfolio of products or solutions that create value for a number of industry segments. The Industry (or Audience) Marketing team tells an integrated story about the outcomes that a set of solutions can deliver for that set of customers. When the sales organization is organized around customer segments, having Industry Marketing counterparts can be an effective way to make sure they get the right messaging for their prospective customers throughout the sales funnel.  

Sina Falaki
Director, Industry and Product Marketing, MotiveJune 16

A company that has multiple products, different buyers, and leans towards vertical SaaS needs solution oriented messaging in order to speak to the aspiration of the buyer. In this case, industry marketing is a priority to build. When you speak to value and pain of the buyer vs product centricity per industry, you're message not only becomes authentic, but you're speaking to a critical path for the buyer to succeed, their aspirations, their problems, and you paint a vision which shows how they can be succesful. This type of messaging naturally requires more than one product as the pain involves multiple products in order to solve their problem, all wrapped around a single message. 

Typical product marketing is naturally focused on the product, and because of this, makes it very hard for traditional product marketers to pivot into this solution oriented messaging. 

Priya Gill
Vice President, Product Marketing, Momentive
First off, I'll say that I'm never a fan of making someone create messaging/positioning and defining a GTM plan about the interviewing company's product because you're never going to get to the level of knowledge as someone in the company...and it takes way longer to do it right. OK, rant over. :) 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 clearly understand t...
Jon Rooney
Group Vice President, Industry Marketing, Oracle
I imagine any company would be open to hiring people for PMM roles with this range of experiences. There are multiple paths to product marketing and all of these functions cover part of the responsibility of the role. PMMs are, at least in my experience in enterprise software, a true hub role - with connections and visibility into seemingly every part of the business from strategy to product to customer success. Category Management, or Brand Management, at a CPG company might not always immediately translate to an enterprise PMM role, particularly if it's a senior role and requires experien...
Jeff Otto
Vice President, Product Marketing, Marqeta
With my industry product marketers, I nurture the development of a set of skills that I feel differentiate them. These are the skills I feel an industry product marketer should be exceptional at: 1.) Know your industry buyer personas. 2.) An industry product marketer should be able to speak in the native language of that industry. They should know the industry jargon, abbreviations, and the way their business functions. 3.) They should hold themselves accountable to ensuring their messaging is relevant to the industry’s specific situation and challenges, and they should always strive to pos...
Zachary Reiss-Davis
Head of Industry/Audience Marketing; Director of Product Marketing, Procore Technologies
I don't think I can help you on the full assignment within the scope of an AMA; especially since the sub-question reads like the company probably is going to be using this question for other candidates in the future. However, here are a few tips for any take-home interview round like this: * If you're given the opportunity to ask follow-up questions, make sure you do so; one key part of the exercise is seeing how you learn and research. * Make sure you do your homework; know what the current messaging, positioning, audience, and content available is. * Spend the time to proofread ...
Julie Vasquez
Product Marketing Leader, Procore Technologies
The most critical intersection of Industry Product Marketers and their Solution Marketing counterparts happens with product launches, re-launches, and major feature releases. This helps ensure that relevant use cases, positioning statements, and sales collateral are in place and that the teams coordinate sales enablement and campaign activities to get messaging to the right people. Solution Marketing teams own the messaging frameworks for each product and work closely with product teams as early as product discovery. Industry Product Marketers draw from a portfolio of products to build mess...
Sina Falaki
Director, Industry and Product Marketing, Motive
In the early stages, as teams are starting to get built - trust and dividing responsibilites is the biggest factor in ensuring alignment, especially between PMM's and PM's.  How do you build trust and clearly divide responsibilities? Communicate and clarify your end goals.  Align on goals - Ownership from both teams is necessary. Product Marketers are customer and market facing, while PM is developer and product facing. PMM's must ensure product adoption is critical and their highest priority. Marketers must align product packaging and messaging with market demands and PMs must align ...