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Catlyn Origitano
Senior Director Product Marketing, FivetranApril 12

Ultimately, we make both kinds of information available - or at least we try to! So for example, our website has a lot of high level messaging about our secruity capabilities, for example. But we also have links to our security whitepaper - which most security teams need to read as part of the procurement process. So we try to make it as much as possible a choose your own adventure - that is easy for them to find what they need. If they want to go deep, we don't hide that information and our Documentation team does an incredible job here. 

Messaging is always hierarchy. You have a top-level story that speaks broadly at the company, brand, or product portfolio level. Then you ladder down from that into more specific messages for specific products, industries, or audiences. They key is to start at the top and work down. That way your story is consistent, and your just adding relevant details for more specific pitches.

From a delivery mechanism I think of the sales kit as a way to package this. You have a core organizing principle, say persona, then you build kits for each key persona with a tailored presentation, demo script, discovery questions, relevant competitive positioning, etc. 

April Rassa
Vice President of Product Marketing, HackerOneSeptember 29

Your messaging should ultimately map to the key buyer personas you've identified. Your messaging then needs to be developed to go a level deeper into the value statements for different buyer personas and these can range from business to technical. You need to cater the messaging based on those buyers and have a clear sense on what is the customer journey. Is the primary buyer a business or technical decision maker and what is the intended customer journey path?

James Huddleston
Head of Product Marketing, CheckrDecember 16

This is where your work on buyer personas is critical. If you’ve done your research and understand what makes a specific buyer persona tick, then you should be able to adjust your messaging accordingly based on their unique interests. I’d also say this is where partnership with your demand and digital counterparts is key because they can provide you insights on the right format of messaging for a unique audience. As an example, you might learn that a more technically literate audience is going to want to see the product and then get direct access to your product documentation, so you’ll build a 90-120 use case demo with a CTA that points to documentation versus perhaps creating a longer form blog focused on how industry trends tie into your product benefits for a less technical audience. But at the root is your knowledge of your audience and buyer personas.

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
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,
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.