Hila Segal

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VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI
I am a product marketing leader with over 15 years of experience designing and executing GTM strategies for innovative, high-growth SaaS solutions. I helped early-stage start-ups and large enterpri...more
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Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 30
Have a strong point of view on the market and don't be afraid to reframe the current definition, but be prepared to invest heavily in education and thought leadership. Rely on proof points to support your narrative in the form of customer advocates that evangelize your definition and why it drives value. The good and the bad news is that someone has already created the initial interest - invest in execution and authority marketing to grab market share. 
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
Not validating it enough and getting sucked into internal debates between stakeholders. Messaging can be very subjective and emotional. When working on messaging for a new product - 1. Start very early, put the first draft of messaging and continue to refine. 2. Write the press release early too and use it as a way to create alignment. 3. Validate. validate. validate. Go onsite with customers, interview Beta users, and learn from CS/implementation/sales teams. This will help you drive buy-in to the new messaging by using the proof points from customer interviews. 
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
Not everyone should pursue a category creation strategy. It might be appealing but it's a huge heavy-lift and will require significant investment and buy-in from everyone in the company - not just your executives. It really all starts from the story - the strategic narrative - and how strong and new it is to justify creating a new category. Spend time on getting this right, validated, and agreed upon internally and this will naturally guide the team on the category question. The biggest champion and spokesperson of the category in the company is the CEO - collaborate with him/her to get the...
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
Naming a new category is a big deal. Don't name it just by the scope and capabilities of your own solution - think bigger. A few things to help the naming process: 1. Talk to customers and try not to lead the witness. Understand what terms they use to describe the pain points and expected business value of the category. Make sure you talk to a broad set of customers that represent different industries, segments, and buying personas.  2. Research what other categories exist, how much traction they have, how they are defined, and what's the potential overlap. Create a map of the landscape. ...
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
Analysts will not endorse any vendor directly. Your goal with AR is to help shape their POV about the market, especially if this is a new category and ultimately get well positioned on MQs and Wave reports. Shaping their POV means showing analysts how customers are getting value from this new type of solution and what critical capabilities that are required to be successful. Do this by building a personal relationship with the analysts, sharing insights, connecting them with your customers, and keeping them updated about your roadmap and product innovation. 
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
If you're going after a whole new market, consider using services like G2G where you can provide the desired profile including industry, companies, titles, and areas of expertise. Then you'll get scheduled interviews where you can ask very specific questions. Set aside some budget for these interviews and be selective because they are costly. 
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
Category creation is a journey into the unknown. There are rarely clear right or wrong answers at the beginning so brace yourself for the ride.  Here are a few areas to think about:  - Category name. You want to find a name that represents the new world and the promise of the category while making it understandable and relatable. Don't be tempted to narrowly represent your product with the name. Think big.  - Start early with the analysts. Your efforts will likely not move the needle for the first 12-18 months but keep investing in analyst education to help shape their POV. - Cate...
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
The short answer is customer validation. The best messaging is what comes out of your customer's mouth so spend time learning from your customers and informing your base messaging. But even after you validated your messaging, test it. Run a/b tests in digital, email, and other channels to show you what's resonating, and use this data-driven insight to continue to refine your messaging. Bring all of this data to your executives to create the needed alignment. 
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
It really depends on how much competition exists in the market. If you're a market of 1 you'll have to fund 100% of market education and this will take time. In this situation rely heavily on your existing customers and early adopters as champions and spokespeople for the category - recruit them in creative ways to evangelize the new category and why change. You need great relationships at the most senior levels to pull this off - don't be afraid to ask your CEO and other executives to help in this effort. Turn these early customers into "celebrities" of the new category and show their succ...
Hila Segal
Hila Segal
VP of Product Marketing, Observe.AI | Formerly Clari, Vendavo, AmdocsMay 29
1. Listen to sales/CS calls. As a team on 1 you can't be on every call but make it a weekly habit to listen to at least 5-10 calls (you can listen at 1.5 or 2x speed 😊). Be strategic about the calls you listen to - use keyword search or tagging for key topics of interest that are relevant to your business like competitors, pricing, implementation, ROI, etc. This will give you great insights into what your customers and prospects care about and how your team is responding.  2. Read G2 reviews. There's so much information shared in these reviews about what your c...
Credentials & Highlights
VP of Product Marketing at Observe.AI
Formerly Clari, Vendavo, Amdocs
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Product Marketing AMA Contributor
Studied at Industrial Engineering
Lives In San Mateo, California
Hobbies include Reading, hiking, traveling, food traveling, spending time with friends and family
Knows About Category Creation, Multi-Year Product Launches, Product Launches, Building a Product ...more
Speaks English, Hebrew