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Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
I don't think of it as a hierarchy, but more of a messaging map that focuses on the end audience (whether that is an exec or an end user) and their specific pain points.  One way to do that ladder is to break it down by differentiation/value and audience. So what are the core pillars of your product and then what is the needed translation of that to a specific audience. Example: "Ease" means something different to a CMO/CEO versus a marketing manager/individual contributor.   
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
My answer depends on the content and size of the team. Ideally:  A lot of the ones listed--help articles, knowledge base, how-to, FAQs---should likely live with a technical writing team.  On product videos, that should ideally be a partnership between the product (and product design team) and the marketing team if they are external assets. Product Design/UX will have the highest fidelity assets and also be (usually) most adept at doing creative things to those files to bring them to life creatively. 
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
1. Take the time to understand their needs and paint points 2. Work with Sales leadership on a plan for rep adoption: align on the resourcing, rollout, measurement, and expectations 3. Partner closely with reps and the sales enablement team (if there is a focused one) to define and refine the content and content types 4. Get feedback and continuously experiment and optimize 
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
It really depends on the size of the marketing team and the level of specialization across the teams: Are there channel/audience owners? Is there a Solutions Marketing team? Product Marketing will always own the content and foundational assets that need product subject matter expertise.  In terms of a go-to-stack, the usual suspects are:  (*note: I use "comparison" and not "battle" cards because, thanks to our wonderful competitive intelligence lead, we moved to more inclusive, thoughtful language) -comparison cards for internal teams (we currently use Crayon to help us scale) -extern...
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
Easy: approach the effort strategically.  Be clear on the why, what, and how.  1. Start with the goals.  2. Get clear on the jobs to be done.  3. Ladder the tactics up to those.  4. Make sure the corresponding metrics/KPIs of 2 and 3 ladder up to 1 5. Communicate your sales enablement approach holistically: start with the goals and then the strategic plan to get the team to hit them. 
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
If you are one person it is all about ruthless prioritization. That is the one thing that will make or break you and your efforts.  Through feedback from the team and from any data you might have, zero in on the core competitors (and restrict that number based on your bandwidth) that are going to be the most impactful and focus on those.  Then, in terms of keeping up to date more broadly, set up google alerts, subscribe to newsletters, to keep up with any breaking news in the space.  And every quarter or half, set some time to revisit the feedback and data to see if that core set o...
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
This is a meaty question with answers that don't fit neatly in this rectangular box, but will try! First, make sure you are telling a story: Are you clear on who you are serving? Are you clear on the pain points to be solved? What is the change in the world that has caused those pains? How do your products uniquely address/solve/ease those pain points?  Secondly, within that story, make sure you don't lose the value props of the individual products. Not every buyer is going to be a multi-product sale from the start.  So think of it as an inverted triangle. Start with the broad stor...
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
There should be involvement when it comes to alignment on the year's go-to-market strategy and any refreshed or new product positioning.  Because it is the one opportunity to set the tone and focus of the year, product marketing should view it as the time to rollout any new strategies (campaigns, launches) and positioning/messaging (products) to ensure that buyer enablement is strong from the start and the sales team is fired up!   Also, I don't think product marketing needs to be present or a presenter. In fact, I think it's more powerful when a Sales leader delivers the strategy and...
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
It's really mainly two primary questions for reps when it comes to content requests:  -What problem are they trying to solve?  -Who is the audience?  -What is the distribution and adoption plan?  ...maybe a 4th, depending on the answers to the above, is if there are examples they can point you to. It helps with any miscommunication or misaligned expectations.  All three questions above will help you prioritize how this request fits with your overall priorities and whether it merits being added to the list or not. 
Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret
Editor in Chief, Entertainment WeeklyMarch 11
The important word in this question is "global"---the challenges of scaling enablement efforts across the world are primarily across 3 buckets:  -language: scaling localization of core assets and training -insights: scaling understanding of regional markets so that nuance informs the approach to that market  -bandwith/HC: to really be effective, you need in-market specialists (pmm and enablement) but that's not always feasible and often in-market marketers are tasked with every marketing function.  How to overcome them:  -Language: Hyper prioritization of assets and languages.  -Ins...
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Editor in Chief at Entertainment Weekly
Product Marketing AMA Contributor
Lives In England, United Kingdom
Knows About Building a Product Marketing Team, Stakeholder Management, Sales Enablement