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Sherry Wu

Sherry Wu

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Gong
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Ex-consultant who stumbled into PMM after grad school and never looked back. I've had experience leading GTM and product launches at 40-person startups as well as F500 technology giants. I've been the first product marketer and the hundredth produ......more

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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingJuly 19
I love this question. As PMMs, deciding WHETHER to launch a product in the first place is just as important as an actual launch. When planning a launch, it's important to define hurdle criteria & go / no-go milestones to determine when you launch. You can re-evaluate your launch if any of those c......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingJuly 19
See my answer above - the KPIs that you choose when launching a new feature of an existing product should always be tied to business outcomes.  When you launch features vs products, oftentimes the business goals can be framed in terms of product adoption and cross-sell / up-sell.  Here's an......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingJuly 19
There are two categories of KPIs - business KPIs and launch performance KPIs. For both types, the KPIs you choose to track depend on the goals of your product launch.  Let's say you're introducing a new revenue-generating product. The main business goals of the launch might be to create brand ......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingJuly 19
In my experience, this is one of the toughest things as a PMM. You always see the potential upside for making an announcement, and you can spin a story out of anything / convince anybody why something matters. But really, you need to exercise a lot of restraint to avoid overloading your sales tea......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingJuly 19
I've worked at Series B startups all the way up to F500 companies. The theory behind product launches is the same - you want to align your launch to business goals. But, the HOW (the tactics and resources) and the WHO (the team) behind executing a product launch are really where there are diff......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingMay 11
I answered this question previously, so I won't go into too much detail here. However, I thought this question was interesting because it asked for the Director-level take as well. A lot of what I do as a Director is not just think about myself as an individual PMM, but think about the functio......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingMay 11
It totally depends on what's already there when you've arrived ;) What's easier to answer is what is OFF the table -- pricing refreshes, website overhauls, launching a strategic narrative. Those are big, time-consuming initiatives that shouldn't be undertaken without a foundational understanding ......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingAugust 31
Homework exercises will vary, so there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer here. As an interviewer I usually look for a few things: * Tie the GTM plan back to the business priorities. Tell me why the launch matters and what business impact it is expected to have. Tell me how you would measu......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingMay 11
Come with data and frame your initiatives for your leaders. Part of your first 30-60-90 days will involve understanding what's working well and not-as-well in the GTM. Talk to sales, CS, and RevOps to get a picture. Are you seeing steep discount rates in a certain segment? Are reps complaining......Read More
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Sherry Wu
Sherry Wu
Gong Senior Director, Product MarketingMay 11
An effective 30-60-90 will help you make progress across 3 pillars: * What is your point of view on the company's current market standing? Where are there future opportunities? * How do you define and establish the PMM function? * How do you create scalable, repeatable processes for GTM ......Read More
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Credentials & Highlights
Senior Director, Product Marketing at Gong
Formerly MaintainX, Samsara, Comfy, Cisco
Top Product Marketing Mentor List
Studied at MBA (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley); BA Political Economy (UC Berkeley)
Lives In SF Bay Area
Hobbies include Climbing, hiking, backpacking, reading, collecting vinyls
Knows About Building a Product Marketing Team, Competitive Positioning, Competitive Sales Enablem......more