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Market

  • Market Problems

    Discover problems in the market by interviewing customers, recent evaluators and untapped, potential customers. Validate urgent problems to show their pervasiveness in the market.

  • Win/Loss Analysis

    Understand why recent evaluators of the product did or did not buy and what steps they took in the buying process.

  • Distinctive Competencies

    Articulate and leverage the organization's unique abilities to deliver value to the market.

  • Competitive Landscape

    Identify competitive and alternative offerings in the market. Assess their strengths and weaknesses. Develop a strategy for winning against the competition.

  • Asset Assessment

    Inventory your assets (technical, skills, services, patents, other) and determine ways that they can be leveraged.

Focus

  • Market Definition

    Map needs with target markets and analyze the market segments to actively pursue. Ensure that the targeted segments are large enough to support the current and future business of the product.

  • Distribution Strategy

    Determine which channels best align with your markets' buying preferences.

  • Product Portfolio

    Integrate products into a coherent portfolio of products focused on the market. Manage the portfolio like a "product" (business plan, positioning, buying process, market requirements and marketing plan).

  • Product Roadmap

    Illustrate the vision and key phases of deliverables for the product. The roadmap is a plan, not a commitment.

Business

  • Business Plan

    Perform an objective analysis of a potential market opportunity to provide a basis for investment. Articulate what you learned in the market and quantify the risk, including a financial model.

  • Pricing

    Establish a pricing model, schedules, guidelines and procedures.

  • Buy, Build or Partner

    Determine the most effective way to deliver a complete solution to an identified market problem. Where you have gaps in your offering, analyze whether to buy, build, or partner to complete the solution for your market.

  • Product Profitability

    Monitor and analyze key performance indicators to determine how well the product is performing in the market, how it impacts the company operations, and ultimately, how it contributes to profit.

  • Innovation

    Focus your teams' creative spirit on solving market problems by leveraging your organization's distinctive competencies.

Planning

  • Positioning

    Describe the product by its ability to solve market problems. Create internal positioning documents that will be used to develop external messages focused on each key buyer or persona.

  • Buying Process

    Research and document the buying process your target personas use to select a product. Understand the barriers that buyers encounter during their selection process.

  • Buyer Personas

    Define the archetypical buyers involved in the purchasing of your products and services.

  • User Personas

    Define the archetypical users of your products or services.

  • Requirements

    Articulate and prioritize personas and their problems so that the appropriate products can be built.

  • Use Scenarios

    Illustrate market problems in a "story" that puts the problem in context. Use scenarios are one component of requirements.

  • Stakeholder Comm.

    Manage proactive communications with relevant stakeholders from strategy through execution.

Programs

  • Marketing Plan

    Articulate the strategies and tactics for generating awareness and leads for the upcoming fiscal period, including key programs and events with measurements and goals.

  • Customer Acquistion

    Define the specific plans and budgets for selling products and services to new customers.

  • Customer Retention

    Define the specific plans and budgets for ensuring customer loyalty as well as selling products and services to existing customers.

  • Program Effectiveness

    Measure and tune product marketing programs to ensure alignment with corporate goals.

  • Launch Plan

    Ensure that all departments are prepared for new product releases and all items are completed to launch the product externally.

  • Thought Leadership

    Create and deliver thoughtful information (webinars, blogs, eBooks, etc.) to influence customers, buyers, industry specialists, research analysts, key editors in the press and other third parties.

  • Lead Generation

    Develop a lead generation process that is designed to generate and nurture qualified leads with an objective to turn prospects into satisfied customers.

  • Referrals & References

    Identify customers who are willing to give testimonials, be featured in case studies, or agree to be a reference account.

Readiness

  • Sales Process

    Align your organization's selling process to the buying process, describing the key personas' information needs for each step in the process.

  • Collateral

    Create collateral for buyer personas focused on a specific step of the buying process.

  • Sales Tools

    Create tools for salespeople focused on a specific step of the selling process.

  • Channel Training

    Design and deliver training programs to help the sales channels focus on how to sell the product, not how to use it.

Support

  • Presentations & Demos

    Produce standard product presentations and demo scripts that can be used by the sales team in a typical sales process.

  • "Special" Calls

    Deliver product information to qualified buyers in support of existing sales efforts.

  • Event Support

    Provide product and market expertise for events such as conferences, tradeshows, webinars and seminars.

  • Channel Support

    Provide ongoing support for the sales channel. Look for opportunities to make support more repeatable.

Select an activity to see a description.
Business Plan
Positioning
Marketing Plan
Market Problems
Market Definition
Pricing
Buying Process
Customer Acquistion
Win/Loss Analysis
Distribution Strategy
Buy, Build or Partner
Buyer Personas
Customer Retention
Distinctive Competencies
Product Portfolio
Product Profitability
User Personas
Program Effectiveness

Identify competitive and alternative offerings in the market. Assess their strengths and weaknesses. Develop a strategy for winning against the competition.

Illustrate the vision and key phases of deliverables for the product. The roadmap is a plan, not a commitment.

Focus your teams' creative spirit on solving market problems by leveraging your organization's distinctive competencies.

Articulate and prioritize personas and their problems so that the appropriate products can be built.

Ensure that all departments are prepared for new product releases and all items are completed to launch the product externally.

Align your organization's selling process to the buying process, describing the key personas' information needs for each step in the process.

Produce standard product presentations and demo scripts that can be used by the sales team in a typical sales process.

Inventory your assets (technical, skills, services, patents, other) and determine ways that they can be leveraged.

Illustrate market problems in a "story" that puts the problem in context. Use scenarios are one component of requirements.

Create and deliver thoughtful information (webinars, blogs, eBooks, etc.) to influence customers, buyers, industry specialists, research analysts, key editors in the press and other third parties.

Create collateral for buyer personas focused on a specific step of the buying process.

Deliver product information to qualified buyers in support of existing sales efforts.

Manage proactive communications with relevant stakeholders from strategy through execution.

Develop a lead generation process that is designed to generate and nurture qualified leads with an objective to turn prospects into satisfied customers.

Create tools for salespeople focused on a specific step of the selling process.

Provide product and market expertise for events such as conferences, tradeshows, webinars and seminars.

Identify customers who are willing to give testimonials, be featured in case studies, or agree to be a reference account.

Design and deliver training programs to help the sales channels focus on how to sell the product, not how to use it.

Provide ongoing support for the sales channel. Look for opportunities to make support more repeatable.

Articulate and leverage the organization's unique abilities to deliver value to the market.

Integrate products into a coherent portfolio of products focused on the market. Manage the portfolio like a "product" (business plan, positioning, buying process, market requirements and marketing plan).

Monitor and analyze key performance indicators to determine how well the product is performing in the market, how it impacts the company operations, and ultimately, how it contributes to profit.

Define the archetypical users of your products or services.

Measure and tune product marketing programs to ensure alignment with corporate goals.

Understand why recent evaluators of the product did or did not buy and what steps they took in the buying process.

Determine which channels best align with your markets' buying preferences.

Determine the most effective way to deliver a complete solution to an identified market problem. Where you have gaps in your offering, analyze whether to buy, build, or partner to complete the solution for your market.

Define the archetypical buyers involved in the purchasing of your products and services.

Define the specific plans and budgets for ensuring customer loyalty as well as selling products and services to existing customers.

Discover problems in the market by interviewing customers, recent evaluators and untapped, potential customers. Validate urgent problems to show their pervasiveness in the market.

Map needs with target markets and analyze the market segments to actively pursue. Ensure that the targeted segments are large enough to support the current and future business of the product.

Establish a pricing model, schedules, guidelines and procedures.

Research and document the buying process your target personas use to select a product. Understand the barriers that buyers encounter during their selection process.

Define the specific plans and budgets for selling products and services to new customers.

Perform an objective analysis of a potential market opportunity to provide a basis for investment. Articulate what you learned in the market and quantify the risk, including a financial model.

Describe the product by its ability to solve market problems. Create internal positioning documents that will be used to develop external messages focused on each key buyer or persona.

Articulate the strategies and tactics for generating awareness and leads for the upcoming fiscal period, including key programs and events with measurements and goals.

Competitive Landscape
Product Roadmap
Innovation
Requirements
Launch Plan
Sales Process
Presentations & Demos
Asset Assessment
Use Scenarios
Thought Leadership
Collateral
"Special" Calls
Stakeholder Comm.
Lead Generation
Sales Tools
Event Support
Referrals & References
Channel Training
Channel Support
Select an activity to see a description.
Business Plan
Positioning
Marketing Plan
Market Problems
Market Definition
Pricing
Buying Process
Customer Acquistion
Win/Loss Analysis
Distribution Strategy
Buy, Build or Partner
Buyer Personas
Customer Retention
Distinctive Competencies
Product Portfolio
Product Profitability
User Personas
Program Effectiveness

Identify competitive and alternative offerings in the market. Assess their strengths and weaknesses. Develop a strategy for winning against the competition.

Illustrate the vision and key phases of deliverables for the product. The roadmap is a plan, not a commitment.

Focus your teams' creative spirit on solving market problems by leveraging your organization's distinctive competencies.

Articulate and prioritize personas and their problems so that the appropriate products can be built.

Ensure that all departments are prepared for new product releases and all items are completed to launch the product externally.

Align your organization's selling process to the buying process, describing the key personas' information needs for each step in the process.

Produce standard product presentations and demo scripts that can be used by the sales team in a typical sales process.

Inventory your assets (technical, skills, services, patents, other) and determine ways that they can be leveraged.

Illustrate market problems in a "story" that puts the problem in context. Use scenarios are one component of requirements.

Create and deliver thoughtful information (webinars, blogs, eBooks, etc.) to influence customers, buyers, industry specialists, research analysts, key editors in the press and other third parties.

Create collateral for buyer personas focused on a specific step of the buying process.

Deliver product information to qualified buyers in support of existing sales efforts.

Manage proactive communications with relevant stakeholders from strategy through execution.

Develop a lead generation process that is designed to generate and nurture qualified leads with an objective to turn prospects into satisfied customers.

Create tools for salespeople focused on a specific step of the selling process.

Provide product and market expertise for events such as conferences, tradeshows, webinars and seminars.

Identify customers who are willing to give testimonials, be featured in case studies, or agree to be a reference account.

Design and deliver training programs to help the sales channels focus on how to sell the product, not how to use it.

Provide ongoing support for the sales channel. Look for opportunities to make support more repeatable.

Articulate and leverage the organization's unique abilities to deliver value to the market.

Integrate products into a coherent portfolio of products focused on the market. Manage the portfolio like a "product" (business plan, positioning, buying process, market requirements and marketing plan).

Monitor and analyze key performance indicators to determine how well the product is performing in the market, how it impacts the company operations, and ultimately, how it contributes to profit.

Define the archetypical users of your products or services.

Measure and tune product marketing programs to ensure alignment with corporate goals.

Understand why recent evaluators of the product did or did not buy and what steps they took in the buying process.

Determine which channels best align with your markets' buying preferences.

Determine the most effective way to deliver a complete solution to an identified market problem. Where you have gaps in your offering, analyze whether to buy, build, or partner to complete the solution for your market.

Define the archetypical buyers involved in the purchasing of your products and services.

Define the specific plans and budgets for ensuring customer loyalty as well as selling products and services to existing customers.

Discover problems in the market by interviewing customers, recent evaluators and untapped, potential customers. Validate urgent problems to show their pervasiveness in the market.

Map needs with target markets and analyze the market segments to actively pursue. Ensure that the targeted segments are large enough to support the current and future business of the product.

Establish a pricing model, schedules, guidelines and procedures.

Research and document the buying process your target personas use to select a product. Understand the barriers that buyers encounter during their selection process.

Define the specific plans and budgets for selling products and services to new customers.

Perform an objective analysis of a potential market opportunity to provide a basis for investment. Articulate what you learned in the market and quantify the risk, including a financial model.

Describe the product by its ability to solve market problems. Create internal positioning documents that will be used to develop external messages focused on each key buyer or persona.

Articulate the strategies and tactics for generating awareness and leads for the upcoming fiscal period, including key programs and events with measurements and goals.

Competitive Landscape
Product Roadmap
Innovation
Requirements
Launch Plan
Sales Process
Presentations & Demos
Asset Assessment
Use Scenarios
Thought Leadership
Collateral
"Special" Calls
Stakeholder Comm.
Lead Generation
Sales Tools
Event Support
Referrals & References
Channel Training
Channel Support

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