Session at ProductCamp: Grow Your Business in New Ways

ProductCamp BostonJust added – new session at ProductCamp Boston! Once again, I’ll be leading a session at ProductCamp Boston, one of the three largest ProductCamps in the world. I hope you’ll join me at ProductCamp for this presentation. See below for registration details. I hope you’ll also join me for the ProductCamp session on Marketing 3.0.

Grow Your Business in New Ways

Saturday 2nd May, 2015 – 12:45 to 1:35pm (EST)
Microsoft NERD Center, Vitruvius (10th floor – conference room on far side from where lunch is served)

It’s no surprise that we “product people” often focus all of our thinking around our products… growing our product’s revenue, expanding our product’s footprint, how to get more people and more companies to buy our product, etc.

But when you step away from that product focus, you begin to see vast new revenue opportunities that you never knew existed. Join us as we explore a new way of thinking about your customers and the markets you serve. Along the way, we’ll learn powerful lessons from leading companies like Apple, Netflix and others.

About ProductCamp Boston

ProductCamp Boston is the only full-day unconference for product managers and product marketers in the Boston area. Because it’s an unconference, ProductCamp is organized by attendees, for attendees so you can get the most out of the day. Over 400 product management, product marketing professionals, developers, entrepreneurs, students and industry thought-leaders come together to network, share and learn about product management, product development, market trends, product marketing, startups, product design, career development, and more. ProductCamp website | Register for ProductCamp Boston

About Steve Robins

Steve Robins is the principal of Solution Marketing Strategies. For the last 15 years, Steve Robins has been transforming technology firms into market-leading, customer-focused solution providers. He’s held senior marketing roles at FirstBest Systems, EMC Documentum, and KANA Software. An industry thought-leader, Steve started the top-rated solution marketing blog, writes a marketing tech column for TechTarget, and has co-chaired the ProductCamp Boston unconference for several years.

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Session at ProductCamp: Marketing 3.0 – What’s Next?

ProductCamp BostonOnce again, I’ll be leading a session at ProductCamp Boston, one of the three largest ProductCamps in the world. I hope you’ll join me at ProductCamp and participate in this interactive discussion.  See below for registration details.  I hope you’ll also join me for the ProductCamp session on Growing Your Business in New Ways.

Discussion: Marketing 3.0 – What’s Next

Saturday 2nd May, 2015 – 1:45 to 2:35pm (EST) – note time change
Microsoft NERD Center, Commons B (10th floor – far side from where lunch is served)

Empowered consumers, content marketing, social selling, agile marketing and an explosion of new marketing (martech) tools: the world of marketing is rapidly evolving.

Join this interactive discussion about the challenges, opportunities and imperatives of the new marketing department of today. What’s working? What’s not? What needs to change? What does the marketing 3.0 department look like? What is its mission and goals?

About ProductCamp Boston

ProductCamp Boston is the only full-day unconference for product managers and product marketers in the Boston area. Because it’s an unconference, ProductCamp is organized by attendees, for attendees so you can get the most out of the day. Over 400 product management, product marketing professionals, developers, entrepreneurs, students and industry thought-leaders come together to network, share and learn about product management, product development, market trends, product marketing, startups, product design, career development, and more. ProductCamp website | Register for ProductCamp Boston

About Steve Robins

Steve Robins is the principal of Solution Marketing Strategies. For the last 15 years, Steve Robins has been transforming technology firms into market-leading, customer-focused solution providers. He’s held senior marketing roles at FirstBest Systems, EMC Documentum, and KANA Software. An industry thought-leader, Steve started the top-rated solution marketing blog, writes a marketing tech column for TechTarget, and has co-chaired the ProductCamp Boston unconference for several years.

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Predicting a Solution’s Value

Predicting valuePredictive lead scoring can identify the leads that will place the greatest value on your solution – and pay the highest price.

Value, the difference between the benefit that a customer receives and the total cost to achieve that benefit, is central to solution marketing.  But value is also closely tied to lead scoring as well, with major implications for your company’s revenue and profitability.  As I recently wrote in SearchCRM,

A lead score predicts the likelihood that a given lead will ultimately convert into a closed deal. The higher the score, the more likely that a lead will turn into a sale. The score may incorporate predictors such as the lead’s current challenges and technologies, the presence of an active and budgeted project, selected demographic/firmographic data, and even frequency of activity.

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How Apple Creates a Future that Sells

AplWatch-HomeScreen-PR-PRINT_2Today Apple announced additional details of AppleWatch as well as a new, slimmer (!) MacBook line at a media event in San Francisco.  Apple is an iconic company and their innovation can provide helpful lessons, many of which apply to solution marketers. Which takes me to the AppleWatch: Needing to be tethered to a iPhone via WiFi, and carrying a not-insignificant price for an optional gizmo, it’s not clear how well this new product will perform I the market.  But if anyone can make a go of it, Apple can.  Here’s why. Continue reading

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Cyber Lessons from Black Friday

Black Friday offers an important lesson for cyber (i.e., enterprise software) solution marketers. 

Bombarded by Black Friday

Cyber lessons from Black FridayOver the last few weeks, we’ve been bombarded with a never-ending stream of Black Friday TV commercials. These included a litany of TV commercials for BMWs and other cars on sale for Black Friday. Maybe it’s all due to a surge in self-gifting, although experts were predicting a drop for 2014.

In a world where everything from clothes to cars was on sale on or around Black Friday, retailers were competing against just about every other retailer for the $381 that the typical shopper spent this past weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.  That included direct competitors offering similar goods, indirect competitors who offered different goods that solved the same problem (say, giving a nice gift) and what I’ll call Share of Budget competitors who solved different problems but competed for the same budget.

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Product Marketing in an Agile Environment – Recap from ProductCamp Boston

Reprinted from Gail Ferreira’s B2B Solution Marketing Insights Blog with changes

agileEd note: My biggest takeaway from this discussion was that marketing/product marketing needs to contribute strategically to the roadmap (even in an agile environment).  The roadmap needs to work not only to support customers and prospects but also marketing launches and timeframes (which of course also support customers and prospects as well).  -Steve Robins

ProductCamp Boston 2013 was again another great event!  From a discussion facilitated by Steve Robins, I wanted to share some insights on “Product Marketing in an Agile Environment”.

Agile processes do impact marketing, particularly when product roadmaps don’t proceed as anticipated.  For example, using Steve’s company as an example, he noted that:   Continue reading

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Solution Marketing @ The Boston Startup School

By Steve Robins

Solution Marketing for Startups

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to teach a one-day solution marketing class at the Boston Startup School, located in the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Learn to Do

If you have the opportunity to teach, learn, network or otherwise participate with Boston Startup School, jump on it!  Run by startup incubator TechStars, the new program helps “young professionals to learn the skills needed to have an immediate and positive impact on the startup they join.”  Wondering what’s on their minds?  Check out the new blog by the sales and marketing classes, www.GrowthNinja.com, which states that…

 You don’t have to start a company to be an entrepreneur.  Entrepreneurship is a mindset.  It’s a healthy discontent with the status quo that brings together teams dedicated to making the world a better place.  Entrepreneurs include all members of a startup team, from the CEO to the summer intern.

…and I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading

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