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Choosing a Great Product Manager

Choosing a Great Product Manager

This post was written by Mira Wooten, Director of Recruiting at the 280 Group. Last week I noticed that a hot wireless device company had over 800 applicants apply for a Director of Product Management position they posted on LinkedIn. As someone who spends a lot of time mining the best Product Management talent, I was not only shocked at how many people applied (I mean really, what were the last 600 people thinking), but really curious how this company…[continue reading]

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Product Marketing Rule #35: Create Simple Messages for Complex Products

Product Marketing Rule #35 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Marketing, was written by Noël Adams, President, Clearworks Remember this: customers don’t want details and technological explanations, they want benefits and functionality. All too often companies have great products, but those products never have a chance of being seen by customers. Why? Many times, customers don’t understand enough about what the product is to even want to check the product out. You can have a great product, but…[continue reading]

Free Press Release Template

Free Press Release Template

This press release template will help you write an effective and compelling press release quickly and easily. It uses the standard press release format, and is a Word template that you can use to create your own press release. This template is part of the 280 Group Product Review Program Toolkit™. The Press Release Template Is Included In Our Free Resources Download All Of Our Free Resources Here

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Product Management Rule #35: Act Like a Child

Product Management Rule #35 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Michaela Zwinakis, VP of Solution Management, Governance Risk, and Compliance Solutions, SAP One of the most important skills a product manager can adopt is as simple as remembering how to act like a child. One of the key responsibilities of a product manager is to determine underlying customer needs or problems. Once they are identified, the work begins to design and market a better solution.…[continue reading]

Product Launch Plan Marketing Budget Template

The product launch plan marketing budget (Excel template file) helps you to plan out all of the marketing programs and corresponding budget when you run a product launch. Read our previous post about product launches: Top 10 Product Launch Mistakes. These files are also part of of the 280 Group Product Launch Toolkit™. The Product Launch Plan Marketing Budget Template Is Included In Our Free Resources Download All Of Our Free Resources Here Instructions Use this template to create your overall…[continue reading]

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Product Marketing Rule #34: Speak in the Customer’s Language

Product Marketing Rule #34 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Marketing, was written by Jeff Lash, Creator of the Q-and-A site “How To Be A Good Product Manager” The best product marketing connects with the customer by speaking in terms which they understand and which resonate with their needs. Have you ever told family members or friends that you work in marketing and get responses of chuckles and eye rolls? Have they followed up with jokes about “paradigm”…[continue reading]

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Product Management Rule #34: Differentiation Isn’t Enough, You Have to Be Better

Product Management Rule #34 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Paul Alexander Gray, Consultant, brainmates pty ltd Differentiation is not enough. Discover how effective product managers are winning by making their products “better.” In an environment of product proliferation and intense competition, product managers must do more than just differentiate. They must find ways to satisfy customer needs and wants in ways that are ‘better’ than competitive offerings. Consider the case of hotel accommodation—a market…[continue reading]