Master Product Positioning with April Dunford

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TLDR Effective product positioning involves identifying unique features, choosing a market that aligns with those features, and differentiating from competitors.

Product Positioning and Differentiation

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    Optimizing your product positioning can greatly impact how customers perceive your product and contribute to its success.
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    Differentiating your product based on unique key features, such as a different way of modeling relationships, can help overcome shortcomings in other areas and attract customers.
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    The importance of understanding the value of your product and effectively communicating it to customers can make or break their interest.
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    Selling to a specific niche market, like investment banks, can be more effective than trying to appeal to a broader audience, especially if the target customers are genuinely excited about the product.
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    The company was able to raise their prices significantly when targeting investment banks, as there was no expectation for them to be cheaper than Siebel, resulting in a successful acquisition by Siebel for $1.7 billion.
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    When choosing the best position for your product, draw a circle around the market that contains your key differentiating features, putting your product's strengths right in the center.
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    The company's positioning as a self-driving car for industrial uses helped shift customer expectations and differentiate themselves from competitors.
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    "If you can get right in the middle of those three things, that's when you got the spicy stuff happening in there."

Market Categories and Trends

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    The number of products in the marketing technology landscape has grown exponentially, with 6,650 new products entering the market in just five years, highlighting the intense competition in this industry.
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    We often confuse market categories and trends in the tech industry, but they serve different purposes - market categories describe what a product is, while trends explain why it is important now.
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    Trends in technology, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, can make a market category super interesting and create urgency for buyers to learn more and keep up with the changes.

Timestamped Summary

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    Positioning is crucial for SaaS startups to stand out in crowded markets, and it involves differentiating from competitors and using market categories as frames of reference to communicate value effectively.
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    The speaker's company struggled with product positioning against a larger competitor, but their unique feature of modeling relationships differently generated excitement and interest, leading to others in the room also getting excited.
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    Positioning your product effectively involves identifying and highlighting unique features for your most loyal customers, choosing a market that aligns with those features, and differentiating yourself from competitors.
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    Positioning a product as team collaboration with context aware super secure file sharing can be more effective than positioning it as email or chat, as finding a market where your strengths align is crucial for success, as demonstrated by a company that repositioned their sophisticated robots as self-driving cars for manufacturing plants to change customer expectations, and understanding the difference between market categories and trends is important in tech.
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    Differentiating between market categories and trends is crucial in tech, as trends can create urgency for buyers to learn more about a particular solution, and being in the middle of the three key elements is crucial for successful product positioning.
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    If you fail to define your market and have clear messaging, you will run into trouble, as seen with Long Blockchain's confusing rebranding and subsequent downfall.
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    Redgate software realized customers were only buying a few of their tools, so they created a story around a gap in the market, resulting in increased sales and leads; to nail your product positioning, consider market categories and trends and check out the book "Obviously Awesome" at
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    Connect with April Dunford on Twitter at April Dunford for feedback or discussion about the session.
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