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Crayon Competitive Intelligence Blog

What’s the Difference Between Product Marketing and Product Management?

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Conor Bond on Fri, Apr 9, 2021

The difference between product marketing and product management is not an especially clear one.

Within a given organization, both product marketers and product managers are intimately familiar with prospects’ pain points, customers’ frustrations, competitors’ value propositions, and, of course, the product itself.

Overlap aside, these two roles are considerably different — and equally important.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have an answer to each of the following questions:

  • What’s the...
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SaaS Pricing Pages: 8 Tactics to Drive Better Results (with Examples!)

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Conor Bond on Tue, Mar 30, 2021

No one cares about the price of your SaaS product unless they’re interested in buying it.

(Or they're interested in gathering competitive intel. But we'll set that aside for now.)

Prospects who visit...

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B2B Buyer Personas: Everything Marketers Need to Know

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Conor Bond on Wed, Mar 17, 2021

In order to stand out in a crowded market, you need to position your solution in a manner that resonates with your prospective customers.

Nothing you say will resonate with your prospects unless you...

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Why Do Your Prospects Lose Sleep? 5 Ways Marketers Can Identify Pain Points

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Conor Bond on Wed, Mar 3, 2021

As consumers, we often make purchases without the intention of problem-solving.

But when we make the mental shift from consumer mode to business mode, our buying behaviors change. As employees acting...

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A Guide to Product Marketing Team Structure and Functions

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Emily Dumas on Thu, Feb 25, 2021

No two product marketers are the same, which means that no two product marketing teams are the same. Some are large, supporting multiple product lines, features, specialties, and more. Some are small...

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8 Traits Leaders Look for When Hiring Product Marketers

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Emily Dumas on Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Hiring the perfect product marketer with the right combination of skills for your organization is no easy feat. In a recent blog post, we discussed what product marketing actually is. Although...

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What is Product Marketing? Key Concepts & Resources

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Emily Dumas on Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Ask one hundred companies what a product marketer does, and you’re likely to get one hundred different descriptions. Product marketing is one of those roles that varies so much from industry to...

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16 Questions to Answer in Your Product Marketing Plan

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Emily Dumas on Tue, Jan 5, 2021

The new year is here and it’s time to dive into the oh-so-beloved activity of building a marketing plan. OK, maybe it’s not so beloved - after all, it can be daunting and challenging to come up with...

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How Product Marketers Can Prioritize & Elevate Their Competitive Intelligence Programs

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Lauren Kersanske on Fri, Dec 4, 2020

The cool thing about working at Crayon (besides incredible dog and cat Slack channels) is that I get to talk to Product Marketers a whole lot—whether it’s on LinkedIn, in the awesome Product...

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Why Technology Companies Need to Invest More in Product Marketing

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Ben Cope on Thu, Oct 8, 2020

Most startups and growth-stage tech companies are understandably judicious in their outlay of capital. When you’re under the venture capital magnifying glass and trying to prove your product is...

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How to Master Internal Communication for Your Next Product Launch

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Lauren Kersanske on Wed, Sep 30, 2020

A successful product launch is a machine with many moving parts—it requires focus, clear-thinking, and organization to successfully pull it off. While many product marketers are laser-focused on...

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How to Leverage Product Reviews In Your Competitor Analysis

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Ben Cope on Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Review sites are jam-packed with competitive intelligence (CI). On review sites, you’ll find both happy and unhappy customers giving insight into your competitors’ products and outlining strengths...

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Three Tactical Ways to Leverage Messaging to Drive Growth

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Ben Cope on Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Roles in sales and marketing have become more specialized in recent years. Salespeople are rarely responsible for a full customer lifecycle, instead focusing singularly on initial outreach, pre-sale...

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How to Avoid the Dreaded Feature Comparison Checklist

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Every product marketer has been asked by a sales rep, somewhere between one and a million times, for a feature comparison checklist. “I need to see how we stack up. Does our competitor have X...

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Why Product Marketing Onboarding Should Start with Competitive Intelligence

Guest Blogger on Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The following post was written by Rebecca Geraghty. Rebecca Geraghty is a B2B product marketer and communicator refining her craft for a decade and counting. Seeing product marketing from different...

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How Product Marketers can Adapt to a Rapidly-Changing Market

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Ben Cope on Fri, May 29, 2020

Product marketers have a lot on their plates during a period of normalcy. During an atypical time when markets are in constant flux, and competitive pivots are just as swift, those plates are filled...

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7 Signs You Need a Messaging Refresh

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Lauren Kersanske on Thu, May 21, 2020

Messaging is a core part of your company’s DNA. It’s not simply a list of the 3-5 features that make your product great—it’s the story that communicates the value you provide to customers day in and...

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How to Prioritize the Never-Ending List of Product Marketing Initiatives

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, May 19, 2020

Product marketing job descriptions can vary significantly from one company to the next… and sometimes even seem like they vary from one day to the next. That’s because product marketers wear many...

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Product Marketers: The Subject Matter Experts

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Ben Cope on Fri, May 8, 2020

Product marketing is a uniquely diverse function, and as such, product marketers tend to come from varying backgrounds and possess differing strengths. Some product marketers are master storytellers....

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Art of the Pivot: How to Find your Perfect Product Market Fit

Guest Blogger on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

The following post was written by Jake Godgart, Product Marketing Manager at Rapid7. He’s helped lead go-to-market efforts, launched industry-leading products across multiple verticals, and partnered...

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10 Online Events & Resources for Product Marketing & Competitive Intelligence Pros

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Ellie Mirman on Tue, Apr 14, 2020

The entire tech world, and many other industries, are suddenly grounded at home, working remotely. Events have been postponed or canceled, but we’re all still hungry to learn and develop. On top of...

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9 B2C Product Marketing Metrics from Marketing Leaders

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Emily Dumas on Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Measuring the impact of product marketing is an ongoing process for many organizations. Some product marketers have found it hard to quantify their efforts and tie it to business impact. The truth...

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How to Balance Customer & Competitor Centric Messaging

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Ben Cope on Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Formulating messaging that resonates with your target market is a challenging endeavor. Strong messaging needs to concisely demonstrate differentiated value that addresses the unique goals and...

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4 Components of the Product Marketing Loop

Guest Blogger on Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The following article was written by Anand Patel. Anand Patel has played the role of both a product marketer and product manager in the fintech and software space, and currently is a Sr. Product...

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Eight Key Product Marketing Interview Questions

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Ben Cope on Tue, Mar 10, 2020

The hiring process for product marketing roles is unusually difficult compared to most other roles. Product marketers have a substantial breadth of responsibility and level of cross-functional...

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