The Pendulum has swung to the other side

outsideinview.comTraditional new product launch has included catching a new product as the development organization tossed it over the fence. Product marketing would dust off their launch check list and make sure that all the tactics were accomplished. They would book appearances at trade shows, write press releases, design data sheets, plan direct mail campaigns to current customers, research advertising opportunities in trade publications and other assorted tasks on the checklist. (more…)

Not Everyone Wants to Play Games

(Cross posted on onproductmanagement.net)

outsideinview.comAll over the web and in all the product management communities, there are articles and discussions about gamification. If you’ve been offline for a while, gamification is about applying design and development efforts to software in a way to make it more engaging, more “fun.”

Not only have whole applications been born under the premise (i.e. Foursquare), but gamification has also had great impact in some of the more traditional business software, (ie. Salesforce.com) allowing for more interaction and amusement when performing daily tasks.

I’m all about having more fun in my interactions with technology, and can truly appreciate making the more mundane less so; but, I believe sometimes we have taken the concept of gamification too far. (more…)

Product Camp Made Easy

outsideinview.comThis is a short post. And I’m not going to get a soapbox and rant, nor will I try to educate or share my views. This is a short post.

It’s fall, and Product Camp season began last month starting in Atlanta, New York and Salt Lake City. But, the real camping season picks up speed starting this weekend with upcoming events in So. California (Orange County,) San Francisco, Seattle, Rocky Mountain, Chicago, Minneapolis and welcoming Nashville. (Apologies if I forgot any.) Make plans to attend a PCamp near you by visiting the “master” schedule list at: http://www.productcamp.org/schedule/

If you are planning to attend – and there really is no reason you should not attend at least one - or present or simply don’t understand the concept and why you should engage, please visit some of my past posts on product camps on this site:

Looking in from the outside, it’s time for product professionals – both management  marketing types – to take control of their own careers and growth. Product Camps are OUR venues to do both

 

(and women, ping me to discuss the “Rainbow Chuck Initiative!”)

 

Time to Eat My Own Dog Food

No doubt, in your role as a product professional – whether you are in product management or product marketing – you’ve been told, go out and get a market view. A view from someone that isn’t you or in your company; a view from someone who would pay for the product or service you are offering, if they had the problem. You could call it the outsidein view. (Okay, bad pun I know, but I couldn’t resist – it fits.)

Now it’s my turn.

For more than two years I’ve written for this blog, commenting on topics and issues I hear from fellow product professionals through following on Twitter, LinkedIn, and now Google +, or through meeting at product camps and networking, and from just my friends.

Now it’s your turn.

I have a long list of “agenda” topics which I can keep writing about, delivering my take on issues I see and hear are of interest and/or concern. But, what I care about is what YOU want to hear. What are the topics of interest to YOU. Where could YOU use the most experience, guidance or support? What problems are keeping YOU up at night? Bottom line, how can I help YOU?

I have a quick survey created. It’s 10 questions and takes no more than 3 minutes to complete. Will you please take the pause in your day and complete the survey? It will help me help YOU better.

The anonymous survey can be found here.

Looking in from the outside, I can only be as relevant as you allow, enable […]

So You’re Online…Now What?

guest post by Barry Doctor, a product marketing manager at Katun Corp.

outsideinview.comCongrats!. You’re online. Now you’ve engaged in social media tools. The rise of social media has really revolutionized the tools I use to perform my product marketing role. Over the past years I have been using Twitter to really help make my life a little bit easier.

There are still a lot of comments that are flying back and forth about how to use Twitter for the best and biggest bang. The answer is simple – there is no one size fits all. Stop looking for it. Now more than ever, multiple people in your organization are engaged in social media. And, I support the notion that it is no longer a single source media – that it should be shared by multiple groups to support everyone’s goals.
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