Change in the world of AI

Hey there. I want to share some thoughts I’ve had this week on change. These are based on things I’m seeing in the market and how quickly the world is changing due to AI. You can view the video below. I actually used a tool to help me summarize the thoughts I share in this video for your notes as well below. Recent Events OpenAI Event OpenAI had an event showcasing their updated ChatGPT model.

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I’ve been using this guide on how to make oven bacon for many years. Thank you to Dan Benjamin.

“MAKE PERFECT CRISPY BACON EVERY TIME“

Read more: Bacon Method ➚

We’ve been running some tests to optimize this checkout flow and when we switched to one of them, results tanked. It led to a late night working to switch it back so we could try another revision.

Seemingly small changes have a HUGE effect on a person’s likelihood to convert. But it’s more about their ability to quickly understand things.

So here’s my prompt for you product marketers and copywriters out there is…. One of these screens in the Law Insider checkout flow gets 3x the number of signups compared to the other. Which do you think it is and why?

I saw a debate on LinkedIn over whether or not it’s “dated” for the sales rep dress up for sales calls. Most people who chimed in are sales reps that choose to not dress up and tend to wear hoodies and hats on calls.

I personally keep a collared shirt on a hanger and a hairbrush right by my desk so I can get ready for a customer facing call in 10 seconds if needed.

On days where I have a lot of calls, I stay dressed up with proper shoes. Why shoes? No one will see them in Zoom call, right? Sometimes it’s about feeling the part as much as it is displaying the part.

If you have terrible sound, or a feedback echo, even a three piece suit won’t save you. The experience for the other side is just too painful.

If you aren’t going to dress up, good lighting can still make you look 10x better and more prepared.

In order of importance:

  1. Sound
  2. Lighting
  3. Wardrobe

There’s a real difference in mindset and results between those folks who see Closed Won as the destination vs. those that see it for what it is. A point in time.

Product-led Pipeline?

Incentives matter… and there’s an “incentive paradox” at play when product-led meets sales-led. When you are doing a great job with product education, have transparent pricing, and make it easy for anyone to get started, you will have inherently less meetings as a percentage of traffic. If you are measured on short term performance on meeting volume, it can be tempting to start to add friction back into the process.

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When asked for a discount…

The first instinct for some sales reps is to reduce prices to close deals. People aren’t always asking because they can’t afford it. Prospect: Discount? Me: Hey there. Are you looking for a discount on our product? We do offer a team plan with a lower cost per seat. Prospect: Is there a discount code? Me: is the current pricing outside your budget?

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In-app Product Nudges Based on Actual Usage

Most feature launches land with a thud… … even the truly valuable ones… and it’s no mystery why. 👇 They are often left to wither without ever being mentioned again. This is due to a lack of commitment from the business as a whole in seeing it through. But YOU, as a PMM or PM can bake in a higher likelihood of success from the start by making a plan to properly surface the feature in your app to users who are a great fit for.

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Thinking of adding a passive aggressive “Do Nothing” plan to the pricing page. 🤣 WDYT?

Do Nothing Free Forever. Cancel Anytime.

Perfect for those who would rather do things the old fashioned way and don’t want to accelerate their workflow.

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What if companies put an equal amount of effort into the 30 days after the sale…

as they do the 30 days before the sale?

Build products and features that get better the more you use them them.

If you have an update or a new feature that people are going to want, sometimes all you have to do is tell them about it.

B2B sometimes gets too wrapped up in launch methodologies and approvals and they forget to do the simple things.

tfw the feature starts to get some legs with customers.

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IKEA's Three Customers and Why You Should Care

Anyone in product needs to consider this and how these segments apply to their own customers. B2B, B2C, B2C2B or any other acronym. “As a 31-year veteran of IKEA%2C Tony Giacona describes three typical Ikea shoppers this way: “The planned customer”: The people who know what they want and come in with a list. “The experience couple”: The people who are coming in and want to “be amazed” and touch%2C feel and explore to get inspiration.

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I bought a domain. Again.

Product Marketing and Sales Enablement at their finest.

The HELP Method for creating product marketing content.

I used to struggle every time I sat down to create a product marketing asset. I needed HELP. Now I use The HELP Method for creating product marketing content. HELP = Hook, Emotion, Logic, Proof Hook “Not just anybody.” Get their attention. Speak to a specific audience here. You have just one shot to get this right, but this is where you can experiment the most. Emotion “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down.

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I’m no expert, but I do have some product marketing experience and I’ve never seen the “shame customers into buying a product they don’t want” strategy work out so well.

Onboarding Segmentation as Product Marketing and Customer Education

“Hey, look, I actually might want to use this for my team.”  Person who didn’t already have team usage in mind. Notion provides a customized onboarding experience, but also uses the moment to highlight certain features. So let’s say you’ve heard about Notion for personal productivity and are just looking for a place to get some work done. But… if you have a team, then it might be valuable to know that you can work with them in this tool.

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Every Product Maketing hire should go through onboarding as a sales rep before (or concurrently with) anything else. ⬇️

You need to understand their world as it exists today before you can level it up.

What else should be on every PMM’s 30/60/90?

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