For SaaS companies with a somewhat complicated buyer motion, the sales process usually evolves as the company grows. In my opinion the process should evolve to relieve the congestion that the naturally occurs in the sales funnel and not before that because building a sales team too quickly comes with a lot of risk.
Many products can be positioned in more than one category, yet few product creators really explore more than one frame of reference for their product. This is an example from a pitch contest I judged last week.
We have been taught that Positioning is an exercise in creativity, executed by the marketing department and pushed out to unsuspecting prospects. The world has changed and so must the way we do Positioning.
Most startups don’t deliberately frame products to help prospects understand what they are and why anyone should care. They should. Here’s how.
The past 8 months has been a whirlwind of action for me. In October I acquired Sprintly – an agile project management tool for startups, along with the original founder, Joe Stump. It’s been an incredible experience so far and definitely the most fun project I have worked on in my career yet. As part of getting Sprintly re-started, I’ve been out doing some talks and podcasts about my experience in running the business so far and I thought I should share those here for folks that have been wondering what’s new.
Anyone that knows me knows that Positioning is one of my favourite marketing topics. For startups in particular, figuring out how to define a unique piece of the market that you can claim and dominate is really important. Today I’m announcing that Alistair Croll and I are working on a book – Different, Better – A Practical Guide to Superb Positioning in Noisy Markets.