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Product marketing is today’s most critical marketing function. And yet, it’s unfamiliar and confusing to many. The best way to think about it: product marketing is strategy.

Product marketers work to understand the market and what motivates customers. They choose the market segments to target. They determine what attributes the product needs to win against the competition. They design an effective go-to-market plan along with the required positioning and messaging.

In this article, we brought together 17 of the best product marketers from companies like Gong, Privy, HighSpot and Vanguard (most of them are your instructors in CXL’s Product Marketing Minidegree) and asked them for their best advice for those who want to rise through the ranks of the most in-demand marketing role today.

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How to Create a Marketing Funnel by Responding to Customer Behavior

The marketing and sales funnel is a time-tested framework for mapping the customer journey.

However, with every new technology, channel, and distraction served up by the internet, that journey becomes less linear, and the traditional funnel becomes less relevant. 

In the current landscape, to successfully guide a person from prospect to customer, you need to think about their behavior and deliver marketing that fits their needs at every stage of the funnel.

In this article, you’ll learn how to do just that. We’ll look at how to use the marketing funnel as a model for your content, how users behave throughout their journey, and what it takes to inspire action. 

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How to Build & Execute a Facebook Marketing Strategy

When it comes to reach, no other social media platform comes close to Facebook. More than half of all active internet users worldwide use it, and two-thirds of users say they visit business pages at least once a week.

The sheer size of Facebook means there’s likely an audience for any product. But that doesn’t mean you can set up, start posting and watch the magic happen. 

Organic reach on the platform hovers around 5.2%. To succeed, you need to win the battle for attention and stay in the good graces of Facebook’s algorithm.

In this article, you’ll learn how to build and execute a Facebook marketing strategy around your audience’s interests. We’ll look at how to thrive with organic content and how to extend your reach with pay-to-play.

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Measuring Market Penetration with Brand Tracking (+ Metrics & Examples)

You work tirelessly to understand your customer, market, and competition so you can differentiate. Voice-of-customer (VoC) research, user research, competitor research, and insights on jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) can inform your marketing strategy. 

Brand tracking is how you measure if those efforts are paying off.

Brand tracking provides both qualitative and quantitative answers to crucial questions:

  • How do your customers perceive your brand?
  • Are your campaigns driving conversions?
  • Do consumers know who you are?
  • Does your messaging at each touchpoint match customer intent? 
  • Is your brand part of most consumers’ consideration set?
  • Have you built perceived value?  

In this article, we’ll share key brand tracking metrics and methods for how to measure and optimize your success. 

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How to Calculate & Maintain a Healthy Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

“You have to spend money to make money.”

This seemingly good-natured advice has spelled doom for millions of businesses worldwide. 

While it’s true that businesses occasionally need to spend more upfront to validate their idea, doing so with a complete disregard for unit economics can be fatal.

That’s why Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) is such a critical metric. It’s the single most important indicator to prevent reckless spending. In this post, we’ll show you how to calculate CAC, plus share a few tips to help you maintain it at a healthy level. 

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How to Model Your Marketing Against the Product Lifecycle

The classic lifespan of successful products is a story in four parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. Growth
  3. Maturity
  4. Decline

How this story plays out has a lot to do with the type of product and how it’s improved over time, if at all.

However, the shape of the curve—the length of the arc and the speed of the decline—is also determined by how you market that product at each stage of its life. 

In this article, we’ll look at the different stages of the product lifecycle through the lens of marketing. You’ll learn about the different strategies available and the impact they’ll have on the future of your product.

(Want to learn more about product marketing? Take the Product Marketing Certification Training program).

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Email Marketing Strategy: Collecting Subscribers, Users & Loyal Customers

If you’ve been in business for any amount of time, you may well have heard the phrase, “the money is in the list.”

It’s a proverb as old as the internet, probably older. It’s also true. And more relevant than ever. If you want to build a successful business, a strong email marketing strategy is one of the best ways to do it.

However, it’s not without challenges. Over a third of email marketers struggle with acquisition and close to a half say increasing engagement is their number one challenge.

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10 Product Announcement Email Examples (and What you can Learn from Them)

Research shows that for every $1 you spend on email marketing, you can expect an average return of $42. Compare that to paid advertising where the average ROI is $2 for every $1 spent. 

You can see why email is such a crucial part of an effective product launch strategy

Email is profitable because it allows you to talk directly to your audience. You don’t have to rely on ever-changing algorithms and hope your message reaches the intended segment. Email gives you a direct, unobstructed means of communication, thus a bigger return.

In this article, we’ll cover what’s needed to grab attention in a stacked inbox. Then, we’ll break down 10 successful product announcement emails, looking at why they work and what you can learn from them.   

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A Complete Guide to YouTube Analytics

With more than 2 billion monthly active users and more than a billion hours of content consumed every day, the right Youtube strategy can increase brand awareness, engagement, and conversions. 

But, cutting through the noise can be a challenge. 

Strategically leveraging YouTube’s robust analytics can help you make data-backed decisions and improve performance.

In this post, we’ll tell you how to use YouTube analytics to grow your brand and generate more video content views.

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How to Create an Effective Branding Campaign That Inspires a Movement

Brand is the perception of your company in the eyes of the world. It’s shorthand for who and what you are. 

Getting branding right gives people a reason to love you, which they’ll reward with loyalty. Getting it wrong, however, can create an impression you may never be able to change.

In this article, you’ll learn what’s required to create a branding campaign that strikes the right chord. We’ll look at the importance of strategy and cover the key ingredients a campaign needs to increase brand awareness. We’ll also give you creative fuel by breaking down how Lemonade has used branding to disrupt the market.

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Hi, I'm Peep Laja—founder of CXL. I'm a former champion of optimization and experimentation turned business builder.

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