The Product Manager vs. The Strategist

How the people behind the roles that shape your world think.

Editor’s Note: I fail to see the need for this distinction or the need (or even the desire) to separate how and what, but I still found the article to be an interesting read.

Five Key Metrics You Need to Create a Customer-Centric Company

To ensure the customer-centric vision takes root, you need to establish clear metrics that are linked to the company’s strategic, operational, and financial goals. Those metrics will help with determining priorities and shifting the orientation of the company toward a more customer-centered business model. Ideally, the marketing team will work with the executive team to establish the metrics.

Once the metrics are selected, it is a … [ Read more ]

Nineteen (19!) Ideas for Growing Your Email List

What would you rather have, a big list with dismal conversion rates or a smaller list targeting a highly engaged audience? Thought so.
For a healthy opt-in email list, quality always trumps quantity, and here are 19 budget-friendly ways to get the list you want. What you’ll find here are a few new twists to familiar tactics, along with real results and examples, to help you … [ Read more ]

Customer Analytics: Cutting a New Path to Growth and High Performance

Customer-centricity is an increasingly important requirement for competitive advantage and, ultimately, high performance. As part of this, developing a robust customer analytics strategy has become vital to help identify the segments that matter, draw insights about behavior and point the way to process changes that will impact customer loyalty and profitability. Accenture discusses how some organizations have effectively done this and outlines four principles that … [ Read more ]

The Price Is Right: Optimizing Industrial Companies’ Pricing of Services

Too often, industrial companies are leaving cash on the table – and missing opportunities to cement customer loyalty and boost repeat sales of their equipment – because they base decisions about bundling and pricing their services on anecdotal information. We offer a systematic approach to examining markets, leading to a much more informed perspective on the opportunities and risks in bundling and pricing services.

A Three-Step Product Commercialization Insurance Policy: How a GM Can Overcome the Odds

Bringing a new product to market is one of the most costly and risky activities that any GM faces.

Voice-of-the-customer research and stage gate reviews have improved the odds of achieving success. But do they go far enough?

Three important tasks are frequently overlooked even though they offer the ability to identify weak links early on.

So, how can you overcome the odds? Arm your team with a … [ Read more ]

Want (Your Product) to Look Good? Follow Something that Looks Bad

In marketing, context can be as critical as content. Recent research by Zakary Tormala and others finds that messages are perceived as more powerful when they are preceded by different messages that appear to have less substance or to be authored by someone with lesser credibility

7 Deadly Claims

Jeff Sexton at Future Now identifies and challenges seven common marketing claims, explaining why they are ineffective and offering ideas for making them persuasive.
1. Superior Customer Service
2. Easy to Use
3. Most Experienced
4. We’re #1
5. 100% Risk-Free
6. Cutting Edge
7. Best Value

Conversion Rate Optimization, Upside Down

Way too many conversion rate optimization projects are coming up empty. Companies feel they work too hard for too little return. Most conversion rate optimizations efforts are focused on pages and elements but don’t focus on the entire persuasion scenario. Perhaps and understanding of The Hierarchy of Optimization can help.

To Guide or Not to Guide

An investigation shows that investors suffer when firms stop giving quarterly earnings guidance.

What Happened to the Bull Market?

By the time NASDAQ reached its peak in the recent bull market, many financial commentators had begun to accept the idea that stock market valuations were no longer driven solely by the traditional economic factors: earnings growth, inflation, and interest rates. Instead, they suggested, new factors—such as structural changes in the economy, new rules of economics, and the value of intangible assets and brands—justified the … [ Read more ]

Will Stock Prices Keep Falling? Look Again at the P/E Ratio

Many analysts argue that despite the carnage on Wall Street over the past year, stock prices are still high by historical standards. Is that true? Could stocks fall some more before they reach bottom? Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, author of Stocks for the Long Run, suggests that benchmarks such as the price-to-earnings ratio present a more hopeful picture than many market observers believe.

Risk and Return: Some New Evidence

The return on the market portfolio plays a central role in the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), the financial theory widely used by both academics and practitioners. However, the intertemporal properties of the stock market return are not yet fully understood. In particular, ther is an ongoing debate in the literature about the relationship between market risk and return and the extent to … [ Read more ]

The Day the IPO Died

The stigma haunting startups that fail to go public can taint their credibility and force them to refocus. And those are the lucky ones.

Stock Prices and Fundamentals in a Production Economy

This paper by the Federal Reserve Board compares the predictions for the market value of firms from the Gordon growth model with those from a dynamic general equilibrium model of production. Special attention is focused on the prediction for movements in the market value of firms in response to a decline in the required return or an increase in the growth rate of the … [ Read more ]

Herd Behavior in Financial Markets – A Review

This 33-page .pdf IMF paper provides an overview of recent theoretical and empirical research on herd behavior in financial markets. It addresses the following questions: What precisely do we mean by herding? What could be the causes of herd behavior? What successes hav existing studies had in identifying such behavior? And what effect does herding have on financial markets?

The Basics of Fundamental Analysis

A good general overview of stock analysis; uses easy analogies and covers the Balance Sheet and Income Statement as well as giving an overview of methodology and purpose