What Does an Associate Product Manager Do?
Associate product managers are often new to the field, but their value to a product team and contributions to a product’s success shouldn’t be...
A product marketing manager (PMM) tells the product’s story to the market. The PMM’s job is to understand the product’s value proposition and turn that information into compelling messages for customers, prospects, and internal audiences.
Product marketing managers serve as liaisons between the product and audiences, including sales, marketing, customers, and prospects. Their tasks include the following:
Product marketing managers report either to product management or the marketing department. In modern organizations, it is more common to find PMMs part of the marketing team. The reasoning behind this approach is logical. With product marketing closer to marketing, the PMM’s knowledge and strategic thinking about the product will help the marketing department develop more relevant tools and campaigns.
Product managers and product marketing managers should work closely together. They can form a strategic team that guides a product from development through a successful market launch thanks in part to messaging that resonates with the product’s user personas.
The product management team, for example, handles strategic oversight of the product’s development. PMs set the strategic objectives and priorities for the product and look for opportunities to take advantage of trends or voids in the market.
At the same time, in coordination with the product team, the PMM will be translating the product’s strategic objectives into a message designed to resonate with its intended user base. They will also set a strategic plan for how and when to tell this story to the right people, to maximize the product’s chances of success.