On this week’s SBI Insider Video Podcast we discuss three core areas of a successful product strategy.  Our guest today is an expert on the topic, John Mansour, the founder of Proficientz, a firm that specializes in B2B Product Management.  


Great sales and marketing teams often fail to grow revenue because they are in the wrong markets with the wrong products. Product leaders who help their companies grow revenues faster than their industry and competitors have a different mindset than their peers. They approach this from the perspective of “what can I sell” instead of “what can I build.”


Watch as my colleague, Mark Synek, Principal at SBI, and I discuss with John Mansour the approach to market segmentation, product portfolio and product road map best practices. 


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We discuss 3 core areas of product strategy, including:


  • Market Segment – How to determine which market is most attractive for your solutions.
  • Product Portfolio – How to inventory the market problems that your product uniquely addresses.
  • Product Road Map – How to develop a plan to bring products to market that solve problems.


The discussion takes a fascinating turn when we describe how to validate whether the problem resolution is worth the investment. John describes how to avoid the trap of analyzing through a product lens.  Instead determine the value of resolving the problem.


A controversial discussion explores which products to invest in, which to maintain and which to bring to end-of-life.  Product leaders must decide where to invest in and where to sunset. John describes a customer-centered approach to map the products back to the customer organization.  This is done by connecting the products to the individuals in the client organization and documenting each solution impact.  


John then wraps our discussion by giving our audience 3 simple tips you can implement immediately in the product strategy.


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John Staples

Leads teams of highly qualified experts, all relentless in their pursuit of helping you make your number.

John is the global leader of SBI’s account management business unit. As such, he and his team help clients across 19 verticals drive top line growth and operational efficiency in sales and marketing.


John’s marketing, sales and product expertise span a multichannel strategic approach. He has an unyielding focus on strategic and key account development, which enables strategic alignment between all functional team members in order to reduce acquisition cost and increase lifetime value.


His broad experience in sales, marketing, product and engineering allows him to bring a unique problem solving approach to his team and clients. As he has discovered through decades of experience, clients are often distracted by the symptoms of a larger problem and overlook the root cause of it.


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