Product Management Marketing: A Guide for Building Successful Products

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How do product management and marketing teams work together to build successful products?

If you’re looking for the answer to this question, we’ve got you covered!

Let’s get right to it!


What is product management?

Product management is a process that involves overseeing product development at all stages of its life cycle.

The primary goal of product management is to develop products that satisfy the market demand on the one hand and are aligned with the organizational goals on the other.

What are the responsibilities of product managers?

The product manager role is very complex. PMs are responsible for:

Core product management skills
Core product management skills.

What is product marketing?

Product marketing is a critical function that focuses on promoting and selling the product to the target audience. But that’s just a part of the picture as this role is much more important.

One could say that marketing is a bridge between product development and the market. Product marketers help to ensure that the product meets the needs of the users and that its value is communicated effectively to them.

What are the responsibilities of a product marketing manager?

Product marketing managers in SaaS organizations are responsible for processes like:

Go-To-Market Strategy
Go-To-Market strategy.

Product management vs. product marketing

Product management is primarily concerned with guiding the strategic direction and development of a product.

A product manager oversees the entire product management process, from conception to launch and beyond. They understand customers and their needs, market trends, and the competitive landscape to prioritize development efforts and make strategic decisions.

On the other hand, product marketing management focuses on product promotion and sales.

By crafting compelling messaging, developing marketing strategies, executing product and feature launches, and gathering customer feedback, product marketers drive product demand and usage.

How can product marketers and managers work towards a product’s success?

Despite the difference in focus and scope, product marketing and product management work towards the same goal: building a successful product that brings a positive change in customers’ lives.

Let’s look at a few areas where the two functions work closely together and capitalize on each other’s strengths.

Conduct market research before the development process

Market research and customer discovery are a couple of areas where the two roles should work together.

Product managers have a good understanding of the general market and industry trends and intimate knowledge of the product as well as the organizational goals.

To identify relevant opportunities, however, they need in-depth insights into customer needs and preferences. That’s where product marketing managers can help.

Marketing professionals often have the skills necessary to conduct market research to obtain valid data. They’re also adept at analyzing the competitive landscape and the preferences of the target audience.

Combining the two skill sets can result in a more complete and accurate picture of the market to guide product development.

Customer research survey. Marketing and product teams work closely together to identify user needs and market gaps
Customer research survey.

Create user personas of potential customers

When creating user personas, product marketers could leverage their deep understanding of the market and the needs and wants of target users.

Product managers, on the other hand, have a better understanding of the product and its functionality, as well as how it fits into the overall company mission.

By working together, the two functions will be able to define detailed user personas and ensure that product development is aligned with their needs.

Product marketing manager persona
Example of a persona.

Define the value proposition and product positioning

As they’re more familiar with the product, PMs are in a better position to define the product’s value proposition based on its features and benefits.

Product marketers could complement this by identifying unique selling points, refining the product messaging, and crafting a compelling product positioning strategy.

Their collaboration ensures that the product value is effectively communicated to the target audience, resonates with customers, and differentiates the product in the market.

Product management marketing: Product positioning statement template
Product positioning statement template.

Track product success metrics

While working towards the same overall goal, marketers and product managers focus on different aspects of product performance.

Product managers often track metrics related to product adoption and usage, like the activation rate or daily/monthly active users.

Product marketers, on the other hand, add another layer by monitoring metrics related to marketing performance, such as conversion rates, customer acquisition cost, and customer retention.

This collaborative approach allows for a comprehensive assessment of the product’s success, taking into account both its development and marketing aspects.

What’s more, each team can pull different levers to improve aspects of the performance. For example, to improve adoption, the product team could improve the UI design while the marketing teams can remove friction from the funnel with in-app messages.

Funnel analysis
Funnel analysis in Userpilot.

Gather customer insights about product usability and experience

Just like with initial market and customer research, the marketing team can help the product team collect actionable insights that they need to improve product usability and user experience.

How could this work?

The marketing team could run in-app surveys to track the Customer Effort Score (CES). This would enable the teams to monitor trends over time. More importantly, the qualitative follow-up questions could provide them with data on which aspects of the product usability or experience need improving.

Product managers, with a good understanding of the product design and available technology, would then be able to translate the insights into specific solutions that address customer pain points in an innovative way.

Product management marketing: CES survey
CES survey created with Userpilot.

Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders

The product management and product marketing teams are only two of the many links involved in product development in SaaS organizations. Each team needs to collaborate with other teams from across the organization to drive product success and growth.

For example, the product marketer communicates the insights from market research to the product team and uses the information about their new product initiatives to adjust the marketing strategy and develop new marketing and sales assets.

The product manager uses the data from the marketing and sales colleagues to make product decisions and ‘sell’ them to the top leadership. Next, they also need to communicate what exactly needs to be done to the development team while being constantly open to their feedback and ideas.

As the work on new functionality is happening, they need to keep communicating the relevant details to the marketing, sales, and customer success teams so that they are ready for its launch.


Product management and product marketing are two complementary functions in SaaS organizations that work together to develop products that satisfy unmet market needs.

If you want to see how Userpilot can help your product and marketing teams carry out market research and communicate effectively with customers, book the demo!

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