🎯 Bullseye Product Launches: Tactical Tips From Expert Operators to Nail Your Next Launch

The greatest technology does not always win. Rather, how you go-to-market is a significant determinant of success.

Likewise, the new products you launch do not determine your success. Instead, how you launch them into the market is a huge factor in success.

Today, we’re diving straight into the details with product marketing leaders.

On the menu: less ‘obvious’ tactical tips on how these experts have aced the art of nailing a product launch – from pre-launch, to launch-day, to post-launch.

Let’s get into it.

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Tactical Tips from Product Leaders

Nail your next product launch by layering in these tactical tips from product leaders👇


The backstage buzz before the curtain rises.

Start early!

  • Use timing as a forcing function. Joseph Goldberg (Director of Product Marketing at Vanta) explains that one of the benefits of starting early is that it serves as a forcing function. It forces messaging, ideal customer persona, and go-to-market planning to advance earlier, providing more timing and feedback to nail it. Accordingly, the recruiting of beta customers and roadmap selling happen earlier, providing for customer quotes as part of the launch.

Make sure your message lands.

  • Keep it simple. “Do not overthink the message” is clear advice from Joseph. He elaborates that it should include who it’s aimed at, what it is, what it does / what the benefit is, and how it’s different or superior.
  • Frame solutions, rather than features alone. As Ted Smith (VP Product Marketing at Zendesk) expresses, “features sound cool, but customers want solutions to problems.” Features are only cool if they actually solve a problem.
  • Show, don’t tell. Ted expresses that the thought exercise needs to be “how do you get people to use it; to feel the benefit, not just hear it.” Double-clicking on this with a Zendesk example:
    • Find opportunities to give people the ability to directly engage with the technology as part of the launch. With this in mind, as part of a past launch, Ted and the team included a QR code. This made it super easy for people to try the technology. No sign-up needed; it was simply an easy scan.


The stage is set, the spotlight is on. It’s showtime.

Message amplification.

  • Leverage employees to amplify. Julien Sauvage (VP Brand, Content and Product Marketing at Clari) explains that this is part of Clari’s playbook. They have a rigorous process to activate the employees with a social kit, which helps tremendously with getting more content impressions and engagements on LinkedIn.
  • Choose distribution channels that align with your audience. As Joseph expresses, “meet your audience where they are. They’re in different places than they were 20 years ago.”

Time it well.

  • Hot take. While many gravitate towards major industry events for announcements, Joseph has a hot take (and we love a spicy take): do not announce a major new feature at a major industry conference (such as RSA Conference or AWS re:Invent). You will get lost in the noise. Rather, time your announcement at a quieter period where you have a greater likelihood of breaking through.


More than a one-hit wonder, the encore keeps going.

  • Be transparent. Ted expresses that customers don’t fault people for being transparent that a product is ‘V1’ and will continuously improve. What’s important is to give them something to show that it’s real.
  • Don’t be afraid to re-promote it down the road. Momentum follow-ups over time can be powerful, Joseph advises. For example, updates on more customers using the product.

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🚀 Start-ups to watch: 

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🔥 Hottest GTM jobs of the week:

  1. Partner Relations Manager at Vanta (Remote – US)
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That’s it, that’s all.

If you have any specific questions about product launches that you would love answered by these experts, drop them in the comments or send me an email.

For now, wishing everyone happy holidays! We’re now in the thick of the holiday season.

We’re not going anywhere though. We’ll be rocking all month, surfacing go-to-market insights for you!

Catch you next week.

Barker ✌️

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Before helping found GTMfund, Scott spent 4 years at Outreach as Director of Strategic Engagement. He was in charge of aligning key relationships with VCs, BoDs, ecosystem partners and community members to drive revenue and strategic initiatives across Outreach. Scott initially ran revenue/partnerships for Sales Hacker (which was acquired by Outreach in 2018). Prior to Sales Hacker, he led and built outbound Business Development teams at Payfirma and MediaValet. Scott also advises for a number of high growth start-ups and is the host/author of The GTM Podcast and The GTM Newsletter. At GTMfund, Scott leads all fundraising efforts and runs the media arm of the firm. He’s also responsible for assessing investments, team management, LP/community relationships and GTM support for founders.

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