How to describe your product to a new customer

How do you describe your product to a new customer? As part of your marketing plan, you need to consider how to present your products to attract potential customers and also generate repeat business for your current customer base. Over the coming weeks, we will look at how to develop a product from scratch, define […]

How to Write a Technical Datasheet

In this tutorial, we look at how to write, review, design and improve your datasheets. What is a Datasheet? While this seems obvious, make sure you understand the purpose of datasheets before sitting down to write. Unless you know who the target reader is, and what they will do with this document, you are likely […]

How to start a career as a white paper writer

Want to get started as a white paper writer? It mightn’t be as hard as you think. If you have good (not necessarily perfect) writing skills, in-depth knowledge of a product, service, or industry, and have the right attitude, then maybe you should consider writing white papers to earn extra income. Due to the recession […]

[Tutorial] How to Write Software Product Brochures

What are the three documents most potential customers wants to read? I’d say it’s white papers, case studies, and product brochures. The first sets the scene, the second shows you how it works, and the third… this tells you how and why it works. Of the three, product brochures are the least sexy. But they’re […]

[Video] How to use Google Trends for Market Research

What’s the best kept secret at Google? Probably the Google Trends market research software. If you’re thinking of developing a new business, product, or service, Google Trends is worth examining. It’s free, very easy to use, and gives you a nice insight into how Google predicts what’s hot, and what’s not. You can also look at […]

[Video] How to use Google Trends for Market Research

What’s the best kept secret at Google? Probably the Google Trends market research software. If you’re thinking of developing a new business, product, or service, Google Trends is worth examining. It’s free, very easy to use, and gives you a nice insight into how Google predicts what’s hot, and what’s not. You can also look […]

An Audience Analysis tip from Somerset Maugham

Summary: audience analysis is the foundation of your marketing plan. Use it to crystallize what you know about prospective customers so you can reduce the guesswork and start building products and services real customers will pay for. Somerset Maugham, the writer of The Razor’s Edge, said that you can never know your characters well enough. […]

The Netflix ‘Audience Analysis’ Problem

If you use Netflix, you’ll be familiar with the way it tries to anticipate your interests and suggest movies according to your previous viewing patterns. What’s interesting here is that it’s quite good at it. After using it for a few months, Netflix has started to suggest movies that, reluctant though I am to admit […]

J.K. Rowling on Audience Analysis

J.K. Rowling said that she never wrote with a specific audience in mind. When she started to write Harry Potter in a cafe, her priority was to get the story down first and let the rest take care of itself. This approach may work in fiction but can you apply it to business documents? In […]

Product Development – How to Find Early Adopters

Can power users make or break a new product, even before it hits the shelves? When developing your marketing plan, give some consideration to how power users (usually the early adopters) will relate to your product. Why is this important? Power users, especially if they have a blog, social capital, or newspaper column, will be […]

7 Ways to Use Focus Groups for Audience Analysis

One of the simplest ways to improve your Marketing Plan, is to use Focus Groups to gather data about your target audience. You don’t need a large budget to do this. Indeed, most of the Audience Analysis demographics we capture are performed in small focus groups with 5-10 people. Learn More: Audience Analysis Template Profile Demographics […]