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Tech Go-to-Market: Positioning Your Product When There's No Immediate or Apparent Category

Published: 16 May 2017

ID: G00329249

Analyst(s): Ed Cordin


Concluding there is no immediate or apparent category for your product has success implications. Category is a key positioning anchor. It shapes how your ideal buyer will perceive your offer and differentiation. Technology product management leaders can use this research to optimize their approach.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Crystallize Your Stance on "No Category"
    • Is There Truly No Category?
    • Are We Creating the Category?
    • Is Our Business Model Category Overshadowing the Product/Service Category?
  • Manage Through Using Product/Service Category Basics
    • Examine Your Timing and Its Consequences
    • Check Your Whole Product Alignment
    • Use Authentic Adjectives
    • Be Clear on Category and Competitive Alternative
  • Ensure the Connection Becomes and Remains Dynamic
    • Advocate to Alchemist
    • Adjacency
    • Aggregation


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