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From Marketing to Product Leadership, with Sophie Moule

What does it take to build an effective marketing and product team? Sophie Moule from Pi Datametrics, shares her experience and insights on bringing together these departments to work seamlessly together and drive success. Before heading the Product and Marketing Team of Pi, Sophie had a solid core foundation in marketing. Hear how this strength played out in developing products with the customer in mind.

Episode Outline and Highlights

[01:27] Sophie shares her career in marketing and how it laid the foundation for her current role in products. [05:30] Skills that Sophie carried forward from her marketing career. [06:55] Transitioning from marketing to a product role. [10:42] Bringing together a team of product and customer advisory boards. [16:30] The value of having clarity of your customer base to maximize your existing product. [21:44] Sophie reveals growth factors for Pi Datametrics. [24:33] Sources in enhancing knowledge for product development roles. [26:45] What circumstances are ideal for product and marketing to sit under one leader? [28:30] How to build confidence when transitioning from marketing to product regarding technicality? [33:03] What benefits can an organization get from having a leader with a marketing background lead product development?

From a Solid Marketing Background to Heading Product

Before heading the Product and Marketing department of Pi Datametrics, Sophie had a core marketing background. How did this help her set the foundation when transitioning to a Product leadership role? "I think the communication skills and the stakeholder influencing skills you gain when you're working in digital marketing have helped me later in my career getting the best outcome," is how Sophie described it.

In addition, her marketing exposure gave her a mindset that product development must always be customer-centric. "Marketing has that real responsibility to ensure that the customer is just absolutely central to everything that we are delivering. If we are not in tune with those customer needs or the future customer needs, then the products that we are creating or the communications that we are putting out there will not resonate," she added.

The Significance of Having a Customer-Driven Roadmap

A key topic we covered is the importance of creating a customer-driven roadmap for creating a marketing framework and product development. Sophie shared her insights on what led to them creating a customer advisory board aligned with their internal product advisory board.

Indeed, the focus on knowing your ideal customer is critical for your business growth. A lot may be too sales-driven, with the risk of going to where the money appears to be rather than focusing on maximizing their current products and meeting the needs of their existing and future client base. I am sure you will enjoy hearing how Sophie's mindset on this topic and how she built an effective marketing and product team.

How to Transition from Marketing to Product

If you are in a marketing role and looking to transition into a role in product development, what can you do to build your confidence in transitioning smoothly? Considering that product has a different technicality with marketing, it is important to take proactive measures to pick up. That is exactly what Sophie did. "It was incredibly daunting," recalled Sophie. Here are some of the things that Sophie did:

  • Working closely with the head of development.

  • Taking the time to learn using available resources.

  • Play to your strengths - she leveraged her marketing background to align it with development.

About Sophie Moule

Sophie Moule is the Head of Product and Marketing for Pi Datametrics, a global digital data intelligence company based in the UK. Before her current role, Sophie has core experience in marketing, including 10 years of experience in Performance Marketing across both B2B and B2C and 7 years of driving Product Marketing strategies in a growing SaaS business.

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Rebecca is the Founder and Director of The Lucent Group. She has extensive talent acquisition and executive search experience supporting digital and technology businesses through complex changes and fast-paced scale-up periods. She works with businesses advising on C-level, technical and commercial appointments, workforce planning, strategic talent management, recruitment processes, and associated technology and employer brand development. She has led and built successful teams, led numerous C-level, VP, Director, and Head-of searches, and designed and implemented outsourced recruitment solutions. In 2019 she helped a FinTech client secure a place in LinkedIn's Top 25 Start-ups in the UK. Rebecca is a member of the REC (MREC), a qualified career coach, Certified Interviewer (CI), and has professional qualifications in FinTech, HR, Leadership, Digital Marketing, Diversity, Unconscious Bias, and Talent Management.

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