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CUSTOMER
DEVELOPMENT
TEMPLATE
CHRISTINA WODTKE
@CWODTKE
WWW.CWODTKE.COM
WWW.ELEGANTHACK.COM
“Invented Quote”

PROJECT CODENAME
Value proposition in
a nutshell/ elevator
pitch
I am a mockup of a key screen

@cwodtke...
PURPOSE AND AGENDA
Purpose
• Understand you and the fit of our product
• Determine what it will take to do business with y...
A little about us…
The Company
Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy
text of the printing and typesetting
industry. Lorem Ipsum has ...
A LOT ABOUT YOU…
1. Organization?
2. Your mission?
3. Goals that drive you?
4. Volumes? Variations?
5. Seasonal Milestones...
THE PROBLEMS
1. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 1 “This is too expensive”
2. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 2 “This is too slow”
3. Quo...
SOLUTION OVERVIEW
For You:
•
•
•
•

Key feature
Key feature
Key feature
Key feature

For Your customers (if relevant):
•
•...
PHASE I DEMO – FREE BASIC
LISTING EXPERIENCE
You

• feature
• feaure
Your customer

• Feature
• feature

@cwodtke |

Chris...
I am a key screen
I am not a wireframe
I am a convincing mockup

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christi...
Pointing out something
important

I am a key screen

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | ...
I am a key screen

Highlighting a key area

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.c...
Phase II Demo
This, we want money for (if freemium)

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creati...
PHASE II DEMO
Feature

Feature
Feature
Feature

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Co...
I am a key screen
I am not a wireframe
I am a convincing mockup

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christi...
Pointing out something
important

I am a key screen

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | ...
I am a key screen

Highlighting a key area

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.c...
Pointing out something
important

But wait there’s more

Highlighting a key area

© 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved.

@c...
SUMMARY OF KEY FEATURES
1. Thing we think you’d pay for
2. Thing we think you’d pay for
3. Thing we think you’d pay for

4...
LIMITATIONS
1. Thing we don’t want to build, and think you don’t want, but
gotta make sure

2. Thing we don’t want to buil...
POTENTIAL ROADMAP

Capability

Which would you move? Why?

• Add photos
• Delete
photos
• Share with
friends

Soon
@cwodtk...
Interactive Time!

@cwodtke |

Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
JUSTIFICATIONS
1. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote “This saves me money!”
2. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer qu...
GETTING TO YES
1. Who or what is our main competitor?
2. Decision process? Who’s not here?
3. Willing to pay? Price model?...
SCHEDULE FOR CHARTER CLIENT PROGRAM
July

August

September

October

November

Product Validation
4-6 companies

Design V...
WRAP-UP
1. How would you describe this to a colleague?
2. How important: Strike out, double, home run?

3. Next meeting: D...
I learned this methodology from George Seiters at LinkedIn. I have
since simplified it, and made the roadmapping interacti...
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  1. 1. CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE CHRISTINA WODTKE @CWODTKE WWW.CWODTKE.COM WWW.ELEGANTHACK.COM
  2. 2. “Invented Quote” PROJECT CODENAME Value proposition in a nutshell/ elevator pitch I am a mockup of a key screen @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  3. 3. PURPOSE AND AGENDA Purpose • Understand you and the fit of our product • Determine what it will take to do business with you Agenda • A little about us • A lot about you • Product overview & demo • Specs & limitations • Procurement • Charter Client Program • Next steps @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike What would you like from the meeting? 3
  4. 4. A little about us… The Company Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. The Product Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" Our Value It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy.
  5. 5. A LOT ABOUT YOU… 1. Organization? 2. Your mission? 3. Goals that drive you? 4. Volumes? Variations? 5. Seasonal Milestones? 6. Target audience? 7. Collaboration/Social tools? Adoption? 8. Demand creation mechanisms? 9. Success metrics? 5 @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  6. 6. THE PROBLEMS 1. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 1 “This is too expensive” 2. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 2 “This is too slow” 3. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 3 “This is too confusing” 4. Quote on Pain Hypothesis 4 “Stinky” 5. Etc 6. Etc 7. etc What resonates? @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  7. 7. SOLUTION OVERVIEW For You: • • • • Key feature Key feature Key feature Key feature For Your customers (if relevant): • • • • @cwodtke | Key feature Key feature Key feature Key feature Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  8. 8. PHASE I DEMO – FREE BASIC LISTING EXPERIENCE You • feature • feaure Your customer • Feature • feature @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  9. 9. I am a key screen I am not a wireframe I am a convincing mockup © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  10. 10. Pointing out something important I am a key screen © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  11. 11. I am a key screen Highlighting a key area © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  12. 12. Phase II Demo This, we want money for (if freemium) @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  13. 13. PHASE II DEMO Feature Feature Feature Feature @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  14. 14. I am a key screen I am not a wireframe I am a convincing mockup © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  15. 15. Pointing out something important I am a key screen © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  16. 16. I am a key screen Highlighting a key area © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  17. 17. Pointing out something important But wait there’s more Highlighting a key area © 2008 LinkedIn All rights reserved. @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  18. 18. SUMMARY OF KEY FEATURES 1. Thing we think you’d pay for 2. Thing we think you’d pay for 3. Thing we think you’d pay for 4. Thing we think you’d pay for 5. Thing we think you’d pay for @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike What stood out 18 most to you?
  19. 19. LIMITATIONS 1. Thing we don’t want to build, and think you don’t want, but gotta make sure 2. Thing we don’t want to build, and think you don’t want, but gotta make sure 3. Thing we don’t want to build, and think you don’t want, but gotta make sure 4. Thing we don’t want to build, and think you don’t want, but gotta make sure 19 @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike Deal breakers?
  20. 20. POTENTIAL ROADMAP Capability Which would you move? Why? • Add photos • Delete photos • Share with friends Soon @cwodtke | • Make collections • Share publicly Later Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike • Remove red eye • Crop • Filters Much Later
  21. 21. Interactive Time! @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  22. 22. JUSTIFICATIONS 1. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote “This saves me money!” 2. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote “This makes me thin!” 3. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote “This tastes like chocolate!” 4. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote 5. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote 6. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote 7. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote 8. Reason you’d pay, as fake customer quote @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike What resonates 22 most? Least?
  23. 23. GETTING TO YES 1. Who or what is our main competitor? 2. Decision process? Who’s not here? 3. Willing to pay? Price model? 4. Purchase wish-list rank for it? 23 @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  24. 24. SCHEDULE FOR CHARTER CLIENT PROGRAM July August September October November Product Validation 4-6 companies Design Validation ~10 companies Field Testing ~8 companies General Availability 50+ companies Charter Clients will have: 1. Direct access to product team & senior leadership 2. Impact on prioritization and design of new features 3. Early access to new features @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  25. 25. WRAP-UP 1. How would you describe this to a colleague? 2. How important: Strike out, double, home run? 3. Next meeting: Date? Whom? Thank you for your valuable time! 25 @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike
  26. 26. I learned this methodology from George Seiters at LinkedIn. I have since simplified it, and made the roadmapping interactive. Anyone who can, should hire George www.linkedin.com/in/georgeseiters If you fail to hire him, you can give me a ring. cwodtke@eleganthack.com @cwodtke | Christina Wodtke | cwodtke.com | eleganthack.com | Creative Commons Share Alike

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