Business Bridge, Product-to-Market Fit

Product-to-Market Fit: The Foundation of your Business

This is where successful businesses start. It’s the equivalent of the foundation that goes under a building or the roots under a tree. Everything else your business ever does is to support this one thing. Without it, you have nothing to communicate to customers and you have no operations that need to run smoothly. Customers won’t even start the journey without…

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Product-to-Market Fit

The Target Market Montage

Before I dig into the next series of posts on the three pillars that “hold up” the Business Bridge, I wanted to touch on Target Market one more time. It’s a major component in Product-to-Market fit that a lot of people struggle with. In this post, I’ll describe a few different ways of looking at target market, and hopefully one…

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Business Operations, Customer Journey, Market Communications, Product-to-Market Fit

Business Strategy Basics

Introduction: I write a lot about business strategy and that it’s important, but I just realized that I really haven’t shared my definition of it. To understand the term “strategy”, it helps to realize that the term is a shortened way to refer to your business’ “strategic plan,” so whenever I say “strategy” you can replace it with “plan” or…

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Product-to-Market Fit

The Product Life Cycle

At lot of times when I get questions from business owners in a forum, I have to answer “it depends”, and one of the biggest variables is exactly where their product is in its life cycle. Products have a series of stages they go though, and the exact tactics you are using depend on where it is. Research & Validation…

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Business Bridge, Business Operations, Customer Journey, Market Communications, Product-to-Market Fit, Strategy

The Business Bridge: Building a Successful Business

Sometimes it’s really hard to know where to start or what to work on when you don’t have a good idea of how a business functions and how customers interact with it. This isn’t just about SEO or whether your photo background is white or gray or picking the right logo… it’s a much bigger picture of business strategy. I…

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Business Operations, Product-to-Market Fit

Where do I start?

I see this question a lot: what should I do first? The shop owner then lists off a series of things that are more exciting to do, like starting a website, ordering business cards, coming up with a banner, maybe getting some professional photos taken… but none of those are really going to get your business off to a good…

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