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Strategic Marketing

Strategic marketing at GitLab

Strategic marketing department at GitLab includes the following teams

Product Marketing Technical Marketing Partner Marketing Competitive Intelligence Market Research and Customer Refereneces
  1. Product marketing team
  2. Technical marketing team
  3. Partner marketing team
  4. Channel marketing team
  5. Competitive intelligence team
  6. Market research and customer insight team

What does Strategic Marketing do at GitLab

Strategic marketing is GitLab's interface to the market. The market is made up of customers, analysts, press, thought leaders, competitors, etc. Strategic marketing enables other GitLab teams such as Sales, Marketing, and Channel with narrative, positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategy to go outbound to the market. Strategic marketing does market research to gather customer knowledge, analyst views, market landscapes, and competitor intelligence providing marketing insights inbound to the rest of GitLab.

Strategic marketing functions

Key content created by Strategic Marketing

Strategic marketing creates many types of content for communicating and positioning GitLab for multiple audiences. Some of the different kinds of content produced by Strategic Marketing are listed below.

Strategic marketing functions

Some key resources

Customer facing presentations

Marketing decks linked on this page are the latest approved decks from Strategic Marketing that should be always be in a state that is ready to present. As such there should never be comments or WIP slides in a marketing deck. If you copy the deck to customize it please give it a relevant title, for example include the name of the customer and an ISO date.

To request updates to these decks see requesting help from the strategic marketing department

Key Demos

Click through Demos

The following list of print collateral is maintained for use at trade shows, prospect and customer visits. The GitLab marketing pages should be downloaded as PDF documents if a print copy for any marketing purposes is needed.

Speaker Abstracts

To encourage reuse and collaboration, we have a shared folder of past abstracts for different speaking events.

Strategic marketing - team specific planning and reporting resources

Other useful resources to help your productivity

Requesting Strategic marketing team help/support

All Strategic Marketing Work is tracked and managed as issues in the Strategic Marketing Project. If you need support from the team, the simple process below will enable us to support you.

  1. Open an SM Support Request Issue this link will the A-SM-Support-Request template. PLEASE fill in what you know.
  2. The Strategic Marketing leadership team will reveiew the request, prioritize the work and plan how to support your requests.
  3. If you need more immediate attention please send a message with a link to the issue you created in the #product-marketing slack channel. Add an @reply to the PMM responsible or you can ping the team with @pmm-team.

SM Request Flow

Strategic marketing request review and assignment flow (note: the label sm_request indicates a request for Strategic Marketing support)

  1. New requests start with the label sm_req::new_request
  2. Triaged to one of the Strategic Marketing teams (PMM,TMM, Competitive Intell, Partner Marketing, Market Research/Cust Insight) sm_req::triage and the team label (pmm,tech-pmm,Competitive Intelligence, Partner Marketing, mrci) who will determine if if there is enough detail to prioritize and plan the work - is it clear? Then the issue will be routher to either:
    1. Backlog sm_req::backlog for future scheduling, sequencing, and impelementation. note: add issue to the SM_Backlog milestone for tracking.
    2. Transfered sm_req::transfered for requests that belong in a different team (Field Marketing, Sales, Ops, etc). Note: Once an issue is transfered, it should be closed
    3. In some situations, Assigned sm_req::assigned for URGENT requests that are time critical.
  3. From the Backlog - issues are
    1. Assigned sm_req::assigned to team members. When an issue is assigned, it is added to the quarter milestone so we can track status of all the work in flight.
    2. declined sm_req::declined - when an issue is in the backlog and it is no longer relevant or does not make sense anymore. Note: Once an issue is declined, it should be closed
  4. When complete, the team member will update the issue with sm_req::completed Note: Once an issue is completed, it should be closed

The SM Request Board tracks status of requests

Backlog Grooming and prioritization

In order to manage and prioritize issues in the backlog, we need to consider:

When considering an issue:

Sales and partner enablement

Strategic Marketing team members serve as subject matter experts and conduct sales trainings scheduled by the Sales Training team. For for info go to the Sales Enablement page.

Strategic Marketing Hiring Process - What to Expect

  1. Application Screening - Recruiter and Hiring Managers screen applications, resumes, and cover letters to select potential candidates.
  2. Recruiter Screening - The recruiter schedules a brief call to discuss the role and the candidates potenital fit.
  3. Interviews - the typical sequence of interviews follows three stages.
    1. Hiring Manager Interview
    2. Team interviews - typicaly 3 - 4 separate interviews with different potential co-workers (product, sales, etc.)
    3. Executive interview with the Sr. Director of the Strategic Marketing team, the CMO, or even the CEO