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9 Learnings from Crossing the Chasm




"Crossing the Chasm" by Geoffrey Moore is a classic book on marketing and selling new innovative technology products. In many respects, it has been a reference to all tech start-ups. In the context of a start-up, I have compiled a list of key learnings that start-ups may consider when planning or assessing their product as it progresses:

  1. Understanding the Technology Adoption Life Cycle: The book introduces the concept of the technology adoption life cycle, which shows how new technologies are adopted by the market over time. Start-ups must understand their product's stage and tailor their marketing and sales efforts accordingly.

  2. Targeting Early Adopters: The book suggests that start-ups should focus on early adopters, who are often willing to take risks and try new products. Early adopters can provide valuable feedback and help spread the word about the product.

  3. Building a Product for the Early Majority: The early majority is the next group of customers to adopt new technologies. Start-ups need to understand the needs and motivations of this group and build products that meet their requirements.

  4. Filling the Chasm: The "chasm" refers to the gap between early adopters and the early majority. Start-ups must bridge this gap by developing marketing and sales strategies that can effectively communicate the benefits of their product to this group.

  5. Creating a Compelling Value Proposition: Moore emphasizes the importance of developing a clear and compelling value proposition that can convince customers to buy your product. Start-ups need to articulate what their product does, who it's for, and why it's better than other options.

  6. Establishing Mindshare: The book suggests that start-ups need to focus on establishing mindshare or being top-of-mind with their target customers. This can be achieved through effective marketing and PR, building strong customer relationships, and delivering exceptional customer support.

  7. Partnering with Influencers: The book highlights the importance of partnering with influencers who can help spread the word about the product. Influencers can include industry analysts, media outlets, and other thought leaders in their space.

  8. Leveraging Existing Channels: Start-ups can leverage existing channels, such as trade shows and industry conferences, to reach potential customers and build relationships with them.

  9. Focus on Customer Success: The book suggests that start-ups should focus on customer success and provide ongoing support to help customers get the most value out of the product. This can build customer loyalty and create word-of-mouth referrals

Of course, a myriad of factors to consider. However, these are just a few key takeaways from "Crossing the Chasm" that start-ups can consider when planning. By understanding the technology adoption life cycle, targeting early adopters, filling the chasm, and creating a compelling value proposition, start-ups can increase their probabilities of success.


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About the Author

Adam Ryan Start-Up Expert

Adam Ryan is a Professor of Practice (Adjunct Professor) at Monash University and is a principal at Watkins Bay. Adam has over twenty years of start-up experience in Australia and the USA. An expert in Company Structuring for Innovation, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Capital for early and growth-stage businesses.





 

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