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I often hear people talk about category design as a “marketing strategy.” It’s easy to see why. Marketing often spearheads category design. And it affects that department as much as any other. But category design is actually a whole-company exercise. As such, it’s a strategy that only your CEO can decide to pursue. If you’re interested in category design and
Category design has one fundamental rule: you need to solve a new problem, or you need to solve an existing problem in a new way. That means that the problem your company chooses to address will serve as the foundation for all your category design efforts. Much of your product, marketing, and strategy decisions will hinge on this decision. Play
When I co-founded a SaaS startup back in 2013, I wish I had known about category design. But back then, it wasn’t on my radar. The seminal book on the topic, Play Bigger, wouldn’t be written for another three years. But if I understood category design at the time, I think we could have taken the business even further (a