Developer Marketing and Developer Relations – Roles and Responsibilities

In my upcoming webinar, “Developer Marketing & Developer Relations – Similarities & Differences” (August 8 & 10, 2017) I’ll be comparing and contrasting the educational background, skills set, organizational reporting, roles and responsibilities, work done and shared. In this blog post I’ll list a wide range of the roles, responsibilities and work done by members of the developer marketing and developer relations teams. Some of these items will be primarily done by one group of the other. At the same time, there may be a secondary role and a shared role in some of the aspects of a well coordinated developer outreach and advocacy program. Depending on the size of the company, developer program and team member background, there may be less or more items to cover. There may also be more overlap of responsibilities for some companies.

As I look inside companies that currently have developer relations programs, I find a common set of program features. In larger developer focused companies you’ll usually find a dedicated team of developer marketing and developer relations staff. Looking deeper into most developer outreach programs and identifying the active team members, I find a wider collection of marketing specialists, partner managers, developer advocates, customer success staff, R&D engineers, business development managers and community leaders. To orchestrate such a wide variety of helpers takes a clear list of roles and responsibilities.

Roles and Responsibilities

Here is my extended list of developer marketing and developer relations roles and responsibilities. These are listed in no specific order or priority. I’ve added my own assignments (primary, secondary, and shared) for each of the aspects listed. Your organization and experience may identify with different items.



Roles & Responsibilities (primary, secondary, shared) Developer Marketing Developer Relations
Demand Generation Primary Secondary
Customer Lifecycle Primary Secondary
Social Media Shared Shared
Social Ad Campaigns Primary
Content/Events Calendar Primary
Email Campaigns Primary
Brand Marketing Primary
PR Primary
Budget Primary
Contests Secondary Primary
Events / Meetups Shared Shared
SEO Primary
Strategic Planning Shared Shared
Technology Road Maps / Briefings Primary
Public Speaking / Presentations Secondary Primary
Blogging Shared Shared
Webinars  Secondary Primary
Conferences Shared Shared
Hackathons Secondary Primary
Office Hours Primary
Demos Primary
Sample Code Primary
Tutorials Primary
Online Q&A Primary
Developer Feedback Secondary Primary
Market Research Primary
Success Stories Primary Secondary
Developer Quotes Primary Secondary
Product Videos Secondary Primary
Technical/HowTo Videos Primary
Online Community Secondary Primary
Prototypes, POCs Primary


What’s on your list of Roles and Responsibilities?

It will be great to hear your thoughts, comments and additional items via email or during the upcoming DevRelate webinar, August 8th & 10th. Send me an email with your own experiences and history.

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David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
Skype: davidi99
Twitter: @davidi99


Developer Marketing and Developer Relations – Education, Skills, Reporting

On the road to my August 2017 DevRelate webinar, “Developer Marketing & Developer Relations – Similarities & Differences“, August 8 & 10, I am putting together background research and information about several high level aspects for each team member. In this blog post I am starting with a focus on education, skills and organizational reporting. Take a look at each of the aspects and let me know what you think about the details related to your own experiences and knowledge of industry experts you interact with. In subsequent blog posts I’ll drill down into roles, responsibilities, work done, audiences, metrics, ROI and other aspects.


In looking at a wide range of Developer Marketing and Developer Relations practitioners active in the technology products, devices, platforms and services, I’ve found common characteristics, degree attainment, and focus areas. Of course there are many journeys that we take to get to a specific Developer Marketing and Developer Relations position. Do these educational backgrounds resonate with you and others you know?

  • Developer Marketing: BA, BS, MA, MS, MBA and/or PhD in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration, Economics, Public Relations, Journalism, Computer Science, Software Engineering, International Business, Management, Finance, Creative Writing.
  • Developer Relations: BA, BS, MA, MS and/or PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics.



In the wide array of skills and experiences, you can often find some of the following listed for Developer Marketing and Developer Relations team members. There can be a wide range of past experiences, job history and interest areas. Some differences can be traced to the industry, product, service, device, platform or other positions held by each member of the developer outreach team.

  • Developer Marketing:  Messaging, Writing, Demand Generation, Marketing Campaigns, Go To Market Strategies, Budgets, Branding, Social Media, Events, PR, AR, Advertising.
  • Developer Relations: Programming, Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Webinars, Videos, Developer Advocacy/Evangelism, Technical Writing, Blogging.


Ideal Report To

Depending on the size and complexity of the company, products, services, devices, platforms and other technology areas, Developer Marketing and Developer Relations leaders and team members would ideally like to report to one (or more) of the following executive level members and organizations.

  • Developer Marketing – report to the CMO as part of the Corporate Marketing organization.
  • Developer Relations – report to the CTO and be part of the Software Engineering organization.


Are there other education, skills and organizational reporting aspects that you’ve experienced or found?

There is never a college degree, experience level, job history and organizational structure that fits neatly for all Developer Marketing and Developer Relations professionals in each industry and company for today’s software, devices, platforms and services world. In looking at my network of friends and job requirements postings, I’ve found any number of additional aspects that could be (should be) included. Send me an email with your own experiences and history and I’ll consider them for the  upcoming DevRelate webinar in August.


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David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
Skype: davidi99
Twitter: @davidi99