Paid Marketing: Running The Right Experiments To Grow Fast


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A presentation by Radius CEO and Co-Founder Darian Shirazi from the 500 Startups #Unsexy conference. Topic includes paid marketing experience and ways to track paid marketing experiments.

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Paid Marketing: Running The Right Experiments To Grow Fast

  1. 1. Unsexy Conference August 8, 2013 paid marketing: running the right experiments to grow fast
  2. 2. •  Darian Shirazi, CEO & Co-Founder, @Radius •  Radius is a Software-as-a-Service product that provides sales and marketing professionals with small business leads and customer intelligence •  Background: early @Facebook, worked @eBay •  Investor in: @Homejoy, @MessageMe, @Fresh, @Udemy •  Experience building startups about me
  3. 3. Theme: Paid acquisition is a necessary evil for all SaaS, subscription-based, or enterprise software products.
  4. 4. Why is paid acquisition required? Churn will catch up with you. Jan! Feb! Mar! Apr! May! Jun! Jul! Aug! Sep! Oct! Nov! Dec! Jan! Feb! Mar! Apr! May! Jun! Jul! Aug! Sep! Oct! Nov! Dec! Organic Leads! Total MRR!
  5. 5. • “CAC”: Cost of Acquiring a Customer • “LTV”: Lifetime Value of a Customer important definitions
  6. 6. •  CAC evaluates your marketing organization Are we spending too much to acquire a customer? Which channels are more economical than others? How quickly could we grow if we spent x? How big is the market for our product? •  LTV evaluates your product organization and CAC ROI How long do customers stay with us? How long does it take to get paid back for the customers we acquire? Which channels lead to the most loyal customers? Are there problems with the product that reduce LTV? CAC & LTV are key performance metrics for any “unsexy” business
  7. 7. case study: radius
  8. 8. Hypothesis: We think our product is great and we believe paid marketing channels can allow us to grow significantly faster.
  9. 9. Step 1: What are competitors doing with paid acquisition on adwords? Source: SpyFu and General Industry Standards
  10. 10. Step 2: run experiments
  11. 11. Step 3: measure cac by channel
  12. 12. If you do this right, here’s what your new graph looks like Jan! Feb! Mar! Apr! May! Jun! Jul! Aug! Sep! Oct! Nov! Dec! Jan! Feb! Mar! Apr! May! Jun! Jul! Aug! Sep! Oct! Nov! Dec! Organic & Paid! Total MRR!
  13. 13. •  Marketing Lifecycle Management: Hubspot •  Landing Page Optimization: Optimizely is a MUST •  Analytics: Google Analytics through •  Remarketing: Google Remarketing •  Social Retargeting: Perfect Audience What tools do you recommend that can help me optimize?
  14. 14. •  Potential Ad Problem: Targeting the wrong verticals •  Product MVP issue: you haven’t found product/market fit •  Sales issue: your first-responders haven’t been trained well •  If your CAC is greater than your LTV and the CAC is equivalent to less than the 3 month cost of your service, you might also have an account management issue I’ve optimized to like crazy but my cac is still greater than my ltv…
  15. 15. Contact me: @darian314 Q&A
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