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Techstars Growth Marketing Presentation by Jim Huffman

Jim Huffman's Growth Marketing Presentation from the 2016 Techstars IOT batch. The presentation was geared towards startups and covers digital marketing, CRO, SEO, social media, growth hacking, email, analytics and how to run your growth process. See more at

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Techstars Growth Marketing Presentation by Jim Huffman

  1. 1. @JimWHuffman A Growth Marketing Workshop for Startups Jim Huffman CEO of GrowthHit
  2. 2. @JimWHuffman Who is this guy? My name is Jim Huffman . . . Techstars Mentor Co-Founder of Growth Advisor to Universal Standard General Assembly Marketing Instructor
  3. 3. @JimWHuffman When to Call Me?
  4. 4. @JimWHuffman If they can do it . . .
  5. 5. @JimWHuffman
  6. 6. @JimWHuffman $24B Valuation
  7. 7. @JimWHuffman “Try Before You Buy” Easy adoption for companies. (No Internal Approval Needed)
  8. 8. @JimWHuffman Acquired for $1.2B
  9. 9. @JimWHuffman ONLY Focused on Ruby Developers. Meetups and T-Shirts VS. Expensive Ads Free Trials (Only 20% will pay)
  10. 10. @JimWHuffman Valuation at $1.75B
  11. 11. @JimWHuffman The Right Distribution Channel with the Right Message at the Right Time.
  12. 12. @JimWHuffman About those Distribution Channels . . .
  13. 13. @JimWHuffman Here are 19 Traction Channels 1. Viral Marketing 2. PR 3. Unconventional PR 4. SEM 5. Social & Display Ads 6. Offline Ads 7. SEO 8. Content Marketing 9. Email Marketing 10. Engineering as Marketing 11. Targeting Blogs 12. Existing Platforms 13. Business Development 14. Affiliate Programs 15. Trade Shows 16. Community Building 17. Sales 18. Offline Events 19. Speaking Engagements
  14. 14. @JimWHuffman Increased Demand Makes Channels More Expensive Popular Channels with increasing demand result in higher advertising prices Getting in before the everyone else gives you the best chance for a strong ROI.
  15. 15. @JimWHuffman Now Lets Talk about You
  16. 16. @JimWHuffman What Part of the Conversion Funnel are You Focused on?
  17. 17. @JimWHuffman How to Find the Right Channel? 1. IDENTIFY: Choose the channels you think will work. 2. TEST: Test channels and track the progress. (Warning: Lots of your tests will fail.) 3. EXPLOIT: Create guidelines as for each channel. (Types of content / Frequency) 4. AUTOMATE: Allocation the right time, money and resources to that channels
  18. 18. @JimWHuffman What to Consider When Testing Traction Channels? • Biggest Impact • Free vs. Paid • Fastest Feedback Loop • What segments are you targeting? (80/20 rule)
  19. 19. @JimWHuffman What Drives Your Marketing Tests? Your Revenue Model Determines Your Marketing Channels NO • SEO • Email Marketing • Content Marketing • Manual Outreach • Be Scrappy YES • SEM • Facebook Ads • Display Ads • Retargeting • Branding
  20. 20. @JimWHuffman What to Manage Your Budget? LTV (Life Time Value of Customer) > CAC (Customer Acquisition Cost) $2,000 in Facebook Ads = $10,000 in Sales YES! $2,000 in Gmail Ads = $1,000 in Sales NO.
  21. 21. @JimWHuffman Answer These Two Questions BUT Before You Start Marketing . . .
  22. 22. @JimWHuffman 1. Do You Have Product Market Fit? Definition: Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market. “The #1 company-killer is lack of market." Marc Andreessen “You can always feel when product/market fit isn’t happening. The customers aren’t quite getting value out of the product, word of mouth isn’t spreading, usage isn’t growing that fast, press reviews are kind of “blah”, the sales cycle takes too long, and lots of deals never close.” Marc on HAVING PRODUCT MARKET FIT And you can always feel product/market fit when it’s happening. The customers are buying the product just as fast as you can make it — or usage is growing just as fast as you can add more servers. Money from customers is piling up in your company checking account. Marc on NOT HAVING PRODUCT MARKET FIT
  23. 23. @JimWHuffman Wait, Do I Have Product Market Fit? How do you measure Product Market Fit? 1. 40% of Users would be “Very Disappointed” if your product disappeared. 2. What’s Your NPS (Net Promoter Score)? How would you feel if you could no longer use [product]? (A) Very disappointed (B) Somewhat disappointed (C) Not disappointed (it isn’t really that useful) (D) N/A – I no longer use [product] (
  24. 24. @JimWHuffman 2. Are You Even Ready to Grow? CONVERSION: Can you convert a user? RETENTION: Can you keep a user? If your marketing strategy works, are you prepared for traffic???
  25. 25. @JimWHuffman Case Study: How TheTake Messed Up Conversion & Then Fixed It Under 1% Sign-Ups
  26. 26. @JimWHuffman Digital Marketing Crash Course 1.Target Demographics 2.CRO & Website Design 3.Analytics 4.SEO 5.Email 6.Social Media 7.Content Marketing 8.Growth Hacking
  27. 27. @JimWHuffman Who is Your Target Demographic? Groups of individuals who share similar characteristics, traits and motivations for buying your product. Who is NOT in your target demo? RESEARCH TOOLS TO USE Audience Insights (Facebook) Market Size and profiles SimilarWeb Analysis Your Competition FollowerWonk Find Twitter Users by bio description. EX: “Drone developer”
  28. 28. @JimWHuffman Why it Pays to Understand Your Users? It Drives Your Marketing How to find out about a sites numbers: STRIPE: Developer First Platform (Events) NEW RELIC: Ruby Developers (Marketing language)
  29. 29. @JimWHuffman CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) Conversion Rate Optimization Design Tips Design & Content should solve a problem, answer their questions and/or teach them how to use your product. Have the least amount of friction possible. 1. State the Main Benefits to Your Users (Do NOT state features) 2. Hero Image or Video that showcases Product 3. Section with Social Proof: Logos of Press, Partner logos, Testimonials, etc. 4. Clearly List or Show your Main Features 5. A Clear Call to Action with Language on the CTA Button that’s Unique 5 Tips for Your Landing Page According to Optimizely
  30. 30. @JimWHuffman Analytics: Where to Start? FREE 3 Things To Do First: (1) Google Analytics, (2) Google Tracking Links, (3) Facebook Pixel for Tracking
  31. 31. @JimWHuffman Analytics: What to Ask? How are people finding my site, landing on my site? - Facebook, organic search, another site, blogger, another device, etc. What are they doing once they are on my site? - Bounce rate, session duration, invite a friend, search for things, etc.
  32. 32. @JimWHuffman SEO: What Googles Care About?
  33. 33. @JimWHuffman Search: Your SEO Checklist Is Your Content/Website SEO friendly? Here’s a check list: 1. Sitemap: A special document created just for search engines. Ycan use sites like to generate one. 2. Google Webmaster Tool: Sign your site up with Google Webmaster Tools to ensure that it’s being indexed and returned by Google. 3. Keyword Research for high volume / low costs keywords (Keyword Planner) 4. On Page Optimization: Keywords on Page, URL structure, Meta Description, Headlines, Copy, Links in copy. Images (Links, File Name, Alt Text), Strong Word Count, Optimized for Mobile? (Mobilegeddon) 5. Build Your Backlinks: Build Links to your page through Credible websites (What backlinks do your competitors have? ) Bonus: Google+, Youtube Account, Twitter Handle & Linkedin Summary write name of your business Tools: Google Sitemap Generator, Google Webmaster Tool, Moz, Yoast, SEMrush, Google Keyword Planner
  34. 34. @JimWHuffman Email: Best Practices • Create a mobile friendly version of your email. • Design with the preview pane in mind. • Use Buttons for your Call to Action • Create a Automated Email campaigns by Segment (New Users, Doormat users, By segment, etc.) • Shorter subject lines perform best. (Keep it under 50 characters.) • Make sure the From name is trusted and recognizable. (Person vs. Company) • A/B Test every single email SOCIAL PROOF: “Suits designed by a NASA engineer” AUTHORITY: “Warren Buffet’s #1 Investment Tip” SCARCITY/DEADLINE “24 hours left to sign up” FEAR & ASPIRATION “7 Biggest Time Wasters for Social Media Marketers” Subject Line Inspiration
  35. 35. @JimWHuffman Social Media: Popular Networks Facebook: Create a community. Let your customers know who you are. Customer engagement. Twitter: Short messaging service. Have public “private” conversations. Short life span but immediate. LinkedIn: Platform for your professional network. Forums, Groups and they own SlideShare. Pinterest: Visual. Artistic/creative. People can put Pins on Boards. Use to curate what you find interesting, not just to promote your own stuff. Instagram: A photo newsfeed. Similar to Pinterest but less browsing, more of a newsfeed. Great for sharing photos of your work to your followers, content gets stale a lot faster. Google+: Limited people/traffic, gearing up for SEO impact. YouTube: Online videos. Create a company channel for customer service, interesting entertainment. Quora: Question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Snapchat: An ephemeral social video messaging platform on mobile.
  36. 36. @JimWHuffman FACEBOOK: Frequency BUFFER’S 2016 SOCIAL MEDIA FREQUENCY GUIDE • Post to Facebook five to 10 times per week. • When a brand posts twice a day, those posts only receive 57% of the likes and 78% of the comments per post. The drop-off continues as more posts are made.
  37. 37. @JimWHuffman TWITTER: Frequency BUFFER’S 2016 SOCIAL MEDIA FREQUENCY GUIDE • Post to Twitter at least 5 times a day. If you can swing up to 20 posts, you might be even better off. • Post to LinkedIn once per day. (20 times per month)
  38. 38. @JimWHuffman LINKEDIN: Frequency BUFFER’S 2016 SOCIAL MEDIA FREQUENCY GUIDE • 5 Posts per week of 25 words • Share Industry Insights, listicles and top content
  39. 39. @JimWHuffman Social Media Ads: Facebook STEP 1: Start Testing Custom Audiences with your Email List and/or Your Facebook Pixel STEP 2: Create a Lookalike Audience from your audience in Step 1.
  40. 40. @JimWHuffman Content Marketing & Distribution EXAMPLES OF CONTENT: • Quizzes and Polls • GIFs and Infographics • Videos • Short form content and Lists • Long Form Content (Thought Piece) • eBooks
  41. 41. @JimWHuffman Focus 50% of Time on Distribution The Content Marketing Playbook 1. Send to your email list 2. Share on social media 3. Syndication (Outbrain) 4. Send an outreach email 5. Mention an influencer 6. Submit to a content community (Quora, Medium, StumbleUpon, etc.) 7. Connect with a mentoring/peer group 8. Make it easy for readers to share 9. Focus on the places that get the best results 10. Paid ads and remarketing 11. Repurposing (New headlines)
  42. 42. @JimWHuffman Growth Hacking What is Growth Hacking? Sean Ellis (Dropbox) came up with the phrase “Growth Hacker” in 2010 when he was trying to hire his replacement. Because all the Marketing candidates weren’t working out. “A Growth Hacker is a person whose true north star is Growth. ” – Sean Ellis
  43. 43. @JimWHuffman Wait, So What Does that Mean? “After product-market fit and an efficient conversion process, find scalable, repeatable and sustainable ways to grow the business.” – Sean Ellis
  44. 44. @JimWHuffman Evernote: Find a New Growth Channel • App Store = New Distribution Channel • “We really killed ourselves in the first couple of years to always be in all of the app store launches on day one.” • 19,000 New Sign-Ups / Day
  45. 45. @JimWHuffman Jim Huffman Twitter: @jimwhuffman

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Jim Huffman's Growth Marketing Presentation from the 2016 Techstars IOT batch. The presentation was geared towards startups and covers digital marketing, CRO, SEO, social media, growth hacking, email, analytics and how to run your growth process. See more at


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