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Growth Hacking to 1,000 Users & Beyond


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This deck outlines the fundamental strategies for growth hacking your startup to 1,000 users and beyond. (Presentation was created in 2013)

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Growth Hacking to 1,000 Users & Beyond

  2. 2.! What is Growth Hacking?!
  3. 3.! Growth hacking is a set of tactics and best practices to drive user growth.!
  4. 4.! Growth hacking is mindset.!
  5. 5.! P.S. I Love You! Get Your Free Email at Hotmail.! When they sold to Microsoft 1.5 years after launch, Hotmail had! 12 million users. There were only 70 million internet users at the time.! Hotmail Example!
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  7. 7.! Dropbox Example!
  8. 8.! Airbnb Example!
  9. 9.! •  Make mistakes!! •  Offer it for free!! •  Interview your early adopters! •  Set a budget and goals! •  Measure conversion rates! When acquiring your first 100 users…!
  10. 10.! Channels! Spend! Sign Ups! CPA! Banner Ads! $100! 5! $20! Social Media! $500! 10! $50**! Email! $50! 25! $2! Retargeting! $1,000! 250! $4! Totals & Averages $1,650 290 $5.69 “**Social Media’s CPA is too high, it might be time to shut it off and allocate more budget into email and retargeting.”! Build Monthly KPI Reports!
  11. 11.! •  Monthly Churn! •  Lifetime Value! •  CAC! •  LTV:CAC! •  Payback CAC (Months)! The Next 900+ Users…!
  12. 12.! Measure Your P/M Fit!! If your monthly churn is greater than 10%, you don’t have the right product/ market fit.!
  13. 13.! KPIs! Current Month! YTD Average! LTV! $214.35! $230.44! CAC! $8.04! $6.56! Churn! 6.20%! 4.50%! LTV:CAC! 26.64x! 34.65x! CAC Recovery! 0.61 Month(s)! 0.49 Month(s)! “The best SaaS businesses have a LTV to CAC ratio that is higher than 3, sometimes as high as 7 or 8. And many of the best SaaS businesses are able to recover their CAC in 5-7 months.”! ! Source:! Health Metrics (Sample)!
  14. 14.! Acquisitions (Free Trial)! Activations (Paying Customer)! Retention! Revenue! 1,500! 15! 11! $! 30,000! Website Visitors! Conversion Funnel!
  15. 15.! June 19, 2012 2.10% Acquisition Rate 22% Activation Rate! A/B Test! Our first website design
  16. 16.! Released new website design with stronger CTAs and saw a 147% increase in acquisition rate but activation rate stayed the same.! Focus on Design & Strong CTAs!
  17. 17.! New Website Design Released! Pricing plan lowered from $10 to $5 Per month! We saw a 113% increase in activation rate when we introduced lower pricing. A/B Test Again…And Again…And Again!
  18. 18.! Acquisitions (Free Trial)! Activations (Paying Customer)! Retention! Revenue! 600! 132! 92! $! 30,000! Website Visitors! Monthly Conversion Funnel (Before)! 2%!2% 70% 22%
  19. 19.! Acquisitions (Free Trial)! Activations (Paying Customer)! Retention! Revenue! 1,500! 690! 483 $! 30,000! Website Visitors! Monthly Conversion Funnel (After)! 2%!5% 70% 46%
  20. 20.! 1,500! 690! 483! $! 30,000! Monthly Conversion Funnel (After)! 2%!5% 70% 46% We 4x’ed growth by focusing on improving acquisition and activation rates.!
  21. 21.! Implement, test, iterate, and scale growth hacks that work for your business!!
  22. 22.! •  Make signing up very simple. 1-2 fields that simply collect email and password are ideal and some of the most popular websites such as DigitalOcean, Slack and Kissmetrics sport an in-line one to two field sign up form. ! ! •  Demo your product in front of an audience and offer a credit / promo (we demoed at New York Tech Meetup and acquired our first 50 customers via a $50 promo credit)! ! •  Include promo codes in ad text for campaigns. This will increase conversions and lower your CPA.! Free Trial / Promo Codes!
  23. 23.! •  Write and publish high-quality content that appeals to your ideal customer! •  Aim for 20 posts per month / 5 per week! •  Lists make create topic headlines (Buzzfeed tactic). Use odd numbers.! •  Google likes longer content (500+ words per page).! •  Can’t hire a writer? Pay customers to write content for you (we pay $200 per tutorial).! •  Conduct keyword research using Google’s Keyword Tool or Google Trends! •  Include CTAs (e.g. Newsletter form)! •  Optimize headlines and meta descriptions (include H1, H2, H3 tags)! •  Optimize URL strings using dashes (e.g.! •  Build links through guest posts, product reviews, etc.! Content Marketing / SEO in 90 Seconds!
  24. 24.! •  To ensure you are driving high quality traffic to your website, you must evaluate conversion rates, time on site, pages per visit, bounce rate, etc. We used Google Analytics and in- house reports.! •  Evaluate common attributes of users who have become an active customer (device, OS, location, keyword they used in their search, etc.)! •  Track campaign performance using Google Analytics URL Builder Analytics in 90 Seconds!
  25. 25.! •  Find websites that have ad space with extremely low CPMs (cost per thousand impressions)! • and are great display platforms to research and find ad space on websites that speak to your target customer! Include Incentive & CTA! Short Headlines Work!! Display Advertising in 90 Seconds!
  26. 26.! •  Target individual writers that write content within your industry! •  Be brief with your pitch! •  Save big stories for major publications.! •  Build relationships with writers. Keep them in the loop.! •  Work your network. You may be surprised that you have a close friend that knows a writer at a major publications (this is how we secured our first exclusive on TechCrunch).! PR in 90 Seconds!
  27. 27.! •  Insert retargeting tracking code on all prospect facing site pages (make sure to have a burn list created to not target existing customers)! •  Facebook Retargeting (FBX) through AdRoll and Google Display Network is a great way to generate signups at a low CPA! ! •  Don’t discount “View-Through-Conversions” too heavily. If they see your ad, they become influenced. This is where multi-attribution tracking tools like Convertro come in handy.! Retargeting in 90 Seconds!
  28. 28.! •  We recommend building your own in-house referral program. Otherwise, is a great tool for referral automation. ! ! •  Incorporate easy social and email sharing! ! •  Pay via users with credits vs money! ! •  Implement a double-sided incentive (give $10, earn $10)! Referrals in 90 Seconds!
  29. 29.! On August 26 2014, we launched our double sided referral program and 2 months later generated over 6,000 referrals, the highest number of referrals in a single month to date.! Our NPS = 69! DigitalOcean’s Double Sided Referral Program!
  30. 30.! •  Create a social media influencer target list! •  Engage, re-tweet, and favorite to get on their radar.! •  Reach out to prospects with promo codes. Find them using! •  Implement a social tool to manage multiple profiles (e.g. Hootsuite)! •  Leverage Twitter’s ad platform to target followers of your key influencers or competitors! •  Facebook Ads have a low CPC. You can select your perfect audience to target based on demographics and interests.! •  Answer highly visible questions on Quora! •  Actively participate and answer Tweets and mentions in a timely manner! Social Media Marketing in 90 Seconds !
  31. 31.! •  Collect as many email addresses as possible!! ! •  A/B test every email – focus on subject lines (shorter subject lines produce higher open rates)! ! •  Add large call to action in every email and include incentives (e.g. promo code)! ! •  Best time to email is between Tuesday-Thursday and 11am-4pm EST! ! •  Implement drip email automation (we use over 1 week to educate and incentivize users to eventually convert! Email Marketing in 90 Seconds!
  32. 32.! Email Marketing in 90 Seconds!
  33. 33.! Create auto-triggered emails using and to follow up with people who bail out of your signup process.! Retention Growth Hack!
  34. 34.! Emails Sent" " "# of Re-Activations " Monthly Run-Rate! 4,739 688 (15%) $8,225! After 30 days….! Retention Growth Hack Results!
  35. 35.! •  Waiting lists / invite only (we plan to use this tactic for our next major product launch)! •  OAuth login – easy signup with your Google/Facebook/ Twitter/GitHub/LinkedIn accounts! What We Haven’t Tried…!
  36. 36.! Drive High ! Quality Traffic! Visitor Returnsand Signups ! Customer Refers Friends! ! OR! 2% Leave ! & Receive ! Email with! Incentive!Referral Program! Retention Email! Social Media! PR! Display & Text Ads! Content Marketing! SEO! Collect Email Address! Retargeting! Email Marketing! Free Trial / Promo! Landing Page Optimization! Create a Viral Growth Engine! 5! 1! 2! 3! 4!
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