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The State of the Subscription Economy
DECEMBER 2017
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Today’s all about rethinking our strategy.
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We’re in the subscription economy’s adolescence.
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We’re ill prepared for the speed of the market.
This has dire consequences for your business.
HOW RECURRING REVENUE IS CHANGING
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Who in the world are you?
Churn
tribution
Financial
Unit
Price
Survey
Willingness to
In-App Usage
Drastically reduce churnRETAINTM
Actionable, accurate insights to make
you smarter about your business
SUBSCRIPTION METRICS
Proprietary pricing software for
monetization
MONETIZE
We’ve seen inside more software
companies than anyone else on the planet.
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We’re ill prepared for the speed of the market.
This has dire consequences for your business.
HOW RECURRING REVENUE IS CHANGING
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Consumers are getting hammered.
Competition is rampant.
CONSUMERS ARE GETTING HAMMERED
Number of Competitors in First Year in Business
Companies started more than a year ago had far fewer competitors in their space than companies
started today.
AVERAGE#OFCOMPETITORSINTHEIR1STYEAR
AGE OF COMPANY
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
0
8
16
10 YEARS OLD 5 YEARS OLD 3 YEARS OLD 1 YEAR OLD
14.9
7.4
3.1
2.3
N = 1432 software founders and executives
Sales & Marketing channels are leveling off.
MARKETING CHANNELS ARE PLENTIFUL
Number of Sales & Marketing Channels Utilized
Sales & Marketing channel utilization has expanded rapidly, giving the rise of more opportunities to
acquire customers from numerous different places.
AVERAGE#OFCHANNELSUTILIZED
YEARS AGO
SOURCE: 2017 MARKETING STUDY Brought to you by
0
5
10
15
15 YEARS OLD 10 YEARS OLD 5 YEARS OLD 3 YEARS OLD 1 YEAR OLD TODAY
13.89
13.22
12.43
8.31
4.72
2.31
N = 1168 software founders and executives
N
1168
CAC is Steadily Increasing Over Time
UNIT ECONOMICS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
Customer acquisition cost has increased significantly
Customer acquisition cost has increased significantly over the years due to market saturation of
marketing vying for consumer attention.
BLENDEDCACRELATIVETOFOURYEARSAGO
SOURCE: 2017 CAC STUDY Brought to you by
-18%
0%
18%
35%
53%
70%
5 YEARS AGO 4 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 2 YEARS AGO 1 YEARS AGO Today
B2B
B2C
WHEN MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN
N
743
N = 743 companies
Switching costs have decreased dramatically.
CONSUMERS ARE GETTING HAMMERED
Time Taken to Fully Onboard Product in an Organization
Over time, implementation time has gone down substantially, providing a leading indicator of how easy
switching between products is becoming.
AVERAGE#OFHOURSTOIMPLEMENTSOFTWARE
YEARS AGO
SOURCE: 2017 SAAS STUDY
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0
10
20
30
40
50
60
10 YEARS AGO 5 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO
6.8
46.4
56.7
N = 894 software companies
N
894
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The Market is dropping out beneath us.
The relative value of features is declining.
THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US
Consumer Willingness to Pay has Declined Over Time
Software willingness to pay has declined significantly over the past few years due to increased options
and higher demands.
WTPAS%OFWTP4YEARSAGO
SOURCE: 2017 CONSUMER WILLINGNESS TO PAY STUDY Brought to you by
0%
30%
60%
90%
120%
5 YEARS AGO 4 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 2 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO TODAY
Core Features
Single Sign On
Integrations
Analytics
WHEN MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN
N = Varies by line, but minimum of 10,000 customer respondents per line
N
921k
Consumers are so ungrateful.
THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US
Despite Amazing Advances, NPS is Actually Down Overall
Average NPS scores are actually falling pretty dramatically over the past five years, indicating either
we’re just getting worse at our jobs or consumers re expecting more
AVERAGENPSSCORE
YEARS AGO
SOURCE: 2017 SAAS STUDY
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0
7
13
20
27
33
40
5 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO
10.2
19.5
33.8
N = 1,784 software companies
N
1,784
We’re building the wrong product.
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US
Measuring consumer sentiment to what we’re building
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
Calculating the expected impact of product on growth
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
Differentiable Features
High Value/High WTP
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
Calculating the expected impact of product on growth
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
Differentiable Features
High Value/High WTP
Add-Ons
Low Value/High WTP
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
Calculating the expected impact of product on growth
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
Differentiable Features
High Value/High WTP
Add-Ons
Low Value/High WTP
Core Features
High Value/Low WTP
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
Calculating the expected impact of product on growth
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
Differentiable Features
High Value/High WTP
Add-Ons
Low Value/High WTP
Core Features
High Value/Low WTP
Trash Land
Low Value/Low WTP
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY - N = 5K+ INPUTS FROM 1282 DIRECTOR, VP, OR C-LEVEL PRODUCT LEADERS Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
What we think we're building
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
-50%
-40%
-30%
-20%
-10%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
-0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Revenue Drivers
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY - N = COMPOSITE DATA FROM 1.2M CUSTOMER INPUTS Brought to you by
WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT
What we're actually building
DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP
RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
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We make matters so much worse
Our playbook is to acquire, acquire, acquire.
WE MAKE MATTER SO MUCH WORSE
Which Pillar is the Most Important in Your Business
Founders and software executives overwhelmingly put their support behind acquisition based growth
instead of caring about monetization or retention.
%OFTOTALRESPONDENTS
PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
0%
50%
100%
MORE LOGOS MORE $ PER CUSTOMER KEEP CUSTOMER LONGER
21.1%
7.58%
71.32%
N = 1578 software founders and executives
N
1578
Pricing is an afterthought.
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
How much time per year do you spend on your pricing
%OFTOTALRESPONDENTS
HOURS PER YEAR
2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY
0%
50%
100%
10 hours or less 11 - 50 hours 51 - 100 hours 101+ hours
3.28%5.21%
19.2%
72.31%
N = 1432 software founders and executives
N
1432
Founders and software executives overwhelmingly indicated that their organizations are spending very
little time on their pricing each year.
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N = 1432 software founders and executives
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
How much time per year do you spend on your pricing
Founders and software executives overwhelmingly indicated that their organizations are spending very
little time on their pricing each year.
%OFTOTALRESPONDENTS
HOURS PER YEAR
2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY
0%
50%
100%
10 hours or less 11 - 50 hours 51 - 100 hours 101+ hours
6.74%8.32%
49.82%
35.12%
3.28%5.21%
19.2%
72.31%
Pricing Custodian Supplies
N
1432
N = 1432 software founders and executives
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Runaway sales is ruining our jobs.
MONETIZATION BENCHMARKS
Discounting Impact on Renewal Willingess to Pay
When we discount over 30%, we’re setting ourselves up for failure when it comes time for renewal.
WILLINGNESSTOPAYATRENEWALAS%OFORIGINALCONTRACT
N
941
Q3 = 75TH PERCENTILE
Q3 = 50TH PERCENTILE (MEDIAN)
Q4 = 25TH PERCENTILE
SOURCE: 2017 SAAS UNIT ECONOMIC STUDY
N
50.6k
% DISCOUNT GIVEN ON INITIAL CONTRACT
N = 50.6k Customers of B2B and B2C Products
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Acquisition is now table stakes.
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business
Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting
greater over time.
%IMPACTONREVENUE
SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION
3.32%
2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016
N
734
N = Data from 734 software companies
PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business
Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting
greater over time.
%IMPACTONREVENUE
SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION
2.35%
3.32%
2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016
N
734
N = Data from 734 software companies
PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business
Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting
greater over time.
%IMPACTONREVENUE
SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION
2.35%
6.71%
12.7%
3.32%
2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016
N
734
N = Data from 734 software companies
PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business
Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting
greater over time.
%IMPACTONREVENUE
SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION
9.32%
15.89%
2.35%
6.71%
12.7%
3.32%
2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016
N
734
N = Data from 734 software companies
PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
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There are clear winners and losers
in this environment.
CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS
Comparing Growth Strategies of Companies
Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth
approach (growth from all three pillars of growth).
YOYGROWTHRATE
SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON GROWTH Brought to you by
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%
2012 2013 2014 2015
50.81%49.81%47.91%48.91%
25.71%27.1%
31.09%
34.67%
Primarily Acquisition Growth
Balanced Growth
N
512
N = Minimum of 512 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of
growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
We’re lazy with customer research
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Customer Development Conversations Per Month
SaaS founders and executives indicated that their companies are primarily only talking to less than 10
customers in a cust dev capacity per month.
%OFTOTALRESPONDENTS
# OF CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT CONVERSATION PER MONTH
2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
0%
50%
100%
10 or less 11 to 25 26 to 50 51+
3.9%
10.1%
17.7%
68.3%
N = 1647 software founders and executives
N
1647
WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS
Experiments and Tests Per Month
SaaS founders and executives indicated that their companies are overwhelmingly running less than 10
experiments per month.
%OFTOTALRESPONDENTS
# OF EXPERIMENTS OR TESTS PER MONTH
2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by
0%
50%
100%
0 1 to 3 4 to 10 11+
2.71%
12.1%
37.81%
47.8%
N = 1647 software founders and executives
N
1647
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There are clear winners and losers
in this environment, too.
CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS
Comparing Cust Dev Strategies of Companies
Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth
approach (growth from all three pillars of growth).
YOYGROWTHRATE
SOURCE: 2017 STUDY ON CUST DEV Brought to you by
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%
2012 2017
44.821%
31.72%
Minimal Customer Development
Aggressive Customer Development
N
687
N = Minimum of 687 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of
growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS
Comparing Cust Dev Strategies of Companies
Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth
approach (growth from all three pillars of growth).
YOYGROWTHRATE
SOURCE: 2017 STUDY ON CUST DEV Brought to you by
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%
2012 2017
59.08%
44.821%
17.43%
31.72%
Minimal Customer Development
Aggressive Customer Development
N
687
N = Minimum of 687 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of
growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
This should be scary.
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Buyers are the central tenet of your business
POINT OF CONVERSION
DRIVE CUSTOMERS
OFFER PRODUCT A
JUSTIFY PRICE A
OFFER PRODUCT B
JUSTIFY PRICE B
OFFER PRODUCT C
JUSTIFY PRICE C
$ $$
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We’re not focusing on the fundamentals.
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That doesn’t work anymore.
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How do we fix this?
That’s what today’s all about. :)
That’s what today’s all about. :)
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WELCOME AND STATE OF SAAS
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MOWING YOUR PRODUCT LAWN: LETS
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A PRODUCT TO MEET THEM
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ACQUISITION THE AGILE WAY - SCALING
MARKETING FROM $5M TO $25M
KATE MOORE
KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN
OPERATIONALIZING YOUR PRICING
STRATEGY
MONIKA SAHA
BREAK
INTENT DRIVEN AUTOMATION: WITH
GREAT PERSONALIZATION COMES
GREAT CONVERSATION
GUILLAUME CABANE
THE HOW AND WHY OF SUPPORT
DRIVEN GROWTH
SUNEET BHATT
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PRODUCTS IN A YEAR
MARIE PROKOPETS & HITEN SHAH
LUNCH
DESIGNING A SAAS SALES MACHINE
STELI EFTI
COMMON SENSE SCALING
ED BYRNE
HOW TO KEEP CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE
JONATHAN KIM
BREAK
SEGMENTING FOR SUCCESS
KATIE ROGERS
STOP IGNORING PAID MARKETING, STUPID
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THE CASE FOR FREEMIUM
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Patrick Campbell - The State of the Subscription Economy

  • 1. Brought to you by The State of the Subscription Economy DECEMBER 2017
  • 2. Brought to you by Today’s all about rethinking our strategy.
  • 3. Brought to you by We’re in the subscription economy’s adolescence.
  • 4. Brought to you by We’re ill prepared for the speed of the market. This has dire consequences for your business. HOW RECURRING REVENUE IS CHANGING
  • 5. Brought to you by Who in the world are you?
  • 6. Churn tribution Financial Unit Price Survey Willingness to In-App Usage Drastically reduce churnRETAINTM Actionable, accurate insights to make you smarter about your business SUBSCRIPTION METRICS Proprietary pricing software for monetization MONETIZE
  • 7. We’ve seen inside more software companies than anyone else on the planet.
  • 8. Brought to you by We’re ill prepared for the speed of the market. This has dire consequences for your business. HOW RECURRING REVENUE IS CHANGING
  • 9. Brought to you by Consumers are getting hammered.
  • 10.
  • 12. CONSUMERS ARE GETTING HAMMERED Number of Competitors in First Year in Business Companies started more than a year ago had far fewer competitors in their space than companies started today. AVERAGE#OFCOMPETITORSINTHEIR1STYEAR AGE OF COMPANY 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by 0 8 16 10 YEARS OLD 5 YEARS OLD 3 YEARS OLD 1 YEAR OLD 14.9 7.4 3.1 2.3 N = 1432 software founders and executives
  • 13.
  • 14. Sales & Marketing channels are leveling off.
  • 15. MARKETING CHANNELS ARE PLENTIFUL Number of Sales & Marketing Channels Utilized Sales & Marketing channel utilization has expanded rapidly, giving the rise of more opportunities to acquire customers from numerous different places. AVERAGE#OFCHANNELSUTILIZED YEARS AGO SOURCE: 2017 MARKETING STUDY Brought to you by 0 5 10 15 15 YEARS OLD 10 YEARS OLD 5 YEARS OLD 3 YEARS OLD 1 YEAR OLD TODAY 13.89 13.22 12.43 8.31 4.72 2.31 N = 1168 software founders and executives N 1168
  • 16. CAC is Steadily Increasing Over Time
  • 17. UNIT ECONOMICS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE Customer acquisition cost has increased significantly Customer acquisition cost has increased significantly over the years due to market saturation of marketing vying for consumer attention. BLENDEDCACRELATIVETOFOURYEARSAGO SOURCE: 2017 CAC STUDY Brought to you by -18% 0% 18% 35% 53% 70% 5 YEARS AGO 4 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 2 YEARS AGO 1 YEARS AGO Today B2B B2C WHEN MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN N 743 N = 743 companies
  • 18. Switching costs have decreased dramatically.
  • 19. CONSUMERS ARE GETTING HAMMERED Time Taken to Fully Onboard Product in an Organization Over time, implementation time has gone down substantially, providing a leading indicator of how easy switching between products is becoming. AVERAGE#OFHOURSTOIMPLEMENTSOFTWARE YEARS AGO SOURCE: 2017 SAAS STUDY Brought to you by 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 10 YEARS AGO 5 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO 6.8 46.4 56.7 N = 894 software companies N 894
  • 20. Brought to you by The Market is dropping out beneath us.
  • 21. The relative value of features is declining.
  • 22. THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US Consumer Willingness to Pay has Declined Over Time Software willingness to pay has declined significantly over the past few years due to increased options and higher demands. WTPAS%OFWTP4YEARSAGO SOURCE: 2017 CONSUMER WILLINGNESS TO PAY STUDY Brought to you by 0% 30% 60% 90% 120% 5 YEARS AGO 4 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 2 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO TODAY Core Features Single Sign On Integrations Analytics WHEN MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN N = Varies by line, but minimum of 10,000 customer respondents per line N 921k
  • 23. Consumers are so ungrateful.
  • 24. THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US Despite Amazing Advances, NPS is Actually Down Overall Average NPS scores are actually falling pretty dramatically over the past five years, indicating either we’re just getting worse at our jobs or consumers re expecting more AVERAGENPSSCORE YEARS AGO SOURCE: 2017 SAAS STUDY Brought to you by 0 7 13 20 27 33 40 5 YEARS AGO 3 YEARS AGO 1 YEAR AGO 10.2 19.5 33.8 N = 1,784 software companies N 1,784
  • 25. We’re building the wrong product.
  • 26. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by THE MARKET IS DROPPING OUT BENEATH US Measuring consumer sentiment to what we’re building DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
  • 27. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT Calculating the expected impact of product on growth DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE Differentiable Features High Value/High WTP
  • 28. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT Calculating the expected impact of product on growth DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE Differentiable Features High Value/High WTP Add-Ons Low Value/High WTP
  • 29. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT Calculating the expected impact of product on growth DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE Differentiable Features High Value/High WTP Add-Ons Low Value/High WTP Core Features High Value/Low WTP
  • 30. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT Calculating the expected impact of product on growth DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE Differentiable Features High Value/High WTP Add-Ons Low Value/High WTP Core Features High Value/Low WTP Trash Land Low Value/Low WTP
  • 31. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY - N = 5K+ INPUTS FROM 1282 DIRECTOR, VP, OR C-LEVEL PRODUCT LEADERS Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT What we think we're building DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
  • 32. -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% -0.5 -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Revenue Drivers 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY - N = COMPOSITE DATA FROM 1.2M CUSTOMER INPUTS Brought to you by WE’RE BUILDING THE WRONG PRODUCT What we're actually building DEVIATIONFROMMEDIANWTP RELATIVE PREFERENCE MAGNITUDE
  • 33. Brought to you by We make matters so much worse
  • 34. Our playbook is to acquire, acquire, acquire.
  • 35. WE MAKE MATTER SO MUCH WORSE Which Pillar is the Most Important in Your Business Founders and software executives overwhelmingly put their support behind acquisition based growth instead of caring about monetization or retention. %OFTOTALRESPONDENTS PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS 2017 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by 0% 50% 100% MORE LOGOS MORE $ PER CUSTOMER KEEP CUSTOMER LONGER 21.1% 7.58% 71.32% N = 1578 software founders and executives N 1578
  • 36. Pricing is an afterthought.
  • 37. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS How much time per year do you spend on your pricing %OFTOTALRESPONDENTS HOURS PER YEAR 2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY 0% 50% 100% 10 hours or less 11 - 50 hours 51 - 100 hours 101+ hours 3.28%5.21% 19.2% 72.31% N = 1432 software founders and executives N 1432 Founders and software executives overwhelmingly indicated that their organizations are spending very little time on their pricing each year. Brought to you by
  • 38. N = 1432 software founders and executives WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS How much time per year do you spend on your pricing Founders and software executives overwhelmingly indicated that their organizations are spending very little time on their pricing each year. %OFTOTALRESPONDENTS HOURS PER YEAR 2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY 0% 50% 100% 10 hours or less 11 - 50 hours 51 - 100 hours 101+ hours 6.74%8.32% 49.82% 35.12% 3.28%5.21% 19.2% 72.31% Pricing Custodian Supplies N 1432 N = 1432 software founders and executives Brought to you by
  • 39. Runaway sales is ruining our jobs.
  • 40. MONETIZATION BENCHMARKS Discounting Impact on Renewal Willingess to Pay When we discount over 30%, we’re setting ourselves up for failure when it comes time for renewal. WILLINGNESSTOPAYATRENEWALAS%OFORIGINALCONTRACT N 941 Q3 = 75TH PERCENTILE Q3 = 50TH PERCENTILE (MEDIAN) Q4 = 25TH PERCENTILE SOURCE: 2017 SAAS UNIT ECONOMIC STUDY N 50.6k % DISCOUNT GIVEN ON INITIAL CONTRACT N = 50.6k Customers of B2B and B2C Products Brought to you by
  • 41. Acquisition is now table stakes.
  • 42. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting greater over time. %IMPACTONREVENUE SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION 3.32% 2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016 N 734 N = Data from 734 software companies PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
  • 43. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting greater over time. %IMPACTONREVENUE SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION 2.35% 3.32% 2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016 N 734 N = Data from 734 software companies PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
  • 44. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting greater over time. %IMPACTONREVENUE SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION 2.35% 6.71% 12.7% 3.32% 2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016 N 734 N = Data from 734 software companies PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
  • 45. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Impact of Improving Each Pillar of Your Business Monetization and retention based growth far outpaces acquisition based growth. This impact is getting greater over time. %IMPACTONREVENUE SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON COMPANY UNIT ECONOMICS Brought to you by 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% ACQUISITION MONETIZATION RETENTION 9.32% 15.89% 2.35% 6.71% 12.7% 3.32% 2008 - 2012 2013 - 2016 N 734 N = Data from 734 software companies PILLAR OF THE BUSINESS
  • 46. Brought to you by There are clear winners and losers in this environment.
  • 47. CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS Comparing Growth Strategies of Companies Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth approach (growth from all three pillars of growth). YOYGROWTHRATE SOURCE: 2016 STUDY ON GROWTH Brought to you by 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2012 2013 2014 2015 50.81%49.81%47.91%48.91% 25.71%27.1% 31.09% 34.67% Primarily Acquisition Growth Balanced Growth N 512 N = Minimum of 512 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
  • 48. We’re lazy with customer research
  • 49. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Customer Development Conversations Per Month SaaS founders and executives indicated that their companies are primarily only talking to less than 10 customers in a cust dev capacity per month. %OFTOTALRESPONDENTS # OF CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT CONVERSATION PER MONTH 2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by 0% 50% 100% 10 or less 11 to 25 26 to 50 51+ 3.9% 10.1% 17.7% 68.3% N = 1647 software founders and executives N 1647
  • 50. WE FOCUS ON THE WRONG FUNDAMENTALS Experiments and Tests Per Month SaaS founders and executives indicated that their companies are overwhelmingly running less than 10 experiments per month. %OFTOTALRESPONDENTS # OF EXPERIMENTS OR TESTS PER MONTH 2016 SOFTWARE MARKET SURVEY Brought to you by 0% 50% 100% 0 1 to 3 4 to 10 11+ 2.71% 12.1% 37.81% 47.8% N = 1647 software founders and executives N 1647
  • 51. Brought to you by There are clear winners and losers in this environment, too.
  • 52. CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS Comparing Cust Dev Strategies of Companies Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth approach (growth from all three pillars of growth). YOYGROWTHRATE SOURCE: 2017 STUDY ON CUST DEV Brought to you by 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2012 2017 44.821% 31.72% Minimal Customer Development Aggressive Customer Development N 687 N = Minimum of 687 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
  • 53. CLEAR WINNERS AND LOSERS Comparing Cust Dev Strategies of Companies Acquisition based growth companies grow at a smaller rate than those with a balanced growth approach (growth from all three pillars of growth). YOYGROWTHRATE SOURCE: 2017 STUDY ON CUST DEV Brought to you by 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2012 2017 59.08% 44.821% 17.43% 31.72% Minimal Customer Development Aggressive Customer Development N 687 N = Minimum of 687 companies per segment pulled from the middle 2/3 of companies in terms of growth rate. This, along with a dampening model was used to control for outlier spikes in growth rate.
  • 54. This should be scary.
  • 55. Brought to you by Buyers are the central tenet of your business POINT OF CONVERSION DRIVE CUSTOMERS OFFER PRODUCT A JUSTIFY PRICE A OFFER PRODUCT B JUSTIFY PRICE B OFFER PRODUCT C JUSTIFY PRICE C $ $$
  • 56. Brought to you by We’re not focusing on the fundamentals.
  • 57. Brought to you by That doesn’t work anymore.
  • 58. Brought to you by How do we fix this?
  • 59. That’s what today’s all about. :)
  • 60. That’s what today’s all about. :) #SAASFEST17 Brought to you by your friends at@PriceIntel 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST WELCOME AND STATE OF SAAS PATRICK CAMPBELL MOWING YOUR PRODUCT LAWN: LETS CHAT OUTCOMES AND HOW TO DESIGN A PRODUCT TO MEET THEM NATE WALKINGSHAW ACQUISITION THE AGILE WAY - SCALING MARKETING FROM $5M TO $25M KATE MOORE KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN OPERATIONALIZING YOUR PRICING STRATEGY MONIKA SAHA BREAK INTENT DRIVEN AUTOMATION: WITH GREAT PERSONALIZATION COMES GREAT CONVERSATION GUILLAUME CABANE THE HOW AND WHY OF SUPPORT DRIVEN GROWTH SUNEET BHATT 12:30PM 1:15 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM LESSONS LEARNED FROM BUILDING 5 PRODUCTS IN A YEAR MARIE PROKOPETS & HITEN SHAH LUNCH DESIGNING A SAAS SALES MACHINE STELI EFTI COMMON SENSE SCALING ED BYRNE HOW TO KEEP CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE JONATHAN KIM BREAK SEGMENTING FOR SUCCESS KATIE ROGERS STOP IGNORING PAID MARKETING, STUPID DAVID HAUSER THE CASE FOR FREEMIUM PATRICK CAMPBELL THE WHISKEY PRIEST 150 PIER FOUR BLVD, BOSTON, MA 02210 SCHEDULE
  • 61. Brought to you by Two big rules…
  • 62. Brought to you by Pitching
  • 63. Brought to you by Follow the golden rule