17. Just Gimme the GOOD Metrics.
Users, Pages, Clicks, Emails, $$$...?
Q: Which of these is best? How do you know?
• 1,000,000 one-time, unregistered unique visitors
• 500,000 visitors who view 2+ pages / stay 10+ sec
good • 200,000 visitors who clicked on a link or button
• 20,000 registered users w/ email address
• 2,000 passionate fans who refer 5+ users / mo.
• 1,000 monthly subscribers @ $5/mo
18. The Lean Startup
• Talk to Customers; Discover Problems
• Progress ≠ Features (Less = More)
• Fast, Frequent Iteration (+ Feedback Loop)
• Measure Conversion; Compare 2+ Options
• Focus on Product/Market Fit (don’t “launch” b4)
• Keep it Simple & Actionable
22. AARRR!: Startup Metrics Model
Email Tel, TV
Emails & Alerts
Emails & Alerts
R et e
Ads, Lead Gen, Biz Dev
Ads, Lead Gen,
System Events &
System Events & Subscriptions,
Time-based Features ECommerce
23. Startup Metrics for Pirates
• Acquisition: users come to site from various channels
• Activation: users enjoy 1st visit: "happy” experience
• Retention: users come back, visit site multiple times
• Referral: users like product enough to refer others
• Revenue: users conduct some monetization behavior
(note: If you’re in a hurry, Google
“Startup Metrics” & watch 5m video)
24. One Step at a Time.
1. Make a Good Product: Activation & Retention
2. Market the Product: Acquisition & Referral
3. Make Money: Revenue & Profitability
“You probably can’t save your Ass and your Face
at the same time… so choose carefully.” – DMC
28. Role: Founder / CEO
Q: Which Customers? Problems? Metrics? Why?
A: Focus on Critical Few Actionable Metrics
29. Optimize 4 Happiness
(both User + Business) $$$
• Define States of User + Business Value
• Prioritize (Estimate) Relative Value of Each State
• Move Users: Lower Value -> Higher Value
• Optimize for User Happiness + Business $$$
• Achieve High Cust Value + Low ACQ$ @ Scale
30. What is Minimum Viable Product?
MVP = F(Customer, Problem, Time or $$$)
• Focus on CUSTOMER
– Qualitative Discovery, Quantitative Validation
• Get to know habits, problems, desires (FUN MATTERS)
– what causes pain? what causes pleasure?
• Define 1-5 TESTABLE Conversion Metrics of Value
– Attention/Usage (session time, clicks)
– Customer Data (email, connect, profile)
- Revenue (direct or indirect)
- Retention (visits over time, cohort behavior)
- Referral (users evangelize to other users)
• Note: Paid Solutions drive FOCUS (& pay rent)
31. Example Conversion Metrics
(note: *not* actuals… your mileage may vary)
Stage Conversion Status Conv. Est. Value
% (*not* cost)
Acquisition Visitors -> Site/Widget/Landing Page 60% $.05
(2+ pages, 10+ sec, 1+ clicks = don’t abandon)
Activation “Happy” 1st Visit; Usage/Signup 15% $.25
(clicks/time/pages, email/profile reg, feature usage)
Retention Users Come Back; Multiple Visits 5% $1
(1-3x visits/mo; email/feed open rate / CTR)
Referral Users Refer Others 1% $5
(cust sat >=8; viral K factor > 1; )
Revenue Users Pay / Generate $$$ 2% $50
(first txn, break-even, target profitability)
32. KILL A FEATURE.
Something Sucks. Find It. KILL It.
• STOP ADDING FEATURES.
• Find the ONE THING that users LOVE.
• How to figure out? TAKE. SHIT. AWAY.
• When they SCREAM, you’ve FOUND it.
• Then Bring it Back… Only Better.
• Tip: KILL a Feature Every Week.
34. Role: Product / Eng / Design
Q: What Features to Build? Why? When are you “Done”?
A: Easy-to-Find, Fun/Useful, Unique Features that
Increase Conversion (stop iterating when increase decelerates)
• Wireframes = Conversion Steps
• Measure, A/B Test, Iterate FAST (daily/weekly)
• Optimize for Conversion Improvement
– 80% on existing feature optimization
– 20% on new feature development
35. What is Product/Market Fit?
PMF = F(Customer, Solution, Alternatives*)
• Product / Market Fit occurs when:
– Customers like your stuff better than other options
– Not static, Not optimal – just Local Max 4 F(customers, solution, time)
– make sure you’re moving in optimal direction 2 local max
• Q: what competitive solutions are available?
– … that your customers know about?
– how are you diff/same?
– in ways that people care about? (will pay for)
• KILL a FEATURE regularly (or rotate 1% tests)
– Q: what is MOST $ cust pay 4 LEAST func MVP relative 2 BEST alt?
• NICHE 2 WIN: RE-define cust + DIFFerentiated features
48. Startup 2.0:
“Lean Investor” Model
Method: Invest in startups using incremental
investment, iterative development. Start with
lots of small experiments, filter out failure, and
expand investment upon success.
• Incubator: $0-250K (“Product Viability”)
• Seed: $100K-$2M (“Expand Distribution”)
• Venture: $1M-$5M (“Maximize Revenue”)
53. Links & Resources
• Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Robert Cialdini (book)
• The Mating Mind Geoffrey Miller (book)
• Putting the Fun in Functional Amy Jo Kim (etech 2006 preso)
• Futuristic Play Andrew Chen (blog)
• Don’t Make Me Think Steve Krug (book)
• Designing for the Social Web Joshua Porter (book, website)
• Startup Lessons Learned Eric Ries (blog)
• Customer Development Methodology Steve Blank (presentation, blog)
• Startup-Marketing.com Sean Ellis (blog)
• KISSmetrics.com Hiten Shah / Neil Patel (website)
• How To Pitch a VC Dave McClure (slides, NSFW)
• Understanding Comics Scott McCloud (book)