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Ambition | The Best VC Blogs for SaaS Sales
If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? - bit.ly/1iEDXFR - The true purpose of sales is to create new value for customers. Especially for a startup or growth company that’s addressing a new market or trying to solve a complex problem. That’s why enterprise/SaaS sales requires a well-developed process and guidelines. [ << blog, communication, evangelists, referral codes, feedback, content marketing, building a Tribe/1000 True Fans one by one >> ] Our job was to go out there and show customers a different but better way of doing business. // The Price Is Right: And for Early-Stage SaaS Companies, It Needs to Be. - bit.ly/1N55FgU - //Understanding Your Customer's Desired Outcome.
SAAS  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  metrics  KPI  closetphile  sales  marketing  content  marketing  Tribe  1000  True  Fans  Purple  Cow  Seth  Godin  mission  vision  community  community  management  pricing 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Growth vs Retention – AVC
"Retention was clearly bad, and that’s what killed us" [...] [...] This all comes back to stepping on the gas before finding product market fit. You might think you have product market fit and so you scale up your hiring, your marketing, your sales, and your capital raising and spending. But if you can’t retain a healthy percentage of your users past ninety days, you don’t have product market fit yet and all the investment you make in your business is just money down the drain. So focus first on your 90 day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have product market fit. Then scale. // find natural/organic marketing - advertising - instead of building a non-product related cost center like sales, marketing, and advertising. short-cuts like these don't fix the product per se.
user  churn  customer  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  user  acquisition  business  strategy  product  strategy  strategy  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  distribution  model  discovery  content  distribution  content  discovery  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Tribe  1000  True  Fans  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  service  SAAS  marketing  growth  round  cost  center  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  feedback 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Banner “Fraud” Doesn’t Matter | Hacker News
bit.ly/1Jb27sI "A Message from brand marketers to publishers [...] We use banners as little billboards now. We use them strategically as incredibly cheap repeat impressions for brand awareness. We know many people don’t see them, we know most people don’t see them. Thats okay. We use them accordingly & the cost has been adjusted down to make them a perfectly great buy even though most people dont see them. [...] It’s an indicator to us that you don’t get this by the fact you’re still always talking about clickthrough, which was kind of BS when you first sold it to us twenty years ago, and doubly the case now." [ CPM will go lower, fundamentals point in that direction, Social Media & other future forms of advertising will fill in the lower CPM rates overall. Thus pressuring business models reliant on pageviews even more 2 increase pageviews as the revenue average per pageview declines. Thus u have 2 question which consumer product (entertainment & else) business model do you choose!?
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
[WMD 2015] Zenefits, Matt Epstein "From $0 to $21M ARR: Our 5 Biggest Marketing F***Ups" - YouTube
... the wise man learns from other peoples mistakes too. // get things to work first and worry later. // Stretch Goal = Goal. Back against the wall. Making things happen. // When you need someone to do X, you will lose 4 months till that person gets started at X. Thus start hire (process for) people that you will need 3-4-5 months from now! // Marketing is a rolling stone, evolving, learning, finding one lever after the next. Not being complacent by focusing on what already works (channels/levers).
Marketing  SAAS  B2B  Zenefits  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  HR  human  resources  customer  acquisition  customer-outreach 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Future Of Marketing Automation | TechCrunch
A key contributor to the current state of marketing automation is the fact that its roots stem from email blasting. As these systems layered in landing pages and forms, web activity data [tracking ie Chartbeat], triggers, etc. over time, they became bloated from trying to do too much and began to over-promise and under-deliver. [...] A Lack of Automation in Marketing Automation The biggest problem is that these rules are hard-coded to specific user actions based on an aspirational understanding of what constitutes a good lead, versus based on what the data says. [...] Rather than trying to house everything in one monolithic marketing automation system, tomorrow’s platforms will be more intelligent and thinner, plugging in many smaller specialized applications. They’ll use a wealth of data to deliver relevant recommendations across your key customer touchpoints.
e-mail  marketing  marketing  content  marketing  lead  generation  Sales  Funnel  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  landingpage  tracking  Chartbeat  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  complexity  friction  machine  learning  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  Big  Data 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding | TechCrunch
Aims 2 raise up2 $500M at $3B+ valuation; Zenefits prev said it expected $100M ARR by '15; expects GAAP rev of $50M+ this yr; prev raised $83.6M // Free SAAS, makes money by receiving commissions from insurers. [NEEDS SALES & MARKETING hires to sustain growth trajectory and justification of valuation multiple.] By the end of 2014, Zenefits had around 500 employees, according to sources, but that number is expected to quadruple by the end of 2015. Last year, the company said it wanted to hire around 1,300 employees over the next 3 years. [Capturing Marketshare USA/Canada - hitting it with the baseball bat.] // youtu.be/KporpXG0XK8 min6 direct marketing/e-mail/hustle/hands on sales pitch > COO/Accounting/HR // youtu.be/7KmjzfK3f38 min 11 Start-up struggle, figuring it out along the way but having a sense // (2015) youtu.be/8DwlS_6jLAo "Hyperscaling Inside Sales" &! YC W2013 application video - youtu.be/-S83fysRwn4
valuation  Silicon  Valley  Zenefits  HR  Unicorn  growth  round  enterprise  2.0  SAAS  SPV  business  model  customer  acquisition  user  churn  customer  churn  user  acquisition  marketing  Box  DropBox  Salesforce  ZenDesk  user  experience  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  operations  freemium  scaling  LTV  scale  human  resources  hiring  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  sales 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Epoxy partners with top MCNs to makes multi-platform content management less of a pain | PandoDaily
The emergence of tools like Epoxy couldn’t have come at a better time for MCNs and the creators they represent. While YouTube has continued to grow in reach, the video giant’s relationship with its stars has deteriorated rapidly. Many prominent voices in the community have questioned the fairness of the revenue splits available on the platform, as well as the lack of sales support and sophisticated content management tools. The result of this discontent has been a general belief that it’s no longer enough to build a “YouTube business,” but rather that it’s crucial to build a multi-platform video business with YouTube as just one aspect – typically the top-of-funnel audience acquisition component.
MCN  YouTube  Network  Social  Media  Multimedia  Platform  TOS  content  distribution  content  creator  Instagram  Vine  Twitter  Facebook  Snapchat  Sales  Funnel  marketing  advertising  native  advertising  content  marketing  SaaS  operations  influencer 
january 2015 by asterisk2a

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