Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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Do you know why your customers buy?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

If they’re doing their job, SaaS marketers can tell you how many leads they’re attracting, how many convert into paying customers, where the leads are coming from, and even how much they’re paying for them. That’s all useful information that should be collected in your CRM system.

Marketing Ideas that Rarely Work

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Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

Why free trials don’t always work

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There's a reason lots of SaaS companies offer free trials. Done well, they work. They can attract paying customers to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. But it doesn’t happen automatically. There’s nothing about a free trial that magically converts a free trialer into a paying customer.

Remind customers why they're paying you

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Are you giving up on your prospects too soon?

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One of my clients told me a story that they’d just closed a large new deal with a prospect that’s been in their pipeline for a long time – as in 2 years’ long time. And that’s not some crazy outlier. They’re working other opportunities that have been in there for well over a year.

Going viral is over-rated

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I won’t lie to you. If one of my videos went viral, I’d be excited. It would definitely be cool to see the “views” tick up into the millions… or even the thousands. But here’s the thing. I wouldn’t expect that avalanche of views to translate into an avalanche of customers.

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Are you forgetting the “service” part of SaaS?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Ok, let me remind us all of the blatantly obvious: “SaaS” stands for “software-as-service.” Yup, “service” is right there in the name. But looking at the way most SaaS solutions are marketed, too often it’s all about the “software”, and not much about the “service.”

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

No one needs your solution unless they have a problem

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Let me give this to you straight: Nobody really cares about your SaaS solution. They don’t care how it’s built. They don’t want to see a demo. And they don’t want to talk to you about it. At least not yet.

Tell your creation story

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

SaaS companies need to tell their creation story. Not because they’re storytellers, but because It can help them acquire customers. Yes, I know this notion of a creation story might sound like something from ancient mythology.

Before you talk about the solution, point out the problem

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Lots of people who you think should be interested in your software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, couldn’t care less. It doesn’t matter that they perfectly fit your “ideal customer” persona. It doesn’t matter that your solution is full of features built especially for them.

SaaS Marketing for Start-ups: Don’t just start doing stuff!

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I get it. You’ve finally built a working product and now you’re ready to get it out into the market. You want to crank out a press release, put up a website, offer a free trial, execute an email campaign, buy adwords, or do whatever else you can think of or afford. Don’t do it.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

3 ways to fail at lead generation

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When the lead generation effort is failing and we’re trying to fix it, we marketing pros usually head right into the weeds. Are there too many characters in the subject lines? Should we add more long-tail keywords? Is the call-to-action button the wrong shade of green?

New customers can teach you a lot… if you just ask

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If you’re marketing and selling a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, feel free to ring a bell or do whatever it is you do when you win a new deal. But don’t stop there. Those new customers are worth more than just subscription revenue. They can tell you a lot to help your marketing.

Your SaaS prospects could be afraid to buy

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If you’re selling or marketing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, you’ve probably seen something like this before: You’re talking with a prospective customer that’s struggling with a broken, outdated system, something they’ve been using for a long time to handle some vital task.

What’s behind those churn metrics?

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Churn is bad for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. Very bad. But knowing there’s a churn problem is one thing; fixing it is something else. To bring down churn, we need to understand what’s behind the numbers. Why are customers leaving? Different causes will point toward different fixes.

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Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

Are your partnerships useless?

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Partnerships can be a good thing for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. They can deliver more value to customers, without requiring lots more work from your internal development team. For marketers, a partner could provide credibility, broaden exposure, find leads, and even win deals.

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SaaS Marketing Isn’t All About Talking; It’s More About Listening

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

If you’ve ever sat through a marketing agency’s pitch or seen an episode of Mad Men, you’d think that marketing is all about talking – pushing out clever messages so that people will buy whatever it is that you’re selling. Not exactly.

Bad Customers Can Kill Your SaaS Business

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Everybody’s got a story about bad customers. In case you can’t get your fill, a Google search on “customers from hell” fetched 33,100,000 results. These customers can be infuriating, frustrating, and just plain rude.

Your value proposition: Don’t set it and forget it

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If you’re marketing your SaaS solution without a compelling and consistent value proposition and messages, you’re doing something wrong.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

Don't undersell your SaaS solution

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No matter how long the list of amazing features you offer, if you’re marketing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, that’s not all you’ve got to sell. You should be talking about the “non-feature” pieces as well. If not, you’re underselling your solution.

Have your prospects gone missing, or just hibernating?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Here’s a sorry fact: most of your prospective customers won’t end up buying your software-as-a- service (SaaS) solution. Lots of folks who should buy it, won’t buy it. They have a problem you can solve. But instead of fixing it, they’ll stick with the poor system they already have.

How to get found when prospects aren’t really looking

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I’m a long-time fan of inbound marketing, even before it got that nifty label. Why not attract prospective customers that are actively looking for a solution? That’s got to be easier than hunting for them one at a time, or indiscriminately broadcasting your message to the whole planet.

Demo? Not so fast

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For lots of us software-as-a-service (SaaS) marketers, the first thing we want to do with a new prospect is show them a demo.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

???????Beware: Too many leads!

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I know this may be heresy to almost every marketer and sales person on the planet, but I’ll just say it: it’s possible to have too many leads.

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Customers need to trust you

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

If you think your customers subscribe to your software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution only because they love the features or the price, think again. Of course, customers look at the solution’s features, the fact that it’s easy to use, or the attractive price… but that’s not all they look at.

Pivoting from early adopters to mainstream buyers

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If your software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution is relatively new to the market and you’ve already managed to bring on a group of early customers, congratulations. That’s usually solid proof that your product works, somebody’s getting value from it, and people will pay for it. No small feat.

Use Customer Data to Add Value to Your SaaS Solution

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If you’re a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution provider, you’ve got something that your customers want… but you may not even know it. Namely, data that you can see because you’re hosting an application for lots of users. In aggregate, this information can be very useful.

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Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

Don't put your SaaS marketing plan on auto-pilot

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Imagine that last year I had somehow managed to put together a perfect marketing plan: a perfect message and a perfect mix of tactics delivered perfect results.