Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

How much should you spend on marketing?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I get this question a lot. But even though I’ve been working with software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies for more than 15 years, I still don’t have an answer. Or at least I don’t have a simple answer.

Benchmarks: Don't Hide This SaaS Benefit

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

A company may have lots of ways to know what’s going on inside their organization. But it’s more difficult to know what’s going on outside. How are they doing relative to other companies. What are others doing that they can learn from? What mistakes are others making that they can avoid?

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Avoiding Website Ratholes: Advice for SaaS Marketers

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Nobody seems happy with their website. In talking with lots of Marketing managers over many years, I’ve found that they tend to fall into one of only two camps: People that are currently redoing their website, or People that are planning to redo their website.

Is all that blogging working for you?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I’m a believer in blogging. I’ve been writing a monthly post for more than 10 years, and people do find me through my blog. Based on the numbers, I know lots of others have a similar faith in blogs.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Upselling isn't easy

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I’m probably reading the same research you are about upselling. The clear conclusion is that selling more stuff to existing customers is important for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies.

Why free trials don’t always work

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

Overcoming the implementation challenge

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

So, you’ve built a great product. Bravo! Better yet if you’ve figured out how to market it. You’re getting it in front of prospective customers and they quickly see how it can be helpful. But just showing the product’s benefits and advantages isn’t enough. Prospects need to see more than that.

Are you just talking about marketing or are you actually doing something?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Marketing Ideas that Rarely Work

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Remind customers why they're paying you

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Focus on the 3 most important tasks for your website

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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 Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Are you giving up on your prospects too soon?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

No one needs your solution unless they have a problem

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

Taglines are more than a few clever words

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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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The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

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

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

Are your partnerships useless?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

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.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

3 ways to fail at lead generation

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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?

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.

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

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

What’s behind those churn metrics?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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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Bad Customers Can Kill Your SaaS Business

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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

Don't undersell your SaaS solution

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

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.

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.

Demo? Not so fast

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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.

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.