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Do SaaS Affiliate Programs Work? [+7 Related Stories from SaaS people]

Incredo

Have you noticed one of the latest and growing trends in the worklife? Passive income, flexible working hours, result-based remuneration, etc. Our today’s topic somehow evolves around this concept because we are going to write and talk about affiliate marketing.

12 steps to creating landing pages that convert

Inside Intercom

So you have a killer product and now you need to craft a landing page to sell it. Here’s how we create high converting landing pages. Most landing pages for SaaS products tend to focus too much on highlighting what you get (the features) and not enough on what it will do for you (the benefits).

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Diagnosing bottlenecks and finding hidden revenue in your demand gen pipeline with Johann Nogueira

Predictable Revenue

Johann discusses how he and his companies work to unlock revenue, build brands, and, ultimately, empires for their clients. The foundations and fundamental steps a company should follow to increase revenue; and Johann’s cutting edge marketing process to ensure you meet your goals.

Building Success: Insights from 7 Leading SaaS Companies

Entrepreneur - SaaS

SaaS businesses feature all sorts of advantages and unique hurdles. What separates the winners form the losers? Growth Strategies

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.

Does a Product-Led Growth Company Still Need a Sales Force?

OPEXEngine

Think about some of the online tools you can’t live without. Chances are, you backup your work to Dropbox, keep your colleagues updated on your progress via Slack, and automate your marketing emails with a service like Mailchimp. And what all these companies have in common, according to Forbes , is that they’re product-led growth companies.

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15 Lessons for Every Sales Enablement Program

OpenView Labs

Want to take your sales team to higher peaks. Then, it’s time for a sales onboarding revolution. The first few months on the job are critical for sales reps. There’s a lot of information and skills to learn to get up to speed, hit quota and become an all-star rep.

Benchmarking Your Sales and Customer Success Teams

Tom Tunguz

Our portfolio company Chorus.ai released the State of Conversational Intelligence 2020. The report uses data from 5m sales and customer calls to benchmark sales team performance. There’s lots of great data in the report. Some of the data reaffirms rules of thumb. For example, the typical win rate of a sales qualified lead is 19%. Other data points are surprising. For example, the average SDR dials 106 people to schedule one meeting.

The art of the customer visit (and why startups and SMBs should visit their customers)

Close.io

When was the last time you visited a customer? Customer visits might seem extravagant and unnecessary on the surface. Why not just get on a call with your customers? Or email them? You could just send them a survey, or even dig into your product analytics to surface insights.

Is Seed the new Series A? (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Since 2010 we’ve seen more startups, funds, and capital than ever before, but with this drastic increase, investors are seeing unexpected new trends reshaping the future of the industry.

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.

What does a lead investor do?

SaaStr

Q: What does a lead investor do? A lead investor : Is expected to lead any bridge round. This is super important. If the company does OK but Not Great, the investors will often be willing to do a bridge round (i.e., a smaller, second, all-inside round). But the lead investor has to … lead it.

Real Wealth Is Not About Money

Groove HQ

This April, our family got some devastating news. We had just returned from a wedding in Florida when we got the call. My father-in-law, an otherwise healthy man in his 60’s who had just retired this past year, was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

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Things to Consider When Transitioning to SaaS Solutions

SaaS Metrics

Introduction More businesses are transitioning from traditional on-premises software to SaaS subscriptions than ever and for obvious reasons. SaaS model has experienced a massive growth over the recent years, while the growth rate of on-premises software has been pretty stagnant.

Practical Advice for Keeping Your Holiday Marketing Campaigns Streamlined

The Daily Egg

Automation is the key to making sure that your business runs smoothly and that you can concentrate your time on meaningful (rather than mundane) tasks.

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?"

SaaS Will Hit $116 Billion Next Year. Wow.

SaaStr

Gartner has its latest Cloud report out , and while one can always pick at any report, it’s at least a well-resourced and reasoned source on the size of SaaS and the Cloud. The big learnings for SaaS founders and execs: Cloud overall will grow 17% next year to $266 Billion.

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Top 10 How To Articles for SaaS CEO’s

Incredo

If you just clicked on this article and started exploring it, Congratulations! You are a CEO (or maybe Founder CEO) at a SaaS company. First, good luck with your business. We have prepared this round-up post so you have the most practical how-to articles at hand and save time. (We

The 13 Critical Questions to Answer about Your Startup's Product Marketing

Tom Tunguz

Last week’s post on The Most Frequent Mishire in Startups generated the most comments on a post this year. In particular, it was this section. Though the startup may have achieved product market fit, the company may not understand the fit. Who is using the product and why? How does the buyer journey evolve with time? How do buyers describe the product amongst each other? Few early stage companies can answer those questions accurately. Why is this?

4 Steps to Hire Candidates that Fit Your Core Values: An Interview With Alison Kopf & Brett Brohl

TechStars

January through March is the busiest time of year for hiring so we want to help ensure that you have access to as many high-quality candidates as possible.

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.

Beware of the Confidence of High Win Rates

SaaStr

Probably once a week I’ll meet with a founder of a great early-ish stage SaaS start-up. Great logo customers, great early traction, at least some capital in the bank, in a good space. And after all the good news, I’ll hear, “And we win almost every deal.”

How to Reverse Engineer Biology

Andreessen Horowitz

The idea of reverse engineering biology seems like a paradox. How could we ever reverse engineer anything for which we didn’t “invent” the original technology? Radios, bridges, computers—all these are human-made, built from logical, clean cut, organized systems.

ABM Tricks that Boost Lead Generation and Sales Momentum

Sales Hacker

Account-based marketing isn’t new anymore. It’s time to stop winging it and to start doing it the right way. ABM allows you to craft efficient solutions to some of the biggest issues plaguing sales today. At Belkin, ABM helps us process a huge volume of data.

5 Questions with Todd Deacon

TechStars

Meet Todd : Todd Deacon is the Managing Director of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator. Todd has a passion for the business of sport and in particular SportsTech, startups and venture capital.

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.

New!! The SaaStr Rising Star Scholarship Program for 2020 Annual!!

SaaStr

Heading into the 6th SaaStr Annual, we feel like we’ve perfected part of the formula. We’ll have 4,000+ SaaS CEOs and founders, 1000+ VCs, and 3,000+ mentorship sessions this year alone. But we want to make sure we also include the next generation.

AI is Industrializing Discovery

Andreessen Horowitz

One of the defining characteristics in an industrial revolution is the fundamental shift from a bespoke, artisan process to an industrialized, engineerable, repeatable one.

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The Future of AI for Sales (And How to Prepare for It)

Sales Hacker

Companies that prepare for and embrace the changes AI brings will thrive. Those that don’t — won’t. It’s as simple as that. Sales is traditionally a people-to-people business, but technologies like artificial intelligence are making expert sellers rethink the balance between human and machine.

AI 101

Using Customer Satisfaction Metrics: NPS Best Practices

Totango

There’s a saying in business: if you can’t measure it, it never happened. But how do you measure satisfaction? Luckily, there’s a measure for that, too: customer satisfaction metrics.

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.