Sat.Apr 20, 2019 - Fri.Apr 26, 2019

Best SaaS Marketing Tactics for Business Growth

The Marketing & Growth Hacking Publication

Software as a service (SaaS) is one of the most popular and widely used forms of cloud-based computing. Today, any individual or an organization can subscribe to any software they might need. What’s more, they can use that software on any number of devices and anywhere in the world.

What are some things you can do early on to make scaling SaaS easier?

SaaStr

It’s never remotely easy until you have a steady stream of leads and a decent 1.0 revenue team. But here are some things that can help in the early days: Always hire at least 2 reps to start. If you just hire 1, you won’t really know what is working, and not working, and why. Don’t expect a sales magician. You ideally need to close the first 10–20 customers yourself, and then hire sales folks to help. Don’t expect magic. Instead, just expect some leverage.

User onboarding strategies that work – and mistakes to avoid

Inside Intercom

Simply signing up users means nothing if you’re not helping them understand how they can actually achieve what you’ve promised. Even the strongest customer testimonials won’t prevent churn if people don’t understand how to use your product.

CRO Hero: Robb Fahrion, Flying V Digital Marketing Agency

The Daily Egg

Ready for a sobering fact?

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Using Buying Groups to Accelerate Your Sales Process

InsightSquared

Yet Another Marketing Buzzword? Every few years there is a new buzzword in B2B marketing. A few years ago it was “Inbound Marketing.” The inbound philosophy advocates publishing content through digital channels to entice qualified individuals to consume the content and enter the sales cycle. Then, there was “Account-Based Marketing.” The ABM approach advocates for targeting a predefined and limited set of companies and running campaigns to engage all individuals at these companies.

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10 Crystal Clear Signs Your VP of Sales Just Isn’t Going to Work Out

SaaStr

We’ve written a lot on SaaStr on how to find a great VP of Sales, what the risks are, what risks to take, etc. We’ve also summarized a few critical factors that will tell you, within 30 days, if your VP of Sales won’t work out.

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A Random Walk Down Sand Hill Road

Tom Tunguz

Bernie Munger is famous for championing the idea of mental models. Mental models help us think about the world by simplifying very complex topics into more digestible and tractable ideas. The challenge with mental models is first learning about them and second figuring out which model applies when.

Collin’s 2018 Reading List

Predictable Revenue

Check out this list of Collin Stewart's favorite books. The post Collin’s 2018 Reading List appeared first on Predictable Revenue - The Outbound Success Company. We help companies grow faster with Outbound Sales. B2B Blog Book

Lessons From a Second-Time Founder: How Brex Went From 0 – $1B in Under 2 Years (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Brex Co-Founder and CEO Henrique Dubugras will talk about what he’s learned building the fastest-growing B2B company. Henrique started his first company at 16 and has now built two successful companies from nothing.

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises

TechStars

Many industries that aren’t top of mind for most of us but serve our most basic everyday needs – from industrial production, transportation infrastructure and environmental services and safety – all are facing technological disruption and innovation.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

What Is Relationship Marketing And How You Can Use It To Grow Your Business

Groove HQ

How to turn existing customers into engaged brand advocates New relationships are always exciting—and the business kind are no exception. Your new customers are thrilled to have found a great solution, and you’re excited about your business growth.

What the. is a Carbathlon?

Predictable Revenue

Carbathlon is a tradition that started a few years back, right around the time Predictable Revenue + Carburetor (our internal sales automation tool) merged. The post What the. is a Carbathlon? appeared first on Predictable Revenue - The Outbound Success Company. We help companies grow faster with Outbound Sales. Blog Events

Come Meet Up with SaaStr+Salesforce on May 1!

SaaStr

Salesforce Accelerate is hosting a Fireside with me and Jackson Cummings of Salesforce Ventures at the brand new super-cool Salesforce Tower on May 1!! Come meet-up, grab a cold beverage, and stay for an extended discussion of what is new and old in SaaS. I’ll stay until they kick us out!!

Becoming the Partner of Choice for Startups

TechStars

By Ted Stuckey, Managing Director of QBE Ventures. For the past year, we’ve been promoting—both internally and externally—the concept of QBE becoming the “partner of choice” for startups. We’ve been inspired by the work that companies like Barclays and Stanley Black & Decker have put into their partnerships with Techstars. One of many great examples is the collaboration between Crowdz and Barclays to move B2B payments online.

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.

8 Sales Role Play Exercises to Prepare Your Team for the Win

Sales Hacker

No one loves practice. No medals are won on the practice field. But all around the world, the brightest and best make time for it. They push themselves to be better every day and strain against their perceived limits –– all to make their performance as close to excellence as possible.

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What compounding subscription cash flow really means (and looks like)

Chart Mogul

Ever wonder how retention affects cash flow? We took a peek at how our own subscription model and cash flow is affected by the compounding nature of SaaS. Jason Lemkin talks about how SaaS compounds.

Why is Zoom worth more Dropbox?

SaaStr

Both are incredible, iconic companies that dominate a segment of their market. But simply put — Zoom is growing much, much more quickly. Stock prices are (in theory) a function of future profits, and thus, in large part, current growth rates. Zoom is growing at 110%+ annually at $450m+ ARR.

How to Avoid the Most Common Lead Generation Roadblocks

OpenView Labs

There’s no way around it: lead generation can be a frustrating process. You work tirelessly to craft the perfect lead generation campaigns— and often end up scratching your head, wondering how your results ended up falling short of the expectations you set for yourself.

Nine Companies Share 30+ Best Practices for Creating Embedded Analytics Products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Download the eBook now, and find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

In-House vs. Outsourced Sales: A Case for NOT Hiring SDRs

Sales Hacker

I get hassled for this all the time, but I am proud to admit that I am a cost evaluating, penny-pinching, profit-margin-analyzing geek to the core.

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Reacting to Feedback as CEO

Kellblog

The other day I saw this tweet from Nick Mehta , CEO of GainSight , and it got me thinking. It turns out that in addition to making fun music videos for company events, that Nick and I have another thing in common: we both wrestle with finding the right balance in listening to feedback.

Are startup CEOs happy?

SaaStr

The best start-up CEOs are: driven. unhappy if they are not building. truly enjoy doing great things with their team. are grateful for those on the journey with them. want very happy employees. incredibly proud of the crazy things everyone has pulled off.

The Secret to the Fastest Growing Sales Teams? It’s About Growth, Not Speed.

OpenView Labs

As a recruiter, I hear from many founders and sales leaders regularly about how many salespeople they need and how quickly they need them. I know the pressure is on – many are handed very aggressive targets (I would actually say some are unrealistic ).

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.

Pricing Formulas 101: Everything You Need to Know

Rebilly | Insights Into Subscription Billing

Choosing a pricing formula is one of the first — and most important — steps when creating a pricing plan. If you’re a new subscription business owner, it’s easy to assume you need to use something like “$X a month for Y product.” It’s simple, intuitive, and it works well in a spreadsheet.

The Top 5 Customer Onboarding Metrics and How to Leverage Them

Totango

Onboarding isn’t just about introductions; it’s about acceleration. Customers expect to see value from your product as soon as possible, so customer success teams should focus on accelerating the customer journey in order to deliver returns on the investment. Customer onboarding is the period after purchase when your customer is getting to know your product. It’s a critical first step—but it is only the first step.

Here come even MORE amazing speakers! 50 days to SaaStr Europa 2019.

SaaStr

Your flights are booked, your hotel rooms locked in, what’s left before your trip to SaaStr Europa? We’ve added even more speakers to our agenda. Before we open session sign-ups this month, here is an armchair guide to plotting which sessions you’ll want to add to your schedule.

10 Creative Lead Gen Examples Sourced from Marketing Legends

Unbounce

Lead generation is the number one challenge for marketers today. And it’s only going to get harder now that most Google search results pages have become saturated with promotional lead magnets masquerading as “great” content.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Why you should make retention your new growth strategy

Point Nine Land

We’re launching Brightback out of stealth. This is a guest post by Guy Marion: CEO, Co-founder of Brightback, and member of the #p9family ??. Acquire, grow, acquire some more. That’s the mantra for most SaaS and subscription companies today.

a16z Podcast: So You Wanna Build a Software Company in Healthcare?

Andreessen Horowitz

Building a software company in healthcare is hard — and comes along with unique challenges no other entrepreneurs face. In this conversation, a16z bio general partner — and previous founder of genomics company Gnome — Jorge Conde; and a16z bio … bio Company Building 101 founder/maker stories healthcare

Disrupting the Desk Phone: How and Why We Made a $50M Acquisition with Dialpad (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Listen to the story of how Craig Walker, Founder & CEO at Dialpad acquired TalkIQ for $50M in 2018.

How to Use Analysis to Craft Your Marketing Strategy

Nimble - Sales

We’ve just come out of planning season for many organizations. To support our customers we’ve been reviewing their plans.

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.