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Sapphire Ventures: GenAI Funding is Up 271%. Everything Else? Down -36%

SaaStr

So most of you can probably infer from funding posts and press releases just how much B2B funding is going into GenAI startups. But exactly how much? Sapphire Ventures has the latest data. In 2023: GenAI funding was up a stunning +271% (!) But overall, B2B VC funding was down -36% 2024 seems to be pretty much the same. Top SaaS VCs are investing 80%+ in AI-first startups: This is where the VC frenzy is right now.

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Four Steps to a Better-Performing About Page

The Moz Blog

An About page is often part of a buying journey. It can drive people to your site and help convince them to trust your brand, boosting both brand loyalty and conversions. Ann shares four key steps to create better-performing About pages.

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The Three Things You Need to be Successful at Social Selling

Nimble - Sales

Social selling is a modern B2B sales method using social media to connect with customers. It’s about genuine conversations, not just pushing products. It’s about building trust through helpful interactions. Adding social selling to business strategy is crucial as it uses platforms like LinkedIn for authentic connections beyond traditional advertising.

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How Do I Build a Usage-based Sales Compensation Plan?

Andreessen Horowitz

As Ben Horowitz says, it’s “ no prize, no fight ” when it comes to getting the best salespeople on your team. But building a sales compensation plan that both aligns your sales team’s compensation with your customers’ objectives and recruits top salespeople can be incredibly difficult in usage-based pricing. The problem comes down to incentives. In traditional B2B SaaS sales, companies want to sell large upfront annual commitments, so salespeople’s compensation is mostly designed to maximi

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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What To Do When You’re Out of Ideas

Sparktoro

I’ve only been writing online as a marketer for about four years. And already, I feel like I’m out of ideas. In this photo I am holding a light bulb but it is not obviously a light bulb, and I was not going to purchase a new light bulb for the sake of this blog post.

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SOC 2 Audit: The Essentials for Data Security and Compliance

Scytale

Spoiler alert: money doesn’t make the world go around. It’s data security and compliance. But don’t just take our word for it. 73% of consumers are more concerned about their data privacy now than they were a few years ago. But the importance of data security and compliance is old news, and customers no longer prefer companies with robust security standards – they demand it.

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5 Simple Tips to Quickly Improve Sales Performance

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What are the best 5 points to improve poor sales performance? Here are my 5 simplest ideas to quickly improve sales performance. They don’t solve bigger problems, but they usually work — and work quickly. Concentrate leads in those who can close. If you have a rep or two that just can’t close, that doesn’t work in the early days.

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Better Customer Relations = Profit Growth

Groove HQ

Improving your customer relations can be business-changing. Lower churn, higher LTV and more raving fans! The post Better Customer Relations = Profit Growth appeared first on Groove Blog.

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How to Ensure a Successful User Onboarding Implementation with UserGuiding

Inturact

UserGuiding is a fantastic tool for user onboarding by SaaS companies. It stands out with its easy-to-use no-code tools, allowing for the creation of interactive product guides, step-by-step tutorials, tooltips, surveys, and walkthroughs. Its integration with platforms like Intercom, Mixpanel, and Google Analytics means it can seamlessly blend into your existing tech stack.

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6 Reasons Why Your Integrated Payments Strategy Could Fail

If you're in the software industry grappling with integrating payments into your business model, understanding where others have stumbled can be a game-changer for your revenue goals. Discover 6 key reasons behind the struggles many face. The challenge goes beyond the technicalities of integrating a payment system; it delves into the strategic oversight of revenue shares, negotiations with payment providers, and the full exploitation of potential revenue streams.

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AI Design Patterns

Tom Tunguz

As we’ve been researching the AI landscape & how to build applications, a few design patterns are emerging for AI products. These design patterns are simple mental models. They help us understand how builders are engineering AI applications today & which components may be important in the future. The first design pattern is the AI query router.

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CRO Confidential: Bringing Product-Led and Sales-Led Growth Together For Go-To-Market Success with Giancarlo Lionetti, CRO of Zapier

SaaStr

In this latest episode of CRO Confidential , Sam Blond, Partner at Founders Fund and former CRO at Brex, sits down with the CRO of Zapier, Giancarlo Lionetti (GC), to chat about Product-Led Growth (PLG) and Go-To-Market (GTM). Everything from hiring on the GTM side to layering in a sales-led motion into PLG. Before joining Zapier, Giancarlo was at Atlassian as a technical sales lead before moving to DropBox as a Senior Director of Growth and Monetization, and was CMO at Confluent – so he

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Clouded Judgement 2.9.24 - Dilution Dilution Dilution

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now Are Forward Estimates Going Up? Going in to this earnings season I expected a big driver of stock price performance to be how 2024 full year estimates change pre / post earnings. Since the macro feels more “stabilized” it felt fair to assume “are numbers going up or down” to be the question most correlated with stock price performance.

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How AI Will Usher in an Era of Abundance

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s impossible to talk about new technology without talking about human flourishing — every new technology from the plow to the microchip has typically been followed by a period of newfound wealth for consumers in the form of cheaper goods, improved productivity, and longer, healthier lives. In many ways, the most financially average person in our modern society experiences daily luxuries that history’s Pharaohs and Caesars could not imagine: instant communication, broadcast television, global

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Driving Growth, Customer Satisfaction, and Retention through Usage-Based Pricing

As companies strive to boost revenue, deliver customer value, and stay competitive, they are increasingly embracing the potential of usage-based pricing.

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The Sudden Repricing of Startups in Early 2024

Tom Tunguz

We’re entering a new pricing environment for software: AI vs non-AI. It’s only happened in the last few weeks. Recent earnings have pushed some of the most important companies to all-time highs. Company Performance Confluent 34% Cloudflare 21% ServiceNow 20% Microsoft 14% This dynamic doesn’t favor everyone. Theory created a public market AI index to track software companies who have significant product plans or current AI businesses.

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Dear SaaStr: What Are The Common Problems With “Founder CEO’s”?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Are The Common Problems With “Founder CEO’s”? Founder CEOs are better, all things being equal. They go the distance. They care the most. They know it cold. And in fact, about 90% of SaaS companies that IPO still have their founder as CEO : SaaS CEOs That Go The Distance, To IPO … Tend To Be Founder-CEOs (Updated) Ultimately I see only one problem with founder CEOs: If they can’t constantly recruit, and recruit again, and recruit again , a world class ma

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Gross Retention vs. Net Retention: What’s the Difference?

Totango

To make it to the Super Bowl, a football team must have two things: a strong defense and a strategic offense. The defense maintains a good field position and prevents the opposing team from scoring points, while the offense orchestrates smart plays to gain additional yards and score points. Similarly, to be successful, an enterprise needs to be able to prevent churn and increase revenue growth.

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9 Ways to Grow Your Following on X/Twitter

Buffer Resources

A lot is changing on Twit— sorry, X these days. Along with the platform’s rebrand, there has been a whole new paid tier, removal of old verified badges, disappearing post headlines, and more.  There are more significant changes on the horizon, too. X owner, Elon Musk, and the platform’s CEO, Linda Yaccarino, have big plans for the platform, including a promise to make it “a single application that encompasses everything.

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Addressing Top Enterprise Challenges in Generative AI with DataRobot

The buzz around generative AI shows no sign of abating in the foreseeable future. Enterprise interest in the technology is high, and the market is expected to gain momentum as organizations move from prototypes to actual project deployments. Ultimately, the market will demand an extensive ecosystem, and tools will need to streamline data and model utilization and management across multiple environments.

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Transitioning from Gymnast to Investor with Aly Raisman

Andreessen Horowitz

Former gymnast and current investor Aly Raisman joins general partner Julie Yoo and investment partner Daisy Wolf of a16z Bio + Health. In this episode, Aly chats about her background, how she thinks about health and fitness now that she’s no longer competing, and a few of her passion projects, including financial literacy. She also talks about her latest forays into investing, and how she appreciates and empathizes with founders’ tunnel vision and work ethic.

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Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight, and Jason Lemkin, CEO of SaaStr: Answer Your Top 10 2024 Customer Success Questions

SaaStr

In 2024, for customer success in SaaS, what’s “good” NRR? What’s a “good” NPS? Who should Customer Success report into? Questions like this and many others are the most common questions asked of SaaStr Fan Fave and expert on Customer Success, Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta, and SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin. While we recently held a live workshop on what will change for Customer Success in SaaS in 2024 with Jason and Nick , we ran out of time to answer some of the top questions bo

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How to Ensure Your Organic Traffic Actually Drives Revenue — Whiteboard Friday

The Moz Blog

Search is one of the most powerful tools we have to drive business growth. Discover how to drive revenue with your organic traffic in this Whiteboard Friday.

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Dark Social: What You Need to Know

Buffer Resources

A significant portion of our social interactions occurs in a realm unseen and untracked: welcome to the world of Dark Social. Chances are, you’ve copied a link and shared it in your group chat a thousand and one times. Or a friend has asked for a restaurant recommendation, and you share a link with them. That’s dark social. Despite its ominous name, dark social is just a fancy way of referring to untrackable conversations in online spaces.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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GTM 80: AI in GTM Deep Dive | Overcoming Analysis Paralysis and Tactical Use Cases with Andy Jolls

Sales Hacker

Andy Jolls is 25+ year executive with several years in CMO roles. As a full stack marketer, Andy has re-architected six brands and identities, and built three funnels from the ground up. He’s been a B2B leader in businesses from pre-revenue to $600MM. Andy co-Chairs the CMO group for Pavilion (6000+ GTM leaders) and is active in several marketing communities.

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Dear SaaStr: Do Net Promoter Scores Really Matter?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Do Net Promoter Scores Really Matter? I used to not believe in NPS. But I was wrong. Why? The fundamental reason is if you talk to any software/SaaS business truly at scale, you’ll hear one common theme — they get 80%+ of their new customers from word-of-mouth. You can see here, even at $1B+ in ARR , HubSpot’s number one source of new customers was … word of mouth: NPS is the proxy for that.

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Why SEO Agency Owners Can't Afford to Ignore Employee Wellbeing

The Moz Blog

Looking to enhance your SEO agency's performance? Find out how focusing on employee well-being leads to greater ROI and success.

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Hospitality in Software: Buffer’s Approach to Customer Support

Buffer Resources

How can we keep creating a unique customer support experience even as we get an increasing number of messages from customers? This is a question that is always on my mind.  Delivering exceptional customer support has always been at the core of Buffer’s mission. Over the years, we've taken pride in our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and our dedicated support team's ability to go the extra mile.

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10 Red Flags in Integrated Payment Partnerships: Moving Towards a Mutual Benefit

Navigate the complex world of integrated payment partnerships with this essential guide, a treasure trove of insights for software companies. It unveils ten critical red flags to watch out for, from the dangers of hidden fees to the constraints of restrictive contracts. This guide is crucial for identifying potential pitfalls and aligning with the right partners.

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Fintech SaaS: The State of Play for 2024

Panintelligence

Ask anyone in Fintech SaaS about the shifts of the last 18 months and you’ll hear stories about investment shortages, rising churn rates, and market consolidation. Gone are the days of the free-money era. Interest rates are sky-high and the pool of cash is drying up. This presents a significant challenge to Fintech SaaS founders. How can they thrive and survive when the landscape is so crippling?

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5 Interesting Learnings from Atlassian at $4 Billion+ in ARR

SaaStr

So Atlassian has cruised past $4 Billion in ARR, still growing a steady 21% in a very efficient fashion. It’s raining cash, with 27% free-cash flow margins. The markets like this combination. Even with a few bumps, Atlassian is still trading at a $55 Billion market cap, so over 12x ARR. That’s twice the average of 6x ARR for public SaaS companies.

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Fixing Higher Education & New Startup Opportunities with Marc and Ben

Andreessen Horowitz

“The Ben & Marc Show” features a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen. In this episode, Marc and Ben continue their in-depth exploration of the current education system. While Part I of their discussion unpacked the crisis facing higher education, Part II presents solutions to overhaul the modern university. In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into actions that existing institutions can take to improve their current and future situations.