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Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growth Hacking
for Startups
Andy Young, EIR @ 500 Startups
@andyy
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Hi, I’m Andy!
@andyy
#fb
PhotobyDanTaylor-dan@heisenbergmedia.com
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
So what is this about
“Growth” anyways?
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
➔ Typically growing your customer/user base
➔ Not necessarily growing revenue $$$
➔ Gr...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right
now:
➔ We NEED to grow fa...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right
now:
➔ We WANT to grow fa...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right
now:
➔ B2B SaaS example
◆...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
So WTF is this
Growth Hacking thing?
..sounds like some kinda bullshit to me..
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Let’s talk about something REAL
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growth Hacking..? Technical Marketing..?
Call it what you want, teams at high-growth c...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
● SEO
● Content Marketing
● Performance Marketing (Paid search & display, retargeting)...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Some examples..
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Technical Hacks
AirBnB built on top of Craigslist
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Viral Hacks
Hotmail put
“P.s. I love you. Get your free email at Hotmail.”
in the foot...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Partnership Hacks
Uber partnered with Telcos to get their App
promoted/installed on ph...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
What Hacks are NOT
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
There are loads of great tips and hacks out there
Subscribe to 500’s “DISTROSNACK” new...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Things with big impact:
★ Top of funnel
○ How to reach HUGE new audiences in a cost-ef...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Growth Hacking is finding growth that is:
➔ Measurable
➔ Repeatable
➔ Scalable
Sean El...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
★ Acquisition
○ Awareness
○ Interest
○ Understanding of Value
★ Activation - “Wow mome...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
➔ Pre-launch: test proposition with customers; learn what you should build.
➔ Beta: fi...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
➔ The world is constantly changing - channel efficiency/effectiveness etc
➔ Experiment...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
What we focus on at the 500 Startups Distro Team..!
➔ Understanding your customer need...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Actionable Advice
for early-stage Startups
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
"I have this great idea of a product that should exist, so I'm
building it until I thi...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
DANGER!
Do not fall into these traps
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Figure Your Sh** Out
➔ Figure out why you're doing this, who for, and why they will ca...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Takeaways
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Takeaways
➔ Product/market fit
➔ Metrics
◆ Understand your key driver, avoid vanity me...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Takeaways
➔ Build a great team
➔ Build a clear mutual vision
➔ Have fun together
Do al...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Takeaways #2
➔ It's a process and a discipline
◆ You need to get really good at this s...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Takeaways #3
➔ Talk to your customers!
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Further References..
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
● Startup 10,000ft view worksheet
● Bryan Balfour: The Scientific Method: How to Desig...
Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co
Good luck!
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Growth Hacking for Startups

  1. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growth Hacking for Startups Andy Young, EIR @ 500 Startups @andyy
  2. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Hi, I’m Andy! @andyy #fb PhotobyDanTaylor-dan@heisenbergmedia.com
  3. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co So what is this about “Growth” anyways?
  4. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ➔ Typically growing your customer/user base ➔ Not necessarily growing revenue $$$ ➔ Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right now What do we mean by Growth?
  5. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right now: ➔ We NEED to grow fast? ◆ We won’t succeed unless we reach a certain size - e.g. consumer app: ● Need to get as many users as possible, since one or more of: ● Product utility increases with the size of the network (network effects)? ● We can only ramp up advertising once we reach a certain size? ● We believe reaching a user acquisition milestone is a harder thing to achieve than monetising. What do we mean by Growth?
  6. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right now: ➔ We WANT to grow faster? ◆ We’re investing in growth as a choice of business strategy? ● (high-risk, binary-outcome, investment-backed, vs. lower-risk, more tempered outcome, more easily self-sustaining or lifestyle business) ◆ Land-grab scenario? ● We feel the pressure of competition; if we don't sign people up for our product then someone else will get there first. What do we mean by Growth?
  7. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growing whatever’s most strategically important to you right now: ➔ B2B SaaS example ◆ During growth stage we want to onboard customers and increase MRr ◆ BUT focus on new customers, rather than maximising revenues by upselling to existing customers ➔ MYTH: Growth hacking is all about B2C! What do we mean by Growth?
  8. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co So WTF is this Growth Hacking thing? ..sounds like some kinda bullshit to me..
  9. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Let’s talk about something REAL
  10. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growth Hacking..? Technical Marketing..? Call it what you want, teams at high-growth companies are scaling to millions of users without major use of any traditional mass advertising/marketing approaches.
  11. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ● SEO ● Content Marketing ● Performance Marketing (Paid search & display, retargeting) ● Conversion Optimisation (CRO) & A/B Testing ● User testing & UX ● Viral Loops ● Strategic Pricing ● … The Growth Hacker’s Toolbox
  12. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Some examples..
  13. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Technical Hacks AirBnB built on top of Craigslist
  14. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Viral Hacks Hotmail put “P.s. I love you. Get your free email at Hotmail.” in the footer of every email.
  15. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Partnership Hacks Uber partnered with Telcos to get their App promoted/installed on phones
  16. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co What Hacks are NOT
  17. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co There are loads of great tips and hacks out there Subscribe to 500’s “DISTROSNACK” newsletter! But following all these cool tips will not itself bring success. What Hacks are NOT
  18. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Things with big impact: ★ Top of funnel ○ How to reach HUGE new audiences in a cost-effective way ★ Middle of funnel ○ Attracting and drawing people deeper into engaging with you ★ Bottom of funnel ○ Close to the $$$ - convert higher % and simply make more money! Things that WILL make a difference
  19. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Growth Hacking is finding growth that is: ➔ Measurable ➔ Repeatable ➔ Scalable Sean Ellis: “Growth Hacking is experiment-driven marketing” It’s a mindset. Growth Hacking Truths
  20. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ★ Acquisition ○ Awareness ○ Interest ○ Understanding of Value ★ Activation - “Wow moment” ○ Onboarding / first-time user experience ○ Trial ○ First transaction / real value obtained ★ Retention ○ Avoiding churn Growth Hacking the whole Funnel
  21. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ➔ Pre-launch: test proposition with customers; learn what you should build. ➔ Beta: fix your shitty product until people like it and stick around/give you €€€ ➔ Growth: time to scale. So you got here by doing Things That Didn't Scale - awesome, now it's time to operationalise all that stuff while you explore and build out new acquisition channels. ➔ Scale: optimise, optimise, optimise; keep on top of changing channel effectiveness and emerging opportunities; start to compliment your growth hacking efforts with above-the-line marketing. Stages of Growth
  22. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ➔ The world is constantly changing - channel efficiency/effectiveness etc ➔ Experimentation & learnings ➔ Build a machine ➔ Naturally curious ➔ Motivated by helping the customer achieve their goals Growth Mindset
  23. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co What we focus on at the 500 Startups Distro Team..! ➔ Understanding your customer need ➔ Communicating your key value proposition - copy, messaging.. ➔ Reaching new customers where they are, building trust ➔ Growth engine - how are you going to grow? Eric Ries ➔ Understand your KPIs, metrics, levers and drivers - Nail down LTV and optimise CAC, payback period and retention ➔ Select and experiment with appropriate channels ➔ Focus on optimising the funnel, one area at a time Pillars of Growth
  24. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Actionable Advice for early-stage Startups
  25. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co "I have this great idea of a product that should exist, so I'm building it until I think it's good enough. When it's ready, I'm going to start creating some buzz about it, and from there I guess.. we'll just add this marketing thing I've heard about? Buy some Google Ads and stuff.." Everyone sucks at their first Startup
  26. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co DANGER! Do not fall into these traps
  27. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Figure Your Sh** Out ➔ Figure out why you're doing this, who for, and why they will care. ◆ How do you know you're on to something? ◆ Do you have any idea at all how you're gonna get more customers? ◆ 10,000 ft view - write it down, just a few sentences. ● If you're using too many words, it's a sure-fire guarantee you still need to figure things out. ➔ Test! ◆ Pre-launch: Smoke tests ◆ Pre-launch does not mean No Users
  28. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Takeaways
  29. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Takeaways ➔ Product/market fit ➔ Metrics ◆ Understand your key driver, avoid vanity metrics ◆ At any given time, focus on your one metric you want to grow this week/month ➔ Prioritise your backlog; work on the stuff that matters! ➔ Execute on your experiments, ensure you're learning via A/B tests and gradual rollouts.
  30. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Takeaways ➔ Build a great team ➔ Build a clear mutual vision ➔ Have fun together Do all the above, and you'll succeed! ➔ Your goal is either to prove that it works by succeeding, or prove it's not going to work as you hoped, at which point start over or pivot. ➔ Achieve one of these outcomes before you run out of money!
  31. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Takeaways #2 ➔ It's a process and a discipline ◆ You need to get really good at this sh** ➔ Your most precious resource is time ◆ Your biggest mistake would be not spending your time on stuff that has the best chance to make the biggest difference.
  32. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Takeaways #3 ➔ Talk to your customers!
  33. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Further References..
  34. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co ● Startup 10,000ft view worksheet ● Bryan Balfour: The Scientific Method: How to Design & Track Viral Growth Experiments ● Dave McClure's Startup Metrics for Pirates ● Eric Ries’s Three Engines of Growth ● My deck on Analytics for Startups ● 500 Startups Accelerator Marketing Hell Week videos, templates & goodness ● DISTROSNACK: daily growth hacks Further references..
  35. Andy Young // @andyy // andy@500.co Good luck!

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