With their sharp marketing and simplistic designs, they seem to have come out of no where: MVMT, Warby Parker, Casper, Everlane. Where the hell did all these direct-to-consumer companies come from and is there any room to begin your own? There is more hope than you think.
In the early days of a startup, you should deliberately take action to grow your business that DOES NOT scale. Why? Because 1:1 communication is invaluable. Look, I'm not here to tell you to "go to networking events" but to share some of the more creative yet effective tactics to grow your customer base in a non-scalable, low-cost way.
The stats are staggering: 3 million businesses advertise using Facebook. That said, just because millions rely on this ad channel, should you? No. Or that it'll always work? Hell no! Learn why constant channel testing should be a staple of your marketing strategy.
As much as paid acquisition is powerful, the cost of acquiring customers WILL become more expensive over time through it. Enter engagement and retention, your saving grace.
We're no longer in the Medieval ages of marketing where we slapped advertisements on the side of buses and prayed to god it drove more sales. The marketing world has gotten sharp with measurement and if there is one metric in particular that is the strongest indicator of a startup's ability to grow, it's DAU/MAU.
Performance marketers and founders often focus so heavily on the "state of acquiring" that they forget to frame growth in terms of the BIG picture. So breath, pause and see the trees for the forest it really is. Here are 4 metrics that are paramount for a startup's livelihood.
Attri-who? Touch-what? The topic of attribution is quickly breaching past the early adopters and crossing into the minds of the early and late majority. What is it? Should you care?
It's all around us but we rarely call it out: persuasion. The concept of influence can be distilled to 6 actionable principles that you can immediately start using in a resource-strapped startup.
Although mobile growth has been massive, one of the biggest challenges for marketers has been finding promising, new paid ad channels outside of Facebook and Google. Startup or tech giant, here are 10 channels to consider adding to your paid ad repertoire.
Do you know have a 1 in 11 million chance of being attacked by a shark, but 1 in 175 million chance of winning Powerball? Yet plenty of people still play Powerball. There are startling statistics about life that get little fan fare because businesses have been able to shape the narrative in their favor. What's to credit for this? Brand marketing.