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Why Start-ups Should Learn Growth Hacking?

Facebook, AirBnb, Paypal, all made it astonishingly big by largely adopting the prodigious tactics of growth hacking. Having delved into the various highly successful implementations of growth hacking in our previous blog, I would like to definitely open stage to the most intriguing topic of WHY IT IS QUINTESSENTIAL FOR STARTUPS TO LEARN GROWTH HACKING.

It has become ever more important for start-ups to explore unique ways of driving growth, and indeed that’s the most important job of a growth hacker. It involves growing a relatively small user base to one consisting of thousands/millions of users.

In a recent post, TechCrunch defined the three characteristics of a Growth Hacker as follows:

Growth hackers have a common attitude, internal investigation process, and mentality unique among technologists and marketers. This mindset of data, creativity, and curiosity allows a growth hacker to accomplish the feet of growing a user base into the millions.

3 Reasons- Why start-ups should learn Growth Hacking?


1. New User Acquisition

You have a product on board. A lot of users seem to like the product. But you need tons of more customers to become an actual business. Just because people are using and like your business neither guarantees that users will share it nor do traditional marketing channels guarantee reaching your audience economically. Thus, you need to enable new ways to create a scalable customer acquisition process.

A good example of growth hacking was Andrei Marinescu’s role as head of customer acquisition for Hulu. During an interview, he discussed that Hulu had its free version with 25 M uniques, which they needed to actively covert into premium subscribers. They didn’t  have the premium feature sitting around hoping for someone to click through to pay for it. They advertised it within Hulu during commercials and throughout the product experience relevant to user behaviors. Additionally, they leveraged OEM partners to co-market it through free trails and optimized the landing pages to download the app or to become a Hulu Plus member. He and his team didn’t stop there, they dug into SEM and affiliates among other practices in their tool-kits. They ultimately were able to go from 0 paid to 3 million+ paid subscribers with a $500 million run rate. Thus, even with 25 million unique, they still had to actively focus on growth  hacking tactics to convert paid users.


2. Onsite Behaviour Tracking

It’s very important to track the behaviour of users on your website. Users have to not just visit your website, but literally get hooked to your website. Different behaviours on the website or within the product should trigger different “nudges” that might show up as an email in the inbox, something on social media in their feed, or through retargeted ads.

Following on with the Hulu example, they worked so hard to convert individuals who had an appetite for the service already, they were an obvious (but often neglected in many organizations) segment to re-engage! They developed lifecycle marketing  to drive retention, which was facilitated through email and other triggers within the service to get back those who churned. However, without having analytics, triggers, and viral loops built into the product, you might be leaving money on the table just because consumers are generally overwhelmed with distractions and need to be reminded to return. Again, the growth hacker owns this component of product, user experience, and marketing. It’s the whole conversion flow.


3. Build an army

Aaron Ginn an influencer on the growth hacker topic shares, “The most talked about element of growth is virality and new user acquisition. Both of these elements focus on thru-put in the funnel and less on the funnel itself. “ Thus, the true testament to your ability to scalability is virality, or when your users like your product enough to refer a friend. However, it’s often shocking that despite the rise of social media, the requests or nudges to share and refer the product are hidden or unavailable to its users. This occurs when only product people are thinking about the product; they want it to be used by that user and are not necessarily thinking how that user can spread the love! Again, you need non-myopic people who span multiple functions to have these priorities aligned…aka the growth hacker.

Leave your comments below to let us know more about why start-ups need growth hackers to grow their businesses! Also, do check out the very awesome Growth Hacking 101/102 course that VentureHire has in store for you!



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