5 of the top B2B Growth Hacks of all time

by adam on December 11, 2013

#1 Free Tools

Examples: http://marketing.grader.com/

Overall hubspot generates a staggering 1 million visitors and over 60,000 leads through their website each month through a combination of free tools and content marketing.

Read more about how creating free tools can be a good driver of leads and growth.

#2 “Powered by”

Examples: Qualaroo.com

Qualaroo, formerly KissInsights, displays it’s logo with a link back to it’s website on every free plan or paid plan that isn’t a premium account. This simple attribution allows them to dramatically increase the awareness of their product among their target group of customers (marketers) who are always looking for other tools to use to gather feedback.

Read more powered by best practices here.

#3 “Try before you buy”

Examples: How did Yammer gain initial traction

While certainly not the first to employ a freemium model to drive early adoption, Yammer’s use of a Try before you buy business model was particularly effective in driving growth, because it was company email-based it required zero sign-off or configuration from IT administrators to get started with.

A good example of a company adopting growth strategies from B2C companies to drive growth.

#4 The Cold Email Outreach

Examples: Best practices for cold emailing

Using services like Fliptop or Fullcontact can help to dramatically increase the amount of relevant data you can retrieve about a contact in order to better segment and target your emails. Sending out the emails is a matter of choice, you can do it through Salesforce, Toutapp, or a regular ole’ Gmail Mailmerge.

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#5 Focus on Developers

Examples: http://stripe.com, http://twilio.com

Companies like Stripe and Twilio have built their entire businesses around providing a better platform for developers to build b2b apps and integrations off of. By providing their service as an API for developers to use, they allow for many different new products and use cases to pop up that wouldn’t otherwise be built, which in-turn they receive increased revenue from when they succeed. A true win-win model for growth.

Read more here.

Top 10 growth hacks of all time

by adam on October 9, 2013


#1 Paypal’s friend referral bounty

By paying $10 cash to each new customer and $10 to the customer who referred them, Paypal was able to hack early growth to tens of millions of users before no longer offering the bonus.
Read more here

#2 Hotmail Tagline

In Hotmail whenever a user would email another user, the email would have a message saying something similar to “This email sent with Hotmail, Join Hotmail now” and “Get your free email at Hotmail.”
Read more here

#3 Airbnb’s craigslist integration

By reverse engineering the craigslist posting process and automating it to the point where it became dead simple to cross-post your airbnb listing to craigslist, AirBnb was able to hack early growth to 10′s of millions of users.
Read more here

#4 Mailbox wait list

By creating an incredibly compelling launch video combined with a very cool interface that showed users how many other users were in front of them on the app’s waiting list, mailbox created a large amount of social chatter and blog attention. Within six weeks, Mailbox had a million users signed up and eagerly waiting for the service.
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#5 Dropbox Incentivized Referral Program

Roughly based off of Paypal’s invite system, dropbox allows users to invite their friends for more space. This worked to help dropbox grow from 100,000 users to 4,000,000 in under two years.
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#6 Twitter’s suggested followers on-boarding

Once Twitter found that users who followed more than 30 people were most likely to become active. They optimized the user experience to encourage this behavior.
Read more here

#7 Instagram cross-posting

By deciding to play nice with other services like twitter and facebook, instagram was able to leverage the distribution of some very large existing platforms to help accelerate the growth of its service in the early days.
Read more here

#8 Pinterest auto-follow

Upon signing up for Pinterest you are automatically following a select group of high quality users. This in turn helps alleviate the cold-start problem, where you have to go looking around the site to find boards and people to follow. Instead they present a sampling of high quality content immediately filling your feed.
Read more here

#9 Youtube’s liberal interpretation of dmca

YouTube tried many tactics to gain differentiation over it’s competitors. In the end, YouTube’s growth hack was the only metric that mattered, conversion of viral buzz into users.
Read more here

#10 Mint.com content/seo strategy

Mint focused on building out a unique personal finance blog, very content-rich, that spoke to a young professional crowd that we felt was being neglected. Eventually the blog became #1 in personal finance, and drove traffic to the app. The infographics and popular articles became regular hits on Digg, Reddit, etc.
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GrowthHacker.tv Interview

by adam on July 18, 2013

I was recently invited to give an interview on GrowthHacker.TV, which has some great interviews of Growth Hackers sharing tips & tricks of the trade.


You can view the full interview on their site through this link.


Thanks to Bronson Taylor and Mike Hardenbrook over at GTV for reaching out to set this up.

Startup Quote: Vinod Khosla

by adam on May 30, 2013

khosla startup quote