Pintrest, Facebook, Zynga, Dropbox, AirBnb… What do they all have in common? They’ve all used growth hacking techniques to grow their user base from zero to millions (and sometimes hundreds of millions). Growth Hacking isn’t viral marketing (although viral marketing is part of it). The term “Growth Hacking”, invented by Sean Ellis, and made popular by Andrew Chen, a Silicon valley marketer and entrepreneur, is a combination of two disciplines – marketing and coding: Growth hackers are a hybrid of marketer and coder, one who looks at the traditional question of “How do I get customers for my product?” 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. First Steps in Growth Hacking for Startups Acquisition - Get people to hear about your product from press, blogs and social channels. Growth Hacking Resources: Eze Vidra
Resources for Growth HackingA week after release, Growth Hacker Marketing is not only a #1 business bestseller on Amazon, but I ended up writing a lot of articles in support of the book. I also did a fair amount of interviews and videos (some of which are still on their way). Before I go any further, I wanted to everyone for their support and say that I hope you’ve enjoyed the book. Anyway, I thought I would collect them all the articles in one spot for people who wanted to read them or who are looking to get started with growth hacking. What Is Growth Hacking?
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What is growth hacking?Just when you think you can know everything there is to know about digital marketing, someone slaps you in the face with a new phrase. During my first year at Econsultancy I’ve been making a point of writing beginner’s guides to any new terms or phrases I find particularly baffling, or that I might suspect other people may find baffling too. Today I’ll be looking at growth hacking. Of course the phrase ‘growth hacking’ isn’t actually that new. Let’s check Google Trends for the term. July 2012 saw the beginning of the rise of growth hacking. So why explore it now? Which then led to the following mini debate… Growth hacking or just good marketing? And then when we’re done we can spend some time figuring out what ‘fwiw’ means. Definitions of growth hacking I feel immediately resistant to any term that uses the word hacking, as the connotations rarely seem positive. First let's take a look at a few different sources for a definition before resorting to Wikipedia. And that’s what shakes things up.
ASHSGrowth Hacking 101Howdy, Munchkins! This is exciting as exciting can be, because after 8 months of developing our website (well, it could have taken us a week but our clients meant more to us) we finally get to sit down and start sharing our knowledge with the world. So, you may have noticed that Ranky isn’t your ordinary munchkin, the one you can find in every mud hut or a cave near you. Ranky is a Growth-Hacking munchkin, and so we feel the responsibility to elaborate a bit on just what the f*ck that is. Growth Hacking’s Historical Big-Bang I have known this story for 10 years, but only when the blogosphere started yapping about it, did it hit me: This is the first online Growth-Hacking incident, and it’s freaking awesome. Back in 1996, a couple of employees in a Technology firm developed a small web-based emailing platform, to keep the bosses from monitoring their private messages. What happened then, you ask? Fun Fact: One of the Co-Founders was Indian-American. No Wrongs, No Rights, Just GROWTH A. B. C.
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Learn Growth Hacking: 35 ResourcesAt many technology companies, traditional marketing roles are transforming into growth hacking roles. In fact, the work has become so popular now that some companies are hiring “growth hackers.” They are keeping their marketing departments and hiring growth hackers to work separately from marketing. So what is the role of a growth hacker? Different from marketers, who traditionally are less technical, growth hackers have one objective – to grow the company. In this post, we’ll give a thorough overview of growth hacking, hiring growth hackers, resources on growth hacks, and additional helpful resources. Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Bonus! What makes a great growth hacker? Hiring 9. 10. 11. 12. Growth Hacks 13. 14. 13 Critically Important Lessons From Over 50 Growth Hackers – Bronson Taylor has interviewed many growth hackers. 15. 16. 21 Actionable Growth Hacking Tactics – Jon Yongfook gives us 21 growth hacks. 17. 18. 19. 20. Other Resources 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32.
21 Actionable Growth Hacking TacticsUpdate: Interested in even more Growth Hacking tactics? Buy my book of 100 practical growth hacking tactics! In this deck you will find 21 different areas of startup marketing where you can employ growth hacking tactics. I enjoy presentations with lots of actionable content so that's all this is. On Slideshare: Actionable Growth Hacking Tactics Growth Hacking is just a good way to describe how marketing is done at a startup. There is a particular focus on the application of technology. The deck speaks mostly for itself, but I'll add some minimal notes between them in this post. A good growth hacker needs to focus on two types of growth. Knowing the language of the customer refers to understanding how the customer articulates a problem to themselves. Even if you don't have budget for paid search, Google Adwords is an incredibly useful tool for an early stage startup. Buy the Growth Hacking Handbook for even more growth tactics!
Definitive Guide to Growth HackingWhat is Growth Hacking? Growth hacking is so misunderstood that there is a desperate need for this chapter. Few concepts have been as polarizing and revolutionary, simultaneously. Two chasms have already been crossed.