I help #SaaS companies & #startup founders with #marketing & #growth. CEO & Founder of DemandMaven. Previously at two 10x startups. GIF game strong 💪
You're likely feeling overwhelmed with all the potential directions you could be going in: blogging, adwords, facebook ads, tweets, and more! It can be overwhelming.
Let's talk about the foundational marketing strategy you can use to carry you through these decisions. The stuff you can measure, that builds an audience, and ultimately an acquisition engine that stands the test of time.
Asia Matos is the founder of DemandMaven - a marketing and growth consultancy that helps startups get to their first $100K MRR. She's helped startups 3x their traffic, grow from $0 to $3K MRR in three months, go from 14% to 40% free trial conversion rates, and meet MoM free trial sign-up goals.
Fundamentally, there are two aspects of marketing to keep in mind:
Top of the funnel activity is all about awareness and attracting many people at once, whether they're qualified and have the pain or not. It's more broad, and doesn't necessarily directly coorelate to solving the immediate pain.
Bottom of the funnel activity is all about mindset. People who are here are more interested in solving their pain. It's hyper-specific, and correlates 100% with your product. That means website, pricing, feature pages, some landing pages, and case studies.
If you start optimizing things at the top of the funnel - writing blogs, buying ads, and attracting more people - you won't know who your customers are. You won't be able to know if your efforts are successful because you'll only know who your customer is after they convert.
Start with people who have the pain first. That means focusing on bottom of the funnel activity. Pain gets solved at the bottom of the funnel, so start there.
If you attracted people who want to actively solve their pain you're putting visitors at the stage of the funnel they want to be in anyway (it solves their pain!). Attracting people who want to solve their pain forces you to have a strong, performing conversion funnel, really understand the pain you're solving, and really understand the people you're attracting.
You'll still need TOFU activity, but it shouldn't be first.
Layer your channels over time. Start with the bottom, and mix it up at the top.
Motivo is a company that helps pre-licensed therapists (a big market) get licensed.
Great research is the difference between companies who build winning products and companies who don't and figure it out way too late. You can do market research, competitive research (website analysis, product analysis, customer analysis), prospect research (specifically people who haven't purchased yet), and user research (specifically people who have purchased or signed up).
Conduct interviews with prospects and customers at every stage with the Jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) framework. That will help you determine preferred distribution channels, partnership opportunities, content ideas, knowledge gaps, objections and barriers to entry, and the jobs people hire your product and content for.
Your customers will tell you how to market to them.
This customer understanding is important to know because you need to understand what people are getting out of your product. This understanding will inform your content strategy, your marketing strategy, and your product marketing.
How far up the funnel should I go? Is content about customer's dreams too far up?
I don't think about middle or top of funnel stuff until the bottom is nailed. Focusing on top of the funnel before the lower layers are figured out is like throwing darts blindly trying to get lucky.
Like anything else, test it!
Contact Asia @AsiaMatos.
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