Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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Not because they didn’t want to do Pay-per-click (they are huge buyers of SEM) but because they didn’t want other people to know what they paid for clicks! So when he saw the browser it instantly dawned on him that this would be the greatest customer development tool ever.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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Almost every online business I know (eCommerce, online software, mobile games) invests heavily in “customer acquisition” This includes investments often not properly measured (SEO, PR, Social) as well as costs that people measure more precisely (advertising, SEM, FB CPA/CPI ads).

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Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

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It’s building a product that is substantially differentiated, and, as Bill Gross, one of the most prolific tech entrepreneurs of our era says, “ It needs to be 10x better than the competition ” (because if you shoot for that then in competitive markets you might achieve 3x.

Why The Haters are Wrong About Growth Hacking

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In essence Muhammad thinks the “growth hacking” is a charlatan term for online marketing that consists of a bunch of everyday tasks that all online businesses should be doing: SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, Social Media, Referral Marketing, etc.

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Startup Business Model Considerations


Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. all the other folks out there that will try to enter the same market) the barriers have been dropping over the last few years.

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How Startups Can Use Metrics to Drive Success

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4 times / 100 means if a customer uses your app frequently (say 10-20 times / day) then they are crashing nearly every day. Customer Acquisition. How many through SEM? Do you have a customer referral program? How do the mobile customers break down by device type?

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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After a year in the market, MakeSpace was growing rapidly and our biggest issue was CAC (customer acquisition costs) relative to payback period (when we get our marketing investment back) and relative to LTV (lifetime value). Smart investors think a lot about what we call “unit economics” or what is the economics of service one customers. We need to market to that customer to make them aware of our product or service. What are the customer’s alternatives?

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Interview with Billy Fried, Kijubi


So, we created a site which not just aggregates, but also organizes activities by type, category--land, sea, air--and things like competition, family, culture, adrenaline--to really narrow down the possibilities for what you're looking for. We bat about 800 in terms of people buying off on the idea, who understand the bigger reach we have on the Internet, and the more SEO/SEM we do, which delivers business to them that they wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

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