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Why Unlimited PTO works

While the popular “unlimited PTO” policy that’s often employed in startups has many benefits to the employer, the ...

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4 Step Company Branding Exercise with Free Template

The following exercise involves four simple steps, and uses a Trello board to help your team and you figure out your ...

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Basic GTM SaaS Approach

A basic B2B SaaS go-to-market approach For B2B SaaS companies that are ready to scale and jumpstart their growth, ...

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What to pay for a SaaS CMO?

Getting meaningful compensation data for the Chief Marketing Officer for a SaaS Company is hard. Executive pay is ...

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Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Are you a daisy or an orchid? Both are great. But you can’t be both. When assessing the competitive playing field of ...

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A tool to map your growth plan

This is an example of a great tool that you can find in the "Growth Gears" book by Art Saxby and Pete Hayes. It's a ...

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Free example Marketing Positioning Survey

This is a survey example that I often use when I start work with a new B2B SaaS Marketing team. It quickly helps get ...

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5 Ways to Improve your Facebook Ad Campaigns

How do you create great Facebook ad campaigns? How do you reach your Ideal Customer Profile and generate the best leads ...

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A SaaS CEO on Pivoting to what actually worked

Working with Olin Hyde and his team at LeadCrunch, we went deep into two questions: What's it for? Who's it for? Hear ...

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Why SaaS Sales And Marketing Are One Team

Marketing is the new Sales, Sales is the new Customer Service team, and the Support team is where brands are built (or ...

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5 SaaS Marketing ARR Growth Drivers

Annual price increases Most companies I work with are uncomfortable raising prices. When they do, they’re often ...

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How To Segment Your Market To Get To Product Market Fit Fast?

Market Segmentation for Software Companies SaaS Chief Marketing Officers and VPs of Marketing have to use the correct ...

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B2B SaaS Marketing Plan Template For A SaaS CMO

In this quick video with one of my colleagues, Ed Valdez, I walk through the template B2B Marketing plan for SaaS that ...

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3 SaaS KPIs Critical To Grow ARR Exponentially

3 SaaS KPIs The three SaaS KPIs Churn, ARPU, and CAC are relatively straightforward to optimize by themselves. Doing ...

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4 Phases Of A B2B SaaS Marketing Plan

In working with tens of B2B SaaS companies the past years, I've found a pattern in how the B2B SaaS Marketing function ...

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18 Questions To Boost The Impact Of Your Leadership Team Meetings

Gaining clarity around company vision, while driving the execution of business and marketing initiatives with precision ...

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You Can’t Skip 2nd Base Growing Your SaaS Business

While the pace can differ, the sequence of major milestones in the SaaS Growth Journey is always going to be same. ...

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4 Marketing OKRs for a B2B SaaS Company

Most teams we work with use a Quarterly Based priority system. If they don't we will recommend they start using one. We ...

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How (Much) To Pay Your "Funding Raisers"?

How do you get an advisor to really work hard to help you get funded? What's fair compensation for that effort? What if ...

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How Much Time Should I Spend On Reporting?

Marketing is expected to drive measurable outcomes. Your team should try to keep the amount of time spend on ...

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Get Going With HubSpot

For many B2B SaaS companies with revenues below $20M ARR, HubSpot provides a great, complete toolset for Marketing, but ...

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What A SaaS CMO Can Learn From IKEA Instructions

When you don't complete step 2 of the sequential process laid out in the Billy Bookcase instructions from IKEA, or if ...

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8 Rules To Use A Spreadsheet For Marketing Reporting

When you want to get your Marketing Dashboard out of spreadsheets, it helps to adhere to a few simple rules. Here is my ...

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Do Only What Only You Can Do

Before you can succeed in creating your positioning, messaging, branding and marketing execution, you need to establish ...

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4 Lifecycle Stages Of The SaaS CMO Service

B2B SaaS Companies go through some significant changes as they evolve from an Idea and MVP through Product-Market Fit ...

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Why Hire A CMO-As-A-Service In SaaS

Check out my article on the Chief Outsiders page re the tenure of CMOs in SaaS technology companies. It's an ...

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10 KPIs Every B2B SaaS Company Should Track

What should be on your marketing dashboard? Here are the easy to track, and most important metrics that should form ...

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Getting Your First SaaS Marketing Intern

Marketing Intern Your first Marketing Intern is a critical hire. While the work they will end up doing does not require ...

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Balancing Short- And Long-Term SaaS Marketing Priorities

How do you strike the balance between the short-term marketing tactics that have a very quick return – but are also ...

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5 Simple Questions To Hire A SaaS CMO

What would you change about our website? (this gets to positioning, messaging, audience engagement, demand gen and PR) ...

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5 Books Every SaaS CMO Should Read

What are the essential readings for a SaaS CMO? There are multiple marketing disciplines that will cross the path of a ...

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Digital Marketing Strategy For SAAS Companies In Competitive Markets

In the early days, software industry used to be an easy business; build something that solves customer problems, and ...

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Day In The Life Of A SaaS CMO

Clients often ask me what a typical day (or better, week) looks like when I manage their marketing team as a "Shared" ...

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SaaS M&A - What's Valued Most?

Be extremely clear about what you think is most valuable when you sell your company. It can’t be everything. You have ...

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7 Private Equity Blind Spots

This study identifies seven blind spots evident among private equity firms seeking portfolio company growth. Conducted ...

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B2B SaaS Marketing Boot Camp

When you hire your first Marketing Intern or Junior Employee, here is a list of tools and training to help them get ...

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How To Fill Out Your Weekly SaaS Marketing Dashboard

Creating and maintaining an up-to-date SaaS KPI Dashboard is not the favorite task for most team members. If you do it, ...

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3 Key Focus Areas To Drive Down Churn

The best way to address churn is to focus on creating what some of us call "Engaged Advocates". Here are some metrics ...

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This SaaS B2B Company Went From $2K To $2M In Its First Year

Olin Hyde, the CEO of Leadcrunch, sat down with our team and told the great story of how his company ran from seed to ...

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Get Your Customized B2B SaaS Marketing Plan

Many SaaS CMO (SaaS Chief Marketing Officers) I meet ask me to share the various templates I use to build B2B SaaS ...

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10 Milestones To Reach Product-Market-Fit

What's today's definition of Product Market Fit (PMF)? Here's my take using 10 simple milestones to measure progress ...

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How To Plan Your First Marketing Budget?

Great question. It’s actually amazing how cheap things can be in the first month when you do things right. ...

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How To Create Your First SaaS Marketing Budget

In the first week of most engagements I do with SaaS Company CEOs, the inevitable question comes up: What to budget for ...

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5 Principles To Build A SaaS Marketing Dashboard

Many dashboards are not very useful. They get outdated, have information that is misunderstood, lack good benchmarks or ...

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What Roles To Hire First?

When hiring your first Marketing team you need a certain set of basic capabilities to get going. Writing is always my ...

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99 Ideas For Your Blog (Or...)

It does not really matter if you need to generate ideas for blog articles, product names or your next startup endeavor. ...

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Three Pillars To A Great Pitch (Deck)

How to best get ready for your first pitch? What content to put in your pitch deck? How to craft your story? These are ...

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Are You Really A Software Company?

Are you a software company? Or are you (at risk of) becoming a professional services company? Is your Customer Success ...

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The Key To Drive ARR And MRR Growth Exponentially

Once your startup has passed Series A territory, you're expected to grow your ARR at 2-3x rate per year.  The term T2D3 ...

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Nail That Niche

We are a group of Marketing Professionals solely focused on small- and midsize B2B SaaS Companies. What’s your niche? ...

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5 Key marketing due diligence questions

When reviewing the health of a SaaS Company, you need to understand to learn two things: What is the quality of the ...

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5 Steps to Move Beyond Random Acts of Marketing as You Scale

As SaaS companies grow from start-up to scale-up mode there’s substantial emphasis on sales and operational excellence, ...

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Stop, Start, Continue...or...?

Stop, Start, Continue is a method that's often used to prioritize. It helps reflect on what's working, and what to ...

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Fear, Greed, Peer Lending and Machine Learning

We win and we want more. We lose and we want to win it back. That's how we lose it all. What’s driving your investment ...

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Hiring great marketers in todays outsourced labor market

I’d like to share my thoughts on how this plays out for software startups. How do you address the “hire or 1099” ...

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Leading a lean startup is like landing on an enemy beach

You’re onboard a landing craft that is your lean startup. You have no time to get stuck on the beach or wait for ...

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4 ways to hack your way to the top without cheating

This post discusses the drawbacks of something that is very accepted amongst marketing professionals. Cheating. Using ...

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On Reputation and Going to Parties

Let’s say you’re invited to an important party, and let's say you don't know anyone there except the host. You will ...

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Hire generation Y, Z, and whatever comes next

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT LAZY.   The Boomerang Generation is not afraid to add value, as long as they can learn. They prize ...