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Author: Ramli John

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Whether you’re a marketer, founder, or consultant, gain a competitive edge by learning the battle-tested marketing strategies in-detail from today's smartest marketers such as Rand Fishkin, April Dunford, Hiten Shah, and Val Geisler. Each week I uncover the proven step-by-step marketing processes and systems from each guest so you can apply the lessons to accelerate the growth of your company.

Download the FREE growth cheat sheet with actionable tips, notes, and takeaways from the latest podcast episode in a one-page PDF at https://growthtoday.fm

Question? Comments? Feedback? Reach out to this podcast's host at @RamliJohn via Twitter or ramli@growthtoday.fm via email.
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Marketing can sometimes feel like climbing a mountain - we are always pushing and finding new ways to scale our business. To get to the top of the mountain, however, we have to be ruthless in our process while always learning and testing. In this episode, Tara Robertson, the Head of Customer Marketing at Sprout Social, shares five customer marketing strategies guaranteed to grow your business. Get the free growth cheat sheet with all actionable tips and notes from this episode in a one-page PDF at https://growthtoday.fm/102.
Yo! yo! It's your boy Ramli John here. In this episode, I turn the tables and have Anuj Adhija, the VP of Growth at Jamber and previous Director of Analytics of Growthhackers.com, interview me. I share the top three lessons after 100 episodes of Growth Marketing Today. Get the free growth cheat sheets with all actionable tips and notes from this episode in a one-page PDF at https://growthtoday.fm/101
Today is the day Growth Marketing Today releases its 100th episode. It's only appropriate that the topic for this episode is all about growth. Ever since Sean Ellis, previously the founder and CEO of GrowthHackers.com, coined the term "growth hacking" in 2010, there's been a lot of misconception about that term. Today, I have Anuj Adhiya, who worked with Sean Ellis at Growthhackers as the Director of Engagement and Analytics, but also recently wrote the book Growth Hacking for Dummies. Anuj has mentored and coached many startups on the growth methodology at Harvard Innovation Labs. He's currently the VP of Growth at Jamber. If we can call anyone a growth expert, Anuj is one of them. Get the free growth cheat sheets with all actionable tips and notes from this episode in a one-page PDF at https://growthtoday.fm/100
One of the most critical things you need to think about as you grow your startup is how to make your business stand out from the crowd. In a marketplace where being different means a better chance of surviving and getting funding, having a unique point of difference is one of the most important things you can do for your business.
After a year and half of flat traffic at HubSpot, Aja Forst, now the Head of Content SEO at HubSpot, implemented a new “organic first” strategy, which increased the organic traffic to HubSpot's blog from 4.1 million unique monthly visitors to 6.3 million in less than 10 months. In this episode, I grill Aja on the details of how they were able to achieve that extraordinary increase in organic traffic.
According to Vivek, the Head of Growth at Wave, your job of onboarding new users doesn't end when they experience the first "aha" moment, but what he calls the "First Activation Event" or FAE for short. In this episode, Vivek shares his user activation framework that helped Wave get acquired by H&R Block for $537 million.
Let's say your marketing budget has been cut due to COVID-19. What do you do? With consumers cutting spending in response to COVID-19, for a lot of companies, this is reality. This week, I have Ruth Zive, the Head of Marketing at Ada, a platform that empowers industry-leading organizations like Telus and UpWork to transform their customer service with AI-powered automation. She shares her tips for what her marketing team is focused on with a reduced marketing budget during this pandemic.
Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence. Companies like Nike, Twitter, and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. But, Some have called out brands for their canned response. Does this sound familiar? “We at [Brand] are committed to fighting injustice by posting images to Twitter that express our commitment to fighting injustice."
When they redesigned FullStory’s onboarding process, Melanie Crissey, Product Marketing Manager at FullStory, scored some definite wins. However, her team also made a few mistakes along the way. In this episode, Melanie shares the six onboarding mistakes they made so you can avoid them!
Did you know that 60% of users who signup for a SaaS product only logs in once? That's crazy but it speaks to how vital your onboarding experience is. That's why I decided to hang out with SaaS onboarding expert Aaran Krall and get his advice on how we can build a better experience for our users.
As the team at the SaaS commerce platform Paddle has learned, real growth is about entering new markets, and that takes thoughtful attention to pricing, making inroads into new geographic regions, deciding whether to move upmarket (or downmarket), and offering new standalone products instead of bloated features tacked on to old ones. In this episode, Ed Fry, Paddle’s growth ops, shares his five-star growth framework that describes how Paddle achieved 2,475% revenue growth.
Topic clusters have been a big trend in content marketing and SEO--and with good reason. However, the way the model is created doesn't take the user into consideration. And there's nothing more frustrating as a consumer than being forced down the funnel when you're not ready or not finding the next step you need in your journey. In this episode, Carolyn Lyden, Founder of searchhermit.com, proposes a user-focused content matrix to remedy the inward-looking content generation method with the topic cluster model.
Still trying to wrap your mind around the fast-paced world of TikTok? You’re not alone. Since its launch in 2018, TikTok has quickly become one of the hottest social media apps on the market. However, the concept for this type of app isn’t new. What makes TikTok unique is the speed at which it’s gaining popularity. In this episode, Lauren Pope, Content Manager at G2 and self-proclaimed TIkTok expert, explains how businesses can take advantage of TikTok’s popularity to grow their brand.
These last few weeks have been tough for SaaS and DTC operators. What's been most impressive are the communities coming together, whether it's your local communities supporting restaurants and healthcare workers or entrepreneurs and operators working together to help one another understand and weather the storm. In this episode, Patrick Campbell, CEO and founder of ProfitWell, talks about how SaaS businesses can thrive during these times and how you can take advantage of ProfitWell’s Subscription Stimulus Package
Right now, with the COVID-19 virus spreading and the oil war going on in the Middle East, we seem to be in a perfect storm of things going on that could go either way. It might all recover quickly, and it might get a lot worse. In this episode, John Doherty, Founder and CEO Credo (a marketplace for companies hire pre-vetted digital marketing agencies and consultants), shares his advice to help you navigate your business in these unsettling times.
How can a simple technical SEO fix increase organic traffic by 70% and the number of pages that rank in Google's top 10 and top 100 results by 100%? In this episode, Geoff Atkinson, founder of Huckabuy (a performance-based software for the organic search channel), breaks down the topic of structured data markup, covering what it is, why it matters, how it works, how to implement it, and more. Geoff's company Huckabuy works with companies large and small to implement structured data markup on their websites, and he has seen incredible before-and-after results.
In the last few years, diversity has become somewhat of a buzzword, and having a diverse group of people working together is seen as an advantage. With a diverse group of teams, you're more likely to have a wide spectrum of ideas, backgrounds, and skills that can help your organization develop more and quicker. But, it also avoids embedding biases in your marketing campaigns and product development. Amanda Munday, Founder and CEO of The Workaround (a parent-friendly co-working space in Toronto), shares practical tips on how to build a diverse team.
In the real world tackling churn and increasing retention is one of the hardest problems a subscription business faces. It is a company-wide effort across multiple roles and requires a team to come together with a coherent strategy to tackle the problem head-on. In this episode, Andrew Michaels, Business Intelligence Manager at HotJar and Host of the Churn.fm podcast, shares lessons he's learned from his experience and discussion with growth marketers from HubSpot, Wistia, Basecamp, and more.
Social media advertising is a must if you’re looking to reach a new, targeted audience—fast. Of course, it can be scary to move from an organic social strategy to putting real money on the table. So, it’s important to understand all the options. In this episode, I talk to Hudaina Baig, a paid social consultant who has managed more than $30 million in ad spend.
When I first caught wind of the trend of companies building “growth teams,” I probably had a similar reaction to a lot of people: “Wait a second, isn’t everyone on the sales and marketing teams at a company already part of the growth team?” Then, of course, the follow-up question: “How about product managers? Aren’t they thinking about how to grow adoption of their products too?” In this episode, Connor Bradley, Growth Manager at Jobber, shares exactly what the growth does to adding value to the product, demand gen, customer success, and marketing teams at Jobber.
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