Growth Hacks, Promos And More – Get Yours Now!

How can growth hacking work for non-tech companies?

Following my posts on growth hacking and growth hackers, I started thinking about how non-tech companies can use this concept to their benefit. The first big hurdle is that it’s a concept most commonly associated with technology. Even though I’m a believer in growth hacking as a modern marketing tool, many still see it as a tech-specific discipline. Nonsense, I say! I think part of the problem comes from its name which implies a focus on growth and traction which is found in tech start-ups. The other part is that some believe that marketers simply cannot create growth hacks.

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The Growth Hacker And The Mad Hatter

What makes a growth hacker?

The growth hacker is an interesting (and elusive) creature. As I explained in my previous post, growth hacking is a tool commonly used by engineers in startups in an effort to promote a product while keeping marketing costs down. Today’s marketers are like 17th century hatters (aka mad hatters), who were known to suffer disease from inhaling the fumes of their work until industrial advancements improved their working conditions; we’re still using our old-school tricks. Growth hackers are just a new breed of marketers… whose rise is due to technological advancements. Growth hacking uses the technology available to spread a product via friend referrals, social media, gamification and more.

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Not Another Tech Hack

Growth hacking in a marketing context

You may have heard of growth hacking by now. It’s the current fashion among start-ups and tech companies. It’s a marketing technique focused on – duh! – growth. While marketing is mostly a tool of mass broadcast, up-and-coming companies of the internet age do not always have the privilege of large budgets, and thus growth hacking was born out of a necessity to quickly scale business forcing start-ups to embed it into the core of their strategy.

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Kick(start) A Habit For Better Learning

How to learn anything and become successful

You’ve probably read that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert on anything. I recently read a book that proposes learning anything fast (you can watch the author talk about it at TED here) – in only 20 hours! What’s really interesting is the idea that it takes only a certain (small) amount of time to reach a basic level of any activity as opposed to being an expert. Ten thousand or 20 hours, it doesn’t really matter in my opinion. It’s not about time; it’s more than that. It’s about quality, effort, and more importantly, habit. Unfortunately, most of us fall victim to one of the first two criteria, and even though we’re creatures of habit, we have trouble creating new habits so the rest of us quit at the third stage.

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Sorry For Party Marketing

What buzz, viral and word-of-mouth marketing have in common

These days, marketing is all about making noise, generating buzz, and going viral. Word-of-mouth has been around for ages, but buzz marketing and viral marketing are concepts that emerged with the internet and social media. What all of these have in common is that they rely on the help of consumers themselves – whether knowingly or unknowingly – to get the word out, they are short-term strategies generally with the goal of increasing brand awareness by echoing its name, and they fail to create long-lasting effects. However, some brands forget that marketing has to have a coherent message.

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Do Brands Dream Of Neon Sheep?

Defining a brand: for what and for whom

Brands are remarkable beings. They function like living, breathing organisms. They grow, they mature, they evolve over time. Much like us, they adapt to survive. They are the first of man’s creations to take on a life of its own. They incorporate values and beliefs to create a personality for people to identify with. They use images and messages to form an identity that makes them unique. We relate to and feel strongly for brands, some of which we have come to love.

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Marketing Called, It Wants Its Clothes Back

Brand positioning in your mind – and your clothes

Just kidding, keep your clothes on. See, I’m going to talk about the clothes you’re wearing… and brand positioning. Fashion statements are a great example of effective brand positioning. Brand positioning is the sum of values that a company wants its target audience to associate with it in order to set it apart from its competition, like a personality or a stereotype. Yes, brands also want to fit in and attract consumers so they have to incorporate traits we can identify with. A fashion statement is the name given to certain clothing that expresses an attitude or reflects a lifestyle of the person wearing it; successful fashion statements are easy to identify with due to their strong messages, like Ed Hardy and Ralph Lauren.

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Marketing Makes The (Connected) World Go Round

Marketing in a digital world: it’s all about personal relationships

In the internet age, marketing is in the very hearts and minds of consumers. Interactions between companies and consumers have allowed for an evolution in marketing by creating stronger bonds, partly due to the rise and growth of online communication channels, but more importantly, due to the sharing of values and beliefs. More and more, consumers use brands to express who they are and brands rely on people to spread their voice.

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Everything Entrepreneur

I’m not an entrepreneur yet, but I am entrepreneurial. I enjoy identifying problems and fixing them in innovative and creative ways. I like challenging myself for constant improvement and testing myself to push my limits. I wrote a post on the Small-Time Entrepreneur blog about how we should take an entrepreneur’s approach to everything from mundane tasks to personal goals, and I got to thinking about how I actually incorporate that into my everyday life.

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Settling Vs. Striving

Making career decisions is one tough job!

Recently, I had to turn down a job offer. It was an interesting position and an appealing proposition but in the end I realized it just wasn’t right for me. This was unfortunate and it was a difficult decision but I know I made it for the best. My experience throughout the process – this being my first post-university job offer – taught me a lot and it forced me to think about my career and goals and to rethink the way I go about searching for a job.

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