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January 19

Bio-Spark

Bio-Spark

The ultimate Vitamin C and mineral supplement in a convenient powder form! A high performance, fully stabilised Vitamin C with bioflavonoids.


January 19

Sustainable Agriculture Supplier Australia

Sustainable Agriculture Supplier Australia

Richie, the founder of Natural Grow and our foremost agricultural consultant, was born into farming and has remained in the area of agriculture his whole life. He has always been visible on the forefront of agricultural innovation. As early as the 1980’s and 90’s Richie was featured in articles outlining his direction away from accepted *chemical fertilisation* and his farm in lush Far North Queensland successfully produced a high standard of bananas which were sent out to elite markets in the southern cities of Australia.


January 19

Ouch Pain Relief Cream Supplier

The release of Ouch Pain Relief Cream last year cr [...]

The human body is a very fine structure. Not many people understand why we get diseases beyond our measures in the 21st century.


January 19

Healthy Body Supplement

Healthy Body Supplement

The human body is a very fine structure. Not many people understand why we get diseases beyond our measures in the 21st century.

The human body is a very fine structure. Not many people understand why we get diseases beyond our measures in the 21st century.


January 19

Health Supplement Supplier Australia

Nutrition starts with healthy-eating. These days, [...]

Nutrition starts with healthy-eating. These days, adulteration has become quite common in the food industry and has gradually weakened us from inside. The food we buy from the market is devoid of essential nutrients and fibres. They are just satiating hunger; they are not doing any favour to healthy growth.


January 18

Growth Marketing Guide: Advanced Tactics and Hacks

Learn professional growth hacking — from acquiring [...]

Who should read this

This material applies to companies of every size and vertical.

I cover both introductory and advanced B2B and B2C tactics. Marketers of every skill level will encounter new material.

Unfortunately, this handbook is dry — because in-depth growth is technical. So I recommend bookmarking this and reading pages as they're relevant to your work.

If you're brainstorming startup ideas+

It's important you learn growth hacking before deciding which idea to work on.

It will save you years of going down the wrong path. You should start by assessing whether your idea is actually suited for profitable and scalable user acquisition. 

In this handbook, you'll learn which ad channels you can expect to succeed for your business, and how to increase customer purchase rates.

When you're done reading this, if you can’t foresee these strategies working for the startup idea you're considering, you should consider scrapping your idea.

If you're a manager+

It's critical that managers know what growth marketing entails so they can facilitate it.

Don't treat growth like a black box powered by your engineering and marketing departments. It's your most important business function.

This handbook helps you prioritize growth marketing projects based on their likely profitability and ease of implementation. Plus, it sheds light on a growth marketer's skill set so you can effectively assess hiring candidates.

(Many companies unknowingly hire “growth experts” who are brand marketers experienced only in creating brand voice and generating buzz. Unfortunately, brand marketers often lack knowledge of user acquisition and conversion optimization. This handbook will help you avoid unintentionally hiring them.)

Growth hacking definition

Growth hacking is simply data-driven revenue maximization.

Growth "hacking" is actually a silly term. (It also goes by performance marketing and growth marketing.) I use it because it helps this handbook rank higher in Google.

Practice what you preach.

In reality, growth is not a series of "hacks." It's a rigorous methodology consisting of experimenting, collecting data, and leveraging human psychology. All in pursuit of directly maximizing revenue — not raising brand awareness or generating buzz.

Growth hacking versus traditional marketing+

Growth marketing (which is how I will now refer to the discipline) differs from traditionally undisciplined marketing in that growth marketing focuses on clearly measurable and directly profitable marketing initiatives.

For example, growth rarely concerns itself with billboards, radio ads, conferences, and other difficult to measure channels. (Try attributing a customer to the billboard they saw before signing up. Try doing it when you have multiple billboards in a city.)

Growth leverages the scale and immediacy of the Internet to start small and discover how to make customer acquisition measurable and therefore capable of being proven financially viable.

Growth hacking knowledge

Growth marketing accomplishes its objective by continually optimizing every step of the customer's journey.

This journey includes the ads they see, the website they later interact with, and the product they ultimately buy and engage with.

In other words, growth marketing involves three key disciplines:

  • Customer acquisition gets people to your site.
  • Software engineering improves your site. So that more people buy from it.
  • Product management improves your product using the insights derived from your acquisition and engineering experiments. So that customers keep buying.

Growth marketers must be familiar with all three disciplines. Or, at minimum, your team of growth marketers must collectively address these disciplines.

However, that knowledge alone is not enough to be successful. They must also possess a few unique skills.

Growth hacking skills

To competently span the three disciplines, a growth marketer must be:

  • Creative when brainstorming compelling text and imagery for ads and webpages.
  • Reflective when assessing what has been learned from creative experiments.
  • Resourceful when scaling customer acquisition. The cunningness to piece together tactics and idle resources can make or break an acquisition channel's success, such as Instagram ads or traditional sales.

Let’s elaborate on that last point. Resourceful entails being aggressively proactive:

  • Resourceful growth marketers don't stop finding, testing, and optimizing customer acquisition channels. For example, when Pinterest releases a new ad format, they'll spend an afternoon testing $500 in spend to uncover whether there’s new, low-hanging fruit to pick. (I cover ad channels on this page.)
  • Resourceful growth marketers don't stop running A/B tests to improve signup and purchase conversion rates. They rethink their approach from scratch as often as they can. (I cover A/B tests on this page.)

This handbook will help establish the disciplines of creativity and resourcefulness.

When to hire brand marketers

Counterintuitively, "brand marketing" is typically ineffective at actually shaping your brand. Plus I've already mentioned it's not effective for growth marketing.

So, what is it good for? Keeping your message consistent and self-censored. 

But most companies don't need to exercise this restraint early on. Because long-term public perception is more so the result of having a product people love. Consumer love begets organic brand building via word-of-mouth, and word-of-mouth supersedes the messaging your company pushes through brand marketing.

So before you hire a brand marketer, hire another product manager to make your product more enjoyable to use. And by extension more beloved.

When you're a mature company, consider hiring a brand marketer to maintain the aesthetic and tonal consistency of your marketing. This will help you stay singular and differentiated if you're in a crowded market. 

But, before then, brand marketers typically slow growth marketing with arbitrary constraints. Consider how if brand marketing dictates that all marketing materials must have red backgrounds with white text, growth marketers won't feel empowered to experiment with different ad designs to uncover what the data says is the best aesthetic to encourage ad clicks that lead to purchases.

The growth funnel

Before you dive into this handbook, I want you to develop an intuition for which growth tactics are likely to succeed for your company.

To do this, I must first introduce the growth funnel: the journey the customer takes while interacting with your advertising and your product. These are the steps:

Acquisition → Conversion → Engagement → Revenue → Referral

Growth marketers know how these steps interrelate. For example, to spend marketing dollars efficiently, steps later in the funnel should be optimized first. Consider how when Engagement performs better, every dollar spent on Acquisition goes further.

So let's introduce each step.

(It's fine if some steps don't apply to your product.)

I. Acquisition

An acquisition "channel" is a place you source potential customers from. For example, ads, content marketing, and sales are all acquisition channels.

Channels separate into two broad categories:

  • Paid channels — Paid channels include advertising, paid sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. Here, "paid" means you're paying for channel performance as it scales. For example, for every click, ad impression, or referred sale, you're paying.
  • Unpaid channels — Unpaid channels include content marketing, offline networking, sales, virality, and PR. Here, "Unpaid" doesn't mean these channels are free to setup, but rather you're not paying more as performance scales. For example, you'll pay for the labor to have a blog post written. But the resulting SEO traffic doesn't cost you on a per-visit basis. This is great — unpaid channels can have unbounded upside!

This handbook teaches the most popular paid channel: Ads

It also teaches two unpaid channels: Content Marketing and Sales. As I explain below, many companies find that only unpaid channels ever work for them.

II. Conversion

When visitors are intrigued by what you're offering (either on your website or in-person), some of them "convert" into registered users or paying customers.

"Conversion events" are the business-critical events along your product's growth funnel. For example, a website visitor may first convert into a registered user. Then, after using your app for a while, they might then convert into a paying customer.

This handbook teaches conversion through Landing Pages, A/B Testing, and Ads.

III. Engagement

So far, we've acquired users and converted them into registered users. But we also need them to engage with us if they're going to ultimately pay us.

So, when a visitor converts into a user, handhold them through your product experience so they become an educated user. Educated users are more likely to become engaged, repeat purchasers.

This handbook teaches engagement through User Onboarding.

IV. Revenue

Your revenue per customer can be maximized through reducing your costs, improving your conversion rates, optimizing your pricing, and up/cross-selling other products.

This is a fascinating topic, but unfortunately pricing and cross-selling are outside the scope of this handbook.

V. Referral

You need to make your product so good that customers do your selling for you. It's the most cost-effective way to scale your business in the long-term.

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a viral consumer app to accomplish this. Many B2B companies grow (albeit slowly) exclusively through word-of-mouth.

This handbook teaches referrals at the bottom of the User Onboarding page.

Tip — See the bottom of your screen for quick navigation links.

Growth funnel loops+

The growth funnel's linearity — for example, going from A to Z — doesn't need to constrain a user's journey toward conversion.

Their journey may in practice consist of repeatedly looping from A (advertising) to F (e.g. in-app engagement) before they reach Z, which is where paid conversion occurs.

For example, if a user fails to Engage with your app, you might send them an educational email paired with ads pointing to your content marketing. You can do this repeatedly until they're served the right content that propels them to the next step.

I call this the Retargeting Loop. (I'll talk more about retargeting later.)

Here's another loop: the Ecommerce Re-purchase Loop. In it, a user first goes from A to Z. Meaning, they bought your product. Afterward, you then email them a steep coupon to compel them to purchase yet again. 

In other words, you're getting them to repeat steps B to Z. (A is skipped because they already know who you are.)

If you can trigger this loop repeatedly, you have a sound business model. And if you repeat this loop on autopilot, you're said to have a subscription business.

The key takeaways are:

  • Your marketing efforts should consider where in the funnel each user is, and what type of message will best compel them to the next step in the funnel.
  • It's often cost effective to repeatedly message a user ("in a loop") until your pitch or their status in life is finally conducive to conversion.
  • After a user has converted, consider how you can restart their loop — or alternatively direct them toward a complementary growth funnel.

This handbook focuses on user acquisition and conversion, so strategies for re-engagement and subscriptions are not covered. But I want you to know they exist.

Succeeding at acquisition

This guide focuses on the first two steps of the funnel: Acquisition and Conversion.

So let's introduce the cold reality of acquisition.

Succeeding at paid channels

Most companies never get paid acquisition channels to work. If they did, more companies would be successful. 

Specifically, most companies are unable to profitably acquire paying users through ad networks such as Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, and Google AdWords. 

If they do get one or more of these channels to work, it's a holy grail if paired with strong word-of-mouth: Paid channels let you scale big and fast while (unpaid) customer referrals reduce the average cost of customer acquisition.

Why is paid difficult to make work? Here's the criteria that determine success:

  • Profit margins — How much profit you earn per sale is critical. Consider how it's hard to acquire an ecommerce customer for less than $30 USD on Facebook or Instagram, which are typically the cheapest ad channels. If you don't earn at least that amount in the lifetime of a customer, these channels won't be viable. Note that SaaS companies have it worse: It's usually at least a couple hundred dollars to acquire a customer.
  • Addressable market size — Your market size matters. This is determined not only by how many people want your product, but are actually capable of buying your product (e.g. aren't geographically restricted), want your particular product, want it now, and can afford it. The resulting audience is smaller than marketers estimate. And to scale Facebook and Instagram, you'll want to advertise to at least a few million people. (This amount is not required to successfully run ads — just ideal.)
  • Degree of product demand — How badly does your addressable market want your product? If your product is a non-critical nicety, you're at a disadvantage compared to, say, someone selling health insurance to people urgently needing health insurance. In short, the more people truly need you, or the more people are already buying your product category, the better your pitch resonates. 

To succeed with ads, your product must cross a threshold for all three criteria:

  • Profit threshold — You must earn per customer at least as much as it costs to acquire a customer from that ad channel. However, you can include the earnings generated from the customers the paid-for customer refers.
  • Market size threshold — You must have an addressable market big enough to be identified en masse through the ad channel's targeting. (This depends on the channel.) Otherwise, you'll saturate your small audience and not achieve scale. 
  • Product demand threshold — You want to sell a product category that people are already buying or otherwise instinctively feel they should buy upon learning of it. To accomplish the latter, you need a product that is extremely appealing.

You won't definitively know whether your product crosses these thresholds until you've spent a statistically significant amount of money on each ad channel. This is often around $1,000-$2,000 USD per channel.

(On the Ad Channels page, I'll walk you through each.)

If you fail to pass these three thresholds and ad channels are therefore not viable, you'll instead be relying on word-of-mouth, content marketing, PR, sales, and other unpaid channels that cost less per customer acquisition.

That's completely fine. Succeeding at paid acquisition isn't a necessity. It's just helpful because it lets you scale easily. And the only other easy channel to scale is virality. So if you can't make either work, you're in for a longer growth journey.

Succeeding at unpaid channels

Here's the success criteria for the four most effective unpaid channels:

  • Search-engine-optimized content — Is your product something people are already Googling for en masse? Then Content Marketing is viable. In fact, your core marketing competency should now be optimizing content: Hire writers instead of ad experts. Write, write, write.
  • Network effects — Network effects require users to recognize and care that they receive a significantly improved product experience when they invite other people. This happens rarely. It typically only occurs in social networks (e.g. WhatsApp) or broad business collaboration apps (e.g. Slack, Dropbox). I cover virality-related topics at the bottom of Onboarding.
  • Word-of-mouth — WOM is the growth that occurs outside of your marketing efforts. It's when people voluntarily advertise you to others. The criterion for word-of-mouths' success is whether your product blow people's minds. If so, awesome, you will grow from word-of-mouth, and it'll cost nothing — but it might take years to snowball into a large customer base. To accelerate word-of-mouth, make it easy and fun for people to share.
  • Sales — The criterion for sales success is whether you can get your ideal customers to talk to you (e.g. via phone, email, or in-person). I teach how to do this on the Sales page. Note that sales only applies to companies with significantly high profit margins (typically $1,000+) because the labor costs of researching, pitching, and negotiating every sale must be recouped. 
  • Everything else — Of the remaining unpaid channels, most are often ineffective. Public relations and social media, for example, typically only work for a handful of businesses (trend exploiters and lifestyle companies, respectively). And those channels are outside the scope of this handbook.
Tip — Browse this handbook using the links at the bottom of your screen.

Don't just focus on paid acquisition

Even companies that do get ad channels to work don't often get them working at scale for more than a few months. 

Eventually, audiences may saturate and diminishing returns can kill profitability. So, you should plant seeds for other channels to succeed in the long-term:

  • SEO — From day one, write content for SEO. (If applicable.) It takes months — often over a year — for content to reach the front page of Google.
  • Product quality — Build an amazing product people can't stop talking about. Then further incentivize word-of-mouth through referral programs or community building. These programs cost relatively little and can work on autopilot.
  • Funnel optimization — The better your funnel performs, the more you can tolerate diminishing ad performance. So don't rely exclusively on ad optimization to reduce your ad acquisition costs; also have the best-tuned website, onboarding flow, and up/cross-selling experience so you receive every dollar possible from happy users.

We're ready to introduce the minimum viable growth plan everyone should pursue.

The minimum viable growth plan

  1. Build an amazing product that naturally encourages word-of-mouth. 
  2. Kickstart word-of-mouth with paid ad traffic. Even if it's temporarily unprofitable.
  3. Now, spend the majority of your marketing resources optimizing your growth funnel: At every step, A/B Test conversion on the traffic you're paying for.
  4. Once you have a profitable and streamlined funnel, it's time to scale. Aggressively test every potentially viable channel.

The right growth tactics for your company

With our growth plan in hand, we're missing one thing: What my experience running growth for 20+ companies suggests is the best tactic for your business model.

B2C businesses

If you sell to consumers:

Don't be overwhelmed by all those links. You can ignore them for now. This handbook will walk you through most of them over the coming pages.

B2B businesses

If you sell to businesses:

Want to learn growth quickly?

Instead of searching for senior growth marketers to hire, empower your existing team to be better at growth. Get as good at growth as me and my agency.

That's what Bell Curve Training does: It shares the processes behind how Bell Curve — the agency that's grown some of the largest ecommerce and B2B SaaS companies — does growth effectively.

How training works:

  • ✓ It’s the only growth training program tailored to your specific company or product. It's not just general theory, but rather skills you can use now.
  • ✓ Learn during your company's work hours.
  • ✓ Get a senior understanding of modern growth tactics.
  • ✓ Get live feedback and screenshares; nothing is pre-recorded.
  • ✓ Get a Bell Curve partner as a growth advisor.

Click here to see which growth topics we teach.

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January 18

Advanced Fitness Marketing | Profit Marketing Solutions

In the competitive world of business, it is import [...]


Without fitness marketing team by your side to help you identify your opportunities, very little will change.  You’ll still be stuck doing the same amount of work but you’ll find it harder and harder to maintain your client base.  There is no reason for this with so many professional fitness marketers around.  The tricky part is deciding which team to go with.


January 18

How to Keep Classes Consistently Full | Profit Marketing Solutions

It can sometimes feel like feast or famine. One mo [...]

How To keep Classes Consistently Full

It can sometimes feel like feast or famine.

One moment all your classes are booked out for weeks in advance, and then your Studio feels like a ghost town!

Having class numbers dip up and down so dramatically is stressful:

You get financially stretched,

Emotionally wrung out, and

Your self-worth gets battered.

Here’s 3  steps you can take to stop this roller-coaster ride…

Step 1: Always be consistent with your fitness marketing

When you get busy teaching and running your Studio, you tend to brush off your regular fitness marketing activities.

BUT this is the time you must keep going!

Consistency with your fitness marketing activities is as important as consistency with exercise and healthy eating!

Your new approach?

Set aside 20-30 minutes a day for fitness marketing your Studio.

Step 2: Get out into your Community

Being busy in your Studio is awesome!

You get to hang out with your clients, your Instructors are happy and the entire Studio feels alive.

This is the time to get out of the Studio and invest time building relationships and networking with other small businesses.

Why?

When you’ve got the “happy vibes” of being busy and having full classes, it’s the perfect time to let others know what you do!

Step 3: Stay Connected

Keeping in regular contact with your current and lapsed clients via a weekly or fortnightly eNewsletter lets them know:

The latest news from your Studio, including new classes and Instructors, What achievements your clients have accomplished, and What new offers and packages your Studio has No more feast or famine in your Studio, but consistent class sizes for a healthy and thriving business!