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Co-founder and Product/Marketing at Shop Phone. Growth consultant. Every now and again I write about the small business advantage.
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During Scale we add fuel on the flames created in sprints. This stage should happen when needed, either coming off a hot experiment or waiting for the right season to scale.
Marketing Sprint Execution: GMLC Phase 3
The Execution, Launch and Optimization stage of the GMLC is where the magic happens. Teams will spend the vast majority of their time cycling through this process via a working framework called Growth Sprints.
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Once teams have completed Goal Orientation, they should feel confident of what’s expected and bought into the achievability of their goals. In this stage, the teams collaborate and brainstorm to identify the right tactics to action.
Marketing Goal Orientation: GMLC Phase 1
Goal Orientation is the most crucial phase in the four step Growth Marketing Lifecycle. It sets the stage for everything during the rest of the lifecycle. Click through to read the details.
The Growth Marketing Lifecycle (GMLC)
The GMLC is a framework designed for marketing teams looking to break out of their traditional marketing processes and adopt a growth oriented and agile way of working.
Importance of Agile Marketing
Agile "ways of working” priorities were mandated within the walls of product development and innovation functions. And why not? Isn’t product the core value proposition and differentiator? But what about Marketing, or the Growth functions? Surely these functions are just as important.
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Here is a fun framework to consider when growing or picking a team: the Ninja Turtles model. As your business grows, think about the King, Warrior, Magician and Lover energies.
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The “i ching” is one of the oldest books in history and has been considered a source of wisdom for over 3,000 years. It uses eight trigrams to understand stages of life. Here i'll attempt to interpret their meanings for marketing.
RFM segmentation for ecommerce stores [webinar]
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After speaking with hundreds of small businesses, one very consistent theme business owners would bring up was competition. Most are frustrated by future prospects due to the giants, like Amazon.
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Dropshipping success with the 'concierge approach'
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When and how to call, text, or email your customers
If I only had one sentence to make my case for SMS and Calling it would be this: The average email open rate for all emails is less than 20%! Here is the study and link to the data...
Supplementing your cart recovery emails with phone or SMS
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Five rules for success when calling your ecommerce customers
Rule #1: Do not call with the direct purpose to sell... To borrow from the concept of the Dao: To make a sale, you must first try not to make the sale.
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Asking for phone numbers: optional, required, or hidden?
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Ecommerce abandoned checkout recovery: phone call script
Calling abandoned cart customers isn’t cold calling. It’s “hot calling”. Most of us hate unsolicited phone calls because we're not interested. But Cart Abandon phone calls are to hot, interested and ready to buy customers.
Five benefits of saying "thank you" to customers
Calling your customers to say thank you will evolve your business. For one, you’ll make more money through upsells, but more importantly, you’ll build better relationships with your customers. Let’s dive into five specific benefits of calling, instead of only sending an email.
How to thank your customers: call script for ecommerce merchants
I started calling abandoned cart customers in my effort to convert shoppers around 6 months ago. The results were extremely positive seeing a 55% abandoned cart recovery rate. Given the success I recently decided to also call those shoppers purchased and just say “Thank You.”
Calling abandoned carts: why, when and how you should phone your customers
After running my store for over a year and reading hundreds of blogs and articles around increasing sales and optimizing conversions, none helped me as much as this one simple tactic. Calling my customers.
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How Zappos built a billion dollar business through better customer service
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Big Brain is a modern and eco-friendly furniture store based in Johor, Malaysia. They started out as a brick and mortar but in May of 2017 started an online store to better reach more modern customers. Since going online, Big Brain furniture sales in 2017 were up 60% compared to sales in 2016.
How motorsport store earns an extra $280,000/yr by calling customers
Venom Motorsports, a private labeled motorsport bike store based in Ottawa, Canada, has been using Scout for over a year, and was in fact one of the first 5 Shopify stores to install the Scout app. It was started in 2012 by Moe out of his mom's garage and has grown into a $1M+ per year brand.
Thanking your customers: a phone call script
You don't always need to call a customer when you want something from them. Sometimes you should just call customers to say thank you, no strings attached. You'll almost be able to hear the brand loyalty developing on the phone.
The RFM model for proven segmentation
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