As many of you guys are struggling with the marketing of your product, I’ve decided to share some strategies that helped me grow the ARR of our SaaS from $0 to $ 450,000.00 within 12 months by doing purely online marketing.
Before we start: This is not a step-by-step marketing guide. This is just a collection of marketing tips and a general overview of what has worked for us in the past.
Small reminder: Stop fine-tuning your MVP and invest more time in marketing! Tech founders tend to work on their product for too long and postpone the marketing part week after week.
It’s all about trial & error. During your online marketing journey, you will have ideas expecting great results, that will fail miserably. On the other side, there might be ideas not even worth trying, which will deliver game-changing results. So, make sure to try out as many different marketing strategies as possible, and monitor them carefully. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Ad designs that worked well:
50% of our Facebook + Instagram ad expenses go into retargeting ads
Facebook Ads with longer primary texts (more than 6 lines) performed better than one-liners
(This does not mean, that you should avoid these strategies. It might be different in your case. You should just try out everything that makes sense to you.)
Let’s say you have a B2B product, that can be used by many different types of businesses. In that case, you might have a better chance of selling your product if you target them independently. You could do this by creating special landing pages and ads for the different industries.
Customers prefer tools that are specialized to their own industry over general “allrounder” solutions.
Let’s be honest: If you are not on the first page of google, you most likely won’t get a relevant amount of clicks through search engines.
If you really plan to get to the first page of google organically, you should be aware, that this might take a lot of time and effort depending on your competition. So, think twice and analyze your competition before you start your SEO journey.
In case you want to head for the first page of Google, I recommend you to find some relevant keywords to your product with a high search volume by using the AdWords Keyword Finder and to really focus on these keywords within your website copy and URLs.
Having a relevant keyword in your domain is another option to boost your Search Engine Ranking heavily. You could try getting an additional domain (besides your main domain) including a relevant keyword. For example, if your product is a SaaS that handles invoicing, you could get an additional domain called invoice-generator-app.com. If you can’t find a .com domain, you can also go with a new TLD like .app. (Don’t put the exact same content on your secondary domain, otherwise, Google will penalize you. Try out some content variations.) In the last step of your signup flow, you can redirect the user from your secondary domain to your main domain.
Publish a custom dictionary on your website with terms that are related to your product. This might be helpful for some users and therefore boost your search engine ranking in the long run.
Create content that is valuable to your ideal customer. Explain common topics or issues in your blog which are related to your product. Google will find out if the users are enjoying your content and subsequently bump up your ranking.
Our best ranking blog post is a comparison between all employee-scheduling SaaS tools (on the German market), which also includes our own product. Of course with us on the 1st spot 😉
By offering some of your clients a coupon or another special benefit in exchange for a backlink on their website you can push your domain ranking. But be careful to not make a bad or scammy impression on your first users.
In case you decide to spend money on Google / Bing paid ads (SEA), go with exact matching keywords. By doing that, you will have much better control over where your money goes. You will be able to focus on the right keywords and also reduce your costs. When we used broad keyword matching, we’ve wasted a lot of money on rubbish keywords that weren’t relevant for us at all. And don’t forget to use the Keyword Finder in Adwords, before bidding on new keywords.
Did you find a strategy that works for you? Great! Now keep it up, and look out for more ways to attract new customers. Don’t settle with the first thing that works out. There might be a different marketing channel that has a much better conversion rate. You have to diversify your marketing and go with multiple paths simultaneously. You should design new ads and copies regularly.
Offering a free version of your tool will attract lots of potential customers, who wouldn’t usually sign up in the first place. A big part of these users will never upgrade to a paid tier, but they might spread your product organically through friends and co-workers. Getting people to talk about your product and using it is a major goal in the beginning.
I hope I could give you some helpful advice on your marketing journey.
Let me know if you got any questions :)