9 Ways To Make Your Startup Grow Virally

Vinicius Vacanti

Unless you can afford to buy users, you’ll have to grow virally. Below are 9 ways your start-up can grow virally: Get Your Users to Spread the Word. While this isn’t traditionally thought of as a viral growth strategy, it’s very important.

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Many Entrepreneurs Believe Viral Marketing is Free

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a few years ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth. Develop viral content.

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Trending Sources

Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

Instead, I want to look at how they've integrated themselves with Facebook and particularly how they engage users to help viral spread. Later in this post, I'll talk about some of the downside of how they've made this viral. Turns out they've done a couple of things to make them viral.

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The Science behind Viral Marketing

For Entrepreneurs

The Science behind Viral Marketing is a look at the key factors that drive growth in viral marketing. It also looks at what is needed to get virality to work, and how to create and optimize viral marketing campaigns or viral products. Hint, the most important factor is not the one everyone expects.) This was [.].

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7 Ways To Attract Customers Without Viral Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup. His professional background includes having held marketing-executive roles at big companies as well as startups.

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The single truth about viral activity – It’s just scenery

Start Up Blog

That’s the promise of something going viral. That’s the promise of being shared on the Verge or Buzzfeed or Viral Nova. But here’s the truth about that piece of viral marketing. Viral activity, in real terms is just scenery.

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Branchout an Example of Viral Spread Opportunity for Startups

SoCal CTO

Instead, I want to look at how they've integrated themselves with Facebook and particularly how they engage users to help viral spread. Later in this post, I'll talk about some of the downside of how they've made this viral. Turns out they've done a couple of things to make them viral.

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Can enterprise SaaS products be viral?

Version One Ventures

Yammer sreenshot “Going viral” is often the holy grail for Internet startups, who hope to quickly scale to hundreds of thousands of users (then hundreds of millions) with relatively low user acquisition costs. News Andrew Chen saas Software as a service viral growth virality Yammer

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Startup Viral Marketing Costs Real Money These Days

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a few years ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth. Develop viral content.

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Want Your Startup To Appear in TechCrunch? Lean Marketing Hacks for Startups

VC Cafe

Again and again (after a few drinks, of course) my European friends confided the same perception about Israeli startups: wonderful technologies, horrendous marketing. Viral Projects. For additional marketing hacks, try reading these blogs: On Startups- [link].

Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

Both Sides of the Table

I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour with Jon Steinberg, president of Buzzfeed , a company who focuses on helping media companies make their content go viral. But of course we also focused on making content go viral. I guess this video won’t go viral, then!

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Writer of Viral Post About Getting 'Scammed' by a Startup Is Now Getting Job Offers

Inc Startups

Penny Kim never anticipated the explosive response to her Medium post about a hellish startup experience. Now she knows a lot more about viral marketing

Why Good Marketing Campaign Costs Continue To Rise

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a long time ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth. Develop viral content.

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How This Startup Is Using Influencer Marketing, Viral Videos, and Beards to Build a Business

Inc Startups

You've seen the ads, and you love them

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Introduction to Growth Hacking for Startups

VC Cafe

Paul Graham’s Startup Curve – avoid the “through of sorrow”! Growth Hacking isn’t viral marketing (although viral marketing is part of it). and answers with A/B tests, landing pages, viral factor, email deliverability, and Open Graph.

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Introduction to Growth Hacking for Startups

VC Cafe

101 Growth Hacking Startup Curve Viral marketingThe term "Growth Hacking", invented by Sean Ellis, and made popular by Andrew Chen, a Silicon valley marketer and entrepreneur, is a combination of two disciplines - marketing and coding. Learn the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Dissection of a viral launch | iubenda blog

www.iubenda.com

Dissection of a viral launch. Many of you asked, so I decided to write this blog post, dissecting the launch of iubenda and the viral system we invented. The viral system. Most viral pages dont explain the product, and in my opinion this is a horrible mistake.

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Engagement loops: beyond viral

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Engagement loops: beyond viral Theres a great and growing corpus of writing about viral loops, the step-by-step optimizations you can use to encourage maximum growth of online products by having customers invite each other to join. Today, I was comparing notes with Ed Baker (one of the gurus of viral growth). We were trying to broaden the conversation beyond just viral customer acquisition.

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5 Startup Marketing Actions to Impress Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s not uncommon for me to see a startup business plan “mission” to be the “premier brand” for their product, yet their marketing budget in the financials is trivial. When questioned, founders usually mention word-of-mouth, viral marketing, and a top quality product.

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5 Common Mistakes Made By Content Marketing Beginners

Brandanew

This is irrespective of the size of business and may be seen in Startup to a mid-sized company. Or worse still, expecting every single piece to be viral.

Clarity of Message: Why You Need A Great Message & How To Create It

For Entrepreneurs

Startup Help Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and Marketing Viral growthIntro In the early stages of their business, founders often struggle to come up with really strong messaging to describe what they are selling, and this has a huge impact on their ability to raise money, find customers, and attract employees. This is not that surprising, as it can be really hard to arrive at.

Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.

500 Hats

Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. er, Underdogs) Facebook Big Pimpin: Using Social Networks & Platforms to Drive Distribution Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR! GeeksOnaPlane East Asia 2010: Startups Are Global.

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11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016

Brandanew

Except the question: what are the new digital trends , how do you market your Startup brand in 2016? H ere are some unusual ways to market your Startup brand in 2016 that you can invest in, now! 11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016.

7 Strategies For A Low Entry-Cost Sustainable Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Statistics show that the failure rate for new businesses within the first four years is fifty percent or greater, even with companies that have a large startup budget. All marketing costs money, including viral marketing, search engine optimization, click-through, and social media support.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Gust

This reality has fostered a popular startup approach which dramatically improves the efficiency and speed of these corrections, pioneered by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author Eric Ries. In fact, a startup’s runway is really not money, but the number of pivots they can still make.

6 Ways Startups Are Fooled By Prior Business Models

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail. With the success of Facebook and Twitter, I still see new social media startups almost every day, with most destined to fail. Startups can go down many times faster than they go up.

10 Startup Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make Again

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, investors recognize that founders usually learn more from mistakes than from success, so a well-explained startup failure can improve their odds of funding the next time around. A startup needs focus to do one job well or risk the alternative of solving many problems poorly.

Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Investors thus tend to shy away from these startups, meaning you need deeper pockets.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Pricing Strategy for Your SaaS Startup

Up and Running

You can have all traction in the world—acquire, activate, and retain users, but until your startup earns money, you are doing charity work, not running a business. You’re not going to go viral Dropbox style, so having a freemium model doesn’t really work.

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5 Elements Of Success Every Startup Should Celebrate

Startup Professionals Musings

Enjoy that first video interview at an industry conference, or the newspaper story which enhances your startup visibility and credibility. Surprisingly, word-of-mouth and viral efforts require more work and a larger budget than you would expect.

5 Disruptive Startup Events Which Demand A New Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

In my years of mentoring and working with startups, I’ve seen and read about some amazing disruptions, as well as recoveries, and I’m sure each of you could add your own. You can’t predict big quality problems, funding shortfalls, and viral events that don’t work.

10 Calculated Risks That Lead To Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor to entrepreneurs, here is my collection of smart risks that investors and I look for in new startups: Focus on a tough customer problem rather than a fun technology. Investors know that startups with too much money fail just as often as those with not enough.

Launch Your Startup with an Infographic

crowdSPRING Blog

This simple fact led Michael Preysman to create Everlane , an online retail startup that intended to sell “Barney’s quality at one-third the price.” Preysman’s infographic was a viral masterpiece. Image credit: Everlane.

10 Top Rules For Marketing In Today’s Digital World

Startup Professionals Musings

Viral marketing and word-of-mouth are not enough these days to make your product and brand visible in the relentless onslaught of new promotional media out there today. Viral is an outcome, not a strategy. digital marketing Rick Mathieson statup viral word-of-mouth

Why Compelling Kickstarter Branding can Send a Simple Startup Viral

Inc Startups

How to create an international, engaging brand experience around which to build a business

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The only 2 ways to build a $100 million business

Version One Ventures

Your business has a high viral co-efficient (or perhaps even a network effect) that lets you amass users cheaply without worrying too much about the monetization per user or spending money on paid acquisition. Route Two: The Viral Effect The other way to scale a business is through a strong viral and/or network effects that lets businesses grow to tens of even hundreds of millions of users.

10 Strategies To Minimize The Perils Of A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time mentor to entrepreneurs, here is my collection of smart risks that investors and I look for in new startups: Focus on a tough customer problem rather than a fun technology. Investors know that startups with too much money fail just as often as those with not enough.

How Well Versed Are You In Startup Investor Jargon?

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether you are talking to peers, competitors or investors, you as an active entrepreneur will be judged on your familiarity with today’s startup and funding jargon. This term is currently applied to recent startups who profess a current valuation which exceeds $1 billion.

Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRock

ReadWriteStart

We've written before about the importance of having a Web presence for your startup, even if you aren't prepared to launch. If you want to see the virality of LaunchRock in action, search Twitter for "Maple Butter," a new project from Flowtown 's Dan Martell.

10 Shortcuts To Startup Success I Don’t Recommend

Startup Professionals Musings

These things outside your control do happen, but based on my years of experience as a startup advisor and angel investor, I still see too many shortcuts leading to failure that are inside the entrepreneur decision realm. No startup can afford to do these serially.