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If you’re starting a SaaS business, it’s a good idea to start your business plan with a template. This template provides a lot of useful tools to help you plan out your SaaS business idea.
Alteryx, a company that has been providing a way to build analytical apps from a variety data sources via a workflow interface, got a big boost in funding today, announcing a $60M Series B round.
The round was led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from existing investors SAP Ventures and Toba Capital. Their most recent round prior to this was $12M Series in May, 2013. The additional money brings their total funding to date to $78M and suggests that investors have confidence that this market will grow.
And apparently with good reason, Alteryx reports that it currently has 600 customers, a 200 percent year over year increase.
Interestingly enough, Alteryx president and COO George Mathew doesn’t see the company competing with the usual Business Intelligence suspects, whether that’s more modern platforms like Tableau and QlikView or more traditional enterprise players like SAP Business Objects (where Mathew came from), Oracle Hyperion or IBM Cognos…
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ZoomData is fairly unique in the world of big data startups, headquartered more than 2,500 miles from Silicon Valley in Reston, Virginia. Yet the company has been attracting attention from some big Silicon Valley names, including venture capital firm Accel Partners, which led the $17 million series B investment round that ZoomData announced Monday.
Some folks might remember when [company]ZoomData[/company] launched nearly two years ago, promising to remake data analytics on the iPad with connections to big data stores such as Hadoop and gesture-based visualizations designed to be manipulated. It was focused on streaming data, and the application let users rewind and fast-forward through views of their data as it hit the application, so they could see real-time data, look back at five minutes ago, then walk back up to the current view all with a few swipes.
It was a promising approach, but a limiting one, ZoomData Co-founder and CEO Justin Langseth said…
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Tags: marketing, marketing plan, marketing strategy, mission, vision
So what is the difference between your company’s vision statement and your company’s mission, anyway?
I get asked that question a lot, since being clear about your vision and mission is critical to defining effective marketing strategies.
Basically, your company’s vision is what you want your company to be known for, or to become. It’s long-term, and more of an image of how you want your company to be perceived, rather than a specific goal.
Your mission, on the other hand, is more immediate: why are you in business and what is your company doing right now.
Your vision should direct your long-term goals, and your mission should direct your short-term objectives. And hopefully the two point your business in the same general direction!
More money, more startups: Once-closed financial industry makes a place for independent entrepreneursPublished September 26, 2014 Uncategorized 1 Comment
Financial startups don’t have the cachet of a Tinder or Uber: instead of promising easy hookups or a revolution in urban transportation, they focus on mundane issues like credit scores. But they are having a moment in the sun all the same.
Thanks to technology and a new ecosystem that provides unprecedented access to the traditional lords of finance, so-called “fin-tech” is emerging in New York and elsewhere as its own class of startup scene — though it often looks little like the culture of Silicon Valley.
Big banks and outside entrepreneurs
The two-day Finovate event in New York this week saw dozens of fin-tech startups and entrepreneurs talking up their ideas for applying tech to a host of everyday financial operations: opening accounts, checking credit scores, serving risky borrowers and so on.
The scene was notable in large part because, a decade ago, startups focused on the financial sector barely existed.
“In the past, technical innovation always took place within incumbent firms and…
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Your best prospects are people who have purchased from you before. They have already experienced the products you offer as well as the service you provide.
They know you, like you and trust you. (At least they did when they first bought from you… enough, at least, to give you their money.) Hopefully, things haven’t changed. And ideally, your relationship with them has improved.
Research shows that it costs around six times more to acquire a new customer than it does to sell something additional to an existing customer.
So, if nothing else, it makes good financial sense to attempt to sell your existing customers before looking outside for new prospects.
One of the best ways for doing this is to constantly keep in touch with them. Make it impossible for them to forget you. Let them know you really appreciate not only their business, but their friendship, as well.
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Tags: email marketing, internet marketing, marketing, marketing plan
– Find local industry events or meetups that you can participate in and network with other professionals in your area of expertise. You may be able to pick up projects and establish a local reputation that way.
– Sign up for speaking opportunities at relevant local events, meetups, and conferences. Your presentation shouldn’t be a sales pitch, but an “expert” presentation that establishes you as the go-to person in your area of focus and then include a brief sales followup to those that are interested in learning more.
– how does your website rank in organic Google search results? Write content for your website that is geared to pulling in traffic from people who are looking for folks like you – identify the long-tail keywords, and write a page for your site for each such keyword (without keyword stuffing or other black-hat stuff).
– Use LinkedIn: participate in relevant LinkedIn groups, connect to the people you already know in your field & that will give you access to other prospects also. Post updates about your company (customer case study or testimonial, info about your services, etc), keeping it “real” not spammy.
– Do you do any email marketing? You should be collecting emails on your website (offer a white paper or other information in return for their email address & use a double-opt-in form). Then have a regular customer newsletter.
– Get written up in some articles in your industry: write a press release on a newsworthy event about your company (eg, a new offering, etc), submit it through a press release site like PRWeb, and then reach out individually to journalists and bloggers in your industry – you can usually find contact information online. Just look for recent articles related to your space then reach out to those same folks. Focus on the respected publications, blogs and sites in your industry.
These are just a few ideas that can be useful for small service businesses. If you’re looking for some more specific ideas for your business, then check out our marketing coaching services at http://www.kazooassociates.com/coaching.php
If you’re launching a new product or service, nothing is more important than making sure you have a strong Go-to-Market Strategy. Check out these tips for a strong software launch: http://www.software-marketing-advisor.com/software-launch.html