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THE 7 Pillars of Growth Hacking and why Growth Marketing is the Future Through our own experience helping clients grow, we developed (and are continually improving) a general methodology for achieving exponential growth. We call it the RockBoost Growth Playbook, and it consists of 7 foundational pillars. We’re going to share it with you to give you a taste of our approach.   What Is Growth Hacking, Actually? If you have read anything related to startups or marketing this decade, you will undoubtedly have come across the popular term “Growth Hacking” and wondered what all the fuss was about. People everywhere are writing about it. They’re calling it “Lean Marketing” or even “Marketing 2.0.” Did you miss something important? If you’re feeling a bit behind the times, I’ve got good news for you: this post will explain everything you need to know about growth hacking so you can get back up to speed with the rest of us. It is 2016 after all and the world has changed since you studied marketing at university. The term was actually coined by a guy named Sean Ellis in 2010, to describe the process by which many Silicon Valley companies rapidly transitioned from budding startups to multimillion dollar enterprises using...

Case Study: How we made a 237% ROI on one Authority Site (via Spartan Traveler) Why building an authority site is one of the best investments I’ve made.   How does one go about making money online? Or alternatively, what are the best investments one can make in online businesses? I was recently surprised by my own answers to these questions. As one of the most basic ways to make money online, it didn’t occur to me until I saw the numbers that I was getting a 237% return on money invested (ROI) in building an authority site. In other words, for ever $1 we spent on content in 2015 we made $3.37 back.You can get an idea of what this growth looks like from our internal dashboard above. The rest of this post is about how this is possible, and how you can learn how to do the same. — One of the most common questions I get is: ‘how do you make money online’ and ‘how can I do that too?’ I’ve been purposefully vague on this site about the specifics, not necessarily to hide what I’m doing but more because it’s been a fluid progression from thing to thing and for a long-time was hard to pin down into...

Is online video advertising and marketing the new big thing or all hype?     These charts show a glimpse into the ROI of the potentially lucrative world of Video Marketing through Ads, Affiliate Offers, etc   Your video ad metrics are likely failing you—at least when it comes to helping you understand ROI. A new study from the Nielsen Media Lab and HIRO Media suggests that there’s hardly any correlation between engagement-based metrics (like click-through rates and views) and ROI (intent to purchase). So while it might be nice to brag that your Facebook video got a million views, those views still don’t tell you how many people remembered the ad or decided they wanted to buy your product. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that 43 percent of marketers say they have difficulty proving the ROI of their online video ads, according to an eMarketer report. Without knowing how to show business results, it’s difficult for marketers to optimize going forward. To help out, Nielsen looked at three non-engagement-based metrics and studied how they affected consumer behavior: 1. Player size: small (300 x 250) vs. big (640 x 360) 2. Content environment: content relevant to target audience vs. non-relevant 3. Site ranking: comScore top 1000 vs. comScore top 10 Here’s what Nielsen found.   1. You might be burning...