60 Post-Launch Strategies for Startups

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Many startups have the Post-Launch Syndrome, where they had a successful launch but couldn’t keep their momentum to a continuous success. Launch is only a small part of the journey. It doesn’t necessarily make or break a startup. What’s important is if you can take your startup to a success after the initial buzz had died down.

I am working very hard on exactly that with Artsy Editor, a really awesome WordPress WYSIWYG editor. And I want to share with you 60 strategies you can use in order to increase brand awareness and boost up sales after your startup launch.

(If you are interested in pre-launch and launch strategies, read this post on The Agni.)

Promotions

  1. Promote your product through education. 37Signals and Mint are great examples.
  2. Send personalized promotion to previous customers. Amazon executed it fantastically.
  3. Put up a promotion sales on memorable days (holidays, birthdays, etc.).
  4. Give out discounts/giveaways to news coverage about your product.
  5. Do cross promotions with related, non-competing products.
  6. Give free copies to those who blog about your product.
  7. Put up a fun contest where potential buyers can participate to win.
  8. Blog about tips and tricks that will help your customers use the product better.
  9. Offer freebies regularly to customers to keep them excited.
  10. Be a part of Top 10 list. #1 will be the best.

Connecting with Customers

  1. Do case studies with customers about how your product had helped them.
  2. Email all customers once/twice per year and ask them for feedback you can act on.
  3. Put up a survey to your customers before adding a feature.
  4. Ask your customers what is the one feature that helps them the most.
  5. Even send them a thank-you card if you have their mailing addresses.

Advertising

  1. Give away your product for free in exchange of advertisements.
  2. Advertise differently on every possible feature.
  3. Don’t be boring, use creative advertising.
  4. Advertise on exclusive one-ad site using The Deck or Fusion Ads.
  5. Use advertisement as a form of testing your market.

Social Media

  1. Join communities where your customers hang out and build a strong reputation.
  2. Only be present at networks that your customers are. If none use Facebook, ignore it.
  3. Post up teasers on sites like Forrst & Dribbble.
  4. Actively participate in relevant conversation about your product.
  5. Use Twitter search to find people that is looking for the solution you provide.

Business Development

  1. Personally email big names in your industry and show them benefits of your product
  2. Do “shameless plug” of your product only at relevant places.
  3. Try to get the most respected people of your customers to use & love your product.
  4. Focus on a small niche and get as many customers there as possible before moving on.
  5. Collect email leads from people who aren’t ready to buy yet, and followup regularly.

Support

  1. Be as personal as you can answering support emails.
  2. If you mess up something, be brutally transparent and honest about it.
  3. Offer a refund/discount when you mess up.
  4. Try to answer emails as soon as they arrive.
  5. Live-chat with visitors using tools like Olark.

Website

  1. Build landing pages for different types of audience. (My examples: Blogger & Developer).
  2. Provide extra incentives on the checkout page.
  3. Shorten your checkout process as much as possible.
  4. Show different messages/landing pages based on where the visitor is coming from.
  5. Use real statistics in prominent place, because that’s what convinces people the most.
  6. Compare you to your competitors side-by-side.
  7. Hide the coupon field at the checkout page.
  8. Provide a fully working demo/playground.
  9. Include what, when, where, how and why in the tour page.
  10. More images, videos, lists, tables, numbers. Less paragraphs.

Testing and tracking

  1. A/B test as much as possible so you know what works and what doesn’t.
  2. Not only track pageviews, track where revenue are coming from with Clicky.
  3. Spend more time increasing conversion rates than focusing on getting traffic.
  4. Use advertisement as a form of testing your market.
  5. Learn where your customers are exiting your site with KissMetrics.

Interviews/Guest Posts

  1. Feature yourself in industry-related blogs/magazines.
  2. Write a fair comparison between your product and your competitor’s.
  3. Get in touch with the tools you utilize for your startup and do a guest post.
  4. Have a unique voice in your interviews and blog posts.
  5. Offer discount codes to as an appreciation to readers for reading your post.

Development

  1. Add features only when your customers need it.
  2. It’s okay to remove features if it is no longer useful.
  3. Release updates often to show your product is active.
  4. Have couple “Made My Day” secret features to give your customer surprises.
  5. Provide extremely easy way for your customers to update.

After all, position yourself as a farmer and take your startup to a long-term success!

(This post was actually written in Artsy Editor.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/efrizor Buntu Redempter

    Very Cool!

    • http://stephenou.com Stephen Ou

      Thanks.

  • Hip Hop Makers

    Great post.  I am working on a product right now, and I play to use a lot of these tips. These are great. Thanks!