growth hacking

What is growth hacking?

I’ve recently been to a really thought-provoking growth hacking marketing seminar led by Adam Wesolowski (co-founder of ladder.io, former CMO of PizzaPortal, acquired by Delivery Hero for 120 mln euro – so someone who really knows what he was talking about). By a coincidence, I’ve just been reading Marketing Growth Hacking, and wanted to share some insights with you as well.   If you have not heard the term before, (marketing) growth hacking is basically using ‘scientific methods’ (i.e. experimentation) to discover which marketing channels result in most ‘growth’ – instead of investing in traditional marketing methods that focus on building brand exposure.   Simply put: instead of putting dough into ads, you experiment, experiment, experiment – with various innovative […]

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productivity lifehacks time management

I had the most productive morning of 2019 today. Here is why.

If you think the topic of work productivity strategies has been hammered to death left, right and centre – we are on the same boat. I thought so too. Until I had a dinner with two of my former classmates yesterday – both of whom are very successful businessman (Chris runs a software house employing 50+ people, Arthur runs a coworking space with a Gross Leasable Area of over 50299 sqft (!) – and both of them are under 30…yeah, I know, it makes me feel stupid as well. Somewhere between the starter and the desert, after we’ve been talking for an hour about their multiple work projects, real estate investments, their own hobbies ranging from off-piste skiing to sailing, […]

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What is ‘Repel Marketing’ and why does Gary Vee swear so much?

via GIPHY What is ‘Repel Marketing’? In a nutshell, it’s the art of repelling people who do NOT fit the description of your ‘ideal Client avatar’. (I must admit one thing: I did not invent the term ‘repel marketing’ myself. A friend of mine has recently recommended a podcast by Elizabeth Hartke (‘Scaling up’) to me – and – to be honest, the first two episodes didn’t really resonate with me. I was so intrigued by the title of the most recent one – ‘Repel Marketing – Attract & Convert Your Ideal Client’ so much though, I gave Liz another chance. ) And why is it so important? As a beginner entrepreneur, you may be tempted to ‘target anyone who […]

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Best WordPress template for a service business – create your website in 2 hours

You’ve decided to create your website on WordPress, you bought your hosting and domain (and if not, read my previous post for instructions), and now you’re sitting thinking ‘what next?’. There are thousands of amazing WordPress templates and it may be tempting to spend forever choosing and then customising them.  But if the only reason you need a website is so that you can start selling, why procrastinate by faffing around with your website? This post will walk you through the process of creating a great website for your service business in less than 2 hours! Choosing your template – Mesmerize This is what you see now when you log into your website. Go to ‘Appearance’ and select > ‘Themes’ […]

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How to get *everything* you want in 2019

Happy New Year! Hope you had an amazing Christmas and a great New Years Eve! Now that you have (hopefully 😉 ) recovered from the festivities, you may be thinking about your New Year Resolutions. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you how to get *everything* you want in life in 2019 😉 The first step is – DON’T make any New Year Resolutions! I used to make New Year Resolutions and like the majority of people making them – I never actually accomplished them. As a result – it made me feel like a failure at the beginning of each year. Thinking of all the resolutions I had failed to accomplish in the last 12 months – call it getting off to a good start… This year […]

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Last-minute Digital Christmas Presents for Entrepreneurs – books I wish Santa gave me instead of socks

There are some presents a busy entrepreneur may appreciate more than another pair of socks or another mug. Whether you’re an entrepreneur yourself and want to give yourself a treat (or write a letter to Santa…) or you’re looking for inspiration for an entrepreneurial friend, these last-minute Digital Christmas presents  bring value and joy to any businessman and woman. And what’s more:  they are very environmentally-friendly, you won’t need to leave the house to buy them, and they are sure to get to the recipient on time no matter where they live. Must-have business books every entrepreneur wishes Santa brought them instead of socks I had a rather beautiful year this year (as of end of 2018) – first, I […]

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My First Office - DIY Marketing Guide

My first year in business – my 5 biggest mistakes and how you can do things differently

Do you remember when you decided to start your own business? I do. Because I was f*cking scared. I quit a good job to do it – so good in fact that my dad thought I went *crazy* and pretty much didn’t talk to me for the rest of the year. But before I could prove him wrong with my results, I had the most overwhelming and stressful time of my life. So much to learn, so little time (I had only enough savings to survive a few months without work). I felt like I had to get a university degree (ekhm…*again*!) just to make my first dollars. For the first 6 weeks or so I was spending all my waking hours […]

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“Organic reach is dead” and other horror stories…what now?!

“Organic reach is dead” said Mark Wright, CEO of Climb Online (and winner of ‘The Apprentice” show)  on the recent 10X Bootcamp in London  pointing at a graph showing the inverse correlation between organic reach and Facebook’s share price: Let’s face it, we saw it coming. Social media started off as a generous resource ‘connecting people’ and catered to user experience to attract as many users as possible – and to convince businesses that the are the most powerful marketing tool in the 21st century. Now that we can’t imagine our lives without Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, it’s high time for social media to cut organic reach, limit visibility and thus force entrepreneurs to buy paid advertising. We saw it […]

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digital nomad DIY Marketing Guide

On being a Digital Nomad and Loneliness 

I am writing this sitting on the beach of Koh Rong Sanloem, a tiny Cambodian island without main electricity, reliable water supply or – you guessed it- widely-available wifi. My ferry to the mainland is late and I’m getting anxious about missing my plane to Europe. It’s been over 30 hours since I was online and – on the penultimate day of my (failed*) experiment in ‘digital nomading’ – it’s time to draw some conclusions. The lack of wifi and thus the connection with the outside world – despite some really good conversations with newly-met friends shared over a bottle of whiskey last night – made me look inside and actually I’m feeling a bit lonely for the first time […]

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3 things you should not give a f*ck about in your business

An old friend of mine (he’s a real history buff) asked me yesterday how I liked Angkor Wat. I didn’t know at that time it was a rhetorical question. – I didn’t. The most interesting thing to me was the monkeys. He proceeded to explain to me that I *must* appreciate the historical significance of these buildings and basically ‘you-must-like-it-or-you’re-an-uncivilised-barbarian-and-I’m-not-talking-to-you.‘. I kindly thanked him and moved on with my life instead of explaining myself. Ironically, I used to believe that as someone with a university degree you have the moral obligation to take interest in history, politics, literature and culture. I spent years beating my brain to memorize historical events and dates I had no interest in only to forget […]

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