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15 Surefire Ways to Effective Growth for SaaS Companies

Posted by Kevin Yun | Mar 22, 2022

It seems like everyone is creating software as a service nowadays, and with so much competition, how can you achieve the growth you are after?

There are plenty of things you can do to set your company up for success and make your SaaS business grow. When you are first starting out, doing things right is important for continued growth.

While you could spend endless hours and resources trying out every possible growth hack and spend a lot of time perfecting your strategy, there are some well-tested methods to actually increase revenue—the foundation for any successful ongoing business.

Here are 15 surefire ways to effective growth for SaaS companies.

Let's dive in!

Tactic 1: Connect With Your Users

You need to connect with the users in your target audience. Find out what they're interested in, how they use their preferred software, and what other products or services they might be using. If you already have some customers, ask them for feedback on your product to find out exactly what improvements would encourage them to stick with it longer.

Do this by:

  • forming customer advisory boards
  • creating a dedicated section on your website for user feedback and testimonials
  • collaborating with relevant influencers to amplify the effects of growth hacking

Tactic 2: Create an Upsell, Not a Downsell

This refers to the ability to generate additional revenue from your current users without annoying them or making them leave your app as a result. People don't mind spending money on things they already enjoy. It makes sense to encourage those who use the free version of your product to upgrade to a premium version by offering unique features they can't find anywhere else.

Do this by:

  • improving the version your customers already use, not creating a new one
  • offering special features and discounts for an upgraded version of the product
  • allowing users to use your product without paying through trial periods or by referrals

Tactic 3: Increase Retention

To increase retention, you need to find out the reasons why users aren't sticking around and eliminate them. It might be cybersecurity issues with your software, or something UX-related. The best way to do this is by talking to your customers. Ask them what would make them continue with their subscription or consider upgrading. This tactic is one of the most important if you want to make the most out of your investment in a SaaS app. Your customers should always feel like they're receiving a bang for their buck.

Do this by:

  • introducing transparent pricing plans where users can see exactly what they're paying for and the cost breakdown
  • running detailed surveys to find out what would encourage your users to stick around longer
  • incentivizing referrals with discounts for future sign-ups

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Tactic 4: Offer Value at Every Point of the User Journey

The customer journey is about thinking beyond your product. If your SaaS app is only used to book flights, offer helpful accessories like travel guides or wallet-friendly tips on saving money when traveling. Think about the benefits of using the software in combination with complementary products and how you could incorporate these into your messaging strategy.

Do this by:

  • building value into your product so users can use it as a one-stop-shop for whatever they're interested in
  • incorporating complementary products into your messaging, e.g., offering travel guides to people who have just booked flights using your app
  • encouraging referrals through giving credit or cashback to existing customers who bring you new ones
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Tactic 5: Use Metrics to Inform Your Decisions

Your decisions as a SaaS should always be data-driven and metric-oriented. This means that you should start by setting clear targets and then using data to determine how users interact with your app. Next, work on improving the areas of opportunity.

A good way to do this is by using funnel reports that show how users are moving through your app and drop-off rates to determine where the bottlenecks occur. Avoiding these pitfalls in the future and making small incremental improvements will eventually lead to an increase in retention and conversion.

Do this by:

  • creating a roadmap or timeline for when you want to achieve your goals based on your analytics
  • using funnel reports to determine where users are dropping off and adjusting accordingly
  • implementing iterative changes

Tactic 6: Surprise and Delight Your Users

Your users want to be appreciated. A good way to show this is by thanking them for being a customer and rewarding them with small incentives from time to time. While cashback or discounts may not seem like big gestures, they're noticed by your customers and will help boost loyalty.

Do this by:

  • incorporating free trials into your strategy to reach new audiences and increase retention
  • thanking customers who stick around for at least a year with some form of incentive, e.g., discounts or free services/products
  • surprising customers with unexpected incentives like coupons or freebies to thank them for their loyalty

Tactic 7: Do A/B Testing

You need to test different monetization strategies to find out what works best for your SaaS app. A/b testing is an easy way to do this. If you're not sure where to start when finding the best model for your business, take a look at how other companies are doing it and consider applying similar tactics.

Do this by:

  • doing a/b testing on the most popular monetization models and using data from analytics to determine results
  • creating a hypothesis or a way to test different ideas
  • using customer feedback to inform decisions about your future products and services

Tactic 8: Use Your Data to Inform Your Copy

What you write should always be informed by data from your analytics. This means that you shouldn't rely on assumptions but take a scientific approach to copywriting and be as specific as possible to target users. You will adjust your product messaging based on behavior or patterns that your analytics have shown.

Do this by:

  • using metrics from your analytics to inform copy and your product messaging
  • creating a list of buyer personas and adjusting accordingly based on your collected data
  • focusing on specific segments or user groups in your messaging to increase conversions
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Tactic 9: Hire a Growth Hacker

There comes a time when you need to call in the experts and hire a growth hacker. This will speed up your growth process and give you access to resources you probably wouldn't have otherwise. Once again, this shouldn't be done right away as it's not suitable for all SaaS apps. If you can afford it, hiring a growth hacker should definitely be on your list of options to consider.

Do this by:

  • researching growth hackers and contacting them for a consultation before hiring
  • using referrals from other entrepreneurs or reaching out to companies you know who have already hired a growth hacker
  • hiring a growth hacker with experience in the industry you're operating in or listing on sites like Upwork

Tactic 10: Listen to Your Customers

Listening to your customers is the key to successful growth. You should always be open to feedback and suggestions if you want to improve your SaaS app through analytics. By acting upon user feedback, you can make changes that benefit yourself and your users, leading to a more positive experience. Ready-made tools like Apptentive and Olark can help you gather feedback and monitor how users engage with your product.

Do this by:

  • tracking user analytics and using them as a source of inspiration
  • using live chat tools to talk directly to customers and ask for their opinions on your products
  • keeping an eye out for opportunities based on feedback and requests

Tactic 11: Connect With Your Users

You need to connect with your users on a personal level if you want to keep them around and engaged. A great way to do this is by making personalized connections with your customers, e.g., sending out emails tailored specifically to individual users based on their behavior or demographics. For example, if an early user doesn't convert after using the trial version of your app, you can send them an email highlighting exactly why they should pay for it.

Do this by:

  • creating personalized, targeted emails specific to user groups or individuals
  • monitoring your users' behavior and fine-tuning emails based on their actions
  • using segmentation to divide up your users into smaller groups that you can

Tactic 12: Have a Clear Value Proposition

Having a clear value proposition is important for any SaaS business looking to grow. When you have a strong understanding of what your company offers, users will be able to understand it almost immediately. This means that they'll be more likely to convert if they're on board with your idea and can see how it will help them.

Do this by:

  • Ensuring your value proposition and USP (unique selling point) are clear to visitors using your analytics to find data that shows where users are dropping off in the conversion process, e.g., why they aren't converting after using the free version of your app
  • using A/B tests to test which copy converts best and using that to inform your overall messaging
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Tactic 13: Be Where Your Users Are

What this refers to is ensuring that your product is accessible to users when they're ready to use it. For example, if you have an app, then it's important that you make sure that your product can be downloaded on both Google Play and the App Store. By ensuring this easy access, you'll be able to reach out to more users who are actively searching for products like yours.

Do this by:

  • making sure that your product is accessible through both apps and the web
  • using SEO (search engine optimization) to make sure users are able to find your SaaS app in search engines like Google when they're looking for products like yours

Tactic 14: Make It Easy to Buy From You

You need to make it as easy as possible for users to complete purchases from you. This means that the process of placing an order should be quick and straightforward, with no barriers or obstacles in the way. There are a number of ways you can improve this, such as making use of social logins (which removes fields from your forms) and using PayPal to take payments.

Do this by:

  • making sure that purchases can be completed quickly and simply
  • using social logins to reduce the number of fields in your checkouts, increasing conversions
  • offering PayPal as a payment option for users who prefer using it over other options

Tactic 15: Use Time-Bound Discounts

Time-bound or time-sensitive discounts are one of the best ways to encourage quick sales. This tactic simply involves offering your users a discount on their purchases if they buy within an allotted amount of time (e.g., 7 days).

Do this by:

  • creating time-bound discounts that offer limited-time promotions for your app or SaaS business
  • including these time-bound promotions in marketing campaigns to encourage users to purchase your SaaS products

Conclusion

Growing a SaaS business takes a great deal of work, but the payoff can be worth it. By using these 15 tactics to grow your SaaS business, you should see increases in your user base over time.

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