My Very First Growth Hack

Posted by luke

The first time I tried combining two different tools, I had a problem with a long sales funnel. It would take me 3-6 months from the first contact with a lead to converting them as a client of my digital agency.

I would pitch in presentations, explain in meetings, take many calls and send a ton of emails explaining the benefits of digital marketing. The problem was that it would take ages for the client to see the value in digital marketing (to see the WOW moment).

My personal favourite form of growth hacking involves combining different tools. I am currently experimenting with YouTube and a Google Chrome Extension to boost subscriptions. You can hear about this extension in this video here

It was especially a problem for B2B clients who had established, traditional sales & marketing techniques. In particular, this was problematic within niche industries that had the ‘old boys network’ way of doing business.

This took an immense amount of time, money and energy. I racked my brain for the answer. It became clear that my approach was not digital it was traditional sales using digital communication. If I wanted to sell digital – I had to show digital


When we talk about the Pirate Funnel at Growth Tribe we place emphasis on the importance of your WOW moment. The hold the phone, jaw-dropping, I can’t believe I haven’t used this before – I’m an idiot – shut up and take my money moment!



The Plan

 So, I was trying to win a new client in a very niche market (“energy”) and their marketing strategy had all the usual suspects. An international company spending most of their budget developing regional sales teams.

The strategy I was advocating focused on improving their digital marketing to provide qualified web leads to their international sales teams.

My strategy had three key parts:


Optimise the company website for adaptability, mobile responsiveness and SEO



Improve reporting and data collection



Turn their website into a valuable growth tool for the business


They are lucky in that they are a well-known company surrounded by competitors with eye gouging(ly) horrible websites which looked like unpaid interns with a grudge had designed them.

So I knew (having done competitor analysis) that if I could improve those 3 aspects above I could outperform their closest competitors online (money, money, money).

But first I needed to show the digital marketing WOW moment to finally put an end to this back and forth sales process.


The WoW Moment


I decided that I could wow the client by showing a simple way to solve two pains they were having on a daily basis.

  1. They would send quotes off and have no idea if their potential client viewed the quote.
  2. Not tracking web leads meant that they couldn’t request digital budget from their management team.



Getting to the WOW - Next Steps

 Step 1) Setup a password protected area on my website for the client

Step 2) Built an interactive, engaging short proposal using timeline and integrated it into the webpage

Step 3) Installed Hotjar on the website (video tracking) on the client area using Google Tag Manager (GTM)

Step 4) Installed Communigator lead tracking onto the backend of my website (GTM)

Step 5) Included a big CTA (Call to action) button on the page – ‘How much will this cost me?’  – which linked to a downloadable spreadsheet detailing the project costs.

Step 6) The lead generation tool allowed me to set up a personalised URL (PURLs) using my contacts email addresses as the unique identifier. This gave me a unique link to send to the client.

Step 7) I emailed the client the unique tracking link (using the gmail extension Streak I can see when someone opens my email and how many times they viewed the email)


Next Steps for the User

 When they clicked on the link I received an alert (good start)

  1. I then went to Hotjar to see if they logged in
  2. I saw that they had trouble with the password by watching the first recording (case sensitive passwords!)
  3. So, I fired another email to the client ‘don’t forget the password is uppercase X’
  4. They clicked back on the link in the email – I got notified again (back on track)
  5. Successful login!
  6. I can see that they looked at the page and viewed each step of the presentation!
  7. But! They didn’t scroll down enough to see the big Call To Action – ‘Download Quote’ (Insert socially acceptable word to express despair)
  8. Jackpot. The lead generation tool captured exactly the type of information that my potential client needs to qualify sales leads:
  • Location
  • Company overview
  • Type of company (supplier/competitor)
  • Annual turnover
  • Names and titles of decision makers broken down into departments (find a decision maker)
  • How many pages they clicked on/ what pages they spent time on
  • Where they came from (referral traffic).
  • Decision maker emails (for 50p)


Final step – I emailed the client the Hotjar recording and a screen capture of the company information I collected on them in the lead generation tool with 1 question Is the information I have collected about your company correct?



THE BIG Frickin’ WOW moment


We have the wow!

  • The client can see how powerful these digital marketing tools are!
  • The client can see the immediate benefit of international sales teams!

Result = client signs onto a monthly retainer by the end of the week.


How much did it cost me?


Free Trial with Hotjar - 10% of cost

Lead Gen Tool - 20% of cost

Timeline Tool - 70% of cost

My Time - 0% of cost


Written by luke