20 Marketing Resolutions for Early-Stage Founders
What if you could download the wisdom of the world’s best tech marketers directly to your brain? For many early-stage founders, marketing is a skill learned through trial and error. While there’s no substitute for rolling up your sleeves, our experience at Dorm Room Fund has taught us that founding teams who become true students of marketing can shorten learning cycles and avoid costly mistakes.
Whether you have questions about segmenting your market, how to target top prospects, or how to position your product in their minds (we’ve found the classic “STP” framework to be a helpful one) there’s a high chance that marketing pros are thinking and writing about the same questions.
Below you’ll find 20 resolutions to level up your team’s marketing game in 2020, paired with high-value resources used by the Dorm Room Fund community to help you get there:
Segmentation: What Is Your Market and Who Are Your Target Prospects?
1) Reverse engineer your customers’ brains:
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini)
2) Articulate exactly who you’re selling to:
The Mission Matrix: How to Build the Ultimate B2B SaaS Go-to-Market Strategy (Edward Ford — Growth Marketing at Supermetrics, Host of the Growth Hub Podcast)
3) Study the product adoption cycle:
4) Embrace the End User Era:
Targeting: How Do You Reach Your Target Prospects and Measure Their Responses?
5) Learn to speak growth marketing:
6) Make your data work for you:
7) Educate your team on the metrics that matter most in your space:
8) Build a SaaS conversion machine:
9) (A)lways (B)e (B)enchmarking (your metrics):
10) Understand conversational marketing:
11) Become a student of sales:
All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders (Peter Levine — Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Positioning: What Do You Want to Tell Your Target Prospects and What Do You Want Them to Think?
12) Nail your positioning:
Positioning Your Startup Is Vital — Here’s How to Do It Right (Arielle Jackson — Marketer-in-Residence, First Round Capital)
13) Define product marketing’s role at your company:
14) Communicate your “why:”
15) Study the marketing greats:
Ogilvy on Advertising (David Ogilvy)
16) Find Product-Zeitgeist Fit:
Why Product Zeitgeist Fit Is Your Startup Cheat Code (D’Arcy Coolican — Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)
17) Become a pitch deck artist:
30 Legendary Startup Pitch Decks and What You Can Learn From Them (Aaron Lee, Piktochart)
18) Tell your team’s story:
19) Design the demo you’d want to see:
20) Build your marketing swipe file:
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