The SaaS Podcast - SaaS, Startups, Growth Hacking & Entrepreneurship (formerly ConversionAid Podcast)

Delamon Rego is, the COO of TOMIS Tech, the first AI powered marketing intelligence platform for tour operators. He's also the founder of SaaS Ops Factory and the creator of The Win Rates Bible, an online resource that helps SaaS companies to improve their sales win rates.

When Delamon was working as director of sales for a previous company, he was having a hard time figuring out how to close more sales.

So he decided to take a step back, identify all the reasons why they weren't closing more sales and then come up with a comprehensive list of things they could do to improve sales win rate. And then he started testing all those ideas.

And it worked -- in the space of a year, his close rate increased from 20% to 45%.

He took everything he learned about improving rates and created The Win Rates Bible.

In this episode, I asked Delamon to show us how SaaS companies can generate more leads using email. We talk about how to build an email list, how to clean that list, how to validate contact information, how to qualify leads and how best to do outreach.

There's a ton of information in here, so be ready to take some notes!

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: Delamon-Rego-TOMIS-WinRates.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Lindy Ledohowski is the co-founder and CEO of EssayJack, a SaaS product that makes it easier for students to write essays and get better grades. It helps to reduce writing anxiety, procrastination and plagiarism.

Lindy is a former teacher and research professor. Before launching EssayJack she'd never run a company before, let alone a software business. And when she started out, she had zero technical skills - she didn't even know how to register a website domain.

She founded the company with her husband Rueban, who's a law professor. So neither of the founders had a tech or software background.

Yet, they've gone on to build a software product that's now used by over 12,000 students and their business is generating around $500,000 in annual revenue. It's a great story.

In this episode you'll learn:

* How Lindy overcame her lack of technical skills and experience to turn her idea into a product that she could get into the hands of students.
* How the two co-founders used a surprisingly simple approach to growing their business and how it's helped them get to 12,000 active users.
* How Lindy started selling the product before their website could even handle payments and how they've grown to $500,000 a year.

If you've felt like you're being held back or don't have all the skills you need to build and grow SaaS business, then this story might give you a little inspiration.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: Lindy-Ledohowski-EssayJack_190.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Nick Macario is the co-founder and CEO of Dock.io, a service that lets you control your information across the web.

Dock gives you ownership of your data and connects your online accounts using blockchain technology.

In this episode:
* You'll learn how Dock is leveraging blockchain technology to help people take back control of their personal information.
* You'll also learn the simple and repeatable formula that Nick has used to quickly grow Dock and several previous B2C startups to millions of users.
* And you'll hear how one of Nick's previous startup taught him an invaluable lesson on the importance of user and customer retention.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: Nick-Macario-Dockio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PDT

Martin Gontovnikas is the VP of marketing and growth at Auth0. Auth0 is a platform that makes it easier for developers to implement authentication and authorization for web and mobile products.

Martin or Gonto' as he's more commonly known, started coding at the age of 12. He was a software engineer most of his career, but then a few years ago decided to move into a marketing role.

At Auth0 he developed a 6-step engineering approach to marketing. Using that framework, Auth0 has grown from $200,000 a year in revenue to an 8-figure business in less than 5 years.

In this episode, Gonto shares that 6-step engineering framework with me. We discuss each step in detail and walk through a real-life case study from Auth0.

It's a great interview with a ton of really useful insights. If you're looking for a more methodical way to do your marketing, then this episode is for you.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: 188_Martin_Gontovnikas_-_Auth0.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Calvin Correli is the founder and CEO of Simplero. Simplero is a SaaS platform that makes it easy for topic matter experts to market, sell and deliver their information online. It combines email marketing, invoicing and billing, and digital delivery into one complete package to help you run your entire business.

This is the story of a freelance developer who always wanted to build a product business. He tried and failed several times. So he kept working as a freelancer.

One day, a major client that generated the majority of his income told him that they'd decided to outsource the work he was doing to a company in India.

He and his wife had just bought a new house and had their second child. To say that this was bad timing would be an understatement.

He had a new sense of urgency to make money. But everything he did fell flat.

Out of frustration, he sat down one night and did something that changed the course of his life. It sounds a bit dramatic, but it really was a pivotal moment for him.

And that's when things seemed to start going his way. He built a SaaS product for himself and as word spread, he started letting other people use his product for free.

Eventually he started charging for his product. He spent a lot of money on marketing, but nothing seemed to work. So he focused on building a great product and hoped that the marketing would work itself out through word of mouth.

And that bet paid off. Today his company generates over $2 million a year in recurring revenue.

It's a great story and there are a ton of useful lessons to learn.

I hope you enjoy it.



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Direct download: Calvin-Correli-Simplero-Ep187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Aytekin Tank is the founder and CEO of Jotform, a SaaS product that helps people to create and publish online forms.

Aytekin used to work as a developer for a media company. And he was continuously building online forms for the editors e.g. surveys, polls, quizzes etc.

He didn't enjoy creating those forms. He thought the work was boring. So he decided to research and find a product that would help him do his job.

The only thing he could find was SurveyMonkey. But he didn't just want to do surveys, he wanted to be able to do a bunch of things with online forms.

So he thought to himself -- if I ever quit my job and start my own business, this could a potential product that I build. And one day, he did quit his job and started building that product.

That was 12 years ago. Today, Jotform has over 4 million users and generates 7-figure in annual revenue.

In this episode, you'll learn:
How Aytekin validated his idea without doing any customer interviews.
How he got this first 500 paying customers without doing any marketing.
How he's bootstrapped a 7-figure and profitable business with no debt.

I think you'll get a ton of insights from this interview.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: Aytekin-Tank-Jotform-186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Christopher Gimmer is the co-founder and CEO of Snappa, a SaaS product that makes it easy to create online graphics in your browser.

Before launching Snappa, Christopher and his co-founder Marc built a student-only dating website. Although they got some early traction, the business quickly failed.

Later they built a website to help people find royalty free images online. They started blogging which helped them get traffic and slowly build an email list.

But it was a pain for them to create images for their blog posts. They sucked at using Photoshop and weren't designers. They wanted a simple tool for the job.

So one day, they emailed their list to find out if they had the same problem. It turns out that a lot of people did. And so they decided to build a tool to solve that problem.

And that's how Snappa was born.

In this episode you'll learn:

* The full story of how they went from a failed startup to launching Snappa.
* Some critical lessons they learned about customer development right.
* A simple but powerful SEO strategy they used to get consistent traffic.
* How they went from zero to over $45,000 in monthly recurring revenue (MRR).

I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: SaaS_185_Christoper_Gimmer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Sangram Vajre is the co-founder and CMO of Terminus, a SaaS platform that enables sales and marketing teams to run account-based marketing (ABM) at scale.

Before co-founding Terminus, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.

He's also the author of Account Based Marketing for Dummies' and the mastermind behind FlipMyFunnel.com, a community for B2B marketing, sales and customer success professionals.

This is a story about 3 first time founders who set out to build an account based marketing platform. In those days, most people didn't even know what ABM was.

They didn't have much money and realized how difficult it was going to be for them to get the attention of their target customers (B2B marketers).

So they asked themselves a simple question -- How can we stand out?

They did that by building a community first and focusing on educating their prospective customers, not pitching their product.

In this episode you'll learn:
* How a blog post helped them get the attention of their target customers.
* How they organized their first conference and got 300 people to turn up.
* How they turned a small conference into a community of thousands of people.
* How they drove sales by educating, not pitching.
* What they dealt with high customer churn in the early days.

Today, Terminus has raised over $20 million in funding and has almost 200 employees.

There are some great ideas in this interview that you might also be able to use to stand out in your market by focusing on building community and educating prospects.

And you don't need thousands of people - Terminus started with just 300 people.

So I hope you enjoy it.


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Direct download: SaaS_184_Sangram-Vajre.mp3
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Andrea Waltz is the author of the book 'Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No Is How You Get There'.

There's plenty of advice out there on how to get people to say yes. But 'Go for No' recommends just the opposite. And it shows how focusing on increasing your failure rate can accelerate your momentum towards success.

So I invited Andrea to discuss what SaaS founders and entrepreneurs can learn from this.

In this interview, you'll learn:
* About the old and new models for success and failure.
* How you can apply Go for No to help you achieve your business goals.
* What you can do to overcome fear of failure and rejection.
* And how to get past failures quickly and move on.

So if you're currently struggling to get more people on demo calls, or struggling to close more sales or you're having a hard time getting investors to say yes to your pitch, then you might find this episode useful.

Or if you don't currently have any of those specific issues, but feel like you need to build your mental resilience, then you might get some useful insights here.

So I hope you enjoy it.


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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Oleg Rogynskyy is the founder and CEO for People.ai.

People.ai is a SaaS platform that uses artificial intelligence to helps sales teams to be more effective by automatically capturing all their sales activities and then giving them giving them clear and actionable insights.

People.ai was founded in 2016 and has raised around $7 million in funding.

But back in 2010, Oleg was doing the 9 to 5 at another company, when he had an idea for a startup. He realized there was a need for democratized, cloud-based text analysis. So he left his job to bootstrap a startup called Semantria.

It took Oleg and his co-founder George about 9 months to build the product and to land their first customer. And Oleg spent the majority of those 9 months talking to prospective customers using a consultative selling approach. He focused on two main things -- listening more than he was talking and providing his prospects with real value before even talking about his product.

And that approach paid off. The founders went from zero to $5 million ARR in just over 2.5 years. And then did no inbound marketing. They just focused on doing one thing -- outbound sales really well.

In this episode, you'll hear about Oleg's story and what he did to build both Sementria and People.ai. And you'll learn some awesome tactics and tips on using consultative selling with your own prospective customers.

I hope you enjoy it and get some actionable insights of your own.



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Direct download: SaaS-182-Oleg-Rogynskyy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT