Growth hacking has become a popular term amongst startups due to the belief that you don’t need a huge budget to promote and advertise your business.
It essentially involves finding unconventional ways to get a lot of eyes on your product so you can see what works and what doesn’t.
These growth hacks are required for businesses as it’s very hard to get your brand noticed without assistance.
I have found 7 growth hacking tools that startups can use that will give them incredible results and free up time so they can focus on other more important things.
This marketing tool will drive real traffic and social shares to your blog content.
Submit your new posts to Quuu, and then sit back and watch your posts get shared on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Quuu also categorizes the content that you post, so you will only receive social shares from relevant pages, meaning your content will be displayed to your desired audience.
Example: When you publish a new blog post, promote it on Quuu, and receive hundreds of social shares from active users in your niche.
If you setup a workflow, you can use Zapier to automate your repetitive tasks.
In just a couple of minutes you can create a new workflow, all you need to do is select a trigger, and then choose an action.
Zapier works with 1000s of applications, so use it to automate some of your tasks, this will save you time to work on more important things.
Example: Set a trigger to detect when a new post is published to your WordPress blog, and then choose the action to share your post to twitter.
This example workflow will automatically send a tweet every time you publish a new blog post.
A free chrome extension that makes keyword research quick and easy.
Every time you make a search in Google, you'll discover search volumes, related terms, keyword suggestions, CPC, and even more data.
You can also choose which country you want to see keyword data for, so that you can find keywords that will attract your target audience.
Example: Use this extension to get relevant keyword ideas for your content.
Airtable is the best solution to creating excel like spreadsheets, with the features of a database, and the usability of Google sheets.
With Airtable, anyone can create a database in minutes.
You can also connect Airtable to apps and services, to automate your work.
Below is an Airtable base that I have built, which is a database of tools for creators:
Example: Use Airtable to create a content calendar for your brand's content strategy.
Hunter helps you to find professional email addresses in seconds.
Enter a company domain name, and hit search to find all of the email addresses that are created using that domain.
You can filter results, enter a name to find a specific person, find verified email addresses, and save them as leads.
This is powerful tool that will help you get in contact with the people you need.
Example: Find new leads in the form of professional email addresses.
Manage all of your social media profiles, schedule posts across your accounts, quickly respond to comments, and analyse social analytics all with Buffer.
This is used for planning, and scheduling content to your social profiles.
With the analytics tool, you can measure your social performance, create reports, and get recommendations on how to grow your social profiles.
Use this tool to view and interact with comments from your social media followers.
Example: Use the social scheduling feature to schedule your future social posts.
Hotjar is a heatmapping tool that shows you which parts of your site users interact with most.
Hotjar gives you useful data that helps you understand user behavior on your site by using heatmaps, and recordings that show you exactly what your users are doing.
With the playback feature, Hotjar allows you to see full recordings of each visit, which show the user's clicks, mouse movements, and more.
With this tool you will be able to learn what drives users away from your page, so that you can make necessary improvements.
Example: Use Hotjar to see which parts of your site attract user attention, and where the attention drops.
The Hello Bar will help you to convert visitors into leads and subscribers using popups on your site.
It is easy to use with one click installation, and you can target which users will see your popups.
Pick the type of Hello Bar that you want to use, then choose from 100s of customizable templates, to quickly design your popup.
Example: Create a modal popup that will offer the visitor something for free in return for their email address.
With Calendly, you can take the stress out of scheduling meetings.
It works in three simple steps:
- Enter your availability preferences
- Share your Calendly link, or embed your page onto your website
- When people view your calendar, they can pick a meeting time based on your availability
Calendly starts with a free plan, so try it out and see the benefits for yourself.
Example: Schedule meetings in a couple of clicks.
Increase email replies, schedule emails, and track emails.
MixMax is an email tracking and productivity app for Gmail.
The main feature allows you to track emails, so that you can see if the emails that you have sent have been opened, but there are also many other useful features.
My four favourite features:
- Embed polls & surveys in emails
- Share your calendar in emails
- Schedule email sequences
- See exactly when recipients open your emails
Example: Use MixMax to see when emails you send through Gmail are opened.
Are you going to start using any of these tools to grow your startup?