The Beginner’s Growth Hacking Guide for Agencies

  • September 14th 2015
  • by Jessica Kandler
The Beginner’s Growth Hacking Guide for Agencies

Growth hacking is a hot term being used a lot among digital marketing agencies and start ups, but what, exactly, does it mean? Here’s a quick infographic guide to understanding growth hacking, and 14 tactics your agency can implement to drive quick and sustainable growth.


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What is Growth Hacking?

No cost or low-cost, unconventional marketing tactics to drive rapid growth.

Where Did Growth Hacking Come From?

The term was coined in 2010 by Sean Ellis to describe the type of person he needed to drive growth when a traditional marketer wouldn’t cut it.

How to Start Growth Hacking for Your Clients

1. Define smaller goals
2. Brainstorm growth hack ideas
3. Execute your ideas
4. A/B test like a maniac!
5. Analyze, learn, tweak and repeat

Cool Companies Using Growth Hacking

Users to earn more space by sharing Dropbox on social media

Integrated app with Craigslist to create inbound links and drive traffic

Used guest blogging when the young startup had little to no connections

Members give their visitors free SEO audits in exchange for their contact info

Users must share to access custom features

Created a one click checkout process

Great Growth Hacking Ideas You Can Implement Right Now

  • Ask users to share in exchange for a download or access
    • Use tools like PayWithaTweet or Social Locker
  • Add targeted messages in captchas
    • For example, make users type “STARBUCKS” (or your brand name) to verify they’re human
  • Enclose checkouts
    • Do this by hiding distracting menus and other options during checkout
  • Social media sign up buttons
    • Use Facebook Connect, Twitter Connect, and Linkedin Connect to also gather social contact info from users
  • Qualitative analytics
    • Use tools like Qualaroo to survey your website’s visitors
  • Feel bad popup
    • Instead of “No thanks” make users click “No thanks, I hate awesome stuff”
  • Facebook commenting
    • This way, comments also post to your user Facebook walls
  • Repurpose your content
    • Slideshare, YouTube, resources, blog posts, webinars, etc.
  • Easter egg marketing
    • Integrate fun secrets, hidden features, and tucked-away games
  • API integration
    • Make your tools work and integrate with other awesome tools
  • Onboarding
    • Force new members to learn your product when signing up
  • Dynamic social proof
    • Show and highlight impressive stats on your home page
  • A/B test
    • Test and compare different variations to find the best results
  • Bribe email subscribers
    • Give free downloads, ebooks, and access to visitors who subscribe
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  • John7860

    I usually gain in the span of six to eight thousand dollars /every month doing an internet task. Anyone eager to work simple online tasks for some hours /a day from your sofa at home and get valuable checks for doing it… Then this golden opportunity is for you…


  • Jessa Camacho

    Amazing! someone told me about this guide but I didn’t think it was real. Then I googled it and Yes I couldn’t believe it. I am not on any social media platforms and this is another reason why. My blog is for engagement and community not anything else. I figure if someone wants to partner with me, it will just happen. Thanks for the great