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The Traction Gap – Business Intelligence Info

MyfriendandapartneratWildcatVenturePartners,BruceCleveland,alongwithhisassociates,hascomeupwithanideathathelpsexplainwhysomeearly-stagecompaniesthriveandthusraisemorecapital,whileothersdieonthevine。

Asaventurecapitalist,heisalwaystryingtofigurethisout,tryingtodeterminewhogetsanotherroundoffundingandwhodoesnt。

Ifyouareahigh-net-worthindividualparkingmoneyinaVCfirm,thatshouldbecomforting。

ClevelandsideacomesfromEricRies,founderoftheblogStartupLessonsLearned。

Whatmattersisprovingtheviabilityofthecompanysbusinessmodel,whatinvestorscalltraction。

Demonstratingtractionisthetruepurposeofrevenueinanearlygrowthcompany,Riessaid。

Now,beforeweawardanyoneaNobelPrize,thatisprettymuchwhatGeoffreyMoorewastalkingaboutinthe1990swhenhecoinedcrossingthechasm。

Neworrecycled,however,theideabearsrenewedconsideration,especiallyinthisadvancedmarketingage。

ShowYourWorth

Traditionally,theCEOofastartupisontheroadalot,mostlytoraisemoneyforthefledglingcompany,andinnormaltimestheresmoneytoberaisedandcompaniesgetfunding。

ThegoalistokeepalltheproductdevelopmentballsintheairwhilefindingandmetabolizingOPMotherpeoplesmoney。

Eveningreattimes,noteverystartupgetsasecondorthirdround。

Bythosepoints,youneedsomethingtoshowforwhatyouvespent。

Usuallythathasmeantaminimallyviableproduct,orMVP。

EvenwithanMVP,though,itsnotalwaysclearwhattheproductwouldbegoodfor。

RememberMooresassertioninthechasmcrossingmodelthatearlyadoptersweretheretofigureitallout,workingsidebysidewithproductdeveloperstoachievetherationaleforasolution?

Allthatsfine,butitisntenoughanymore。

Foronething,thecrossingmodeldoesntnecessarilyshowapathtorevenue,andforanother,thesedaysanyonecanmakeaprettygoodproductwithfewinputs。

ThedividinglinebetweensuccessandfailurehasmovedfromhavinganMVPandafewcustomerswillingtoplaywithittoamodelthatshowshowrevenuegetsgenerated。

TheTractionChallenge

Thatswheretractioncomesin,anditswhyIthinkwedallbesmarttopayattentiontohowemergingcompaniesaredoingtheirmarketingandespeciallywhatconstellationofmarketingtoolstheyuse。

Itsactuallyagoodtimeforthoseideastoconverge。

Historically,marketershadplayedaquantityversusqualitygame,tryingtogenerateasmanyleadsaspossibleforsalesrepsatearly-stagecompaniestopursue。

Unfortunately,though,thereareneverenoughleadsoratleastthereareneverenoughgoodleadssogainingtractionhasbeenapropositionbasedonluck。

Inthemarketingautomationspace,analystfirmslikeSiriusDecisionsandvendorslikeFullCircleInsightshavebeenthinkingasdeeplyaboutthisasClevelandhasbeenthinkingabouttraction。

Lastweek,FullCircleintroducedacampaignattributionsolutionthatcoulddoalottohelpcompaniesfacingatractionchallengeorjustanold-fashionedchasm。

CampaignAttribution

Campaignattributionisananalyticideathattriestofigureoutwhatcampaignorpartofoneacustomerrespondsto。

Whatstherightmessage?

Howmanytouchesdoesittake?

Whatsthejobtitleofthebesttargetcustomer?

Howlongafterbreakingthroughdoesrevenuecomein?

Howoftendosalespeoplereachdeadends?

Thoseandmanyotherquestionscanbeansweredintimelywaysforthetractionchallenged,anditsabigdeal。

Gettinganswerstothosekindsofquestionsishowstartupscanbegintoprovetotheirinvestorsthattheirbusinessmodelsareontrack。

Evenbeyondearlytraction,thosearequestionsthatmostcompaniesincompetitivemarketsincreasinglyneedanswersto。

Campaignattributionisagreatexampleoftechnologyenablingnewbusinessprocessesandmodels。

Sure,backinthedayyoucouldalwaysfigureoutcampaignattributionusingaspreadsheet,butmaybeyoucouldntdoitintimetohaveapositiveeffectonyourbusiness。

Attributiondonethatwaymighthaveservedapurposeinpostmortemsforinvestors,butitwashardlyusefulinthemoment。

Itcouldbeacoincidence,butlatelyIvenoticedaslowdowninspendingbyemergingcompaniesthatalreadyhaveraisedagooddealoffundingbutthatmaynothavebuiltastrongtractioncase。

Thosecompaniesseemtobeconservingcash,tryingtomakeitlastuntilthenexttranche。

Theymightbewelladvisedtorechecktheirapproachestomarketingandre-evaluatetheirtacticsforgainingtraction。

DenisPombriantisawell-knownCRMindustryresearcher,writerandspeaker。

Hisnewbook,SolvefortheCustomer,isnowavailableonAmazon。

Hecanbereachedatdenis。

pombriant@beagleresearch。

com。

YoucanalsoconnectwithhimonGoogle+。

Letsblockads!

(Why?

)

CRMBuyer


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