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All You Need to Know About Growth Marketing

If you work in a startup or a company that wants to improve its growth, you surely have already heard about growth marketing. Considered by many as the magic ingredient for business success, its contours remain unclear for a majority of marketing professionals.


What is growth marketing? How do you implement it? What are the essential steps of an effective growth strategy? What are the best success stories in the Growth world?


In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Growth Marketing!


Table of contents

Chapter 1

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What is Growth Marketing?

In this first part, we will give you our definition of the -oh so controversial- term “Growth Marketing”. The idea is to explain what this notion encompasses and to lay the foundations of its scope.

Growth Marketing encompasses all the techniques intrinsic to web marketing that combine data exploitation and acquisition methods inherited from the tech and sales worlds.

It is the exploitation of this data that will allow the company that implements a Growth strategy to improve its growth quickly and sustainably.

The term Growth marketing was born in 2010 under the impulse of Sean Ellis and in the first form of “Growth Hacking” when he was working for Dropbox. Most of his activities were developing the customer base.

Feeling too locked in by the generic term “marketing”, he decided to totally rebrand his business. The term Growth Hacker was born.

As soon as he left Dropbox, Silicon Valley was in a frenzy over his audacity and how Sean Ellis multiplied the contracts of his former employer. Today, Growth Hacking still enjoys the same mystical aura, especially when we talk about Growth Hacking using LinkedIn for instance.

Some people see it as a magical recipe to develop their business in no time. Others see it as a borderline legal activity, consisting in exploiting thousands of email addresses collected without agreement.

In the following article, we’ll explain what it really is.

Chapter 2

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What is the difference between Growth Marketing and Growth Hacking?

In this second chapter, we will explain the distinction between the words “Growth”, “Growth Marketing” and “Growth Hacking”. These terms are often used in the wrong way and do not necessarily mean the same thing!

While there is a fine line between the two terms, there are some small differences between Growth Hacker and Growth Marketer.

As the years go by, it is simply a logical evolution of the term shaped by the years and the business specification. In the 2010s, the phrases were just born and still confined to a niche of marketing gurus. Its definition remained obscure.

Nowadays, Growth Hacking has become one of the inseparable positions of any startup in search of more success.

They now prefer to call it Growth Marketing, a more global term.

If we had to simplify things a bit, we can note the following differences:

  • A growth hacker advocates rapid growth using tricks that can be deployed quickly. They sometimes use unconventional techniques like wild data scrapping.
  • A growth marketer tends to rely on a long-term and scalable strategy, mixing inbound marketing and growth hacking. They combine quickly acquired results with advanced data analysis. All of the strategies are GDPR-friendly certified.

To accompany growth marketers and growth hackers, companies also hire growth engineers.

They are at the border of IT and Marketing. Essentially their job is to code the most advanced requests from their marketing colleagues to avoid going through the technical department.

In any case, these three names come together under one and the same banner: Growth.

Chapter 3

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What are the stakes of Growth Marketing?

In this third part, we’ll explain why the concept of Growth Marketing is making so much noise these days. We will review the challenges and benefits for companies, and make you realize why you should be involved in Growth too!

Essentially, Growth Marketing contributes to accelerating the growth of your product or your company.

Here are the most common issues pursued by Growth:

  • To considerably increase the organic traffic on your website or a dedicated page (landing page).
  • Accelerate downloads of your ebooks or other key resources for your lead generation process.
  • Increase the number of subscriptions to your newsletter.
  • Develop your presence on your social networks.
  • Engage your visitors throughout your conversion funnel and develop your CTR (ClickThrough Rate)
  • Develop targeted partnerships to boost your brand awareness.

For the smooth running of their tasks and the achievement of their objectives, it is not uncommon for Growth Marketers to equip themselves with one or more tools like LaGrowthMachine.

Indeed, our solution can be used by salespeople as well as marketing managers, growth hackers, or even headhunters!

LaGrowthMachine allows you to:

  • Manage your leads
  • Automate your multi-channel prospecting
  • Be synchronized with your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to gain scalability and visibility on the entire funnel

As you will have noticed, Growth Marketing is far from stopping at mere acquisition mechanisms.

To implement an effective growth marketing strategy, it is necessary to combine several actions. We detail them below.

Chapter 4

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How to do Growth Marketing?

In this fourth chapter, we show you how to build a growth marketing strategy from the ground up. We’ll give you tips, techniques and concrete hacks that you can implement today to improve your lead generation performance.

Let’s be clear from the start: Growth Marketing is absolutely useless if you don’t know how to optimize it beforehand.

Increasing the audience of your website without having quality content or a good conversion funnel to retain them is like a sword stabbing the water.

Indeed, the Growth business requires a precise methodology, borrowing methods, and tools from the world of sales prospecting and IT.

To implement an effective strategy, it is therefore essential to rely on a proven framework.

This is precisely the case at LaGrowthMachine: we have implemented several frameworks that have been proven to be effective. These methods allow us to generate 3.5X more leads than if you had let your salespeople do it manually
 not to mention the significant amount of time saved.

Here is one of our most popular frameworks:

A Multi-Channel Sequence: LinkedIn + Email

With this type of sequence, you can target your lead on both LinkedIn and Email by pre-scheduling the copywriting, all the follow-up content, profile visits, etc. You can do this for as many leads as you want and for a fully personalized result thanks to our variables system.

Beyond that, remember that without first modeling the experience and behavior of your customers and leads on your platform, chances are you’ll run into a brick wall.

The easiest (and most common) way is to rely on the AARRR method (Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referrals, Revenue).


It is imperative to identify all the entry points and channels that will allow you to gain awareness, traffic, downloads, or direct sales.

Some of these channels include:

  • social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • organic traffic acquisition (content marketing & SEO)
  • press relations
  • email prospecting
  • display ads
  • main referral sites (forum, comparator, etc
  • Search Engine Acquisition (SEA)

You can also engage your visitors throughout your conversion funnel and develop your click-through rate or increase incoming calls if you have a phone number displayed on your website (if not, you should definitely think about having one, check out Quicktalk)

Beyond identifying the sources necessary to deploy your activity, you also need to set up some key performance indicators (the famous KPIs):

  • Acquisition cost per channel: This is the amount you will spend to accomplish a specific action (a purchase, a visit to your site, a video view, an ebook, or an app download
). Don’t forget to include the time spent by your teams (in creative, copywriting, and development) and technical costs.
  • Conversion rate: As the most important statistic, knowing and tracking it is key to your success. The lower it is, the less adapted your strategies of lead generation are.

Once you’ve managed to define your channels and dedicated expenses, it’s time to move on to the second phase: activation.


This is the time to showcase the work done to sell your product. This phase must lead to the action of your prospect.

In concrete terms, this is the phase where your lead has been activated (responded to one of the steps in your LaGrowthMachine campaign, for example). It’s now up to the salesperson to hook the lead!

If you have put all the necessary efforts into content marketing, user experience, and web development, you’re all set.

The happier a customer is, the more likely they are to trust you and keep coming back to your website or product. This is called retention.


A good prospect is one who stays on your site for a long time and comes back frequently.

To constantly renew their interest, growth marketers must find the best way to stimulate their curiosity. There are several possibilities including:

  • Exclusive promotions or content.
  • New features.
  • Site updates.
  • A loyalty system.

Loyalty is one of the keys to the success of your business. A new customer will always cost you more than an already acquired one!

To do so, make sure you keep track of your customers with your CRM tool – which you can easily plug into LaGrowthMachine.

Our tool offers both native integrations with several CRMs and flexible integrations via Zapier.

If you have followed these first tips, congratulations! You’ve managed to keep your customers’ attention and retain some of them. Now it’s time to leverage their referral power.

The recommendation

Many growth or web marketing agencies have probably already tried to convince you to get brand ambassadors. They are right.


Be careful though, we’re not talking about a celebrity or an influencer who is paid a lot of money. Often, your best ambassador is one of your customers.

The more a customer talks about you, the more credibility your company or your product will gain. To develop it, there are some basic solutions:

  • Sponsorship offers: Who has never opened a bank account just to benefit from X€ offered from its activation?
  • Competitions: Invite 3 friends and multiply your chances by 945 to win (although this is rarely verifiable).
  • User reviews (Google, Trustpilot
): Most often these days we choose a restaurant or activity based on its reviews rather than its menu or content.
  • Social networks: User-Generated Content is a free and valuable source of visibility.

To measure the success of your business, you can rely on its virality potential, also called K-factor. The higher its coefficient, the more profitable your product will be.


When we talk about income, we are not necessarily talking about money (well, mostly we do, I can assure you).

The income expresses all the indicators that you will use to evaluate the performance of your campaign. It can be the turnover, obviously, but also the growth of a social media account, the number of subscriptions to a newsletter, the number of app downloads, etc.

To exponentially increase your results, it is essential to:

  • Lower your acquisition costs.
  • Improve the Customer Lifetime Value (CLV): The longer a customer stays on your site, the more business you will easily generate. On average, retaining an existing customer costs 6 to 7 times less than acquiring a new one.
  • Optimize your pricing: Surprisingly, increasing the cost of your products can sometimes bring you more customers. Not least because you will have succeeded in justifying your added value vis-Ă -vis the competition. It’s up to you to find the right balance in your business model, between free, freemium, or premium.

With the AARRR method, there is nothing to stop you from being a successful growth hacker. Except maybe the lack of inspiration.

Chapter 5

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Some examples of growth marketing strategies

In this fifth chapter, we have selected some of the best Growth strategies in our opinion. The idea is to convince you of the potential of this type of activity and to arouse your curiosity with the help of real-life examples.

As mentioned, growth marketing is not new. Some companies, today indisputable, have even distinguished themselves in the field. If they were able to perform so quickly, it’s thanks to their ability to find extremely simple hacks that no one had thought of.

That’s the beauty of growth marketing: finding the idea before anyone else.


This is one of my favorite hacks, as it is very user experience-focused. Every year, around Christmas time, Spotify offers its users to browse their music retrospective.

It’s become a staple for audiophiles around the world who flock to Instagram to share their music roundup of the year.

By accurately mining user data (number of minutes spent on the app, favorite artist, % listening to an artist, etc.), Spotify has managed to significantly enrich the user experience.

The effect is undeniable. In 2020, the number of downloads of the app jumped by 20% in December.

The Swedish giant’s data-driven strategy has also led to some excellent international poster campaigns like this one.

Campagne d’affichage Spotify - ©Medium
Spotify poster campaign – ©Medium


Of course, the company where the inventor of Growth Hacking worked had to be part of our article.

Dropbox relied on gamification by adding a playful aspect to its referral mechanism. For each action performed, the user unlocked an additional free storage capacity.

Stratégie Growth Hacking de Dropbox © GrowForce
Dropbox’s Growth Hacking strategy © GrowForce


Rather than engage in a no-holds-barred war with their main competitor in the US market, Craigslist, they decided to take advantage of it.

With a one-click button, users had the opportunity to list their accommodations on both Airbnb and Craigslist. At the same time, their teams contacted the top accommodations on Craigslist to offer them a listing on their platform.

Stratégie Growth Hacking de Airbnb - ©GrowForce
Airbnb’s Growth Hacking strategy – ©GrowForce

Bonus hack: To boost the credibility and attractiveness of the proposed accommodations, the booking platform simply sent professional photographers to some of their customers’ homes.


Originally, Twitter was not the success story we all know today. When the platform’s attractiveness was important, its retention rate was almost null.

This was due to the fact that the users’ news feed was almost empty. Nobody wanted to stay on an application that offered no content or interaction. So the growth teams thought of a radical but effective solution: Encourage their users to follow several accounts and interests as soon as they sign up.

Growth technique by Twitter – ©Twitter

As you can see, the growth marketing methods are endless, as long as you find the spark that will set the world on fire.

However, some well-established techniques continue to prove themselves. Whether it’s by prospecting on LinkedIn, by email, or via Twitter, you can still stand out from the competition, as long as you do it right.

Chapter 6

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LaGrowthMachine: The perfect tool to automate your Growth process

In this last chapter, we would like to tell you about our solution LaGrowthMachine. This tool is an excellent investment in a Growth Marketing strategy, as it will allow you to generate a great number of leads in a much shorter time!

Once you have identified your prospects and figured out how to set up your AARRR framework, you just have to launch the machine.

Doing it blindly is a very dangerous operation that will cost you more time and money than equipping yourself with the right tools.

LaGrowthMachine is a platform that allows you to better optimize your lead generation strategy.

After collecting enough data, you can create your multi-channel and automated campaigns and then analyze their results.


Schedule your prospecting scenarios, boost your response rate, and let the machine run while you focus on what matters: closing deals.

The results are clear. By using LaGrowthMachine:

  • You will multiply your prospects’ response rate by 3.5x versus a classic outreach strategy
  • You will save 40% of your time, usually spent on repetitive tasks

It’s that simple! A company that does not automate its prospecting tasks is a company that does not give itself the means to succeed.

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