#5 Getting 7000+ Signups in 7 Days with $0 in marketing...
We launched EntryLevel and our sign ups went off the charts. Here's how.
We launched EntryLevel on Friday (January 29th)! Our hypothesis was that students needed work experience to break out of the no experience - no job cycle. So, created a mentor-driven learning program that gives students real work experience and a portfolio to leave with. In all honesty, we launched without much confidence in our early growth prospects. We set a goal of 600 signups by Friday and didn’t really know what to expect. This is how it happened…
We built a landing page and used some quick usability hub experiments to see what resonated with users. Our sample size was 17 users - not bad given our launch deadline, but if we re-did this I would begin the testing process earlier to get more user feedback.
We designed a referral campaign to incentivise users to invite 10 friends each and join our PRO tier. We created a PRO tier upsell which gave users time with the mentor, live sessions, premium support, and other perks benefits.
I had a hunch that many people (especially university students) would try to game their way out of paying for things. So, we thought, why don’t we value the PRO tier at $199 to boost up the perceived value, then give users an easy option to avoid paying?
After creating the website and offer, we planned our growth strategy around Facebook group sharing. When sharing to groups as a new group member, you have to make sure you establish trust and provide value if you don’t have an existing name. Sometimes, even when providing value, group moderators won’t approve your posts.
For half of the groups, I created a content piece called “How to get an internship or graduate position in 2021” as a long format piece with a quick meme I made about the chicken and the egg problem of experience vs your first job. My offering of EntryLevel was buried as one of the tips for securing a job (one of four tips). Overall, this post was packed full of value for my audience, hence why it did so well. It’s easy to see through fake articles, so writing something valuable is really key to good marketing.
For the other half of the groups, I tried to create a personable post about how I and a few friends of mine had created a free offering to help people. This ended up doing just as well and generally had a better conversion rate as it didn’t require people to read as much content.
We posted across 4 university discussion boards and 20 different product, data, and business-related Facebook groups across the week
By Monday, we had 385 sign-ups, well on our way to our original goal of 600 sign-ups.
From Tuesday to Thursday, our referral campaigns started exploding. Our list grew to 1k overnight, then 2k, 3k, and continued until we finally slowed down at the 7k mark. Our LinkedIn had dozens of tags.
By Wednesday we stopped promoting EntryLevel and put 1000-person caps on each course. We wanted to make sure we could deliver the best course before continuing rapid growth.
We had 89 users who had invited over 10 people, with some of them inviting 50, 100, and 150+ people.
When we reached out to our ‘super referrers’ we learned what Facebook groups they shared EntryLevel to which demographics were responding best to our programs.
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We expected 90%, if not more of our sign-ups to be students. However, students only made up 30% of our audience with a majority coming from unemployed and full-time employed people.
Our super referrers were mothers, unfulfilled workers, and career transitioners. Students did not opt to refer others - which meant I was wrong about my assumption about that demographic.
About half of the signups we had came from Nigeria, and after talking to some of those users we were excited to flesh out more program opportunities in Nigeria. The next biggest demographics were the US, India, and then Australia.
As you can see, a lot of our assumptions were mistaken. However, this data has given us great insight into the problem we are working on, and what our customer’s motivations are. Now to start building the product!
Want to Learn All This for Free?
I’m going to let you know in advance that I’m plugging an EntryLevel program here. We’re kicking off our latest program in Digital Marketing. You’ll learn all the above and much more for free! The next cohort kicks off in August and we’re taking in 100 people (for now) to join us for the program and learn how to be a digital marketer under real work conditions. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student or looking to land a job - this is perfect for you.
Though the program is free, we ask for a 100% refundable commitment bond. If you finish the program on time (30 days + 2 week grace period) we’ll give you 100% of your money back. Education companies often talk about how you need skin in the game to be committed so they charge thousands. If they truly meant that, why don’t this refund you at the end of the program? That’s what we’re doing!
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