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We have a bunch of interesting projects in the pipeline, but I want to make sure we stay consistent with the key benefit people are already getting from GrowthHackers.com.

We had a similar discussion back in December that was very useful to the team, so figured I'd ask again. Here's a link to that discussion: http://growthhackers.com/questions/ask-gh-do-you-see-yourself-making-a-habit-of-coming-to-growthhackers-com-if-so-why/

  • RS

    Rob Sobers

    over 4 years ago #

    This site has replaced Hacker News for me because it's more relevant. I also feel like it's a bit higher quality/lower volume than inbound.org.

    Key benefits:
    1. I find articles I wouldn't otherwise find
    2. I value the discussion with like-minded growth hackers

    Both are very important--but #2 moreso than #1.

    I would love to see future versions of GH.com have reputation system or other features to help promote our profiles (similar to what Stack Overflow does for programmers).

    • TW

      Timothy Wu

      over 4 years ago #

      +1 to this. Hackernews seems to be great as a huge stream but it does get overwhelming considering the high volume and never ending launches/releases.

      I enjoy Growthhackers and find myself returning because it provides me a more steady stream of 'how to' resources from other SaaS companies. Things I can take and apply to some of the things we're trying to build.

    • SE

      Sean Ellis

      over 4 years ago #

      Thanks Rob! Are there particular types of discussions and articles that you find more valuable than others? Does anything particularly actionable come out of these? Thanks too for suggestion.

      • RS

        Rob Sobers

        over 4 years ago #

        I tend to gravitate towards the threads that have to do with analytics, processes, and teams. I also enjoy reading about what's worked for others and why and I often add them to my backlog of things to try in Trello.

  • TD

    Tiffany Dasilva

    over 4 years ago #

    1.) Finding articles that pertain to growth in all areas of online marketing
    2.) Being able to ask questions about daily challenges and get amazingly smart people to answer back
    3.) Finding & meeting awesome people in the growth community online & off (Looking at you @morgan & @sean)

  • AA

    Anuj Adhiya

    over 4 years ago #

    Primary benefit:
    Seeing all the great posts and conversations is teaching me to think more creatively and holistically. Can't say that of any other community I've been a part of.

    How important that is:
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, in my mind there is no doubt that this community has significantly increased the odds of my startup even having a shot thanks to this constant learning.

  • ND

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré

    over 4 years ago #

    Growth Hackers has been a life-changing experience for me, so its benefit is invaluable. It's opened up the door to a lot of opportunities.

  • CO

    Chris Out

    over 4 years ago #

    I gain several benefits from growthhackers.com

    1. Insights in what's happening in the growth hacking industry around the world
    2. Valuable insights from influencers because they are directly commenting
    3. Connections with growth hackers around the world
    4. Growth hacking is a very fast moving industry and it's good that there is a place where the most important trends are synthesized
    5. A place to test what type of content would resonate with growth hackers

  • RG

    Robert Graham

    over 4 years ago #

    I find the community more important than the content discovery and I like how helpful everyone is, even when fielding similar questions from newcomers.

    The smaller volume (relative to something like HN) provides a chance for me to engage a little deeper and do less lurking.

  • LA

    Lloyd Alexander

    over 4 years ago #

    It's a very active community of experts. As a rookie, I'm learning a lot.

    It's like if there was a hip-hop subreddit where Kanye and Drake stopped by to chat every day.

  • JS

    Jordan Skole

    over 4 years ago #

    A lot of people have already covered a lot of what I would say so I'll be brief:

    1) Learn new tactics
    2) Learn new strategies and mindset
    3) [Greedy] to share my own content with the right "Tribe"
    4) [Less Greedy] to receive feedback on my own content for more value next time.
    5) Build connections that exist outside of this ecosystem for feedback & friendships.
    6) Help encourage other growthhacking/technical/fullstack marketers get started.
    7) Develop the growthhacking/technical/fullstack "industry" further

  • LF

    Lee Fuller

    over 4 years ago #

    The opinions that the Growthhackers.com users give is invaluable. Placing a project or asking a question to a qualified audience is an invaluable resource.

  • AL

    Angelo Lirazan

    over 4 years ago #

    For me, the primary benefit for GH for me is that:

    I get to see the great things other people are doing in the online marketing realm. In many cases, you get to see 1) the rationale behind efforts, 2) the strategy behind efforts, 3) the tactics used to drive efforts, and 4) the results of said efforts. I get to see both big-picture and the small, finer details of different parts of online marketing. This is the primary benefit.

    I feel like I know more about the cutting-edge parts of online growth and traction than most people do if they don't frequent this site. It's very important to me because it makes it easy for me to 1) provide value for whoever I work with and 2) execute more effectively and confidently knowing that I'm following in the footsteps of people who have seen success.

  • AS

    Anshul Singh

    over 4 years ago #

    Few Benefits-
    1. The biggest benefit is focused content within few clicks... Now i don't have to scroll Mashable, Hacker News, Google to learn and collaborate about Growth Hacking. This is my everyday routine which is a key to success.

    2. I am in building phase of my startup. My energy and focus was understanding basic marketing strategies (i.e. SEO, Adwords, Facebook Marketing. etc....) GH made me realize that I have a skill set to be a decent growth hacker and now my energy and focus is totally inclined towards engineering hacks.

    Improvement-
    1. Local Growth Hacker Meet-ups can be posted here.

  • AU

    Aaron Upright

    over 4 years ago #

    I think the biggest benefit for me is the diversity of the community. I haven't seen any other place on the web where people who are relatively "new to growth" and looking to learn can interact at the same level as people with years of experience and expertise. This is one of the few forums where I don't feel there is a barrier to presenting ideas or sharing based on the "perceived" response you think you will receive.

  • MG

    Matt Gill

    over 4 years ago #

    Benefits for me:

    1) Focused content that actually speaks to specific issues I face day to day.
    2) Access to some of the most innovative marketers out there. Before GH, I had to harass @morgan on LI for feedback and help :)
    3) An open forum that allows me to assess who I want to follow, and who is just blowing smoke.
    4) GH represents the vanguard of growth marketing. The ideas help avoid low-ROI 'me too' marketing campaigns/tactics.

    I also really like the green-white color combination. Actually, that might be my #1.

  • MH

    Mark H

    over 4 years ago #

    I like how it's a small community - almost feels like an invite-only of the industry's top brass.

    I hope that never changes.

    • JG

      Jane Guleski

      over 4 years ago #

      I don't like to ruin it for you but... 'that' is already changing.

      • MH

        Mark H

        over 4 years ago #

        :(

        • SE

          Sean Ellis

          over 4 years ago #

          Our goal is to make it much bigger, but we'd love ideas for forming invite only small groups within the broader community.

          • MH

            Mark H

            over 4 years ago #

            Inbound.org feels like a party for everyone who has heard of the words/phrases Marketing and Inbound Marketing. Then, they come on there and learn about growth hacking.

            During that whole party, I see plenty wall flowers.
            Here, I see the guys with the strobe lights. All of them. I love that.

            Invite-only small groups sounds good, but I still have to walk out the door and walk past the wall flowers ;)

  • GB

    Gael Breton

    over 4 years ago #

    lots of actionable content, no judgement on what is "good" or "bad" like you'll find on inbound.org. Plenty of smart people sharing interesting comments.

  • VV

    Visakan Veerasamy

    over 4 years ago #

    I like scanning for quality articles worth reading, and there are some decent discussions in the comments. I especially like to hear about the work other people are doing, the challenges they're facing, etc. Often helps me get unstuck in my own work!

  • DW

    David Wang

    over 4 years ago #

    The comments and Ask GH are big + for me. Primarily because their are some real nuggets of information that come up. Outside of that, it's more focused on marketing information, instead of HN which is a big hodge podge nowadays.

  • AL

    Austin Lilley

    over 4 years ago #

    Why I Enjoy GH:

    - The connections and relations ships I've built and will continue to build
    - The hands on interaction with Ghers of all levels
    - The ability to impact someones business based off providing a single comment

  • JG

    Jane Guleski

    over 4 years ago #

    Sharing real examples of implementing different strategies and the results they brought, and the discussions with people who actually have experience driving growth and not just write about it.

  • IO

    Isi Ojeabulu

    over 4 years ago #

    Growth Hacker has been an invaluable resource to me on my journey to becoming a growth strategist. The people and content shared are such high quality. I can't go a day without checking the site for the latest news. I've grown a considerable amount as a result.

  • FF

    Fabricio Ferrero

    over 4 years ago #

    GH *replaced* several blogs due to I have everything here indexed and with a excellent community of growth-savvy people.

    This is like the online-business-growth Reddit for me.

    It doesn't go that fast like HackersNews so I can jump when I have time to read and you don't have those CRAZY and HUGE numbers (investments) as TechCrunch. Honestly, those numbers make you feel a loser!

    While GH's articles can be applied to multi-millonaries companies, can be used by a one-guy business too.

    1 - I would add a "Favorites" or "Read later" feature.
    2 - As someone said, would be awesome to have some reputation system to gain authority. At least start adding a simple number (as notifications) just in the profile picture with the upvotes the member had in total. That would differentiate the guys who really knows from the ones we're learning :)

  • AH

    Aditya Herlambang

    over 4 years ago #

    Helps me saves a lot of time, rather than having to scout twitter for growth hacking news that would be lost in my timeline. I find it valuable when I see topic with video's on it. Wish there was a section dedicated to just posts having video's?

  • TV

    Thomas Vendetta

    over 4 years ago #

    New knowledge and ideas :)

  • DD

    Davide Di Prossimo

    over 4 years ago #

    I check the site almost daily because:

    1) I find here some of the best articles on the subjects I am interested about.
    2) I cross promote these articles (some of which I find here) with our relatively large audience on our blog and newsletter, who seems to appreciate the content I push.
    3) Growthhackers.com (GH) is also a way for me to discover great, interesting personalities (all of you guys/girls) who share super amazing stuff.
    4) I have been checking in on GH for the last 2-3 months (I think), and I have learnt more in these few months than in my miserable two-year Internet career.

    Hope that helps fellows :-)

    With love ♥

    Davide

  • HQ

    Hila Qu

    about 3 years ago #

    Nice to see all these great comments from 1 year ago. And also super interested to hear what you think now :smile:

  • AL

    Arsene Lavaux

    about 3 years ago #

    Bonjour @Sean :

    1) Unlocking growth together: the benefit of cross-pollinating past, present growth achievements with the community. And vision, intuitions for the future of growth based on the latest trends in growth. AMAs have the strongest value in my experience.

    2) Top quality growth content: GH is my main source of growth content to challenge my growth thinking every day.

    3) Meet incredible growth hackers online and offline!

    If I have to focus on one primary benefit, I'd pick 1).

  • BH

    Benji Hyam

    about 3 years ago #

    The number one benefit I get is to stay up-to-date on what some of the best in the industry are doing in regards to marketing. It's also served as a great place for me to connect with other marketers from around the globe.

  • YS

    yassin shaar

    about 3 years ago #

    Almost all I know about "growth hacking" is because of this site (articles, AMAs, discussions etc...). I've met some great people and been learning (and implementing) a ton!

  • SK

    Sanjay Kumar

    about 3 years ago #

    is that more beneficial for us.. I also enjoy reading about what's worked for others and why and I often add them to my backlog of things... thank your for Sharing great info....!!!!

  • SC

    Stephen Croome

    over 4 years ago #

    The biggest benefit of Growth Hacking (TM) is that you don't have to have any understanding of marketing or marketing strategy.

    You just apply a whole lot of tactics that worked for other people who have different products, markets and customers and then you pray.

    • SE

      Sean Ellis

      over 4 years ago #

      I'm assuming one of the key benefits for you is also an outlet for snarky comments :)

      • MH

        Mark H

        over 4 years ago #

        So, see, despite the 'invite-only' feel to this website - somehow, some others crash the party.

    • MG

      Matt Gill

      over 4 years ago #

      Your view is one way to look at GH, but I think it's a bit short-sighted.

      Context/understanding and tactical implementation are two sides of the same coin. For newcomers, who don't have the experience necessary to fully understand the context in which tactics are deployed, learning the tactics gives them an arsenal. This arsenal in turn is then iterated upon and redeployed as grasp of the context increases. I'd argue that in the beginning (for just about everyone), there are a lot of tactics, and lots of prayers. Eventually the prayers turn into hypotheses, and those hypotheses turn into deeply informed hypotheses.

      Wheat from chaff is in the process of learning and reorienting. Some people do it better, some people never do it. We're lucky that some of the veterans participate in an open forum (IMHO).

  • JP

    Julian Phillip

    over 4 years ago #

    GH helped me narrow down the kind of marketing I'd like to get into. GH is a treasure cove of tools and resources for any situation in growth strategy. There is always something to learn and I love that. With that said my benefits are in depth learning (there are so many details!) and valuable discussion.

  • KD

    Ksenia Dobreva

    over 4 years ago #

    I find this place more comfortable than Inbound.org. Inbound is a great resource, but often I see techniques like 'leave five comments a day to gain authority' in action, and that pisses me off.

    This resource is unique because people are leaving real comments with real information for the sake of education and building the community, that's what I value and that's what I want to be a part of.

  • WM

    William Mougayar

    over 4 years ago #

    Seeing balanced / pragmatic discussions is a key benefit to this community. @sean does a great job lubricating it, and keeping the quality high.

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