1. What is a growth hacker?

    growth hacker (noun) - one who’s passion and focus is pushing a metric through use of a testable and scalable methodology.

    "Growth hacker" is a new word for most but a long held practice among the best internet marketers and product managers in Silicon Valley. With mass media fading away and the onslaught of mass customization & niching on the web, marketing as we known it for the past 100 years has died. People are awash with mounds of data and marketing fatigue is at an all-time high. Users are drowning and won’t pay attention to the next best widget, regardless of how good it is. Distribution is now the number one problem that faces every product and every startup. 

    Growth hacking appeared as the modern way in the age of Web 2.0 to reach a market and distribute an idea. Instead of classic marketing which typically interrupts your day, a growth hacker uses “pull”; he or she understands user behavior provides value immediately to persuade. A growth hacker wraps messaging into the fabric of the lives and thoughts of users. A growth hacker will leverage across disciplines, pulling in insights from behavioral economics and gamification, to find the right message to pull in users. 

    A growth hacker finds a strategy within the parameters of a scalable and repeatable method for growth, driven by product and inspired by data. Growth hacking’s goal are based in marketing but driven by product instincts. A growth hacker lives at the intersection of data, product, and marketing. A growth hacker lives within the product team and has a technical vocabulary to implement what he or she wants. 

    The essential characteristic of a growth hacker is creativity. His or her mind is the best tool in their war chest. A growth hacker looks beyond adwords or SEO for distribution. Traditional marketing channels often means high cost per acquisition and low life-time value due to high saturation. In an age of social users, the right growth strategy with the right product-market fit will lead to massive scale through viral loops. 

    The end goal of every growth hacker is to build a self-perpetuating marketing machine that reaches millions by it’s self; however, growth hacking is a process, not a secret book of ideas. Growth strategies cannot be easily copied and pasted from product to product. Growth is never instantaneous. It is never overnight. It is a mindset at which you approach problems.

    If you want to learn more, I provided some links below. You can contact me on through email: aginnt @ gmail.

    Resources

    Top Growth Hackers are in the growth hacker mafia.

    Articles:

    Sean Ellis on growth hacking 

    Andrew Chen on growth hacking 

    Andrew Chen on top growth hackers

    Chamath Palihapitiya on growth hacking

    Andy Johns on user accounting and retention

    Why growth hacking came to be?

    (1) Defining A Growth Hacker: What are the defining characteristics of a growth hacker?

    (2) Defining a Growth Hacker: 5 ways growth hacking changed marketing

    (3) Defining a Growth Hacker: Growth hacking is not a marketing strategy

    (4) Defining a Growth Hacker: Building growth into your team

    (5) Defining a Growth Hacker: 6 most common myths

    You are a growth rookie, not a growth hacker

    Josh Elman on growth

    What is growth hacking really?

    What can established businesses learn from growth hacking?

    Quora board on Growth Hacking

    Don Draper is Dead

    19 Quotes from Growth Hackers

    5 Phases of Growth Hacking

    Growth Hacking on Wikipedia

    Events and groups:

    Growth Hackers Conference

    Growthathon

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