Maybe your next hire should be Employee X?

Think about your next marketing hire Sometimes, when you are trying to build market share for your SaaS product you need to think about your next hire. Quite often, in the early days of a SaaS venture, marketing gets pushed down the order of priorities, because there are umpteen other things that demand attention. However,…

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How to grow your SaaS business with partnerships

Some of the most successful SaaS businesses in the world are built on partnerships (think marketing agencies and HubSpot and accountants and Xero), that’s before we get into platforms like Salesforce’s AppExchange. Good (and we emphasise the word good) partnerships can bring a significant amount of new revenue to your business. This article explores who…

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10 lessons from 10 years in business

May 2019 marks 10 years in business for Xander Marketing. Starting out a decade ago with a niche dating site and commercial cleaning company as our clients, it’s been an interesting journey. In Spring 2009 we were still trying to get to grips with the credit crunch, the worst recession in generations and there was…

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What skills should your SaaS Marketing Director/CMO have?

Paper qualifications not enough on their own Executive level marketing skills are an essential pre-requisite for a marketing lead in a SaaS company. On paper at least, many director-level marketers are qualified to fulfil the marketing lead role in a cloud software tech company; but just having an appropriate set of marketing qualifications is seldom…

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When does a SaaS venture need a CMO/Marketing Director?

Marketing is a critical area of business practice. Any successful company that doesn’t actively pursue a marketing strategy and plan its promotional activities is very fortunate to be profitable without the need to market itself. But for the rest of us… So, what resource should a SaaS business use to execute its marketing? And when…

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What are investors looking for in your SaaS marketing strategy?

There are many aspects to a growing a successful SaaS business. Internal organisation, role responsibility and competent operation of the functional areas like finance and support are all pretty important. Before they consider injecting capital, pretty much any investor is going to make sure they are happy with how the business is structured and operates…

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How to do a competitor analysis for your SaaS business

With the SaaS landscape now more competitive than at any time, there has never been a greater need for your software business to standout. Some companies will just ignore their competitors and get on with what they’re best at; however, others will want to really understand the competitive landscape so they can formulate a plan…

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Where should you start with marketing your SaaS product?

Congratulations! You had your eureka moment and have successfully managed to follow through and grow the seed into a SaaS product. For every SaaS product that is actually created, there must be dozens of ideas that fall by the wayside; it’s not easy, so well done. Now comes the really hard bit! Marketing… So, where…

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Does outbound email still work in 2019 for your SaaS product?

Outbound email still has a place but you have to stand out Do you have 5 minutes? You haven’t responded – have you been eaten by a crocodile? So-and-so recommended I reach out… You’ve probably heard things like these before and are getting tired of outbound emails. And these are the semi-creative ones…! Outbound email…

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Escape from the shoal – establish a strong SaaS brand and own your category

Unique ideas around functionality only last so long in SaaS. Your competitors update their products, ‘stealing’ your killer feature. Inevitably, you end up swimming along together in a shoal and it’s hard to stand out. Most people have seen the  MarTech 5000 infographic depicting companies competing in just one SaaS sector. If you haven’t, then…

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