How to Maximize Growth in 2024

How to Maximize Growth in 2024

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Lauren Newalani

Content Writer for Whistle with multidisciplinary experience spanning over a decade.


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The buzz around sales-driven growth vs. product-led growth (PLG) can be deafening in the SaaS world. But what if the secret to maximizing your company’s potential is strategically embracing both

In a recent webinar hosted by Whistle CEO David Zeff, industry leaders Guru Pandurangi CEO of ThriveStack, Arjun Saxena CEO of Humanic, and Adam Hart Senior Channel Manager, Africa & Middle East, at Zendesk dove into the winning strategies for SaaS growth in 2024 and beyond. The outdated single-focus approaches don’t cut it anymore –  to maximize growth demands a more nuanced, hybrid strategy.


Here Are Some Key Takeaways From the Webinar:

Selling software in 2024 is a whole different ballgame. Forget the old days of pitching to clueless buyers – today’s customers are savvy and prefer to try before they buy. While this shift towards product-led growth (PLG) is great for user acquisition, it doesn’t always translate to big bucks. To hit those revenue targets, you’ll likely need a mix of PLG and sales-led growth (SLG). So, where do you start?


Building a Product That Wows

Forget about fancy sales tactics if your product doesn’t solve a real problem. Focus on creating a “beautifully simple” product that users love and can’t imagine living without. Early on, founders need to ditch the ivory tower and get their hands dirty. Talk to potential customers, not just your tech buddies. Listen to their pain points, their gripes, their workarounds. Then, build a product that doesn’t just check boxes, but truly transforms their workflow. Remember, the “wow” factor isn’t just about bells and whistles, it’s about delivering undeniable value. Make it so compelling that they can’t hit the “unsubscribe” button fast enough.


PLG: Effective, but Not a Silver Bullet

PLG is here to stay, but it’s not some “set it and forget it” growth hack. In a world where every other SaaS company is shouting about their freemium model, you need more than just a “try it free” button to make a splash. It’s about crafting a user journey so smooth, they barely realize they’re being sold to. Think frictionless onboarding, intuitive interfaces, and “aha” moments that make users wonder how they ever lived without your product. Remember, even with the best product in the world, PLG is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to fine-tune the engine, optimize the user experience, and turn those free trials into loyal customers.


Balancing Act: PLG and SLG

PLG is your trusty sidekick, attracting users and building a loyal fanbase. But when it comes to reeling in the big fish—those enterprise-level deals—you need a different kind of superhero: Sales 2.0. Think of it as a tag team effort. PLG lays the groundwork, warming up leads and showcasing your product’s value. Then, your sales team swoops in, armed with data-driven insights and a deep understanding of customer needs, to seal the deal with a personalized touch. It’s not about choosing one or the other; it’s about finding the right balance that works for your business.


The “Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You” Philosophy

Resist the urge to bombard new users with calls and emails the second they sign up. Nobody likes a stage-five clinger. Instead, let them explore your product at their own pace, like a curious cat sniffing out a new toy. Be there with helpful resources and support, but don’t crowd their space. When they’re ready to take the relationship to the next level—say, by diving into advanced features or hitting usage milestones—that’s your cue to swoop in with a friendly hello from your sales team. This approach not only respects the user’s autonomy but also ensures your sales team focuses their energy on high-potential leads, those who are genuinely interested and more likely to convert.


Metrics That Matter: Focus on Activation, Not Just Revenue

Forget about chasing those dollar signs in the early stages. Sure, revenue is the ultimate goal, but it’s a vanity metric if your product isn’t sticking. Instead, zero in on activation. Are users actually using your product? Are they coming back for more? Are they exploring key features and experiencing those “aha!” moments? These are the real indicators of product-market fit, the foundation upon which sustainable revenue growth is built.


The Brand Factor

We all know people buy with their hearts, not just their heads. Nobody’s shelling out their hard-earned cash for a faceless, soulless product. They want to feel a connection, a sense of belonging. That’s where your brand comes in. It’s your company’s personality, its vibe, its story. It’s what makes you more than just another software solution. A strong brand builds trust, creates buzz, and turns customers into raving fans. So, don’t skimp on the brand-building. Invest in crafting a story that resonates, a visual identity that pops, and a message that sticks. Make them fall in love with your brand, and they’ll happily open their wallets for your product.


The Unpredictable Human Element

Data can tell you a lot about your customers, but it can’t tell you everything. In the end, we’re all emotional creatures, driven by gut feelings, personal preferences, and even quirky little things like the color of a button. That’s why, even in the age of AI and automation, human connection still matters. Sales teams need to ditch the robotic scripts and focus on building genuine relationships. They need to listen to their customers’ hopes, fears, and dreams, and tailor solutions that speak to their hearts, not just their spreadsheets. It’s about understanding what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, and what makes them want to shout your product’s praises from the rooftops.


The Bottom Line

Maximizing growth in 2024 ain’t rocket science, but it ain’t a walk in the park either. It’s about finding the sweet spot between PLG and SLG, crafting a product that people can’t live without, and building a brand that makes them weak in the knees. But most importantly, it’s about understanding your customers on a human level. Crack that code, and you’ll unlock a world of growth potential that no fancy algorithm could ever match.


Want to dive deeper into the strategies discussed in this article? Watch the full webinar replay to gain some more valuable insights from industry experts.