2 things I do before brainstorming marketing ideas

publishedabout 1 month ago
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Hi there!

I'm keen to get back to sending my newsletter regularly, and here's the first one for 2021.

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A new essay

I recently chatted with a startup founder about marketing. When I was preparing for the chat, I had the chance to consolidate some of the ideas I have had in my mind for a while. The founder said the session was very useful. So I thought I'd write down the ideas.

The result is this essay, The 2-step Marketing Framework.

What I read this week

  • Stories of Asana vs Flow: Asana's revenue for fiscal year 2021 was $227 million while Flow did $3 million of ARR at its peak. It's interesting to hear the product and marketing stories from both sides.
  • Asana's pyramid of clarity: I felt pretty frustrated in the past few years when we didn't have a clear direction at Buffer. Smart people were running in various directions, and the company wasn't moving anywhere. We finally got more clarity this year, and this article summarizes it well. We are also using the OKR framework at Buffer.

See you next week!

Alfred

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