Kirsten is a founder and stakeholder strategist working in blockchain and DLT
TL;DR: Blockchain software startups can learn a lot about growth-hacking by observing startups in other industries. One great growth tactic: build B2B partnerships that help you reach new users. Through observing case studies in consumer electronics and beyond, blockchain startups can learn how to leverage B2B partnerships to increase user growth.
The B2B partnership is a classic growth strategy that has been successfully leveraged by companies for decades to increase usership and achieve the scalability that many blockchain startups dream about. While partnering with other companies is an extremely powerful tool, many blockchain startups are not currently leveraging it. The other week someone shared with me a powerful example of a B2B partnership that yielded strong returns in the consumer electronics industry. Even though the two industries are very different, this case study can lend some powerful insights for blockchain software founders chasing sustainable user growth.
This case study involves a high-end speaker startup and an audio production company. Both companies were trying to reach distributors that could connect them to consumers. Both companies had similar marketing and sales strategies — they primarily acquired distribution agreements by having a presence at industry trade-shows. Both companies had attended these trade shows in the past, but the real magic happened when the speaker startup approached the audio production company for a partnership. The pitch was simple — work together to host a live demo at the next trade show to allow both companies to display their products in a complementary way. After some discussion, they decided to partner.
At the next trade show, the two set up a large demo that drew a lot of attention — by working together, the speaker startup showed off their quality equipment by playing samples from the audio production company’s portfolio. Both companies exited the trade show with many more contracts than they had acquired in prior years. More partnerships like this helped dramatically kick start their growth.
But what can blockchain software founders learn from these two audio companies? Let’s take a look at what key attributes made this partnership successful.
By following a similar formula, blockchain software founders can build partnerships that are just as impactful. Join me in a few hypotheticals...
Your company has built a game engine that offers out-of-the-box integrations to major decentralized in-game-asset trading platforms.
Through partnering, you both are better able to increase awareness of your platforms and quickly onboard new users.
Your company has built a tool that uses algorithmic game theory to perform security and sustainability audits on existing blockchains.
Through partnering, you both are better able to catch the attention of new clients by highlighting each party’s expertise and providing the community with value. While the examples above are just hypotheticals, founders and marketers in the blockchain space should heavily consider creating a B2B partnerships strategy. Collaborative partnerships are integral to not only the growth of individual companies but the growth of the blockchain industry as a whole. Whether you’ve built a high-end speaker or a decentralized e-commerce solution; mass adoption might depend on the strength of your partnerships.
Previously published at https://kirstenpomales.com/jan_12_2020.html
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