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Be in the Know

  • The streaming showdown continues. Apple will be launching its own streaming service come April 2019. They’ve been at it for a while, acquiring rights and sourcing original content.
  • Slack has done the complete opposite of slacking off. The popular collaboration tool now has over 10m daily active users and over $900m of cash on hand. #Winning

How to Budget for User Acquisition

How much is a new customer worth to you? That’s a loaded question.

We’re gonna break it down with some key considerations and how to actually come up with a budget.

  • Risk: We’re not talking about the board game. When considering a UA (user acquisition) ad play, you first need to consider how much you’re willing to risk without a 100% guaranteed return.
  • Opportunity: If you’re throwing dollars at UA, you’re inevitably giving up something else. Whether it’s product development, team expansion, etc. It’s crucial to consider your opportunity costs before you go all in.
  • Common sense: “Spend it if you got it” applies here. But what if you don’t got it? A low spend will likely result in a low-quality user and a negative ROAS (return on ad spend).

How to come up with a budget:

  • Define the company and product goals.
  • “Define the campaign parameters for reaching those goals (demographic attributes, technical specifications & geographic location).”
  • Start with a preliminary budget and validate the draft against ‘market conditions and media partner capabilities.’
  • Get buy-in for the budget and always, always have a handle on how much cash you have to spend and where it’s being spent.

Dive in deeper below. 👇🏼

UA Budget Estimator

To help you further dial in your budget, let’s figure out how much you’ll need to spend to reach your growth goals.

The folks at Mercury.Black developed a simple budget estimator. The user guide is included right on the spreadsheet.

What we like: It’s relatively simple to come up with a top-line budget figure.

What we don’t like: So far, so good.

Expensify This

Ready for a great marketing play? Expensify teamed up with 2 Chainz and Adam Scott (aka Ben Wyatt from Parks and Rec) to create the world’s first music video you can expense.

Who doesn’t like a chance to win some free cash? Not only are they getting people to download the app, but they’re getting people to use it in a fun way.

Well played Expensify, well played.

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