“Usually, in fact, hiring your first salespeople won’t really help in sales until there are enough leads that the founders just don’t have time. "
- Jason M. Lemkin, SaaS Founder, Enthusiast & VC
You built it and they are coming. You're getting a steady stream of leads and doing founder-led sales. You start thinking that maybe it's time to hire your first sales reps, or you already have one or two to start growing your revenue.
That sounds great, but chances are you don't have enough leads yet. And new reps won't grow your sales with your existing lead volume. Furthermore, they don't know the product as well as you do, so your sales might even suffer.
How do you get from 20 to 40 leads, from 40 to 100, and from 100 to 200, and more (much more)? SEO? Outbound? LinkedIn? Paid media? Events? How do you do it efficiently without burning money? What makes the most sense for your GTM motion?
What is a lead anyway? MQL, SQL, PQL, a signup, a meeting booked…?
If these questions are familiar, you have a marketing problem.
Okay, so who do you hire first? A VP of marketing, a product marketer, a growth person, a PPC specialist, a content marketer or a demand-gen specialist?
Most marketers will be biased toward their field of expertise even if it doesn't make sense for your growth model and GTM strategy – i.e., “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will start treating all your problems like a nail.”
Most senior leaders have been doing people management for far too long (and thus have lost their strategic edge). And marketing at a well-established brand with resources is a totally different ball game vs. an early-stage business where you have to be scrappy, where you have limited data and resources, and lack clarity on product-channel fit and even product-market fit.
Plus, how do you convince a really talented and capable marketer, with a solid background and who's a great fit for you, to work at your early-stage company?
Time is valuable and you can't afford to make too many mistakes. You can't afford a mis-hire (which is so easy to do). Because unlike sales, most marketing will take a bit longer to start generating results (unless you are willing to spend a lot of cash). So the wrong person can easily set you back ~12 months.
Agencies will only help you so far (most simply are not good).
Sounds like you? Keep reading.
Let's work together to get you to a place where you have a surplus of leads and solid marketing foundation.
You know how marketing contributes to your growth. What channels make the most sense for your growth model. Who to hire… And you know what your next 1–3 biggest growth opportunities are .
I'll help you de-risk your early-stage marketing, and get clarity about where to invest your resources.
Unlike most alternatives, this playbook is tailored to identify and emphasize your core strengths and is rooted in hard-earned lessons, which allows you skip a year or two of trial and error.
"One of Lokalise’s values is “Take ownership. Optimize for impact”. Emils was one of the people who embraced and lived by this statement.
He was the first marketing hire in Lokalise and played an integral part in laying the foundations that helped us to get from $2M ARR to $20M ARR.
I was lucky enough to work closely with Emils and learned a lot about marketing, growth, experimentation, and many other things."
- Alex Pereverzevs, Product Lead at Lokalise
"Emils did a good job on identifying opportunities and helped us more than double our conversion rates and revenue."
- Matt Sellers, CEO at Quimbee
"Without Emils we wouldn't have been able to achieve the growth we’re seeing now.
He’s a great ‘virtual team member’. Always easily reachable, systematic, competent, results oriented and reliable. Just easy to work with. Would definitely recommend working with him.”
- Mikko Ilomäki, CEO at Isolta
"Emils used to be our go-to CRO guy. He ran multiple conversion optimization projects that resulted in 6-7 figure lifts for our client’s DTC businesses.”
- Giles Thomas, CEO at Whole Design Studios
"Throughout the years, I have worked with over 50+ B2B SaaS marketers and I have always found it difficult to find true full-stack growth marketers. If I can say one thing for certain about Emils, it is that he fits that description and is a “true” and experienced full-stack marketer.”
- Kayan Mashi, Marketing Leader at Lokalise
"His strong analytical skills and ability to use data to inform decision-making were particularly impressive.
Emils is looking at growth from a strategic perspective - looking into data to find current constraints and upcoming growth horizons to plan the journey beyond the current ceilings.
He is a talented growth professional and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to drive growth for their business”
- Kuba Nowak, Senior Product Manager at Playbook
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