Startup marketing is incredibly challenging. Finding product-market fit, building a brand from scratch, and ramping revenue from zero to millions, these fundamental startup marketing problems are absolutely daunting. As if they weren’t enough though, the difficulty of scaling startup marketing is compounded by incredibly tight marketing budgets, changing market conditions, rapid organization growth, high expectations and an uneven understanding of marketing’s role in the business.
As a career CMO and now CEO of Markodojo, I’ve repeatedly confronted the startup marketing challenge. Yet, it doesn’t get any easier. Every startup is unique and the individual startup marketing challenges vary accordingly. However, there are some common themes that startup CMOs and CEOs can rely on as the business scales from A-round to B-round to C-round and beyond. These are the ABC’s of scaling startup marketing.