How do you balance the short versus the long term, especially when it comes to growth?
Thatâs what Iâll be talking about today.
Iâm all about growth – how can I generate the best results as quickly as possible.
Iâm currently reading Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis (highly recommended by the way).
In it, Sean talks about having a âNorth Starâ – a single metric that your entire team, strategy and campaigns are focused on.
So start there.
Whatâs your North Star?
Is it monthly revenue? Number of leads? Share of voice?
Figure it out.
That number becomes your guiding light, and everything you do is about getting to that number as quickly and easily as possible.
I think of it as a funnel.
Where we start at the bottom of the funnel and work up from there.
Funny thing is, everything at the bottom of the funnel is short term, and everything at the top is long term, with a sliding scale between.
Me personally, I always start by doing things that are as close to the goal as possible.
Whatâs good about thinking in these terms, is that you can really start to understand how each tactic affects your results.
Because itâs not about the channel.
Itâs what you do with that channel.
Is it going to have an immediate impact on your North Star? If so, itâs a short-term tactic.
Is it going to take a bit of time but the growth is worth it? Then itâs a long-term tactic.
I donât know any business that can afford to put the long-term before the short-term. But conversely I also donât know any business that drives serious expansion and growth using only short-term thinking.
So my advice is to do everything you can to drive growth now, and when youâre out of ideas (or youâve hit your advertising budgets) start focusing on the longer-term stuff.
At the end of the day, itâs all about growth, and you need to do whatâs best for you.
Until next time, thanks for watching.
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