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Traction Audiobook

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

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Publisher's Summary

Most startups don't fail because they can't build a product. Most startups fail because they can't get traction. Startup advice tends to be a lot of platitudes repackaged with new buzzwords, but Traction is something else entirely.

As Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares learned from their own experiences, building a successful company is hard. For every startup that grows to the point where it can go public or be profitably acquired, hundreds of others sputter and die. Smart entrepreneurs know that the key to success isn't the originality of your offering, the brilliance of your team, or how much money you raise. It's how consistently you can grow and acquire new customers (or, for a free service, users). That's called traction, and it makes everything else easier - fund-raising, hiring, press, partnerships, acquisitions. Talk is cheap, but traction is hard evidence that you're on the right path.

Traction will teach you the 19 channels you can use to build a customer base and how to pick the right ones for your business. It draws on interviews with more than 40 successful founders, including Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (reddit), Paul English (Kayak), and Dharmesh Shah (HubSpot). You'll learn, for example, how to:

  • Find and use offline ads and other channels your competitors probably aren't using
  • Get targeted media coverage that will help you reach more customers
  • Boost the effectiveness of your email marketing campaigns by automating staggered sets of prompts and updates
  • Improve your search engine rankings and advertising through online tools and research

Weinberg and Mares know that there's no one-size-fits-all solution; every startup faces unique challenges and will benefit from a blend of these 19 traction channels. They offer a three-step framework (called Bullseye) to figure out which ones will work best for your business.

©2015 Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"Here is the inside scoop, the latest, most specific tactics from the red-hot center of the Internet marketing universe. From someone who has done it. Twice." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

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    Alicia Dallas, Georgia, United States 07-07-16
    Alicia Dallas, Georgia, United States 07-07-16

    A fully devoted Christ-follower, wife to an amazing man, mother of two wonderfully gifted children—I am blessed.

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    This is a book every business person should have in their arsenal if they're wanting to thrive. I just finished listening and plan to listen again and again—loved it. I was tempted many times to jump in and start doing what was said but decided to listen all the way to the end first—glad I did. Looking forward to following the advice as outlined in this book. There are so many instructions and steps to follow. Thank you!

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    Joseph 05-04-16
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    the material was clear concise and impactful. I've already recommended it to friends. well worth the time and money. Thanks!

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    "Awesome marketing advice for startups"
    Would you listen to Traction again? Why?

    I'm listening to it a second time already. It's easy to listen to and understand, yet it's so dense with valuable marketing advice that you'll want to take notes while listening.


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    "Must Read for Anyone in Business"

    Are you kidding me? This book walks is through marketing and customer acquisition in a simple and thought provoking way. I feel like this book could have cost $50 and still been worth it.

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    Matthew VERNON, NY, United States 04-08-17
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    "Gave me perspective"

    This book forced me to step back and look at what I was spending money on and what I could be doing for free or collaboratively.

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    Clarence A. Haines San Diego, Ca. United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read for anyone in marketing"

    Actionable advice. Great breakdown for all the verticals paired with real advice from real relevant people. Masterfully crafted and organized

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    Mark 02-21-17
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    "practical ready to use information"

    the book contains information across a variety of channels that can be used immediately. It makes you really think about how to approach product development and gaining traction for your idea..

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    Chauhan 02-01-17
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    "Extremely valuable in recent startups of 2017"

    7 hrs spent on this book gave a very different perspective of business. The 19 channels are so effective and so well organized.
    A Fresh read. Great work Justin and Gabriel.
    My second most favorite book after Lean startup by Eric.

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    Clay 01-31-17
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    "A lot of good stuff if your are a startup!"

    They got to interview a lot of good entrepreneurs and people that have amazing advice well worth the listen!

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    "A lot of Common Sense"

    While it contained a lot of great info, much of it was very basic and "common sense". Great if you have no background or business experience.

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