Do you have an e-commerce company or do you provide services or products to people?
If so, we transcribed this video to help you understand alternatives to Google Ads and grow your business.
Google Ads are continually rising in cost.
What most people don’t realize is, you don’t have to spend money on Google Ads to create a multibillion-dollar company.
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Have you heard of Dropbox?
Of course, you have!
Did you know that when Dropbox first came out they tried to grow by doing Google advertising?
And what they found is, even though they had a product that costs around $5 a month, which is around $60 a year per customer, they were spending roughly $200 to $300 to acquire a customer from Google Ads.
Can you see how those numbers don’t work out?
Not only are they spending more to acquire a customer than what they’re paying in the first year, just because someone’s paying you $5 a month, but it also doesn’t mean that $5 is pure profit either.
So, what did Dropbox do?
Do you know what is growth hacking?
They figured out a way to get users to come to their site and generate more customers.
They did this by creating a free product or a service, and that’s a better alternative to Google Ads.
If you look at Dropbox, you look at Slack, heck even looks at Amazon; Amazon’s not really doing free but with the Prime membership, you get free two-day air shipping.
By creating something that’s free or such an amazing offer, you’re going to get so many people over to your website.
When you upsell them into your paid products or services, it’s so much easier because they’re already using your product.
The service that you’ve already built that brand loyalty, that connection, that rapport with them.
It’s much easier to get that upsell.
Here’s what most people don’t understand;
Neil Patel has recently released a tool called Ubersuggest.
If you look at Uber suggest, he is spending $150,000 a month releasing a lot of the features you see in tools like Buzzsumo or SEMrush, for free; 150 grand a month.
It isn’t going down, it’s continually rising.
But you know what,
If he had to do paid advertising on Google to get those visitors, he would be spending a bit more than $600,000.
Do you see how giving something away for free that costs $150,000 a month is much better than spending $600,000 a month on paid ads?
You don’t have to spend money on Google Ads to create a big business.
Again, look at Dropbox!
Leverage growth hacking, and then as you have these free tools, these free products, these free services, and it may not be the best ones out there but something that people are used to paying for.
What you can do is creating invite flows.
Dropbox has it: you want more free space, invite more users. You can get creative with your marketing, leverage growth hacking.
Just don’t put all your money into Google Ads, and the reason I say that, it’s not because I don’t like Google Ads.
Ideally, you should be doing both.
But the reason I say this is, the moment you stop Google Ads you don’t have any more traffic.
By creating something that’s free, and it doesn’t have to continually cost a ton of money.
Look at HubSpot, they have this free email signature generator. It doesn’t cost them much money; they only spent a few thousand dollars creating it. They don’t even spend any money maintaining it each and every single month.
But they found that it can drive over seven figures worth of revenue to their business per year; not too bad from one free tool.
I hope this article is useful to help you grow your business with growth hacking. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away!
Thank you very much.