Shanelle Mullin

Shanelle Mullin

Shanelle Mullin previously did content and growth at CXL. She’s a jill-of-all-trades marketer with a 10-year background in growth and content marketing.

Google Optimize

Chances are, you’ve heard of Google Optimize by now. It’s Google’s solution for A/B testing and personalization. It launched in beta last year, which left optimizers around the world waiting in line to try it out. Now that it’s out of beta, you can give it a try without the wait.

But what can you expect? How do you configure it properly? How do you run your first experiment?

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Growth Process

Sean Ellis coined the term “growth hacking” way back in 2010. Since then, the term has taken on a life of its own.

It’s the focus of dozens of books, new roles, new departments and teams, new methods of thinking, hundreds of articles, hundreds of guides, hundreds of webinars… you get the idea.

Yet, it still feels very elusive. High-growth companies simply have something most companies don’t, right? Some secret growth hack or silver bullet that skyrocketed them to household names.

Wrong. The truth is, they simply had a solid growth marketing process.

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Smoke Test

Think you’re sitting on the next big idea for a product or a product feature? Before you spend dozens of hours and tens of thousands of dollars on the idea, you need to validate it.

In other words, you need to make sure your audience is just as excited about the idea as you are.

So, how can you validate the ideas sitting in your startup notebook or your product feature backlog without wasting resources? By running a smoke test.

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Affiliate Marketing

Bo Bennett once said, “Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires.”

Of course, affiliate marketing has this mysterious aura about it. Many of the top search results for the term are focused on what it is and whether you can make money from it.

The truth is that it’s not all that mysterious. It’s nothing more than another marketing channel for you to experiment with, analyze, optimize and grow.

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How to Argue

Here’s a common phrase that perhaps you’re familiar with: “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”

As an optimizer, you’re in the business of arguing. You’re constantly arguing with your visitors about whether they should leave their email or not, buy something or not.

Improving your argument, even just a little bit, can have a huge impact on your conversion rate. That’s where rhetoric and persuasion come in.

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