How to build a PLG motion that your sales team will love

How to build a PLG motion that your sales team will love

Mark Kilens 2 min

Welcome to our deep dive into Product-Led Growth (PLG) featuring insights from a recent webinar hosted by Mark Kilens from Club PF with Andrew Capland. Andrew, a longtime PLG expert, shares valuable strategies on integrating sales and self-service motions to maximize growth.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding Product-Led Growth (PLG)

    • Origins and Evolution: PLG has been around for a while but gained structure and popularity around 2015-2016.
    • Core Principle: PLG emphasizes touchless sales, allowing users to try, buy, and upgrade products without direct human interaction.
  2. Balancing Sales-Led and Self-Service Motions

    • Hybrid Model: Combining sales-led and self-service approaches to cater to different user preferences and maximize revenue.
    • Three Integration Points:
      • Offer Type: Users choose their preferred interaction model (self-service or sales-led) at signup.
      • Signup Data: Use user-provided information during signup to determine the best approach.
      • Behavioral Signals: Monitor user activity and engagement to switch between self-service and sales-led as needed.
  3. Segmentation for Effective PLG

    • Key Segmentation Criteria:
      • Use Case/Job to Be Done: Understand and categorize users based on their primary goals.
      • Experience Level: Tailor the onboarding and support based on the user's familiarity with the product or industry.

Detailed Guide

1. Understanding Product-Led Growth (PLG)

Origins and Evolution: PLG gained prominence around 2015-2016, largely due to companies like OpenView who formalized the concept. However, freemium models like those of MailChimp and Wistia were early examples of PLG.

Core Principle: At its core, PLG allows users to experience the product without a sales interaction. The goal is to provide a seamless experience where users can try, buy, and upgrade independently.

2. Balancing Sales-Led and Self-Service Motions

Hybrid Model: Combining sales-led and self-service approaches can drive greater overall revenue by catering to different user needs. The key is to understand when to switch between these models.

Integration Points:

  1. Offer Type: Provide options for both self-service (free plans, free trials) and sales-led (demos, quotes) during the signup process.
  2. Signup Data: Collect relevant information during signup to determine if a user should be directed to a sales team or a self-service path.
  3. Behavioral Signals: Monitor user interactions with the product to identify when a higher touch (sales) approach may be necessary.

Example: Typeform allows users to choose between exploring on their own or getting help immediately after signup, ensuring they get the support level they need.

3. Segmentation for Effective PLG

Segmentation Criteria:

  1. Use Case/Job to Be Done: Identify and categorize users based on their primary goals with the product. For instance, Miro customizes the onboarding experience based on whether users want to do strategy and planning, design, or another task.

  2. Experience Level: Assess and segment users based on their familiarity with the product. Companies like Miro and Copy.ai ask users about their experience level to tailor the onboarding and support process.

Example: Canva personalizes the user experience by asking about the user's main goal during signup, then providing relevant templates and resources.

Connect with Us

If you have any questions or want to discuss PLG strategies further, feel free to connect with Andrew Capland on LinkedIn or visit Delivering Value.

Conclusion

Navigating PLG involves a balance of self-service and sales-led approaches, careful segmentation, and continuous adaptation to user needs. Use the insights and strategies from this webinar to enhance your PLG efforts. For more resources, explore the provided links and connect with experts in the field.

Mark Kilens 2 min

How to build a PLG motion that your sales team will love


Discover strategies to integrate sales and self-service for Product-Led Growth from PLG expert Andrew Capland and Mark Kilens. Watch the webinar now!


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