Growth Experimentation

Instil the growth culture and process your company needs to skyrocket ahead.

Growth isn’t a playbook with answers, it’s a mindset

Growth is a combination of clean data infrastructure, great customer experiences, and rapid experimentation. It requires an understanding of all stages of the customer journey and how to leverage them. Whilst there are best-practice approaches that are applicable across businesses, there is no out-of-the-box solution that will get you there. Growth is about enabling the right team, with the right culture and the right tools. You have to centralise processes, keep teams aligned and build a culture that values experimentation. In our experience, businesses who are in need of better growth methodology observe one of the following mentalities internally:

  • Siloed teams: Company departments don’t have the same view on customer data, miscommunicate and compete rather than collaborate. Sales is purely sales, marketing is purely marketing etc.
  • Fear of failure: Experiments to generate insight and learning are not valued. Instead of innovating, the same old strategies are relied on.

Growth is less about ‘hacking’ & ‘optimising,’ and more about culture & process

There are a number of common mistakes companies make when working on their agile growth culture:

  1. Businesses often mistake A/B testing on their website for growth experiments. This is not the case majority of the time, as most don’t have sufficient traffic to do micro optimisations in a meaningful timeframe. Focus should be on high-impact experiments.
  2. Businesses think experiments must be successful at all costs. Often, this leads to the ‘shifting of goal-posts’ mid-campaign in order to show success; minimising opportunity for learning.
  3. Businesses think they need long planning cycles for campaigns, with high production values. High cost campaigns lead to high production values which lead to higher ad spend to justify the investment—a vicious cycle.
  4. Businesses suffer paralysis by analysis. Afraid of making mistakes, employees pass decisions up the chain, slowing down the speed with which they can be made.
  5. Businesses have insufficient analytics infrastructure to measure test performance. The inability to measure the performance of experiments effectively slows down any experimentation culture.

Companies held back by these hurdles struggle to implement a build-measure-learn cycle that let’s them grow their understanding of customers, markets and trends at high speed. On one end, start-ups don’t have the luxury of relying on institution knowledge that has been created over years or even decades—to survive they need to learn much faster. On the other end, the business landscape for established corporates is changing rapidly—whether it’s marketing channels, the competitive environment, or consumer preferences, they need to stay on-top of these changes.

Build out the culture, processes and tools you need to grow your business

The team at ikaros are experts in growth experimentation, having built and led growth teams within small start-ups, hyper-growth scale-ups and established corporate companies. We can advise on:

  • Building growth culture
  • Building a full time growth team
  • Tailoring processes to suit your team & business, including Kanban, experimentation tracking and personalised growth methodologies
  • Skills and tools required across marketing, copywriting, analytics, engineering and product.

FAQs

Can I do this myself?

Yes. There are plenty of resources out there, including our own blog, that provide guidelines from which you can find best-practice tools, and build out your own internal growth process/culture. However, with your own ikaros growth expert in residence, you have the benefit of our experience. Having built and led numerous high-performing growth teams for scale-ups & established corporates, we can tailor a framework specifically to your industry, team preference and business culture.

Do I need a growth team for this to work?

No we can work with your existing sales, marketing and product teams to deliver growth for the business. In saying this, we can also help establish an internal growth team if necessary.

We don't do marketing.
We deliver growth.

Ikaros has been a great help in driving growth for one of our portfolio businesses, thanks to their deep understanding of growth strategy, analytics & experimentation.

They have the ability to reliably deliver across all stages of projects, whether validating product-market-fit from the ground-up, or scaling growth and unlock new levers.
Daniel Jarosch
Managing Director
& Partner
Ikaros has been the true description of a partner. Providing valuable advice at all times, educating our team where necessary and providing the level of engagement that truly feels like they are one of the family.

Joining us at the outset of a large acquisition, the ikaros team worked on setting up the infrastructure, monitoring and reporting and providing the recommendations that will keep giving us the digital competitive edge.
Stuart Miller
Group CEO
From day 1 ikaros have filled us with confidence that we made the right choice with them. They couple deep growth expertise and strategic advice with the ability to get things off the ground and running super quickly.

Their collaborative attitude has also made them a pleasure to work with. Big thanks to Ikaros for helping us setup the experimentation culture that every start-up needs.
Kathleen Weaver
Co-CEO
The ikaros team have been instrumental in supporting Prezzee on our data and insights journey.

From strategic advice through to best-in-class implementation support of our analytics tools, ikaros has been a true extension of our team. Their strategic, data-driven marketing lens and a real focus on business growth truly sets them apart.
Nico Riahi
Head of Finance & Commercial Ops
The team at ikaros have supported us in transforming a 20 year-old family business into a growth-machine, helping deliver close to 100% new customer growth.

They helped establish a data-driven growth culture, pulling together teams across functions and bridging the gaps between our technical and business challenges.
Markus Albert
Managing Director
Daniel and his team at ikaros are world-class digital and growth professionals.

They are experts in the space of SEO, PPC, analytics and customer lifecycle marketing and were able to align our marketing and engineering team’s direction with their deep understanding of both business and technical requirements.
Dean Jones
Founder & CEO
The ikaros team have been instrumental to CareerTeam's growth, defining and implementing a successful growth strategy for our business.

ikaros quickly delivered results across each stage of our customer journey and continues to do so as part of our ongoing collaboration. We couldn't be happier with them!
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Partner

Why ikaros

Broad Expertise

We’re a team of experts and entrepreneurs. Together, we bring the skill-set of consultants, marketers, product managers, data scientists and developers to any challenge.

High-Impact Results

We value quick-wins, but we understand what it takes to grow sustainably. Rather than jumping into paid ads, we look at what part of the funnel has the biggest impact on your bottom line.

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We’ve scaled successful businesses—and made painful mistakes along the way. We don’t promise the world; we share our experience and help you make calculated decisions.

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We’re trusted advisors & teachers to leaders across the globe. We don’t recycle agency tactics, we provide a tailored service from experts who have actually been in your shoes.

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