I’ve Spent 480 Minutes Listening to the Founders of the Fastest Growing Companies; Here Are the 4 Best Lessons I’ve Learned.Kristin Luck
The first (and most important) lesson? The myth of the overnight success! Although some fast-growing companies with outsized valuations and mind-boggling exits feel like “start-ups”, in truth they’re far from it. Take Qualtrics for instance. They made headlines in 2019 when they were acquired by SAP for nearly US $8 billion but the company was founded in 2002- that’s 17 years of scaling! Hardly an overnight success.
Although some fast-growing companies with outsized valuations and mind-boggling exits feel like “start-ups”, in truth they’re far from it
Likewise, YouTube star MrBeast, has captured the attention of the world. His YouTube videos have been viewed 26 billion times. He earns more than $50 million each year, and he’s just 24. But he didn’t achieve his massive following (135M subscribers) and page views overnight- it took him nearly 12 years (see example below).
Recently, the Nudge podcast walked through the subtle, yet significant psychological tactics MrBeast uses to draw in viewers and turn them into fans. And you can use these same three tactics to scale your business:
- The first psychological bias that MrBeast uses is INPUT BIAS. It means the more time, effort and money you sink into something, the more you’ll value it. If you spend $50 on a bottle of wine, you’ll enjoy it more. If you spend 50 hours painting a portrait, you’ll value it more. This works not only for individuals who experience the input (i.e. the wine drinker or painter) but also for others who witness the input (case in point, the headline for this blog post).
- The second is COSTLY SIGNALING. Patagonia gave away their company to climate charities. This is classic costly signaling. By showcasing what they’ve given up, a $3 billion company, people value them more.
- Third is the CONTRAST EFFECT. A video course on how to code could record a group of grandparents completing it. That would trigger the contrast effect and make it more memorable.
Listen in to this episode of Nudge to learn more about how you can use these tactics to turn prospects into customers, and customers into evangelists.
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