Perfecting Your Pitch Deck: The Only 10 Slides You Need

Posted by Kristin Luck

Perfecting Your Pitch Deck: The Only 10 Slides You Need

Whether you’re an entrepreneur going out to look for funding in Q1 or a sales person looking to drive higher conversion rates in 2020, pitch decks are paramount to whether you close a round or a sale. Here are our top tips for successful pitching.

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Topics: Growth Strategy

4 Steps for Getting Your Business Finances in Order

Posted by Michael Pazzani

4 Steps for Getting Your Business Finances in Order

Whether you’re a founder at a growing startup thinking about a Series A financing, or an executive team looking to capitalize on the business you’ve built over the last 10 years, there’s one foundational thing you should prioritize this year if you want to take your company to the next level: accurate historical and projected financials.

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Topics: Growth Strategy, Scale

Key Valuation Triggers: 4 Areas to Focus on in 2020

Posted by Kristin Luck

Key Valuation Triggers: 4 Areas to Focus on in 2020

The number one question posed to us at ScaleHouse by the founders and executive teams we work with is “what is my company worth?” Although we can estimate valuation ranges through methods like discounted cash flow, comparable company and precedent transaction analysis, what a company may be worth (and to whom!) is highly nuanced. Markets and buyers are in constant flux. Rather than worrying about the valuation of your business today, we encourage firms to focus on growth via the following four strategies that historically drive higher valuations, regardless of market fluctuations.

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Topics: Growth Strategy

Qualtrics Master Session: The Marriage of Information and Inspiration

Posted by Kristin Luck

Qualtrics Master Session: The Marriage of Information and Inspiration

Last month I was lucky enough to spend the day with the Qualtrics team in Provo, Utah, videotaping a Master Session on optimizing brand experience.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

4 Tips for Finding the Best Sales Talent

4 Tips for Finding the Best Sales Talent

The competition to find, and land, top-notch sales talent is as fierce as the push to meet Q4 numbers. Between the formalized open positions and the “always looking for good talent” opportunities, if you’re a successful sales professional, the world is your oyster. If you happen to be on the managerial side of the equation, life may not seem as rosy. With the cost of mis-hiring a sales rep costing you well into the six-figure range, it’s crucial you make an informed, but expedient, decision. 

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Topics: Growth Strategy, Sales Strategy

Key Drivers of Investment and M&A Activity in Market Research

Posted by Kristin Luck

Key Drivers of Investment and M&A Activity in Market Research

At ESOMAR Congress in September we hosted a main stage panel discussion with industry leaders driving M&A activity in the marketing insights and technology vertical on “Key Drivers of Investment and M&A Activity in Market Research.”

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Topics: Market Research, Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy

Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Q4 is known for the frenetic pace that inevitably comes with the final push to meet (and exceed!) annual goals. Amidst the frenzy, we need to pull ourselves out of the weeds of the current plan to focus on creating next year’s plan. Short on time, many leaders short-change the planning process, committing a few cardinal sins that perpetuate the planning-to-scrambling cycle.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy, Sales Strategy

The 'Other' Type of Exit: Succession Planning

Posted by Kristin Luck

The 'Other' Type of Exit: Succession Planning

At ScaleHouse we spend a lot of time working with founders on exit strategies that are focused on selling to a strategic buyer or private equity firm. But what if you’re a CEO looking to exit while still desiring the company to run in perpetuity? Or you’re looking to give up control of the day-to-day so you can focus on contributing to the business in a different way?

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Topics: Growth Strategy, Scale

Podcast: The New Rules of Growth

Posted by Kristin Luck

Podcast: The New Rules of Growth

It seems a new business book with tips and tricks for scaling growth is released on a weekly basis. Given the constant influx of business content, it can be difficult to know what is actual field-tested advice that works, and what is a potential distraction.

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Topics: Growth Strategy, Scale

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

Posted by Kristin Luck

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

September marks the beginning of the Q3/4 trade show season. Even if you’ve already read our previous post on this subject, it deserves revisiting before you hit the road with a big event investment.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

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