Last updated: February 22, 2024

OFFER-LED GROWTH: How to Fix Your Customer Acquisition Problem [17 case studies]

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Growth Marketing

The Offer-Led Growth framework is a way to guarantee sales by building your growth strategy around your irresistible offer.  We break down how to make an irresistible offer and 17 examples of offers from high-growth brands.

 

Struggling to capture the attention of your ideal customer?

Are you drowning in a sea of similarity?

After working with 150 companies, we finally figured out the solution to these problems. 

Imagine a strategy that not only distinguishes you from the competition but compels your target audience to eagerly say, “Shut up and take my money.

This is the power of the “Offer-Led Growth” framework.  Offer-Led Growth revolves around creating an offer so compelling that customers are practically compelled to invest.

This approach focuses on crafting offers that not only grabs attention but also significantly improve conversions on your ads and website, often by as much as threefold.

Industry leaders such as Main Streets, Third Love, Warby Parker, and the renowned “7 Minute Abs” Offer have leveraged this framework to achieve rapid growth.

Today, we’ll delve into the most crucial element of the Offer-Led Growth Framework: how to develop your irresistible offer.

Do the Pre-Work (gather the building blocks of an irresistible offer)

The journey to creating an irresistible offer begins with a deep understanding of your customer, competition, and market. 

Ask yourself: What do your customers truly desire? What are your competitors offering, and where are the gaps? What are the prevailing industry norms and assumptions? Understanding your customer at this level is key.

Tip: Here are some essential steps to answer those questions: 

  • Conduct thorough customer research through surveys, reviews, interviews, and polls.
  • Analyze your competition to understand their offers as presented on their websites, in their ads, and through customer reviews.

Once you feel that you know your customers pains and aspirations then you’re ready to build an offer. 

Get Familiar with the Irresistible Offer Formula

The next step is to craft an offer that incorporates elements of urgency, scarcity, risk reversals, and a clear promise of success. A top-notch offer should minimize customer sacrifice while maximizing perceived value.

To keep it simple, incorporate these four essential traits into your offer:

  1. Dream Outcome: Identify the ultimate result your customers are seeking.
  2. Perceived Likelihood of Achievement: Make the promise believable. Can you guarantee this outcome?
  3. Time Delay: How can you expedite your customers’ journey to achieving their desired outcome?
  4. Minimizing Effort & Sacrifice: Simplify the process for your customers. Consider time, cost, and effort.

Sounds simple, right?

Inspiration

To drive this home, I want to showcase some of my favorite examples of Irresistible offers by Industry. 

Here is how this formula works in practice with 17 real-life examples:

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curology.com
This is a DTC skincare brand. See how they use a free product as a minimal-effort tactic to increase conversions through their offer.

manscaped.com
Manscaped tackles a taboo topic with humor in a unique way, increasing their conversions by catering to a market for men’s grooming products with their offer.

thirdlove.com
This innovative bra company challenges industry norms by offering inclusive sizing and styles to ensure women find their perfect fit.
solawave.co
This Skin product brand leverages the “trendiness” of red light therapy, focusing on building trust and demonstrating efficacy.
cometeer.com
This brand capitalizes on the growing demand with enhanced experience and customization that encourage long-term engagement.
pawp.com
Pawp personalizes the experience by offering dog food tailored with emphasis on convenience and quality fostering brand loyalty.
ridleyacademy.com
Ridley Academy has a community-driven approach with workshops, feedback & networking that helps build long-term engagement
masterclass.com
Unlimited access models encourage exploration & mastery, while strategic partnerships & influencer marketing drive brand awareness & attract subscribers.
blinkhealth.com
See how this healthcare brand uses educational content & partnerships to build trust & establish itself as an advocate for affordable healthcare.
blinkist.com
Blinkist uses free trials and subscription models to attract new customers and build a habit of lifelong learning.

 

B2B

convertkit.com
This brand focus on deliverability & automation positions them as a trusted partner for creators wanting meaningful relationships with their audience.
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notion.so
An all-in-one workspace for organization & productivity that uses free plans attract users, while subscription models unlock advanced features & integrations for power users & businesses.
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calendly.com
Their freemium model caters to individuals & small teams increasing the user volume, while paid plans offer advanced features for larger organizations.
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mainstreet.com
MainStreet, Aims to make starting & managing online businesses accessible by offering a one-stop solution for entrepreneurs to thrive.
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mailchimp.com
This user-friendly platform makes email marketing accessible and visually appealing with free plans attract new users.
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intercom.com
Improving customer interactions with a support platform, intercom uses a free trial that helps businesses experience the benefits of their offer.
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Wise.com
Wise allows international payments quickly & securely with free first transfer that entices new users, while competitive rates & transparency build trust & drive repeat business.

Summary

The Offer-Led Growth Framework isn’t just a formula.  It’s a growth plan.  By embracing this framework, you’re no longer just selling a product or service; you’re crafting an irresistible narrative and value proposition that customers can’t help but gravitate toward. In a sea of sameness, your offer can become your unique value proposition.

Jim Huffman

Founder & CEO GrowthHit. Startup mentor at Techstars, General Assembly, and Sephora Accelerator. Author of The Growth Marketer’s Playbook #1

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