You already know a lot about the customer journey through the sales funnel. You're probably already learning why you should and how to harness big data to refine every nuance of the customer experience and gain the insights you need to make that journey even more amazing. Of course, the more you learn about your customers' behavior throughout the purchase lifecycle, the better equipped you'll be to attract and retain prospects and turn them into brand ambassadors—much better than regular customers. But where exactly does the purchase lifecycle end? Unfortunately, for many marketers, it ends with that big moment: the purchase. Once the sale is made, they think their job is done and it's time to go back and repeat the process to find more customers. It's a shame, because a large majority of companies claim that it costs less to retain a customer than to acquire a new one. Conversion rate optimization is all the rage... In fact, judging by the hottest topics on marketing blogs these days, most of many marketers' energy is spent acquiring new leads and persuading them through a funnel. And the end point of this funnel is always, literally and figuratively, the purchase. Making constant improvements to this path to purchase is often referred to as conversion rate optimization. You take all the information you have from the moment a potential customer discovers your product to that magical moment when they make a purchase. And then sift through all of that information for clues about buying behavior, buyer persona, and anything else that might give you ways to better deal with your prospects and increase sales. It makes sense, but what you do after the purchase is just as important, if not more important, than everything you do up to that point. Why? Well, because keeping your customer for more purchases is critical to the success of your business, especially if you're in e-commerce, where half of your revenue is likely to come from repeat customers, according to data from RJmetrics. If you don't recognize this, your company will be trapped in an endless quagmire of costly lead generation. Focusing solely (or primarily) on lead generation will eventually result in diminishing returns for your business. In other words, focusing only on customer acquisition and not enough on customer retention is not a sustainable growth strategy. I'll show you how the best in the business are thinking about customer retention and how you can start thinking like them to adopt a growth strategy for your business. However, you'll first need to rethink how you approach the old sales funnel. If you're a marketer, I'm going to ask you to forget something that's probably etched deep in your brain cells. But you're an innovative thinker, so I know you can do it. Take, if you want, the old sales funnel. Wide at the top and pointed at the bottom, it is shaped like a vertical cone and usually has colored bands that indicate the different stages of the purchase's life cycle. The bottom is where the purchase happens, and it's also the last step in the customer journey, if you take the funnel literally. But if you care about growth marketing, the modern marketing funnel shouldn't stop at the end of the cone. …with the moment of purchase right in the middle. Hi Bow Tie Funnel, you look great! To see the bow tie funnel in all its glory, click here. What happens in this mirrored funnel, after the point of purchase, symbolizes the other half of the customer journey, the one that never ends. This is where the rest of the journey follows so you can find ways to keep customers who have gone through the first side of the funnel focused on acquisition. This is where we need to look at the semantics for a moment. Technically, since we're expanding the scope of the funnel and broadening its purpose, let's call it by a more appropriate nickname: the marketing or conversion funnel. I talk extensively about the modern marketing funnel in this article, and if you're part of a forward-thinking, growth-oriented organization, you're already aware of the relevance of the modern marketing funnel in the digital age. And why does the marketing or conversion funnel open again? 1. It signifies the many splendid ways you can develop your relationship with your customers. 2. It also means the widest range of products or services that can encourage them to buy from you in the future. This second part of the journey is, in fact, an opening of possibilities for a deeper relationship between you and your customer after they have made their first purchase. Maximizing your returns by improving this second part of the journey is called Customer Retention Optimization (CRO). This is the new CRO, and it focuses on the mirror image of the original marketing funnel, the right side of the bow tie, if you will. However, in the current state of digital marketing, most marketers (partly due to organizational structure) still focus primarily on the old CRO: conversion rate optimization, etc., before the sale. , that is, the acquisition of new customers. Only 40% of companies focus equally on both sides of the bow tie funnel. Let's take a closer look at the four stages on the right side of the bow tie funnel. The first-tier customer is the adopter: the person who has just made a purchase and is now incredibly open to information that will validate their purchase. The other side of the coin is that your new customer may also feel a bit of buyer's remorse. You need to banish that feeling entirely and find the right levers to push and pull to make the shopper feel extremely confident in their purchase. Why does Amazon invite you to tweet your purchase immediately? Because by announcing it publicly, you trigger certain psychological reactions. You are more likely to act on the behavior of someone who made that particular purchase on that particular site, to avoid any kind of cognitive dissonance. What does this mean for you? There is a great opportunity to increase the lifetime value (LTV) of the person you just bought when you take proactive steps to reduce buyer's remorse. Invite your customer to take some immediate action to cement their status as an adopter of your product or service. Make him feel like an insider right away and you'll immediately have taken steps to prevent the dreaded turnover. X on your next purchase, an invite to a special community exclusively for internal users, or anything else related to your product. With permission, you can tweet a public "thank you" to your new user for joining your community, or automatically enter them into a members-only giveaway. Also, be sure to extract key information from your adopters: Ask them what tipped the scales for them and encouraged them to buy so you can continue to tweak and refine your offering to attract more customers. As an example (and I'll probably use them again), Nordstrom does a fantastic job of silently asking the right questions post-purchase, where they unquestionably uncover the small but very critical insights about consumer adopters to shape an incredible ongoing acquisition. Of customers. and retention strategy. Knowing that the "a-ha" moment is a key driver of growth. Use automated surveys and even personal follow-ups by phone and email to get as much insight as possible. If you're truly committed to creating an exceptional customer experience, consider personally following up with your first 100 customers. Imagine the information you could gain from a 10 minute call with each of these people, and how you could apply that information to your entire bow tie funnel. The second level of clientele is the Loyalist. Depending on your specific business model, this could be a customer transitioning from a freemium user to a paid user, a regular buyer, or something else entirely. The main difference between an adopter and a loyalist is that an adopter may have made an instinctive and impulsive decision to buy. A loyalist had time to think about this decision and made a calculated decision to return (or upgrade). How do you take advantage of the loyalist market? One of the main ways, according to my friend David Skok, is to create a scalable pricing model. You can do this by offering different service levels, different product features, and so on. For example, individual users, such as hobbyists and freelancers, probably don't need high-level phone support and will be satisfied with a 24-hour email response time or database lookups. They may be completely satisfied with smaller storage amounts and fewer customization options, as long as they can afford a very low monthly fee. X) of each price axis. My friends at Leadpages do a fantastic job of clearly setting expectations and then selling value drivers post-purchase. Small business owners and entrepreneurs starting businesses may want more customization, multiple user accounts, more storage, more responsive customer service, and other perks that come with a higher level of service. And business customers need to know you're a trusted service provider, able to respond to issues in real time, so they can continue to focus on their own business. We have taken a similar approach with our prizes at Pulsemotiv. The price levels we use are aligned with the amount of use of the product by the person. That's because we know that people will only pay for something that provides them with direct long-term value. By pricing our SaaS product in a way that allows the user to pay only when value is earned, we have developed a win-win strategy that will easily push a consumer down the loyal tier of the bow tie funnel. Creating these service levels allows you to serve multiple buyers in a way that maximizes your profits and meets the individual needs of your customers. This freelancer doesn't want to pay for a company service that he'll never use, but he's happy to pay for what he needs and use it properly. In a non-SaaS business, your Loyalties may be the ones responding to cross-sell marketing, perhaps buying related products you offer or even responding to affiliate offers that give you a share of the profits. Consider how you can offer your own levels of service or how you can tailor your product to tiered pricing to maximize value and profit. The point is that you are giving your customer a reason to stay and move on to other products, services, or price levels. The third level of client is the lawyer. This is the customer who has made that big repeat purchase and is ready to start using their social influence to influence other potential buyers by writing reviews, providing testimonials, or engaging on social media. To inspire your advocates to take action, offer them relevant incentives. What is relevant? This can be early access to new products in exchange for writing a long review or video testimonial. These may include upgrades to a higher level of service or inclusion in a special VIP group in exchange for personal recommendations. Brian Moran recently launched a very successful content update and affiliate giveaway campaign for a new bloated version of SamCart. Instead of just (and lazily) posting a press release or two about these new features, or taking to social media to tweet about it, Brian planned and launched a multi-7-digit re-release thanks to a promotional campaign/ very effective membership.. It tapped into its existing customer base and enticed them to champion the brand (in marketing terms, this was an affiliate game in its own right). It really was one of the best affiliate campaigns I've seen in a long time. And, or the equivalent benefit for your business model. And when you have defenders, don't ignore them. If you get tweeted, reply and retweet with your thanks. If they post about you on Facebook, share their posts with a few words of thanks. If they contact you via email, make sure they receive a personalized response that acknowledges their status, not a canned response that makes them feel like one of them. The fourth level of customer is the brand ambassador. These are the people who practically deserve to be on your payroll. They talk about you in real life and online. They are passionate about their relationship with you. They genuinely invest in your story, your people, your products and services and basically provide you with value or brand equity in the marketplace. They wear your t-shirts and tweet about you and tell people how amazing you are all the time. These customers are your most important customers and should be treated as such. YouTube does a great job of recognizing YouTube video creators who demonstrate influence (which ties directly into YouTube's main line). Not to be outdone on bling, a video creator receives a personalized gift in the mail once they hit 100,000, 1 million, or 10mm subscribers. Because of the perceived value, the giveaway is a great way to say, "Hey valued YouTube video creator, you're on exclusive territory and we're here to help you continue your success." Enough said and yes, they will post this video online, tweet about it, and make sure everyone on their Facebook wall knows about the achievement. Any client who reaches this stage should receive some form of personal recognition. A handwritten thank you note with a special gift, a special invitation to join an exclusive affiliate marketing pay tier, double reward points, free bonuses with every purchase, or something else that makes sense with your business model. The thing is, these customers are special and they need to know that you know how special they are. For example, some airlines assign a baggage handler to carry carry-on luggage for their first-tier customers as they enter and exit the plane. It's a small service that costs the airline next to nothing, but it makes it clear to the passenger and everyone around them that they are a big deal. Some Etsy business owners reward their best customers with free overnight shipping or a free gift with every purchase. Think about what makes sense to your best customers. What is the best way to show your appreciation on a regular basis? The concept of retention is not new, but budgeting for it... Retaining customers and optimizing retention is nothing new. This dates back to at least the 1890s, when Sperry & Hutchinson invented green stamps (redeemable for household items) to entice customers to shop at stores that gave them away. People collected green stamps with unparalleled fury for decades, until in the 1970s the company lowered the value of the stamps so much that people sued them. Yes, after 70 years of cultivating generations of loyal customers, they screwed it up in just a few years by devaluing their rewards. That should tell you something about how fickle customer loyalty is and how hard you have to keep working to get good retention numbers. So the concept of keeping customers coming back for more is as old as the hills. However, it is the idea of allocating significant resources (intellectual power and budget) to customer retention that many companies have not yet fully grasped. It wasn't until 1990 that business owners discovered the idea that loyal customers had real, measurable value. The concept was first proposed in the Harvard Business Review by Frederick F. Reichheld, who showed companies that by keeping customers, their profits would increase. It sounds simple enough, but sometimes it takes a guy from Harvard to spell it out before CEOs start embracing the mantra and start tweaking their operations accordingly. So now, knowing that customer retention is critical to growth and that CRO produces measurable benefits, all you need to do is find the right resources and dig deep. But before you can budget anything and before you start your CRO (either side of the bow tie funnel) campaign, it's probably a good idea to figure out how you're doing in the first place. This is especially true if you need to take steps to get someone to approve the budget for your new customer loyalty plan. To do this, you'll need to create a reference to work from. The customer churn rate is called the churn rate. Just keep this handy rhyme in mind: Customer churn means you earn nothing. Seriously, knowing your current churn rate tells you how your current customer retention optimization efforts are working—or, you know, not working. You need to know your unsubscribe reference now, before you make any changes, or you'll be working in the dark. For SaaS companies, churn measurement is particularly important. And if part of your income depends on being able to show advertising to your subscribed customers, high churn rates will spell the end. The problem is that measuring churn is not easy. 4. Create a database to store all this data. Then, after months of collecting this data and calculating engagement scores, you'll start reporting and analyzing it, looking for patterns to see where customers are leaving and why. I'm sure I know what you're thinking right now. "Maybe I'll save the rotation for later in my business development training." Is it a bad idea. Also, once you've managed to extract real numbers on your customer retention, what will you compare them to? There isn't a lot of publicly published data on churn rates. That's why it's important to measure your churn early on - you'll have something to compare to later when all that CRO stuff kicks in. But back to why so few marketers seem to know the "bow tie" mentality of CRO culture... CRO in his own business. It's human nature, really. It's fun to think about getting new things instead of concentrating on keeping the old. It is a primordial desire to seek new things. Humans are greedy. But unless you're running a gadget shop in a cruise destination where new hordes of souvenir-seeking tourists arrive at your door daily, you'll eventually have to start thinking about pleasing your existing customers if you want your business to prosper. In fact, I can't think of any sales situation where it wouldn't be profitable to consider improving customer retention, not even the exclusive distributor of the most popular piece of jewelry on the planet with pride of place in a cruise ship destination. Even this super hipster will eventually close its doors if you don't put the energy into retaining some of your customers. I can show you numbers that prove that it costs much more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one (how does that sound up to 25 times more expensive?). It might remind you that consumers have more choice than ever in history, which means that if you don't try to keep them after the sale, they may always go elsewhere, even after you make the first choice. But the best way to bring this idea to life, this concept of allocating significant resources to customer loyalty, is to introduce you to the king of customer service and loyalty: Nordstrom. To understand why customer retention is so critical to growth, we can learn a lesson from the old selling point. I mean the ones that predate sales training, and even the notion of professional salespeople... In this old-fashioned environment, when something went wrong after the purchase, the business owner would do whatever it took to erase the embarrassment of a less-than-perfect outcome of a sales transaction concluded with a neighbor. Mom & Pop stores with that level of investment and dedication to the customer experience are all but gone these days. However, you can see remnants of this learned mindset here and there in the retail world. However, it is so rare that when it happens, people write books about it. Nordstrom comes to mind, of course, with its incredible customer service formula dating back to 1901, when the store was a 20-foot-wide storefront on Pike Street in Seattle. From day one, a culture of customer humility has worked to make Nordstrom the king of customer service. Even more remnants of the original customer-centric way of selling can be seen today, primarily in luxury retail. Here, salespeople learn that the sale doesn't end with the cha-ching of the ledger. And it's the little things: A high-end store will train its associates to never hand a customer their purchase at the counter, but instead walk to personally hand the bag to them with no barriers in between. Then, if the context allows, they are trained to strike up a conversation and walk you to the door. It's the kind of premium processing that gives customers confidence in their purchases. Should they feel spasms of inadvertent buyer's remorse, you are there to wrap them in the VIP treatment. This is called integration. For example, when you make a purchase on Amazon, you don't have to wonder if it was successful: the thank you/confirmation page lets you know everything is okay. You can instantly view related items, share your purchase on social media, and even sign up for text notifications when your package ships. When these high-end retailers teach their sales associates to come out from behind the counter to hand a customer their purchase and then walk them out the door, they are teaching the behavior. And, of course, salespeople can learn the behavior. But the best thing is that sellers feel committed to the vision of the company, aligned with the history of the company and motivated to work independently for the continuous improvement of the customer experience. So this behavior should come naturally. In fact, Nordstrom is also famous for having very few "rules" and sales guidelines. Instead, their salespeople are trained in "The Nordstrom Way," encouraged to use their own judgment, and empowered to act accordingly. That's what you want for your business: employees who understand your story and are committed to your mission. I call it StoryVesting, and if you've ever read my blog, you'll know exactly what it means. Nordstrom doesn't just focus on the customer. A customer-centric business simply means a business where the customer is taken into account when making business decisions. This can take the form of targeting a particular segment with your advertising, or it can mean that you place a lot of importance on the UX of your website. Or it could simply mean that you offer free shipping because you know your customers want it and it will help sales. It's a marketing philosophy that, when done right, leads to more leads and eventually more conversions. Running a customer-centric business, on the other hand, requires much more than applying some data-driven marketing techniques. It requires being humble. A true customer-centric company, where "focus on the customer" is the mantra of every employee, from the front line to the CEO, bowing to the needs of the customer. It is more than satisfying customer needs. That's what Nordstrom did, and that's why this company is the queen of customer service. That's why their store survived the Great Recession, and why even Saks and Bloomingdales strive to be like them, because they're the best at it. How to become "customer oriented"? So how do you stay humble in the face of your customers' wants and needs? Start by listening carefully. You'll want to hear from them at every stage of your buying lifecycle. Collect data any way you can, then work hard every day to drive innovation in your business and find new ways to serve your customers. None of this is possible, especially the innovation part, without the full commitment and investment of all your employees, not just those in the marketing department. Optimizing customer retention requires constant innovation and individual initiative... Your customer-centric mindset must also be fully present throughout your company, and it must be continuous. CRO needs to become a dynamic part of your company culture, so every day every employee is thinking of new ways to make things better for customers. Do you know what customer service giant Nordstrom's main goal is each year? To improve your customer service. Not even Nordstrom can rest on its laurels, so why would anyone else? How do you find employees with that kind of dedication to be creative and help drive your business, like Nordstrom does? Find people who wholeheartedly believe in your product and your company. You'll first need to define and redefine your company's story (the capital "S" is intentional), then look for employees whose personal values match your story. Membership is one of the essential elements of what I call StoryVesting. I've talked about StoryVesting before, probably to the point of nausea, because it's what forms the basis of your entire business growth strategy. Without a customer-centric starting point, your strategies and tactics (and your team) can thrive. Once you've mastered StoryVesting, you'll have the ability to collect ongoing customer journey feedback from all parts of your business, not just the marketing department.
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First of all, potential customers must realize that the solution you offer exists. They can do this by reading your blog posts, watching your videos, accessing your Facebook or Google Ads, or accessing a landing page you created with a landing page builder. Without knowing who you are and what you do, it's impossible for visitors to take the next step. The first impression can easily turn into a lasting impression, so it is essential to remember a few things at this stage. Along with the information mentioned above, such as what industry you're in and what you offer, establishing your unique selling proposition (USP) is essential. In other words: what differentiates your company from the competition? Once potential customers learn about your product or service, you can maintain that interest by continuing to build trust and engage them. At this level, offer personalized content, like a free eBook, newsletter, or promotion, to help prospects keep thinking about your brand. At this point in the funnel, it's important to measure activity on your marketing creatives: see what conversions and how visitors engage with your content (whether it's an entire website or a standalone landing page). Based on this information, you will be able to obtain information about customer profiles. As a result, your remarketing efforts will be better tailored to the needs of your potential customers, thus increasing your chances of converting them into paying customers. If you were successful in the previous two steps, the next one is where the real choice happens. This decision is usually based on several criteria, and these depend on the industry. For example, e-commerce customers will value the price and quality of the product, as well as whether your brand represents their lifestyle better than other companies. In B2B, the reasons for making a purchase decision will be a bit different. Naturally, cost will be considered, but tools and services will also be evaluated on ease of use and implementation, ability to help achieve key performance indicators, and other metrics. In a nutshell, decision makers will need to be sure that a given offer improves their business.
Funnel Media Group is a collection of podcast services designed to make you and your guests look great online with podcasts and vodcasts. We are a full service agency that helps you plan your show, train as a host, learn all the moving parts, set up the flow to make your regular schedule manageable and successful. We do it all. Implementation, strategies, recording, editing, publication, promotion. We fill in the blanks. Implementation, strategies, edition, publication and/or promotion. Recording editing, editing, editing, promotion. How can this benefit your company, your department, and even you? Why do most podcasts fail? How to avoid a misfire? How to examine and prepare a guest. We will cover the list of preparation steps to get you started successfully. Dr. Pat Alagia hosts Dr. Michael Racke in this very important episode of the Quest Diagnostics Dialogues. Recent research findings are beginning to show the important role diagnostics could play in the next era of Alzheimer's disease. How many cold calling opportunities have you wasted pushing hard and fast to sell your company's product? Today's Market Dominance Guys guest is Bruce Lewolt, founder of JoyAI and Blast Learning, who talks about a more efficient and benevolent approach to sales.
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The ONLY thing I did differently from the recipe was use 1/2 cinnamon and 1/2 pumpkin pie spice, everything else I followed exactly. I thought they tasted EXACTLY like the funnel cakes at the fair. For the people who complained that they weren't sweet enough, what makes funnel cakes sweet is the filling. That's what icing sugar (or fruit, etc.) is for. The type of oil you fry them in and the temperature also make a big difference. I tried (in a cake) using barely any oil in a pan (as one reviewer said) and it came out flat almost like an omelet. Let's face it: It's not diet food, so if you want it real, you'll have to fry it in Crisco. I heard that Crisco had launched an oil with no trans fats. I'll have to interject it. I think this recipe is 100%. I wouldn't add sugar to the dough at all. I also used a measuring cup to pour the batter into the pan. Once you figure it out, it's pretty easy. They got rave reviews at my house, we just don't eat them too often.
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The venture capital funnel highlights the natural selection inherent in the venture capital process. Where does this information come from? Where does this information come from? For the record, we know that most startups fail. But by looking at the data, we can see the hard truth in the numbers and better understand where in the funding cycle startups start to lose ground. We followed a cohort of over 1100 startups from the time they made their first seed investment to see what happens to them empirically. So once you've received your first seed funding, what can startup founders expect? The data backs up the conventional wisdom: nearly 67% of startups stall at some point in the venture capital process and fail to exit or raise follow-up funds. In our latest analysis, we tracked more than 1100 technology companies that raised funding rounds in the United States between 2008 and 2010. Less than half, or 48%, managed to raise a second round of funding. With each cycle, fewer companies are moving toward new capital injections and (hopefully) better results. Only 15% of our companies subsequently raised a fourth round of funding, which is typically a Series C round of funding. The data below provides a more detailed look at the results. There was a 2 percentage point increase, from 46% to 48%, among companies that launched a first round of monitoring in our updated analysis. 30% of seed-backed companies exited through an initial public offering or mergers and acquisitions, up 2 percentage points from a year ago. 67% of companies end up dying or becoming self-sufficient (perhaps a good thing for the company but not so good for investors). This is a decrease of 3 percentage points since our last analysis. It's hard to know the exact breakdown of these companies, as funding announcements get a lot of fanfare, but not cash flow positivity or profitability. Also, some businesses stumble like zombie businesses for years before closing. Not to mention that the death of companies usually occurs without an official announcement, that is, there is no such thing as a “startup death certificate” (although more and more startups are willing to share their post-mortem failure). Unsurprisingly, the odds of becoming a unicorn remained low in our new analysis, hovering around 1% (1,07%), with 12 companies achieving this status. Some of these companies are the highest-profile tech companies of the decade, including Uber, Airbnb, Slack, Stripe, and Docker. 13 companies came out for more than $500 million, including category leaders like Instagram, Zendesk, and Twilio. While almost half (48%) of companies do their first round of follow-up, more than half (63%) of these companies subsequently do their second round of follow-up, which tends to be in the Series B stage. The average rise time between months remained fairly consistent across all rounds, around 20 months. In round 6, the time to increase downside remains around 5 months, which is a small cohort of late-stage companies, but shows that investors are much more eager to invest at this stage. The reported median trade size was $350, while the average was $000, and the gap between the median and average round size tends to increase over time, showing that mega-rounds in later stages they bias the average upwards. In the sixth follow-up round, the average round amount was $40 million, but the average was $120 million. This analysis contains a cohort of US-based technology companies. UU. that raised their first round of seed funding in 2008, 2009, or 2010 and tracks them back to August 31, 2018. Given the date range, these companies have had a considerable amount of time to secure follow-up funding and exit. Portions are not counted as final rounds, only stock rounds are counted as final rounds. It should be noted that, in general, seed agreements were less important in 2008-2010 than they are now. They have grown in popularity in recent years with the explosion of micro-staking and the increased frequency of seed transactions by multi-stage funds. If we were to repeat this analysis in a few years, the numbers could look very different and there would probably be an even smaller proportion of companies getting Series A and Series B financing. Of the 1,098 tech companies we tracked that raised funding rounds in the United States in 2008-2010, less than half, or 46%, managed to raise a second round of funding. With each cycle, fewer companies are moving toward new capital injections and (hopefully) better results. Only 14% of our companies subsequently raised a fourth round of funding, which is typically a Series C round of funding. The data below provides a more detailed look at the results. This analysis contains a cohort of US-based technology companies. UU. that raised their first round of seed funding in 2008, 2009, or 2010 and tracks them back to February 28, 2017. Given the date range, these companies have had plenty of time to ensure follow-up. -in financing and withdraw. Portions are not counted as final rounds, only stock rounds are counted as final rounds. It should be noted that, in general, seed agreements were less important in 2008-2010 than they are now. They have grown in popularity in recent years with the explosion of micro-staking and the increased frequency of seed transactions by multi-stage funds. If we were to repeat this analysis a few years from now, the numbers could be very different and there would probably even be a smaller proportion of companies getting Series A and Series B funding. Almost half (46%) of the companies that raised their initial seed capital in 2008-2010 ended up raising a second round of financing. 306 (28%) of the companies that raised a round of financing in 2008-2010 exited through a merger and acquisition or an initial public offering in all 6 rounds of financing. Some of these companies are the highest-profile tech companies of the decade, including Uber, Airbnb and Slack. 70% of companies end up disappearing or becoming autonomous. The reported median trade size was $400, while the median was $000, and the gap between median and median round size increases over time, showing that mega-rounds in later stages they bias the average upwards. In the fifth follow-up round, the average round amount was $40 million, but the average was $175 million. 61% of companies that raise a second round after their initial seed are able to launch a follow-up second round after that. In other words, it is easier for companies to raise a second post-seed financing than a first post-seed financing. Nutanix, Covermymeds, Twilio, Trade Desk e Instagram. This report looks at a cohort of tech companies that raised seed money in 2009 and 2010, tracking them back to 19/11/2015. This is a mature enough time for us to do this analysis, meaning that these companies have had enough time to succeed or fail. It should be noted that, in general, seed agreements were less important in 2009-2010 than they are now. They have grown in popularity in recent years with the explosion of micro-VCs and the increased frequency of initial transactions by multi-stage funds. If we were to repeat this analysis in a few years, the figures could be very different. Fewer than half (40%) of the companies that raised a Seed or Seed VC funding round in 2009-2010 raised a second round of funding. Instagram, Uber y Slack. 77% of companies are dead, dead (poor results) or have become self-sufficient (a potentially good result for the company but probably not a good one for its investors). It's hard to know the exact breakdown of these companies, as funding announcements get a lot of fanfare, but not cash flow positivity or profitability. Furthermore, corporate death usually happens quietly in the middle of the night (although more and more startups are willing to share their post-mortem failure). 56% of companies that raise a follow-up round after their Seed are able to generate a second follow-up round after that. In other words, it is easier to raise second post-seed funding than first post-seed funding (as noted, only 40% of companies are able to raise post-seed funds). However, as companies enter the intermediate and advanced stages, the proportion of companies that manage to raise follow-on capital decreases. For the third follow-up round after Seed, the percentage drops to 39%, then to 38% for the fourth, and so on. For entrepreneurs who have raised multiple rounds of funding or venture capitalists making the decision to invest in companies, how does the above funnel match up with your experiences?
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