Software Startup Education : Gamifying Growth Hacking
Kemell, K.-K., Feshchenko, P., Himmanen, J., Hossain, A., Jameel, F., Puca, R. L., Vitikainen, T., Kultanen, J., Risku, J., Impiö, J., Sorvisto, A., & Abrahamsson, P. (2020). Software Startup Education : Gamifying Growth Hacking. In A. Nguyen-Duc, J. Münch, R. Prikladnick, X. Wang, & P. Abrahamsson (Eds.), Fundamentals of Software Startups : Essential Engineering and Business Aspects (pp. 269-277). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35983-6_16
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Marketing is a vital activity for software startups as they seek high growth. A specific type of digital marketing, growth hacking, in particular has attracted a lot of attention in software startups. Growth hacking is about utilizing low-cost marketing practices and existing platforms to rapidly increase the user count of a service. Though topics related to growth hacking such as marketing on a general level have been extensively studied in the past, growth hacking has not seen much direct interest in the academia thus far. As a result, we currently have few tools to teach growth hacking in startup education. In this chapter, we present two board games intended to serve as an introduction to growth hacking.
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