Key Factors for Running Successful SaaS Start-ups

Mar 02, 2016 posted by Kellton Tech under Cloud Computing, SMAC


Modern enterprises are looking up to software-as-a-service solutions for achieving business growth. Every company dealing with the technology framework lays emphasis on developing a SaaS product to address unique needs of customers. However, many enterprises do not take off successfully or fail in effective SaaS implementation in addition to growing competition.

Entrepreneurs are focusing on transition of metrics involved in operating a SaaS business. Here are few major reasons why SaaS startups fail.

Customer is King

Success stories reveal importance of long-term relationships with customers. However, revenue generation is a major problem faced by SaaS enterprises which in turn hinders the performance of ARR. Therefore, enterprises must reduce their focus on revenue generation and put efforts to increase customer engagement and test their capacity of upselling.

Building sustainable relationships

A startup does not attract customers through its blog/logo/interaction with media. Exploring ways to develop interpersonal relationships with customers increases its accountability. Transparency, reliability, and accessibility help start-ups become sustainable in the long run. The entrepreneur represents the company’s brand value. Initial stages of a start-up must focus on building long-term association with prospective buyers.

Well-Equipped Sales Team

Lack of effective sales tools is detrimental for growth of a start-up business.the sales team, if equipped with right skills and effective sales tools, can achieve resounding sales performance. For example, case studies help the sales team deliver credible solutions to customers.

Fast Mover in the Market

Early movers may not achieve success necessarily; advantage of first movers is exaggerated. On the contrary a fast moving enterprise will observe the benefits and weaknesses of its competitors and provide an appropriate solution to gain competitive advantage. Business model of early movers run the risk of being overshadowed by competitors. SaaS enterprises must adopt fast-moving business model providing excellent user experience with the help of a continuously evolving product.

Pay Close Attention To Security

A security breach results in huge financial losses for an enterprise. In addition, the enterprise’s reputation is on stake. Growth of ecommerce has raised concerns about data security. It has become an essential factor on which customers rate businesses. Investing early in data encryption will benefit SaaS enterprises.

First Impression is the last impression

Customer retention is crucial for any start-up. Hence start-ups must focus on delivering excellent customer experience on a consistent basis. Enterprises must focus on providing visual appeal and user experience.

Establishing Frameworks For Measuring Success

Informative analytics determine maturity stage of a business. In the initial stages of start-ups, entrepreneurs must emphasize on product adoption. Additionally, they must structure a well-defined framework to assess business performance. SaaS solutions can measure overall customer experience, identify right products, and easily implement cross-selling ideas to your campaigns. Pricing strategies and special promotional offers keeps enterprises stay on toes and deliver accurate enterprise solutions. 

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