Sep 1 • 1HR 8M

How to grow a subscription business | Yuriy Timen (Grammarly, Canva, Airtable)

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Lenny Rachitsky interviews world-class product leaders and growth experts to uncover concrete, actionable, and tactical advice to help you build, launch, and grow your own product.
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Yuriy Timen was Global Head of Marketing and Growth at Grammarly, and is now a full-time growth advisor, having worked with more than a dozen companies, including Canva, Airtable, Whimsical,, Oyster, Flo Health, and Clay. In today’s episode, Yuriy discusses the ever-changing world of growth, emerging growth tactics, and how to find your growth engine. You’ll learn the most effective strategies for driving user acquisition, how to balance and diversify organic and paid channels, when it’s time to change plans, how to vet new growth channel opportunities, and much more.

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In this episode, we cover:

[03:49] Yuriy’s background

[09:46] Different paths to growth for subscription-based products

[13:21] When to lean into virality

[15:39] What are network effects?

[16:32] SEO strategy and timeline: how long can it take to see results?

[24:22] The shifting landscape of paid media

[28:09] The return of media mix modeling

[32:01] How can you tell if media spending equates to business results?

[33:44] Don’t spread yourself too thin

[36:01] How to tell if you’ve taken a strategy far enough

[38:02] When to lean into a strategy that’s working vs. when to think about diversification

[42:13] Is there a shift from growth to survival?

[46:19] Two reasons to do paid media

[56:45] Why you shouldn’t dismiss TikTok (and other channels you might be overlooking)

[59:36] Lightning round!

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