OKRs Examples

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Growth Stage Startups

OKRs for Growth Stage Companies

Growth-stage companies have figured out how to solve a problem for their users. Of course, they'll keep investing in the product, but the main focus is to grow the business. This is why they should mostly focus on the Acquisition and Referral stages of the AARRR funnel.

There are 2 ways for you to grow: find channels that can generate a steady number of leads, and turn existing users into advocates that will refer your product to their friends and colleagues.

Focus areas:

Acquisition
Activation
Retention
Referral
Revenue

Key questions:

Do we have sustainable growth channels?

Is our onboarding funnel efficient?

Can we turn happy users into advocates?

Are we sustaining the quality of the product?

Example of Growth Stage Startup OKRs

You'll find below an example built around a fictitious company. Your OKRs should move from quarter to quarter and map to your company's reality – that's why we thought it's best to illustrate things as a case study that you can take inspiration from.

Scenario

Askawoof is a startup building a platform to help companies run customer satisfaction surveys. They successfully launched their product and got great initial feedback. Now they're looking for ways to accelerate their growth.

General advice

It's often useful to pair Key Results that can check one another for a specific Objective. You might push your team to adopt extreme tactics to grow the business if you only mention new leads and signups (spend too much, reduce leads quality...).

A good practice is to add control Key Results to make sure keep that your business stays healthy. In this example, the goals around growth are balanced with some other KRs related to costs and retention.

Their Startup OKRs

Objective

Lead gen accelerates through network effects

Key result

Free plans users help us generate 500 leads through advertising in surveys

Key result

25% of survey-generated leads turn into active users

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Objective

We have a sustainable growth engine

Key result

1K people are using our platform every week

Key result

Weekly signups increase from 20 to 150

Key result

8-week retention rate stays above 30%

Key result

Cost per Acquisition stays under $30

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Tracking your OKRs

Knowing how to write good OKRs is critical, but without good tracking in place, the OKRs will fade away and focus will be lost.

It's not just us saying that:

The easier it is for a team to have weekly discussions around the OKRs, the better they'll execute.

The check-ins process can be automated with a platform like Tability that takes care of reminders, and distribute updates to the teams.

Tability will act as your accountability buddy

It is vital that you implement a proper OKRs ritual, otherwise your OKRs won't be much different from having KPIs.

What other metrics can you use for your startup?

Now that you've got good Objectives, it's time to pick some key results and finding good metrics that work for your team can be tricky. Lucky for you, we've laid out all the best success metrics for your teams to use.

Here are a few to get you started:

Number of leads

How many new users sign up for your product every day/week/month?

Activation rate

How many signups turn into active users?

Engagement

How do people interact with your content (it can be anything, from visits to specific sections to conversations in Intercom…)

Cost Per Acquisition (CPA)

Cost Per Acquisition is the cost of acquiring a non-paying user.

Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

Customer Acquisition Cost is the cost of acquiring a paying customer.

Retention rate

How many users return to our product every day/week/month?

Conversion rate

How many users turn into paid customers?

Monthly Recurring Revenues (MRR)

How much revenue do we generate every month from our users?

Churn

What's the percentage of customers that drops every month?

Viral coefficient

How many new users does one user generate (by inviting friends, colleagues, referrals...)?

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