Capstone – Project

Paid Advertising Strategy for Fintech Startup

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Project Synopsis

Finbox Inc is a company that builds tools for equity investors that focus on fundamental analysis and fair market value. We are currently rolling out some major product updates and will be ramping up our growth efforts later this year. SEO and organic growth has historically been our primary source of new customers, but we would like to experiment more with paid acquisition channels to develop a more effective and scalable growth strategy. With this in mind, an ideal collaboration for us would result in the development of a marketing strategy through the analysis of: - competitor marketing tactics - customer goals & decision-making processes when upgrading - customer brand & product perception


420 W Huron St, Chicago IL 60654


  • Familiarity with financial modeling concepts and value-based investing approaches would be helpful for understanding customers.
  • Experience with digital advertising channels (Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, etc) would be beneficial.
  • Interest in data-driven marketing strategies, and experience using Google Analytics data to analyze customer behavior would also be helpful.


  • Students will develop an understanding of the tools and strategies employed by investors to build a value-based portfolio.
  • Students will get experience doing B2C market research, focusing on a large segment of value investors and the services available to them in the marketplace.
  • Students will get experience analyzing data and conducting user interviews to build a marketing strategy informed by quantitative acquisition data and qualitative customer insights.

Project Topics

Growth Strategy


Sales & Business Development

Company Information
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview provides a suite of research tools specifically tailored for the modern value investor. Our comprehensive stock screener and fair-value estimates allow users to find interesting investment opportunities quickly. With coverage extending over 10,000 domestic and international companies and 250k+ continuously-updated valuation models available online and for download, it's easy to dig into the details and make your own decision about a potential investment. Build your own models using our Excel & Google Sheets plugins, or build a watchlist to keep an eye on that stock that's about to pop. Find value faster with

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.29 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

  • October 14, 2019 - Understand the Offering and Market Landscape

    • After exploring the platform, how would you describe the product offering?
      • Does Finbox clearly communicate the scope of its product via copy, messaging, and onboarding?
      • Does Finbox clearly communicate the value it can deliver to its user?
      • What points of friction make it difficult to understand or use the product?
    • What customer segments is this product offering ideally suited for?
    • What other companies & products target similar segments?
      • How does Finbox compare in terms of product quality, messaging, scope, and ease of use?
    • What differentiates Finbox from its competitors? Are these differentiators clearly communicated to new users?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Summarize the current value proposition, customer segments, and competitive landscape. Suggest improvements to messaging and onboarding in order to minimize friction and better communicate value. Customer interview outlines.

  • October 15, 2019 - Detailed Customer & Channel Analysis

    We will schedule 10-15 minute interviews with current Finbox users, including long-time premium users, users who canceled after trying premium, and users who abandoned the product without upgrading. Through these interviews, and through independent channel analysis, we would seek to understand:

    • How do the customers interviewed fit into the segments defined in the previous milestone?
      • Is Finbox reaching the right groups? How well do the different segments convert?
      • Are there other segments we should consider targeting?
    • What other services did they consider? How did they decide between Finbox and these other services?
    • What are the biggest barriers to upgrading? What are the most common cancellation triggers?
      • What changes can Finbox make to convert more of these users?
    • How do new users find Finbox?
      • What are they looking for? What problem are they trying to solve?
      • Which channels bring the most traffic? Which convert the best? Which are most cost-effective?
      • What other channels should Finbox consider to reach more users similar to current subscribers?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    A brief report summarizing findings from interviews & channel analysis, with insight into questions posed above.

  • October 16, 2019 - Marketing & Funnel Planning

    • Based on the information from the customer segment and market analysis…
      • Who do you see as the best group to target?
      • Should the company prioritize top-level acquisition, or reducing churn/drop-off?
    • What are examples of content/messaging these segments will engage with?
      • What else has worked for this group?
      • How does this vary by channel?
      • How can we build similar content/messaging around our service offering? How would this fit into a broader acquisition funnel?
    • What are other examples of marketing done for these segments?
      • What companies are succeeding in reaching them?
      • What is a typical CAC for customers in these segments?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Broad outlines for the Marketing Strategy and Acquisition Funnel

  • October 17, 2019 - Building Campaigns

    • What are potential marketing campaigns that we can try?
      • How can we experiment within campaigns (are there opportunities for A/B for content, target segment, creatives, etc.)
      • Proposed budget for each campaign/channel
    • Further definition of the acquisition funnel
      • Laying out the steps, potentially some content for various stages
      • Ideas on drip campaigns as well as re-engagement opportunities and activities
    • Criteria for campaign success evaluation
      • How should the company measure ROI after 30, 60, 90 days?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Finished Marketing Strategy with Success Criteria

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Industry Mentors

Company Admin


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Academic Mentors


Alice Obermiller

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