10 Product Launch Lessons

10 Product Launch Lessons

“I created a WordPress plugin and sold $4k of licenses in the 1st hour of launch.”

We’ve heard it all before and you probably tuned into this very podcast to learn how someone went from eating ramen noodles, to living on the 4-hour work week island.

As entrepreneurs, we’re not just looking for a big payday, but also to see our product adopted and loved by the masses. It’s an earmark of success that drives us to do what we do. Getting mixed up in just thinking about the money, can cause unnecessary burden and stress.

But along the way, if we don’t convert our failures into lessons — as my friend Cory says — we’re doomed to stay trapped on the hamster wheel of launching a product business.

Today, I’d like to share with you the lessons I’ve learned launching one of my products, Conductor plugin.

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Postmatic Plugin Review

postmatic-plug-review

Today I’m reviewing the Postmatic plugin, a new way to deliver posts & comments to your inbox.

The plugin was created by Jason Lemieux & Dylan Kuhn to beautifully marry WordPress and Email together. I had the chance to talk to Jason about the dedication he and his team have committed to their ambitious product. After talking with him for about an hour, it was clear that this is just the beginning. 

On the outside, Postmatic looks like a way to wrangle comments in your inbox — but I think it’s poised to become something much more.

Engagement, something we’re all looking to increase, is the name of the game. At least for me and at least for this current iteration of the product.

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Web Design Essentials & Designing For A Platform

Web Design Essentials

I’m a firm believer in fully understanding the essentials (or fundamentals) of any problem you’re trying to solve.

For instance, you might not be a designer, but you’re quoting design work for your digital business. It’s imperative you understand the scope of work the design process covers and entails. This will help you formulate better proposals, articulate the pitch to your client, and work seamlessly with a design partner.

Rafal Tomal of Copyblogger Media joins us for Part 5: Web Design Essentials & Designing For A Platform.

The Matt Report Web Design Series

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Managing the $50k web project

managing the 50k web project

Enter part 4 of our web design series, Managing the Fifty-Thousand Dollar Web Project.

The Matt Report Web Design Series

I’m stoked for this episode, not just because of the size budget we’re discussing, but because we aren’t focusing on WordPress.

Carson McComas is founder of Shopify Custom, a (you guessed it) custom Shopify agency. He recently re-designed Andrew Youderian’s e-commerce site, which included a $50k budget. He’s joining Matt Report today to discuss that project and others that move through the pipeline at his agency.

Why you should listen if you’re a client: At first the budget might scare you, but you will quickly realize there’s a lot more value included in a project of this size than just pushing pixels. We explore how we focus on your business goals and put a plan in place to reach them.

Why you should listen if you’re an agency: Carson brings a healthy perspective on delivering the value our clients want. We explore the best phases to invest time and money into, with all roads leading back to a solid ROI.

By the way, if you’re not just a little attracted to the Shopify ecosystem after this interview — you might need to check your pulse. :)

This is a must-listen episode. Enjoy!

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Setting web design budget and expectation

Web Redesign Part 2

It’s easy for us to sit back and tell consultants to raise their rates and set better expectations, but it’s another story when we are the customer.

Today’s guest is re-launching his company website and he’s here to tell us how he approached the process. Meet, Jason Resnick, expert WordPress developer, consultant, and business owner.

He’s in a special segment, as a developer who is routinely hired to build a solution like this, it is not unfamiliar territory for him. However, stepping outside of his comfort zone and setting a realistic budget is new to him. Interviewing designers that understand his goals and branding needs is new to him. Giving up the control of branding while letting someone else drive the bus — new to him.

When you know how the sausage is made, things tend to taste a little bit differently. Let’s dive in.

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