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Managing Gravity Forms with Zapier and Trello

If you’re looking to organize your Gravity Forms contact submissions, I’ve got just the trick for you.

I connect my general Contact form and my Challenge application forms to my Trello account with Zapier.

I use Trello for organizing thoughts and tasks, so why not use it to organize all of the folks contacting me. With it’s ease of use and drag-n-drop lists, it makes for a really great lightweight CRM of sorts.

For those of you that haven’t used any of these services, let’s take a look at what they do before I share the recipe.

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WordPress slide presentation the WP Present way

Owning your content is sort of the WordPress way, right?

We publish a ton of data from our blog’s to our Facebook accounts. Instagram captures our memories and Twitter declares what we’re thinking at the moment.

But this is our data and we’re giving it large platforms that leverage it for marketing and promotion. Today we’re going to hear from another Slide Presentation plugin developed by Steven Word.

He’s going to position the product as something different than a big brand alternative — but hasn’t revealed exactly what that will be yet.

In the meantime put down that SlideShare account and dive into WP Present.

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10up founder Jake Goldman invests in seoslides WordPress plugin

Recently at WordCamp Boston 2013, a strange thing happened.

Two plugin announcements randomly collided.

I attended Steven Word’s talk called “Unconventional WordPress” and unconventional it was. At the end of the talk he unveiled the plugin that powered his presentation WP Present. Later in the day Jake Goldman presented his topic and also unveiled his company’s first dance with product – seoslides.

How about that? Two presentation slide plugins built for WordPress unbeknownst to one another in the same building.

So is this what 10up’s been doing with all that talent? If you’re like me, you might be wondering when their product might be launching to the world. Well not so fast. We learn here that this is an investment by 10up’s founder and we should expect to see original product incubated by the team early 2014.

Read on to discover more about seoslides and the future of 10up’s product line.

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Early stage WordPress startups apply here

There’s some changes in the works for The Matt Report podcast.

I’ll have more announcements coming soon, but in the meantime I’d like to find a few good candidates. If you’re an early stage WordPress startup or entrepreneur, tell me more about what you’re up to.

So, how do I define early stage? 

  • You have your elevator pitch.
  • You have an “MVP” or semi functioning product/service.
  • Your unique value proposition is truly unique.
  • You still need a hand putting some of the pieces of the business puzzle together. (i.e. marketing, cashflow, team building etc)
  • You’re not afraid to sell yourself or talk about your startup.

What am I planning? 

First, contact me.

Second, contact me.

I’m not done ironing out ALL of the details yet, but it’s important that at least a dozen of you apply. Once I gather a few folks who qualify, we’ll start a dialogue and I can tell you more about it.

No, I’m not selling anything. Yes, it’s part of a new Matt Report segment.

Here’s what I need you to tell me

  • Give me your elevator pitch
  • Tell me where you’re at in the business — is it generating revenue? Are you still building it?
  • What’s your short term and long term vision?
  • Access to see the product? (websites, plugin, theme, etc)
  • Most important: Tell me your biggest challenge!

Not a WordPress entrepreneur and how you can help

If you don’t qualify, that’s OK.

Please spread the word of this and get your WordPress entrepreneur folks to contact me. Tweet me, use the form, whatever. Just get in touch and spread the word!


How to find more clients

“How do I find more clients for my WordPress business?”, he asked.

The folks sitting in the room shifted in their seats as if it were some choreographed routine.

“Hustle!”, someone blurted out.

There was a collective laugh with a taste of pain and uncertainty. Like we’ve all been there before and we know what that means.

So I quickly agreed, but for some reason I wasn’t happy with that answer. Like saying hustle was a scapegoat.

There is no magic to all of this, you do have to hustle and you do have to bring your A game. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out there beating the streets and knocking on doors 14 hours a day.

Hustle comes in all shapes and sizes and that’s what I want to talk about today.

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Giving birth as a WordPress developer

I’m about to get a little weird on you.

First, I’m not a developer so I’m telling this story like a man (which I am) describing birth (which I’ve never experienced) in some kind of crazy way to relate to developers (which I am not).

Second, we’re super excited to announce the birth of our little 376KB bundle of joy.

Over the last few months we’ve spent a lot of time building our first free theme released on WordPress.org. However, this post isn’t about features of the product but the experience of giving birth to it through the eyes of a product guy.

Much like a Dad (am not), I didn’t do any of the real work. I helped name it, thought about what it would be when it got older, and hopefully I’ll teach it how to throw a baseball.

The real applause should be directed to my team at Slocum Studio.

(Told you I was going to get all weird on you…)

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