We’re back with Season 2 Episode 2 documenting the launch of my latest product, Julep.
This week I’ve invited returning guest, Troy Dean of WP Elevation, to talk about the fears of launching a product. We also get into providing some advice for growing your e-mail list for a product launch.
Sit back, take a sip of your favorite summer cocktail and let’s get into the show!
Launching a product isn’t easy.
I announced a new plugin called, Julep, which is going to help make your WordPress images more fun and engaging. Unlike my other digital products, Julep was born from a nagging frustration I have with manipulating my own blog post images. No market research, no client pain ponts — just my own.
I’m sick of uploading my featured images to another service or into Pixelmator to embed headlines or quotes to make my posts a bit more — fun. It becomes clumsy and my desktop ends up being cluttered with cropped images and duplicate files. Why can’t we do this right in native WordPress?
With Julep, you can. That’s the challenge I’m tackling. I expect it won’t be easy.
“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.
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.
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.
The Matt Report Web Design Series
Enter part 4 of our web design series, Managing the Fifty-Thousand Dollar Web Project.
The Matt Report Web Design Series
- Part 1: Discovery Process
- Part 2: Setting the budget & expectation
- Part 3: Managing the $5 – $15k web project
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!