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About the author: Sangeet Paul Choudary analyzes business models for networked businesses at his blog Platform Thinking. He is based in Singapore,
* “a new breed of networks is gaining ground with the content-first model. They provide users with tools to create a corpus of content, and then enable conversations around that content.”
—>This was my original premise for starting a Twitter Chat:
“Communities coalesce around knowledge.” http://www.twittertalks.com
* “Startups often fail to appreciate the gap between technology and value proposition.”
—>This article is product/technology/feature focused and fails to appreciate the perspective from the “user” experience and the job the user wants to get done – which is to have the content be relevant, in the moment, and provide value with the most ease, without requiring new habits or retooling.
* Social products that win will focus on enabling users to create content first and generate conversations around it.
—>Tools that enable conversations around content – and make it easier to contribute value without being hampered by the tool…Why I love scoop.it, storify.com/prodmgmttalk and my newest find – https://rizzoma.com/ (with love to Google Wave afficianados)
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* "when we foster relationships with open minds and scientific rigor, good things can happen." Kevin Folta via Emily McManus
* What we need is a general evolution in critical thought. That will take some time. http://www.ericgarland.co/
* this new social and digital era (actually, life) is not perfect, is it? It’s just … real, connected, and being present to what is. http://twitter.com/nilofer
* people who are charismatic and persuasive are celebrated by the media even when they are wrong, because a good story sells, and real scientists tend to be nuanced and boring. jisaacstone
* you can avoid these problems in your own business by taking the time to think through which functions should have more openness/autonomy and which functions should have more control/protection. Lex Sisney
* Only once we become a society that welcomes and values learning, more than knowing will we really be able to progress forward. Hbksloss
* "Process not just product."
Yes, when I look at the companies that had advantages in the 80s, they were ones who had a lock in on suppliers, land, capital, etc. When I look at the companies that are winning today, they have a lock on reinvention and process (Amazon being one of the best examples of this). http://twitter.com/nilofer
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By Michelle Sun
Here are the notes for the Marketing and Getting Traction Section at Startup Product Summit SF. Omissions and errors are mine (please let me know if you find any, thank you!), credit for the wisdom is entirely the speakers’.
“Your Product is your Marketing, and You are Your Product” – Eric Kim, Co-Founder & CEO, Twylah
Essential foundations of a personal brand:
- Thought leadership by expressing yourself around themes you want to be recognized for.
- Story-telling: Personal brand comes from not just conveying facts but weaving a story.
- Content-marketing: Convey something of value to your audience. Your content should be educating, inspiring or calling to action. Identify a segment of audience and project content that’s valuable to that segment.
- How to cultivate personal brand:
- Engagement. Have a conversation around the topics you are interested in.
- Community. Allow and encourage interaction and discussion amongst your audience.
- Custserv: Show the love by being responsive to customer / audience feedback. Quoted Buffer as a good example of incorporating customer happiness as a core of the product.
- How to leverage the brand to help or make a business
- Ask: call to action.
- Upsell: selling premium content or related services.
- Downsell: lower barrier by decreasing the length of commitment.
- Building a brand is about developing relationship. By consistently laying the foundations, it enables the individual to deliver authority, credibility and familiarity
- How to get content to right people when first starting out.
- Content/audience fit. Publish content and people have something to respond to
- #hashtag on Twitter is a great way to reach out to audience, outside of the followers count
- Brainstorm by asking questions. What are the three things that define you, that you’re passionate about, that you can create or curate
- Trustworthiness springs from familiarity and human touch. An individual’s brand identity is something that builds up and follows him over the course of his life and career.
“Make Your Numbers Go Up: How to Optimize for Conversion & Retention on Mobile” – Mariya Yao, Founder & Product Strategist, Xanadu Mobile
- When thinking about optimizing metrics in a product, there is a dichotomy of:
- Local maxima: am I building the product right? What should we A/B test? What platform? How to improve retention?
- Global maxima: am I building the right product? Am I in right market?
- Two strategies in evaluating a global maxima:
- Benchmarking. Top down approach that starts with the overall industry landscape.
- How do mobile users spend their time? What are the fastest growing app categories? What apps have most loyal users? Why do certain apps retain well and how do I use that into my app? What are the most profitable apps segment? Where in the world are smartphones adopted the fastest?
- What are the trends/opportunities?
- Where are the danger zones? Why have companies failed there?
- What can people do on mobile they weren’t able to do before?
- Why are people loyal to these apps?
- Behavior. Bottom up approach.
- Apps are either creating or replacing behavior: A case study on Foursquare and Instagram.
- Foursquare was creating a new behavior (check-in) that has no prior parallel, which explains the pivot from check-in in 2009 to explore in 2012. When creating a behavior, focus on delivering value or providing strong incentives such as saved money, time or exclusive/perks.
- In pre-Instagram era, 76% of people were using their phones to take photos. Mariya examined a detailed flow of taking a photo and sharing on facebook, and contrasted it with how Instagram made the process significantly shorter and easier.
- Benchmarking. Top down approach that starts with the overall industry landscape.
- Are you solving a problem or a nuisance? A common pitfall in startups is that they are building a company that is solving a nuisance instead of a problem. When solving a nuisance, in order for such product to succeed, the product needs to be better than the existing solution by magnitudes (eg, everyone complains about Craigslist but in the end tolerates it). A good way to distinguish between problem and nuisance is: Have they [the users] paid for a solution before, or spent a lot of time finding a solution or making a solution themselves]?
- ”Content marketing is practice of creating content relevant to your brand to gain greater visibility in search results and in social channels” – JD Lasica, Social Meida Biz
- 4 strategies that lean content has worked for Scoop.it
- Leverage SlideShare’s natural distribution to share your vision: Despite having a relatively small followers count, Scoop.it’s content on SlideShare has gathered significant views.
- Guest post to get distribution for your idea. Identify blogs in your niche and segment which are interesting.
- Answer Quora questions that related to your field. Answering on Quora is like blogging for a known, existing and savvy audience, who already have questions.
- Content curation. Starting point, leverage what you already do (read), express your expertise & develop it, helps you identify original topics for content creation. If you don’t know what content to create, start with curation.
“Monetization: How Buffer went from Idea to Revenue in 7 weeks & 50K users in 8 months”
- Leo shared three key stories/lessons from building Buffer so far.
- Validate first, code later. The story of Joel, cofounder of Buffer, validated his idea of Buffer before writing a line of backend code, by putting up a landing page and testing clicks on sign up and pricing.
- Working with percentages. When doing business development and getting press, Leo suggests anchoring expectations with percentages (out of 10 emails, expect ~20-40% response rate), to avoid frustration and improve resilience in mindset. He talked about the mindset helped him write 350 guest posts in the first 9 months of running Buffer, and getting press every 3 weeks.
- Experiment with pricing. He encourages the audience to test frequently pricing plans and points what works for the product, while always be great to existing users.
“Launching and Getting Users” – Jameson Detweiler, Co-Founder & CEO, LaunchRock
- Jameson told his journey of first 42 days of running LaunchRock, from StartupWeekend to launching on Day 5, getting on TechCrunch on Day 7 and campaign at SXSW on Day 42.
- How to effectively launch and get users:
- Be sexy [ beautifully designed product ], flirtatious [ LaunchRock’s traction is in part thanks to the wait between users’ signing up and the product is ready ], exotic [ build something new and unique ].
- Be targeted and specific in the value proposition; that makes it easy for people to talk about your brand.
- Be nice to press: do the related research, and make it easy for the press to write about you.
- Launch and listen to customer feedback.
- Be authentic when telling your story.
Notes on other panels:
About The Author
Michelle Sun is a product enthusiast and python developer. She worked at Bump Technologies as a Product Data Analyst and graduated from the inaugural class of Hackbright Academy. Prior to Hackbright, she founded a mobile loyalty startup. She began her career as an investment research analyst. When she is not busy coding away these days, she enjoys blogging, practicing vinyasa yoga and reading about behavioral psychology. Follow her on Twitter at @michellelsun and her blog.
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