You’re Trending on Product Hunt

There’s been an abundance of resources lately on the best tactics to use to get featured on Product Hunt. One thing that that isn’t covered as much, however, is what to actually do the day you get hunted, besides becoming famous and buying gold chains for your team.

Here’s a recap of some of the things that we’ve learned since getting hunted, as well as tips we’ve received from the startups that we’ve worked with for Startuplister.

2 quick and obvious reminders: Watch your server and hope you don’t get the hug of death. Set up a service like Pingometer to monitor uptime.  Also, you have analytics setup, right? RIGHT! If not, get Clicky on your site for instant tracking.

Introduce Yourself

As soon as you are hunted, add a comment on the thread and introduce yourself. Avoid trying to make the big pitch here, just be real, tell your story, and thank the community. For inspiration, look at some of the top hunted products and how the founders introduced themselves.
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Update 3/25/2015: Here’s another great example of introducing yourself.  Ivan Kirigin of YesGraph took a photo of himself and included it on the introudction message.

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Setup Mention.com or Notify.ly

It can be overwhelming to be able to track and measure all conversations that are happening about your hunted product, but it’s important to have a high-level view of the landscape. I’ve enjoyed using Mention, but there are other great tools out there as well. If you’re using Slack, I’d recommend Notify.ly to get slack notifications for each mention.

Also, for good measure I’d set up a notification for Product Hunt Alert in the event that your domain is mentioned elsewhere on Product Hunt.

Add Related Links

If you’re a mobile app, be sure to add the appropriate links under your Product Hunt submission. If you have any relevant press or publications posted recently, you can also add that relevant content to your post.

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Add your Teammates

PH has a great feature where you can add the folks that were a part of the team. Do that as soon as you can to wrap in your teammates to the thread.

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Thank The Hunter

I would do this almost immediately. Tweet to them, follow them, and thank them. They put their social karma on the line to vouch for your company, show them the love.

Add a Referral Message

It’s a common practice now to add a referral message (or best case scenario, use a custom landing page) on your website with a special greeting for all Product Hunt users. Add in the Glasshole Kitty icon. Algolia did a great job with custom copy for their Product Hunt traffic.  If you’re in a hurry and can’t build a custom referral message on your site/app, you can use Hello Bar and use their service which allows for a custom message based on referrer.

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Offer an Exclusive

If you’re able to offer a discount to the Product Hunt community, you can either mention that in your introduction message, or send a request to the Product Hunt team using this form to outline your exclusive. Getting an exclusive star on your Product Hunt post can help improve the visibility of your submission.

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Follow Everyone who Upvotes

Since Product Hunt utilizes Twitter for login, many of the folks that use Product Hunt inherently are on Twitter. Leverage this fact. Every single upvote that you receive on Product Hunt, you should both follow that user on Product Hunt as well as Twitter. I recommend using a service like Manage Flitter to help follow users in bulk.

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Provide Metric Updates

The PH community loves post-mortem reviews of the traffic, signups, and revenue. Start tracking reviewing metrics of sign ups, registrations, traffic, tweets, and mentions on other blogs and revenue. This will be very nice to have in anticipation for follow-up blog posts. I’d even recommend posting some stats and numbers on Twitter as the day unfolds.

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Post to your Networks.

As soon as your startup is on Product Hunt, you should broadcast to as many outlets as possible. Don’t ask for upvotes, it’s against the terms of Product Hunt, and it won’t help. Here’s what their terms say:

“People should upvote things they genuinely like or find interesting, not because they were peer pressured to do so. Feel free to spread the word and bring friends into the discussion, but asking or incentivizing people to upvote may trigger the algorithm to drop the product in the ranks or remove it from the front page entirely.”

However, do provide a link to your hunted startup, and let the community decide if your product is worthy. However, the more eyes that see your post, the better the chances you’ll rise to the top. Here are a few ideas of great things to do to announce your hunted startup:

  • Send a quick newsletter update.
  • Add a blog post with a link to the Product Hunt Post.
  • Use Spruce or Pablo to post an tweet with an image announcing that you’ve been hunted.
  • Schedule 3-5 additional posts on Buffer mentioning you’ve been featured on Product Hunt.
  • Also, post to your networks regularly throughout the day with updates on your stats from your traffic.
  • Join or post to your startup Facebook groups. For example 7 Day Startup or How to Start a Startup.
  • Make an Instagram post.
  • Text and email to friends & family.

Follow the Product Hunt Influencers

Following the major influencers on Product Hunt will increase your chances that they’ll see your startup has been hunted, and potentially retweet to your followers. You can get a list of the Product Hunt leaderboard and sort the hunters by the # of followers. Probably not worth following Snoop Dogg (or isn’t it Lion?)

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Create a Twitter Ad

After you’ve tweeted a few times on Twitter, try create a small campaign on Twitter Ads to increase the tweet engagement of your 3-5 Product Hunt tweets. You can create a Twitter ad with a highly targeted audience of Product Hunt followers to make sure that your campaign is getting in front of the right eyes and users on Twitter. I’ve had decent success with a $30-$50 ad campaign to increase twitter engagement on a few tweets.

Go to ads.twitter.com, setup an account and create a campaign for “tweet engagement”. One of the target audience parameters you can specify when creating your ad is similar users to a Twitter follower. Add Product Hunt as the username, and your tweets should be highly targeted to product loving folks.

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Conclusion

This was a roundup of some of the things that worked great for us as well as best practices spotted in the community. What worked best for you when your product was featured on Product Hunt. We’d love to hear from you!

Bonus Tips

Daily Email

Product Hunt also sends a daily email of the previous days Product Hunt submissions. If you’re lucky enough to be in the top tier and included in this list, you can expect to receive another influx of traffic.

Daily Hunt Podcast

Daily Hunt does a great job of interviewing founders of Product Hunt folks. If you’d like to get featured or interviewed, reach @joshmuccio and let him know you were hunted! If you aren’t able to get an interview the day of, he is doing a TBT feature.

Write a Post-Mortem

With all the stats that you’ve collected, write a post-mortem and detail the successes, failures, and feedback you’ve recieved from the holy limelight of Product Hunt. There are hundreds of great examples, but here’s one of my favorite from the #2 most hunted product.

Update your PH Introduction 

After all is said and done, go back to your original introduction and give an update, thank everyone, and even link to a post-mortem blog post.

Guide to Testimonials and How to Use Them Wisely

Taking advantage of testimonials for your startup is extremely important, but you need know to what to include, where to put them, and how to use them to your benefit. In this guide to testimonials, we’re going to look at how to get testimonials, what makes a testimonial so great, and how to use them both efficiently and effectively.

What Makes Testimonials So Great?

Testimonials can drastically increase sign-ups and sales for your project. Why? First off, they build trust, your testimonials are your current customers personally telling your potential customers what is so great about your product or service, in a non-sales pitch way, unlike the rest of your website’s content.

The majority of us put more trust in a review or feedback from someone who has experience with a product, like our friends. That is exactly what testimonials are.

Testimonials have the power to change the minds of even the most skeptic of customers.

Getting Your Testimonials

We now know why and how testimonials are so great with marketing, growing, and scaling your startup. The next question we may be asking ourselves is, How do I get testimonials to showcase to new customers? Let’s walkthrough the steps together.

1. Simply ask your customers

Don’t be afraid to ask your customers how they like your product, and firstly always ask the authoring customer permission if you can use their feedback as a testimonial wherever it’s going to be published.

Be sure to ask your customers at the right time, for example, after you’ve just helped them solve a major problem, after they have thanked you numerous times with awesome feedback, or after you have delivered a product or service without being late.

Additionally, if you want to help your customers write a top-notch testimonial you can ask them questions to inspire great feedback from them like:

  • What are some improvements you have seen in your business since purchasing my product?
  • How would you describe the effectiveness of our customer support?
  • What are some problems that you had beforehand that encouraged you to purchase our product?

2.Using social networks

Many customers will share and post great (and maybe not so great) feedback on your social networks. While you may already have a number of testimonials that customers have already posted on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, some ways to encourage social media users to post them are:

  • Host a photo contest with them wearing or using your product.
  • Host a video or referral contest.

3. Directly inside your product

Consider adding a survey or rating widget inside your website or app to make it easier for users to leave their feedback and write testimonials. Some companies have even gone the extra mile by rewarding users that leave feedback a small discount on their next purchase or their next charge.

The Traits of A Good Testimonial

We don’t want to use testimonials that will hurt our business even more. We need to choose the right testimonials to sell our potential customers and prevent using testimonials to backslide.

A good testimonial is from someone potential customers can relate to.

Your potential customers want to discover that your product or service is helping someone in the same situation as they are.

A good testimonial displays customer’s results

If a testimonial simply states “Wow, this is an amazing product!” it does not show the results of using the product or service, you need testimonials to be clear on the results: “Your service tripled our traffic in under 15 days, doubled our sales, and people keep coming back!”

A good testimonial compares

You want your visitors to see what your service offers what your competition doesn’t. Showcase the testimonials that clearly differentiates and gives you the benefit above your competition and comparable products.

A good testimonial isn’t over-edited

Unless someone has a major grammar issue, different patterns of voice and copy separate your sales-pitches on your website from real, trustworthy customers that have used your product. As a general rule, if you don’t feel comfortable about publishing a customer’s testimonial without changing it, don’t use it anywhere.

Using Your Testimonials Wisely

1. Make them beautiful

You may have the most beautifully worded testimonial, but you don’t want to make them ugly by wrapping them in an awfully designed frame with ugly un-readable text; which will give your website the effect of being cheap and unworthy of customers. Design the beautifully, simply, while still being readable and making them stand-out.

2.Don’t Forget To Include Important Elements

A photo:
Adding the customer’s profile picture from Twitter, Facebook or email, can improve the personal connection between them and your potential customers.

Business Information:
Including some quick information like the name of the business, website, or Twitter, of the customer giving the testimonial. In some cases, depending on the type of business, even the location of the customer is beneficial.

A name:

It may sound silly, but many businesses neglect to add even the customer’s basic information, their name. This not only creates an extreme case of a non-personal connection but generally hurts the business more than helps.

3. Never write fake testimonials

While testimonials can be important and beneficial to your startup, never make them up. No matter how well written you think they are, people will find out the truth, and your fake testimonials won’t improve your business, it will make it worse. Lying will never help your business.

4. Ask permission

Before using any of your customer’s review and feedback as an official testimonial, ask them permission.

5. Inspire customers to get specific

Like we went over above in the “Simply ask your customers” tip, inspire and encourage customers to get specific in writing about their experience, benefits, and results of using your product. Asking customers relevant questions to help flow the feedback process is an effective way of doing this.

6. Don’t stop

Even when you think you have enough quality testimonials and awesome feedback from your customers, don’t stop looking for feedback and reviews from your customers. For the life of your startup, listening to the good and bad feedback from users and promoting the up-to-date good feedback as testimonials to the potential customers is important.

Conclusion

Have you had some share-worthy experience with getting and using testimonials? If you have any tips, share them with us in the comments or take the discussion to Twitter @startuplister! 

10 Ways to Increase App Downloads

Building your mobile app is just the beginning, marketing, support, revisions, optimizing, all come after the primary development of your app. How do you increase app downloads? Here’s some tips and tactics that may help.

1. Carefully name your app

The name of your app is the first thing people look at, the first impression people have of your app. Name your app cleverly, clearly, and in a way that will tell people how the app will help them. Name your app so it is unique and stands out from the crowd from the thousands of other apps. However, keep in mind to never name it so unique that will make it hard to find or to understand what it is about.

 

2. Localize your app

Even if your actual app isn’t localized, localizing the description can lead to increased users through organic search. The top languages I would start with translating your app according to some research by other app developers, are Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and Korean. Your primary goal is to bring your app to the largest possible user base, and sometimes that may mean entering the international market and including your entire app in your localization.

 

3. Take real photos

Instead of using traditional plain old screenshots of your app, take real-life photos of people actually using your app in addition to a few screenshots. Take the pictures in the correct environment, take it where people will use the app, outside, in the kitchen, in an office?

 

4. Don’t assume your users will use your app like you do

Usability testing is a necessity in mobile app development, even if you think your app is the most beautiful. Opening your app up to a closed amount of beta testers to gain valuable feedback before it launches is a great way to do this.

Another paid option is to hire usability testers using services like UserBrain and Usertesting. These services allow you to choose demographics of who you want to test your app while being recorded, while they think out loud for you to learn what you need to improve.

5. Create a high-quality video walkthrough

Marketing videos are great – however, walkthrough videos capture a personal feeling and allow potential users to gain even more insight into why they need your app and how exactly they use it to their advantage.

6. Listen to your users

Don’t neglect reading reviews and feedback from your users, especially in the beginning stages of your app. If a majority of your users want a feature or don’t like something, take the time to make it right with users.

 

7. A/B test images and interfaces

Though Google Play and the App Store don’t allow A/B testing, setting up a landing page and including A/B testing within that and inside your app using Google Analytics, Optimizely, or another A/B testing solution.

 

 8. Research the best price

Determining the price to charge for your app is an important and vital decision. Take your time to research and it will pay off; the most efficient way of researching this is looking at your competing and similar apps, along with your ideal user base. Often times if an app is priced lower than others, users will opt for the most affordable option.

For more insight on pricing, read Ryan Matzner’s post at Mashable

9. Add competitive keywords to the title and descriptions

The large majority of users will come from searching around the app store. What this means for you is that it is important to include keywords in your titles and app descriptions that will work to your advantage by making your app easier to discover and searchable through the app marketplaces.

Set some time aside for research to make a list of keywords that people will use to find your app. After you have a quality list, edit your descriptions and titles by including those keywords wisely in your descriptions. Remember, you can always do tweaks later depending on further research and discovery data.

10. Directly support your users

A phenomenal way to get positive reviews on your app is to provide amazing and helpful customer service in an easy and convenient way. You should put in more effort to provide support than quickly adding some “Leave feedback” buttons that lack a personal experience.
Take some time to look the options that are best for your mobile app startup to provide in-app messaging support for one-on-one support experiences that can drastically improve your overall approval rate, a great service to do exactly this is Helpshift.

 

Do you have any tips or tactics for getting more mobile app downloads? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @startuplister!

 

 

 

 

 

4 Apps for Effective Social Media

In our last post, we looked at 5 Social Media Tips for Startups. Tips and strategies are great to have, however, how you execute them and apply them to yourself and startup is the key; here are four apps that can help you do just that.

Driplr

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Twitter feeds can get overwhelming with too many tweets and updates, Driplr offers an innovative new way to read your feed and allows you to stay up do date in an easier more effective way with automatic sync, read by dates and users, updated conversations, and read your tweets one by one as you watch the phone scroll with the face detect feature.

Near

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Near is a neat app that allows you to make connections to people and businesses through location, industry, topics, recommendations and more. It features messaging within the app, sharing, and resume support. Near reinvents online networking, with useful features and sharing.

Favatron

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Favatron is a helpful tool that places links from favorited tweets automatically in storage for you to read later. There are numerous ways for you to read those later including the popular apps Pocket and Readability. Other reading options include RSS feeds, weekly or daily email digests, and an API so you can build your own integration and services.

Nvestly

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Nvestly introduces investing to social networking. Nvestly brings all your investment accounts into one complete dashboard so you can visualize your portfolio. Nvestly not only summarizes your investments, but offers social investing with friends. See who else holds what you hold and get notified when someone you follow posts a new trade.

Conclusion

There are many apps that can aid in social media use and marketing, do you have any favoriate social media apps that you love? Share them with us in the comments.

If you missed our previous post, 5 Social Media Tips for Startups be sure to check it out!

5 Social Media Tips for Startups

Social media has a very high value when it comes to marketing and customer engagement. Here are five essential tips for using social media as an effective tool for your startup.

#1: Pick The Right Social Network

Using only a certain social network when your target customers are using a total different social media site, won’t get you anywhere, and may end up costing you in the long run. Facebook may have over a billion users, but that doesn’t mean it is the ideal site for your company. Linkedin is ideal for B2B companies along with Google+ and Twitter; while Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, and Instagram may be more suitable for Business-to-Consumer companies. However, it is up to you to find the ideal social media site that meets your needs and market.

Read Buffer’s guide on choosing the right social network for your business.

#2: Start With A Goal In Mind

When first starting your social media adventure, start with a goal for social media for your startup. Ask yourself: What am I looking to accomplish on Twitter? Increase sales and brand reach? Provide customer support? Increase customer engagement? If you are unable to answer these questions, it may be wise to not yet jump into social media marketing just yet.

Check out Unbounce’s blog post on “How To Set Measurable Goals for Social Media.”

#3: Include Images in Your Posts

Including pictures in social media posts can increase engagement by quite a large margin. I’ve experimented with this many times in the past and found it averaged a 45% click through increase and over 100% increase in retweets in comparison to posts without images. However, too many images can burden followers and become overwhelming in social media feeds of your followers. Moderation is key, here.

#4: Repost Content

More often than not, previously posted content is relevant a few months down the line. By reposting content to social media, you will be reaching present potential customers and new followers with valid and hopefully satisfying content.

Read “Why You Should Share Your Content More Than Once” on Buffer’s blog.

#5: Engage and Support Customers

While still relatively small, supporting and engaging with your customers on social media will increase happiness and satisfaction, along with creating a personal feel and relationship with your customers. Benefits for you is that you are reaching your users on a site they use every day and vice versa.

 

In Conclusion: Experiment

Experimenting with social media is key, as not all strategies for other startups will work for you. Evaluating and experimenting with your plans and progress along the way, will help keep you on track. Startups are indeed a lot about problem-solving and thinking outside the box, and so should social media be for your startup.

Do you have any social media tips or strategies? Share them with us in the comments! 

What are some effective tools for social media? Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post on awesome social media apps and tools.

Instantly Monitor Downtime with Pingometer

If your site experiences downtime it can create frustrated customers and prevent from gaining new customers. But it may take awhile until you know about it, if ever, until somebody complains or mentions it to you. Pingometer monitors the uptime, downtime, and overall performance of websites.

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Monitoring

Pingometer offers monitoring of HTTP, HTTPS, RUM, DNS, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, TCP, and UDP services. It allows the setup of authentication, ports, paths, query strings, content, SSL certificate validation, sensitivity, escalation procedures, and more. Monitoring and performance is rounded up together in a clean dash interface.

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To get notified of downtime, you can easily setup voice calls, text messages, web hooks, or even direct messages via Twitter. From there, you can setup times you want to be notified if not instantly; you can also setup notifications for others on your team by adding them as contacts on the Pingometer dashboard.

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Once you give your team members access, they’ll have their own accounts with personalized alerts and reports. You can then organize your members into different groups for complete team organization.

 

Analysis

For each and every downtime event, Pingometer provides a full root cause analytics with headers, trace routes, and more. Pingometer also tracks general website performance, and issues. All reports are downloadable as PDF, CSV, and PNG files.

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Pricing

Plans start at $19/month with 10 monitors and go all the way up to $199/month with 100 monitors. All plans include cool unlimited checks and alerts.

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Feature Highlights

  • Instant uptime monitoring for HTTPS, HTTP, DNS, file servers, and many more.
  • Notifications support email, text message, voice call, and more.
  • Unlimited checks.
  • Unlimited alerts.
  • Affordable plans start at $19/month.
  • Simple and clean dashboard.
  • Full analysis reports.

Conclusion

Downtime definitely affects your business negatively and Pingometer does a great job preventing downtime from costing you money. With clean and simple dashboards, intelligent and instant alerts with analysis reports, Pingometer seems the way to go. Pingometer also offers a 30-day free trial, so if it turns out it’s not the way to go, no harm done.

4 of the Best Email Productivity Apps

Traditional email is outdated and can be massively unproductive Let’s look at some startups that are making email better, productive, easier, and collaborative. Check out this week’s roundup of the best email productivity apps available.

Yesware

Ever want to instantly know what happens after you click that send button? Yesware tracks your emails enabling you to see when an email has been opened, instant analytics, sales tracking, and easily connect your email to your SalesForce contacts. Yesware is a great email add-on for sales and marketing and can rapidly increase productivity within your teams.
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Learn more about Yesware.

HelpMonks

Managing business emails from different accounts with a team can be frustrating, full of hassle, and extremely hard to manage. HelpMonks offers a shared email solution for teams large or small with extra collaboration tools like reminders, notes, and email assigning.

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Learn more about HelpMonk.

SellHack

SellHack is a small, but quite useful tool that enables you to view public email addresses on social media accounts that would otherwise be difficult and time-consuming to uncover. SellHack works as a browser extension currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

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Learn more about SellHack

FileInvite

Sending files socially with collaborative ease can be difficult, and while FileInvite isn’t solely for email, it is much better than email attachments alone. With FileInvite you can simply upload a file, send it to your online friends, view when and if they viewed, who viewed it, chat and ask questions on files, get file invite reminders, and much more. FileInvite creatively enhances traditional email attachments.

FileInvite Email Productivity App

Learn more about FileInvite.

Other Email Productivity Apps?

What other email productivity apps are you using that are essential for your workflow?  We’d love to hear about them.

 

Roadmunk: Quickly Create Startup Roadmaps With Ease

Whether it be planning goals for your startup, project releases, or updating your investors, roadmaps can be a great and visually organized way of presenting information in both large and small formats. RoadMunk offers a quick and organized way of creating startup roadmaps online.
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Creating a Roadmap

RoadMunk makes it quick and easy to create beautiful roadmaps online, let’s go through the building process together. To start out with our roadmap, we of course need a title, along with choosing a fiscal year-end.

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Roadmap Content

We now have a core startup roadmap template, with the option to choose roadmap viewing “themes” including timeline, list, swimlane, or a customized view; we can now add custom list fields along with each field’s content in a simple drag and drop builder.  When adding and editing text, Roadmunk includes markdown formatting support for more advanced text styling.
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Customization

Roadmaps that match your startup’s visual style can be important, customize roadmap colors, add custom branding, and change the base colors of your individual roadmap titles and fields quickly with the Roadmunk color and style editor.

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Sharing

Roadmunk enables you to add team members to your dashboard with exclusives roles and rights via the permission dialogue. Your audience can also view the latest roadmap status and details by interacting with an HTML version of the roadmap, published as a private URL.

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Importing and Exporting

You can easily import CSV files to fill your roadmap quickly, along with exporting your roadmaps to CSV, HTML, and PDF files for a more traditional way of sharing or editing your roadmaps.

Pricing

All Roadmunk plans include unlimited roadmaps and views, the starter plan is priced at $25/month and business at $65/month. Roadmunk also offers affordable and convenient annual plans.

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Feature Highlights

  • Quick roadmap creation online.
  • Print to A4, Legal, & Letter.
  • Share with others online.
  • Custom branding on your roadmaps.
  • Integrated idea management.
  • Mardown text formatting support.
  • Unlimited roadmap views.

Conclusion

Roadmunk is a quick and collaborative way to build roadmaps for your startup, projects, or releases with your team. With custom branding, sharing tools, custmization, idea management, it is a great tool to add to your startup resources and toolset.

ChatGrape: Collaborate With Your Team

You no longer need to be in the same space to work together, or even country for that matter. Though there are some obstacles, remote work can have great advantages. ChatGrape makes remote teamwork even easier and is a great tool for startups with remote teams or local teams the like.

 

Chatting

Teams can easily join different “workspaces” to chat and collaborate together in, which organizes workflows and teams in different departments, like development or marketing.

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With ChatGrape, you have the option to private message individual team members or bring your discussions publicly with your entire team in workspaces. You can easily address a team member by beginning to type their name, in which ChatGrape autocompletes for you. Mention team members will then be notified on the desktop, mobile device, and e-mail keeping everyone in the loop even when away from chat.

Conversation summaries

It’s easy to leave, focus on work, and come back to catch up on your team’s discussions, tasks, questions, and decisions all in one place. ChatGrape has a convenient and easy search tool that can be filtered with tags, groups, people, and more. ChatGrape even analyzes your conversations and labels important info in real-time.

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Integrations

As the name suggests, ChatGrape is made for chatting. However, the chat is far from just plain old messaging; integrations like GitHub for development teams, Trello for complete organization, Google Calendar for deadlines, and Google Drive for reliable file management.

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With the GitHub integration, you can easily pipe all your repository activities, reference issues, or even trigger workflows as you type in the chat. This neat feature is a major plus for boosting development collaboration and reaching those deadlines.

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Open API

The ChatGrape Open API allows you to remotely send and receive messages via Webhooks and to integrate complex services and trigger workflows by yourself, without waiting for ChatGrape themselves to add an official integration.

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Markdown and Snippets

ChatGrape enables you to style your discussions with flashy markdown, add images with URLs, add links, send inline code for review, and much more.

Pricing

ChatGrape’s pricing is simple, which begins with a free plan with 500,000 messages, 3 service integrations which is all upgraded to unlimited with an affordable $10/month plan.

Small, young startups get the $10/month plan for only $1!

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Feature Highlights

  • Organized chat rooms, workspaces, and teams.
  • Service integrations like GitHub, Trello, Google Drive, and More.
  • ChatGrape helps you to quickly find and address your teammates by instantly autocompleting their names.
  • Browse all of your team’s decisions, questions, tasks, etc. with just one click.
  • Stay in the loop at the office, at home and on the go – with mobile and desktop apps.
  • Attach relevant files, issues, and references instantly as you type.
  • Intelligent messaging allows for quick team member addressing.
  • Invite members with a link or send an invite by email.

 Conclusion

ChatGrape is a well-rounded tool for remote teams with numerous app integrations to raise productivity, reach deadlines, make decisions, and grow your startup.

Nusii: Create Beautiful Proposals in Seconds

Sending and keeping proposals organized can be a hassle. With Nusii you can create beautiful proposals in an extremely simple and organized dashboard and cut proposal creation time in half.

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After creating an account, you will be warmly welcomed by a gorgeous interface design with simplicity, ease of use, and beauty in mind. From there, it is easy to create a client, proposal, or sections to add to your future proposals.

Creating a Proposal

Within the proposal creation tool, simply select your client, add draggable sections to the proposal like pricing, project descriptions, or any additional informational sections you may need. Documents can also be added to proposals by just a drag and drop of a file.

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Within text sections, double-clicking text allows you to format, list, link, and style text through a simple popup; which is one of my favorite features for fast creating and editing.

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Once you’ve created the perfect proposal you can optionally save the proposal organization as a template to be used in your future proposals making creation even less time-consuming.

Sending Proposals

We’ve created our proposal, now it’s time to send it to our client. The send proposal tool in Nusii allows us to send our clients a custom email message with a link to our proposal on the Nusii platform that allows them to reject, accept and download the proposal along with the ability to ask additional questions about the proposal.

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Proposals can also conveniently be viewed, printed or downloaded as a PDF within the proposal editor.

Adding Clients

Much like the proposal creation tool adding clients is simple. Easily manage client currencies and add individual client notes. All of your clients can be viewed in an organized list format in which you can instantly send proposals, making it an even faster process.

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Branding

Customization and styling your proposals to fit your brand is easy with Nusii. Drag and drop your logo into Nusii and choose your colors to style the many different sections in your proposals. Proposals with polished branding and style adds higher value to your proposals and can truly show your professionalism and creativity to your clients.

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Pricing

Nusii’s plans are affordable and offer generous online storage with unlimited templates. Plans include the ability to add more users to accounts for your whole team to manage proposals.

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Feature Highlights

  • Drag and drop proposal builder with sections for fast creation.
  • Build proposal using your own reusable templates.
  • Just double-click text to change formatting and insert or edit links.
  • Built-in typography defaults.
  • Insert page breaks between sections with a single click.
  • Give sections private, internal-only names for easy organization.
  • Generate PDF versions of your proposals with a single click.
  • Nusii emails you when a client views their proposal so you can follow up with them.
  • Multiple users accounts let your entire team access Nusii.
  • With a custom URL, your proposals can be a seamless extension of your web presence.
  • Use your company’s brand colors and logo to maintain consistency throughout projects.

Conclusion

Nusii’s ease of use combined with its beautiful interface and professional proposals makes it a clear choice for proposal creation and management. With the added ability to add more team members to create proposals and dedicated organization beats messing with a bunch of files and saves you so much both time and money.

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