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And you thought email was dead… My friend Ryan Delk at Gumroad has aggregate data from thousands of sellers ranging from ebook authors (like me) to famous musicians using their platform, the result is some really interesting stats. To me the most interesting was conversion rate by referrer. Meaning, what percentage of the people who come to the sales page actually purchase? YouTube: 2.2% Twitter: 5.4% Facebook: 6.3% Email: 9.4% via ConvertKit. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: email marketing, gumroad, social media ... (more)

Venture Capital Job Hunting Workshop – August 20th in NYC

Photo credit: http://delimiter.com.au/ On August 20th I’m offering my popular VC Job Hunting Hacks workshop here in NYC. The last 3 times I held this workshop it received 100% positive reviews. And I will not let that change this time around so I’m bringing even more content and tools to the table to make sure you get incredible value from the session.    Click here if you want to learn more about the class or would like to enroll. If you have any questions about the class just reach out to me directly, leave a comment below, or hit me up on Twitter. Hope to see you there. ... (more)

Why the unsung features of great products make those products great

As a product guy, I love product features that make me go “Wow, I don’t believe they thought of that.” But it’s never the primary features of the product that make me say that. It’s the little things that seem obvious when you use them (“Of course the iPod should stop playing a track when you pull out the earphones!”) Those little things are the hallmarks of great products. And they are the hallmark of great product managers, too.  Some examples: Facebook Ads: They provide a library of photos from Shutterstock to advertisers at no additional charge. And use of the photos is seaml... (more)

These benchmarks can tell you whether your business plan is viable

John Gannon: The ‘other’ 1% Originally posted on A Founder's Notebook: From Things I’ve Learned About How to Build Good Product by Peter Nixey: 1. Golden rule of social: 90% of people consume, 10% of people curate, 1% of people create. 2. Rules of engagement: Registered users / installs — 30% will use it each month, 10% will use it each day, 1% will use it concurrently. 3. Fremium conversion: 1% of your signups will pay (normally 1-5%). 4.  Expensive is profitable: “50% of our revenue comes from only 11% of our customers” — Ryan Carson, founder Carsonified and Treehouse. 5. Cheap is... (more)

The best guest bloggers? The answer might surprise you.

As you might guess from some of my recent posts, I’m building out content for my new career advice site for startup sales, marketing, and business development.  I want this site to have a personal, just-a-couple-of-professionals-sharing-a-coffee kind of networking vibe, so I’m making guest posts a big part of my content strategy. There is one school of thought that says one should work hard to recruit existing bloggers with a substantial online presence to write guest posts.  After all, these are the folks with massive online followings, who can propel your site to Internet  sta... (more)