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Entreprogrammers Podcast

Entreprogrammers is the podcast for developers that are striking out on their own! Join John Sonmez, Josh Earl and Derick Bailey and be a fly on the wall as they talk about everything that they are going through - the ups and downs, the highlights and depressing lows. Nothing is spared in this no-holds-barred look at what it really takes for 3 developers to engage in entrepreneurial activities!
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Apr 25, 2017

Episode 164 “I Need a Job, Come Work For Me”

0:15

Derick mentions that he needs new clients. Need help wth Docker..? Josh mention that he needs to email some 12000 people for clients and building his business. 

4:00

Derick mentions creating 15 emails for he launch sequence. Derick talk about doing a Jeff Walker type of launch for his project. 

7:40

Derick mention that Monday is launch day, with 40 percent off for his mailing list. Derick also talks about the mistakes and challenge he encountered. Derick says he is going to use this sequence as an evergreen funnel if it works well. 

11:30

Derick talks about free bonus with this Docker product. Derick says he wrote 2300 word for his most current emails. Derick say he still has to write the last chance emails. Derick says that only has been writing tons, but has not had time to build the webinar. 

18:00

Chuck says he cancelled Freelance Remote Conf., and lower some prices on others. EntreProgrammers talk about  marketer and their strategies. John says he is afraid of Ministry of Tests…John says they are similar to Hell Angles. 

25:00

Chuck ask what he should do as are as sponsor cost. Chuck says he is looking into trading services to cut cost.  Chuck talks about his beta test project. Josh gives some suggestion on how to keep growing a list. 

31:00

John talks about opening up another sub group of 4 people at entreprogrammers.com/apply. 50 dollar application fee and 50 a month.   

34:00

John   talk about hiring Native Commerce to do content production and SEO. Josh talks about getting into the zero spot for a blog post. Josh talks about the meeting with the Native Commerce people. 

40:00

John talks about getting the price down to 6K a month for Native Commerce services. John says they should be able to double or triple traffic within a year. Josh talks about BlueTick. 

47:00

Josh hope The EntreProgrammers are the backlink to BluetTick for request on their software. Similar to how they use to ask Rob Walling who created Drip. Chuck ask if he should check out BlueTick. 

53:00

Chuck asks about key features he would need if he were to use BlueTick. Chuck talks about features challenge with Contactually. Chuck talks about reaching out to people to acquire podcast, as well as doing a survey. Chuck says people were interested in React and Elixir. Chuck talk about his ideas of this project. The EntreProgrammers gives feedback on marketing and ways to be most effective with podcasts and audiences reached. 

1:05:00

Derick talk about the Elixir community and Rob Conery

Thoughts for the Week

Derick - Trust The Process

John - Ignore what everyone says and do what you think is right.

Chuck - Do what you want to do, but dot be afraid to ask for help. 

Josh - Be willing to negotiate on things, its uncomfortable but worth it.

Apr 18, 2017

Episode 163 “That was Vegas…”

0:15

We’re Live and Alive! Josh talks about his flight with an annoying lady. John crack jokes about United Airlines. 

3:30

Josh talks about how John won 2 awards in a row at MicroConf. John talks about going to nightclubs in Vegas, and getting girls to go to a club.

7:00

Chuck talks about how he has no interesting nightclubs. So that was Vegas… John ask how Chuck like MicroConf. EntreProgrammers talk about their thought about the events at MicroConf.

13:00

EntreProgrammers continue on their thought on the talks and event organization at MicroConf. John says that because they’ve been to tons of conferences in the past, they have heard it all and noting new is happening in the world of marketing. 

18:00

Chuck says that after learning from MicroConf., he feels like he should cancel the rest of conferences he has schedule until he gathers more information. Josh suggest looking at the math and his list. 

22:00

Chuck talks about the last funnel he was building to gain more people on his list. Josh suggest growing the audience would be quickest for Chuck. Chuck is think about doing somethings for free and Summit event as a land grab. 

27:00

Josh ask Chuck about how long does it take for Chuck to set up the conference events. Josh suggest looking at the costs first.

31:00

John talks about having a mountain of email during traveling. Including taxes. Chuck talks about his tax situation. John explains pay taxes as you go up the tax bracket. Death and Taxes..

37:00

Chuck talks both doing an Audience Survey with his assistant’s help, and mistakenly gets 11,000 emails because they did not check a  certain box in Drip. 

39:00

Chuck ask if anyone had some major takeaways from MicroConf. John talks about a ideas and new ways to do things at Simple Programmer. 

44:00

Josh talks about how most of his takeaways were from talking to people at the conference. Chuck says the conference have become generic, and most great information come from talking to people. 

48:00

John mentions the BlueTick…

Thoughts for the Week

John - Beliefs and contrast.

Chuck - Open up and be honest at conferences. 

Josh - Physical proximity works best.

 

Apr 11, 2017

Episode 162 “Live From Vegas!”

0:15 

EntreProgrammers minus Derick, Live from Vegas! Chuck talks about the recent retreat he attended by Jamie and some notable marketers. Chuck talks about getting help with how to create more revenue with podcast and sponsorships, all mapped out by Jamie. 

5:00

Chuck talks about getting some direction for the marketer’s perspective.  Chuck talks about not being able to walk after doing some martial arts.  Chuck says he is still looking for a good CRM. Josh is leaning toward Contactually . John about another type of CRM. 

14:00

Chuck talks about 17Hats. EntreProgrammers discuss the features of their current CRMs and which service works best for them. 

20:00

EntreProgrammers talk about their tactic for setting up emails and unsubscribes. Josh talks about how unsubscribe process works, within emails. John talks about predicting revenue. Josh talks about the process of a pipeline, verses a waiting list. 

27:00

John talks about changing their sponsorship model, because of an incident at Simple Programmer. Josh continues with extending a sponsorship for a client. Josh talks about the possibilities if they could bring in 30k in sponsorship revenue. 

32:00

John talks about how they want to do sponsorship in a different way for the way Chuck does sponsorship. John talks about the process they would do for sponsorship at Simple Programmer. 

36:00

Josh asks Chuck about the slots available for podcast sponsorship at Dev Chat TV. Chuck talks about how he wants to do individual stories of the podcasts at Dev Chat TV. Chuck is planning to recording podcast episodes 2 months ahead, maybe twice a year. 

42:00

Chuck talks about having trouble with his podcast editor. Chuck is looking into the issues for the podcast editorial process. Chuck talk about using Cashfly rather then Libsyn for podcast hosting. 

47:00

Josh talks about the bottleneck situation for copywriting at Simple Programmer. Josh talks about how getting 2-3 week ahead will help him with get Q&A ready.  Chuck talk about his issues and frustrations with the editorial process with podcast editing. 

51:00

John talks about how”Baba” email him about creating an audio and e-books out of the past videos  posted on the YouTube channel. John talks about how this individual want to do an internship to create content. Josh describes this as reusing the byproduct of the left overs of the material on YouTube. 

1:00:00

Chuck talks the indoctrination email. John is covering the mic again…. lip reading would help… Not subtitles. Sorry. Derick saves the day. 

Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - Don’t be afraid to ask…

Josh - The easiest money in the world is like taking money for a baby. 

John - There is always something that comes up…stuff still has to happen.

 

Apr 4, 2017

Episode 161 “Quality Check…”  

0:15

EntreProgrammers  joke about Chuck’s microphone issues and the usual technical podcasting challenges. Derick mentions he had a hold lot of nothing happening and only 6 hours of work. John talks about the issues with their newest white label launch. Quality Check anyone? 

4:00

Josh say he was too focus on the marketing to worry about the quality of the product. John says he is going to have the author go back through  the product quality to make sure is it good to go for the next round. 

6:00

John says he feels bad about no double checking the product, and worried a little about their reputation. Josh says is not great a doing quality control for video and audio. John gives the workflow for making sure your audio sound is the same or consistent when edited. 

13:00

John is not sure if he wants to continue with the White Label material. John talks about listening to an audio book, “The Everything Store.”

18:30

Derick says he had a successful webinar. Also, he mention the sale of the seats and the Q &A sessions. Derick was able to connect the current webinar to previous webinar material. Derick says he generated 616 dollars for this webinar. Derick mentions that after doing webinars, he gets and influx of subscribers. 

25:00

Derick and Josh discuss email lists and marketing strategies. John talks about the hypothetical store front that Derick created, and what the next step of marketing is going to be.  Josh talks more about what Derick can do to rework is email list. 

34:00

Derick talks about how is was able to get back on his health care client work. Chuck talks about being sick all last week, and dealing with a broken washer. Chuck talks about an interesting budget system he learned. Chuck mention that he is going to prioritize and focusing on his business. John talks about advertisers putting out of Google ads. 

44:00

Josh talks about how he know people are using ad blocking. Chuck talks about how Microsoft are spending money for their presents on podcast on the Dev Chat TV network. Derick says sometime it is about brand awareness. 

51:00

John talks about the book , The Ultimate Sales Machine. Chuck their inner workings or relationship with Microsoft. Chuck talks about the possibility of connecting with Dell for sponsorship proposes. John said to do anti-sponsorship. Chuck talks about how he wants to tell stories and experience in his ad copy. Chuck says he might want to find someone to write copy. Josh thinks he need to find a develops and train them as a copywriter. 

1:00:00

EntreProgramers talk about working with a copywriter, and the learning to do copywriting as an entrepreneur. Josh talks about the copy he writes verses the sales generated, hit and miss.

Thoughts for the Week

Derick - Practicing and improving, shift away from the “this has to work” 

John - What is success? Maximizing your potential. 

Josh - Take the hit and own it. 

Chuck - Priority 

 

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