Episode 160 “Italian Fever”
We’re Live! EntreProgrammers talk about needing tech support for starting the podcast call. Chuck talks about how his computer has no optical drive. John mentions being sick for the last few days. Also has to run a half marathon. Chuck says he has been sick this past week as well.
Chuck has a question about the ticket price situation for his conferences. Chuck thinks he should lower the prices a bit to increase the sales. Josh talks about doing the split test on the ticket prices, also increasing the response rate. Josh says to test on the less popular conference to see if it works.
John advises to limit features on the test ticket price. Josh said to go back to the people and ask that reason people did not see the value. Chuck talks about those who did not understand the conference was remote or online.
John and Josh suggests offering the ticket price at half prices to those who did not signup yet, but remove some small features, like youtube video access later on or something lesser to the full paying access. Josh talks about the pricing situation on training courses at Simple Programmer. John gets and idea from the advice he gives to Chuck.
Josh talks about the sales launch Simple Programmer recently did, and how they could do things better. Also, the idea for the courses they will be offering. Josh talks about the type of courses will reach a certain audience. Josh says they have to scale their efforts.
John talks about how the audience is the most important and that is where the value is at. Josh talks about selling this template as a business opportunity. John says this is reinventing Plural Sight, unfortunately.
John talks about his idea for the 12 month courses. Josh says he really wants to do this. John mentions that they need to get the book launch out of the way first. Josh says that he is almost done reading John’s new book. John talks about ways one can claim being “the best in the world” at some niche. Chuck says sometime it is up to “just showing up” to be in the ring of best in the world.
Chuck moving the Ruby Rogues parlait to Slack. Chuck talks about writing code to make the move. Chuck talks about pissing people off on hack news or other forums.
Chuck mentions have at least 10 for the beta on the Getting A Job project. Josh talks about his pass ideas for learning and maintaining services like SharePoint.
John mentions that he is learning Italian to Chuck. Apparently, Chuck knows Italian. Chuck think he want to learn Japanese. John talks about how is learning Italian. Chuck says to practice just for a half hour.
Chuck reveals how he learned Italian. Chuck also took French in high school.
Thoughts of the Week
Josh - Increasing work capacity
John - No matter how much you don’t like it, what it is, is what it is.
Chuck - Get the prospective right.
Episode 159 “Trust the Process”
I think we’re live? But, Trust the Process. Going Retro! Josh says that he's is cancelling his email account and everyone can reach him by carrier pigeon. John trackpad clicking a super loud. Windows issues still prevail.
Chuck talks about his recent conference experience. John talks about his live YouTube board cast, and how popular it is. John talks about his weird encounter with a YouTube viewer.
Derick says he goes around screaming to people too. John talks about being called a Nazi and how things got crazy. Chuck talks about how people misunderstand comments or discussions.
Chuck ask about how to present YouTube videos for Ruby Rants. John mentions that YouTube is getting rid of annotations. So cards are the next thing. Derick says that annotations did not work on mobile anyways. Cards work better.
Chuck asks what happens to old videos with annotations. Johns says that still will work, but you can’t create new annotations.
John question why YouTube did not just make annotations work on mobile. Derick says he is going to have to cancel his plans to go to Micro Conf. Chuck offers to share a room, but Derick says he is a horrible roommate.
Derick says he is does not have the funds to spend on extra events, but he is still able to cover bills. Derick talks about how America Airlines will not refund tickets. Derick shares where the expenses are, and how he got into some debt.
John suggest that Derrick should start contract work full-time to get out of debt, and get into a better situation. Then start his regular Watch Me Code work when he is in a better situation.
Josh says even if Derick has credit cards, he needs that pressure on, to get him into the mindset of working with regular income not credit cards transactions.
John ask if there is way he and Josh could launch a product that Derick has created through Simple Programmer. Chuck talks about looking into his channels to help Derick. Johns says these options are bandaids to help the situation.
Josh talks about he credit card situation of a 500 dollar limit. John mentions that he is in Boise Idaho, visiting all the old place he use to visit.
Thoughts of the Week
John - To let go of everything.
Josh - Challenge equals opportunity
Chuck - You probably know more than you think and start asking the hard questions
Derick - Don’t Be Derick
Episode 158 “Hookers and Green M&Ms”
John and Josh in the same room. John and Josh talk about getting help with the book launch. John thinks that they will have a successful book launch, and are hoping to take the number one spot in all of Amazon. Josh talks about the pre-sale strategy for Amazon.
Josh talks about working with Tom in the book launch and the tasks he is doing for the book. John describe the book review process.
Chuck talks about his week and getting his Get A Job product out. Chuck talks about the questions he is often asked about getting a first developer job or getting a better developer job. Chuck talks about he process for acquiring information for his new product.
John and Chuck talk about the process of “Stalking.” Chuck is trying to get people into his funnel. Also, Chuck is doing the JS conference this week.
Chuck talks about getting a logo job out on Fivrr, for his short videos. Chuck discuss his plans for his next product. Chuck mention his plans for doing a Kickstarter. John explains how it is important on planning how to exit. Chuck talks about his plans for the various podcasts on his channels.
Chuck talks she doing press kits for some of his podcasts, possible for sponsorship slots. Josh gives some feedback on how Chuck should handle the sponsors or ad slots for various companies.
John suggests that Chuck should do a partnership with a company that wanted to buy Simple Programmer. John says this would broaden the reach.
Chuck says this plan is blowing up his brain. Chuck says in a couple with he is going to be at a retreat with Jamie Masters.
Josh explains what he saw a the Traffic and Conversion conference. Chuck compare this to using the Amazon Echo.
Chuck talks about sending out email for a 17Hats account. Chuck has discovered that 17Hats does not have and API. John talks about google collaborative group boxes.
Josh talk about building the perfect tool, and how every tool can talk to one another. Chuck ask if the Rails Conference is worth going too. Chuck talks about wearing a pole to stranded out. John says he wants to invite himself hang out with Chuck to hang out with book authors.
Chuck mentions that he is building a new PC. John is excited about how everyone is going back to PC. The EntreProgrammers talk about the computer setups.
Thoughts for the Week
Chuck - Just get out and do it.
John - Putting some changes it place .
Josh - Don’t let yourself off the hook.
Episode 157 “Cloning Chuck”
Only Josh and Chuck today. Derick is in a meeting and John is not responding. Chuck talks about the sales on conference tickets. Chuck talks about how each day has not been below a thousand dollars in sales.
Chuck mention another hire from UpWork, to help with the conference and doing research. Chuck talks about using 17Hats . Chuck talks about cloning his employees to be more efficient. Chuck talks about working with an employee who is having some trouble in the business.
Chuck mentions a few issues with his new hires no following through on their job. Chuck is trying to decide if it is he who is have some communication issues. Chuck talks about getting up a 4am and getting a bunch of work done, especially when no one is awake to bother him.
Chuck talks about splitting the sponsorship expense for the two marketers mentioned. Josh ask what kind of door this could open for Chucks business. Chuck thinks that the way the year is going, he thinks this might be good for his business. But the timing is not right.
Josh talks about the “Bar Bell Strategy” for the book “Anti-Fragile.”
Josh says that passing on these opportunities are hard, but he thinks Chuck should probable pass. Chuck agrees, but asks himself if he should be spending money on market. Chuck talks about reading, “Invisible Sales Machine." Chuck says it is similar what Josh is doing with Simple Programmer.
Chuck and Josh discuss marketing tactics they are learning and using. Chuck mention that people respond saying that they like getting is emails.
Josh talks about he process for emailing, or fishing for customers. Josh mention reporting their subscriber number to their sponsors.
Josh talks about what was going on with Simple Programmer this pass week. Josh talks about the week they had bad sales. Josh says he did not know what was the problem. But things are looking normal again.
Josh talks about a new hire who work with John Lee Dumas. Josh is excited about working with Tom. Josh talks the reading John new book.
Chuck ask if they are going to do a KickStarter for the book launch. Josh think that might do some sort of launch at sone point. Josh talks about working with Tom on the book launch.
Josh talks about doing a 30 day challenge on sending out emails to their most engaged subscribers.
Chuck ask is John used an Copy Editor for the book. Josh explains John’s editorial process.
Thoughts of the Week
Josh - Focus on Mental Toughness
Chuck - Getting Up Early