EntreProgrammers Episode 70
John is still on his expedition in Berlin…
Derick shares his sales report with is new launch of the RabbitMQ bundle. Josh asks about the break-down of the sales.
Derick has given away 8-10 full version packages
Interestingly, two customers were generous enough to full price, without using the discount code. Derick reports he is a couple hundred dollar short of his goal, but still impressed with the sales report. Derick shares information about his follow-up strategy in the next two week, and in another 14 days after.
Josh suggest a clever strategy with Derick, setting up a campaign that takes key content from the ebook and send an emails of small snippets of key information over several days. Then send a discount code for an upgrade. Derick mentions he may do a discount later on.
Josh mentions Click Funnels as an amazing way to track activity on your funnels. John mentions seeing DPD trucks from his apartment window.
Overall, Derick is pleased with his sales results and is confident in the sale post launch. John talks about those who have a subscription to Watch Me Code, but in interested in the RabbitMQ bundle. John thinks this will upset the customers or make them feel ripped off that they did not get a discount offer.
John suggests in the future that Derick create a Platinum Watch Me Code subscription that gives access to anything Derick produces that is also apart of a package or bundle. After this new information, Derick checks the subscription packages to see his Watch Me Code subscribers.
Derick talks about helping his SignalLeaf customers migrate to Libsyn. He is able to be an affiliate to Libsyn for the migration of his customers. Derick may create a screencast for the migration to Libsyn, not a promise, but may happen.
John talks about creating a type of tracking system for podcast. This system will track the exacted sections of listens in the audio episode, add images to appear, adding links to appear. Of course this embedded piece of audio would need a special type of player to provide the enhanced experience. Josh says this sound like QR codes for podcasts.
John mentions he use Overcast to listen to podcasts instead of using iTunes podcast app. Overcast is an iPhone app that enhances the listening experience of podcasts, by removing dead space, normalizing, and playback at different speeds.
Chuck mentions that he has several things happening to taking up his time, and he is not able to record videos and make content. Ruby Remote Conf. event is happening next week. Chuck has sales coming in, but not as much as he was expecting. Chuck has 30 - 40 people signed up for Ruby Remote Conf. Josh talked about the timing of the conference may have some things to do with the numbers of sign-ups.
Chuck is thinking about quitting freelancing. With the numbers is making, Chuck could possibly quit. Derick gives advice to freelance for the time he needs extra funds, or until things smooth over. John talks about only freelance for a high rate rather than taking on several jobs that may take up time at low rates. Josh talks about ways to bounce back, with the story of Ryan Dice and internet marketing. John thinks that Chuck is in no danger with the numbers he is producing. John thinks he could move some things around to make ends meet.
John talks about his meet-up he had in Berlin. 7 people showed up, locals and distant travelers to meet up with John. John is going to do meet-up is all the cities he visited.
John talks about redoing some server stuff with Digital Ocean.
Josh has been tracking his work time during the week. Josh is trying to become the teaches pet, while taking Carlton’s course.
Josh has the talent of creating the connections with those he want to learn quality traits. Josh is also apart of a writing group where he is getting recommended for work.
Josh talks about meeting with Perry Marshall and thanked him for the 80-20 information he learn. Also, Perry is publishing a letter Josh wrote and working on a project with Perry.
Josh ask how the Entreprogrammers handle their vacation time.
John says that he never really full leaves work behind. He does have to deal with email, otherwise things will pile up.
The Entreprogrammers help Josh figure out his retainer model. Josh is thinking about moving from a project to project model.
Thoughts for the week
Derick - Temper your highs with knowledge that the lows are coming, and brace yourself against the lows that the highs are coming again.
Josh - To find your strengths, look at the thing that got you in trouble as a kid
John - Don’t go off the rails
Chuck - Stick with call you believe. If you hold some convictions, stick with them.
People and things mentioned in this episode