How We Found Our First 10 Customers
Week 96 of Founding Typogram
Hey friends, I hope you had a nice week so far. Last week I shared with you that I have been organizing my posts on Typogram’s build blog and organizing my thoughts into learnings and lessons. As I was summing up these lessons, I realized how vital everyone’s support has been. Thank you for continuing to support me on my journey. Today, I want to share three things that helped Typogram get its first 10 customers.
№ 1. Writing a Newsletter and Building in Public
Thanks to everyone here, I have been motivated to write my newsletters for the past two years. When I launched my start-up, I started this newsletter as a daily series called 30 Days of Starting-up. Initially, I was worried I couldn’t maintain the consistency required for newsletters. But soon, I realized it was easy to come up with topics to write about because there is so much learning and making involved in building a start-up- as long as I make time for it. Also, having a group of supporters help me stay motivated, and I like having some accountabilities. I recommend all founders try this.
№ 2. Sell a No-Code version of a product feature to test monetization.
Building a full fledge SaaS product is costly: It’s monumental efforts of talking to customers, designing and coding software - it takes our most valuable resource: time. To make this process faster and easier, we created No-Code versions of our core product features and sold those on Gumroad to test monetization. We started this validation process with our Brand Personality Workshop to see if a feature was worth pursuing before coding and launching Typogram publicly.
№ 3. Engineering as Marketing
Engineering as Marketing or creating fun side projects helped us a lot in getting users interested in Typogram. As a two people operation, we have a minimal budget for ads. We are builders and craftsmen, so we made indie side projects to generate buzz for Typogram. For example, Coding Font was a project I launched at the start of this newsletter to generate buzz. You can see our launch stat here, and it still creates referral traffic to Typogram.
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