One of my favorite newsletters is MarketingExamples by Harry Dry. The simple format with lots of image examples make it easy to read and always provides many actionable ideas. His newsletter has just passed 27,500 subscribers and is growing at more than 100 per day.
Harry got a lot of buzz by promoting a dating site for Kanye West fans and renting billboards asking Kanye to call him. He has since been featured in The Hustle’s Trends community and mentioned by Noah Kagan in his recent networking video.
Harry is active on IndieHackers and does a great job with his Twitter threads, but I’m most impressed with the quality of his MarketingExamples posts. It’s clear that a lot of work goes into every issue.
Business Lessons: The publicity stunt was interesting and got some press, but I think the real lesson is that good ideas, executed well, win. The MarketingExamples newsletter has a great name, simple format and the content is very actionable. That is a winning formula. I definitely need to work on clarifying my focus for this IdeaEconomy newsletter.
Video editing SaaS, VEED.io shares their lessons learned growing the company to $83k per month from nothing. Three key ideas are: 1. start with the simplest MVP, 2. validate your ideas fast to make sure there is a market for the product, 3. charge for the product early on.
Here is another good article from VEED on how they grew to 50,000 users with no budget.
Noah Kagan shows you how to get customers for your new business to test if there is market demand. It’s a follow up to his Start a million dollar business this weekend video.
This is a good look at how to really simplify the market validation process. Don’t worry about your website, logo, businesss name, etc. Just see if you can find 3 customers in the next 48 hours.
1. Work from home office consultant
2. Masks for Dogs
3. Airpod Wind Covers
4. Keto Taco Shells
5. Spice Rack + Keurig
I don’t think these are great business ideas, but there is a lot to learn from his process.