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Summary

Michele talks about applying a product framework to her book, and Colleen passes a milestone.

Show Notes

Michele Hansen  00:00
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Colleen Schnettler  00:32
So Michele, how has your week been? 
 
Michele Hansen  00:34
It's good. It's good. You know, I was, I was doing some writing this morning, which is funny, I've realized it's, like, my reward work. Like, you know, when I get through all the other stuff, like it's like, oh, like, now I have some writing time. And,
 
Colleen Schnettler  00:47
That's amazing because I remember being in high school and, like, English, like whenever I had to write a paper, it was literally my least favorite thing to do. So I find that fascinating that, for you, writing is your reward work.
 
Michele Hansen  00:59
I, five paragraph essays are, I don't think anyone looks forward to writing those. Like, this is very different than, than that. Um, but so I was, I was writing and I started thinking about this framework that I know we've talked about, and it occurred to me that I have a very tangible example of that.
 
Colleen Schnettler  01:20
Which framework? StoryBrand, or something else?  
 
Michele Hansen  01:22
No, so it's a Marty Cagan framework. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  01:25
Okay.
 
Michele Hansen  01:26
So, but I'm gonna, I'm gonna back up first. So, there's this misconception, I think that people sometimes have or fear about customer research that if they start listening to their customers, then they have to do everything the customers ask them for. And they're basically, like, giving up control over the vision of the product to the customer. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  01:47
Okay.
 
Michele Hansen  01:48
And that's not true, right? Like, you'll always have to weigh it against, um, what makes sense for you to do. And so, there's this one framework that I particularly like that was developed by Marty Cagan, who is kind of, like, the the product guru, like, he's the head of this consultancy called the Silicon Valley Product Group. Like, he is like the product guy, and in order for a product to be successful, he says how it needs to be valuable, viable, usable, and feasible.
 
Colleen Schnettler  02:26
Wow, valuable, viable, usable, feasible. 
 
Michele Hansen  02:30
So let's, let's break it down a little bit. So first, it has to be valuable for the customer. Like, it has to be something that is, you know, accomplishes something for them and helps them do something, right. Because if it's something that doesn't help them do something that they would want to do, then they wouldn't use it. Like, the example I kind of think of for this is what was that startup that would, like, squeeze a bag of pureed fruit for you? Like Juicero, or, like, it was some, like, they raised like billions of dollars or whatever, for, like, a smoothie machine, and everyone is like, why? Like, not really very valuable to people. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  03:04
Right. Okay. 
 
Michele Hansen  03:05
I'm sure they had wonderful ideas, and they were great people. It has to be viable, which means it has to be, like, commercially viable, like people have to be willing to pay for it. So like, I could make something that's super awesome and useful, but if no one is willing to pay for it, then it's not a viable product, right? Like, if I'm solving a problem that no one experiences painfully enough to, to pay someone to solve it, then it's not going to work out. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  03:30
Okay.
 
Michele Hansen  03:30
It has to be usable, which may be the easiest of all these words, to understand that, like, they have to be able to figure out how to use it. So, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  03:39
Okay.
 
Michele Hansen  03:39
You may have heard this in the context of usability testing, which is basically, like, if I make a website that you can do something on, but you can't actually figure out how to do that, and it's confusing, then it doesn't matter if what the product does is something that's valuable to you. If you can't figure out how to do it, you're going to move on to something else. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  03:57
Right. 
 
Michele Hansen  03:57
And then the last one is it has to be feasible, like, it has to be possible for you to produce this product. So,  So this would be the equivalent of being, me being like, Colleen, I really need a spaceship. And you being like, that's awesome. I can see that's valuable for you. Maybe you have the ability to pay for that. I don't, but you know, let's go with it. I can build it in a way that, that you can use it. You know, you're an engineer, right? Any kind of engineer can build any kind of thing, right? 
 
Colleen Schnettler  04:05
Oh, okay. Sure. 
 
Michele Hansen  04:25
Yeah. Like, you could build a bridge. No, I'm, I'm, for all the certified engineers out there, I'm aware that they're not all transferable. But it wouldn't be feasible for you to build that. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  04:37
Right. 
 
Michele Hansen  04:38
So, so this framework of valuable, viable, usable and feasible is something that I always keep in mind when we're getting feedback from people because you don't necessarily act on every single problem and every piece of advice that you hear, and, like, and that's okay. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  04:55
Yeah, okay. 
 
Michele Hansen  04:56
And so, a specific example of this that relates to the book and to something we have been talking about quite a bit is consulting and whether I should do consulting related to the book. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  05:10
Right. 
 
Michele Hansen  05:10
It's something we've talked about, and I've gotten quite a few requests from people about. And, you know, as I thought about it, okay, so clearly, this would be valuable for people. Like they, they feel like they need help getting started with understanding their customers. They seem to be willing to pay for it. I don't know what that would be, like, I, granted I haven't told anyone, like, cool, here's, you know, an invoice for, I don't know, $500 for a 30 minute conversation, or whatever it is people charge. But like, people seem to be willing to pay for this, and they've told me that they pay other people for this. So there's clearly an ability and desire to pay there. And then usable, like, I feel like I would be able to deliver it in a way that would make it useful for them. But it's not feasible. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  05:56
Why not?
 
Michele Hansen  05:56
Time zones.
 
Colleen Schnettler  05:59
Oh.
 
Michele Hansen  06:00
And also the fact that I already have a business that I need to keep going. So I, like, I already have a pressure on my time in that regard. But I basically only have one hour of decent overlap with the US, which is from,
 
Colleen Schnettler  06:15
One hour? 
 
Michele Hansen  06:16
From nine to 10am Eastern.
 
Colleen Schnettler  06:19
Wow, because what time is 9 to 10am Eastern in Denmark. 
 
Michele Hansen  06:22
So that's 3pm. So our daughter gets out of school at 3. So,
 
Colleen Schnettler  06:26
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  06:26
Making anything else work requires a huge amount of schedule gymnastics for me. And I already have customers that I need to have, you know, calls with anyway. Like, and, and so if I were to do consulting, then I would have to say that I could, like, do it for everybody except North America, which totally doesn't make sense because, you know, if you assume that the audience for this podcast is a pretty good overlap with the people who might want me to consult for them, that'd be like, 80% of the audience would not be eligible, and people might find that a bit off-putting, or frustrating. But like, I mean, I just can't do it. Like I can, you know, 8am Eastern is a great time for me, because that's 2pm here, but like, that's, that's a bit early for, for business conversations. And most of the time, like, if I have to have a call with California, like, it ends up being at 9 o'clock my time. And, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  07:21
Yeah, that's rough.
 
Michele Hansen  07:22
Even 9am is a bit early. Like, I've worked in companies that, like, had like, a basically an official, like, no meetings before 10, but really not before 11 rule. Like, if you got a 9am meeting, I was like God, like why are you punishing them? So it's just, it's not feasible for me. So, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  07:42
Okay.
 
Michele Hansen  07:42
Maybe it will be in, you know, 15 years when I don't have a child at home, and I can, you know, just blow through dinner time, like, and work and like, honestly, it's probably not gonna be good for my work-life balance, like, but it's, it's simply not feasible.
 
Colleen Schnettler  07:59
Is this something you want to do? Or is this just a, like, convenient reason not to do it because you already don't want to do it?
 
Michele Hansen  08:07
I was trying to dive into like, why the thought of it was even, like, immediate, no in my head. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  08:14
Right. Okay. 
 
Michele Hansen  08:15
And I think that was kind of, and like, the reason was like, I don't have time for that. And then it's like, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  08:20
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  08:21
But I do, like, I, I have time to work already, so why wouldn't that fit into my existing work time? And it's because it wouldn't happen during the work time. Now, I could be like, oh, I'll just consult for people in the UK, but like, I, like, most of my network is in the US anyway. So, and I think it's just easier just to say no to everything. But again, as we kind of talked about, like, I could always do this 5 or 10 years from now. And people have asked me about courses too, which is easier to make work across time zones, but I'm not really a natural teacher. So I admit that that, like, that kind of scares me because I feel like I would not only have to learn, like, how to create a course. But I would have to learn like, how to teach, which is, you know, a skill set that people to go to school for for four to six years to learn. Like it's not a, it's not an insignificant thing to learn how to do.
 
Colleen Schnettler  09:21
Yeah, well, you already have a lot of demands on your time. So, I don't know that adding consulting would be good for you even if you were in the US.
 
Michele Hansen  09:29
Yeah, that's true. I mean, you actually used to have a course, right? Or you were starting one, or? 
 
Colleen Schnettler  09:34
Haha, yeah. So one of my many, many business ideas. I was going to do a course, and holy cow, it was so much more work than I anticipated. So I decided not to do it, and that was a good decision.
 
Michele Hansen  09:52
I think when we first met you were, like, getting that course going.
 
Colleen Schnettler  09:58
Yeah, I think I did a couple videos. I mean, my, my idea had been to do Ruby on Rails course for beginners and try to, like, incorporate some more advanced topics, so like an advanced beginner course. But, and I know some people have a lot of success with courses, but you know, I started doing it, and it was just like, because I was trying to do a video course. It was a tremendous amount of work, and I found that I, this, this was years ago, too, right? This was a couple years ago, and I didn't have any audience or network so to speak of, and I think to be successful with a course, a couple of things have to happen. You either have to have the right course at the right time, so you're releasing a course on something that is new and hot, and everyone wants to learn about, or I think you have to have a really well-established network and audience, and I had neither of those things at that time. And, and also, you know, people talk about being on, like, the content treadmill, so the thing about if your business, if your primary business is a subscription video service, or, you know, subscription courses, like, you have to constantly be producing content, and that wasn't really something that I wanted to do either. So yeah, the course was just, the video course was just so much work, like, the editing and the trying not to talk over myself, and the, oh, my goodness. So it wasn't a good fit for me. Not saying it wouldn't be a good fit for you in the future. I mean, there's tons of opportunity there. 
 
Michele Hansen  11:33
I'm curious, how long did you work on that course from like, when you had the idea to when you ended up giving up on it?
 
Colleen Schnettler  11:41
I don't remember. So, I started with a couple intro videos, and I mean, we're talking like 10, 15 minute videos, and they would take me hours. That was the first problem. And then I actually was going to do it with a friend who has a really successful Ruby on Rails template. So he and I recorded, I mean, Michele, we must've recorded 10 hours of video. 
 
Michele Hansen  12:03
Wow. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  12:03
Yeah. I mean, we have, I still have it. So yeah, for the Rails listeners, it's the guy who developed Bullet Train. And Bullet Train is like a really opinionated, Ruby on Rails, SaaS kind of template builder to start with. And he's been doing this a lot longer than I have, and so I really was fascinated in terms of like, there's some more advanced concepts that you never really get in the material that's out there. And a big one he feels really strongly about is domain modeling, and like, how to do your domain modeling. And this is a thing, I found that as a developer, like, there's tons of entry level courses, and as soon as you get past entry level, it gets harder. Like, when you get to the point where you can't Google the answer for what you're trying to figure out, there isn't a lot. It's more about, like, learning and problem solving, and there aren't a lot of courses or examples or things that can, like, draw you in to these more advanced concepts. So, Andrew and I had talked about doing a course, like, kind of teaching people about domain modeling, which was really cool, because I really love the way he's done it in Bullet Train. And I've worked on a lot of different apps, and typically, it's kind of a mess, right? Like, because you don't, you don't really think big term. I mean, things grow and things, and things evolve, and that's the nature of software, whereas Andrew's, the way he tries to handle it is it's top down, like you know, you don't think you're going to need teams and users, and, you know, join tables, but you should start there.
 
Michele Hansen  13:36
We thought that. Retrofitting that later is painful to the point where we haven't, like, fully, like, we, like, have done it, and we need to do more of it. And it's, oh god, just retrofitting, like, user access controls like that is, that's like one of those things, if I can fly back to me eight years ago when we were building this, it's like, just build that in from the beginning. People are gonna want a billing user. They're gonna, you know.
 
Colleen Schnettler  14:06
Right, that's literally exactly what, what it was about. It was about that, because when you start you don't care, right? Or you don't think about it, because you're like, I, I don't need to get that complicated. But if you start from the beginning with that framework, when you're where you guys are, it's so much easier to retrofit in all that stuff because it's already there. Anyway, now that I'm talking about it, I'm getting excited about it again.
 
Michele Hansen  14:27
I can tell. Like, you really do see a void for this. But I think, like, I think it's important to bring up though, because you, like, you tried a bunch of stuff before you found something that's kind of working, right. Like I mean, we like we launched stuff that didn't work. Like, I think people kind of you know, you listen to like podcasts like this or whatnot, and you're like, wow, like, this person has everything figured out and they're just amazing, and there's something about them that like makes them what they make successful or whatever, and I'm like, no dude, like we've had stuff that failed. Like, that's normal. Like, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  15:04
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  15:04
I don't think there's anybody out there who has launched something successfully and not had 10 other things behind it that were either total duds or like just completely, you know, never got off the ground or were soundly rejected, or panned on Reddit, which one of ours was. But anyway, speaking of remotely successful products, Colleen, is it time for our weekly numbers update on Simple File Upload?
 
Colleen Schnettler  15:35
Your weekly update for Simple File Upload. Yes, so this week, I crossed the 1000 MRR mark.
 
Michele Hansen  15:42
We have totally buried the lead.
 
Colleen Schnettler  15:47
I know right.
 
Michele Hansen  15:47
Oh my god!
 
Colleen Schnettler  15:49
I'm super, I mean, it was really exciting. 
 
Michele Hansen  15:53
Oh, my gosh, yes.
 
Colleen Schnettler  15:55
Yeah. So that really makes it feel like a real business, if you will. I mean, $1,000 that's like real money.
 
Michele Hansen  16:02
That is real money.
 
Colleen Schnettler  16:04
Yeah, like, even after I pay all my you know, I do have the, the hosting fees, and the, Heroku takes a cut. But yeah, it's really exciting.
 
Michele Hansen  16:13
Wait. So I think last time we, like, really dove into the numbers on it. Your costs of what, you know, what we would sort of call in business jargon the cost of goods sold, which is like, you know, servers and everything that you have to pay for in order to make the app run, that was like $200 a month, and you thought it would be pretty, like consistent. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  16:41
Yeah. 
 
Michele Hansen  16:42
Are you, is that still true?
 
Colleen Schnettler  16:44
Oh, yeah. Yeah, that's still true. Now I do, so it's, that's, that's probably an estimate of all the, the fees and like you said, server hosting storage. And then Heroku takes 30%, because I'm in their marketplace, much like the App Store. I know, it really hurts, like, you're just like, oh, ouch. But, I know, but you know what, I mean, I still will bang the drum, or whatever that phrase is on this, for ,launching this in a marketplace was just such a good idea because if I look at the users I have coming from the open internet, versus the users I have coming from Heroku, like, far and above, the majority of my paid users are coming from Heroku.
 
Michele Hansen  17:27
So, so if your cost of goods sold is $200 a month, and for purposes of this, we're pulling out that processing or like, you know, sort of marketplace fee, which is 30%, so then basically your margin is like, $500 a month. Does that sound right?
 
Colleen Schnettler  17:47
Yes. 
 
Michele Hansen  17:48
Wow. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  17:49
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  17:50
That's pretty good.
 
Colleen Schnettler  17:52
I know, I was pretty excited. Um, yeah. So it's, it's good. 
 
Michele Hansen  17:58
That's really interesting for when, you know, if you're able to get to a point, eventually, where you're selling outside of Heroku, like, that, you know, if we were to assume an 80% margin like that, that's pretty good. That's where a lot of software businesses are. So it's, I mean, it sounds like your, your fundamentals are pointing in the right direction.
 
Colleen Schnettler  18:22
Yeah, I think, I mean, we've talked a lot about, I think last week I was a little frustrated because I still can't really identify my ideal customer, or people who are even using it. But I think one of the huge benefits of being in this marketplace is people are signing up. So the more people I get signing up, the more chances I have that someone will actually, that I'll be able to talk to people and kind of figure out my value proposition. I'm finding a lot of people, a lot more people are finding me on the internet. So I'm getting a lot more signups that bounce when they see you have to have a credit card upfront. But I mean, on the, on the plus side, that means there's clearly a demand for this. This is clearly a thing people want because a lot of people are signing up. Now, will a lot of people pay for it is always the, the, you know, the thing you're trying to figure out, but I'm seeing quite a lot of people putting in their email address, putting in their email addresses on my non-Heroku site.
 
Michele Hansen  19:23
How, like, upfront does your non-Heroku site make it that people have to put in a credit card for the free trial?
 
Colleen Schnettler  19:30
So the way it works right now is you sign up and then, then you go to the pricing page. And then you click the button to say sign up for this plan, and then you have to put a credit card in. 
 
Michele Hansen  19:42
But like, on the landing page itself, does it make it clear that a credit card is required for the trial? 
 
Colleen Schnettler  19:48
No. 
 
Michele Hansen  19:50
You should probably do that.
 
Colleen Schnettler  19:52
Yeah, I thought about that. But I was looking at other people's landing pages and no one really, like, that doesn't seem to be a thing people do. Cuz it feels, like, where would you put it? In like, small print under free, free trial? Free 7 day trial, credit card required for sign up? 
 
Michele Hansen  20:07
Yeah, I, you know, something that I noticed with that is that when somebody has a free trial and no credit card is required, they always say that.
 
Colleen Schnettler  20:17
Right, no credit card required, right. But when they do require a credit card, they don't say anything.
 
Michele Hansen  20:23
Yeah. And that, that tells me something. Now,
 
Colleen Schnettler  20:27
Yeah, no one wants to pay,
 
Michele Hansen  20:28
A lot of big companies like, they'll you know, if you, if you are a marketing person who is incentivized for email signups, then yeah, you're gonna want to hide the fact that a credit card is required because that's how you hit your metrics. But also, the incentive should be redesigned in that case. But I think it's worth at least having that somewhere on the landing page, because as you said, then people are bouncing, and so there's no point in you having this pile of email addresses from people who aren't going to pay for it unless you want it to try to monetize them some other way. But that doesn't really seem to be like something you want to do, and also with, like GDPR, and CCPA and all of those privacy acronyms, like, it could be, you know, a liability for you.
 
Colleen Schnettler  21:21
Yeah, I was thinking about it, because I've seen so many signups recently. So I think that's a, but I, the reason I didn't put it was because I've never seen it. And I was like, is that a huge turnoff to be like, credit card required for signup. But I agree, I'm not doing anything with those email addresses. I mean, in the future, maybe I can remove it and try a different kind of, you know, when I have more time or a little bit bigger, and maybe try to learn more about those people. But at this point, it doesn't do any good, like, I'm not keeping their email addresses or anything. So I'm just seeing that there's a lot of traffic.
 
Michele Hansen  21:54
I wonder how, so I signed up for Savvy Cow recently, speaking of all of my timezone issues, like, I had to make this little redirect basically, so that when people request to have a meeting with me, if the browser detects their timezone, and then it sends them to the calendar based on their timezone, because like, I'll only do those 9pm calls for you know, people on the west coast, for example. But, so I signed up for for Savvy Cow, and they have a 7 day free trial with a credit card required, and now I'm looking at their website to see how clear that was, because I remember that, like, I knew that it would be required, and like, that, they would just automatically charge me after that point. And I'm actually looking at their landing page. Oh, okay, actually, it just, it just, just say get started for free.
 
Colleen Schnettler  22:48
See, no, no one says that.
 
Michele Hansen  22:50
But maybe they, like, maybe isn't an automatic, maybe it was an email they sent me instead that, um, oh, okay. Okay, so here's how it works. So it says what you can, zero cost to create an account, but then once you're ready to start sharing your calendar links, then the one week free trial starts, and then that has automatic billing.
 
Colleen Schnettler  23:12
Where did you get that, in an email?
 
Michele Hansen  23:14
It's on their pricing page.
 
Colleen Schnettler  23:16
Okay, I'll look at that. That's probably a good idea. I like that, like, yeah, it's, it's free to create an account. But if you actually want to upload files, 
 
Michele Hansen  23:23
Sure, you can give us your email address, but if you want to do anything, but I think that, you know that, that makes sense for like a product. Like this, where like, there, there is some amount of stuff that might need to happen before you actually use the products, like, people might need to have internal discussions or like, you know, with this, like, you have to kind of set it up, and there's also this positive effect, where, if you've done all of this work to get it set up, then you are more bought in to the product. Like, this is the approach that TurboTax uses. Like, I don't know, if you notice that they, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  23:55
I know, I know. 
 
Michele Hansen  23:55
They don't, they'll be like, well, it's free to file, but then it's you know, 19 or 29 or whatever. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  24:00
It's free to do your taxes,
 
Michele Hansen  24:01
Whatever, but to actually file your state one, or to have us automatically send it to the IRS or whatever it is, like, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  24:08
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  24:09
Then you have to pay for it. And all the people listening in other countries, like especially anyone in Denmark, where you can just file your taxes online, like for free and like, you know, you don't have Intuit, with this massive lobbying budget, making it complicated. Yeah, I mean, so so there's definitely some benefits to that kind of model, and I think as long as what you do, just like, making it really clear what that like, make it clear what's going to happen to people.
 
Colleen Schnettler  24:41
Yeah, I like the idea of putting it on the pricing page because I don't want it on my landing page because that's gonna look bad. But like, if you click sign up for a free trial, I like having another pricing page because again, it doesn't do anyone any good for, I don't care about your email address if you're not interested, and you are annoyed because you fill out the welcome to my thing form, and then you have to enter a credit card, and you felt you know, you didn't know. So, I, um, I like this idea. I think it's a good idea.
 
Michele Hansen  25:06
Yeah, I think, so your call to action, it says try it now, sign up for a free 30 day trial.  
 
Colleen Schnettler  25:13
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  25:14
And I also wonder if, you know, changing out from like, sign up to be like, you know, start free trial or whatnot, like, because I think people really do grok the difference between free trial versus free tier. And, and I saw that when I scrolled all the way down, there's a free 30 day trial, but I don't actually see that above the fold on your site. And so I wonder if making it clear that it's free trial would help with that. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  25:46
Okay. I like, I like changing it to start, start your trial or something. 
 
Michele Hansen  25:50
Yeah. Because they're actually, there's no button either, like, right below the header. There's like, there should be a button there that's like, start your free trial. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  25:59
Oh.
 
Michele Hansen  26:00
There's no call to action button.
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:02
Wait, below the header.
 
Michele Hansen  26:04
So it says add File Uploading to your app in minutes, like, integrate file uploads in your website, no service required, blah, blah, blah. Like, where's the button? Give me a button.
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:15
Yeah, yeah, yeah, totally.
 
Michele Hansen  26:17
But hey, while I'm looking at SimpleFileUpload.com, for anyone who is listening, there is a testimonial there.Yay.
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:26
Yay, I did. I got a testimonial up. 
 
Michele Hansen  26:31
And it looks awesome. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:33
Yeah. So I'm happy about that. Yeah, you're right. There should be a call to action button right here.
 
Michele Hansen  26:39
Tell me what to do, Colleen.
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:41
Oh, my gosh. See, this is, like, the stuff I don't know about. You're absolutely right. 
 
Michele Hansen  26:44
Tell me to sign up.
 
Colleen Schnettler  26:45
Tell me to sign up, start trial now. Nice. Okay, I like it. Good point.
 
Michele Hansen  26:52
And I guess, yeah, you just want to like work on that wording because like, as you know, the Savvy Cow example, like, the trial doesn't start until you actually do something. And so it's like, does the trial start like, right from the time they sign up? Or just, you know, wherever you can, like, make it clear what's going to happen to people.
 
Colleen Schnettler  27:09
Yeah, so I think, so right now, if you click on sign up, it takes you to a nice signup page. But then after you hit the signup page, it takes you to the pricing page. I wonder if I should switch those since I'm going to require a credit card, and instead of taking you to the signup page before the pricing page, sign up, pricing page, which explains that you have to, you know, pay, not pay I'm sorry, that you have to enter your credit card and then a start trial button.
 
Michele Hansen  27:45
Okay, so I'm actually going through it right now.
 
Colleen Schnettler  27:48
Yeah, okay. 
 
Michele Hansen  27:49
Um, so let's do it live. Okay.
 
Colleen Schnettler  27:54
Usability testing live with Michele.
 
Michele Hansen  27:57
F it will do it live. Okay. So, select your plan, try it out with a 30 day free trial, up, upgrade or cancel at any time. Okay.
 
Colleen Schnettler  28:06
So if you go back, though, if you start from the homepage, okay, if you go to Home. So go to home.
 
Michele Hansen  28:10
Home.  And then sign up.
 
Colleen Schnettler  28:12
Sign up.
 
Michele Hansen  28:13
Yeah. So then it's just like a login screen. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  28:16
Right. 
 
Michele Hansen  28:17
Yeah, I wonder maybe, maybe you would, you could also experiment with when you click sign up, taking people to this pricing page, and then when they click start trial, then they create an account, and then they add a credit card and everything.
 
Colleen Schnettler  28:35
Yeah, I tend to wonder if that's a better workflow because again, I don't need to collect or want to collect information for people who don't want to put their credit card down. 
 
Michele Hansen  28:45
Yeah. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  28:47
So I think I'll do that. I like that. I like that idea. Yeah, and then they can go, if signup would take them to pricing, and then under where it says select your panel have something like, it's gonna be a seven day trial, but I'll fix that, try it out with a seven day trial credit. I mean, it sounds so bad, credit card required when you are ready to use the service or something. I don't know. I'll figure that out. 
 
Michele Hansen  29:07
And I also noticed you have a 30 day money back guarantee. So a 30 day free trial, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:12
Oh my gosh.
 
Michele Hansen  29:12
And a 30 day money back guarantee? No.
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:15
Okay. I do, but I shouldn't. 
 
Michele Hansen  29:17
Yeah.
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:17
Cuz this is like, I need to change that. Oh, my gosh, it's so funny that you said that. Because basically, like, this, the framework for the SaaS is built off of the Bullet Train app, which I mentioned earlier that Andrew and I were going to make a course for, and this is just, like, their default wording. And I literally, like forgot to take it out. 
 
Michele Hansen  29:39
Okay.
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:40
So I don't want to do that. I just, no one has asked for their money back. So that's good.
 
Michele Hansen  29:44
That's also a liability for you, so. 
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:47
Yeah, no, I need to get, where did you see that?
 
Michele Hansen  29:49
When I clicked on start trial from the pricing page.
 
Colleen Schnettler  29:53
Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Okay. Yeah, I need to change that.
 
Michele Hansen  29:57
Well, it sounds like you now have a lot of work on your plate. So, 
 
Colleen Schnettler  30:02
Yeah.
 
Michele Hansen  30:03
I guess I should let you go.
 
Colleen Schnettler  30:05
Plenty of things to do. Yeah. Great. This is good, though. This is good. I haven't really thought through that onboarding workflow in a long time. So, I'm glad we took a look at it.
 
Michele Hansen  30:15
Awesome. Well, I guess that'll wrap us up for this week. Thank you so much for listening. If you liked this episode, please tweet about it or write us an iTunes review. That means a lot to us and, yeah, we'll talk to you next week.

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