In this post I'm writing about how I got the word out on my MVP, got initial users, and what's going on now.
Chatty is a tool for professional sales people. Instead of sharing content within cold emails and hoping for a response, they use Chatty to chat with prospects the moment they engage. All from Slack. No sending 10 emails waiting for a reply. No seeing them sharing your prospecting and not being able to act on it. Just quick connections, more meetings booked, and a better B2B sales experience for all parties.
My focus was on getting in front of as many salespeople in SaaS as possible. I was an AE for a big SaaS company, and I've experience the constant hunt to find an edge. It may apply to other salespeople but I understood these ones the best. So here's where I shared my product.
No such luck. I had one comment from someone telling me it's the same thing as Pardot (it's the furthest thing) and was downvoted to 0 immediately.
I made a personalized Chatty link for each of them, had them all in a Google Sheet, and Mail Merged them all. It was very personalized for sending 40 emails in 2 seconds.
I got probably 50% of my calls, demos, and signups from this method. People were able to click on the personalized link, and I was able to use Chatty to engage them, just how they would engage their own prospects. Using your product to sell your product seemed to work.
In the last two weeks, I've met a lot of people and generated a lot of interest for this. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I do have some major bugs that are preventing some users from even using the tool. They're not super happy, which ironically feels like proof that this is a good idea. They've seen the demo, they want to use it, but they can't.
So there's a lot to hunker down and do. I'm going to use the next week or two to act on all the feedback I got from the demos and come back with a version that costs money. That will be the true test of this idea's validity. All the kind words have been nice but this is what I'm really striving towards.
It's my dream to build and create the tools that others use to become successful. It's exciting to have these initial results and a path forward. It's nervewracking to hold so much trust, have no true idea what I'm doing, to think about the hurdle of my first paying customer, and all of the hurdles beyond that. It's easy to get overwhelmed. I'm actively practicing being compassionate to those thoughts and feelings and coax the optimist to the forefront of my mind. I think we're wired to worry and stay in our comfort zones. I'm trying to rewrite that wiring and be okay with the uncertainty.