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StartupResources.io - Issue #11

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This week I'm listing a TON of tools, mostly from a talk I gave last weekend, and adding a book recom
 

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March 4 · Issue #11 · View online
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This week I’m listing a TON of tools, mostly from a talk I gave last weekend, and adding a book recommendation every week. I’m starting a weekly growth journal, in which I talk about the efforts and tools I use in detail to try to grow my businesses. Look for the first entry of that next week.
My February income report is out, too, detailing the growth of my three main projects. Spoiler alert: I’m no longer “pre-revenue” with any of them.

New user submitted startups this week
Brand24 - Brand24 provides a reliable, easy to use, and affordable solution to get instant access to online mentions relevant to your brand, products, competitors or topic of interest. It allows you to both track and engage online conversations relevant to your business. Follow-up on positive comments from your brand ambassadors, or respond to a dissatisfied customer before the story gets ahead of you. 80% of consumers do research or ask online before making a buying decision. Brand24 gives you the listening tools to find these leads, identify where to promote products and find customers before they find you!
Tool of the week
Slaask - Everyone’s all about Slack these days, and if you’re like me, you’re probably on it all the time. So why not manage your site’s chat support from Slack, too? Slaask is an awesome way to have live chat support on your site that you just handle from Slack, and it’s super easy to install. I got it up and running on two of my sites in no time.
Articles for this week
The Good Enough Launch | Unicornfree with Amy Hoy: Creating And Selling Your Own Products
Don’t design what users want - InVision Blog
Pizza and 40s: Two Successful Entrepreneurs Get Drunk, Eat Pizza, Spill Secrets
Should You Start a ‘Startup’ or Build a Cash-Flow Business?
Subdomains vs. Subfolders, Rel Canonical vs. 301, and How to Structure Links for SEO - Whiteboard Friday - Moz
Growth Is Never Done — Brian Balfour's Coelevate
Book of the week
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - An awesome read about how to create something actually new in the world
Some tools from this week
SoHelpful.me - I needed advice on growing my online dating related startup, so I scheduled a free call with a growth hacker and we talked for 20 minutes ago, comparing ideas. I got ideas and inspiration. For free and often super helpful advice, SoHelpful.me is incredible.
 GetHTTPSforfree - SSL’s are annoying and they can be expensive, but apparently this is a free solution. I thought that sounded impossibly good, but this Hacker News article made it sound legit
GeoIPtool - Out of curiosity, I like to see where my Slaask chatters are from, so this is the tool I use, based on their IP address. 
A ton of recommended tools
I gave a talk last weekend to a company on all the tools they should be using. I thought it’d be cool this week to just put them all in the newsletter.
Slack for team communication
Follow Up Then for a super simple tickler system
Mixmax for more power from Gmail
Rapportive for quick and easy LinkedIn connecting from within Gmail
Trello for organizing and sales funnels
Crowdfire for growing Twitter or Instagram
Latergram for queuing Instagram posts
DrumUp.io for queuing and recycling tweets
Growth Geeks for growing Instagram Aggressively
Instagress for automating Instagram growth
Buffer for queuing tweets (including integrations, like with Zapier or IFTTT)
IFTTT for interconnecting Social Media
Quora for positioning as an expert
Perfect Audience for retargeting on Google and Facebook and Instagram
AdEspresso for retargeting on Facebook and Instagram, it designs the most effective ad for you
Retargeter for hiring a company to run all the remarketing advertising for you
Close.io for managing an email outreach campaign
Sort’d for making Gmail more like a Trello sales funnel
Contactually to help stay on top of customer communication
Active Campaign to manage email lists, blasts and drips
Optin Monster to capture people on the way out
Zopim to talk to customers live on the website
Slaask to live chat to visitors from Slack
Referral Candy to reward customers for spreading the word
Explee for an explanatory white board video
Zapier for automating tasks based on your data
Want your startup listed on the site and in this newsletter?
Visit startupresources.io/submit.html and fill out the form. Easy.
That's it for this week.
Have a great week and feel free to join the Slack group! Hit reply and tell me if you want an invitation.
Thanks
Stuart
PS
Need help with development? I can’t recommend Toptal highly enough. My developer from there is awesome, always responsive, and easy to work with everyday. If you need a developer, check out Toptal.
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