The MVP is cooked, baked, roasted, done, dusted however you want to put it. It's done and ready. I've ended the beta signup and switched it over to allow anyone to setup a 30 day free trial of Audience.
The Story of the MVP
When I started building Audience I made a decision to keep the MVP focused and narrow in scope.
The core features of the MVP
- Connect to your Email Provider - Mailgun, AWS SES, Sendgrid.
- Create Mailing lists.
- Capture signups with a form.
- Add Subscribers to a list.
- Send a verification email to the subscriber.
- Send a basic newsletter to the mailing list.
Ok I have a confession, I have slipped a few extra features.
- Headers on emails,
- Changing the button colours in the "Confirm Email"
- Webhook support for Mailgun.
These weren't part of the MVP but I put them in anyway because I think it helps round out some of the core functionality of Audience.
The Waitlist and Beta
I started a waitlist pretty early, starting getting signups. A few months ago I released the beta with a code to let the users on the waitlist in.
The feedback I have been getting from the waitlist has been great. Some of it I've included in this MVP release and other parts well that's coming now as I move Audience forward.
All beta users will have a few account until 31st Jan 2020 and I've also given them a discount on the monthly plans for Audience as a way to say thanks for their support, trust and curiosity for what I'm building.
The MVP is Now Live!
From now on, anyone can sign up to try Audience, you get a 30 day free trial, connect to your email provider and send your emails and build your audience.
The goal now is to try and get some traffic, get users to signup for the trial and help them sending newsletters.
I'm a big fan of content marketing, that's why the first part of my plan is to get the blog up and running. I have the first few posts already outlined I just need to start pulling them together.
- Introducing Audience - This will be a bit of an about post but the focus will be around what I'm trying to get Audience to achieve and enable me to do.
- Sending newsletters with Mailgun / SES and Sendgrid - This will be 3 posts that will focus on using each email provider and setting them up to work with Audience.
- Resending the verification - This post will cover one of the newer features of the MVP, the resend verification feature. This is one of those features I added because of a common frustration I observed from people that used other tools
- Forms - One of the big gaps that I know exist with the MVP is I don't have alot of form examples, etc. My idea here is to build a blog post covering creating different forms and using Audience. I plan on making the form source code full open source too so anyone can use it.
The otherside of this is building some new features, I'll have another blog post that will go into the details of what's coming next.
Thanks for reading, if you want to try out Audience you can get your free trial right here