🏆 76 points
📍 Oakland, CA
📖 Marketing @depictarts. Former @imgur, @comixology (acquired by $amzn), @soapdotcom (acquired by $amzn), @bonobos (acquired by $WMRT)
Urban Airship is a mobile marketing company covering myriad solutions to monetise your app from mobile marketing automation to mobile analytics and audience segmentation. Its biggest product is a push-notification engine, which sends real-time customized notifications and in-app messages to your users, creates targeted web push notifications, and builds mobile wallet passes – coupons, loyalty cards etc.
I mostly use UA for push notification, and their push services helps me save a great deal of time compared to building one in-house. Being able to create channels and segments, as well as schedule and batch notifications is incredibly useful and efficient. Also, their support team was responsive and helpful whenever I needed assistance.
The price is so steep! I used Urban Airship in a few personal apps several years ago. Being an iOS developer with hardly any server-side experience, this platform was a life saver. However they decided to get rid of their free tier, and the lowest price plan available became too expensive for an independent developer. I would ony recommend this for larger projects with a big budget!
Boing Boing made this amazing tool that let's you get the Youtube thumbnails from a Youtube video.
All you have to do is get your Youtube link, drop it into the tool, and Boing Boing will scrape the link for all of the Youtube thumbnails associated with that link. The largest image they can grab is 1280 x 720, which should be more than enough for your marketing needs.
None. This is as simple as it gets and the tool is complete free.
There are new startups that pop up every single day that launch products to help marketers, but there isn't a one-stop destination to find these apps and get honest feedback from other marketers about their experience with these products.
Sure, there's places like Product Hunt and Quora, and although I love both of those communities, I think there's a need for a place that does more to help marketers.
A place where marketers can share apps or products that helped (or did not help) their businesses like on PH.
A place where marketers can ask questions and get honest feedback like on Quora.
But more importantly, a place where marketers can connect with other marketers from all over the globe and chat in a casual Reddit or Hacker News-type structure.
So, this is Marketer Hunt and it's goal is to try and accomplish those three things and make the world a little less lonely for fellow marketers.
I hope you join us, share your thoughts, and come back often to see what others are sharing.
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### What is it (1-2 sentences) Summarize what your marketing app is to give people an idea. ### Why I like it (2-4 sentences) What makes this something you like? What makes it unique from its competitors? ### Why I dislike it (2-4 sentences) What are areas where the app could be improved? Are there any other competitors that have a leg up over what you're sharing?
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Mailgun lets small startups and SMBs with getting their transactional email system off the ground. Mailgun takes emails received over API and then sends them out to your users.
It's pretty cheap relative to other products out there like Sendgrid. There's a lot some decent logging that gets outputted for non-engineering marketers to look at to see what's going on. Pricing scales up with you so as you grow you pay a bit more but again pricing isn't so bad. Getting started is also fairly easy because there's a lot of documentations.
Shared IP address accounts will have a hard time sending to Hotmail or Microsoft Outlook emails. For whatever reason Microsoft and Hotmail flag Mailgun IP addresses as more spammy. Also, this is probably a higher-coding email provider compared to tools like Mailchimp. But, given the price, I'm a big fan of Mailgun to get started if you're coding a side project and need transactional emails to go out.