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Meep #3. Landing page ready!
Domain search, waitlist setup and pricing.
Here it is in all its glory: trymeep.com
Name & domain search
In my previous update, I considered changing the product name - but upon a quick think, no candidate that was better than Meep came to my mind. It’s still such an early stage that I will be able to change the name cheaply, if I want to, so I decided to continue with Meep for now.
I was surprised to find a very good domain available under $10: trymeep.com. It’s a dotcom, it’s short and memorable, doesn’t require me to make intentional typos or add too many extra words (“try” isn’t too bad). All in all, it’s almost as good as it gets in 2023.
Building the LP (Landing Page)
While there are plenty of drag & drop LP builders like Webflow, I decided to reuse as much as possible from my existing materials:
The page and most of the design is a React app copied from a different landing page I had built earlier. It had a bunch of relevant packages and extensions that I knew well already installed, making my job easy. I deleted most of the UI code and replaced the content in what was left.
The central GIF is the one I created 5 years ago, that I talked about here. Couldn’t be bothered to make another one, this was good enough 😂
The logo uses the exact same style as my agency’s logo. Why reinvent the wheel, it looks good enough 🤷♂️
All deployed on Firebase hosting, which in my experience has been very reliable and simple.
Creating the waitlist
The call-to-action buttons that read “Get early access” all link here. It’s a waitlist I created in Airtable and it looks like this:
The email question is obvious.
The second question is so I can prioritize where to test & maintain frontend compatibility.
Thinking about pricing
The third one is where I had a decision to make. Most people on the internet will only use tools that are free, and including this question can alienate them. But accessing GPT isn’t free, and in the end I decided to ask the question - so that my idea validation process can give more relevant results.
The cost of supporting each user, particularly power users, will be meaningful, and I’m not seeing a good and elegant way to guarantee offering a useful free version. A free version would either be cut off quickly (e.g. max 100 completions per month) or the AI would need to be substantially weaker (thus misrepresenting the potential quality and value of the paid version).
What I’m thinking of as potentially a good compromise is to offer a free trial, so that over a period of a few days users can see if it’s for them, but then if they like it, it would have to be a paid subscription, since this is the only way for me to maintain and support it sustainably.
After doing some modeling with GPT costs, I arrived at the $10 figure. It’s simple and what I end up with in the finished product probably wouldn’t be far off.
40% time saving is something I took from compose.ai, since I have no way of knowing any better. And if Meep really works, it would be a steal for the users. Suppose you type for 1 hour per workday, which adds up to 20 hours per month. Cutting that down by 40% saves you 8 hours per month, which is surely many times more valuable than $10!
Coming up next
I completed the first two bullet points from next steps in post #2, and I’ll now be focusing on the other two:
Brainstorm: who could benefit the most from using it? Is it customer support agents? Salespeople? Lawyers? Where do they usually do their typing?
After my brainstorm, figure out where I can reach some of them, and point them to my web page with the waitlist to see if they get excited, or if they have any other feedback.