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After launching, someone submitted us to Product Hunt and we landed on their frontpage. We received a lot of organic press on valleywag, nextshark, etc. Would love to get some feedback or if there's anything you think we could do better.

Here's our app: http://pitchgrub.com/

Thanks!

Shant (@shantkiraz)

  • KB

    Kurt Braget

    over 4 years ago #

    I like this a lot. I think the design is beautiful, well done. I do have some overall feedback, just gonna straight shoot.

    - i want to be inspired on this page, the chef analogy isn't a big motivator for me. could work but i almost want a completely different value prop, like, maybe you can say something that will make me feel more confident like "Your investors are gonna love this". Maybe that's not right but you get the idea.

    - i think you can move the social media stuff out of the center of the design, i feel it throws the design off and makes me feel like you're gaming social media too hard. distracts from the main value prop and beautiful design you have.

    - love the form, shows right above the fold, and the placeholder text is cool.

    - you could probably link to other awesome pitches that have been submitted, maybe add some social validation by allowing some interactions on the pitches that were submitted.

    - would be cool if i had a custom url on the pitch generation page

    - the pitch generation page could be more forceful about sharing, could be a good growth vertical there. think change.org.

    - i don't love that my pitch is branded with your company's brand, i might want to customize the header sorta like in twitter. i just get the feeling like i'm promoting you and not me by sharing.

    - there is a cta about helping with your startup mvp which is sorta hidden, maybe a more effective way to show that.

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Kurt,

      Thanks a bunch for the feedback, very helpful! Here are a few of my replies to your thoughts:

      - For the value prop, I agree, it could definitely be stronger. We like adding a bit of personality/fun to the page but we can see how to add more value for the tagline. Esp since what we have currently isn't super SEO friendly.

      - We originally placed it on the side but we had some technical reasons so we had to push it to the middle of the page.

      - I 100% agree with you re: social proof - Would be awesome if we could even showcase the Top 5 pitches + comments to add some life/community.

      - Vanity URL's are killer - totally agree, letting our team know :-)

      - Just checked out change.org's flow - LOVE it, seriously, thanks for the suggestion. I love the whole "multiple the impact" + the visualization. Maybe even include a "Email" option?

      - Branding could definitely be cool, pay feature? ;-)

      - We didn't want to be too blatant with self-promo and take away from the app, but maybe we could add it someplace else as well.

  • NK

    narek khach

    over 4 years ago #

    First let me just say that this is a super clean design and well put-together "MVP" and I am aware that this is not exactly a final product..

    Second, congrats on getting it on ProductHunt :)

    Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly does this do other than ask a few questions (that I would find if I googled "pitch deck outline") and display them on a follow-up page?

    The reason I ask that is because after reading your tagline, I have this assumption in my head that my startup elevator pitch is somehow going to be enhanced by using this.

    I dig that you put a "print" link on the page, but it would be even more rad if I was able to upload my logo and the page was something shareable and not branded by PitchGrub.

    1 love man. keep on keepin on :)

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Narek,

      Thanks so much for the feedback. It was a labor of love, and funny enough, we developed it during labor day weekend!

      Yup, we've basically created the most effective template for entrepreneurs. Currently, it's difficult to go through dozens of articles and try to stich together the perfect outline. We also created the outline based on YC's requirements/suggestions (which is strenuous and extremely long document), so it's been proven to be effective

      Yet another point for bringing up the branding option, throwing that into our #featurerequest pile ;-)

  • AA

    Anuj Adhiya

    over 4 years ago #

    +1 to both the pieces of super feedback from @masterkrang and @nk.

    Taking off from something Narek said, perhaps something on the pages that showed why using this service is better than googling "pitch deck outline" or using anything else, I think would go a long way towards convincing someone that they don't want to waste their time with the alternatives.

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Anuj,

      Totally agree - I think we need to express this even more. Maybe a short 1-2 sentences above the text boxes expressing the value.

  • KD

    Kyra Deprez

    over 4 years ago #

    I like! Makes you take a second and reword what you may have already written. I agree that I was expecting for it to suggest some keywords based on what I had written, rather than just put it into 2 categories. In other words I was expecting an improvement on my words.

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Kyra,

      Yup, I can see what you're saying. This might be a question for our technical co-founder, sending her way to get her thoughts! (+1 for female engineer/co-founder?)

  • JB

    Jeff B

    over 4 years ago #

    The value proposition is good, but I don't see how the product delivers on it. I write the answer to a few questions and then the system shows them right back to me.

    Above is my initial reaction to the website. Now I think I understand how you intend on delivering on the value prop, "Create the perfect startup elevator pitch.
    Your audience will eat it up." Correct me if I am wrong.

    Founders submit their information, you format it as a pitch, and then others (community) give feedback. It is the feedback that will help me create the perfect pitch. If this is the case, it is not possible to see this on the homepage. Give an example of how it works on the homepage; a slideshow or video.

    Also, I would add a component to get the founders to sign up. Maybe you could let them fill everything out and show them the results. Then, tell them they can get on the discover page and get feedback by signing up. Or some other kind of advanced functionality for signing up.

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Jeff,

      Great feedback - a how-to/value prop seems like it would be a great idea, potentially right above the form fields.

      We also wanted to remove all barriers to entry so anyone could create a pitch, but gathering sign-ups/emails wouldn't be a bad idea. Maybe we could have "Featured Pitches of the week" and to enter, you'd have to enter your email address?

  • JB

    Joseph Bentzel

    over 4 years ago #

    Completion field? Why better etc.

    • SK

      Shant Kiraz

      over 4 years ago #

      We provide a template that makes it super easy to craft the perfect pitch instead of spending time researching :-)

      • JB

        Joseph Bentzel

        over 4 years ago #

        Sorry. On above comment I fat-fingered the phone while typing standing up on the SF BART. My bad.

        Comment was 'competition field'. Liked the app but wondered why there was not a field to input competitors and 'why better' than competitors in the elevator pitch.

        • SK

          Shant Kiraz

          about 4 years ago #

          Hey Joseph,

          Haha, happens to me pretty often too :-)

          Re: mentioning competitors in the pitch, we've noticed that the most successful pitches (YC ex.) do not mention competitors in the main pitch. Generally when there's a q&a or longer period to speak, the competitors mention can arise.

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