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Join us for exciting conversations about UI/UX design, SaaS products, marketing, and so much more. My awesome guests are industry experts who share actionable knowledge — so that you can apply it in your business today.
 
UI/UX Consulting & Training by Jane Portman
 
Elliott Davidson, the owner of Despreneur talks about the ways to build a business and design your own lifestyle you don’t need a vacation from. The goal of this podcast is to provide you real life stories to inspire your next move and support you with actionable and practical knowledge in design, entrepreneurship and technology fields. Elliott connects and talks with top designers, successful entrepreneurs and tech visionaries to unlock the knowledge that takes to build a successful busines ...
 
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Great copy can turn your SaaS marketing website into a money-making machine. But how do you get it right? Our guest today is Josh Garofalo, a SaaS copywriter and consultant at Sway Copy. You'll learn why customer research is the most important step in the copywriting process, how exactly to approach the key pages of your website, and what mista ...…
 
Great copy can turn your SaaS marketing website into a money-making machine. But how do you get it right? Our guest today is Josh Garofalo, a SaaS copywriter and consultant at Sway Copy. You’ll learn why customer research is the most important step in the copywriting process, how exactly to approach the key pages of your website, and what mista ...…
 
As a founder, you always know why your product is awesome. But how do you explain it to your customers? Our guest today is the amazing April Dunford — a positioning expert and author of Obviously Awesome. You’ll learn why positioning is so critical, how April polished her positioning method over the years, and how to find the “secret sauce” for ...…
 
As a founder, you always know why your product is awesome. But how do you explain it to your customers? Our guest today is the amazing April Dunford — a positioning expert and author of Obviously Awesome. You'll learn why positioning is so critical, how April polished her positioning method over the years, and how to find the "secret sauce" for ...…
 
In this special episode, three Userlist co-founders — Claire Suellentrop, Benedikt Deicke, and Jane herself — get together to answer a few questions from the audience. They share the strategy behind their recent Product Hunt launch (which scored #1 Product of the Day), their founding story, product management techniques, and so much more. Downl ...…
 
In this special episode, three Userlist co-founders — Claire Suellentrop, Benedikt Deicke, and Jane herself — get together to answer a few questions from the audience. They share the strategy behind their recent Product Hunt launch (which scored #1 Product of the Day), their founding story, product management techniques, and so much more. Podca ...…
 
Today we’re looking into the mobile app ecosystem, which differs dramatically from the cosy world of SaaS. Our guest to day is Sean Casto, the founder of PreApps — a marketing agency that has helped thousands of apps reach millions of downloads. You’ll learn about the key ingredients of success in the mobile industry, and different ways to mark ...…
 
Today we're looking into the mobile app ecosystem, which differs dramatically from the cosy world of SaaS. Our guest to day is Sean Casto, the founder of PreApps — a marketing agency that has helped thousands of apps reach millions of downloads. You'll learn about the key ingredients of success in the mobile industry, and different ways to mark ...…
 
Integrations are a fantastic way of growing your product while providing value to your customers. However, you need to approach them carefully and strategically. Our guest today is Rob Walling, co-founder of MicroConf, TinySeed, and Drip. You’ll learn how to use integrations as a customer acquisition channel, and what goes into a successful int ...…
 
Integrations are a fantastic way of growing your product while providing value to your customers. However, you need to approach them carefully and strategically. Our guest today is Rob Walling, co-founder of MicroConf, TinySeed, and Drip. You'll learn how to use integrations as a customer acquisition channel, and what goes into a successful int ...…
 
Healthcare industry involves enormous resources, but has always been “playing catchup” when it comes to software. Our guest today is Chris Kiess, a user experience designer and author. You’ll learn about his unique story within the industry, different areas of healthcare UX, typical use cases, professional challenges, and how to pave your own p ...…
 
Healthcare industry involves enormous resources, but has always been "playing catchup" when it comes to software. Our guest today is Chris Kiess, a user experience designer and author. You'll learn about his unique story within the industry, different areas of healthcare UX, typical use cases, professional challenges, and how to pave your own p ...…
 
Isn’t game theory all about points, levels, and badges? Definitely not. These are all just visible mechanics, the superficial icing on the cake. Our guest today is the amazing Amy Jo Kim — a startup coach, game designer, best-selling author, and the founder of Game Thinking. You’ll learn how to use her method with early superfans, and fundament ...…
 
Isn't game theory all about points, levels, and badges? Definitely not. These are all just visible mechanics, the superficial icing on the cake. Our guest today is the amazing Amy Jo Kim — a startup coach, game designer, best-selling author, and the founder of Game Thinking. You'll learn how to use her method with early superfans, and fundament ...…
 
“Build it, and they will come” could not be a bigger lie: an effective launch is crucial to your product success. Our guest today is Keith Perhac, founder of SegMetrics. You’ll learn how to turn a few random emails into a cohesive launch experience, “prime the pump” for your product, and measure the outcome — so that you can optimize and iterat ...…
 
"Build it, and they will come" could not be a bigger lie: an effective launch is crucial to your product success. Our guest today is Keith Perhac, founder of SegMetrics. You'll learn how to turn a few random emails into a cohesive launch experience, "prime the pump" for your product, and measure the outcome — so that you can optimize and iterat ...…
 
Environmental impact of the software industry is unbelievable. Luckily, there are people and companies who want to make a practical difference against global warming (as well as educate others). Our guest today is James Christie, an experience designer and founder of SustainableUX. You’ll learn how to make sustainable choices about the way you ...…
 
Environmental impact of the software industry is unbelievable. Luckily, there are people and companies who want to make a practical difference against global warming (as well as educate others). Our guest today is James Christie, an experience designer and founder of SustainableUX. You'll learn how to make sustainable choices about the way you ...…
 
Many SaaS businesses track engagement for each user individually — pretending that companies don’t exist. But this approach can be downright dangerous, because B2B software is all about company accounts. Our guest today is Derek Skaletsky, founder and CEO of Sherlock. We talk about best practices in tracking account-level engagement, and ways t ...…
 
Many SaaS businesses track engagement for each user individually — pretending that companies don't exist. But this approach can be downright dangerous, because B2B software is all about company accounts. Our guest today is Derek Skaletsky, founder and CEO of Sherlock. We talk about best practices in tracking account-level engagement, and ways t ...…
 
Trends come and go, but content marketing — particularly blogging — remains one of the top marketing channels for SaaS companies. Our guest today is the awesome Kaleigh Moore, freelance content writer for SaaS and ecommerce. You'll learn how to produce top-performing blog posts, promote them, leverage different media types, and make your conten ...…
 
There are so many design methodologies available these days — lean, agile & design thinking being the most popular. Could you use them side-by-side? Our guest today is Jeff Gothelf, author of Lean UX and Sense & Respond, and co-founder of Sense & Respond Press. You'll learn how to make the most out of these frameworks, help teams talk to each o ...…
 
The fist version of Adobe Acrobat was released in 1993, alongside the newly created PDF format. What has changed since then? Our guest today is Liang-Cheng Lin, senior design manager at Adobe. You'll learn about the philosophy behind their platform, how PDF has evolved into a powerful editable format, and UX challenges they face as one of the m ...…
 
Acquiring more products as a growth strategy isn't new under the sun, but seems unusual for our SaaS ecosystem. Our guest today is JD Graffam, the owner of two agencies and a portfolio of SaaS businesses. We talk about his unconventional background story, how he handles multiple products, and the strategy behind new acquisitions. Podcast feed: ...…
 
With all technology available, words remain our #1 design tool for creating engaging experiences. How do you write an interface? Our guest today is Yuval Keshtcher, founder of UX Writing Hub. You'll learn about the craft of UX writing, how to define the voice and tone of your product, and how to capture it in a content style guide — like big br ...…
 
Pricing means so much for any product. But why are most SaaS companies shooting in the dark there? Our guest today is the famous Patrick Campbell, co-founder and CEO of ProfitWell (previously Price Intelligently). You'll learn why value-based pricing is so important, how to choose the right value metric, and how to create your subscription mode ...…
 
How do you know what features in your product bring the most value? How can you "make your strengths stronger" and gracefully remove unpopular features? Today our guest is Brian Rhea, product strategist and the founder of Feature Audit. You'll learn the story behind his analytics tool, how to conduct your own feature audit, and how to apply the ...…
 
Design Sprint is an extremely productive five-day framework for solving design problems. Not only it returns immediate results, but it also gets everyone on the same page and brings the best ideas to the surface. Our guest today is Jonathan Courtney, CEO and founder of AJ&Smart. You'll learn what makes sprints so effective, what exactly happens ...…
 
There are many creative methods to stay productive; this story is no exception! Our guest today is Jonathan Anderstrom, co-founder and president of Creed Interactive. We talk about the deep work culture in their agency, and their unique way of seamlessly blending onsite and remote collaboration. Podcast feed: subscribe to http://simplecast.fm/p ...…
 
What tools and methods should you use in your next UX project? Our guest today is Andrew Mayfield, CEO of Optimal Workshop. We talk about their amazing collection of UX research tools, and dive into some of the methods — card sorting, tree testing, and others. Podcast feed: subscribe to http://simplecast.fm/podcasts/1441/rss in your favorite po ...…
 
What kind of product specs are the best to work with? How do you document your vision? Our guest today is Janna Bastow — co-founder and CEO of ProdPad, co-founder of Mind the Product, and product person at heart. You'll learn why product specs are always a work in progress, how to deal with deadlines, document your goals and tasks, and iterate ...…
 
How do you structure website content based on user needs? How do you make the most important things easy to find? Our guest today is Chris Huylebroeck, a famous information architect and content strategist. We dive into the four steps of creating a content strategy: figuring out what information is needed (and why), auditing existing materials, ...…
 
How do you stay true to yourself when your company grows and changes? How do you document the principles for your communication and decision-making? Our guest today is Haraldur Thorleifsson, the founder & CEO of Ueno — an award-winning digital agency. We talk about his unique personal story and how it translates into their company values, tying ...…
 
What features should you build next? Will your product be ever "done"? How to avoid "building yourself into the corner"? Our guest today is the awesome Emily Tate, US General Manager at Mind the Product. You'll learn how to prioritize new features, create roadmaps based on user research, and ignore "squeaky wheals" while focusing on truly impor ...…
 
The avalanche of GDPR updates has passed, but regulations are here to stay. Can you sleep well? Our guest today is Aleth Gueguen, an independent software consultant focusing on privacy regulations. You'll learn about the philosophy behind GDRP, the key terms, and what compliance means for you and your customers. Podcast feed: subscribe to http: ...…
 
According to research, 84% of digital transformation projects fail. How can we fix that? Who is responsible — the leadership or the execution team? Our guest today is Jonathon Hensley, founder & CEO of Emerge Interactive. You'll learn how to define (and document) your vision as a product owner, build the best team possible, and drive digital pr ...…
 
How do you find motivation and energy to create something new, something you've been dreaming of? Our guest today is David Kadavy, the famous author of Design for Hackers, and we talk about his latest book — The Heart to Start. You'll learn how to effectively start new projects, combat procrastination, find an audience, and fuel your creativity ...…
 
Listening to customer feedback is one of the best ways to improve your product (and your marketing). But it can get so overwhelming! Our guest today is the charming Sofia Quintero, founder of NomNom. You'll learn how to deal with massive amounts of customer feedback, get quantitative and qualitative results, document your insights, and apply th ...…
 
Wouldn't it be great to have a logical approach to creative disciplines? Today we talk about "the web design equation" — a system similar to atomic design which uses mathematical principles. Our guest is Sean Doran, Head of Design at Wiretap. You'll learn how to think systematically about constants, variables, constraints, maximums, and minimum ...…
 
We want to be smart and rational, but emotions are the biggest drivers for every decision we make — both in B2B and B2C. Today our guest is the amazing Talia Wolf, a conversion optimization specialist, trainer, and speaker. You'll learn why people buy things, how to figure out the pains and emotions of your website visitors, and boost conversio ...…
 
Before designing anything, how do you figure out what your users need in the first place? Today we're diving into Top Tasks Management framework developed by Gerry McGovern, a famous UI/UX expert and author of six books on customer experience. You'll learn why addressing the top tasks is a key to customer success, and how to define and manage t ...…
 
Deciding how much to charge for your SaaS is hard, but presenting these decisions on your pricing page is an art in itself. Today our guest is Rob Turlinckx, a digital product designer and co-founder of SaaS Resources. We talk about best design practices for SaaS pricing pages, how to communicate value, overcome objections, and optimize your pr ...…
 
Every user is unique, yet we need reliable ways to group them into segments — so that we can understand them better and personalize their experience. Today our guest again is the lovely Val Geisler, an email onboarding copywriter and strategist. You'll learn why segmentation is so important for SaaS companies, how to implement it, and how to ta ...…
 
We should make products useful, no doubt. But what if we could also make them addictive — so that the customers keep coming back? Our guest today is Jeff Davidson, a solo product designer and writer. You'll learn key psychological principles behind popular apps, why making a product addictive should never be a goal by itself, and how to design ...…
 
What makes a perfect product demo? How do you engage and convert a potential customer instead of boring them to death with a monotonous screenshare? Today our guest is Aaron Krall, a SaaS enterprise sales coach. You'll learn when SaaS demos are a good fit, how to organize and structure your call, and how to move the sale forward by making it al ...…
 
Chats and messengers represent a huge design challenge: there's always room for innovation, but the users are deeply attached to existing UX patterns (think of the latest Skype update). Our guest today is Kostya Gorskiy, Design Lead at Intercom. We talk about their recent messenger redesign, peculiarities of popular chat platforms, and how to d ...…
 
Optimizing the trial-to-paid conversion rate is one the most effective ways to improve any SaaS business. Our guest today is Alli Blum, a SaaS onboarding optimization consultant. You'll learn how to define the user's path to success (and their common roadblocks), write onboarding emails based on research data, segment your users, and A/B test e ...…
 
We've been building websites for decades, yet each project imposes new challenges when it comes to navigation. Our guest today is Els Aerts — a famous usability expert, speaker, and co-founder of AGConsult. We talk about the core principles behind effective navigation, how to figure out what information deserves the spotlight, and how to avoid ...…
 
What is a product strategy? More importantly, what makes a good one? Our guest today is Zack Naylor, co-founder and CEO at Aurelius. We talk about product strategy vs tactics, the objectives and key results framework, the elusive product-market fit, and customer research as the foundation for all of the above. Podcast feed: subscribe to http:// ...…
 
According to research, 70–80% of all websites in the world have Google Analytics installed! However, only a fraction of them use it well. Our guest today is Jeff Sauer, founder and lead instructor of Jeffalytics. You'll learn why Google Analytics can be so frustrating, how to approach your data, what tools can help, and how to get yourself up t ...…
 
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