Hey there! If you’re in the US, I hope yesterday’s turkey (or Tofurky) was delicious, and please try not to get trampled today. Even if you’re outside of the US, I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s Black Friday today and this whole weekend is a big shopping weekend culminating with Cyber Monday’s online deals. Check out some Black Friday deals from our readers in the last section of today’s newsletter!
⚙️ Tool of the week
Review performance for your websites, and get detailed guidance on how to improve it. Focuses on performance, accessibility, adherence to best practices, and SEO. Lots of detailed actionable advice for anything it finds amiss. Completely free.
🛠 Tools discovered recently
Userpilot is a cost-effective solution for user onboarding and product adoption. Setting up the onboarding code is free. They are offering new pricing for startups, $49 per month up to 1000 monthly active users.
Email forms and referral waiting lists along with email drip campaigns. Only $5/month after 14-day trial.
This is an interesting toolbox that you can probably learn a bunch from, and it’s free for a single user to explore. It contains a set of tools and dashboards that can help build a successful startup. Based on the book and methodology created by Bill Aulet at MIT. Used by thousands of startups, accelerators, investors, companies, and universities worldwide.
Diagramiq is an online diagram app for creating flowcharts, UML models, BPMN, network diagrams, decision trees and other diagram types. Free while in beta.
This is a completely free email campaign planner for marketers, from the folks at Mailjet. Automatically organizes your campaigns, delegates tasks and helps to ensure your team never misses a deadline.
🤓 Articles of the week
If you’ve ever had problems getting your emails to end up in peoples’ inboxes, read this. Also read it if you haven’t, but are about to send emails, whether it’s a newsletter, transactional emails or whatever.Spam, blacklists, bounce rate, email authentication (DKIM/SPF) and more are all covered here.
I liked this thread by Tiago Forte on how to become an entrepreneur. Read it!
I’ve been working a fair bit from home in recent months. The habits recommended in this article work.
This blog post ideation strategy rings true for me. I’ve followed the same strategy for a while now, resulting in having a very long list of ideas (partly because it helps generate lots of ideas, and partly because I need to do better finding the time to write haha).
🍗 Black Friday deals from our audience
This year we’re featuring three Black Friday deals submitted by StartupResources.io readers. However, let me also mention this huge list from the Bootstrappers.io newsletter. If the three deals below aren’t useful for you, check out the 60+ deals behind the link.
userinput.io is a great way to get on-demand feedback from real people on your website or idea, very quickly and at a great price. Get 18% off any feedback order with code “srblackfriday2018”
Get the specialized screen sharing solution for sales at a 20% discount on any new paid plan by using this signup link before the end of Cyber Monday (or email us and reference code CWCBBFF for larger plans). Plus, email our support team after your sign up using this deal to choose between our holiday-themed white t-shirt or our black logo t-shirt (see photos above)!
Use the link above (or click here) and wait a few seconds for a hidden pop-up on their site. Using that to sign up will grant you a 30% discount code for 3 months. Use customer feedback to improve your product and personalization efforts. Measure and boost customer satisfaction at all relevant interaction points.
😢 That’s it for this issue
I hope you benefit from one of the deals above or in the huge list. Stay warm this weekend!