Maître

Create a viral waiting list in 60 seconds

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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
Hi hunters!

I'm Manuel, the maker of Maître.
Maître comes out of a personal need: make the products I'm working on go viral!

I studied the launch of successful products such as MailBox, DropBox and RobinHood (thanks @bentossell for mentioning it) and I realised I could do something similar! I put my head down and after 5 days Maître was born. I beta-tested the product for a month and the results were exceptional to say the least. So I put my head down again, this time to create a widget really anyone could use, and 3 days after, Maître was live.

Since then many friends have used it for a wide variety of reasons.
Friends startuppers who wanted to launch a new product, writers who wanted to engage with their readers before the launch of the book, event organisers who wanted to generate buzz before an event and much more.

Maître is a copy/paste widget that can be embedded on any webpage. It's basically a waiting list with a referral system built in. People are rewarded when signing up their friends by getting ahead in the queue.
It also integrates natively with MailChimp and supports webhooks & callbacks, so that you can really customise it they way you want.

I can't wait to see what you guys create :)

I'm looking forward to all your questions!

PS: There is a special deal waiting for you.. (actually 2 :P)

***UPDATE***
We have launched our APIs! => https://www.producthunt.com/tech...
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@mnlfrgr This looks great. I can't wait to try this when I find a product that suits it.
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@msitver Thanks Michael!
PS: You should take advantage of our promotion and get unlimited Maître widgets for 3 months for just $24 ;)
John Proksch-Whaley — Hardware & Digital Designer
@mnlfrgr @bentossell Hi Manuel! This product looks incredible. Question: Your landing page says, "If we finish first in the Tech category at the end of the day, every upvoter gets Maître for $15..." Looks like that's gonna happen. Does this mean we'd all get it for $15 for 3 months? Do you have more details about this deal? You also mention "jumping the queue" for $49 to be one of the 200 this week to get it for "free" when adding our emails to your wait list. Does that mean it'd be free for a month, 3 months, for life? Trying to decide if I should do the $24 deal or not, but I'm confused by some of these other offers you've got on the table... Thanks! :)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@johnrwhaley @bentossell Hi John, sorry if that was confusing!

Let me clarify.
Maître "retail" price is $49 per widget.
You have a chance, every week, to get it for free if you signup to our waiting list (yes, we use Maître :P) and end up in the top 200.

The Product Hunt offer works this way:
- You can buy 3 months of unlimited widgets today for $24 (50% OFF the price of 1 widget).
- You can wait until tomorrow and hope we make it to the top of PH. If that happens, then every person who has up voted Maître AND has signed up to the waiting list (it's the only way to cross-check upvoters) gets 1 widget for $15.

So it's your choice if you want to get the 3 months unlimited widgets for $24 or a chance at 1 widget tomorrow for $15 :)
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@mnlfrgr I took a risk and bought it. I don't buy many products like this, so keep doing what you're doing.
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@msitver Thanks Michael. I'm sure you won't be disappointed :)
John Proksch-Whaley — Hardware & Digital Designer
@mnlfrgr @bentossell Cool! Thanks for breaking that down. Looks like you're clearly on your way to being #1 on ProductHunt by the end of day. Never seen anyone "hack" the #1 spot like this on PH. It's a good way to get people to upvote. Clever!
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
Yo @mnlfrgr . When I try to create more than one list, it redirects me back to the payment page. This is really annoying (but admittedly a tiny bug, you can probably fix this fast). Let me know when you've got that fixed.
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@msitver Hi Michael, yes that's a glitch! Sorry for that. I'll fix that right now.
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@mnlfrgr Thanks.
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@mnlfrgr P.S. You should build in GA conversion tracking (when you have time).
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@msitver This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it Michael :)
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr @johnrwhaley @bentossell Hey man, superb idea and project so far! Really impressed. Now my problem is, I bought it for $24, but when I try to add a new list its asking me to pay again. Wasn't I suppose to have 3 months of unlimited? Thanks!
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar @johnrwhaley @bentossell Hi Dilyar, yes you're right. There is a small glitch in the system that is preventing you from creating multiple waiting lists. I'm fixing it as we speak, I apologies for any inconvenience!
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr No worries, thanks for the help. Now, once this 3 months passes, how will I decide which one I want to keep? Can I pay $15 now, so that I am guaranteed at least 2 lists? Another suggestion is, I think the price you are giving us now is perfect, the regular price is too high for something like this IMO and may lower sale potential in the future. I recommend you lower it now while you have attention. For the current price, people can buy a whole WordPress theme!
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar great feedback. We will think about pricing strategies these days.
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr Thanks, mind answering the other notes I had made? What should I do? Also when you fix this issue, I would appreciate an update. Thanks!
confused techie  — Full Stack Dev
@mnlfrgr @bentossell

Looks like everybody will be getting $15 on maitre.

I had a question, also is there anyway to check ur current position in the queue for the users ?
Chema — Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
@mnlfrgr Really cool but you have a huge problem: Any disposable email works... I can jump virtually to the first position in a matter of minutes by automating the email submission. At least disable disposable emails. Please take a look to https://www.producthunt.com/tech...
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@deambulando Hi Chema, this is a valid point, we are going to add that tomorrow (it was already in the pipeline :) ).
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar I will update you as soon as I fix it, don't worry!
About the promotion, you can keep all widgets you create during the 3 months ;)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@itsshashank @bentossell Sure! Click on the link underneath the form "I'm already on the list, I want to check my place" and enter your email ;)
Chema — Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
@mnlfrgr https://github.com/ivolo/disposa... --> https://github.com/ivolo/disposa... you will have it in no time I am sure ;) good luck love the product.
Nick Frost — Editor & Marketing @ Mattermark.
@msitver @mnlfrgr What made you purchase it and how will you use it? I curate the Mattermark Daily, have also purchased Maitre, and want to use it for referral marketing...
confused techie  — Full Stack Dev
@mnlfrgr @bentossell Thanks for the reply. So getting likes on twitter etc helps? or is it just signups?
Michael Sitver — Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@thinker @mnlfrgr We should talk, Nick. DM/email me ( michaelsitver.com/#contact-me )

To answer your questions, the price was just low enough for me to consider it a reasonable experiment.

I've been trying to implement a refer-for-swag sort of program for Morning Short in recent weeks (inspired by the great work of theSkimm and their Skimmbassador program), and this seems like a good starting point.

EDIT: I'm not a huge fan of the default implementation, but I think I can use this as the basis for something better.

I'm also looking into some sort of gamification to reward/incentivize consistent reading

(Something like "Earn 10 story credits and win a free t-shirt". Users tweet a certain hashtag from each story to earn a "story credit". There's a ranking board, and the top 20 readers each month also win a special prize. It drives both engagement, and social sharing)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@itsshashank @bentossell It's just signups
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr Ok thank you! So do you mean, after 3 months I can keep all the lists that I made during the 3 months? And the ones I make after I can buy for regular price or $15?
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar For $15 dollars you will buy only one list.
confused techie  — Full Stack Dev
@mnlfrgr @bentossell Thanks for the reply :-)
Kristin Adams — Founder, Socialie
@thinker Referrals for newsletter sign ups? Or MM product? Now I'm curious... :)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@ka23a @thinker Hey Kristin, what are you curios about? :)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@msitver Hey Michael, quick heads up: the bug has been fixed and now you can create as many widgets as you want for the next 3 months ;)
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar Hey Dilyar, quick heads up: the bug has been fixed and now you can create as many widgets as you want for the next 3 months ;)
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr Thanks a lot! Another idea is, there should be an option where we can write the initial "ahead of you and behind you" numbers for campaigns that are already on going or so that you don't look bad with 0.
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar That's a great idea Dilyar, but I don't want people to "fake" the numbers. An alternative solution is that the position in the list isn't shown until it hits a threshold specified by the user. What do you think about that?
Dilyar Askar — Entrepreneur Of "Niche" Things
@mnlfrgr Absolute, I personally would not do it either but I can see other people really using this ethically and correctly. I like your alternative solution as well. But again, I don't know if its fair for YOU to say "but I don't want people to "fake" the numbers", because it shouldn't be up to you to decide if your members can do that or not, if they do something unethical or cheat their way, they should get the hit (Speaking on the point of view of especially if you remove the whitelable and your name isnt on there). Just an idea :)
Nick Frost — Editor & Marketing @ Mattermark.
@ka23a referrals for the Mattermark Daily, the same way theSkimm does it.
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dilyaraskar I think you're right, gotta think it through ;) Thanks for all these ideas!
George Johnston — Founder @IncuBusLondon Maker @maitre_app
@msitver @mnlfrgr Means a lot Michael, thanks. :)
Adriaan Trouwee — Strategist & Investor
@mnlfrgr would love to see our WeMarket v2 launch feature Maître!
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@atrouwee hey Adriaan shoot me an email hello@maitreapp.co ;)
bryan s arnold — Founder, StartUpBlogr.com
@mnlfrgr Sounds awesome! Love the concept!
Ron Valderrama — CEO, Stream Now TV
@msitver is this promotion over?
@mnlfrgr @bentossell I really needed this tool, great job.
Stefan Dorn — Tea Explorer, Bluechai.com
@mnlfrgr @bentossell Hi Manuel, thank you for this - just purchased. Is there any way to display the current leaderboard by default, e.g. the sign up form on the left and the current leaderboard on the right? Also, any chance you'd share the css/javascript on the Maître landing page?
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Manuel Frigerio — Maker of @maitre_app / CTO EventNinja.io
@dardanth @bentossell glad you like it! :)
George Johnston — Founder @IncuBusLondon Maker @maitre_app
Hunters! The internet has suggested some other use cases for Maitre..

Some ideas are;
- Waitlists for events (Set event to waitlist only to create exclusivity and then share to get ahead)
- New product iteration launches. E.g. We're now launching a new version, join the beta queue. Awesome for apps like CityMapper where you can't wait to get your hands on it.
- Crowdfunding campaigns!

Any other thoughts? :)
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