November 5, 2019

First Sponsorship!

swap

We used to monetize using Carbon ads. Last month, we set out to explore sponsorships and try to get a steady stream of revenue from ads.

Following advice from many of the IH posts, I drafted a template message introducing Requestly (what we do), our target audience, some visitor stats, and a proposal to show their company's ad (replacing the Carbon ad). I then made a list of companies that are mid-sized and who are targeted at web developers as well. On one day, I used to contact around 2-3 companies via Twitter / website chat / email. Since this is a cold process, we didn't get replies from most of them. But having seen a lot of sponsorships on IH, we knew that this takes time and this is typical of a normal sales funnel. After contacting 20+ companies, we got a reply from 2 of them and we closed a deal after 15 days of back-and-forth emails.

Today, we received the payment of our first sponsorship and I'm very excited to share this milestone with all of you! Happy to answer more questions. :)

P.S. I found that finding companies who have a marketing budget to spend right now is not trivial. Would someone else be interested in getting this kind of data? The maintenance of such a list would have to be crowdsourced and there has to be some sort of a quality-control as well.

Loading comments...
Today's Top Milestones
  • Will I be sued for 📱💻🖥️?
    Hey guys. I'm excited to announce one of the most wanted updates ever: realistic devices mockups. Now you can put your screenshots inside one of 13 de
  • Featured on Betalist!
    I submitted Incubator List to Betalist a month ago, and today I woke up w
  • Pophurdle has run on 200k pages!
    I still can not believe people are using the internet that much! I'm currently finishing up the v1.0.2 update that will automatically block popups wit
  • Sent first version to the App Store✌🏼
    It took three weeks from idea to MVP but I feel pretty good about it! I haven’t found any major issues during the two week beta testing, and the produ
  • A Big Upgrade: Released v4.6! YES!
    When I started along the path of developing Snap Search I didn’t think too far down the road. I knew the browser space had a lot of competition, and t
  • We have launched our Affiliate Program!
    We want to share our success with our community and that's why we launched our affiliate plan. People who refer customers can earn a 30% commission fo
  • Created a Landing Page
    Over the weekend, I had an idea to create an interactive Pro/Con list built for businesses to help with their decision make and help measure past deci
  • 3 sales + $55 Revenue in 2 days
    2 days after launching BuildFaster on Gumroad, I made **3 sales** and in total,
  • Support for using DID authentication in a SPA
    https://did.app/docs/single-page-app-integration/ We added support for PKCE and other niceties to make using DID .app in a Single Page App (SPA) that
  • 500 Newsletter Subscribers!
    Experimenting with Facebook Lead Ads has worked tremendously well. I went from 290 subscribers to 500 in less than 5 days. Some quick notes: - Faceboo