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Manan Mehta

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Setting up notifications from Glide

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26
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Set up notifications in Glide

What is it:

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Maker Insight:

Setting up notifications from Glide

What did I learn:

1. What is an advantage of no-code that you don't hear anyone talk about? Trying new concepts that may seem contrarian that may seem like ideas that could never grow into a billion dollar business. But that's okay.

"The future is not hard to see. You've already seen it. You just didn't realize it, because you dismissed it as a toy." Paul Graham founder of YC. https://twitter.com/paulg/status/1075675559865270273?s=20

And now with the advent of no-code what is the risk to try a contrarian concept. To try something that would be appear to be a toy. The risk is so small, because your investment to develop something has gone down tremendously.

I want to beat a dead horse on this concept because there is still so much green space when using no-code to create contrarian toy projects. Because these projects when used right can rise above the noise. There is probably no better Makers executing this than Whit Anderson and Ash of https://twitter.com/badunicornvc

Second use case:
If you have a business, side project or a startup. Why not take a page out of Buffer's playbook? Use side project marketing to create exposure for Buffer by creating an app called Pablo. Pablo was free and allowed people to get value while introducing them to Buffer. Why not create a side project with no-code to do side project marketing? It's not a THING yet, so if you use this tactic now you could be ahead of the market or provide you an unfair advantage because your content marketing provides more value and thus more exposure. Because your time to build is less and you can create it your risk is much less. It can give you a chance to stand out from the noise.

This app, made by Manan ,Pluhg is a great example of that. The concept is get PAID for every successful connection you make. Doesn't sound like it would work but if you can create it, why not try it.

The rest of this teardown is structured on some things in Glide that I have not seen before. It's a great case study on what can be done.

2. User onboarding flow in Glide - I have seen many Glide apps, but this might be the first example where I see a true app explainer flow that is multiple pages. Great example to model your app after if you need explain how to use your app. I would use this as a model to see how Manan implemented it. Manan is an experienced Glide Maker and would be happy to help you with your app if you reached out to him.

3. Using visibility features of Glide. What is this and why would you need it? When a user signs up for the first time it is a race against time to get that user to ACTIVATE and experience the value of your app. When you have a user sign up and create a profile you're adding cognitive load to the experience. To reduce that you can use what is called Visibility features where the features are hidden until a user performs an action. In the case of this app, the user is asked to create a username. Below the space is blank. It makes it easy for the user because you're only asking them to do one thing. Then when they start typing their username the next components display after being hidden.

It's a nice surprise, prevents the user from being initially overwhelmed when asking for a very high cognitive load part of the user journey and it makes the UX really high value. This type of experience isn't common especially in a Glide app. It gives you super powers to create a better experience for your users which raises the perceived value in the app.

4. Text Message - I was really impressed once you logged into the app, and created a profile you can create the ability to secure it by sending a text message with a pin number in it to log into your account. Manan connected Twilio which integrating with is handled by Glide and Twilio. He then was able to use a workfow and function that hanldes the scrambling of random pins for log in for each user.

Whats really impressive is then Manan was able to create some workflows for custom notifications. I was actually blown away by how well this worked. When I first signed up I received a text message notification triggered by Zapier within Glide and sent through Twilio. It gave me specific directions to do based on what I had done in my user profile and what connections. AND more importantly it was directing me towards experiencing the core value of the app. Which was to make connections within the app and network.

I received a second notification, triggerd by a user within the app accepting my connection. (At this point my head exploded). This app and feedback loop is insanely powerful and helpful. To be able to trigger connections like this based off of user actions is truly a dynamic web application. This Glide app is next level Glide app. And how Manan used text message to tie together the interactions was powerful.

5. Hooked - This app does a really great job at using the Hooked model to keep you users engaged long enough so that the app becomes habit forming. The app uses external TRIGGERS from text messages about progress in the app, actions needed, connections made. Then requires ACTION for the user to take with a REWARD like a connection of completed profile. This INVESTMENT then sets up the next TRIGGER for other users in the app to respond to and thus send purposeful notifications to the user to engage. Now the user is feeling value from your app and they are engaging with purpose. Fantastic example created with no-code and Glide. Great job Manan.

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