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Stories, debates, and advice. HubSpot designer Austin Knight regularly sits down with friends from around the world to have a couple beers and discuss User Experience and Growth tactics. This show is entirely non-profit and independent, to ensure that the content is always of the highest quality. It does not have ads, is not associated with any business or organization, and does not accept donations. It is privately funded by the host. To find out more about the show, host, guests, and the resources that we share, visit us at www.UXandGrowth.com.

Stories, debates, and advice. HubSpot designer Austin Knight regularly sits down with friends from around the world to have a couple beers and discuss User Experience and Growth tactics. This show is entirely non-profit and independent, to ensure that the content is always of the highest quality. It does not have ads, is not associated with any business or organization, and does not accept donations. It is privately funded by the host. To find out more about the show, host, guests, and the resources that we share, visit us at www.UXandGrowth.com.
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Stories, debates, and advice. HubSpot designer Austin Knight regularly sits down with friends from around the world to have a couple beers and discuss User Experience and Growth tactics. This show is entirely non-profit and independent, to ensure that the content is always of the highest quality. It does not have ads, is not associated with any business or organization, and does not accept donations. It is privately funded by the host. To find out more about the show, host, guests, and the resources that we share, visit us at www.UXandGrowth.com.

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Episodes

Freemium Growth with Dexter Zhuang (Growth Manager at Dropbox)

7/24/2017
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How do companies like Dropbox, Spotify, Slack, and HubSpot leverage freemium strategies to grow? What are the different approaches to freemium, and when should (or shouldn't) they be used? In this episode, I sit down with Dexter Zhuang (Growth & Monetization Manager at Dropbox) to take a deep dive on freemium growth. From acquiring free users, to converting them to paid customers, to reinvesting that money into acquiring more free users, we cover it all and give you a glimpse at examples...

Duration:00:51:10

WebVR & A-Frame with Casey Yee (UX Engineer at Mozilla)

4/10/2017
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WebVR is Virtual Reality that runs in the browser, on anything from a smartphone, to a laptop, to an HTC Vive. And it's much easier to build for than you'd think. In this episode, I sit down with Casey Yee (UX Engineer at Mozilla and one of the early pioneers of WebVR) to talk about the future of the web. We cover everything from getting started in WebVR, to unique use cases that we've seen, to ways that forward-thinking businesses are already leveraging it. "We started to feel like we were...

Duration:00:52:13

Growth in Emerging Economies with Daniel Patiño (Co-founder, Digifianz)

3/20/2017
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Emerging economies are expected to contribute up to 70% of global GDP growth between now and 2025. The opportunities to internationalize have never been better. But how do you select the right market to enter? And once you do, how should your design and growth strategies change? In this episode, I sit down with Daniel Patiño (Co-founder of Digifianz) to take a deep dive on emerging markets. "We know that developing countries are fast becoming the driver of the overwhelming majority of global...

Duration:00:42:58

Re-Engaging & Retaining Users (Plus, an Announcement)

1/16/2017
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What is the best way to define churn and how should this affect your retention techniques? What are the right and the wrong ways to re-engage users? In this episode, we get serious about understanding what churn actually is, and determining the best tactics to bring users back into an app. Plus, an important announcement from your hosts. "You're always going to have a healthy number of users that churn, whether it be due to something completely unrelated to your product, or something related...

Duration:00:52:03

Remote Work & Digital Nomadism

12/21/2016
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Is remote work possible in design? How can designers transition to remote work, and what are the pros and cons of doing so? In this episode, we cover the statistics around remote work, the potential pitfalls for companies and employees, the types of individuals that do best with remote work, and why it’s so important for companies to be open to this growing movement. "Etna has 14,500 out of 35,000 employees that work remote. When they switched to this, they shed 2.7 million square feet of...

Duration:00:40:19

Balancing Design & Conversion with Dr. David Darmanin (CEO of Hotjar)

11/14/2016
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What is the relationship between design and conversion? Is one more important than the other? Is it possible to quantify the aesthetics of a design? In this episode, we sit down with Dr. David Darmanin (CEO of Hotjar) to discuss these difficult problems, and ultimately rethink everything we’ve ever known about them. “I think conversion is actually a bad thing to be good at if you want to be an entrepreneur. Because the thing is, an entrepreneur should never be an optimizer. It’s different...

Duration:00:36:16

Creating & Measuring Delight

9/26/2016
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What is delight, beyond the buzzword? How should it really be used and can it be measured? In this episode, we examine how delight fits into the hierarchy of user needs and where it should sit in a product roadmap. "The best way to delight your users is to deliver on the core value that you promised them. Why are they using your product in the first place? If you can't deliver on that in a functional and reliable way, then you aren't delighting them. And you loose every opportunity to...

Duration:00:40:00

Keys to Running Successful Experiments & Documenting Results

7/18/2016
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What should you do if your experiments are regularly failing? How can you turn every experiment into a success and scale those benefits across all of your company? In this episode, we talk about the importance of paying less attention to quantitative results and more attention to core learnings, and how experiment results should be documented. "Let's say that you have a modal where you're going to test a newsletter subscription on a blog page. And let's say that adding the modal improves...

Duration:00:42:58

Technical Debt & Design Debt

7/4/2016
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What are Technical Debt and Design Debt, and why they so important in the experimental process? What can we do to identify and combat them? In this episode, we discuss the critical experimentation downfall that they don’t mention in the A/B testing handbook. "Having a cohesive and consistent experience is really important in design. So, going through the process of recognizing when your design has gone through a lot of experiments and it's become a different version of itself, and taking...

Duration:00:45:37

Building a UX Team & Educating Designers with Aarron Walter (VP of Design Education at InVision)

6/19/2016
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What does it mean to build a strong UX team and when should a company look to do that? With no formal education path, how should designers be cultivating their abilities? In this episode, Austin sits down with Aarron Walter (VP of Design Education at InVision) to discuss what it was like to build the UX Team at MailChimp and what his vision is for the future of education in design. "A lot of times, designers want to refine. They want to change the typeface, adjust the kerning, or tweak the...

Duration:00:44:10

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, & the Internet of Things

5/30/2016
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With the dawn of VR, AR, and IoT, how will things change for designers? What opportunities could lie within these emerging technologies? In this episode, we speculate on the possibilities and implications that the changing technological landscape could bring. "I think that there are a lot of parallels or things that we're doing well in the digital space that aren't being solved in the physical space, with appliances or anything else. But what we're going to find with something like Augmented...

Duration:00:45:06

Design Leadership with Tim Merrill (Director of Product Design at HubSpot)

5/16/2016
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What are the important qualities that go into design leadership? What can design leaders do to help their teams collaborate and grow? In this episode, we sit down with Tim Merrill (Director of Product Design at HubSpot) to discuss the unexpected intricacies and challenges of leading a design team. "When you're doing design critiques, which are ultra important to growth as a designer, you have to have that kind of trust and understanding that you're both coming from a place of wanting to make...

Duration:00:42:32

Why Accessibility Matters & How to Design for It

5/10/2016
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What is Accessibility and why should businesses care about it? How difficult is it to design for disabled audiences? In this episode, we discuss the myths and misconceptions around Accessibility, why it’s so important to incorporate it into products (and the unexpected benefits that come from doing so), and how designers can do that with ease. "When I first really started to work with Accessibility Standards, my initial reaction to it was 'I don't have time for this. Why would I try and add...

Duration:00:51:27

Effective Design Reviews with Tom Greever (Author of Articulating Design Decisions)

4/28/2016
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What makes for an effective design review? And how should designers be preparing for them? In this episode, we sit down with Tom Greever (Author of Articulating Design Decisions) to take a deep dive on the components of design meetings, and how designers should communicate their decisions. "I've heard it likened to a Rubiks Cube, where our job as designers is to solve for all sides of the cube, but the problem that we face is that we have that developer who comes in and is like 'Oh, I want...

Duration:00:41:33

The Next Frontier of Competition: Data Security, Privacy, and User Trust

3/10/2016
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What makes Apple’s recent customer letter on iPhone privacy so important? How will data security play into future business strategies and customer purchase decisions? In this episode, we discuss the importance of encryption, the opportunity for companies to compete on security and trust, and the ethics of experimenting with users. "I actually see that as being a trend that will come out of this. We see companies have classically competed on features, or technology, or prices. Now they're...

Duration:00:41:09

Lean UX & Organization Design with Jeff Gothelf (Author of Lean UX & Sense and Respond)

2/8/2016
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What is Lean UX and how does it change the way that designers work? What are the most effective ways for design organizations to be structured? In this episode, Austin interviews Jeff Gothelf (Author of Lean UX & Sense and Respond) to take a deep dive on UX in the modern workplace and the future of design. "The goal for me is to illustrate to the folks that I'm speaking with, what the new focus of digital product and service design is. And it's not cranking out more features. It's not...

Duration:00:30:08

SEO with Matthew Barby (Global Head of Growth and SEO at HubSpot)

2/2/2016
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What are the most effective SEO plays today and what are the best tools available? If you're running a business, how should you build your SEO strategy and hire talent to execute it? In this episode, we sit down with SEO expert Matthew Barby to discuss the tactics that he's seeing work best and where he believes SEO is going in the future. "One link from Entrepreneur literally may be better than 1,000 links from other random websites. Because if volume mattered, we'd just build new websites...

Duration:00:53:19

Personas, Content, and Growth Marketing with Anum Hussain (Senior Growth Marketer at HubSpot)

1/25/2016
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What is Growth Marketing and what are the most effective ways to do it? How does content, SEO, and persona creation play into growth? In this episode, we sit down with growth expert Anum Hussain to discuss the tactics that she's seen work best in her impressive career at HubSpot, where she took the Sidekick brand to market. "While all of these companies can sort of give a leading guideline as to things that are working, if you just mimic that same playbook, with the growth mindset it's...

Duration:00:41:04

Big Learnings in 2015: Experiments & Culture

1/19/2016
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What were our biggest learnings in 2015? And how can they be applied in the coming years? In this episode, we cover what we've learned about factorial experiments, namespacing, A/A experiments, placebo tests, new user experience (NUX), work culture in the tech industry (and how it contrasts to work culture in Latin America), and more. "One thing about being 100% data all the way is that you do that and you start to take out the human side of it in the first place. So you start using data so...

Duration:00:46:43

Why Site Speed Matters & How To Improve It

12/21/2015
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How important is site speed and what can you do to improve yours? As it turns out, the average user will abandon a site if it does not load within 3 seconds. So, what does this mean for you? In this episode, we discuss the importance of site speed and the ways in which anyone can quickly improve the performance of their site. "Amazon found out that if they were to slow down their page load time by 1 second, it would cost them $1.6 Billion per sales year. But this is not unique. If you take...

Duration:00:43:04