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I found a couple more nice mentions of PickFu in my Google alerts this morning.

DuctTapeMarketing Blog:

simple way to A/B test just about anything. You create two options or questions and get 50 opinions from a demographically selected audience for $10

Network Solutions Small Biz Blog:

Does indecisiveness have you frozen about making an important business decision? Wish you could run the idea by a group of unbiased outsiders? You can, for only $10, when you sign up at Pickfu. Should I open a new location or expand my current building? Should I hire an accountant or assign the job to someone already on staff? Create two options or questions and you’ll get 50 unbiased opinions. You can let Pickfu pick the demographics of your group, or if you have a specific target in mind, you can create your own.

Don’t forget to give PickFu a try for all your a/b testing needs!


February 8th, 2012

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It always delights us to hear about people getting value from our products.  Here are some recent blog posts about our PickFu A/B testing service.

Lately I’ve found myself repeatedly encouraging startups to use PickFu, so I thought it’s time to share that advice with a wider audience…In addition to recommending them to others, I’ve used it twice so far myself.
– PickFu Review by Gabriel Weinberg

At first glance I thought “Isn’t PickFu basically”, but then I realized the brilliance of it: it’s way way way simpler than that…It’s so frigging simple. As soon as it dawned on me what it was, I had to try it out myself.

$17 is very little to pay for a service that enables you to receive first impressions from people who visited your site for the first time ever. Moreover, you get detailed statistics about who voted for what based on their gender, education, income, et cetera. In my case, a few people even signed up for the service…
– How I got feedback from 200 people for just $17 by The Any New Books’ Blog

Have you given PickFu a try yet? It’s been especially popular with entrepreneurs, but we’ve seen plenty of folks use it for just polling opinion on everyday life decision (what to wear, baby names, etc). So go ask a question and let us pick-fu you! 😉


September 11th, 2010

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I had the opportunity to be interviewed on The Hot Iron by Mike Maddaloni of Dunkirk Systems.  Give it a read to see what we’ve been up to and how we work as a small, virtual company.  Thanks again, Mike!


August 22nd, 2008

Posted In: About, Publicity


2007 Web 2.0 Awards - Honorable MentionToday SEOmoz announced its Web 2.0 awards for 2007 and to our surprise we got Honorable Mention for City Guides & Reviews!! We didn’t even know we were in the running. 🙂

web 2.0 2007 honorable mention

It’s a real honor to be named amongst the other web giants. It recognizes the progress we’ve made and motivates us even more to keep pushing towards our goals.

Here’s a rundown of the City Guides & Reviews winners and their financial backings:

The Winners

  1. Yelp! – $16 million in funding (1st round – $6 m, 2nd round – $10 m)
  2. Judy’s Book – $10.5 million in funding (1st round – $2.5 m, 2nd round – $8 m)
  3. Yahoo! Local – $6+ billion in annual revenue (Yahoo)

Honorable Mentions

  • Google Local – $10+ billion in annual revenue (Google)
  • Local – $14+ billion in annual revenue (Microsoft)
  • MENUISM – Self-funded
  • Citysearch – $6+ billion in annual revenue (Interactive Corp)

The Web 2.0 awards as described by the site:

Our team reviewed hundreds of sites in the Web 2.0 sphere to uncover the best in each of 41 categories. From there, we assembled a team of 25 of the most knowledgeable, well-respected experts in the field to vote on the winners.

Thanks to the SEOmoz team, the esteemed judges, any readers who might have nominated us, and, of course, our wonderful users. Every victory is worth celebrating! 😀

– Justin

May 10th, 2007

Posted In: Awards, Publicity, Web 2.0

Chicago, IL (AP) April 13, 2007 — Coming off a wave of solid growth fueled by a clean site redesign and exciting new features, ran away with the title of “fan favorite” at last night’s renowned Tech Cocktail 4 event. Menuism dominating the shell-shocked competition, including the notable new 37 Signals product, Highrise. Attendees were attracted by Menuism’s eye-catching booth setup and demo video, swayed by the suave pitch of the co-founders, and finally sold by the valuable giveaways offered by the alluring web debutante.

“Menuism rocked the house at TC4!” exclaimed one attendee who asked to remain unnamed. “It seemed like they were everywhere – I couldn’t resist being lulled by the sweet siren song of Menuism gospel. It was like those Highrise guys weren’t even around at all.”


Well, that’s how I imagine a PR firm would have spun it. We did attend and demo at Tech Cocktail 4 last night at John Barleycorn, and here’s the real breakdown of how it went:

  • Tech Cocktail is renowned, and was fantastic last night. The venue in Wrigleyville was perfect, with plenty of space (and drinks) to accommodate the huge crowd.
  • Menuism did win the crowd voting last night via Interactive Mediums‘ neat SMS-based voting system, but it wasn’t a blowout victory – the race was pretty tight with the other demoing startups, including the cool guys at ParkWhiz.
  • Highrise was scheduled to be demoed last night, but those guys couldn’t make it in the end. There’s little doubt they would’ve been the most popular demo there – the 37 Signals guys are icons of the web world, and Menuism‘s built on the framework they created. Highrise itself is a neat product tackling a real tangible market opportunity, so kudos to them.
  • Justin and I did snag a great demo location, taking over a small bar on the side of the room but the only thing we had on tap was Menuism propaganda. 🙂
  • Our booth was eye-catching, but probably because it looked like something from a high school carnival – paper tablecloths, orange helium balloons holding up printed signs, and laptops looping a video slideset about Menuism. And the “valuable giveaways”? Lifesaver mints – avoided by all. 🙂
  • We did talk about Menuism to lots of people, which I felt was the best part of Tech Cocktail for us. Practice really does help when it comes to networking and talking, and we were better this time around, but still far from totally comfortable or relaxed. Any smoothness was probably due to the free booze.

That pretty much covers how TC went for us last night. We were looking forward to it all week, and as we were looking for supplies and setting up it totally felt like something out of the Apprentice. 🙂 Here’s a representative picture of our setup, with me posing for the camera while Justin’s in the background, demoing his heart out. 🙂

Like many other companies there, we held a raffle to try to get more attendees to talk to us, with our prize being a $50 restaurant gift certificate. Congratulations to Clint from Stone Ward for winning our raffle – we’ll be in touch with you soon. =) We were able to meet a bunch of great new contacts, visible in card form here.

tc4 cards

If you were there last night but didn’t win our $50, never fear – you can still win $50 in our monthly Food Fight Contest for April. We’re looking for the best salads around, so just review some salads and you’re automatically entered!

You can read more about TC4 with writeups by hosts Eric, Frank, and on the Tech Cocktail blog. All in all, we had a fantastic time at Tech Cocktail 4, thanks to the grand efforts of Eric and Frank. Thanks guys!


April 14th, 2007

Posted In: Entrepreneur, Food Fight, General Business, Leisure, Networking, Publicity

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