If you’re building a startup or digital business (or want to), the worst thing you can ever do is fail slowly.Continue reading “How to Go to Market Quickly and Fail Fast” »
“Follow your passion!”
At some point in your life, you’ve undoubtedly heard someone say that all you need to do to succeed is to “follow your passion.”
While it’s true in some cases, it doesn't always (or often) translate into automatic success in the startup world. And, in many cases, following your passion can lead you straight into a failed business.
So, what’s the solution?Continue reading “The Passion Fallacy (or, Why You Need More Than “Passion” to be Successful)” »
In June 2016 the Hotjar team flew in from all over the world to spend a week together on the gorgeous island of Malta (click here in case you’re wondering where it is).
Hotjar Headquarters is in Malta so we figured - why not hold our bi-annual company meetup there? The weather is perfect, there’s a lot do, and when you see how breathtaking the island is you’ll understand why movie and TV show producers like to film there (e.g. movies/shows like Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Troy, 13 Hours, The Da Vinci Code, and much more were filmed in Malta).
Hotjar has always been a 100% remote/distributed team. We live all over the world and the benefits of this, we believe, outweigh the challenges. Of course, the main challenge of being part of a fully distributed team is getting to know each other in person. Stuff like body language, nuances, and quirks that don't come across over a Google Hangout.
Team bonding even from a workshop setting tends to not happen when you're fully remote and we can't really toss a ball around over the Internet to learn agile (more on that later).
So twice a year we meet in person to achieve three things:
- To get to know each other (most of us haven’t met in person before)
- Have fun together (as Roald Dahl said, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.")
- Work together and share ideas/knowledge (much easier in person)
Building a SaaS product, app, or site?
If you’re a Product Creator in any capacity, the way you build your product will dictate the level of success you'll achieve. Like me, you’ve seen products and apps come and go. Some disappear as quickly as they arrive, and some (like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, et al) have achieved incredible success.
But, why is it that people get hooked on some products while others don't even make a ripple in the pond?Continue reading “What Kind of Product Creator Are You - Facilitator, Peddler, Entertainer, or Dealer?” »
At Hotjar, we use Hotjar in everything we do.
Whether it’s building, writing, scaling, designing, or hiring - Hotjar helps us make Hotjar better. We’re firm believers of practicing what we preach (and we 100% believe in our product) so using Hotjar to grow Hotjar is a must for our team.
Now to the problem: most content marketers struggle with "creating more engaging content," as evidenced by this phenomenal study put together by The Content Marketing Institute:
We’ve learned some really great tips over the past few years when it comes to producing content and here's the secret: you already have everything you need to create great content at your disposal.Continue reading “How to Discover What Your Users Want to Read (So You Can Write It for Them)” »
Garrett Mehrguth is the CEO of Directive Consulting, an agency he started in Southern California when he wasn’t even old enough to legally have a beer yet. Fast forward a few years and his agency is now an Unbounce Partner and MozLocal Recommended Local Company that serves small-enterprise level firms all over the globe. Garrett recently sat down with us to tell us how Hotjar has been essential in helping his agency grow and get clients. Keep reading to see what he had to say.
Who: HeyOrca is a social media planning and approval tool that allows marketing agencies, consultants, and their clients to seamlessly plan and approve content in their upcoming social media calendar.
Results: 65% of NPS respondents were "Promoters" and UX bugs were identified and fixed.Continue reading “Case Study: How HeyOrca Used Hotjar to Increase Visibility, Fix Bugs, and Delight Their Customers” »
Wednesday June 08, 2016
In this webinar, our founder David Darmanin and others from the Hotjar team discussed things like:
- "I am keen to learn how to use Hotjar as a service for my clients, as well as cut through the overwhelming amount of data (often too much!) to create a prioritised action plan for optimisation."
- "How do I detect bot traffic?"
- "I want to learn about polls and surveys and what makes for an engaging conversation. Any tips?"
- How do make sense of heatmaps? What do I do with them?"
Have you ever wondered what your users think of your website? Sure you have. But have you let your users inform (even dictate) your design process? If you're like a lot of website owners in the world, your answer might be: maybe.
There’s a lot that goes into designing with your user in mind. If you want to truly understand them, you need to take their opinions and feedback into account. When you do you can lay out a path for them that’s clear and helpful - one that nudges them in the right direction.
So in this post, we’ll be looking at how user feedback informs good design and empowers you to lay out your user’s journey in a way that makes it easy for them.
But...a nudge?Continue reading “How to Nudge for Good (and Not Evil)” »
We’re extremely ambitious - our goal is to have Hotjar installed on 10 million sites. Having such a bold vision whilst taking a freemium approach presents huge technical challenges. How does an engineering team build a platform that can handle hundreds of millions of requests per day knowing that the majority of that traffic is coming from free users? Early on, we knew the key was to do things differently and focus on building a platform that can scale.
So just how much data and traffic are we dealing with?
As of writing this blog post, Hotjar has been installed on 151,036 sites. Over the past few days, we had an average of 525 million requests to our script per day. That’s 21,875,000 per hour. And 364,583 per minute. Our databases contain 37.25TB of data and grow by around 5GB per day. We write 1,500 requests to the database per second.Continue reading “9 Lessons Learned Scaling Hotjar's Tech Architecture To Handle 21,875,000 Requests Per Hour” »