How Fever Manages Content with No Code + A Drag-n-Drop UI Editor
Hi No Code Operators,
Welcome to the very first No Code Ops issue! You have my deepest gratitude for being an early adopter. No Code has been the secret sauce propelling my journey as an operations professional. I've gone from working as a freelance brand ambassador to becoming the first Solutions Architect at Compass, all without writing one line of code. The goal of this newsletter is not only to share resources with you but also to start uniting the next generation of operations professionals from around the world.
Who am I?
My name is Philip Lakin, and my journey began like any No Code Operator -- I was asked by my manager to solve a complex operational problem with no internal developer support. The company was Gett, and the problem was onboarding New York City rideshare drivers in the field. After several experiments and iterations, I created an onboarding process and Applicant Tracking System using ProntoForms and Google Sheets. This system enabled us to grow from 3k to 30k New York City rideshare drivers in under 1.5 years! Harnessing the power of No Code opened me up to a world of new possibilities. I was astonished by how quickly I became the "go-to" for No Code deployments globally at Gett. I never looked back and began to build my entire Ops career on No Code. Today, I’m the Solutions Architect for National Operations at Compass. I use No Code tools daily to support over 2,000 employees and 15,000 real estate agents across the United States -- Everything from onboarding to ensuring COVID-19 office protocol.
What is No Code Ops?
No Code Ops = using No Code platforms, thinking, and strategy to support any operational element of your company. As these needs typically fall outside of your company's core product, they traditionally lack internal developer support. Examples include: integrating third-party applications, customizing internal workflows, and getting all of your customer data in one place that is easily accessible for any employee (with the right permission sets, of course).
When will you receive these newsletters?
Every other Thursday, starting today.
Where will this community eventually live?
Though No Code Ops is starting as a newsletter, I will be working over the next few months to build an online community for us. I won't be doing this alone though, this will be your community as much as it is mine. So I will be hosting live workshops, 1:1 conversations, and surveys with y'all to learn more about what you want. As for where that community will live, that will depend on our conversations. Could be Slack, Discord, Space, Circle, Mighty Networks, Disciple Media, Orbit, etc... Stay tuned!
Why did I create No Code Ops?
When I discovered that "No Code" was actually a thing people talked about (especially on Twitter), I was thrilled. Finally, my people! However, I quickly found that most content, newsletters, and communities were focused on serving entrepreneurs using No Code to build their core products. And, content I did find on leveraging No Code for operations was typically produced and owned by vendors. So I did what any No Coder would do, I bought the domain NoCodeOps.com before I had ANY idea what I was going to do with it. On the one year anniversary of that purchase, here we are at the very first newsletter.
How can you participate?
Have an idea for a platform I should demo?
Would you like to be featured in a No Code Operator Interview?
Know of a relevant job posting I should share?
Interested in being a founding member of our online community?
Want to just say "Hi" and talk about our love of cats?
How Pablo Heredia Pastor, Growth Analyst at Fever, Rebuilt their Content Management Workflow with Google Forms, Airtable, Zapier, and Slack
What process did you build with No Code at Fever?
The process of requesting & prioritizing content to publish has been dramatically improved using just a Google Form, Airtable, Zapier, and Slack.
Every time a new piece of content has to be created (e.g. an article about a concert taking place in 3 different US cities), a Google Form is filled by the person making the request. Then, all the info goes to a Kanban board in Airtable, where it is validated and prioritized. Each Media manager gets a Slack notification once a request is made for one of their cities so that they can assign the piece of content to the right editor. All the requests are automatically classified by type (IG Story, article, FB video...), by city and have assigned KPIs. There's also the possibility of using a calendar view to understand what's being published and when.
Lastly, we're now able to understand what is being requested by whom and analyze workloads to prevent bottlenecks. Airtable has a great API that makes it easy to get data.
What was the most challenging part of implementation?
It takes a while to configure the Google Form and Airtable connection, as the format of each response needs to match the corresponding table field, but is not complicated at all. And once you make it work, you don't need to worry anymore!
Any returns on investment or wins generated thus far?
All teams now have visibility on what has been requested and when it is going to be published. Also, there is no longer a bottleneck since the process is streamlined and all the required info is provided to the editor's team from the beginning.
Advice to other No Code Operators looking to implement a similar solution?
Create a very simple Google Form with 1-2 questions and try to connect it to an Airtable base. Once you have that up and running, you can complicate it with more questions and add the Slack integration.
Want to connect with Pablo or have questions about his No Code Build?
He has made himself available to meet one-on-one with No Code Ops subscribers. You can book time with him below.
Candu is a drag-and-drop UI builder, like Wix, that enables anyone to add web components to existing SaaS products — all without code. Unlike other guide products, Candu components render as the page itself vs. on top of it.
Job Spotlight: Getro is hiring a No Code Growth Freelancer
At Getro we're looking for a part-time no-code growth freelancer to help us drive inbound leads.
Our team is growing fast, venture-backed, and ready for a breakout year. The majority of our customers are venture funds that use our software to help their portfolio companies hire. This would be a perfect job if you're interested in understanding the VC landscape, working in a fast-paced startup environment with a smart team, and driving clear, measurable outcomes.
We don't have anyone full-time in growth, so there are lots of low-hanging fruit opportunities. Here are a few potential projects:
optimizing landing page content for strategic keywords
personalizing landing pages for traffic sources
setting up basic advertising and retargeting campaigns
generating content with our data to help our sales team close deals
creating an ROI calculator to help our customers estimate product value
A/B testing website copy to improve conversions
implementing an overlay/pop-up on the website and testing conversions
developing a referral program for current customers
hacking networks on LinkedIn to drive more inbound referrals
We're open to an hourly comp structure, or a retainer if you're interested in something more consistent. You'd be working directly with me (Evan) and our sales lead.
If you're interested, please shoot me an email at email@example.com with an example project you've worked on and why you'd be energized by working with us!
And that's all, folks! See y'all on Thursday, January 28th.