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🍐 #40: What is good and bad dev marketing, awesome YouTube video, and a home page header idea


What do you call a pear burger? A Whoppear 🍐 ;)

This week on the agenda:

  • Header with speed benchmarks from Bun

  • What is good and bad developer marketing

  • "Between to Nerds" funny campaign video from SST

  • + a few bonus links at the end

Let’s go!

🪧 Promo

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With that, you see exactly which Tweet or Slack discussion drove conversions.

🔥On top of all that, they have just released an AI feature that generates dev-focused copy for socials based on the long-form content you want to distribute.

Plus right now it is free. Pretty neat.

Developer marketing insights

1. What is good and bad developer marketing

Cecilia Stallsmith is a platform and developer GTM investor, consultant, ex-director of platform marketing at Slack, ex-devrel, and platform ecosystem manager at Box.

Yeah, likely knows what she’s talking about.

Recently wrote an article on the good and bad of developer marketing. Gold.

Here is a TLDR, but go read the whole thing.


  • Tone-deaf Content

  • Do nothing

  • Try to out-market a weak product

  • Forget about the other audiences


  • Show don’t tell

  • Your marketing site matters, but your docs REALLY MATTER

  • Be Succinct

  • Content marketing has to be high-value

  • Provide a variety of onramps

2. "Between to Nerds" Video from SST

This is one of the most interesting content pieces I have seen in dev tools recently 👇

Comes from SST and believe it or not is a comedy video created to promote integrations.

That's right.

So SST integrated with Astro and instead of creating "just another how-to use X+Y" video they created this:

  • A copy of "Between Two Ferns" comedy show

  • With one of the founders of Astro framework which they integrated recently

  • Where they don't really talk about integration too much ;)

  • And reportedly got a ton of signups from this

It was a fun brand play but got way more views than a tutorial ever could.

And it connected with their audience in a human way that will be remembered (and shared).


3. Header with speed benchmarks from Bun

If your dev tool's USP is that it is faster -> Show it in the header

I like how folks from Bun focus on the fact that they are a faster library.

They show the benchmark as the key visual on the homepage header.

I love it.

If you think about it how else do you really want to show that you are faster?

This is believable, especially with a link to the benchmark so that I can dig deeper.

They show competitors, they don't pretend they don't exist.

And they talk about being faster left right and center.

I mean, they drive this "we are faster" home for me.

If that was important to me, I'd check it out.

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3. Bonus links to check out

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