So you are launching your product or planning a launch but are you sure your product is going to make the waves? You don’t want to be spending your time, energy, $$ and efforts on a product, in vain. Maybe you are still working in a 9-5 job and are testing the waters in the startup community? Then it becomes, even more relevant to get your ideas validated by a targeted audience before you take the plunge, lock, stock and barrel!
Let’s get discussing how you can be sure that your MVP is sustainable and creates the necessary ripples in the market.
- Get feedback early in the process. Feedback from friends and family, who can be brutally honest with you. Doing so will also make you think deeply and clearly about your value proposition. Use your family and circle of friends to spread the word about your product.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein
- Meetup.com – Gather a bunch of like minded people and brain storm your ideas. You will find out if someone has already treaded the path you are planning, learnings and consequences. You just might stumble upon your business partner or a seed investor.
- Social Media Marketing – Get going on the social media bandwagon, post information and images relevant to your product and get some feedback. Target your tribe through social media, utilise influencer marketing to check how your MVP is percieved. Follow other similar product brands and do some competitive analysis.
- Explainer video – Shoot an excellent graphical and easy to understand video while at the same time highlighting the features that define your MVP. Get this video out there on social media and analyze the popularity.
- Crowdsource – your branding and advertising efforts. Make your targeted customers be a part of the product development journey. They will not only feel connected to your would be product but also contribute to the making by with useful feedback. If they like it they’ll love to be brand ambassadors.
- Demand Vs Supply – Last but not the least check the demand of the product you are launching. If there already exist a dozen such products then it probably will be an upphill task fighting the competition. Thinking out of the box and finding an area where there is a demand supply gap is the wisest thing to do unlesss your product is so radical that it changes the way people have been experiencing other similar products.