I developed a new service for iPhone developers which allows them to ask quick questions from their users and get rapid feedback.
The product is now in beta (which means it's already finished and working but needs some feedback).
The problem is I just can't find beta testers - i.e - iPhone developers who would like to take the product and try it on their real apps.
My question is - How can I know if they just don't need the product? Or I'm not marketing it properly? Maybe my website is not well suited?
How would you promote such beta testing and gain the initial user base? I guess it could be that I just don't get to the right people.
Contest. Give away an iPhone for the "best" app that is built using your API
Here are a couple creative ideas first one you could probably get a dozen or so testers for under $500 (about the cost of a decent adwords test campaign). The other one you can do for absolutely free if you use your time. I have done both, and still do for my own projects, and they work tremendously well.
--To learn about this Noah Kagan of Appsumo.com (I have no direct association to the site) Noah made a great video on hiring interns there is some great advice in that video when it comes to writing a "stand out from the crowd" hiring add. It was on hiring interns but the same concepts apply.--
The key for you is to position the job so that the developers are inclined to help because of the quality of your project and the excitement of being part of it, rather than purely monetary compensation.
There are the obvious few:
b. locate niche specific forums (iphone development) with a large membership
c. get active in a few discussions-- genuine participation surrounding similar topics to what you are looking to have beta tested.
d. find posts related to your idea in some way, and look for the most active participants, send them a friendly message and ask them for help or if they would like to some how be involved.
e. If you really enjoy the forum and become active start a thread with an exciting headline, copy the style and language of other successful threads on the forum.
In my experience people in general like to help when our intentions are pure and we are trying to introduce something good in the right community.
Hope that helps
Finding market/product fit is the fist mission of any start-up. In your case, you need to find 50-100 iPhone developers (anywhere) and ask them what they think. If you get positive feedback, you are on to something, if not, you need to pivot.
If your product was for the mass market (and not the 118K iPhone developers) then testing by buying some Google adwords might work, but I am not sure that your target audience fits this strategy.
You can buy some ads in a relevant iPhone developer website, but I still believe that simply asking is the way to go.
I will save you the 1st customer... As an iPhone developer, I think this might be interesting, but I have no use for it at the moment. I hope that this feedback helps