Lean startup · Minimum Viable Product

MVP Customer Surveys

Fareez Ahmed

December 12th, 2013

Hi All,

Does anyone have any good resources for developing a customer survey in the concierge MVP stage which will accompany the MVP itself?


Asli Sonceley Managing Partner at Fake Crow

December 12th, 2013

If your 10 or so customers are nearby, I'd say throw a pizza party and speak to them in person. Let them hold your product and see what kind of a conversation develops around it. What's important, is to ask them non-biased questions and witness their immediate reactions to the product. 

Prita Kumar

December 12th, 2013

Fareez, what do you mean by concierge stage? We did a lot of research in the form of survey work (qualtrics), offline testing (10 test individuals / focus group), and also landing page / facebook advertising testing (testing ad words / tag lines and identified trends in click through rates among individuals, don't have to spend more than $20 to get good insight)-- I strongly recommend a multi-dimensional approach! Prita

Candice Hughes, PhD, MBA

December 13th, 2013


I like your approach because you are using multiple methods to get your insights. We also conducted a Qualtrics survey early on. We have taken the product to small groups of the target market at every step of development. Now we are nearing completion of a major chunk of our product and have a larger scale test/focus group set up. We are also working on even larger tests for the completed product. I strongly believe in gathering insights from the intended customer/user base.

Using online tools, you can also test your marketing approach with key words and so on if that is part of your plan.

Kevin Lentz

December 12th, 2013

I think the customer survey portion is largely dependent on the offering. What's your market?

Fareez Ahmed

December 12th, 2013

Hi Prita, thanks! I was asking specifically about the offline testing/survey group phase where we have 10 or so customers willing to give our (physical) product a shot ... Wanted to get maximum feedback from them to improve the product from their perspective...will also be doing social media ads testing and surveys online, multidimensional sounds like the best way to go. thx! ------ Sent from my mobile device