Business Development · Marketing

What is the best way to connect with BETA users when there are requirements on the Beta User's side in order to use our tools?

John Lutz Cofounder and CEO @BroadIQ, Tech and Cloud Enthusiast

March 5th, 2018

How to attract users that are required to have a specific piece of technology in order to use our tools?

Dave Jules Founder and CEO of Underlined Apps

Last updated on March 14th, 2018

Hi John,

Depending on the requirements of these BETA prospect I would recommend conducting a user interview of someone who fits the profile of the ideal beta prospect/user. Find out where they spend their time and start approaching their.

i.e Is there a meetup they go to that you can attend or better yet speak at?

Is there a facebok group that you can join or create that you can reach them?

What kind of content do they consume and can you create it so you can capitalize being the distribution of information?

Can you create a webinar that these potential prospects would be interested and test to see how any convert?

I would start by answering these questions since they will help you build your community of beta users. If you do have a landing page, it is always better to drive traffic to the landing page.

Hope that helps!

Best regards,


"We make apps!"

John Hrzic Growth Marketer, Entrepreneur

March 13th, 2018


I revisited your question: We have a limited release of our beta project BroadQ that allows developers to deploy applications from Docker Hub into Kubernetes in a single click. We are looking for architects, engineers, developers that work with Docker Hub, RedHat, Kubernetes to join the beta release.
I dont think you are going to find that niche with facebook. I would first start with the repositories. You can hit up the forums for dockerhub, AWS or any opensource communities.
Most would be happy to let you release it to the communites. If the marketplaces have twitter or facebook groups. Join and post your release.

If you are looking for a limited beta release in the dev. World you wont have a problem.

Should you need help locating them. There are skilled developers that work in marketing that can help you.

Thanks John

Mike Pritchard Experienced Insightful Market Researcher. President of 5 Circles Research, and Principal at Pricing Gurus

March 6th, 2018

These are Beta prospects, not users, is that correct? Sorry if that sounds pedantic, but I believe your issue is how to screen people.

  • Create a landing page with enticing information about the product / service. Make sure the page tracks source so you can evaluate and refine your efforts. Include a link to a screening survey that asks about tools they have and any other questions critical to you.
  • Promote the landing page however is most appropriate.

Did I miss the point?


John Lutz Cofounder and CEO @BroadIQ, Tech and Cloud Enthusiast

March 6th, 2018

@Mike Thanks for your reply. I should have been more clear. You are correct they are BETA prospects, hoping to turn them into BETA users.

I do follow your bullet points, but when trying to market your service would you market the service in a more general case and then try to narrow down by using the survey or would you market more specifically to drive traffic to the landing page?

John Lutz Cofounder and CEO @BroadIQ, Tech and Cloud Enthusiast

March 8th, 2018

@Dave thanks for the response. I am very technical founder and I am working to come up to speed on marketing. I am and have been going to meetups to start getting the word out there, but you comment about a Facebook group sounds like a great way to start attracting Beta prospects. That is where I am getting hung up in my marketing - figuring out how to tell people about a new service.

We all want to direct users to our landing pages and we can have the greatest landing pages out there, but those pages are not useful unless people know that they exist. So the real question is where do you start to look to tell people about your great landing pages and products/services. Dave has mentioned two: Facebook groups and Meetups, but are there any other that have shown in the past to be helpful in driving traffic to your landing page?

John Hrzic Growth Marketer, Entrepreneur

Last updated on March 13th, 2018

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