Using Landing Pages to Prove Business Value – Luke Szyrmer- 2 mins
Luke Szyrmer is the author of the bestselling book “Launch Tomorrow”. He is a Lean Startup community activist in London, and runs regular meetups to help founders apply Lean Startup principles such as testing to their business. Luke mentors startup founders and has previously spoken at Google Campus, Launch22, and LeanCamp. He enjoys the challenge of distilling complex technical and organizational ideas down to their essence, so others can benefit from his research. You can find Luke on Twitter.
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Baby’s are Boolean. Crying or not! The good thing is that you just need to work through a checklist to get to the root cause.
The most common reason for Tech Startup failure is premature scaling. Caused by moving forward before actually finding out what the user wants. Similar story for products, with 4 in 10 failing.
When you interact with potential customers they often say what you want to hear. To find out what they want, put them in a situation where they have to take action. This allows user psychology of purchase decisions to come into play.
Things to check before launching
- Is the market large enough?
- Is there enough hypothetical profit?
By asking this questions you can make some assumptions about your product, dividing if you should continue to build the MVP.
Conversions on a landing page of this sort measures latent demand.
You need to test your assumptions when launching a for profit product. Chances are you are most off in your thinking around your audience and they’re desire.
Test your assumptions to eliminate the irrelevant.
Dropbox, in the early days, tested various product variations using landing pages. It cost hundreds of dollars per acquisition, bet they managed to iterate the landing page which led to more conversions in the future. It also led to a lot of product improvement.
Its more than just a landing page though. You need a hypothesis before you can learn anything from a landing page.
You need to be clear about who you’re addressing. When you describe your value proposition, be clear with what your proposition. As people if what a page says is what you think it does.
How how can you use landing pages?
- Convert to email
- Full sales checkout
- Partial Checkout
- Collect payment details, charge later
- Letters of intent (B2B)