A product launch can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Will people like it, will you be able to build traction, is your idea good enough, etc etc. I put together this list to give you that extra push in the right direction and to make sure your product launch is a roaring success.
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Product Hunt is a curated collection of products added by members that have been active in the community. Getting to the front-page will send you a huge pile of traffic and exposure. There’s no true secret to getting on the front page except being submitted by product hunt by the right person.
Discova connects your startup with your first few potential users. It’s a great place to make meaningful connections and get your first raving fans. You can also use it to source for investors that like the concept of your business.
BetaCrunch is a Godsend for entrepreneurs that have businesses that haven’t been validated yet. Just plug your startup in here and users from all over the world will give you feedback about what they love, hate, and needs improvement. After that it’s up to you to make the right changes or launch as is.
Create a CrunchBase page for your business and tap into a community of like minds that will share, use, and support your latest product launch. You can add products, milestones, blog posts, and news to Crunchbase to fill out your profile and create a better chance for your business to thrive.
ErliBird is a great website for testing. It allows you to tweak all aspects of your startup before the full-fledged launch. Onboarding, usability, and overall functionality are just some of the insights you can glean from using this service.
GrowthHackers was created by the man who literally wrote the book on Growth hacking. You can submit your business here and if it meets the quality guidelines, it can see massive traction very quickly.
I love Hacker News because you can submit whatever you like to the place and if it has merit, you can expect to see it on the front page and get thousands of targeted visitors within a few hours. Make sure you concentrated on the title and add a description when submitting.
Startuplist is a directory of startups built to allow users to comment, like, recommend, and follow their favorite businesses across the web. If you can manage to create a compelling description then rest assured you’ll see some engagement.
Many people shy away from Reddit because they’re not friendly to marketers. They can sniff you out from a mile away and will call you out. If you use Reddit like a marketer then you will fail, but if you actually join and participate in the community then it’ll be a wonderful experience and send a lot of targeted traffic back to your website. The ultimate goal is getting on the front page, the traffic you get from that alone can break your site.
Boostrappers is a community developed for people who are all too familiar with what it means to start a business and grow it without any outside funding. It’s much like Reddit or Hacker News in the way posts are displayed and the upvoting feature. If you’ve got something that would be useful to this community then feel free to post it and get a spike in traffic and or signups.
SideProjectors is a marketplace that allows you to sell what they call side projects before, during, or after creation. It’s not limited to just websites or apps, you can source cofounders, sell hardware, or desktop programs. If you’ve started a project and couldn’t see it through to completion, want to validate your startup, or see what other people are creating then this app is for you.
LaunchingNext is a simple platform for uploading your startup and having it viewed by hundreds or thousands of users within a few hours. If it’s a good one, you can build some killer traction and turn your business from an idea into something so much more viable. At the very least, you’ll be able to build awareness.
This may not be your idea of a website that’ll help with your product launch, but the premise of MakeUseOf lends itself perfectly to a launch. They feature products, services, apps, and websites that can add value to their community. If you believe your company has what it takes, then use a few moments to contact them with your elevator pitch.
SignUpFirst works by giving users an incentive to sign up for your product or service before anyone else. You can let them have lifetime access for only $25 or lock them into an account with reduced pricing. It’s an amazing platform to do a product launch, build traction, and get your first few users.
Springwise is a curated directory of ideas, products, and startups that’s open to the world to view. They currently have over 7,000 startups/ideas listed on the website. Every day, three more are added to ensure the quality of the additions. You can use this website to build traction for your startup or simply use it to generate ideas and add some more power to your market research.