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How can I validate if an app idea is good or bad?

Discussion in 'Mobile Marketing' started by macdonjo3, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. macdonjo3

    macdonjo3 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    More of a startup question. It's pretty tough so I imagine it will get zero responses. How do we sort good ideas from bad?

    Can we call society's opinion a fair judgement of an idea? As in, if most people think the idea is good, does that mean it's good?

    Which groups of people would you ask? Would you ask a forum in your targeted market, say college students? If they respond in a certain what, does that mean it's a good/bad idea?

    Would you ask a group of fellow startup cofounders? Should you be worried about them running with your idea, since they actually have the power to execute it?

    The only judgement I've come down to so far is: if I want to use it just as bad as I want to create it, then it should be worth pursuing. However, when that's all said and done, I still have 5 or 6 ideas on the desk. I try to build minimal viable products, but it's still risky to spread yourself that thin when all your brain power and growth hacking should be on 1 idea to make sure of maximum execution.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. nikiobicata

    nikiobicata Regular Member

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    If is me i will take a different approach. How much the developing of your idea will cost? $1500- $2000. I will risk and develop the idea if will cost me no more than $3000. If the investment is more than $3000 i will ask on some niche forums or facebook groups. I will not ask my friends or relatives :)
     
  3. pxoxrxn

    pxoxrxn Supreme Member

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    Tell people you trust and ask for their honest opinion.

     
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  4. theblackplanet

    theblackplanet Newbie

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    Google Customer Development Interviews. Learn to do them well. It is by far the most important skill in the game.
     
  5. russellhope

    russellhope Registered Member

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    I ask my brutally honest friends, I also try to check and see if someone has already tried and failed.
     
  6. iDreamer

    iDreamer Newbie

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    It doesn't matter if the idea is good or bad. Even if you thought it was good you would need to spend alot on marketing only to discover it was perhaps a bad idea.
    The only way is trial and error. Start with small projects with low dev cost and see what bites.
     
  7. deancow

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    lol so true, never ask friends or family, they will lie to save your feelings.
     
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  8. apptru

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    Here is one way you can validate your business idea.

    Buy a domain, setup a landing page and Google Ad account (new account come with $50 credit). Fire the AD and see how many people sign up for your service. It should cost you less than $50 and less than a week if you know what you are doing.