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10 Validation Experiments to Run to Test Your Product Idea

February 21, 2024

From surveys to prototypes and focus groups, these are 10 time-tested and highly effective validation experiments to test and validate your product idea

Is your idea worth building?

This is a common question for founders, because there are so many needs and problems that can be solved, yet not all of them seem to find their place in the market. And you want to know that your concept is robust enough to actually justify the time, effort, and cost of development.

Now, we know we need to test app ideas and generally conduct idea validation on all concepts before building. But what actual validation experiments should you use to conduct concept validation?

10 Time-Tested Validation Experiments You Can Run

Surveys and Questionnaires

Create surveys or questionnaires to collect feedback from your target audience about their needs, preferences, and pain points. This can help you understand if there is a demand for your idea.

Want to ensure you get great, usable feedback? See our guide on how to do customer interviews and the guide on how to frame customer interview questions for deeper insights.


If you can build a basic prototype or a mockup of your product idea, it’s great for helping people visualise what you mean. It doesn't need all the features, but it should be enough to demonstrate the concept. You can use this to show potential users and gather their feedback.

Focus Groups

Organise focus group sessions with a small group of individuals who represent your target audience. Discuss your idea with them and ask for their opinions and suggestions. Ensure you get quality feedback during customer interviews and learn how to perform in-depth customer feedback analysis.

Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Develop a simplified version of your product that includes only the most essential features. Release it to a limited group of users to gather feedback and measure their engagement.

Interviews and User Testing

If you have a prototype, organising one-on-one interviews with potential users can be useful if you can actually observe them as they interact with your idea or prototype. This can provide valuable qualitative insights into what works, what doesn’t, and what they really want or need.

Want valuable, usable feedback? See our guide on how to do customer interviews and the guide on how to frame customer interview questions for deeper insights.

Landing Pages and Sign-Up Forms

You could always just create a landing page or website that describes your idea and its benefits, even though the product doesn’t exist yet. Include a sign-up form to gauge interest and collect contact information from potential users who want to learn more – so you build a database of potential users in the meantime.

Social Media and Online Communities

Connect with relevant online communities and share your idea – like specific groups, communities or forums like Reddit. Here you can just engage with people and see how they respond, what questions they ask, what issues they have etc. Pay attention to the reactions, comments, and discussions it generates.

Competitor Analysis

Study similar products or ideas in the market. Analyse their offerings, positioning, strengths and weaknesses to help you identify possible gaps that your idea can fill.  This will also help you to identify ways to reach your target audience.

Expert Consultations

Seek advice and feedback from industry experts or mentors who can provide valuable insights and guidance. You can always connect with other founders, and people like us at Specno who work with a lot of companies in the startup ecosystem to gain insights.

Pilot Programs

Partner with a small group of early adopters or beta testers to pilot your idea in a real-world setting – a pared-down version of your product; like using Spreadsheets to simulate its functionality, for example. Collect their feedback and make improvements.

If you have an idea you want to develop, don’t forget that Specno can help you do it professionally – enough that you could even use it in your pitch deck. Have a look at how we do our app idea validations and be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly we can get it done for you.

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