How did you land your first customers?

Dmitry Kalinchenko
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What has worked for you in landing your first few customers? We've just launched a public beta with a couple of initial customers and looking to onboard more. I'm curious what worked for others, especially in b2b saas space. P.S. Apologies if this topic has already been explored but I haven't found anything relevant.

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Product Stuff @ TermScout
hey @dmitry_kalinchenko! it's a really great question. we're actually in a similar position right now. one of the strongest channels we've had has been live demos (virtually through zoom). it's been a great way to get in front of warm potential customers, friendlies, etc and try to get that early validation. let me know if you find good sources! we're actually launching on PH today 🀞😬 and would love any feedback you might have! :) https://www.producthunt.com/post...
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Open to network.
We got the first client through Social Media. Continuous updates on all our social media platforms. got us more traction and our first client.
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LiveChat | social media | Sofar Sounds
Hi! We already had a strong product LiveChat (https://www.producthunt.com/post... ) when we started working on our product suite. Our second product was @chatbotcom . The first paying customers came from LiveChat's customers database (the tools work smoothly together). Also, we bought a strong domain (chatbot.com) that gave us organic, well-converting traffic. A similar story happened with our third product - HelpDesk. First customers came from LiveChat's database (with HelpDesk we covered some customer cases that LiveChat doesn't cover). Also, we bought a strong domain (HelpDesk.com) and got organic traffic. As far as I remember, the first paying customer came from Product Hunt, actually. :) (https://www.producthunt.com/post...)
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Made email easier at hanami.run
Before official launch, I tried to chime in into conversation on social media when people search for that. I run https://hanami.run and example I google "Cloudflare email forwarding" and join the dicussion like this https://community.cloudflare.com... Eventually I land the first customer that way.
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Product Stuff @ TermScout
hey @kureikain! I checked out your product - I love the clean design and rich documentation. one extra thought for you to consider, I love your pricing (very affordable!), but the colorful design almost looks like it could be "100, 600, 1500" at first glance if you don't see the periods. Maybe consider just staying "$1, $6, $15"? I actually think that'll look and feel cheaper to the users. Just a thought! :)
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Made email easier at hanami.run
@justintbuchanan thanks so much for such a valueable feedback. That's totally right now that you said it. Thanks so much again. Gonna make a quick change :-)
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Product Stuff @ TermScout
@kureikain awesome! best of luck!!!
Helping People Search Less, Sell More
We went through our personal network to reach prospects for interview during beta. On boarded them on free plan as they could give us way to build better product. We recently pivoted and invited them for 15 min meeting and gave lifetime access to most features otherwise they had to pay for.
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Humble Founder 😌
Hey @dmitry_kalinchenko, We got around 1600 first time customers for free on the day of the launch. Method 1. Engaged in online communities that needed our product well before launch 2. Collected emails without spamming 3. Updated potential users consistently 4. Converted them on launch. In my opinion, the biggest issue is always "retention", not acquisition. Hope that helps.
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Entrepreneur
@dmitry_kalinchenko @david_t_kim WOW! 1600 customers on day 1 sounds amazing. What communities did you engage in and how many email were u able to collect pre-launch. I am assuming it'd be atleast upwards of 5k
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Luck is a residue of design
@dmitry_kalinchenko @david_t_kim "In my opinion, the biggest issue is always retention, not acquitioin." Very important insight.
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Humble Founder 😌
@dmitry_kalinchenko @rajansoni Yes, it was at least 5k emails. We got customers from mostly social communities like Indie Hackers, Reddit, Facebook Groups and some discord.
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Entrepreneur
@david_t_kim That sounds fantastic. How long before the launch did you start engaging in the communities. Also, post launch did you continue nurturing the communities?
Frontend Developer and Designer
Networking. It’s important to have a good connection with people who connections with other and so on.. It helps get the word around for sure!
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Student in Frankfurt
First customer was our first business πŸ˜… needed paperless.io for our document workflow at mankido.
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Founder of rationalize.io
To answer my own question, here's how we landed the first 2 users: 1. Before I was very serious about the idea, I listed our website on Wikipedia within a relevant article. We use a Decision Matrix to enable collaborative decision-making, so I posted the link on that page on Wikipedia. Eventually, got contacted for someone who was looking for a more mature version of what I had built. 2. A networking event for startups - randomly met a person with the exact need we were trying to serve. https://www.producthunt.com/post...
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Founder, Growcify, Localites & Author
At https://growcify.com, we received several requests from customers before even launching the product. And at https://localites.co, it was all about community spread.
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Owner Of Panaceafit.com
We are building in public, every new status update we have, such as the figma prototype being completed. We consultant with the founders who helped us validate our idea initially to walk them through the user journey. It increases buy in, relationship building and more.
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Entrepreneur
@ethan_halfhide I like the idea about buy in. How did u get customers to follow you initially though? Did you already have the right following or email list?
Founder of gosauber.com
First, I'd find customers (LinkedIn, Reddit, forums, ...) and speak with them 1-2-1 to understand their real priorities.
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Entrepreneur
@randomdraw637484 I am pretty much planning to do just that. Find potential customers on linkedin and message them asking for 10 minutes to take their inputs
Founder of rationalize.io
@randomdraw637484 When you found and tried engaging your prospective customers, did you mention your product at all? Or just the general topic of the conversation?
Founder SocialBu: socialbu.com
We answered related quora questions and engaged in reddit communities
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Founder - ROIculture.com
I asked a couple of my friends running their own startups for feedback of our product ( https://roiculture.com ). Eventually, they liked it and subscribed!
We were our first customer! Aside from that, we reached out to our target audience directly - individual + personalised cold emails worked for us! Now we grow organically (and we're gearing up for a marketing campaign). Don't be afraid to speak to your target audience directly!
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Business manager at Borawork, Inc.
@boltfeedback Oh..! I like your saying that "We were our first customer!"
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Economist | Working on thinktutor.org
We're a tutoring platform, Think Tutor, so we came in with some existing clients and began to transition them over. It's difficult to develop your first new customers through your platform though!
Founder Of Niche Website Builder
I got my first client through a Social Media launch. Posted https://nichewebsitebuilder.com/ on PH today and got two additional users.
Passion to profession
@dmitry_kalinchenko We have created community in Facebook and created some heads-up about the product we going to launch which helped us to get users when we launch the product. https://creptel.com/musicians
Founder of Nwicode CMS
You raised a good question, we started testing our service with our friends and acquaintances, then moved on to social networks and today we opened the hunt https://www.producthunt.com/post... In six months, we have increased our community to 1,500 users. Social networks give us more growth than just advertising. I hope you will also succeed
Founder/CEO HandX handxai.com
Got our first customers through word of mouth, and try to link on Medium articles too. After that, just using product hunt and twitter accounts for the first real beta testers before full scale marketing. https://www.producthunt.com/post...