Developing a Landing Page instead of a Business Canvas

Creating a landing page to validate interest in and willingness to pay for your product is an oft-mentioned strategy in the lean startup community.

But landing page development can be an easy way to generate excitement and shared vision with an internal team as well.

You may be familiar with the gamestorming idea called Design the Box, where teammates get to tap into their creativity to come up with the vision, marketing and positioning for the new product.

IMG_4788-0.pngWith so many landing page tools readily available, you can take away any hesitation anyone has about using markers and glue, and rapidly design something that almost looks real!

The landing page on the right was pulled together in just a couple hours using LandingSumo Bootstrap templates. Because these types of templates have sections for common elements like testimonials, benefits and pricing, the team has to address these sections. Through the design process, they naturally start to identify the hypotheses that need to be tested.

It’s more traditional in the Lean Startup community (if anything based on a book from 2011 can be considered traditional) to start with a lean canvas to explore the overall business model.

Lean-Canvas

But that’s a template, and there are just some team members who are just not going to be energized by filling in boxes. The landing page approach gives them the chance to articulate their vision and identify the unknowns without feeling constrained by structure.

Next time you’re working on describing a new product, consider focusing on how you’ll articulate the customer experience, and then back into how you’ll get there.