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Beta Program Toolkit

$ 99.00

Beta program templates and training to help you run a more effective program with less effort!

Beta programs can be one of the most critical success factors for a new product release. Too often they are not well planned, or executed at the last minute with too few resources and a lack of focus. The Beta Program Toolkit will ensure your beta programs are comprehensive and effective at achieving your goals. At only $99, the Beta Program Toolkit is easily worth the savings you’ll get in terms of maximizing your product's chances of success.

Run the best beta program possible

  • Learn and apply best practices
  • Save time with pre-designed templates
  • Ensure you don't make common beta program errors

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Product Description

Based on best practices from running dozens of beta programs, this toolkit includes templates, practical information and tips about how to plan and run a more effective customer beta program with less effort.

An effective beta program can provide you with valuable information, such as whether your product is truly ready to ship, what features should be in the follow-on release and how satisfied customers will or won’t be with the product. If done right, it can also set you up for critical launch and marketing deliverables such as success stories, customer quotes and references for the press.

Included is a narrated presentation covering all of the critical topics such as setting goals, what works most effectively, how to plan a beta program, what to expect from customers and how to get customers to be more active in helping your company do the final testing on your product. You will get templates and samples that can be quickly customized to get your beta program up and running fast. A white paper describes best practices and tips.

Beta Program Toolkit—save time and avoid mistakes

You could spend hours learning how to run an effective beta program and creating your own set of templates. Or you can buy the Beta Program Toolkit and have the knowledge, training, templates and samples you need to run a successful program.

Learn best practices to avoid making costly mistakes. Narrated presentation covers all of the critical elements you need to be aware of, including:

  • Setting goals
  • Writing a beta plan and getting sign-off
  • Who should manage the program
  • Ideal length of program
  • Recruiting participants
  • Selection of candidates
  • Factors in response rates
  • Expected participation levels
  • Customer agreements
  • Incentives
  • Ongoing communication with participants
  • Communicating internally
  • Conducting exit surveys
  • Writing the final report
  • Following up after the beta

Also included is a beta program best practices white paper to supplement the seminar and a beta program timeline to show you what needs to happen when.

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What’s Included

  • Instant electronic download
  • 17 templates including beta program plan
    • Critical Decisions Checklist
    • Deliverables Checklist
    • Beta Program Plan Template
    • Beta Customer Database (Excel & FileMaker formats)
    • Bug & Feature Database (Excel & FileMaker formats)
    • Beta Program Sample NDA
    • Customer Beta Agreement
    • Beta Program Timeline
    • Text for communicating with participants
      • a. Invitation email
      • b. Acceptance/rejection letter
      • c. Kickoff, Weekly status, thank you emails
    • Bug Submission Form
    • Exit Survey
    • Beta Program FAQ
    • Beta Program Final Report Template
  • Narrated training seminar/presentation that teaches you how to run a beta program
  • Best Practices White Paper
  • Samples and examples
  • 30 minute consultation with the 280 Group experts
  • Money Back Guarantee!


Examples of what’s included with this toolkit



The Beta Program Toolkit is a soup to nuts package to set up and administer a successful beta program. IT helps both novice and experienced beta administrators to make sure that everything is done correctly and that both internal and external expectations can be managed successfully. Using the Toolkit is like having an experienced beta mentor at your side to ensure that your beta program will go smoothly and that the results will effectively support a successful product launch.

– Alyssa S. Dver, Author of Software Product Management Essentials

No beta program is any good without a plan. The 280 Group has packaged a set of tools, including a narrated presentation, which is invaluable for setting the proper direction of any beta program.

– Therese Padilla, Founder, Executive Director AIPMM (Association of International Product Marketing and Management)

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Note for certification self-study courses only: No refunds will be issued after the exam has been scheduled through AIPMM regardless of the amount of time that has transpired. Additionally, if we provide you with a refund you will not be eligible to take any AIPMM or 280 Group certifications at any time in the future as we have no way of verifying whether you have studied the materials for which you received a refund.

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You may remove the 280 Group logo and put your own team/product/company logo in place of it. However, the 280 Group name and other copyright information may not be removed.

I purchased the product but haven’t received my download link.

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I receive a WinZip error message that Windows cannot find C:\documents…

Sometimes WinZip can’t open the file if it is nested too deeply in folders – the path is too long (Windows only support 256 characters). To open your zip file put it on your desktop and unzip it from there.

After downloading the file I can’t find it.

When you download the file you should be given the option of where to download it to on your computer. Choose the desktop as your destination. If you are not offered this option (or forgot to choose it) then the file is most likely in your Downloads folder or your My Documents folder.

I can’t unzip the toolkit or open specific files after downloading.

If you are having problems opening/unzipping the toolkit after you have downloaded it, please do the following steps (in order of importance):

  • Make sure the toolkit file is on your desktop (if it is in a nested folder with a long name Winzip may not be able to unzip it due to Windows path name character number limitations of 256 characters.)
  • Right-click on the files and select “Extract to here” – this should create a folder on your desktop with all of the toolkit files.
  • Try downloading the file again using your download link, then follow the process outlined in the previous step.

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Mac OS X

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Windows 7, Vista, XP or 8.1

  • Locate the compressed folder that you want to extract files or folders from.
  • Extract the entire contents of the compressed folder: right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

I can’t open certain files within the toolkit.

Some of the files in the toolkit have exceptionally long names, which leads to the same problem described in the question above (Windows 256 character pathname limitations) when opening them from the toolkit “Start Here” HTML main page.

To open the files:

  • Put the main toolkit folder on your desktop and open the files through the HTML page
  • You can also navigate through the folders and open the files each separately by double-clicking on them.

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I can’t get the narrated presentation to play on my computer.

There are several things that might cause this to happen:

  • The zip files may not have extracted correctly (see question above about how to solve this).
  • You may not have the Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer (or may have an older version). You can download the most current version here.
  • Internet Explorer may be giving you a message that looks like this, indicating that “To help protect your security Internet Explorer has restricted this web page from running…”. If this occurs click on the message and choose “Allow Blocked Content”.
  • The file may not be launching correctly from the “Start Here” HTML page. If this is the case, do the following:
    • For the Product Roadmap Toolkit go to the folder: PRTK 1.0\Product Roadmap Toolkit\Seminar Files\PRTK Compelling Product Roadmaps and double click on the file labeled “start”.
    • For the Product Launch Toolkit go to the folder: PLTK 1.0\Product Launch Toolkit\Presentation and double click on the file labeled “start”.
    • For the Beta Program Toolkit go to the folder: BPTK 1.0\Beta Program Toolkit and double click on the file labeled “Beta Program Seminar”.
    • For the Developer Program Toolkit go to the folder: DPTK 1.0\Developer Program Toolkit\Seminar Files and double click on the file named “start”.

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