I read an interesting post by Tayo on www.Entrepreneurblogr.com where he showed that directly asking your community or readers what they want is a great way to get products ideas.
His post got me thinking about many things.
I thought about different ways people could ask their audience questions.
I also thought about how entrepreneurs with ideas but with no audience can also ask questions.
By the way, an audience refers to the readers of your blog (that is if you have a popular blog or website). Your followers on twitter (if you have a large twitter following) and your facebook fan base (if you have a large one) etc.
Here are ways people with audiences can directly ask questions.
1. Ask The Question Using Your Medium Of Influence
If you have a popular blog, you can ask your readers or audience what they want or what their problems are directly with a blog post.You can tweet the same question if you have a large a twitter following.
If you have a popular facebook fan page or any other medium of influence you can directly ask your audience whatever question you like.So basically use your medium of influence to directly ask your audience any question.
A survey is a great medium to get information from your audience directly. Surveys usually consist of questions.Survey monkey is a third party service that can help set up a survey on your blog or web page.Other survey tools and websites are also available. www.micropoll.com is another free one.
If you have a large email list, you can easily shoot an email to your list and ask whatever question you want.
Pat Flynn of smart passive income does this too and it helps him with blog post ideas. I figure this could also be used to get product ideas.
Now that is for those that have a medium of influence.
How To Ask Questions When You Don’t Have An Audience
What about me and you that may be new to the game and may not have a large audience yet.
How can we ask questions?
Here is how I believe we can.
Basically we can ,go to a spot online where our target audience are, and then ask the questions Or we can , ask the question online then pay for targeted traffic and give an incentive for people to answer the question.
Here are they spots you can ask those questions
1. Yahoo Answers
This is quite a popular spot where people ask question and help.You can go there and ask a question.
Forums are targeted spots with targeted audience. You can join a forum , ask a question and get answers too.
3. Surveys And Adverts
Surveys can also work for people with no audience but it will cost you a little because you can rent the audience from Google.Basically, you set up a survey, buy ads and incentivize the process of
Other spots online you can ask questions and get some answers are
In fact, you can ask questions anywhere online where your target audience gather.
Do you ask you audience questions?
How do you do it?
Please share in the comment.