Betabound offers a wide variety of opportunities to anyone interested in beta testing. At first glance, Betabound looks like a site that simply posts beta opportunities for a bunch of different products found around the web. However, if you dig deeper, Betabound is actually a lot more than that — and how you make use of it is entirely up to you. As a tester, there are a couple of different ways to use Betabound, and this post aims to help you make the most of them.
Centercode, the Company Behind Betabound
First, let’s take a look at what Betabound is and where it came from. Betabound is managed by the team at Centercode. Centercode built the beta management platform that many companies use to run their beta programs, and also offers fully managed beta tests. In order to effectively run our managed beta tests, Centercode needs a community of beta testers that we can rely on — that’s where Betabound comes in. Centercode has been building up the Betabound (previously called OnlineBeta) community for over 12 years, and just recently passed a major milestone: 100,000 members (woohoo!).
Centercode and the Betabound community have been growing together at an incredible rate. Growth in the community leads to more betas that Centercode can offer, while growth in Centercode leads to more exciting beta opportunities for you to join. No matter which way you look at it, growth leads to more exciting beta opportunities, and exciting beta opportunities lead to happy beta testers.
The Homepage Experience
As the Betabound community has grown, we’ve realized that we don’t run enough beta tests to keep everyone in our community busy. So, we created the Betabound homepage, a place where we post beta testing opportunities from all sorts of companies (not just our clients).
That’s what you find on the homepage today — a mix of opportunities from us (called Betabound Exclusives), our software customers (called Partner Betas), and other companies looking for testers. Each day we post new opportunities for new products to test, and you can customize the homepage to only show the types of opportunities that interest you.
Here’s the Secret
Here’s the piece you need to know to take full advantage of Betabound: not all of the beta tests we run make it onto the Betabound homepage. That’s right, many of our super secretive, super selective tests never even make it onto the Betabound homepage. Before we post one of our tests to the homepage, we email the members of our community that fit the requirements for that project to give them a first crack at applying for the test. Oftentimes, we get enough testers from that email that we have to close the opportunity to new applicants.
This is why it’s so important that you join the community and fill out your profile. It’s completely free (as is participating in our tests) and it allows us to send you targeted emails about our testing opportunities so you can apply before they’re posted publicly. It’s the major perk of joining our community.
Getting the Best Experience
To get the most out of your Betabound experience, we suggest using both your Betabound membership and the Betabound homepage. As a community member you’ll receive emails about our opportunities that you can respond to right away. Then you can peruse the Betabound homepage for additional opportunities that pique your interest. That way you never miss an opportunity to join an exciting new beta test.
We hope this helps you take advantage of everything this community has to offer. If you have any questions about how Betabound works, feel free to ask in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org