Going beta isn’t just for the tech industry anymore. In tech, it’s common for an incomplete version to be rolled out months—sometimes years—before the official release. The idea behind going beta is that consumer feedback can improve a product and avoid potential missteps. But in the past two years or so, various marketers outside the segment, including Ford, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Kellogg, have adopted the practice by, in effect, releasing beta versions of their products or at least their marketing campaigns in an effort to solicit customer feedback and build buzz.
Recently, social media has become the launch pad for several products, including: