Congratulations! You’ve spent months or maybe even years building your offering ready to take to the market and the time has finally arrived to let the world know you are here. Whether you are an established business or new to the market, it’s important to ensure you have created a clear plan from the outset so your delivery is seamless, and you are set up for success.
Here are six steps you can take to get this right from day one.
Now this may be an easy answer if you are an established business creating products for your current clientele, but if you have created something new, you may be unsure exactly who your core buyers will be. A deep dive into establishing who this is and where you will find them is imperative. Taking some time to work on the language you will use to communicate with this audience and also the channels you may use to reach them will enable you to perfect your pitch and your marketing materials to connect exactly where and how you need to.
If there’s one thing I learn’t over the years, validating that there is a market for your product is something that should be on the top of your list at the beginning. Not doing this could see your business spend thousands of dollars wasting valuable time trying to convince a market to buy something that it simply doesn’t need or want.
We are constantly being sold to in our everyday lives whether that be in person or through digital channels. Ask yourself why you say “yes” to some, but “no” to others. There will be one clear reason why: the product or service speaks to your need and solves a problem you are experiencing. Frame your pitching and conversations directly around how you can help your customer. Make life easier for them and they’ll be a returning customer for many years to come.
It seems like an obvious thing to say but just how well do you know what they are doing? How often are you spending time finding out who they are selling to and what pricing they have in market? Knowledge is power and ensuring you are competing on a level playing field is very important. This will also help you try and work out a point of difference to give you the unfair advantage you want over the competition to be the best in market.
When something is new to the market you often find that most people aren’t interested in buying until they’ve seen someone else use it. The early adopters are unfortunately a very small percentage of the population and it can be difficult to find enough of these to get up and running quickly. Everyone loves a deal and if you can make it attractive enough, it will see you get off the mark faster.
Your customers are your go to people for feedback. Never be afraid to ask them how your product is performing or what they like/dislike about it. Good reports can be used as testimonials and be fed back through to new prospects in the form of case studies. Negative feedback simply gives you an opportunity to refine your product and make it even better. Showing a client that you have taken their feedback on board and actioned it will make you a partner they can trust to work with for many years to come.
Laura Hall, Sales Strategy Consultant, Laura Hall Consulting