5 Keys to a Successful Product Launch

by Christine Kane

If you have a product, the worst thing you can do is plunk it down on your website and hope your ideal client will be compelled to hit the “buy” button.

And if you’ve read anything about marketing in the last few years, then you already know that. You also probably know that a launch can do wonders for selling your products or programs. It’s true.  A launch or campaign can fill your program, sell your product or get people to your event.

Okay, great.  But there are lots of components that make up a successful product launch.

Here are five of them…

1 – Your list is key.  Not just the numbers, but the people, too.

This is the big buzz-killer for many folks. They hear tales of six and seven-figure launches and think, “Me too!”

But they don’t have a list. And they don’t have access to anyone else’s list. If you don’t got a list, you don’t got no one to sell to. (Isn’t that an old blues standard?)

Yes, you can partner with other people who DO have lists. But most people who DO have lists are going to want to know if YOU have a list. (That way, you can return the favor. After all, it’s called a partnership, not a rescue!)

Another thing to consider is WHO is on your list?  If you have built a list primarily of corporate executives and you decide to sell a program on quilting, then we’ve got a bit of a congruence issue.  Make sure the people on your list are the perfect people for your product or program.

2 – Build a relationship with your list.

I met a healing practitioner who had a list but never did anything with it.  Never wrote them, never added value, never offered anything. When she heard about launches, she got fired up and started launching immediately to her list.  No one signed up for her program.  Here’s what I told her…

Your list is not a LIST.  Your list is people.  As such, you need to build a relationship with them.

So, if you haven’t been in touch with your list CONSISTENTLY… then you haven’t built any trust with them. You haven’t added any value for them. You haven’t created a relationship.

And they won’t buy from you just because you decided to launch something.

Spend some time adding value and giving free content at least once a week. Then when you do launch, your list will already like and trust you!

3 – Make your offer clear and simple.

Your buyers need to know what they get when they sign up.  If they don’t understand it, they won’t buy.  If it’s too complex, they won’t buy.

So make sure you take the time to map out what EXACTLY you are offering, how long it lasts, what bonuses they get, and when the offer ends.

Some people get so scared and driven when they sell anything that they offer their program, the kitchen sink, their first-born and a one-on-one coaching trip to the Bahamas together for every participant in the program, plus the collection of 11 workbooks they wrote back when they were a CPA.

News Flash: Less is more. People want clarity.  If you’re not clear, they won’t buy.  Get out of your fear of not offering enough – and give them what they truly want…RESULTS!

4 – Be diligent about following up.

I see this all the time.  If a launch isn’t going well, people often give up and stop reaching out to their list.

Big mistake.

There’s lots of hard data to prove that most sign ups these days will come in the final 24 hours of your campaign.

And remember, follow up doesn’t mean “assault and battery.” Don’t exclamation point people to death.  You can still be conversational and add value in your emails. But you need to be consistently in touch as your launch is happening.

(And ideally, you want to write some of these emails in advance so that you’re not writing from a place of fear and reactivity.)

5 – Use social media to build buzz. Not to count sales.

It’s awesome that you have so many people who like your Facebook page.

But the truth is, they’ve probably liked a lot of other pages too. And they get lots of stuff in their feed. And most of it drifts by without ever catching their eye.  What this means is that while Facebook (or Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram) may be great ways to build your list or even supplement your launch with some buzz-worthy posts… they are not substitutes for a strong list.

The Facebook platform is Facebook’s platform. Twitter’s platform is Twitter’s platform. These are all streaming and fleeting.

Your list is YOUR platform. Use it.

Christine Kane is the Mentor to People Who are Changing the World. She helps women and men Uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly Uplevel You eZine goes out to over 26,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://christinekane.com.

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