The Outlook Creative Group has launched a number of products for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Medtronic, Oracle and EDF Energy. There are several ways to launch a product, and it’s important to know not just what to do, but how to do this. We highlight a few points in this post.
Coverage is a key point if the product launch is to be even remotely successful. Getting people talking about your product is what’ll help a successful product launch. What helps a product just as much as a stack of money is the people talking about it. If you have an audience behind your product, you have someone to sell to.
Take Apple as an example. They have a target audience, and they know what their audience like. Before their product launches, they already have people talking. Granted, Apple have millions of dollars behind their marketing, but the people still talk.
Apple have developed a reputation, and their core audience understands this and are generally loyal to the brand, no matter the product. These people will talk about the products and heads will turn.
Talking about a product and its benefits are great. Talking about a product and how it fits into the audience’s life is even better. Allow the audience to picture themselves with the product in their life and how they can relate to it. Talking about its features or technical specifications for example won’t necessarily interest the audience. What they care about is knowing how the product will suit them and their lives.
For example, don’t just talk how effective your cheese grater is at grating cheese. Talk about how much cheese the audience can grate in a short space of time. Talk about how many sandwiches they can make, how many parties can be catered!
It may sound obvious, but there’s little value in unveiling your product before its launch date – otherwise you’ll have no product to launch! If your product has a prototype, chances are it could get leaked. There have been a number of instances where a prototype has been leaked before a products launch.
Take the infamous Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak saga. In 2010, gadget blog Gizmodo managed to get their hands on a prototype version of the iPhone 4, causing quite the uproar between the site and Apple. The secret was leaked, and Gizmodo got one of the tech world’s biggest stories of the year, but not without a price. It seems Apple got the best from this exchange.
Whilst the iPhone made 1.7 million sales in the first three days, the suspense was lifted because of the leak.
These are just a tiny handful of points that need to be considered when looking at a product launch. There are a number of ways of doing it, and the points mentioned above will certainly help.
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