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7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market? 0

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?


Now that you have a brand new product that you’re sure will be a hit. The next step would be how to market your new product?


Introducing a new product to a particular audience, on the website or in social media seems to be overwhelming and sometimes very expensive to most of the people. They don’t really know where to begin or what to do and so they tend to don’t do anything or start selling immediately on social media platforms.


New tactics are required to get the notice that you and your new product deserve. So here are 7 steps for a successful launch of your product:


  1. Evaluating your Product

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

There are actually four fundamental factors that you need to weigh to determine if your product is worth pursuing.


Are your ideas doable to create based on your capabilities?

Most of the investors get a massive startup marketing or technical help from professionals, but your product still needs to be reasonably within your hands.  Don’t make this frighten you too much. If you really believe that you can do most of the work associated with your invention then you are in a good shape.  Just always remember that even though most inventors do get help most of the time, you still need to do most of the work just by yourself.


Is your product profitable enough when produced?

You might not be able to know your exact expenses, but you should consider the materials you will be using for the complexity of product construction and the type of packaging you will really need. If you think you are going to be spending a huge amount and you will be competing with low-cost products, your idea will probably not be worth pursuing.  There are basic exceptions to this rule. Example: if your product is significantly better than the competition or if you are targeting high-end stores and consumers.

Is there really a significant competition?

Just like what Jack Ma of Alibaba said when creating a product. “Be the first” Your product will likely succeed if you are the first to offer that kind of product in a particular market. Products are always easy to introduce if there is either very little or no competition in the market.  More competition generally means lower profits and tougher sales.


Does your product have a “WOW” factor?

If people hear about your product and they are amazed and enthusiastic about it, then you should probably pursue your idea.  In business, this is what they call the “wow” factor. This greatly affects the other factors when evaluating your product. This could be the most important part of judging your idea because this “wow” factor is usually the biggest contributor to inventors’ success. Like no matter how profitable you think your product may be, but it doesn’t have that wow factor, it might be difficult to launch that product into the market and you might not be able to get the desired ROI.



  1. Prototype

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

Contingent upon your item, you could have the capacity to fabricate the model alone. Keep in mind that your model should be made of all an indistinguishable materials; it simply needs to work and resemble your final product. In some cases where you can't assemble the model without the help of anyone else, you may need to employ an expert model developer, a specialist or only an able individual that has experience in producing your product.


After you have positive statistical surveying, the time has come to make a product that demonstrates like the model. You will require this to confirm if your thought works the way you figure it will. Your model shouldn't really be produced using the materials that your final product should have. However, it should be nearly the same to be able to demonstrate it to you, to the financial specialists and the potential accomplices that your thought works well.




  1. Market Testing

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

Focusing on the correct market now is urgent since the majority of whatever is left of your means will be intended for making the ideal item, the packaging, marketing, pictures to be used in the campaigns, and so forth for that objective market.

The essential part in deciding your target market is to know and understand what all the business sectors are. Exchange magazines and trade shows are the best sources.


  1. Manufacturing

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?


You should get a manufacturer to begin producing your item. In spite of the fact that US makers are normally less demanding to work with, it can be extremely hard to discover one who will deliver your item. US producers can cost prohibitive. Manufacturers in the US will have a considerably snappier turnaround time and it will be substantially less demanding to finish the item plan and roll out any improvements. You need to weigh what is more vital to you while thinking that the US as your manufacturer or abroad manufacturer. Most innovators end up picking abroad manufacturer because of them being cost effective.


  1. Import/Export

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?


Deciding on importing and exporting Partners and capabilities should be decided on as soon as possible. This will save you both time and money in the long run.

  • Get multiple quotes from shippers to compare.
  • You can start by asking your manufacturer if they already work with a trusted importing company that they can recommend. This can be beneficial for both parties. Their end goal is to get your products to you on time and in good condition for continued business, so they will assist you in this process.
  • Seeking out your local importer can also be a great option.
  • Shippers such as Fedex, UPS, DHL can provide competitive pricing for your if you already have an existing account and can prove you'll do business with them for a long time. An example, Since being with Fedex for over 3 years. We now get over 75% discount on international import and export saving us thousands annually! Simply by asking :)
  • For your first order, you can hire an inspector to check on the quality of your goods before they are shipped to you, to save you the headache of receiving damaged goods or not up to par. 



  1. Fulfillment

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

Now that you have the goods, it's time to get it to your Customers, Retailers, your Friend, Mom, whomever!

Be sure to factor your shipping expense and supplies into your final cost of goods to remain profitable. You'll need shipping supplies in bulk to prevent you from running out. How will you get the products on time to the customer? Will you ship out the same day, weekly? Be sure this information is listed on your website and visible for your customers to see. You can schedule daily or weekly pickups via USPS depending on your order volume. Or simply drop-off at your postal office. Final packaging is apart of your branding experience for your customers so be sure to invest some time in really crafting this perfectly so you'll have returning customers.

  1. Sell, Sell, Sell

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

7 Steps to Bring your Product to Market?

When you have effectively propelled a product or item, your work has just started. The retail environment is a swarmed and hyper-focused place. You should create effective marketing efforts showcasing a guarantee your item performs in stores.


Maintaining your business will take a considerable measure of constancy and persistence, yet in the event that you've influenced it this far you to have proved that you have those characteristics. Try not to get disheartened now, it will take time for your plan to take off, simply continue and adhere to your strategy for success, re-evaluating it every so often.  Above all, stay optimistic.  Remember, starting your own business will take the longest road but in the end, all this will pay off when done and executed well.


Since we've invented and brought to market several products, and built an amazing team. We can take the stress out of this entire process for you.

Let us assist you today with getting your idea to market.

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How To Create A Prototype

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A prototype is simply turning the idea or concept of your product into reality. To encourage people to invest in your idea or product, it is very important to make it presentable first and that is what a prototype does.

Now the next step is how to do it? How to convert your imagination into reality? Following are the steps that will help you in converting your dreams into a reality of a new idea:

Make a clean sketch of your invention:


Before you start building your product, make a rough but clean sketch of your invention on a paper. It will give you time to improve it further or to correct the flaws. You can also make a CAD drawing if you have that software. Try to keep all the drafts and rough sketches in one file. I love CAD Drawings/Models because it gives a clear and concise vision of my exact thoughts visually. So we often opt for CAD renderings for all our product ideas before moving forward.


Make a rough handmade version:


In this step, the design does not need to be perfect, it should, however, be presentable. It can be made with any material like wood, foam or metal etc. It should be similar to the invention as much as possible. The reason is to make sure that creating your product, in reality, is possible. Use the material if possible that you will be using for the actual product. For example, for our teething mitten invention, we purchase a snow glove and modified it as close as possible to our CAD rendering.


Make a CAD model of your product:


There are different types of software available that will help you in CAD modeling of your idea. Such programs include Invision and Prototyping on Paper. It will save your time and cost you less at the same time. You can take the help of any programmer or do so on a mobile application. We work with an design engineer. 


Use a program for modeling:


Apart from making a sketch by yourself on a paper, you can also take the help of a modeling software. This software takes your idea and turns them into a computerized version that will assist you in seeing the real version better. In this way, your time will be saved and it will cost you less to build a design that is both interactive and in 3D version.


Search for suitable prototype maker:


Points involved in making a prototype are labor costs, molding, and assembly. Search for a prototype maker that is accurate for all your needs. You should discuss every detail with them including what material you need and what cost you can afford. You can also contact some local student or use free resources in order to make a prototype. 


Protection of your design:


Get a complete history and credentials of the prototype company or engineer you decide to work/consult with and delivering your design to. Get the reviews of the company from its customers as well or get referrals.

To protect your product, you must make sure that they sign an NDA (None disclosure agreement) so that your product concept/idea is safe to share. You can also later down the line, get a patent for your invention and in this way, your idea will remain authentic and no one will likely try to copy it. Ok, REALITY check. An NDA won't stop someone from taking your idea. Just like a patent is only as strong as you are able to financially protect it! So place those fears aside and just EXECUTE your idea.


Go for 3D printing:


The latest trend used by most of the industrial engineers these days is 3D printing. The CAD designs you have already made are scanned and 3D models are made by layering the required material. Now, these printers are also available at homes so you can make one by yourself. Don’t forget to get NDA signed before discussing your design. We normally print our 3d cad designs with a local printer. We just simply upload the design to their website portal and receive a 3d printed version of our idea based on our CAD rendering. You can check them out here:


Find investors:


The better your product is, the easier it will attract investors. At first, you can seek funding from your friends and family or use your savings if any. If this idea does not work then you can go for investing companies. You can search an investor through different websites like Kickstarter and Y Combinator. Search for the brands that might be interested in your product. This route is totally dependent on whether or not you need an investor of course. You can always do a small trial run and see how sales go to prove the market, before even pitching to investors. Or simply just to grow the business this way.


Complete the orders:


Try to sell as many products as you can. You will have to manage the initial costs so start with a small investment at first. The first production must be done with complete accuracy and you should never compromise on quality.

You can easily follow the above steps and turn your Dreams Into Reality. You can make your idea come to fruition by presenting it in the form of a prototype. 

Here is an example of our very own Cad mockup turn to a shelf-ready product that you can now purchase worldwide. Having a prototype is one step, but DOING the work to execute your Dreams Into Reality is where the real reward comes to life!


Since we've invented and brought to market several products, and built an amazing team. We can take the stress out of this entire process for you.

Let us assist you today with getting your idea to market.

Schedule a Session Here