Launch Your Store and Products Sky High

A successful product launch is very important to help ensure the future success of your online business. This makes product launch day extremely stressful, though exciting too. In order to make it less stressful, it’s helpful to know how to have the best possible opening day for your online store.

Before even creating your products, make sure that you understand who you want your target audience to be. These are the people you will be spending most of your time advertising to and who you want to buy your products. For example, if you want to market baby clothing, then your target audience will be parents, namely women. Build up your website and your advertising with this target audience in mind; try to advertise in sites where potential consumers would be and create articles, blogs, and email that will appeal to your audience. When you have this base to work from, you’ll find that a lot of your stress associated with the first day of your store is alleviated.

The product launch day is actually the culmination of a few weeks of work leading up to the actual day. This time should be spent advertising the opening day of your store through things like blogs, social media sites like Facebook, email, and banner advertisements. Have advertisements that are enticing, but not demanding and leave people wanting more and wondering when it’s coming. If you or someone you can hire can make a product trailer movie, do it and spread it around. Trailers are a good way to get lots of people wondering what’s going and when they can get in on it. If you can manage it, see if you can get a spot on a radio, television and/or the newspaper; the more advertising the better.

Pick your launch day carefully. Early weekend-Friday or Saturday-is the best time because people are feeling more relaxed at home and are more willing to give new sites a try. Monday mornings are statistically not as good because people are too busy rushing off to work to bother going online much. Choosing the right day will go a long way towards making or breaking the success of your opening day.

Product launch day is a nerve wracking and exciting day. Whether you are opening your store with your product or simply introducing a new product, it’s important to do it correctly so that your product will be successful and sell well.

Smart Ways to Product Creation

When one wishes to be involved in any product business, most of the thinking is dedicated to what products are to be made that will create a huge impact on prospective clients. In fact, one of the most difficult moments in any business endeavor is the creation of the product. I have included below some of the things that one can follow to lighten the “burden” of initiating and creating a product.

- Make a research before engaging into the real process of creation. It is best that you hire people to collect and gather data as to what best hits the market before you finalize the creation of the product. Try to research as to what is the current demand of product and learn the trend of sales of that product in the market.

- Determine the needs of your niche. Remember that the buyers of your products are your targeted markets. If you are unable to target what your niche really needs, then the product that you are creating does not have a place in the selling market. Your products should have a specified and targeted market or client.

- Advertise well the product. A newly established product is a difficult product to advertise. Make sure that you exhaust all your means in advertising your good. Engage in all forms of advertisement techniques that are available to ensure that the product gets to have its share of visibility along with the other products that have been in the market.

One thing to keep in mind, is that although a product does not have to be perfect before you launch – or you might never launch – it should be something you are not going to need to make changes to in a short period of time, as that is counterproductive.

I Love You Teddy Bear and the Launch of the Steiff Bear

Was there ever a time in your life when you turned and whispered “I love you teddy bear” to your most cherished companion? The teddy bear that was with you, in your crib, from the day you were born? The one you came home and cried to when you fell off your bike and scraped your knee on the sidewalk? The one that kept you company when you were forced to remain indoors after your contracted chicken pox? If you never told your teddy bear how you felt about him or her, that would be a surprise. After all, teddy bears all over the world are used to hearing “I love you teddy bear,” at one time or another in their long lives.

Children everywhere (and even some adults), have been in love with their teddy bears ever since they were innocently first created as felt pincushions to be given to family and friends as gifts. What began as nothing more than a small elephant Margarete Steiff made in felt from a do-it-yourself pattern she found in a popular German magazine, turned into the most iconic plush toy of all time.

Maragarete was so pleased with the result of her first felt pincushion she decided to make others to give away. When children saw their mothers’ elephant pincushions, they claimed them for themselves, loving their size and softness. Margarete received so many requests for the pincushions, on December 29, 1889, she decided to start selling them. What had begun as merely a dressmaking business, quickly turned into the sale of soft toys (including lions, dogs, camels, monkeys, and donkeys), which eventually made up the majority of sales at Margarete’s company; 5,170 elephants were sold in 1886.

The company moved to larger premises in 1889 and went on to produce its first catalogue in 1892 which showcased its entire range of ‘toy’ animal products. In the same year, the company applied for a patent “for the making of animals and other figures to serve as playthings.” The launch of the first Steiff bear also took place in 1892 which was just one of many animals available for purchase in a set. The little bear was a hugely popular character and soon became the most important in the animal set.

The Steiff bear had begun its journey to what we would eventually see perfected and established as the world’s most popular toy.

And so too began the idea that one could be in love with their plush toys, specifically with the teddy bear. Saying “I love you teddy bear” to your favorite plush toy is no more unusual than saying it to the family dog or cat. Like with them, children and adults form close and passionate attachments to particular soft toys and as is the case, the “I love you teddy bear” sentiment really isn’t unusual at all.

Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.