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7 product release tips for a successful launch

Launching a new product? These product release tips will help you create a great product launch plan that caters to your buyer persona.
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Tempo Team

According to a survey by McKinsey, more than 50% of product launches fail to hit their business targets. Those are some pretty dismal figures.

But you shouldn’t give up hope. You can maximize your odds of success with meticulous planning, a dedicated team, and carefully researched timing. If you’re a business leader, project manager, solo entrepreneur, or member of a marketing team, these seven tips will help your product release exceed expectations.

1. Create a product launch plan

Introducing a new product requires a marketing strategy that generates buzz and excites customers. And that strategy needs a product launch plan. Here’s how to create your plan:

  • Write a positioning statement: First, describe your product features or service, explaining how it meets a specific need for your target market. Highlight what distinguishes it from competitors and outline a product positioning that communicates your product’s unique value.

  • Create a launch roadmap: Using a product roadmap tool, plot the major steps and project roadmap milestones on a timeline that highlights each phase of product development. Work backward from the ideal launch date and include deadlines for content, design, website updates, and testing. Avoid launching on Mondays, Fridays, holidays, and long weekends to guarantee maximum engagement.

  • Assign roles and plan marketing activities: Develop a marketing plan with email campaigns, social media posts, and press releases. Schedule marketing efforts to accommodate global time zones. Clearly define the marketing team members’ tasks and deadlines. 

  • Define success metrics: Set clear KPIs and measurement methods to track the effectiveness of your launch efforts. Allocate time for internal testing and gather feedback from beta testers. 

2. Set measurable objectives 

You want a successful product release, but what does success mean? That depends on your objectives. Well-defined objectives will guide your actions and help you set key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure success. KPIs related to attracting more customers will differ from KPIs focused on decreasing the churn rate.

Examples of objectives include:

  • A smooth release: In software terms, this means the deployment is successful and the feature is supported on all versions, browsers, devices, and regions. User testing is key ensuring compatibility.

  • Widespread user adoption: To measure this, track how quickly users start using the new feature. Use tools like FullStory or Amplitude to monitor behavior and ensure a desirable user experience.

  • High content engagement: Maybe you want people to interact with your promotional materials, including social media posts, email campaigns, and videos. Tools like HubSpot and Hootsuite will show you how well your content is performing and how engaged your audience is. 

3. Identify the buyer persona and anticipate user needs

Not everyone needs your product. Identify the people or organizations who will benefit from it the most and outline their common traits; that’s your buyer persona.

You must understand your users’ needs to ensure you deliver a product that fulfills them. Here are some ways to approach this: 

  • Conduct market research: Survey the market to identify your target audience. Research their needs, preferences, and pain points.

  • Define buyer personas: Create detailed profiles of your theoretical ideal customers. This helps you tailor your product to meet their specific desires. Consider their demographics, behaviors, goals, and challenges.

  • Prioritize customer experience: Always put your customers first. Consider their experience and how the product will solve their problems. Your customers’ needs should guide your decisions throughout the launch process.

  • Prepare for hiccups: Even the greatest plan will face unforeseen obstacles. Be ready for unexpected issues. Have a plan to address them without disrupting the customer experience. Technical problems are a part of the process; a good team can adapt and overcome them.

4. Outdo the competition

No matter how unique your idea, product, or service may be, someone is bound to be doing something similar. Here’s how to gain a competitive edge in the market:

  1. Research your competitors: Study what your main competitors are doing, examining their products, marketing strategies, and customer feedback. Follow their new developments and strategies, and adapt your approach as necessary to stay competitive. 

  2. Identify their weak points: Find the weaknesses in your competitors’ products, such as missing features, customer complaints, or product fails. Analyze the elements of their approach that work and those that don’t. Then, apply these lessons to improve your own product and strategy. 

  3. Plan your value proposition: When promoting your product, highlight what puts it above your competition. Clearly communicate how your product solves problems competitors don’t address.

  4. Differentiate your product: Draw focus on the factors that set your product apart. These could include unique features, better customer support, or a more attractive price.

5. Prototyping and testing

Build prototypes and conduct thorough testing to ensure your product is ready for release. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a prototype early: This leaves you plenty of time to make necessary adjustments before full-scale production.

  2. Test the prototype with real users: Beta testers’ opinions and suggestions provide valuable insights. They may uncover potential bugs, usability problems, or functional issues your team overlooked.

  3. Make necessary changes: Based on feedback and test results, refine the product and fix any problems before the final release.

6. Plan your marketing strategy

Great marketing drives great sales. Before a new product launch, marketing has one goal: prime and prep your target audience so they’re ready to buy.  

Regardless of your marketing strategy, several best practices will ensure you reach a broader audience. These tips guarantee an effective marketing strategy:

  • Start early: The larger the release, the sooner you should start planning. Involve your product marketing team early in the process.

  • Collaborate closely: Encourage product managers and product marketers to work together. Regular meetings, shared communication channels, and frequent design reviews ensure the marketing matches the end result.

  • Embrace social media campaigns: Use platforms like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and X to create excitement and engage with your audience.

  • Use email marketing: Send targeted emails to inform potential customers that align with your buyer persona.

  • Craft impactful ads: Invest in online ads across various platforms to reach a broader audience. 

  • Partner with influencers: Collaborate with influencers to build brand visibility and credibility.

  • Create content: Publish blog posts, articles, and videos highlighting your product’s features and benefits. 

  • Utilize product platforms: Launch your product on platforms like Product Hunt to reach a community of people looking for “the next big thing.” 

7. Prepare your team

The final tip for successful launches is to foster internal collaboration, ensuring everyone works together towards the same goal. These simple steps will get your team ready:

  • Give your team early access to the product to test it and identify any issues.

  • Train your team on the product’s features and benefits – especially sales, support, and success teams.

  • Keep everyone updated about the launch timeline and their responsibilities.

  • Give your support team FAQs, troubleshooting guides, and resources to handle customer questions.

  • Ensure sales, support, and go-to-market teams are all involved in the preparation process.

  • Practice the launch process with a soft launch to identify potential roadblocks. This also reinforces everyone’s roles so they’re ready for the real thing.

How Tempo can help your product release

Launching a new product is like embarking on an exciting adventure; without a clear map, you can quickly get off track. Thankfully, Tempo’s Product Roadmap templates can guide you. 

Our suite of project management tools, including Strategic Roadmaps, will support you through each step of a product launch. From market research to post-launch analysis, your product release is on the road to success with Tempo.

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