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3 Ways to Get Your Product in Stores and in Front of Buyers

By: Susan Solovic


3 Ways to Get Your Products in Stores and in Front of Buyers

Does your small business sell a product or service that needs to get in front of a larger audience, or find its way into more stores?

Maybe you’re trying to sell it online right now, but you just aren’t connecting with customers. You’ve tried SEO and maybe even AdWords in your small business, but the search volume just isn’t there to drive the amount of traffic you need.

You need a different approach. Here are three strategies that are proven small business winners and the tricks you need to know to pull them off:

Traditional media placement

Magazines and television will create awareness of your product. However, you really need to do your homework and be totally persistent (read: pesky). The key is to be familiar with when and how they feature products like yours in their publications or programming.

It also helps if you can cleverly come up with angles that make your products “fit the mold” that they will be looking for. For example, why would your product (or service) make a great graduation gift? You need to contact editors and producers (repeatedly) pitching your idea.

Here’s a tip for the major magazines that almost no one outside of Madison Avenue knows: Many publish their editorial calendars online! For example, check out the 2015 editorial calendar for Forbes Magazine. Search Google for the magazine editorial calendars that would best fit your product or service.

If you can’t find the editorial calendar of a magazine that would be ideal for your small business’ product, go to a library and have the librarian bring you a year’s worth of the magazine so you can do your research the old fashioned way.

Get it into the hands of bloggers

The same way you research traditional publications, research bloggers and online publications. In these kinds of strategies, the key is to do all the hard work yourself. Show people exactly how your product or service is something their audience will appreciate learning about.

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It is well worth the investment to hire a professional photographer experienced in product shoots to put together a portfolio for you. Editors and bloggers travel the path of least resistance. If they have to bust their buns to feature items from your small business, they’ll probably pass.

Research where similar products are sold and set up a sales funnel

If your product is like others on the market, or sold in places where certain other products are always sold, look those products up online. Often the websites of the symbiotic products will have a “Where to buy” page. Note all of those places and explore their websites. Try to find an email address and person’s name, especially for the owner or someone in charge.

With that information, set up an automated sales funnel for your small business using software like Infusionsoft, or some of the email service providers, such as Constant Contact, Mailchimp or Aweber. Keep track of where everyone is in your sales funnel and make improvements on it as you gain more experience or sales history.

If you’re willing to invest the sweat equity in these strategies, they will pay off. When your small business sells something that doesn’t have a huge search volume, you need to get it into people’s hands or in front of their noses.

One last thing: once you start getting attention from the traditional media and bloggers, it will be easier to get more onboard.

Published: December 8, 2015

Source: Susan Solovic

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Susan Solovic

Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and USA Today bestselling author, and attorney. She was the CEO and co-founder of SBTV.com—small business television—a company she grew from its infancy to a million dollar plus entity. She appears regularly as a featured expert on Fox Business, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and can be seen currently as a small business expert on the AT&T Networking Exchange website. Susan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College and the Advisory Boards for the John Cook School of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University as well as the Fishman School of Entrepreneurship at Columbia College. 

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