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Avoiding the

Top 7 Mistakes

In Bringing New

Products to Market

By Steve Tennant

why do new products fail
Why do new products fail?

Primary Causes of Product Failure

Inadequate Market Analysis

Product Problems or Defects

Lack of Effective Marketing Effort

Higher Costs Than Anticipated

Competitive Strength or Reaction

Poor Timing of Introduction

Technical or Production Problems

All Other Causes

0%

10%

20%

50%

30%

40%

Percentage of Companies Citing (n=233)

Source: Conference Board as cited by R.G. Cooper, Winning at New Products

the reasons products fail can be addressed
The reasons products fail can be addressed.

The reasons products fail

can be addressed

Flickr: Cynfreelancer

these flawed beliefs help cause train wrecks
These Flawed BeliefsHelp Cause “Train Wrecks”
  • “We need to complete the product before I can show it or talk to customers.”
  • “Our (business and/or compensation) plan says we must ship a new product in six months.”
  • “Once we’re done building, we’ll give it to sales…”
  • “We’re opportunistic. If we find one customer who wants something, we’ll build it.”
  • “The answers to our most important questions can be found from inside our four walls, or on the Internet.”
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Alex began to wonder, what

can I do to

make my new product…

that question
that question?

How would you

help Alex answer

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Before we build a better mousetrap, we need to find out if there are any mice out there.”

- Yogi Berra

tip 3 validate the problem roles goals and your prototype with 20 30 prospective customers
Tip 3Validate the problem, roles, goals and your prototype with 20-30 prospective customers

What’s frustrating about doing Job X?

Our new employees run screaming they hate it so much.

sample interview questions
Sample Interview Questions
  • What are your top 3 goals? Challenges?
  • Typical day in your life?
  • How do you solve this problem today?
  • Who would you trust for advice?
  • How would you want to buy it?
  • What would you expect to pay?
  • What services would come with it?
  • If you had three choices in front of you, what criteria would you use to evaluate them?
  • What did you expect to talk about that we haven’t?
tip 8 use a proven sales model and enable sales with what they need to win
Tip 8Use a Proven Sales Model and Enable Sales With What They Need to Win

Unprofitable:

You lose

Enterprise

Selling

Investment in each transaction by Your Company

Consultative

Selling

Transactional

Selling

Poor service:

You lose

Investment in each transaction

by Customer

Recommended reading: Neil Rackham, Rethinking the Sales Force

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Capital

Products

Marketing

Alliances

Executive Team Facilitation

Financing Assessment

Product Mgmt Assessment

Marketing Assessment

Alliance Assessment

Vision & Mission

Business Plan

Market Needs Interviews

Positioning & Messaging

Alliance Strategy

Market Trends & Analysis

Investor Presentation

Win/Loss

Analysis

Website Strategy & Content

Alliance Programs

Competitive Analysis

Investor Meetings

Product Business Plan

Marketing Plan & Budget

Alliance Marketing

Opportunity

Assessment

Due Diligence Support

Product Messaging

PR & Thought Leadership

Alliance Partner Recruiting

Strategy Development

Term Sheet Support

Beta Customers

Trade Shows & Events

Relationship Rescue/Facilitation

Strategy Execution & Metrics

Board Communications

Launch

Sales & Customer Conferences

Alliance Scorecard & Metrics

Project Management

Leadership Feedback & Coaching

Organization Design, Staff Recruiting & Development

Collaborative Operating System

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Tennant Consulting Services

Strategy

Capital

Products

Marketing

Alliances

Executive Team Facilitation

Financing Assessment

Product Mgmt Assessment

Marketing Assessment

Alliance Assessment

Vision & Mission

Business Plan

Market Needs Interviews

Positioning & Messaging

Alliance Strategy

Market Trends & Analysis

Investor Presentation

Win/Loss

Analysis

Website Strategy & Content

Alliance Programs

Competitive Analysis

Investor Meetings

Product Business Plan

Marketing Plan & Budget

Alliance Marketing

Opportunity

Assessment

Due Diligence Support

Product Messaging

PR & Thought Leadership

Alliance Partner Recruiting

Strategy Development

Term Sheet Support

Beta Customers

Trade Shows & Events

Relationship Rescue/Facilitation

Strategy Execution & Metrics

Board Communications

Launch

Sales & Customer Conferences

Alliance Scorecard & Metrics

Project Management

Leadership Feedback & Coaching

Organization Design, Staff Recruiting & Development

Collaborative Operating System

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