This is the first in a series of posts in which I’ll discuss the many factors that go into a successful product development / commercialization / launch project.
I’ve given many lectures and presentations on product launches and marketing. When I ask this question at the beginning of the talk, I get a variety of answers. Keep in mind there are many things businesses need but only one thing that is like oxygen to a living organism – that “every” business needs.
What’s the one thing every business needs? [scroll down]
Yes, you may have unique products, superior intellectual property, a great development team, world-class executives, perhaps even a NASDAQ stock listing. You may have efficient manufacturing, excellent internal communications, terrific PR, a slick website, and a green headquarters building. You may have ISO and cGMP-compliant processes, strategic partnerships, and cash in the bank.
Until and unless you have identified who will buy your product and why, you do not have a business.