Ideas For Online Products

If you are looking for ideas for online products then this will help you. I am going to give you some ideas for products that you can create online that will be profitable.

Software

If you have some skills in developing software then this is a hugely popular and profitable type of online product. Everyone likes and wants software that is going to make their life easier and save them time or money. Developing software for these purposes can generate huge amounts of income providing you have done your market research and you already know that people are looking for that kind of software.

Some people sell software but they actually outsource the task and hire someone else to do the software development. If you decide to do this you just need to make sure that you have fully understood what the terms will be for that software and what kind of support you would get to fix any bugs that might become uncovered.

Membership sites

People love to be part of a community and therefore membership sites are quite popular. If you are able to provide a membership site for a targeted group of people and produce high-quality help and advice on a regular basis then you will find that you are able to generate a good recurring income.

Your membership could be an ongoing one if you have enough material to keep adding to it or it could be for a fixed period of time such as a one year long membership.

Information products

Everybody is looking for information when they go online and if you are able to package that in an easy to understand format then people will pay for that information. Information can be sold in many different formats such as written, audio or video.

You can also add coaching as an additional source of income whereby you help people and give feedback to people to help them implement specific information and help.

Resources

Another idea for popular online products is to provide some kind of resource for people to use. This could be graphics that they can use in their own business for example. Here are some more ideas of resources that you can provide:

  • articles
  • training programs
  • private label rights material
  • advertising banners
  • video presentations

There are plenty of ideas for online products and provided you have done the research to make sure you have targeted customers then you should find it profitable. One of the most important things is that you actually enjoy what you are doing as you will find it far easier to produce the products.

The Life Cycle of Online Products

Like many things, products go through a cycle during their effective lifespan. These cycles are regular and predictable. A formal life cycle can help build an understanding of the pattern of stages that a product goes through.

There are many different life cycles each based on the focus and pattern, which the author is observing. In this article, I’m going to share a very detailed nine-step life cycle of an online product.

1. Plan

A good online product begins with a plan. The plan details much of the background information required for the online product. However, only the requirements for the product are provided.

2. Design

In this stage, the requirements are given form. The online product that was described in the plan is defined in detail. A detailed outline of the product is produced.

3. Produce

This stage varies depending on the media of the online product. For example, an eBook is written at this stage. A teleseminar on the other hand may be written but it definitely is presented and recorded.

4. Package or Publish

The online product is still in a rough state at the start of this stage — although it is in fact complete. This stage polishes the product and adds elements that turn it into a professional, salable product. For example, a video will have opening and closing credits added and a cover designed.

5. Generating Traffic

At this stage, the product is available. However, sales are not actually occurring. Instead, traffic must be generated in order to ensure that sales are sufficient to justify the costs so far. This is often referred to as a pre-launch stage although it can occur after the launch.

6. Marketing and Selling

At this stage, the product is available and the traffic has reached a stable point. Sales are reasonably stable. In this stage, the marketing emphasis has switched to finding the right types of traffic, rather than the growth focus of the previous stage.

7. Declining Sales

After a period of time, almost all products begin to experience a decline in sales. This may be because of market saturation or real or perceived obsolescence.

8. Bonus

Finally, the sales have dropped to the point that marketing and sales efforts fail to produce sales. At this point, the product is retired from sales. However, it becomes available for use as a bonus to support the sales of other products.

9. Retirement

Eventually, a product will cease to be of value even as a bonus. At this point, the product will be removed from the products for sale list.

Strategies On Online Product Marketing

Just as it is in real-world marketing, there are many strategies in online product marketing. This is where most of the new online marketers make their primary mistake – they believe that the Internet is a separate market that follows a different approach.

Marketing a product on the Internet needs parallel strategies just as they need these same sales strategies in marketing products in the real world.

There may be other methods and styles of advertising now (Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, etc.) in the online world. However, these new approaches in selling a product cannot guarantee sales based on these new marketing techniques.

The following are some of the aspects you have to consider in doing online product marketing.

Competition

Know your product’s competitive advantage. Better yet, create one. How different is your product from the others? (More effective? More durable? Stronger? etc.) If you can’t find a unique competitive advantage, inventing one is the best solution.

To break through the fierce competition, your product must have a competitive edge over the others.

Niche / Specialty Market

Today, there is no more market for products that sports a one-size-fits-all quality. Your product must find its own niche – the right market where the target group is interested in your product. Scissors for left-handers sell better than regular ones, if marketed in the right niche.

Niche marketing also has the advantage of getting your product away from competition because it is regarded as a specialized one.

Right medium

Finding and using the right communications medium for your product is another important factor in online product marketing. You must know the right media to use in the marketing.

The communications medium should deliver the marketing message (including its competitive advantage) to the right customers. Whether it be a blog, a website or an online ad, the medium must serve to fit your product.

Opening a website with the plan of pushing your product online without any clear marketing message and planning (positioning, USP, target strategies, etc.) will not prosper very much.

Repetition

Just as it is in the real world, constant repetition is another important factor in selling. A marketing message that is reinforced by constant repetition has more chances of being retained in the market’s mind than those that are seldom seen and heard. (The success of products advertised constantly on TV proves that.)

After finding the right online medium for your product, ensure that the message is repeated enough times (and in different online media) to get programmed in the people’s minds to buy your products.

Message delivery

The forms of delivery of your marketing message are also crucial. The communication medium can be in the form of a blog, a dedicated website, display ads or some social networking sites.

One caution: Do not use one medium and exclude all the others. Today’s online media is in a unique form of network by themselves. You need to support the medium you are using with the available others using the unified message of your product’s competitive advantage.

A logo, however great-looking and effective by itself, is not sufficient to start a campaign on your product’s competitive advantage. It is nothing more than a visual tool, a component of your strategies on your online product marketing.