Online Product Creation Strategy

This article will talk about one successful online strategy based on product creation. Online products usually refer to ebooks, audios and videos that can be delivered and downloaded via the internet. Other online products involve software programs such as a sales letter generator.

Most successful online businesses are structured like a funnel which requires a range of products. Just like a funnel you might use in the kitchen or garden to fill containers with narrow necks, it is wide at one end and narrow at the other. At the wide end you would have at least one low cost or free product which you use to entice people to sign up to your email list and/or a webinar. Then you need to have a range of entry level products, usually priced between $37 and $97, that you would promote via your email list or webinar. Next you want to invite your customers to buy mid-priced products, or services, such as a home study course. At the narrowest end you would offer high ticket products and services such as a mastermind group or even 1-1 support and training.

This might seem like a daunting prospect if you have yet to even create your first product. The secret is to take it one step at a time and break it down into chunks. However you will need to be consistent in creating new and improved products on a regular basis if you want to keep your business growing and up to date.

One way to approach the task is to set aside some time to brainstorm and capture all that you feel your ideal clients would need to be successful in your niche. So if, for example, your business is about helping people to lose weight then what would they need to know and do according to your philosophy in order to achieve their desired result. This is a process that you should do over a number of days as you will find additional ideas will emerge at the most unusual moments. This will form the basis of the top level products, courses and membership programmes.

Then it’s a case of splitting these ideas up into natural groups which would indicate the mid-priced products you would offer. Then break down these products still further to determine what your entry level products would be about. Finally you would take just one aspect of your entry level product to use for your low cost or giveaway product.

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.