Marketing Your Online Product

What is an online product and how does a person go about marketing one? That is often the question asked by those who are interested in creating digital products and then marketing them on the Internet. Here it will be explored exactly what an online product is and how you can go about marketing them online yourself.

An online product can have so many different meanings. For example, it can refer to any product that is sold on the Internet or it can refer to products that can only be sold online, such as digital products. For the explanation provided here, digital products or those that can only be sold online will be covered. If you’re marketing products that can also be sold offline as well, you can still get some pointers from this information which may be helpful.

An online product or digital product is one that Internet users purchase on the Internet and then download to their computer. There are also digital products that may not require a direct download though, such as an e-book that can be accessed as part of a website, rather than in PDF form. Digital or Internet products can include e-books, music, videos, software, applications or access to things such as training programs.

As for marketing online products, they can be marketed by using several different methods, including:

  • Niche marketing: Marketing by using very specific key phrases and terms on your website for that product only. A niche website doesn’t have any other products or services on it and the goal is to reach a very specific audience.
  • PPC marketing: Signing up for and using PPC (pay per click) advertising programs that are offered by the search engines and other websites. You only pay a fee when an Internet user clicks on the ad and visits your website.
  • Video marketing: Recording a video and uploading it to sites like YouTube to showcase your digital product.
  • Social media marketing: Using websites and services such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to people and interact with those who may be interested in the online product that you’re offering.
  • Email marketing: Building a list of email addresses by providing a sign up box on your website and social media sites and then sending people who opted in to your email list emails regarding your online product or products.

When it comes down to it, online products can be marketed using the same manners of any other Internet product or service. There are free choices, such as blogging about your online products and then there are methods which can get quite expensive like PPC and flat rate advertising.

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.