When you’re gearing up to release a new product or service, you want consumers in your market to be as excited as you are. This might seem easier said than done, but getting the word out and reaching your audience isn’t as difficult as you would think.
It does, however, take time to plan and effort to properly manage. In fact, according to our marketing experts, properly announcing a new product or service involves at least eight tactics. For one person, this could quickly turn into a full-time job!
Are you ready to announce the upcoming release of your new product or service? FTx 360 can help you get all of your ducks in a row and manage the launch in such a way that shoppers are ready to buy the moment your new product or service hits the market. From product packaging design and brand design to social media management and email marketing, our agency does it all.
For all of you DIY adventurous types, read on to learn about how you can get the word out about your new product or service and generate buzz on social media.
You can create brand hype with a teaser campaign for your new product or service. Teaser campaigns help to build anticipation around products, services, and even new brands. This type of campaign works best when it’s executed weeks or perhaps months before the actual product or service is available for purchase. The trick with teaser campaigns is to keep the content message a little bit mysterious. You can think of teaser campaigns as a marketing tool that “warms up” your audience prior to the new release hitting the market.
Hashtags increase social media engagement and brand awareness. Social media users like following hashtags to stay informed about specific conversations that surround everything from celebrity news to current events to cultural slang. Recently, big brands have started to catch on, and you can, too. By creating a unique hashtag as part of your announcement strategy, you’ll help to establish credibility about the product or service itself, because you become the leader of the conversation.
In the world of marketing, scarcity + urgency = successful. When consumers believe that a product isn’t readily available or won’t be around very long, they often jump to buy it. Even if there’s no shortage of the product or service you’re about to release, you can create a sense of urgency in the minds of potential customers by including a countdown as part of your launch strategy. Try using a countdown timer in tandem with a presale discount offer. For example, run a social media campaign that allows customers to pre-order the product at a discounted price. The campaign should feature an actual clock counting down the days, hours, and minutes left in the presale.
A great way to generate buzz about a product or service that’s heading to market is to share with your social followers everything that occurred during the development process. This type of sneak peek can help build anticipation while at the same time educating potential customers about how to get the most out of the product or service once it’s on the market. If you’re launching SaaS or any type of service that isn’t easily explained in a sentence, including demonstration videos as part of your launch campaign can help convince consumers that your service will make their lives easier.
People love to feel like winners. They also love getting their hands on exclusive products before those products become readily available to the general public. This is where running a giveaway comes in handy. Whether you have a new product or a new service, you can actually trigger positive word of mouth marketing that takes on a life of its own by running a giveaway that ensures the winner or winners will receive the product (or service) and have a chance to use it, review it, and tell everyone about it before the actual launch date hits. Giveaways are also a great option for brands who simply can’t afford to offer a free sample to every potential customer once the product has been launched.
This is where all the time and effort truly comes into action, if you really think about it. We’re talking about creating a marketing schedule and sticking to it. A well-devised marketing schedule has three phases. The longest phase is called the “anticipation phase,” which covers the period of time prior to your product or service hitting the market. The second phase, called “launch day,” is lightning-fast and occurs on the release date or the release date plus the days that follow. You’re probably not going to have time to eat lunch or use the bathroom on launch day, it’s that demanding. Then the third and final phase never really ends, the “selling phase.” The best advice we can give you is to use a marketing calendar like this one and start promoting your product months before the release date.
The importance of using CTAs, or calls to action, in all of your social media marketing cannot be overstated. Every post you share must include a CTA so that potential customers can further explore your product or service. Even if you design a mysterious teaser campaign, you can include an email newsletter signup CTA so that the customer will be alerted the moment the product is available. Most importantly, be creative in terms of how you present your CTA by using your unique brand voice.
As you continue to promote your product or service on social media, users will naturally like, comment, and share. They might even ask detailed questions about the features of the product or service in response to a video teaser or product demonstration. This is when you’re really going to have to roll up your sleeves and jump into conversations. The more you engage with your audience, the more your audience will engage with the launch itself, all of which will help broaden the reach of the announcement. Engaging with users on social media in this manner will also contribute to elevating your brand image and give potential customers the impression that you care about them.
Have you hesitated to look for a digital marketing agency to handle all of your social media and market your brand online? Have you assumed your company wouldn’t be able to afford management services or a marketing specialist to develop your next social media marketing campaign? What if we told you that FTx 360 can work within any budget to create an exciting new product announcement campaign that influences people to love your brand? For more information about the social media marketing services at FTx 360 and how our team can benefit your bottom line without breaking the bank, contact us today.