I Followed the Process. Where’s My 6 Figures in 6 Months?

I Followed the Process. Where’s My 6 Figures in 6 Months?

If you don’t understand the end game and the strategies and philosophies to get there, you can choose to learn a process that gets you into big trouble fast! He was “successful!” He was in the big box store. Now that we’re in the big box stores, we’ll be making six figures in six months!” Related: Big-box Stores Are Failing. “According to the scan data, the sales weren’t adequate to justify the shelf space,” the buyer flatly reported. He thought he knew enough to choose the right retailer for his product to debut. He was sure that if he just followed the cut-and-paste process of how to get in, he’d be a big success in that box store. Because he was discontinued from the big box store, other retailers were much less likely to give him a “second” chance. Before you choose the process, and certainly before you choose the store, here’s what our painful experience has taught us: Appreciate the basic retail philosophy. Your CPG brand must sell fast enough to stay in the store. To win the game with a CPG brand, you must make the right moves.

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I Followed the Process. Where's My 6 Figures in 6 Months?

Just because you learn how the chess pieces move doesn’t mean you will win the game. In fact, you can’t lose the game until you learn the moves. But how the pieces move is just the beginning. To win, you need to know the strategies and philosophies of the game.

We all know this is true when it comes to parlor games. But when it comes to successfully building and monetizing a consumer package goods (CPG) brand, it’s easy to focus on what you think your immediate need is. If you don’t understand the end game and the strategies and philosophies to get there, you can choose to learn a process that gets you into big trouble fast! Why? Because what you think you need may not be what you really need.

The hype is out there, ready to take your money, ready to sell you the process you are asking for, but do you have enough experience to know what to ask for?

We met a young entrepreneur recently with a great CPG consumer packaged product. He was sure that if it was only in a big box chain he would be golden. So, he studied he studied the process. He filled out the new product forms, met with the category manager, and voila! He was “successful!” He was in the big box store. Even his investors were ecstatic! Everyone thought, “Wow! Now that we’re in the big box stores, we’ll be making six figures in six months!”

Related: Big-box Stores Are Failing. Here’s How Small Businesses Can Scoop up Their Sales.

But within six months, all the excitement had transformed to into disappointment. They were discontinued! Why? “According to the scan data, the sales weren’t adequate to justify the shelf space,” the buyer flatly reported.

It was like he knew what the chess pieces did, but in four short moves, he…

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