You have a grand idea you want to share and celebrate, but how? Selling often makes us feel icky-especially when we have poured our love and late nights into the finished product. Will anyone love it as much as we do? That question can keep us from loving our own launches if we’re caught up catching butterflies in our bellies and hyperventilating into a paper bag. I’ve been there! Launching is an awful lot like birthing-we wait in anticipation until the big day & then despite the fear we push or pull our way through to bring our baby into the world. Just like preparing for a baby or a big change planning your launch ahead of time will help keep you under control on the day of.
ARE YOU READY?
I waited over a year to launch my first product on OMHG and since then I have been part of many launches of my own and had the chance to join in on helping out some wonderful friends with theirs. I have learned a whole lot of what not to do through my own mistakes and I’m going to share some of this with you. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you have a good idea of what you want to launch, who you are launching to, and have at least a small community to help you celebrate. You don’t have to wait until everything is perfect but if you put in the time in advance to have a support base then your launch will of couse be more successful. So if you are just starting out and have 5 followers and one or two posts on your blog I suggest doing some more work building your offering first. Assuming you have already built a following and have people listening then you are ready to start planning the big launch.
MAKE IT A PARTY
A new baby is something to celebrate with others. Treat your launch like a party & plan it like one:
- Set your launch date at least one month in advance.
- Start letting people know about your big day!
- 3 weeks before-send out invitations & invite your friends
- Ask your best supporters to help spread the word
- Get yourself a party dress! Or hat, or shoes, whatever-something that will make you feel all sparkly & excited.
DON’T DO IT ALONE
PLAN FOR SUCCESS
For the Cultivate Your Creativity launch I made the mistake of trying to parent both kids AND launch the big project in the middle of the day. This meant small children running around in various states of undress making a giant mess, a heap of noise & eating too many granola bars. The constant needing to switch gears to focus on them & on the launch was highly stressful. Don’t do this. For our upcoming Guide to Businessy Goodness launch I have planned for help the day before AND the day of so I can focus all my attention on the big day. Lessons learned!
Some other tips to help plan for success:
- Make a list of what you need to do the month before & for each week leading up to the launch
- Write up a couple draft emails to send to your launch team & via newsletter etc.
- Set up a separate mailing list to notify people about your launch-Mailchimp is awesome.
- Start a separate launch day calendar to help you count down & stay on track
- Don’t keep tweaking your product right up until launch day, give yourself AT LEAST 1 week with everything all wrapped up and ready to go.
- Have your copy, images & posts written up and ready to send out before launch day.
- On launch day clear everything from your schedule-give it your 100% attention!
SET REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS
Don’t go into your first launch expecting to sell a thousand copies/products/anything. Be happy with 10, or one! Try not to set yourself up for disappointment instead of success-then when you sell a thousand copies you will be humbled and full of joy, not ticked at yourself that you didn’t sell 1001.
At the same time allow yourself to let those crazy emotions-the fear, uncertainty, wild excitement, run through you. Just keep them in check by not letting them carry you away. This launching of our loves is powerful stuff and is bound to set your heart to racing (I know mine has been pounding a mile a minute since I announced the guide in January!).
You’ve gone to the moon and back + caught a few stars to bring home as reminders of your adventures. Now what? Take a couple days of to process it all then check back in to find out what worked/didn’t work. Catch those ideas while the whole experience is fresh in your mind but has also had a bit of time to settle. This last worksheet will help you grab those ideas before they are gone.
Tell us about your launch day woes & wonders in the comments! There is nothing better then learning from others & what worked/didn’t work for them. Also be sure to hop on the Oh My! Guide to Businessy Goodness launch day party list-it’s going to be a blast;)