The Perfect Time To Launch Your Product

Product launch

Timing is like the seasoning on a product’s success – too early and you’re serving up a raw and unappetizing dish, too late and it’s as stale as last year’s fruitcake. Reid Hoffman, the LinkedIn legend, once said that if your product’s first version doesn’t make you cringe, you’ve missed the mark.

That’s like serving up a dish without salt – bland and forgettable. But then you have the perfectionists like Jeff Bezos, who delayed the Kindle’s launch for so long that people started to wonder if it was even real. It’s like that friend who never wants to send a text because they’re too busy perfecting their emoji game.

Deciding when to launch a product is like deciding when to pull off a band-aid – you can either do it fast and painfully or take your sweet time and prolong the agony. The quick and dirty approach involves launching a minimum viable product (MVP) as soon as possible, embracing imperfections, and hoping for the best.

This strategy is great for getting early feedback, building momentum, and avoiding the dreaded feature creep. However, if you’re a perfectionist like Jeff Bezos, you might prefer to spend months (or even years) tinkering with your product, adding features, fixing bugs, and obsessing over every detail.

While this approach can result in a more polished product, it also risks missing out on the market window, losing to the competition, and draining your financial resources. So, which approach is better? It all depends on your goals, your customers, and your willingness to take risks. Choose wisely!

Launching a product is like planning a party – you need to make sure you have enough resources to keep the party going, from the drinks to the snacks to the music. And just like a party, you don’t want to run out of resources before the night is over. Before you launch your product, ask yourself if you have enough resources to keep it going for the long haul.

This includes having enough money in the bank, enough staff to handle the workload, and a plan for ongoing maintenance and support. Because let’s face it, nobody wants to be stuck at a party with an empty punch bowl and a broken record player.

What Is the Competitive Landscape?

Imagine you’re a runner in a race, and the other runners are your competitors. You don’t want to start too early and tire yourself out, but you also don’t want to start too late and have everyone else already ahead of you. Similarly, in the world of business, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on your competition and find the sweet spot to launch your product. You don’t want to lag behind in the race, but you also don’t want to rush out the door before you’ve tied your shoelaces. Keeping up with your competitors’ innovations and timing your launch accordingly can help you stay ahead in the game.

What Is the Target Market?

If you want to hit the bullseye with your product launch, you’ve got to know your target market like the back of your hand. Launching your product when your customers are most likely to buy or when they’re in dire need of your product can give you an edge. So, grab your spy glasses, conduct some market research, and uncover the secret behaviors and purchasing patterns of your target audience.

If your new product requires customers to change their ways like a rebellious teenagers, it’s best to wait until the market is ready to handle the drama. A product that demands a significant shift in behavior will need more persuasion than a late-night infomercial to win customers over. You must evaluate whether the market is ready for a change or needs more time to mature. If your product is too edgy for current consumer habits, don’t fret. Just wait for the right moment to make your move, like a ninja in the night.

How Established Is Your Business?

Launching a product is like playing a game of chess, but with more variables, and a lot more caffeine. If you’re a well-established business, you have more moves to play with, like a chess master with a well-worn board. You can take risks, make mistakes, and still come out on top, thanks to your loyal customers and brand recognition. But if you’re a new or smaller business, it’s like playing chess with a bag of marbles and a piece of toast. Every move counts, and you don’t have the luxury of making any missteps. One bad launch, and it’s game over. So, be sure to plan your moves wisely, and don’t forget to eat your breakfast before the game starts!

Is Your Product a Vitamin or a Painkiller?

If your product is a vitamin, you might need to give it some time to grow on your customers like a fine wine or a funky cheese. But if your product is a painkiller, you need to make sure it works faster than your morning coffee or your customers might leave you for a rival brand. So, whether your product is a daily vitamin supplement or a magical pain reliever, make sure you plan your launch accordingly and get ready for some serious competition in the market!

Will Your Product Be the First?

If your product is the first of its kind, then the timing of your launch is less of an issue, as there will be no competition to steal market share. However, being first to market does not guarantee success. It is essential to ensure that your product solves a real problem for customers and that there is a demand for it. If you launch too early, before the market is ready for your product, you may find it challenging to gain traction. Conversely, if you launch too late, you risk losing market share to competitors who have already established themselves in the market.

Assess the Readiness of Your Team and Organization

Assessing the readiness of your team and organization is crucial when planning a new product launch. Here are some key questions to consider:

  1. Does your team have the necessary skills and expertise to develop and launch the new product?
  2. Are your team members committed to the product launch and willing to put in the necessary time and effort?
  3. Do you have a clear plan for managing resources and timelines, including budgets, staffing, and equipment?
  4. Is your organizational structure optimized for the new product launch, or do you need to make changes to support it?
  5. Are your stakeholders and partners aligned with your product launch strategy, and do you have effective communication channels in place?
  6. Do you have a process for monitoring and evaluating the success of the product launch, and are you prepared to make adjustments if necessary?

By answering these questions, you can identify potential obstacles and areas where you need to make changes to ensure a successful product launch.

Business Resources

Business resources refer to the tools, assets, and facilities that are necessary for the effective operation and growth of a business. These can include financial resources, such as capital and credit lines, as well as physical resources like property, equipment, and inventory. Human resources, such as employees, contractors, and vendors, are also essential to the success of a business. Other resources can include intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as technological resources like software, hardware, and communication systems. Effective management of these resources is critical to achieving a competitive advantage and achieving long-term success.

Performance Metrics

Performance metrics are quantitative measures that businesses use to evaluate the success or failure of specific activities, initiatives, or overall business operations. These metrics help businesses track progress toward their goals and objectives, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven decisions.

Examples of performance metrics can include:

  1. Sales revenue: the amount of money earned through product or service sales over a specific period.
  2. Customer acquisition cost (CAC): the cost of acquiring a new customer, which includes marketing, advertising, and sales expenses.
  3. Customer lifetime value (CLV): the total value of a customer to a business throughout their relationship, including repeat purchases and referrals.
  4. Conversion rate: the percentage of visitors to a website or landing page that take a specific action, such as making a purchase or filling out a form.
  5. Net promoter score (NPS): a measure of customer loyalty and satisfaction, based on the likelihood of a customer recommending a business to others.
  6. Employee turnover rate: the percentage of employees that leave a company within a given period.
  7. Return on investment (ROI): the ratio of the amount of money earned to the amount of money invested in a specific initiative or project.
  8. Website traffic: The number of visitors to a website over a specific period of time.
  9. Social media engagement: The level of interaction and engagement with a business’s social media content, such as likes, shares, comments, and follows.
  10. Customer satisfaction score (CSAT): A measure of how satisfied customers are with a business’s products or services, based on surveys or feedback.
Not one-size-fits-all

The approach to product launch is not one-size-fits-all, and the decision to prioritize speed or perfection will depend on the unique context of your product. A thorough understanding of your target users, their interaction with your product, and the problem it solves for them are essential as a product manager. Additionally, the readiness and resources of your organization should be evaluated to ensure ongoing support beyond the initial rollout. While there is no foolproof formula for success, asking these critical questions can help you make an informed decision and launch your product at the optimal time and place.

Author's Bio

Mallikarjun Katthera


With experience of over 16 years. I have worked with clients like UPS and logistics startups in India.I can help with Product Implementation Strategy , Product Requirements, Product Backlog, Product Features, Product Success Parameters , Conduct Product Competitor Research , Providing Open Source Advocacy to optimize build costs , Managing Business Analyst Teams, , Managing Development Teams, Managing QA Teams Define and Track Success Metrics and KPI’s 

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