The Steps from Product Idea to Product Success

Michelangelo once said that his statue of David was embedded in the block of marble and he merely chipped away the edges to reveal it. Is your product idea inside your mind just waiting to come alive? Or, is your product already formed and you need only to smooth out the edges?

Using my Market-Step process your idea will come to life as we progress in the following steps from idea to launch:

1. Self-Evaluation
2. Concept Evaluation
3. Prototype Evaluation
4. Product and Market Planning
5. Product Development and Marketing Tactics
6. Product Launch, Marketing and Selling

Please use this roadmap as a navigational tool to guide and monitor your progress. (See > Articles for a graphical flowchart.)

Getting Started

* Protect Your Idea (Chapter 4)
When you have an idea, you need to protect it. The first line of defense is to set the date of conception. Start by documenting your idea in an inventor’s notebook, but don’t file a patent until you evaluate its marketability.

Market Research and Evaluation

* Self-Evaluation (Chapter 9)
Start the Market-Step process by evaluating your product idea’s marketability. Your product idea is marketable if and when it solves a problem, meets a need or want, overcomes competition, and generates a profit.

* Concept Evaluation (Chapter 11)
The second step of the Market-Step process is to determine if people like the concept of your product idea. To test your invention, you’ll need to uncover which people or companies are your future customers. After identifying potential customers, ask them to evaluate how well your product idea solves a problem, or meets a need or want.

* Prototype Evaluation (Chapter 12)
The third is detailed evaluation by giving people a prototype to examine. A prototype is a working model that looks, feels, and functions similarly to the finished product. I’ll lead you through the process of creating a prototype that resembles what your customer wants. Then, I’ll show you how to get detailed feedback by interviewing potential customers.

* Funding Your Idea (Appendix F)
Do you need to raise money to develop and market your product? Initially, you’ll need money for expenses such as market research, equipment, and prototype development. Raising money is a normal part of doing business when you start, grow, and expand.

* Patent Review (Chapter 13)
You performed a preliminary patent search earlier. Now it’s worth your time and money to perform a detailed patent search and possibly file for a patent.