March 14, 2023
[Course] 5 Steps to Select Products
Since 2021, Amazon has been monitoring sellers more strictly, and very many sellers have been affected, with funds frozen and even accounts closed. In the future, boutique and branding has become an important trend. For new e-commerce companies, "positioning business model" is also set up as the first step in the selection process.
The first thing to consider is the business model
Then, consider the business strategy
Market insights to identify market opportunity points by studying the market size and development of the category.
First, we can get the market data and reports from the following websites
Then use the Ansoff matrix to identify the most attractive categories
Fill in the market size and annual growth of the categories into the Ansoff matrix, and select the top 3-6 most attractive categories in the market
The competitive landscape depends on two main aspects:
- through the market share of the category, analysis for entry there is no space,
- by analyzing the situation of competitors swot, compared to whether the company has a competitive
We integrate data from reports of research institutions, annual reports of companies, and market channel optimization tools, and use GE models to calculate market competition
Calculate cost and profit
Once we have identified the category on the GE chart, we also need to use the tool to try to calculate the cost and profit for new categories that have never been explored before. For example, we need to look at the average cost of BSR 5, or even BSR 100 products sold on amazon. Amazon's cost structure is divided into: manufacturing costs, freight costs, warehousing and logistics costs, transaction commission, marketing discounts and traffic promotion.
In general, we can use tools to determine the cost structure of the product.
Find product design opportunity
Finally, we need to look at the product in the consumer satisfaction, concerns and expectations. Here, we need to use the VOC methodology and tool to look at negative customer review analysis, expectations and search trends to find opportunities.
Compare customer needs scenarios with actual product scenarios to see if there is a gap
For example: see if there is "unsatisfied" between customer needs and existing products in terms of device, people, location, and target dimensions
Compare the competitors swot on the market to find the most unsatisfactory pain points of customers
Use search engine trends to find the evolution of consumer needs
In summary, the five-step method of product selection is a combination of multiple scientific methodologies. Using data and models, we first conclude what business model to choose and what category and sales channel to choose. Then determine the product from the perspective of competitors swot analysis, cost and profit, and consumer demand.