If you want to successfully convert an idea into an educational product and launch it into the market, you need to be aware of the current scenario of the education market.
For instance, in today’s times, hybrid learning and personalized learning approaches are flourishing. In addition, there is a rapid rise in the use of digital learning platforms such as KITABOO.
Besides the current scenario, there are a plethora of other steps, spanning from planning to development, that you need to take before the launch of the educational product. In this blog, we will delve into the steps that will help you bring an educational product from concept to market.
Table of Contents:
- Market Research
- Prototyping and Testing
- Mass Manufacturing
- Launch and Distribution
III. The End Note
A Step-by-Step Guide for Educational Product Development
From brainstorming to marketing, developing an educational product from just an idea follows a step-by-step process. Let’s explore these steps one by one.
The first step in product development is brainstorming. Brainstorming involves generating creative ideas and solutions. You can encourage your product team members to indulge in brainstorming in order to generate a large variety of product ideas.
One technique that can facilitate the brainstorming process for your product team members is the SCAMPER technique. SCAMPER stands for substitute, combine, adapt, modify, put to another use, eliminate, and reverse.
2. Market Research
Now that you are armed with plenty of ideas, it’s crucial to conduct market research. Market research helps you shortlist, modify, and validate your ideas.
Market research involves understanding the demographics and preferences of your target audience, in this case, K12 students and teachers. You can conduct a survey to understand their needs and pain points.
In addition to understanding the target audience, it’s important to look into the past and current market trends. Apart from market trends, analyzing your competitors is equally important.
Monitor the products and pricing of competitors’ products and understand marketing strategies used by them. This will help you capitalize better in the future.
Once you have researched the educational market and accordingly shortlisted one product idea from your bank of ideas, it’s time to move on to the next step. The third step in educational product development is planning.
Planning involves working on the details of your product idea and coming up with a workable blueprint. While working on the details, jot down as many things as possible on paper. The things could include features, dimensions, material, look, functions of the product, and more. It’s also important to decide and list down the unique selling point for the product.
When you have hashed out all the details, it’s essential to draw a blueprint of the product since a blueprint acts as a guide for designing the actual product.
4. Prototyping and Testing
The next step in product development is building a prototype. A prototype acts as a sample of the finished product that you can send to users for testing. You can make the prototype either by collaborating with different teams in the company or by connecting with third-party manufacturing companies.
Once the prototype has been built, you need to conduct front-end, back-end, and quality assurance testing. After ensuring the product is bug-free, functional, and meets the required quality standards, you can send it to some academic institutions for feedback. After receiving feedback, modify the prototype accordingly.
You can then again send the modified prototype to academic institutions for feedback and incorporate the latter to improve the prototype. This cycle of experimentation and revision continues until you have built the final, satisfying version of the prototype.
5. Mass Manufacturing
The next step in product development is mass manufacturing. Establish a strong partnership with a reliable manufacturing company capable of producing products on a large scale within a set timeline.
The manufacturing company should also be capable of producing products that meet the quality standards of the final prototype.
Collaboration with your marketing team is the next necessary step. Marketing holds the power to make your product a worldwide success among K12 academic institutions. To market your product, employ a multichannel approach.
Upload informational articles about the product on your company’s website blog page. Upload engaging carousels and product descriptions on all your social media accounts.
You can also collaborate with edutainment bloggers and social media influencers to spread the word about your product. In addition, you can reach out to academic institutions who tested your products for reviews, which you can display on your product launch page.
7. Launch and Distribution
Once marketing has created enough buzz around your product, it’s time to come up with a strategic launch date. It’s also time to display the option for pre-order on the product’s website page.
In addition, it’s time to connect with other distribution channels where you can potentially launch your product. Once all this is in place, set up a product launch event for the launch date and see your educational product hit the market.
Benefits of Following a Step-by-Step Guide
Developing a product from concept to market can be a daunting and complicated process.
In this scenario, having a step-by-step guide in place can act as a guiding light. A step-by-step guide makes the product development process relatively easier to navigate and enables you to develop your product systematically.
With set guidelines in place, it eliminates confusion and common pitfalls and helps you focus more on creativity and innovation. In addition, it enables you to stick to the timeline by preventing unnecessary delays and empowers you to work more efficiently and effectively right from conceptualization to product launch.
The End Note
Educational product development is in no way easy. Following the steps mentioned above, such as brainstorming, planning, prototyping, testing, etc., can, however, make it doable. Still, you can hit snags at times in the journey, making it necessary to reach out to someone.
In such a scenario, you can connect with comprehensive end-to-end digital publishing platforms like KITABOO. KITABOO enables you to create, customize, publish, and distribute educational materials smoothly and securely. KITABOO is trusted by more than 5 million people from across 30 countries.
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