Product is Not Ready
Marketing is Not Ready
Both a product and a prepared marketing platform are essential to any launch. Marketing materials and advertising help your vendors get the product noticed. Consider the fast food industry: No burger place launches a new flavor without a couple dozen signs in the windows and instructions to the staff on how to put the sandwich together. Your product should arrive to dealers with marketing materials and training. In fact, for the best result, your marketing materials should arrive first to generate buzz and excitement and give dealers time to prepare.
Dealers are Not Ready
Even if you hand over a perfect product and genius marketing, if your dealers are not ready for the product launch, you risk failure. Glossy signage can only go so far, and if the salesperson knows nothing about your product, a curious customer is not going to be inspired into a purchase. Ensure dealers receive product education and training prior to or during a launch to increase chances at success.
Although preparation for a launch can be time-consuming, you can reduce some of the labor and tedium by organizing it all through a Partner Relationship Management system allow constant communication with all your partners. You can provide marketing materials, solicit feedback and educate salespeople through a convenient application everyone can access.