It’s safe to say that these are not ordinary times and therefore logical to assume that typical strategies for new product launches may or, more likely, may not apply anymore.
For brands that had planned for new product launches either prior to or in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, these have been particularly uncertain times. There are no playbooks for launching in a world where personal contact is taboo, stores are focusing more on certain product categories over others and tried-and-true strategies are off the table—including exhibiting at trade shows, sending out samples or doing in-store demos.
However, many brands with new products to launch have decided that the show must go on. This has led to an explosion of innovation and new approaches with regard to leveraging virtual platforms to their advantage. Here are a few of the creative ways that brands are working to get their products noticed by buyers and retailers.