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How To Create a Product That Stands Out

I’ve sold $100,000,000+ in branded products to date. Here’s how to create a product that stands out.

I’ve either developed or sold:

  • Major consumer electronics in 1500+ retailers
  • DTC fashion and accessories multi-million a year
  • High 8 figures in CPG (consumer packaged goods) wellness & cannabis products

Today we’re going to focus on products for DTC entrepreneurs.

 

Why do brands fail?

Brands fail because their products don’t resonate. Drop-shipping products or ordering straight off Alibaba won’t get long-term success. You need to create a product that stands out from the crowd and draws your customer in.

Products that succeed need to be special. This is a mix of:

  • Tangible factors (what the customer can see and touch) to optimize the product experience
  • Intanglible factors (how your brand makes the customer feel) in a way that adds value to the purchase.

 

Use this list to create a product that stands out

  • Start with your chosen product niche or category
  • Pick 3-5 of these things, not just one
  • Pick some of BOTH tangible and intangible
  • Ensure you articulate the end benefits of these features to your user from their perspective in your marketing 

 

USER EXPERIENCE

This is the #1 area to focus (and also the hardest)

Can your product solve something for a user that makes their experience in your category better than ever?

Examples:

  • Theragun, working out body knots at home
  • Bleame, making hair removal painless.

 

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MATERIAL DIFFERENCES

Can using better materials make the product better, or more unique for a specific user group?

Examples:

  • Arcteryx, using Goretex for true waterproof gear
  • ROA, making shoes from Kudu which is ultra-strong and ages incredibly
  • ATHR Beauty, vegan cosmetics 

 

VISUAL STANDOUTS

There is a whole cottage industry of making products that just look good on social media or by comparison

Examples:

  • Rimowa, the translucent iPhone case
  • Yeti, the trademark turquoise container design
  • A host of IG/TikTok products

 

 

NICHE DOWN

Whatever you’re creating, zone in on a smaller demographic– occupation, gender, race, background, region, belief system, taste etc.

Make a product that someone feels was really made specifically for them.

Example:

  • Bumpsuit, fashion and jumpsuits for maternity

 

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CREATE A FAMILY OF PRODUCTS

Many new products come out as one thing, which consumers can look at as “fly by night”. But a set of products that work together, and provide a roadmap to better solve the user’s pain points over time, is a differentiator.

Examples:

  • Onnit health supplements
  • Aesop luxury skincare brand

 

+ DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

This is extremely overlooked. If you sell a normal product, but add free digital content… You’re providing more value than the competition

Ideas:

  • Sports equipment + 100 training videos
  • Culinary equipment + recipe PDFs
  • Camera lights + content tutorials 

 

PEACE OF MIND – SOLVING THE PAIN POINT

Making products more reliable & sturdier solves a huge pain point for many products. Spend more to make your product extremely reliable.

Then back it up with a money-back guarantee 2x the competition, or even a lifetime.

Examples:

  • Osprey hiking gear and backpacks
  • Le Creuset hand-crafted ceramic and cast iron cookware
  • Cutco knives and cutlery

 

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

Especially for technical, complex, or very frequently used products, sell customer service.

If you have the same product as the competition, but you answer the phone immediately 24/7, you can win.

Example:

 

VARIANTS & CUSTOMIZATIONS

Allowing your products to be customizable, and having many different versions (especially appealing to niches, licensing etc) gives brands a way to stand out by making customers feel like what they buy is unique to them.

Example:

 

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ESTABLISH COMMUNITY

Nothing helps a brand resonate more than an army of customers or fans acting as evangelists, and making new potential customers feel they’re buying into more than a product, they’re buying into a place they belong.

Examples:

 

If you’re looking to find the perfect product to launch, here’s my factory connects master thread on Twitter…

 

 

If you apply multiple of these principles directly to a great vendor, you can make something great.

 

Hopefully this got your wheels turning!

– Oren

 

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