You’re on LibDib. You’ve posted your products. You’ve created a nice-looking page. You’ve figured out a competitive retail price. What’s next? Selling.
Ugh you say. We hear you and that’s why we want to put in our two-cents about selling. Many Makers assume that once you get a distributor, they do all of the market work for you. Wrong! With any distributor, you still have to work the market. It’s part of owning your own brand. A typical distributor would require you to create a go-to-market plan and while LibDib.com isn’t traditional, we want you to be successful in selling your products. So, what’s your plan?
You have a few options:
Create a target list of accounts and go after them.
Hire a broker who will charge you a percentage fee but will work the market for you.
Hire a sales person who will charge you a percentage and an up-front fee.
Which option is best? Well, it depends.
When I was selling my family’s wine brand, Vegan Vine, I set up a sales plan that included targeting vegan restaurants. I would give them a call, follow them on social media, look at their menus, and just try to determine where their interests lie. I would then work hard to build a relationship with them. For more of my rambling about how to work a market go here. Incidentally, my next blog post will include my creative ideas on how best to work a market.
If you hire a broker or a sales person, they will work the market for you, hitting the street and creating a relationship. For many Makers, using a broker is super helpful. They do the dirty work and serve as your experts. You can work the market with them several times a year. Brokers make sense for a lot of people.
You can also hire a sales person or sales team to help you out. An independent sales force will work for your brand and call on the accounts that are most likely to buy your products. One of the companies we’ve worked with is BevStrat (www.bevstrat.com) who offers an independent sales force for Makers. They create go-to-market sales plans and can help you implement your sales strategy. BevStrat owner, Brian Rosen, is currently open to new Makers and we hope to work alongside them as we roll LibDib out nationally.
We are also currently in the process of putting together a recommended list of brokers. If you are a broker who works in California and New York and you would like to be included on this list, please email is at email@example.com.
Remember a goal without a plan is just a wish so make a plan that works for you. Best of luck selling!