Each manufacturer or seller who starts with a production thinks about how to sell his products. Most likely you can’t be an expert for all fields. If you are good in thinking and management you probably do not posses skills for the marketing.
Same happened with me when started company and manufacturing Men’s Swimwear. I covered the management, logistics, finance, other of our company were responsible for design, website. Everything was set up, idea that burned in our minds long time was finally born, fabric was bought, production started, website with online shop was on air.
My anniversary of graduation came on the way, old school-mates gathered as each and every year. One among them was also marketing expert. You know the feeling, when you are young and restless; you expect everything should be done quick and immediately. I came to my “school-mate=marketing expert”, described him my idea and who wouldn’t, I asked him for a help. He answered only with one sentence: “I do not work with start-up or with newly brands.”
Of course I was disappointed. What is real challenge, to make a growth of the product with annual turnover with about 1 mio EUR by let’s say 10-15% or start with something new from zero. Obviously for my school-mate Vittori Swimwear was not a challenge for him. And I realized that I need to find different way, be patient and finally rely on my own feelings and on my own work.
Today after couple of years of that moment, Vittori Swimwear is not anonymous brand anymore; we sell our swimwear to 3 continents, USA, Canada, Australia and many EU countries. Our customers are satisfied and we develop new models.