One of the most significant challenges for licensors is to keep the opportunity pipeline full. Regardless of the size of the licensing program, finding and qualifying prospective licensees can be a challenge. Some licensors need more opportunities to explore, while other licensors have the opportunities but do not have a defined qualification process. Unfortunately, some licensors have both challenges. To overcome those challenges a licensor might consider the following sales and business development techniques.
Some licensors may choose to focus primarily on new licensees who might generate higher royalty revenue for a short period, while others prefer the steady, long-term growth in royalty revenue. For the latter, a vetting process designed to create stronger alignment with a licensor's mission, vision, and long-term goals, ultimately provide greater success for the program and result in stronger, more prosperous licensing partnerships. Here are six ideas for improving the licensee vetting process.