What challenge(s) do our clients face?
Building a sales strategy is a challenging task requiring a careful balance between delivering what each customer needs and controlling the costs required to fulfill those needs.
In order to overcome this challenge, a company must deeply understand the dynamics of its market, the specific needs of each kind of customer and the internal capabilities it has to serve the market in an efficient way. All are key variables that should be aligned in order to create a high-performance sales model.
And whilst many organizations may have found an effective sales model at one time, it is unfortunately no guarantee for the future. With changing market trends and evolving customer needs, many factors can impact a company’s sales strategy, making them key turning points for undertaking a Go-to-Market review:
- New market dynamics that impacts consumer habits and customer needs in terms of service level etc.
- Entry of new competitors or substitutes
- Poor performance in specific categories, regions and/or sales channels
- Changes in regulatory or legal environment
- New trends such as digitalization or new categories.
- Lack of understanding of the market dynamics in terms of categories, regional distribution and channels
- Limited knowledge of the customer needs in terms of services, portfolio, commercial conditions and service level
- Failure to adequately serve regional variations in a market
- Unclear roles & responsibilities along the value chain
When it comes to overcoming these issues, a Go-to-Market project is the opportunity to build a successful commercial strategy. Its objective is to establish a business model that serves the market in an efficient, effective and profitable way that serves both your company’s strategy and the needs of its clients.
How do we help?
We support our clients in the design or revision of their Go-to-Market strategy, either revamping your whole commercial strategy or focusing on specific channels or categories as required.
Our methodology provides a complete and structured way of guaranteeing that the GTM strategy meets the key needs of the sales strategy. It includes:
- A holistic view of the market, taking into consideration its dynamics in terms of categories, regions and sales channels and how our clients can differentiate their commercial approach inside the competitive environment.
- A unique market segmentation designed to help with defining the strategic objectives for each group of customers that will be served, alongside the company’s value proposition for each of them
- A tailored commercial model for each market segment, taking business decisions such as channel mix, portfolio focus, commercial structure and service level to meet each segment’s needs.
Given that the redesign of a GTM is a transformational experience that impacts the whole company, we ensure the full engagement of all areas and not only the commercial team. By mapping impacts, needs and opportunities from all areas early on and ensuring ongoing communication, cross-leadership touchpoints and multifunctional workshops, we ensure that the project meets all stakeholders’ objectives and will conclude with a successful implementation.
One learning from our track record of 400+ successful projects and implementations across the world, is that each company has a unique combination of market dynamics, product portfolio and channel landscape. Therefore, understanding the specific context a company faces when designing its GTM is the key factor in building a differentiated sales strategy for the long term.
What are the benefits?
Our clients can expect several benefits when structuring their GTM , including some of the below examples:
- Increased revenue and sales volume – through increased coverage and penetration of products in the market
- Increased profitability – through reduced marketing and sales costs
- Increased delivery model efficiency– through lower friction service model’s adherence to market needs along the entire value chain
- Increased alignment with customer needs – through improved understanding of client’s profile, their requirements and the value your products have for them
- Boosted brand image – through trade actions, merchandising, loyalty programs etc.
- Improved product distribution – through increased product availability and an optimized distribution network
- Increased market share – through innovation, stronger relationship with clients, M&A etc. bringing more relevance in the market
- Improved marketing mix control – through better use of resources for each product, channel, communication plan etc.
- Increased service level – through ensuring that it is appropriate to the customer segment and that the internal org. structure is designed to deliver it.
How does it work?
For our team, each GTM project brings a brand new challenge and enthusiasm for solving a new problem. You can rely on our experienced professionals to bring their knowledge, benchmarks and best practices from other industries to your specific needs, whilst always understanding and respecting the reality of your market to build implementable strategies.
To address the challenges a company faces when building a GTM, our methodology usually includes the following 6 phases:
Along this journey, our way of working involves your professionals at each step, considering two main objectives: (i) to respect and leverage your deep industry knowledge for the creation of the most suitable recommendation, and (ii) to guarantee a natural transfer of knowledge and capabilities throughout the project so that your professionals are able to carry on the GTM with full autonomy at the end of the project.
A leading global Consumer Beauty company with high performance in Direct Modern Trade channels sought to improve its performance in Indirect Traditional Trade. While the specific characteristics of each local market were nuanced and different, the client sought to roll out best management practices for its wholesale partners globally.
Integration supported the client in developing a Distributor Management methodology, including frameworks for distributor assessment, selection and management. Integration oversaw the practical application of the methodology in 12 countries (ranging from Pakistan to Peru), running training sessions and adapting guidance appropriately to local needs.
As a consequence of the successful implementation, distributor sales have outpaced growth of those in modern trade by 5 percentage points, while simultaneously reducing days of inventory by an average of 16%.
A leading US energy drinks company had declining market share due to aggressive market competition. Despite being well-established in terms of both geographical footprint and brand image, they asked for Integration’s help to identify revenue opportunities and guarantee sustainable organic growth via a new Go-to-Market strategy.
We developed a three phase approach: (1) Firstly, we analysed the market, especially the competition, and visited more than fifty distributors to identify revenue opportunities. (2) This formed the basis of a channel segmentation, designed to manage the right balance between going direct and indirect in each region, considering both current (convenience stores, supermarkets, etc) and new (catering, military bases, airport, etc) channels for the company. (3) We then quantified and prioritized the opportunities in terms of numeric distribution, volume per outlet and market share, for each region and channel.
Together with the client’s team we agreed on a new Go-to-Market strategy for the US with the appropriate service level per segment, reshaping the distributor network and the sales & trade marketing department in order to deliver the new strategy efficiently. Due to an increase in sales of more than 30%, the client was able to stabilize and protect their leading market share.
A global cement producer had experienced a general market downturn over a number of years and was having difficulty in reorganizing its commercial operations to prepare the company for the future. This was leading to loss of market share, inefficiency in commercial service, clients with profitability below average and a drop in the service level provided to its customers.
Alongside the client, Integration led a project to restructure their commercial strategy and segment the market in order to identify the main performance gaps. This involved structuring workstreams to take action for solving the profitability problem in some clients, designing a menu of service models to meet each market segment’s reality and restructuring the sales area.
The project enabled the company to have a clear map of the main regional opportunities along with the capability to capture them through a new sales area and service model. This generated an improvement of 20% in terms of distribution and ~30% in terms of revenue.
OUR INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Our GTM methodology is one of our most applied solutions and over the years Integration has delivered more than 400 projects for clients in industries ranging from Consumer Goods (e.g. Personal Care and Food and Beverages), to Pharmaceuticals and Industrial products (e.g. Construction materials, Chemicals and Fertilizers). This experience is worldwide, encompassing geographies such as Brazil, Canada, USA, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Denmark, Central America and the Caribbean amongst others. We have supported international companies with GTM projects that can be regional as well as national.
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André Valente is a director at Integration and a leader within the Marketing & Sales Practice. With nearly two decades of experience supporting clients across diverse sectors and geographies, André is a specialist in the topics of innovation management, digital and data solutions, go-to-market models, market-entry strategies and global marketing approaches.
Andrea is a Founding Partner at Integration and is recognized as an important female leader among Brazilian executives, participating in the LIDEM (Group of Leading Entrepreneurial Women) Executive Committee. She is an expert within the field of Marketing & Sales and Retail and has led over 100 projects in these areas. She continues to be [...]
Augusto Ribeiro is a Managing Partner at Integration and has been working since 2003 in the Marketing & Sales practice. Augusto built a solid international experience, leading and implementing strategic Marketing & Sales projects in industries ranging from Consumer Goods through Construction & Property Development to the Financial Industry, especially in the Private Equity sector.
Bruno Torres is a engagement manager at Integration and has worked at the Marketing & Sales Practice since 2017. Prior to Integration, Bruno worked as a software developer in Canada. At Integration, he has mostly participated in go-to-market strategies in various industries, including pulp & paper, agro, B2B services, steel, consumer goods, hygiene & beauty, […]
Carlos is the President of Integration and a Founding Partner. Carlos has worked with leading international companies across the globe as a consultant for the last 30 years and has developed a particular specialization in Marketing and Sales. He is considered an expert in the Consumer Goods sector and on the topics of Commercial and [...]
Daniel is a Partner within our Marketing & Sales practice and leader of Integration’s Tech & Digital Lab. Over the course of over 10 years with Integration, Daniel has helped clients from diverse industries and countries with digital and commercial challenges ranging from Go-to-Market Strategy to Commercial Due Diligence. Through his extensive business experience Daniel [...]
Gary Singer is a Managing Partner at Integration. He brings more than 25 years of experience helping companies in diverse industries improve top- and bottom-line results through new Sales and Marketing Strategies. Gary holds an MBA in Marketing & Statistics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Pennsylvania [...]
Guido is the leader of our Buenos Aires and Santiago office and is a director within our Marketing & Sales practice. Having worked with Integration since 2006, he has completed a wealth of projects across Latin America, the United States, Canada and Europe with clients spanning many sectors, including Retail, Consumer Goods, Government, Healthcare and [...]
He previously worked at Integration from 2012 to 2018 and rejoined the company in July 2021. Guilherme's main areas of expertise include go-to-market strategy, the evaluation & design of distribution networks, market sizing and entry strategies, with a focus on the consumer goods sector. Guilherme previously worked as an intern at Microsoft and at Credit [...]
Ian joined Integration in 2010 and now with over a decade of experience, he is a Director in our Marketing & Sales practice. Comfortable with a wide range of topics in this area, he is especially known for his expertise in strategic marketing initiatives such as Market Scans, Go-to-Market and Commercial Policy. His track record [...]
Jonathan Ezban is a Director at Integration and has been working since July 2011 in the practice of Marketing & Sales. Prior to Integration, Jonathan was an Analyst at The Friedman Group, where he developed projects related to Sales Budgets for retail companies in Mexico. Within Integration, we can highlight your experience in Market Scan [...]
Jorge is a highly experienced professional in our Finance & Management practice having joined Integration in 2008. Jorge has travelled to countries around the world in support of our clients, leading projects related to revenue management, strategic planning, M&A and more. He has a well-rounded experience having completed multiple projects for clients across sectors including [...]
Juan Ignacio Martínez
Juan Ignacio Martínez is an engagement manager t at Integration and has been working since 2017 in the Argentina office. At Integration, Juan’s work includes experience in various methodologies (go-to-market, distributor evaluation and excellence programs, and cost-to-serve) across a variety of industries and countries throughout LATAM.
Lucas Jordan is an Engagement Manager at Integration in the Marketing & Sales practice. Prior to Integration, Lucas worked at Ambev and Credit Suisse. His primary experience includes structuring and revision of go-to-market models, market scans, strategic planning and entry and expansion strategies. Lucas holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of São [...]
Luis is a Manager in the Marketing & Sales practice. Originally from Columbia, Luis is an entrepreneur at heart, and has worked in several start-ups in Colombia, receiving his MBA from IPADE. He has accumulated international consulting experience whilst working across the United States, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America, Colombia and Brazil in industries such [...]
Luis Miguel Villicaña
Luis Miguel Villicaña is an engagement manager in the Marketing & Sales Practice at Integration and has been working at the company since May 2021. Prior to Integration, Luis Miguel was a senior business strategist at S4 Capital Fund, where he was jointly responsible for the design and implementation of a business strategy unit for [...]
Roger is a partner at Integration and has been working since 2002 in the Marketing & Sales practice. Considered an authority in the Indirect Channel and Partner Relationship Management (PRM), he is a member of the Associação Brasileira de Atacadistas e Distribuidores (ABAD) [Brazilian Association of Wholesalers and Distributors], working in the leadership of the [...]
Steve Monk is a director at Integration's UK Office. Prior to joining the company, Steve accumulated over 20 years of experience in marketing, working as the general manager for Pladis Global’s Savoury and Healthier Business, marketing director for Pernod Ricard Gulf and Vietnam and global marketing manager for Pernod Ricard’s leading Scotch brands. Steve obtained [...]
Vinícius Giorno is a junior manager at Integration and has been working in the Marketing & Sales Practice since July 2014. Vinícus' experience includes projects in go to market, consumer journey, commercial models, pricing, product launch and innovation, leads management, market sizing and entry strategy, change management, diagnosis and process restructuring, new business models, organizational [...]
Vinicius brings a broad and deep understanding of our Marketing & Sales solutions having joined Integration in 2011. He supported leading national and international organizations in Retail and Consumer Goods in building sustainable competitive advantage. His project experience ranges from Go-to-Market models, Market Scans, Customer Segmentation, Category Management and Perfect Store design.