IMPLEMENTATION

Go-to-Market Strategy Implementation

Ensuring the smooth transition to a new Go-to-Market model, by mitigating disruption to employees, clients, consumers and distribution partners, with a comprehensive translation of your strategy into the field

What challenge(s) do our clients face?

The transition to the new model will affect your professionals and your relationship with the market, so a good GTM design is only half of the journey; all the winning success stories require solid implementation.

A GTM design defines the service model that serves the market in an efficient and profitable way, serving both the company’s strategy and the needs of its clients and consumers.

However, a new model often represents a profound change to the company’s processes and its organizational structure, affecting a wide spectrum of professionals, clients, customers and distribution partners.

From our experience, 4 main challenges may (co)exist:

1. DEALING WITH MULTIFACTOR INTERDEPENDENCIES: A new GTM model has many enablers as well as blockers and these must be considered in a tailored manner

A company’s culture, context, short and long term goals, regional or segment specificities, organizational structure, systems, processes etc. are just some of the numerous factors that will affect a strategy’s deployment in terms of speed, method, governance, communication and targets. Failing to consider these factors in a structured manner can lead to an unsuccessful rollout.

Practically, an implementation strategy must parse the business into smaller clusters to identify the external pressures and readiness for each area. For example, parts of the business might be facing extreme immediate pressure on results that requires a faster, sharper and, as a consequence, riskier turn-key implementation dynamic. These need to be closely managed alongside other GTM changes in the business that can hedge the impacts on results and protect the service to clients.

2. GENERATING MOMENTUM: Commitment and change management are as critical for success as technical aspects

A GTM project is not just a commercial area project. It impacts the whole company (manufacturing, logistics, marketing, IT, HR, legal, and many other areas) and therefore requires involvement from all those areas.

In many cases, professionals across divisions will be highly impacted by the project and will feel insecure as a result, especially when there are adjustments to the organizational structure. This context can lead to impacts in performance, generate a negative atmosphere, create resistance to the project or lead to key professionals leaving the company and so a robust change management plan is crucial for success.

3. PROTECTING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Impacts to customers and clients require careful management

Preserving and enhancing your relationship with customers and partners during this time of change will be critical for the success of the new model.

If you are changing the way you reach your clients and your customers, you will have to deal with changes across the whole distribution network. This might involve client migration across channels and sales accounts, negotiating with distributors, changes for sales representatives and many other impacts that must be planned and conducted in an extremely careful manner.

Furthermore, digital transformation often forms part of a new GTM strategy, and also requires expertise and proper monitoring to be launched without disruption.

4. MANAGING EXPECTATIONS – High pressure for results, even in the short term

Each organization is unique and so are the expectations that may arise in a transformation of this nature. When the environment and business context carry high pressure for qualitative and quantitative results in the short term it becomes even more important to be clear on the impacts and potential results, managing expectations from design to implementation.

While planning the implementation, an evaluation of trade-offs between the level of risk, financial returns and contingency measures must be detailed in a very transparent way so that conscious choices can be made. The ability to monitor these choices and its risks along the implementation, checking the reality of the business and always referring back to the results that can be achieved is a core capability that must be embed in any GTM implementation team.

How do we help?

We help our clients guarantee a smooth transition to the new GTM model, supporting not only in project management but in every aspect related to the change and how to turn the new model into reality.

To help our clients face these complex challenges, Integration has specialized over the years not only in GTM design, but also in GTM implementation, aiming to guarantee a suitable and robust transition to the new model.

We divide our offer into 5 main fronts:

Rollout Strategy & Planning Define the best rollout strategy considering the context, goals and culture, all considered in a detailed plan. 1 Launch Preparation & Governance design Ensure the plan moves beyond paper, with robust governance, project coordination and preparation for the new model’s launch. 2 Change Management Use concrete change management tools to promote sustainable change and ensure proximity with the market and employees. 3 GTM Roadshow Validate and detail main GTM designed solutions, such as the new segmentation, to reflect the regional or specific context, guaranteeing depth and adherence to your reality, for example applying proof of concepts/pilots, or identifying refinements with regional leaders. 4 Technical Solution Work Stream Lead a business solution work stream related to the GTM, for example covering new commercial policy or portfolio definitions. 5

What are the benefits?

  • Reduced disruption to professionals, increasing commitment and engagement towards the new sales model
  • Reduced disruption with clients, consumers and distribution partners
  • Improved speed and preparation to launch the full model and capture market opportunities
  • Refined top-level GTM strategy to meet the needs of each region or segment
  • Increased team alignment towards the objectives through comprehensive stakeholder engagement
  • Increased agility through faster and more informed decision making

How does it work?

We understand that HOW you conduct a transformation is as important as WHAT you are doing.

The right approach must balance preparation and speed and will vary depending on the context, your culture and the project’s goals. From client to client, no two approaches will be exactly the same. However, our approach is likely to land somewhere between these two extremes:

  • Robust planning approach: focus on detailed planning to guarantee quality and comprehensive transformation
    • Recommended when your company is facing a deep transformation and wants to be more cautious about the new launch
    • Integration will spend the initial weeks guaranteeing a robust plan involving all of the impacted areas, before putting in place a strong governance to begin the implementation
  • Practical approach: Focus on speed and testing solutions in the field to bring faster short-term results
    • Recommended when there is high pressure for short term results and/or clear GTM levers that can be implemented quickly
    • Solutions are implemented and then refined, with less time spent on strategy and planning and with quick wins and isolated initiatives prioritized

Regardless of the chosen approach, Integration will support using our methodologies of planning, governance and change management.

The way we do this is the way Integration works in all its projects: A real hands-on approach, engaging side by side with you to build trust, involve your teams, exchange experiences and finally reach a model that is adherent to your reality and so actually works.

We aim to work all the way from the leadership team to your field sales employees, to ensure (i) the most suitable rollout strategy is selected (e.g. phased by regions or channels, with or without pilots) and (ii) the right support initiatives are implemented (e.g. regional roadshows, proofs of concepts, KPI monitoring, preparation for launch, leadership preparation, business case refinement, etc).

SUCCESS STORIES

CHALLENGE

A well-known brand in the civil construction sector in Brazil was aiming to expand; however, the market dynamics and regional differences meant that they saw ahead a significant implementation challenge in rolling out a consistent commercial framework.

They asked Integration for our support in redesigning their Go-to-Market strategy and conducting strategic roadshows with commercial leaders from each region, in order to detail the most adequate commercial structure in terms of client allocation across segments and to plan delicate negotiations with sales representatives, clients and distributors.

APPROACH

Integration provided extended support through the implementation phase and helped define and put in place a two-year phased implementation plan, with 5 regional go lives for the new structure and client segmentation.

We worked alongside the client right until the first regional go-live, conducting all the necessary roadshows to tackle their local realities, detailing and managing the communication and execution plan for both clients and internal professionals and working side by side with a multifunctional project team and regional leaders.

RESULT

Altogether, the project required deep organizational changes across all regions of Brazil’s broad geography, hiring and training over 80 new professionals, a new commercial policy definition and the creation of a commercial department focused on a new segment.

After a very challenging first year of implementation due to the high impact on processes, structure and company culture, the results surpassed the estimated business case in the second year with more than 30% growth after years of flat revenue, putting the company on track to double in size within 5 years. The decision to tackle a new segment also proved lucrative as its sales grew to represent 20% of overall revenues in just 2 years.

CHALLENGE

A global health and personal care company had redesigned their GTM strategy. However, they faced the difficult task of actually implementing it, given that the new design included:

  • a significant transformation to the indirect network
  • the creation of 4 different category clusters (each with its own GTM strategy)
  • moving the GTM approach from region only to a region – channel – category cube
  • deep changes in commercial structure, channels and portfolio
  • high impacts to clients and professionals

In addition, the company had an extremely complex multinational organizational structure which made alignment and decision making even harder. The regional demands considering Brazil’s broad geography were also a challenge to be faced.

APPROACH

Integration supported throughout the implementation phase with three important highlights from our approach.

  • Firstly, Integration supported with the creation of a governance guided by a “Control Tower” which was then turned into a GTM area responsible for managing sell-in & sell-out results, communication for impacted channels and clients, routines, measurement of broken down results, revenue and discount management – all with clear KPIs and dashboards.
  • Secondly, we went on roadshows from region to region with the client’s teams in order to validate the indirect network and portfolio movements with local leaders who knew the market reality.
  • Thirdly, our close stakeholder management approach was key for guaranteeing alignment and communication between local and international stakeholders, as well as training and preparing the internal team to be responsible for managing the Go-to-Market moving forwards.

RESULT

The project led to strong results, including a market share increase in 80% of categories and more than 20% growth in key categories. The new GTM area was in particular a success; creating the strong governance required to oversee processes, routines, KPIs and revenue management controls.

OUR INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Our GTM methodology is one of our most applied solutions and over the years Integration has conducted more than 400 projects with clients across many sectors including Consumer Goods (especially Personal Care and Food & Beverage), Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Industrial (especially Construction, Chemicals) etc.

These projects were conducted across different geographies including Brazil, Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Denmark, Central America and Caribbean etc. which has helped us to develop our understanding of local market dynamics.

We have supported international companies as well as national players, including companies such as Red Bull, Microsoft, Gerdau, BRF, Pepsico, Kraft Heinz, Votorantim and Itaú.

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Bruno Torres

Bruno Torres is an engagement manager at Integration and has worked in 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 Lima

Carlos Lima 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 [...]

Danilo Vinicius

Danilo Vinicius is a senior manager within our Implementation Practice. Since 2011, he has been supporting our clients implement a range of strategies, from revision of their go-to-market model, distribution network migrations, cost reduction, structural changes and systems overhaul. His experience includes the Consumer goods, Health/Pharmaceuticals, Industrials and Construction sectors to name just a few.

Guido Solari

Guido Solari is a partner at Integration and the head of our LATAM offices. Guido joined the company in 2006 and is part of the Marketing & Sales Practice. He has carried out over 250 projects across Latin America, North America and Europe, serving clients in the areas of mass consumer goods, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, media [...]

Ian Specht

Ian Specht is a Senior Manager at Integration and has been working in the Marketing & Sales practice since July 2019. His experience includes Strategic Management and also has the following certifications: White Belt; Financial Management/ Investments.

Jonathan Ezban

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 Gomes

Jorge Gomes is a senior director and 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 [...]

Juan Ignacio Martínez

Juan Ignacio Martínez is an engagement manager 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.

Paula Mercadante

Paula Mercadante is a partner at our office in São Paulo. She has almost 30 years of experience in consulting and is seen as an authority in leading complex projects such as Post-Merger Integrations, Carve-Outs, and the Recovery of Projects in Crisis. Across a varied career that has seen her move geographically across Latin America, [...]

Robin Griffiths

Robin Griffiths is an engagement manager at Integration’s UK Office and has worked with the company since 2018. His experience is focused on Growth and Transformation projects, including Commercial Strategy, Go-to-market Strategy, Organization Design, Market Scan & Entry Strategy, Project Management, and Change Management. This experience has been built working across a diverse set of [...]

Rodrigo Seabra

Rodrigo Seabra is the managing partner at our Office in Munich. He joined Integration in 2006 in Brazil and led the Mexico Office, before taking on responsibility of the Munich Office. Rodrigo is part of our Implementation Practice, has amassed international experience in industries such as consumer goods, retail, food & beverage, pharmaceutical and healthcare [...]

Rodrigo Weiler

Rodrigo Weiler is a senior director at Integration and has been working for over 20 years in our Implementation practice. He is an authority in the implementation of transformational projects with great complexity and need for Change Management. His experience is diverse across industries, ranging from implementation in retail (e.g. of Go-to-Market Models, Category Management [...]

Wanderley Scatolin

Wanderley Scatolin is a senior manager within Integration’s Implementation Practice. He has extensive consulting experience with Integration in Supply Chain and Implementation projects and within industry, having worked as an Executive Planning Manager at Biolab Farmacêutica. His experience includes managing the entire integrated planning flow, from coordinating the flow of new product launches (NPDI), to [...]

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